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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) took to Twitter to share images of his recent flight sortie with Navy test pilot Cmde Maolankar on LCA-Navy Trainer. aircraft which has been going final phase of trials from land-based facilities before it commences flight trails from onboard INS Vikramaditya and gave a huge thumbs up to the program and fully endorsed the program.

Admiral Arun Prakash called Agile LCA as a naval aircraft which matches the best of gen-4 fighter aircraft and called it a superb example of skills in design, flight testing & ‘Make-in-India’. he also called upon the new government to back the development of LCA 100% & bring back focus on a/c & engine design & production so that We can match China. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The raging debate in the Indian media off late has been, Should India overlook American offer of American Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) so that it can give up the purchase of S-400 Long range Aerial defense system from Russia in lieu of THAAD American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.

While both systems are totally different and it is likely comparing Apples to Oranges but the debate is going around why S-400 might be a game changer weapons system for the Indian air defense units against strategic targets like AWACS, Mid-air refueling aircraft but THAAD actually is the weapon system which has the ability to knockout Nuclear capable Ballistic missiles and holds much better value in a full-scale war then S-400 which will have limited utility . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After successful recent trial of the BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI aircraft, BrahMos corporation which manufactures Air Launched BrahMos missile system has said that the missile system already has entered production even though orders for the missile is yet to be placed by the Indian air force and the program is still pending one more developmental trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org.

BrahMos-A which is based on its Land-based variant is 2.5 tonnes missile system which comes minus its booster but basically is the same baseline BrahMos missile system which has been tested numerous times successfully and has been produced for years now and reasons behind BrahMos-A been rushed into production is to not waste time in production. Continue reading

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

Exactly today, 42 years ago, the first prototype of Sukhoi-Su-27 took off from a remote Soviet air base piloted by Major General Vladimir Sergeyevich Ilyushin who was Chief test pilot working for Sukhoi OKB, which went on to change the course of History in Soviet Aerospace engineering and became the definitive Soviet fighter design coming from a era where it’s derivatives still dominate the skies and still is most feared Soviet-Russian fighter jet in the sky.

Sukhoi-Su-27 was conceived as Soviet union’s answer to American development of F-15 Eagle Air superiority fighter and once in production export variants were quickly offered to India and China in the early ’90s but India was rather later to react and China which had last imported Mig-21 fighter jet and copied it into J-7 variant, leading to a self imposed arms embargo on China But after the fall of Soviet Union which was cash trapped, China was quick to place orders. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s premier aerospace and defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is working on LCA Mk1A is an improved version of LCA with enhanced capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Advanced Missiles, Advanced Electronic Warfare suite, New Mission & Avionics System and more maintenance friendly features, for which development activities are under progress but what Indian Air force wants might not be required by potential customers and to address this issue, HAL is planning to offer two or three customization package.

After interacting with many potential buyers, HAL has learned that many want lesser types of equipment then asked by IAF but it will be difficult to develop customized variants if the order is of small quantity but HAL will be offering plug and play systems which can be added or removed to lower costs so that tender is not lost due to price factor alone. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to idrw.org, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin India head Vivek Lall recently said in a interview that if his company wins orders for its F-21 from India then F-21 fighter jet will not be sold to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes. lall also added that if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defense manufacturing.

While Lall was asked how F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significant differences between the two platforms. An example given by Lall was that F-21 will have 12,000 hours of service life airframe compared to 8000 hours previously seen in F-16 Block 70 which is an absolute gimmick because U.S. Air Force had commissioned structural work studies known as service life extension program (SLEP) which will encompass lengthening the lifespan of up to 300 F-16C/D Block 40-52 aircraft from 8,000 to 12,000 flight hours and is not F-21 Exclusive at all, in fact, will be carried out even on older F-16s so has to keep the fighter jets flying past 2048. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

No. 51 Squadron equipped with MiG-21Bison which is based at Srinagar Air Force Station and took part in the aerial intercept and killed a vastly superior PAF F-16 in the close combat dogfight with an R-73 close combat missile by a Mig-21Bison flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was seen with ” Falcon Slayer” Badges issued to the squadron pilots.

Vardaman has been officially moved from No. 51 Squadron to No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) which is equipped with MiG-21Bison and based at Suratgarh Air Force Station but the F-16 kill will remain with his previous No. 51 Squadron but the kill will be credited to Vardaman. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to latest Intel reports, spooked Pakistani Army post-Balakot airstrike by IAF, is still positioned nearly 400 armored vehicles out of which nearly 300 are said to be Main Battle tanks composing of T-80U and Al-Khalid Brigade stationed at strategically vital Shakargarh bulge that had witnessed key battles in 1965 and 1971.

According to previous imagery of the area, Nasr short-range missile, along with support vehicles were found to be located at Rahwali Cantonment near Gujranwala which could have also stationed low-yield nukes in a bid to forestall Indian advances across the border. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The US again has offered to sell India it’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System if it scraps a deal with Russia on procurement of S-400 anti-aircraft weapon system even though weapons offered in question do not supplement each other, yet it stirs up an interesting debate for India and the way forward for military planners.

S-400 is an anti-aircraft weapon system which is capable to shoot down any maneuverable fast moving aircrafts close to a range of 400km and also has capabilities to bring down cruise missile and Ballistic missiles but Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System is a land-based element capable of shooting down a ballistic missile both inside and just outside the atmosphere and has no anti-aircraft capability literally, since interceptor batteries works on hit-to-kill concept against short-, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and have no warheads and minimum effective attitude range are 50-60km which is much higher then any aircrafts fly. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA took delivery of the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter which is seen as a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet with an option for more 39 helicopters but after a enduring a bitter turf war with Indian Army which funded the procurement .

Next Six AH-64 E (I) helicopter will be part of Army Aviation Corps rather then IAF and IA will continue to push for the transfer of current fleet of 22 Apache back to it but Ministry of Defense (MOD) is keen to avoid duplication of assets and effective use of system and with growing need for Attack helicopters in Army Aviation Corps is it time for to invest in the development of Desi Apache attack helicopters ? Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will be assembling initial pre-production Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) jets but that doesn’t assure that it will also get rights to manufacture them locally said Industrial sources close to idrw.org. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the design agency will pay HAL to manufacture at least, two pre-production MWF fighter jets, which they plan to fly by end of 2023.

ADA is yet to appoint HAL as a production partner and according to Industrial sources, ADA is scouting for private players (Consortium) who can join hands to assemble MWF, once it enters production by 2025-26. The alleged rift between ADA and HAL has been growing supposedly after HAL proposed upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk1A without the participation of ADA which was the design agency for LCA-Tejas program. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In early 2018, ” The Hindu ” had reported that a human Error might have caused considerable damages to India’s first Nuclear ballistic missile submarine which required nearly 10 months of repair work, the report never received any official reaction due to sensitive nature of the program but many Defence analysts raised more questions on this alleged incident and glaring inconsistencies in the report which mentions that water entered Arihant’s propulsion compartment and damaged it, after a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake.

Defense analysts wondered how a submarine which has Russian double hull design with a sealed nuclear reactor section and no hatches at the rear as mentioned in the report could damage the propulsion compartment ?. Even though the report was highly dubious in nature it was latched on by many armchair defense blogs even though it was never reported by other agencies. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

‘Dalla’ is a notorious word in India which means a person who works as a mediator between a customer and a call girl, but it became quite a common reference name to many Indian journalists who are part-time arms lobbyists, who are referred to as ” Dalla” by many defense analysts and enthusiasts for promoting import of weapons from certain weapons manufactures who pay them to promote their product.

Some section of Indian Dalla’s are busy trying to paint a very grim picture of Balakot Strikes and even suggesting that casualty figures which IAF believes could be hundreds actually be in close to nothing arguably without much proof or evidence to suggest that strikes failed to meet it their target. Even bigger, distortion of facts has been of repeated questioning of IAF claim that it shot down F-16 in events that followed after failed PAF raid across the line of control. Continue reading