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Naval Group (DCNS) is likely to submit a proposal for a conventionally powered diesel-electric variant of its Nuclear powered Barracuda Attack submarine in response to Request for Proposal (RFP) to be issued soon by Indian Navy for the development of Six Next Generation Conventional-diesel powered submarines said the latest report under Project-75I.

Shortfin Barracuda has been offered over the previous offer of the Scorpene-XL which basically was an enlarged Scorpene-class submarine already inducted by Indian Navy under Project-75. Scorpene-XL was supposed to be longer in length to accommodate Vertical launched supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile and equipped with modern Indo-French onboard Naval equipment. Continue reading

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Mandus Group developed 155mm Soft Recoil Howitzer technology for US Army

A 155 mm, 39 calibre, all-steel ULH has been mounted on an Ashok Leyland Truck and will be ready to be offered to Indian Army for experimental trials soon said a reliable industrial source close to idrw.org. The idea was first mooted by Army chief, General Bipin Rawat when he had met Baba Kalyani on a visit to Kalyani Group facility where he was shown three ultralight howitzers.

Kalyani Group in last Defence Expo 2018 had showcased a Light Truck-mounted Advance Hybrid recoil version of the ULH 155/39 which weighed only 4.5 tonnes but Rawat suggested the development of 6.8 tonnes All Steel ULH mounted on a Medium class Ashok Leyland Stallion 4×4 Truck which was a cheaper alternative without a drop in performance in mountain terrain. Continue reading

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Pakistan aviation secretary Shahrukh Nusrat, who is also director-general of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, told the Pakistan Senate’s standing committee on aviation for the first time, what India needs to do before Pakistan opens its air space for Civilian airline operators from India. Pakistan has specifically asked India to move out fighter aircraft deployed at the forward bases and in fact have also prepared a list of the forward airbases near International border from where it wants IAF to move out its fighter aircraft.

The particular list is not a request but rather a demand which can’t be dictated to the IAF said senior ranking air force officer to idrw.org. PAF is fully aware that it is incapable to scramble fighter in short duration and prevent any further airstrikes has seen in Balakot operations where they arrived 10 minutes late and are using airspace has a leverage against India to dictate how many aircrafts IAF can deploy at the forward airbase where scramble time to cross the border is hardly in few minutes. Continue reading

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BrahMos Aerospace Chief has confirmed that the first batch of BrahMos-A will be ready for induction into Indian Airforce by end of this year while one last trial of the missile system will happen in next one or two months before the missile is cleared of all trials. BrahMos Aerospace had pre-emptied production of the BrahMos-A to cut down production time due to which missile will be ready in shorter duration and post-Balakot airstrikes by IAF, Missile system has been further fast-tracked due to its long-range precision targeting abilities which will come handy in next missions.

Brahmos-A has been successfully tested twice, first in Anti-ship role and in the second trial, BrahMos-A took out a land-based Target of a deserted island in the Andaman Nicobar chain of islands in the Bay of Bengal. The final trial of the BrahMos-A will be tested in Anti-ship role before it is cleared for induction into IAF. Continue reading

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Soon to be tested Next Generation Akash Surface to surface missile will come with better Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) then Akash SAM systems which are already inducted into Indian air force said a senior ranked air force officer to idrw.org. Akash has SSKP of 88% but Akash 1S due to the addition of its seeker will have further increase in its Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) of Akash missile, which will further be improved in the next-generation variant to mid ninety.

Akash SAM requires to fire a salvo of two missiles to achieve SSKP of 98% but Akash-NG due to better SSKP over its previous generation missile and due to advancement in the seeker and onboard electronics will achieve higher SSKP which will negate the use of Salvo firing mode which will cut down the cost of each kill. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A air version of the missile from its front line Su 30 Mk-I fighter aircraft on 22 May 2019 and recently put out pictures of the target to show devastating pinpoint accuracy of the weapon system for the first time. BrahMos-A has been integrated on Su-30Mk-I aircraft to provide enhanced employability to our Armed Forces as an offensive weapon.

As seen in the above image, BrahMos-A has the ability to hit a specific marked target in a cluster of the infrastructure of the enemy near the target. BrahMos-A is an Air to Ground weapons system which travels at Mach 3 and has capabilities to hit targets from 290km to 450km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who is in Russia on an official trip will be flying a Yakovlev YAK-130 Mitten Advanced Jet Trainer leading to wide-scale speculations of IAF hunting for Stage-II trainer aircraft for its Pilot training program. Russian aerospace group Irkut has been tight-lipped about it, but YAK-130 advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft has been on offer to India is not a secret and Russians have been pushing it’s trainer aircraft after HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) program was delayed to due to technical reasons.

Even though HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara IJT was recently flown with a heavily modified tail section, yet it is still not certain that it will clear all it’s pending technical trials, Defence Ministry and IAF have pulled the plug on the program and have stopped funding of the program for a while now and HAL is using its own internal funds to fix the technical issues in the program for a while now. IAF meanwhile has been looking out for options available at the International market in case HAL is not able to fix all its issues said a senior air force official close to idrw.org on this matter. Continue reading

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

IAF’s much delayed modernizing plans for its Su-30MKI fleet standardized with the generation 4++ Su-35 fighter and also prolong its service life will get the much-needed boost after Indian Defense Ministry restarted Deep upgrade talks of the fleet with Russia’s Defense Ministry, after Russia shared its road map to upgrade its Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet based on baseline IAF’s Su-30MKI with India.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has decided to Heavily upgrade it’s Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet in line with its Su-35 fighter so has to cut the operating cost of this aircraft by standardizing the airborne weapon systems, onboard equipment and change of engine to AL-41F-1S engines from current AL-31FP engine to bring fleet similarity with Su-35 fleet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Jacobabad airport which is also known as PAF Shahbaz, which is a Forward Operational Base for the Pakistani Air Force and which operates Pakistan’s newest F-16 Block 52s has been closed down for Civilian traffic effective from 27th June till 31st December 2019.

PAF Shahbaz is barely 200 km away from the International border inland travel distance and few minutes in air time distance with the Indian state of Rajasthan and in past acted as a fully operational Forward airbase during wartime’s. Post Balakot airstrikes by IAF deep inside Pakistan. PAF has closed down its airspace for civilian traffic from the Indian side and also has maintained local propaganda that only a few trees and crows were killed in Indian air strike yet it continues to upgrade it forwards airbase with modern bunkers and new air defense systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two more Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force were offloaded at the Mundra port of Gujarat today to be ferried to Chandigarh soon said sources close to idrw.org. Boeing earlier this year had sent four of this tandem-rotor CH-47F (I) Chinooks multi-mission helicopter which was also officially inducted in the Indian Air force earlier this year.

These helicopters come from the US in a semi-knocked down (SKD) condition at Mundra Port in Gujarat, which are later re-assembled and tested and then inducted in to air force fleet. India has paid close to $1.5 billion for 15 of these helicopters which would be also used for deploying troops and machinery at high-altitude locations. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased its’s Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SpORT) a next-generation fighter trainer at Aero India 2019 earlier this year, has got attention of the Indian Air force and according to industry sources close to idrw.org, IAF is now actively backing development of a prototype upon which more platforms can be ordered in near future.

The Proposed lead-in-fighter trainer (LIFT) built on the Light Combat Aircraft Twin-seater Trainer platform, is a fighter trainer which can help pilots of modern aircraft including the Rafale, MWF, Tejas Mk1A, and SU-30 MKi before they start flying actual aircraft. According to HAL, SPORT was conceived at the time to compete at the U.S. Air Force T-X Pilot Training Program but the proposal was never sent due to the non-existing platform for trials and low winning chances. Continue reading

SOURCE: KARTIKEYA SEMWAL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Now that we all know that that by the end of 2019, IAF will be down to just 30- 32 squadrons as against the sanctioned strength of 42; it’s high time that the Govt. of India (GOI) & HAL should focus on addressing the issue of falling fighter squadrons of Indian Air-Force (IAF). HAL that has been tasked with producing the indigenous LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas Mk-1 & 1A has just produced 16 of the first 40 Tejas Mk-1s. So ironically, HAL has failed to produce even 1 full squadron of Tejas jets despite passage of 1 & ½ years which is very slow.

While our threatening neighbors Pakistan & China are adding new fighters in considerable numbers every year. The latest news about Pakistan was that, it would start getting JF-17 block-III from July-August this year. Similarly, China too is adding J-20 5th generation fighters at a good pace while India lags behind in this race. Now HAL says that it isn’t easy to produce Tejas Mk-1 and later Mk-1As as the first one has to be built from scrap while the 2 nd one is much different in terms of parts, engines & aerodynamics, etc. HAL also blames lack of proper infrastructure to produce the Tejas jets at a faster pace. Continue reading

SOURCE:  LT CDR BHARAT SINGH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s growing international stature, and as a regional maritime power, is visible from the fact that many foreign navies undertake exercises with the Indian Navy. The joint naval exercises include the Malabar exercise with Japanese and the US Navy, Varuna with French Navy, and INDRA X with Russian Navy, CORPAT with Thailand, Malaysian and Indonesian Navy, AUSINDEX with Australian Navy and SIMBEX with Singaporean Navy.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pampeo’s visit on 26 Jun 2019 coincided with India’s endorsement to non-permanent seat of the UNSC. The fifty-five countries of the Asia-Pacific group have all endorsed India’s candidature for non-permanent seat of the Security Council for a two year term from 2021-2022. Continue reading

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Four Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) are at the advanced stage of user-assisted trials of the gun and the Army has begun finalizing the Preliminary Specifications Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) of the 155mm, 52 caliber gun which will clear decks for production of 150 guns in the bulk production clearance order which will be split between Kalyani Group and Tata Power who have developed two guns each at the developmental stage.

The Estimated INR 36.65 billion (USD524 million) order will be won by the company depending on the performance of the gun and commercial bids and the lowest bidder who will be L1, will be awarded a contract to build 107 of the 150 ATAGSs while the runner-up will be allowed to manufacture the remaining 43 guns of the same model. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While Pentagon has been tempting India with an offer of its F-35A Stealth fighter aircraft in lieu of India not producing S-400 air defense system from Russia, with a unit flyaway cost of F-35A set to fall below $80 million a unit by 2020 onwards, Russian Defense Ministry have announced their will to induct 76 Su-57s by 2028 and development of Export model of countries like India and China at an attractive price point.

Russian military aircraft industry announced that 10 Su-57 prototypes ordered by Russian air force are going through testing and evaluation phase but serial production of the Su-57 commence soon and production order which will work out $6.34-$7.92 billion will translate into per unit cost of $83-104 million per unit for the Russian air force. Continue reading