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When Boeing announced first successful tests fight of AH-64 Apache Helicopter of Indian Air Force, Defense Enthusiasts from around the world were surprised to see Boeing’s AH-64 Apache in a new avatar and sporting a new cameo which is pretty much is an alien color to the helicopter’s three-decade-old history which is operated by over 15 countries around the world.

Defense Enthusiasts who have special interests in AH-64 Apache Helicopter cheered use of IAF’s Default Cameo also called as ” Tipnis grey”. AH-64 Apache Helicopter around the world usually sport neither US Army Helo Drab, Dark Green, Black Insignia, Sand Camo and in rare cases White color cameo Continue reading

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4. Ask Mazagaon Docks to Build 3 More Scorpenes, P75I should morphe into SSNs & Send Sindhughosh Submarines for Refit only to Hindustan Shipyard, Vizag

It’s all very well known that all 6 Scorpene submarines are about to come out of the Mazagaon docks by 2020. Common sense dictates that:- Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

First CH-47 Chinook helicopter of India for its air force has successfully completed its first flight in the Philadelphia on 23th of this month.Boeing India also has realised first images of CH-47 Chinook helicopter in IAF’s Tipnis Grey Colour along with AH-64E Apache which also had completed its first flight on 16th from it’s facilities in Arizona.

India placed orders for 15 Chinook and 22 Apache choppers in a deal worth 2.5 billion in 2015. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                              IAF JAGUAR AIRCRAFT PARKED NEAR A F125 engine

After securing several retired Jaguar airframes to be used as spares from friendly countries recently to prolong their service life beyond 2034, Indian air force is now fast-tracking the purchase of F-125IN engines from Honeywell to be equipped on 80 odd DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft to enhance their operational capabilities.

IAF has decided to procure 200 F-125IN engines in a direct deal with Honeywell by end of this year so that supply can begin in next three years once the deal is concluded. 160 of this engine will be used on 80 DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft while 40 will be used as reserve engines. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-10 (LA-5010) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 26 July 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-10 flew for 35 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-10 is Tenth Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-09 had completed its first flight on 24 March 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

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

There are a few commonsensical idea that we in India can make do to match up with the shortfall in defense preparedness. But one question remains, how long IA,IAF, IN will make do with jugaad. The last one is not fully my own idea though. ? ? but still read on.

1. Don’t Make 2 Frigates @ Goa Shipyard Ltd. & Send the 2 half Built Ships back to Russia

Common sense dictates that it will be a foolish idea for India to build 2 Grigorivitch-class frigates at Goa, why the reasons are listed below:- Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by ” The Print”, the Indian Army has opposed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement which the US government has been pressuring India to sign after learning that once equipped on Apache AH-64E attack helicopter, US Government will be able to hear what Indian Army is communicating through secure connections leading to possible data leak to Pakistan.

All Military platforms purchased by India from the United States like C-17 and P-8I are supplied to India without secure communication systems of US-origin since India has refused to become a signatory to COMCASA and India instead uses less secure communications devices procured from Indian and other Global suppliers. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Ex-Royal AirForce Jaguar Trainer aircrafts acquired from the United Kingdom at cost of 2.81cr by India for Indian Air Force is likely to be restored back and put back into service says the latest media report. Jaguar Trainers are considerable in short supply due to few crashes and since India plans to maintain its Jaguar fleet till 2034, the flow of new pilots for their conversion training needs to continue due to which aircraft are likely to be restored back into service.

Two Jaguar Trainer where kept in Royal Air Force in Reserve Command which means components of the aircraft were kept in serviceable conditions to be put back into the air on short notice in event of war. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The first batch of 22 AH-64E attack helicopter ordered by India in 2015 for its air force has started initial trials in Boeing facility in Mesa, Arizona, United States. First Apache helicopter meant for India reportedly had its first low-level hover flight this month on 16th and will continue to carry out initial trials.

But India will only get the first AH-64E attack helicopter in March next year and it is likely whole order will be concluded in next two years and more helicopters meant for India will join initial trials after completion of their assembly. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) offered to throw in Igor Belousov rescue ship in a package at a special offer price to India if it agrees to procure six next-generation conventional diesel submarines under Project-75I tender floated by Indian Navy.

Russia has offered India its Project 1650 Amur Class conventional submarine with Full Transfer of Technology along with undisclosed help in the construction of Six Nuclear attack submarine. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Squadron leader Meet Kumar who died in the MiG 21 crash of June 18, Chose to save the Patta village when his ill-fated aircraft malfunction over ejection when carrying out certification sorties of repaired Mig-21 over Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district thus saving lives of nearly 50 Villagers in the process.

When Elders of the Villagers learned about the circumstance of the crash of the aircraft and how Meet Kumar died saving their village through media reports, have now decided to honor their savior by building a Burst of the Pilot as a small memorial to the heroic Pilot. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After months of speculation that LCA Navy Program has been officially grounded due to lack of flight activities and Indian Navy’s refusal to accept the LCA-Navy. NP-2 (KH3002) today successfully carried out its first flight from INS Hansa Naval Base located in Goa with Tail Hook attachment hinting at the possibility of an imminent restart of the program.

Naval Prototypes (NP) 1&2 both have cleared ski-jump take-off intensive rounds of trials from the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) which mimics aircraft carriers and are usually used to for the training of the pilots who will operate the aircraft from the aircraft carriers. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Airforce and HAL are making all-out effort to sustain India’s Jaguar fighter fleet till 2034 and as per plans are sourcing now retired Jaguar Airframes to be used as spares. After India secured 31 Ex French Jaguar aircraft from France for free, Oman to now has transferred Two retired Jaguar aircraft along with eight engines in addition to unused spares to India for free.

India also has brought Two retired Jaguar Trainer aircraft from the United Kingdom for 2.8Cr along with some spares recently to keep its Trainer fleet operational till 2034. Continue reading

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

Congress minister Shashi Tharoor off late seems to be tasked to revive long dead Hindu terror bogey yet again crucially when the county is just a few months away from National Assembly elections with a tactical backing of the ” High Command ” which have neither condemned this remarks nor have shown any regret for the comment made by him.

A Majortiy section of the Indian media too has not questioned the ” High Command ” on Tharoor’s remarks hinting that more such remarks are expected to come from him in what seems to be repackaged Hindu terror bogey which P Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh had floated in the past. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a recent report prepared by ” Times Now”, France has decided to Gift 32 now retired Jaguar fighter jets belonging to French Airforce to India free of cost to be used as spares on IAF’s Jaguar fighter fleet. Ex-French Jaguar fighters have been in Cold Storage for last many years and were offered to India after India and France concluded a deal for 36 Dassault Rafale in 2015.

A team from Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) first evaluated Stored Ex-French Jaguars and found aircrafts worthy to be used as spares to support current fleet of Jaguar fighter’s operated by India and according to ” Times Now”, India is currently in process of shipping them back to India. Continue reading