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What was been buzzing around for a while has turned out to be true now, and Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company (JSC) has now officially has responded to Request for Information (RFI) send by India for the supply of 114 units of fighter aircraft tender which many describe as MMRCA 2.0 and is offering its new Su-35.

RFI issued on 6th April 2018 initially received responses from the usual Six OEMs. Airbus with its Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing with its F/A-18 Super hornet Block III, Dassault with its Rafale, Lockheed Martin with its F-16 Block 70, Saab with Gripen E and RAC with Mig-35, Sukhoi offer of its Su-35 makes it Seventh offer received by Air Headquarters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian shipbuilders have offered to help India, design and develop jointly countries first Generation class of Nuclear Attack Submarines to be developed locally in India. A government of India has approved in recent years, the Indian Navy’s proposal to develop Six Attack nuclear Submarines and the project is at an advanced stage of the design phase.

According to media reports matter was discussed at a high-level meeting during Sochi summit in May earlier this year and India is currently evaluating this Russian offer on the project. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Nearly two years ago after successful demonstration of its land attack capabilities on Syrian targets, Kalibr cruise missiles made a splash at the International stage and keen interest to procure them was first made by none other than Russia’s close ally India which was particularly interested in its ground strike variant for its Indian Navy warships.

Fast forward to 2018 relationship between the United States and Russia have entered a new cold war era and this war is literally been fought in India where both countries are trying to keep the biggest importer of weapons in the world by their side and to deny each other lucrative weapons sale in the process. After failing to stop India from procuring S-400 system from Russia, Washington is making yet another attempt to derail the possible sale of another Russian weapon system to India. Continue reading

SOURCE:  VIHAAN KAPOOR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After India decided to procure $1-billion National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) safeguard crucial facilities in Capital New Delhi on recommendation of Washington, comes another shocker of the deal which is likely to be discussed in India-US 2+2 Dialogue in Delhi on September 6 that of India purchasing Tomahawk subsonic cruise missile for Indian Navy as reported in Economic Times.

Tomahawk will be procured for deployment on frontline warships and submarines against surface targets according to the report. If a deal on Tomahawk does take place then Indian Navy will be the third operator after United States Navy and Royal Navy to induct them in its service. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Last unsold C-17 which was stored in Boeing’s Production facility in California has been purchased by Government of India and Boeing has started ground works on the aircraft so that it can be transferred to India by next year.

Sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that Boeing will hand over Eleventh C-17A to Indian Air Force (IAF) by August 2019. Final unsold C-17A Globemaster III was procured by India under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for $262m. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org, India has opted to integrate soon to be procured Russian S-400 Air Defence system with IAF operated EL/M-2080 Green Pine and Super Green Pine Radar systems which will boosts S-400 systems tracking and interception capabilities even further.

S-400 Air Defence System usually comes with 91N6E Search and Acquisition Radars (S-Band, X-band) which has a range of 600km and 92N6E Grave Stone Multimode radar with a 400-kilometer range but with the integration of Super Green Pine Radar systems with S-400, will now ensure that the system gets enhanced tracking range of 800 to 900 km which is very crucial to ensure the system has a second shot capability. Continue reading

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

PICTURE OF SEA ARROW MISSILE SYSTEM

According to the latest media reports. DRDO developed Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, which has successfully completed its developmental trials and has entered batch production for the Indian air force will be used to develop a new ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system for the Indian Navy.

Under Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (SR-SAMs) program for the Navy, DRDO will supply 10 systems which will replace Israeli supplied Barak-1 Point air defense system in leading frontline warships of India. While four similar system will be brought from abroad to meet immediate requirements, DRDO has been told to develop a similar local system and complete the program by 2022. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Lockheed Martin with its F-16V and Boeing with its F-18 Super Hornet Block III are currently marketing their aircraft as low-observable combat jets so that it can seal a deal for 110 fighter jets for the Indian air force from India. Company representatives of both the companies have been repeatedly marketing so-called stealth features of their jets in Indian media lately.

Lockheed Martin F-16Vs which for India it will be called as F-17 Block 70 as closest thing to a true stealth fighter jet like F-35. According to Lockheed Martin officials, F-16V comes with Northrop Grumman’s advanced APG-83 AESA radar provides greater situational awareness and provides pilots with unprecedented target area detail and digital map displays that can be tailored with slew and zoom features. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Its more or less official now that, India’s 5th Generation Stealth fighter jet AMCA will take nearly 15 years to even begin its developmental trials and it will take over 20 years for the program to enter production stage.that should put Indian Air Force (IAF) in a spot of bother since, IAF recently pulled out of Russian FGFA Stealth program and with homegrown 5th Generation Stealth fighter program literally on back burner, focus is fast shifting towards Mk II program which Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is developing in great urgency and with a strict timeline.

Mk II program is more likely will be a legacy Mk I design but with much bigger in size and equipped with a more powerful engine to meet IAF’s requirements for a Multi-Role capable fighters, that can replace Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-29 fleet in Medium Class Category. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Palau or the Republic of Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia, and has an area of 466 sq kms (180 sq mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia. So how can India beat China.

Fact is Palau is one of the few nations in the world that has diplomatic relations with Taiwan, that makes China squirm. Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination. Continue reading

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Russians officials have confirmed to Indian media at Army 2018 defense show being held in Kubinka near Moscow that they have received a list of pieces of equipment, that India wants it to part of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI upgrade package and they have agreed to most of the demands made by India which give India’s frontline Sukhoi Su-30MKI a 5th generation edge since many of the technology asked by India will come from the Su-57 5th generation fighter which India rejected.

Buzz around is that X-band N036 Byelka (Squirrel) AESA radar found on Su-57 will replace the powerful but, aging NO-11M Bars PESA-MMR that currently equips the Su-30MKI. X-band AESA radar will enhance situational awareness for the Su-30MKI Pilot without external help. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of four Sets of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) systems from aboard ,which will go on to replace aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems on Naval Warships.

But what’s interesting in the DAC Statement was that 10 systems will be indigenously developed. there was no clarification if indigenously developed means overseas defense companies would need to forge local partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous manufacturing of this SRSAM systems or it will be a complete new DRDO developed system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Officials of Mig Corporation while speaking to India media who were attending Army-2018 Int’l Military Technical Forum held in Moscow region of Russia, have confirmed that they have not received Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Carrier Based Fighter Aircraft issued in early 2017 by Indian Navy.

This is Strange since media reports in India have been Quoting Indian Naval officials which at one point had confirmed that four vendors reportedly Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) have responded to the RFI which usually is sent to almost vendors even if they don’t have any carrier capable fighters. Continue reading

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

Pakistan’s latest procurement of 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries developed T129 ATAK helicopter gunships over Cheaper Chinese CAIC Z?10 helicopter gunships might have something to do with T129 abilities to perform adequately over the higher altitudes which AH?1F Cobra gunships and Mil Mi?35M Hind helicopter gunships presently in Pakistani service are ill-equipped to do so.

Indian Army till a few years ago suffered from the same problem, Mil Mi?25/35 could not be pressed into service during Kargil War and makeshift aerial Helicopter firepower provided by Mi-8/17 Helicopters with Rocket Pods were grossly inadequate and one Mi-17 while attacking a hilltop position was hit by a man-portable surface to air missile leading to death of the whole crew. Continue reading