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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan Air Force recently awarded its Pilots who were part of Operation Swift Retort in much-televised broadcast and even showcased a video of the precision-guided bomb which missed Indian Army base by only 80 meters since it is claimed by PAF that missing of the target was intentional to showcase its air force power and bombs were released from PAF’s F-16 and Mirage-III combat planes.

The video was cut of seconds before it hit the so-called indented target 80 meters of the base perimeter but Open-source intelligence (OSINT) twitter handle who goes by d-atis ??@detresfa_who has examined the video and has located the base and after careful examination of the satellite images of the base post airstrike impact point showed by PAF showed that the  vegetation near the base was intact suggesting that the bomb failed to denote. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The naval variant of the home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully performed an “arrested landing” at the Goa’s Shore-Based Test Facility, which will clear its path for demonstration of same capabilities onboard India’s only operational aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya.

High ranking officials of the Indian Navy are happy with the progress the same team is making towards its milestone but it remains non-committal for placing orders for the jet. LCA-N prototypes used for demonstration of the capabilities will not enter production but it will be stepping stone for the development of NLCA Mk2 which was unveiled at Aero India 2019 earlier this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO Chief Satheesh Reddy mentioned Mark 2 RV stealth aircraft program which many believe will be India’s Single engined Stealth fighter aircraft based on technology already developed for the MWF-Tejas Mk2+ AMCA program. possible configuration of the aircraft is based on hearsay coming out of prominent defense analytics in the country since the program details of this project is yet to be officially out yet.

IAF from 2030 onwards is staring at replacing the bulk of Medium weight fighter aircraft under MTOW (Maximum take-off weight) of 19 tonnes and below which make up nearly 250 fighter aircraft in the current fleet. IAF will be replacing 65+21 Mig-29UPG, 52 Mirage-2000H and 120 Jaguar Strike aircraft with one single type of aircraft which will start with the retirement of Mig-29s which will be over 40 years by then.  Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Its raining Indigenous Air Defence Systems in India, DRDO Chief G. Satheesh Reddy in an interview confirmed that DRDO has taken up development of Astra vertical launch (VL) based low-level quick-reaction air defence system based on Astra BVR-AAM which is all set to be inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF) by end of this year.

Astra-VL Air Defence System is the latest and will be 5th Indigenous Air Defence System program which has been under development to meet air defence system requirements of the defence forces in the country. DRDO already has developed Akash-1 and 1S medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system which already has been inducted in Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) will be receiving the first batch of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Astra by end of this year and Defence Ministry and IAF have started the process of placing fresh orders for the Astra missile by end of this year or early 2020 for at least 100 units produced by defense PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARUSH SINGH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa recently questioned why India is flying aircraft that are over four decades old when no one drives even cars of that vintage. Dhanoa was referring to the MiG-21 fighter aircraft that had been inducted into the force in 1973-74. Mig-21Bis fleet which is set to be retired from IAF fleet starting from 2019 onwards thus ending its long association with the fighter aircraft which has been long dubbed as ” Coffin Maker ” in Indian media.

Dhanoa went on to also add that ” I can still fly the MiG 21 MF aircraft which is almost 44 years old. I’m sure none of you are driving a car of that vintage,”. Instead of asking the question around why doesn’t IAF Top tier management ask its self why it preferred 40 plus old Mig-21 with 3.5 generation technology over a 4th generation LCA-Tejas which even though took ages to mature but still was light years ahead in technology even when it was not fully combat-capable. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

The Indian defense ministry is all set to place an order for 83 Tejas Mk1A with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) after commercial negotiations committee approved a deal for around Rs 45,000 crore, which is nearly Rs 5,000 crore less then what was quoted by HAL nearly two years ago.

HAL had asked for Rs 463 crore ( $64.5) for the Tejas Mk-1A versus Rs 363 crore ( $50.6) for the original LCA-Tejas Mk1. Now revised price after renegotiation stands at 417 crores ($58.1) per unit cost in fly-away condition minus its weapons system. Su-30MKI built at Nashik by HAL costs around Rs 415 crore ($57.8) per unit, which still makes Tejas Mk-1A per unit cost higher than locally build Su-30MKI. HAL will be a prime integrator of the Tejas Mk-1A and will outsource over 5000 production modules to various private sector entities. L&T, VEM, and Tata Advanced Materials have already been outsourced entire fuselage section of the LCA-Tejas aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s Open-source intelligence (OSINT) twitter handle which goes by name of @Nexoft117, has compiled a list of 64 Pakistani soldiers who were killed from 27th July to 31st August 2019 in different sectors in last five weeks. OSINT handle which has been now suspended by twitter likely due to complaints lodged by Pakistani DGISPR has carried out in-depth Investigation using multiple social media accounts from across the border which reported death of soldier either by family of the dead or by his close relative his report posted above shows that nearly 60% of the dead Pakistani soldiers were buried without being reported in the national media.

Then Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali in 2017 in the parliament had told that details of Pakistani troops who laid down their lives due to Indian firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) can’t be disclosed, he also further went on to say that “We do not want our enemy to know how many soldiers laid down their lives,” Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Notorious Pakistani intelligence agency ISI has started dry run to breach the line of control recently . It was reported by Pakistani tweeter handles that two unarmed civilians tried to cross into the Indian side of Kashmir with Pakistani flag were shot at by the Indian Army. According to news coming from across the border first attempt was made by the alone individual who was carrying a Pakistani occupied Kashmir flag at the zero line near LOC, when he tried to cross over he was shot in the ribs severally injuring him by Indian Army.

Interestingly he was rescued from the spot immediately and was treated in the local hospital. The second attempt was done by few individuals with the same modus operandi to breach the line of control but this time one of the infiltrator was shot and picture captured at the LOC was posted on the twitter which can be seen above. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 Picture Courtesy Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL

Indigenous HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) finally undertook 5-turn spin successfully yesterday. HTT-40 program is just one step closer to a major milestone when It completes mandatory 6-turn in next few days said HAL sources close to idrw.org.

HTT-40 BTA is now racing towards its initial operational clearance (IOC) certification which HAL officials say will be available by the end of this year. Two HTT-40 prototype aircraft are still flown by in-house Test Pilots of the HAL till now will be ready for User trials by the Air Force Pilots by the year-end. The Air Force is yet to take a call and place orders for the aircraft yet but in principal defense ministry has already committed to buying 70 of the HTT-40 aircraft. Swiss firm Pilatus, which was supposed to supply additional 36 PC 7 Mk II trainers to the Air Force has been banned by MOD for a period of 1 year as part of an inquiry into alleged misconduct in defense procurement activity. Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Government and its Superior power its Military is fast running out of options on Kashmir issues after it failed to get any strong support to its Kashmir propaganda in attempts to internationalize the issue for a third party intervention into the issue, but many in Pakistani core think tank fear that any third-party intervention will only create grounds for India to push for recovery of lost land of Jammu and Kashmir now called as Pakistani occupied Kashmir (POK) and Gilgit-Baltistan which might result in Line of control being converted into Permanent border with India.

Pakistani backed Terrorists operating in POK and the Kashmir Valley have already pressed SOS to their handlers and have asked for new counter strategies and even asked for the direct intervention of the Pakistani military in the valley by sending their troops. As per Pakistani chatter and media blabbering, it is expected that the Pakistani establishment is planning a multi prolonged adventure on the LOC. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India and Sweden might be only countries left, who are still actively developing a Medium category 4.5+ Generation fighter aircraft in an era of 5th generation stealth fighter jets, while world also is moving towards the development of 6th generation fighter programs. Both Medium Weight Fighter (MWF)-Tejas Mk2 and Gripen E are near clear slate fighter designs based on the previous generation predecessors which will keep them active for decades to come with their respected airforce and it is fair to compare them both.

The above picture gives basic key data of both the aircraft when in direct comparison with each and other and further information in detail will be expanded. Continue reading

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Supposed leaked scale model of India’s next-generation Ballistic Missile Submarine is been doing round on the net which finally shed some light into some of the physical features which can be seen on the scale model which most likely will make it into the first submarine which has been code-named S5 internally by DRDO and Ministry of Defence (MOD) under PMO.

S5 will be first in lead class next generation Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine which will have a surface displacement of 13000 tonnes and will be nearly double the size of S4 and S4* SSBM which are Extended version of INS Arihant and INS Arighat Class of the first-generation SSBN currently in active service of Indian Navy. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited achieved an important milestone as part of high altitude cold weather trials when it successfully landed and took off from Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest airfield, situated at a height of 16,700 feet in eastern Ladakh, where the temperature plummets as low as minus 55°C in winters in the area.

Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip holds immense strategic importance for India in the crucial axis in central Asia. Located at an altitude of at 16614 feet (5065 meters), DBO is an important Army forward area post which was built during the Indo-China conflict in 1962. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Indian Air Force are on the verge to conclude a final contract for manufacturing of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet after intense price negotiation which will now see fall of per-unit cost of the jet from the initial quotation of $62.9 million to around $34.9 million each which will not only be lighter on the IAF’s pocket but also come in handy to boosts its Export potential.

LCA-Tejas Mk1 was billed by HAL to IAF at $23 million per unit at a flyaway cost which excludes spares and other supports, but when HAL quoted $62.9 million per unit for upgraded Mk1A fighter jet, not only it stunned many in IAF senior management and even officials in Ministry of Defence (MOD) demanded breakdown of the unit costs to asses real cost, while HAL defended high cost of Mk1A and said that cost was high due to modern avionics and equipment which it will come with but IAF and MOD still felt it was way too high and Negotiation committee was formed to look into the price and negotiate acceptable price. Continue reading