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

India’s present development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Smaller Drones locally is pathetically low to meet a large number of requirements felt by the Indian Armed forces. with technology trajectory of UAV’s and Drones moving to next level in the usage of their military applications, Rising Regional Power like India is embarrassingly depended on imported Drones to meet its requirements.

Some of the local projects initiated by India which has seen success are Pilot-less Target Drones like Abhyas and Lakshay and Netra which is a light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations, India still doesn’t have a significant drone program which has tasted any success. Continue reading

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

Longtime Critic of F-35 Program, US President Donald Trump has reportedly cleared US Militaries officials and Lockheed Martin’s proposal to explore completely new potential customers for its 5th Generation F-35 fighter aircraft outside its traditional circle of allies who largely procure the US made weapons.

One of the reasons for the exploring new potential buyers of F-35 is due to the United States Air Force’s inability to procure 1,763 F-35A jet by end of 2038. With a shorter production run of only 60 F-35A per annum from earlier proposed 80 per annum could seriously derail cutbacks in the cost which Lockheed Martin had announced after President Trump took office. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Internally initiated by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in 2008, Development of India’s first 5th generation multi-role aircraft with stealth characters is yet to take off even after it had officially received Air Staff Requirements from Indian Air Force for development of 5th generation fighter aircraft way back in 2010.

For the Developers of LCA-Tejas, Development of AMCA has come as a real shocker due to much more complex and mammoth project requirements which years of LCA-Tejas experience seemed insignificant. without any technical milestone in the project to flaunt, AMCA is yet to get official full-scale clearance from the Ministry of Defence and PMO which has pushed back initial induction timeline of AMCA in IAF from 2025 to 2030-35 period. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indigenously designed and developed India’s first long-range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay which can carry warheads weighing up to 300 kg towards a target located 1000km away will be making its Republic day debut this time.

Two-stage missile is 6 meters long, 0.52 metre wide with a wingspan of 2.7 meters. It can fly at a speed of 0.6 to 0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 1,500 kg an for the first time was spotted in Republic day Parade rehearsal with Missile Launcher. Continue reading

SOURCE:   Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s been more than 30 years now from when India truly started perusing its DEW dreams especially in Laser technology. It was Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), the key institution on whose shoulder it was putting its trust for its dreams to become real. Since then LASTEC developed and tested several types and classes of Laser sources, Lasing mediums, associated technologies for each types and classes, several types of laser applications etc. etc.
LAB in the Centre Stage:
Yes the LASTEC it was, the central lab responsible for all the actions on that field. And there are reasons that why LASTEC and why not others. The question is valid because peoples may think that when the LASTEC stands for Laser Science and Technology Centre, it’s obvious that it will be given the work because it was meant for the type of work.

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

When I say Tank MRO and not trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, I say this bcoz that is what sound common sense application should be as it saves the governments hundreds of crores of tax payers money as well as boost defense preparedness. If you ask how and why? Common sense says it’s a bad idea to assemble various models of Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. Here are the below points:-

What does Vehicle Factory Jabalpur do?
Apart from other types of vehicles, the plant mainly assembles Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks for the armed forces that are manufactured in Ashok Leyland’s own plant, then dis-assembled into CKD/SKD kits; packaged and transported to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh where again they are unpacked and re-assembled once again. Continue reading

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

Indian-American Vivek Lall who joined Lockheed Martin as vice- president of strategy and business development recently in his interview with Press Trust of India (PTI) made contrary statements on Lockheed Martin’s proposal for sale of F-16 while bringing in a push for sale of F-35 to India leading to high level of confusion.

Lall said Lockheed is keen on offering Customised F-35 to India, while his later part of Interview he was clearly talking about F-16 proposal to manufacture 114 with Tata Group in India to meet Indian Air Force’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

155mm 39 caliber gun 

Kalyani Group’s Artillery Division ” Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) ” is keen on displaying its Crown Jewel which is its 155mm 52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) in upcoming Defexpo 2018 to be held sometime in April.

While ATAGS is already has been transported to Sikkim for High Altitude Trials due to lighter Air more records are to be tumbled after ATAGS achieved record-breaking 48km Range in Plains. KSSL is working to develop more Prototypes which were ordered by DRDO to fast-track the program and its is likely one of the newer prototypes will be exhibited. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Biennial land and naval and homeland security exhibition which is also known as Defexpo might again see a new venue with new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman now in place. Nirmala Sitharaman is keen on taking Defexpo to Tamil Nadu and event might be held in Chennai in the month of April according to buzz in the media.

Defexpo India was regularly held at the Pragati Maidan trade fair ground in Delhi till 2014 but Defexpo India 2016 was shifted to Betul Village located in Goa after then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took in charge of the Ministry of Defence. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Troublesome LCA-Tejas SP-5 has finally cleared High-Speed Taxi Trials and is gearing up to carry out its first official test flight later this week. SP-5 was the first aircraft which came from the second production facility and had faced technical issues due to which flight trials were held up.

Due to delays with SP-5, both SP-6 and SP-7 have preceded in first flights and SP-7 will soon be joining Indian Air Force, while Sp-6 already has joined No 45 Flying Daggers Squadrons of Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

2.5 ton Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) hit a decommissioned naval asset positioned at the Bay of Bengal during its recent test. DRDO for the first time has released a picture of the Vessel which got Hit by BrahMos ALCM. Continue reading

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

Turkey’s Exporters Assembly (TIM) reported that with purchase of USD106.8 million of Defence equipment and 125% growth in Defense export sales to India when compared to previous year, India is now Turkey’s Third biggest purchaser.

Turkish Defense exports to India is largely supply of equipment to Indian Private sector companies as there is no known direct defence deal between the two countries for sale of any equipment. In 2013, then Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on a visit to Turkey helped revive 20-year-old draft defence cooperation agreement between Turkey and India, since then Ankara’s outlook towards cooperation between two defence forces through military-to-military contacts and training exchanges have improved. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to latest Indian media reports both Saab and Mig corporation has been informed by Indian Navy that their respected offer of Gripen M (Maritime) and Mig-29K in response to Indian Navy request for information (RFI) received last year for operations from Indian aircraft carrier has been rejected.

Indian Navy will now hold formal talks with remaining two contenders, Boeing and Dassault on their offer of F-18E/F and Rafale M and will also ask further technical details and formal proposal soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A few days back Pakistan Navy (PN) carried out first test firing of Harbah land attack Cruise Missile from newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat successfully. Harbah is a Naval version of short-range turbojet powered Babur subsonic cruise missile which already has been entered into service with Pakistani Army.

Pakistani press release failed to mention the range of the new Harbah subsonic cruise missile but it is likely to a range of 450 km or lesser. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indo-US defence officials are holding several closed-door discussion to iron out the key difference which emerged after Lockheed Martin raised proprietary technology and technology transfer issue for their F-16 Block 70 to be made in India by a Joint venture company between Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited.

According to reliable Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Both Governments may agree to keep certain checks and balances in place to ensure that Transfer of Technology of sensitive equipment of F-16 fighter jet is not misused by India, while India will be made a global manufacturing and supply base for the aircraft. Continue reading