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SOURCE : SPUTNIK WITH IDRW INPUTS

A Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of the Indian Air Force reportedly managed to detect the latest Chinese Chengdu J-20 jet fighter, which is supposed to be a top-of-the-line stealth aircraft operated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), reports Indian Defence Research Wing. According to the outlet, when the new Chinese jets where conducting flight training over Tibet, Indian pilots on Russian-made Su-30MKIs managed to detect and track them from Indian airspace.

“The Sukhoi’s radar can see them. The new Chinese jets are not so invisible after all. No special technology is required to detect the J-20, as it can be detected by ordinary radar stations,” Indian Air Force commander Arup Shaha said. Continue reading

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

Earlier this year in January, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) started conducting its regular high altitude combat training exercise at Roof of the World from its Tibetian Airbases facing towards Indian border. Two Week Combat training exercise for the first time saw the deployment of China’s first Stealth aircraft J-20 practicing beyond-visual-range air combat with other frontline fighter aircraft’s like J-10C and Shenyang J-11.

India-centric Air Force training by China was largely seen as their attempts to take control of the skies, which will be pivotal in case of a possible India-China conflict. PLAAF in the recent years was able to convert its forwards bass in Tibet into all whether airbases which allowed them to maintain their presence near Indian border all year along, which lead to Indian counter moves with the deployment of frontline aircraft like Sukhoi-30s and Mig-29s along with an installation of long ranged Radars to monitor their activities . Continue reading

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

Two Major development of last few days has been that India’s Longest Landbased nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles ” Agni-V” has started the process of operationalizing nuclear-tipped missile into Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which will soon begin a second pre-induction trial of Agni-V soon.

India also has now confirmed that 700km “B05 submarine-launched strategic missile to has been fully operationalized and another long-range submarine-launched nuclear missile K-4 (3500km) to has cleared developmental trials and is now closer to induction. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale recently visited Moscow to meet Russian NSA and foreign minister besides other senior-level officials to discuss a way out amid impending US sanctions on Russian defense firms that might impact supplies to India.

India and Russia are close to sealing a deal for the purchase of S-400 Air Defence System, along with Purchase of four frigates and lease of a Nuclear Attack Submarine which could draw US Sanctions on India if the deal goes through. India and Russia also touched upon stalled Pak-fa 5th generation program at great length. Continue reading

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy have agreed to disagree that the whole rational idea of building a Carrier based Naval next-generation stealth fighter, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) first before Airforce variant has been rejected and ADA will continue to build Airforce variant first as per latest media reports.

ADA is simply not buying Navy’s argument that once Naval-AMCA is developed first it will be easier to develop or adapt that into an Airforce variant like emulated by French in their Dassault Rafale programme where Carrier based Dassault Rafale was first to be developed and later based on that an Airforce variant was developed. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Tejas Programme is just two flights away from accomplishing 4000 Accident-free test flights in its 17 years long developmental and testing program accomplished with 16 Technology Demonstrator, Prototypes and Limited Series Production aircraft which have been associated with the program from 2001 when first LCA TD-1 made its first flight.

16 Aircraft have helped LCA-Tejas Programme inch closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) which will happen by end of July this year as per media reports. It is also quite an achievement that program never suffered any major accident or any crash. Continue reading

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

NEED FOR MORE POLICE WOMEN

According to studies conducted by different police counties in the United States of America since their introduction to police forces in 1970s, women police personnel are very effective due to lesser reliance on authoritarianism, minimal usage of brawns and better communication with the general populace.

Women police personnel are adept at handling situations without letting violence takeover. According to the Police Foundation, a premier think tank in the United States, women police personnel are relatively calmer and don’t lose their composure easily. In 1974, the Police Foundation in a nationwide survey found that while dealing with violent situations involving inebriated and angry individuals or criminals, women police personnel rarely relied on force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On Saturday night, Indian Army’s indigenous Rudra Attack helicopter had a hard landing close to Army helicopter base near Nag Talab, located on Nagaur road due to brownout phenomenon. The helicopter has not suffered much damage in the accident and It is believed that during the course of training at night in dusty conditions suffered in-flight visibility restriction due to dust in the air.

Brownout phenomenon is a situation in which pilot cannot see nearby objects which provide the outside visual references necessary to control the aircraft near the ground. This can cause spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness leading to an accident. Continue reading

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

IAF’s Sukhoi and Jaguar fighter aircraft, equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, showcased their strategic depth and capabilities to carry out any sort of operations over an entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region recently in Gagan Shakti 2018.

Chinese Navy which has been trying to expand its influence in critical sea lanes around India might have watched India’s seaboard aerial drills were careful because it has a subtle message to the Chinese that any “misadventure” by any adversary will be dealt with strong force and India will continue to keep its Air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The government of India is giving serious thoughts to a Proposal offered by Mazagon Dock which wants to construct three additional Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy after its French designers agreed to make 14 design changes in the three additional Scorpene-class submarines as asked by Indian Navy.

After Data Breach and also do to the advancement of technology, Indian Navy had proposed 14 changes in their Scorpene submarines which were approved by the Naval Group after consultation with their Engineering team and 14 Changes will be carried out on all existing Six Scorpene order under Project-75 tender in near future but also will be incorporated into Three additional Scorpene submarines if ordered by India . Continue reading

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

Artist Impression of Unmanned Tejas

Dr. Girish Shantaram Deodhare who is Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed to Indian media that after Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is granted to Tejas Mark-1 by this July, ADA has been cleared by Government of India (GOI) to commence work on the development of Unmanned Tejas.

Unmanned Tejas according to ADA Chief, will be developed to further explore the futuristic role for the LCA-Tejas and according to experts in the field also will help fast-track development of India’s Indigenous Stealth Ghatak Autonomous unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program. Continue reading

SOURCE : DRDO NEWSLETTER WITH IDRW INPUT

Gas Turbine Research Estab lishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, successfully tested prototypeof Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) for High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh during February 2018. The successful demonstration validated the design, selection of Materials and the control logics used for lighting and acceleration of engine to minimum sustained speed. The performance of pyro systems was as per expectations.

GTRE had designed and realised a mobile test bed and fuel supply system simulating unmanned vehicle confguration exclusively for adapting to High Altitude trials. Suitable Operator Console in a climate controlled cabin for safe operation of control desk,data acquisition systems and vibration monitoring panels were also positioned to ensure that tests are carried out without compromising safety and other design criteria. Continue reading

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

When India confirmed to Russia that it is no longer Interested in pursuing joint development of 5th generation fighter jet program based on its Su-57 fighter. Back Home Air Chief B.S.Dhanoa had some pretty serious explaining to do to the media on why Indian Air Force decided and even recommended Ministry of Defence (MOD) to pull out from such a prestigious program.

In one to one Interaction with media, Dhanoa, when asked how IAF plans to counter Chinese developed 5th generation fighter which recently has been deployed in airbases in Tibet towards India, gave a sharp and prompt reply saying ” Radars of our Su’s (Sukhoi-30MKI) can detect them ” and ended this discussion and in subsequent questions dismissed rumours of India showing any interests in procurement of American 5th generation F-35 fighter jets . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After India was seen dragging its feet over the purchase of 20 BAE Hawk trainers for IAF due to an inflated price of the jets. BAE Systems and UK Government have offered India a line of funding to land estimated Rs 2500 crores worth contract.

According to information provided to idrw.org, UK Export Finance provides loan up to £3 Billion to any overseas buyers to procure defense equipment from UK based Defense firms. UK Government and BAE Systems want India to take the offer to fund the purchase of 20 Hawks. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ministry of Civil Aviation is in process of placing an order for 10 HAL built 19-seater Dornier 228 Civil Variant to be used for civilian flights. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) already has given a certificate of airworthiness to HAL’s Dornier 228 and second Civil variant also took to air in February to further fast-track the process.

Highly versatile multi-purpose light Dornier 228 is already generating interest also from Private domestic airline players in the market and to implement Modi’s government’s ambitious UDAN scheme to improve regional connectivity, domestic airlines are also likely to place orders for the aircraft soon. Continue reading