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SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Washington Dc and Pentagon in particular of late have been edgy after many of their close allies like Turkey and India expressed interests in the procurement of S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, even though both Turkey and India are feeling insecure and are doing their best to seal its airspace to counter new threats in the region, the US seems to have failed to understand their concerns .

Washington already has given Turkey an ultimatum on decisions to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and also has warned that it will cut off the supply of 5th generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US. when it comes to India, Washington only raised concerns regarding the purchase by New Delhi but it also raised several eyebrows back in India due to unwanted commentary coming from Washington Dc and Pentagon. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetty / FOR MY TAKE /IDRW.ORG

While MK-2 might be still called Tejas borrowing its name from its older siblings LCA-Tejas MK1/MK1-A, but now, reports are emerging that MK-2 will now be classified as Medium Weight Category aircraft and will be associated with MCA (Medium Combat Aircraft ) acronomn instead of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) which has been synonymous with India’s indigenous fighter jet program .

MK-2 being dubbed MCA (Medium Combat Aircraft ) makes more sense now since its Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) will be just below Mirage-2000K and just above SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft in service with Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India’s indigenous developed Uttam AESA radar is likely to fly after it completes its integration on LCA Tejas LSP-2 soon but Uttam AESA radar might not be installed on next batch of Tejas Mk1A if industrial sources close to idrw.org have to be believed.

DRDO’s LRDE lab which developed Uttam AESA radar has been pushing for use of the radar on 83 Tejas-Mk1A aircraft under development, while Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is keen on picking up either Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd developed EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) or Thales developed RBE2 radar derivative on offer soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Brahmos supersonic cruise was recently tested with Indian-made seeker which according to media reports performed better than Russian supplied Seeker. Indo-Russia joint venture BrahMos Corporation came to limelight way back in 2001 when PJ-10 a preproduction model of the earlier BrahMos Supersonic cruise missiles was the first test fired.

290km, Brahmos with Sustainable Mach 3 performance over its entire trajectory did raise several eyebrows and pin-point accuracy and its ability to generate kinetic energy which can sink targets as big as an Aircraft Carrier made it one of the most feared missile systems in the world. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-9 (LA-5009) completed its maiden flight after taking off at 10.33hrs from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 24 March 2018 piloted by Air.Cmdr KA Muthanna (Retd). SP-9 flew for 21 mins and landed back at 10.54hrs.

The LCA Tejas SP-9 is Ninth Series Production aircraft and Second Brand New LCA-Tejas to fly within a span of 11 days. SP-08 had completed its first flight on 13 of this Month Successfully. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With Tejas MK-2 Project all set to go official soon and Indian Air Force showing interest in procurement of 201 units of the new upgraded and a more capable locally designed fighter jet, IAF for the first time in its History is moving towards Indigenisation
of its fighter fleet.

IAF currently has 33 combat squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 39.5, which is sought to be raised to 42, in next couple of years. In IAF each Squadron roughly makes up of 18 aircraft and 42 squadrons means fighter fleet of 756 Combat aircraft. Continue reading

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

The basic MK-2 concept which over the years haven’t changed much and MK-2 was supposed to be simply extended LCA-Tejas MK1 air frame with additional capabilities in terms of power and avionics but never actually with a significant increase in operational capabilities but something has changed off lately and murmurs are too loud to be completely ignored about possibility of India now working on completely new concept .

Indian Air Force issuing a letter of intent to procure 201 Tejas MK-2 to supplement cancellation of Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender for 114 units hints at MK-2 concept planned will have credible improvements in operational and enhanced performance, much more than originally conceived. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-8 (LA-5008)  completed its maiden flight after taking off at 15.42hrs from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 13 March 2018 piloted by Gp. Capt. KK Venugopal (Retd) . SP-8 flew for 33 mins and landed back at 16.15hrs .

The LCA Tejas SP-8 will be the Eighth member of the No.45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force also called the ‘Flying Daggers’. The LCA Tejas SP-8 will be handed over to  ‘Flying Daggers’ after completing few production sorties soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: Dharmendra Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The recent statement which has been issued by Pakistani foreign minister Khwaja Asif in the lower house of Pakistani Parliament regarding the worsening of situation on LoC or working boarder . The adoption of hard line approach by India on LoC has made Pakistan quite nervous and is forcing them to think twice for a single step by their military, according to many media sources Pakistan has been “shaken” by India’s tough response.

The approach is so hard that almost after a decade Indian Armed forces is using howitzers like Bofors and other heavy weaponry on boarder which in result big causalities in PoK both military and civilian. The question arises that “is it working or not” , the answer lies in question itself, hard line approach by India also result in hard steps by Pakistan and Pakistan looks in no mood to improve relations with India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while briefing countries Parliamentarians for the first time disclosed development of new missile systems which Country’s premier Public sector company Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has taken up lately.

DRDO has classified Missile Projects in two categories, 1) Mission mode projects and 2) Technology Demonstration Projects under which and also has mentioned Date of Sanction (DoS) and Probable date of completion (PDC) along with Project cost which is mentioned above. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With Scraping of Single Engine Fighter Tender (SEF) by India recently, Chances of India ever ordering and operating American made fighter jet is fast fading away even though both the countries are now closer to each other then they were ever been in the past.

While India is likely to refloat MMRCA 2.0 Tender soon which will allow all previous participators of MMRCA Tender back in the race, but it looks and feels like it is just mear formality made by Indian Government to make ways to place further orders for Dassault Rafale fighter jet. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

JF 17 designed by Russia, developed by China and assembled by Pakistan is the pride of PAF. The JF 17 can fly higher than Tejas, for a longer distance and is cheaper than Tejas. But does it mean it is better than Tejas? Although Tejas isn’t the Front-line fighter of India and the JF17 in case of any air to air combat will be facing SU 30 MKI or Rafale in a clash between IAF and PAF but let’s assume that it’s a fight just between JF17 Block 3 and Tejas mk1a. So will the JF17 surely beat Tejas in any engagement anywhere.

If you go by Pakistani propaganda JF17 can even outperform the F22 Raptor but before we say something on which one is better let’s have a comparison: Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Once dubbed “abhorrently expensive”, India and Russia are again going to sit together to talk how to move forward on the proposed joint development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on Sukhoi Su-57 during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman upcoming visit to Moscow.

Highlights of Sitharaman’s visit to Russia will remain to seal final contract on the purchase of S-400 interceptor-based missile system, But High-level officials from both sides will also talk on stalled FGFA program on the sidelines of her visit said industrial sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With Tejas MK-2 Program all set to go official by end of this year, HAL, Government of India along with Indian Air Force have set in motion plans to further augment production capabilities of the LCA-Tejas which not only be able to handle demands for 200 more Tejas MK-2 Variant but also be able cater to export market in near future .

With only 40 MK1 aircrafts ordered by IAF initially, HAL using it’s using two production facilities in Bengaluru was able to produce 8 aircraft per year, with MK1-A all set to become reality soon, production facility will now be further augmented to 16 by end of 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Second indigenous developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) ‘Netra ‘ Aircraft will be handed over to Indian Air Force Next month after DRDO was able to further fine-tune state-of-the-art active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar as per the recommendation of IAF.

First Netra aircraft was handed over to IAF last year and the aircraft already has completed 250+ mission sorties accumulating total 500 hours. Continue reading