Indian Navy plans for its Future warships in next decade or so will see the incorporation of two revolutionary fitments : integrated mast housing L-,S- and X-band active phased-array radars and Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) effectors on warships which are still on drawing boards and on their follow-up designs. DEW effectors primarily to be used as a self-defence weapon system against Uav’s, Incoming sea skimming anti-ship missiles or subsonic cruise missiles .

Research and Development on DEW for warships worldwide has already spawned several solutions that are now undergoing sea-trials and will see the incorporation of DEWs soon in many frontline warships while India is seriously lacking behind in this category but DEWs are one of the priorities projects which DRDO plans to focus next. Continue reading

SOURCE: Swastik Mohapatra / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In the present scenario, the future of Indian air force can be described in one word – uncertain. There is still no clarity on which aircraft(s) shall finally be inducted to replace the aging Migs . The MMRCA deal is yet to be inked despite years of negotiations while the LCA is yet to pick up numbers in production lines (LCA MK 1-A is still to be flight tested) .

Adding to the woes, we are still unable to come to terms with Russia with regards to the 5th Generation FGFA , owing to Russia’s reluctance in sharing technology and granting access to the prototypes , to IAF personnel . The need of the hour is to take a quick and logical decision to provide a much needed relief to IAF which is facing squadron depletion lest it falls behind the neighboring air forces which are ramping up their air power . Continue reading


Swedish defence major Saab recently revealed Gripen E fighter jet with host of improvements in almost every department like range, weapons,sensors, and other capabilities is now looking again at taking shot at cancelled MMRCA Tender under which India still has requirements for more than 90 jets under “Made in India ” Category promoted by PM Modi .

Mr Mats Palmberg who serves as the Vice President and Head of Business Development and Marketing at Saab Aerostructures answering most asked Question on why India should buy Gripen E when it already has its own indigenous LCA-Tejas fighter jet of similar class said that ” I don’t think we should not be interpreted it has a opponents to one way in another to LCA , I will see that like they can compliment each other ” . Continue reading


Russia’s Eastern Military District plans to hold large-scale air defence drills with the involvement of S-400, S-300, Tor, Buk and other air defence systems which are due to take place at the Telemba training ground this year.

With India and Russia close to an agreement on the sale of S-400 LRSAM systems by the end of this year , highly reliable sources close to have confirmed that Russia plans to invite Indian Air Force observers to witness tactical field firing exercise at the Telemba range this September . Continue reading


Last year in December state-owned HAL completed successfully inaugural run of its 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (HTFE 25) in the presence of Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar at HAL’s Engine Division .

After the function, CMD of HAL T Suvarna Raju briefed Media and said that Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE-25), it can be used for basic, intermediate and advanced trainer aircraft. The engine can also be used on business jets and five-tonne weight class aircraft in single engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with twin engine configuration. Continue reading


State-owned Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd has won major order to construct and supply Two 2500 Tonne Frigates for the Philippines Navy against RFQ issued by the Department of National Defence, Government of Philippines vide their RFI .

Light frigates will be based on Kamorta-class corvettes designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design which is to be completed in a very challenging and tight time line of 40 and 48 months respectively. Timely delivery and quality are therefore the essence of this project. Continue reading


India’s Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister ) Manohar Parrikar while speaking in Parliament informed legislators that American Company Lockheed Martin did make an offer to sell its F-16 legacy fighter jet and move its production line to the country but India is not interested in procuring F-16s for Indian Air Force .

American administration after the cancellation of MMRCA tender had offered its F16 IN and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets to India and had agreed to move their production line to India to meet PM Modi’s ” Make in India ” initiative in the defence sector. Continue reading


DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and French Snecma (makers of the M88 engine used in Dassault Rafale aircraft) for nearly 6 years negotiated to set up a Joint venture company to develop a new engine based on French designed Snecma M88-2 core with components from Kaveri engine to develop new engine for LCA-Tejas MK-2 and later for AMCA before both decided to walk away from any deal due to serious differences over Transfer of Technology (ToT) and cost of the program .

At present Indian and Us Government are engaged in talks under Jet Engine Technology Joint working group (JETWG) to Co-develop General Electric developed Upgraded F-414 engine for India’s 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet project . Failure of GTRE-Snecma proposed Joint venture talks should have promoted our planners to always have a backup plan or parallel negotiation team talking with rival Engine makers to have an upper hand in negotiation table with Engine OEMs. Continue reading


India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has started work on its most ambitious engine project till date to develop an indigenous Hindustan Turbo-Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200 ( 1,200 KW) to power host of Helicopters currently manufactured by the company .

Putting its past Research and Development (R&D) and experience of jointly developing “Shakti engine” with its French partner Turbomeca at presently used on HAL Dhruv , HAL Rudra, HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and upcoming HAL Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) last October , HAL announced plans to pursue development of new Helicopter engine to reduce India’s existing gaps and dependence on foreign companies . Continue reading


When Air force LCA-Tejas was hitting it targets in IronFist 2016 Aerial Exercise , Back in Bangalore LCA Naval Team were busy preparing LCA Naval Prototypes to be ferried to INS Hansa Naval base in Goa to start the second phase of the carrier compatibility flight testing programme .

NP-1 and NP-2 both updated with enhanced flight control software last month carried out series of take-off roll from the Restraining Gear System (RGS) for nearly three weeks . INS Hansa is home to India’s only Shore Based Test Facility which helps in training Naval Aircraft Carrier pilots in takeoff and arrested landing from shore-based facilities . Continue reading


Australia and France have agreed to develop futuristic next-gen Stealth Conventional Shortfin Barracuda diesel submarine fleet based on the French Navy’s Barracuda Nuclear Attack submarine . which is expected to see a launch in 2017 nearly 10 years after officially work begin on it in 2007 .

French company DCNS will be leveraging its state of the art technology it had developed originally for its big brother and most of the technology like intelligence-gathering platforms, stealth capability with improved reduced signature and modern diesel-electric propulsion will not only play a key role in help reducing both drag and noise of the submarine but also make submarine one of the quietest ones to operate in vast and noisy Indian ocean . Continue reading


Border management is a crucial aspect of national security. Securing international borders plays an important role in securing the nation. Thus, nations need to police their borders expediently, while not antagonising their neighbours and adhering to international norms and conventions.

India ‘s immediate neighbourhood consists of the 15,106 km of its territorial boundary that it shares with six nations-Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The extent and types of threats and challenges that it faces while managing its borders, greatly differ with regards to all six of its territorial neighbours. The security challenges that India faces at the international borders can be broadly classified as follows Continue reading


Ministry of defence (MoD) has set a deadline of 2018 for state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in developing Upgraded Tejas MK-1A which will come with new Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and beyond the vision range missiles and easy on Maintenance .

HAL on other hand wants to rope in Makers of Gripen fighter jet Swedish company “SAAB” to help in develop new upgraded LCA-Tejas in less than two years for which Indian Air Force has a requirement for 80 + aircraft . Continue reading


India’s NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation ) is finally taking shape with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G which is India’s very own Navigation Satellite System equivalent to Global Position System (GPS) of the USA, the Russian Glonass, China’s BeiDou and Galileo of Europe.

But India’s perception about Military use of space changed only in 2007 after China using an ASAT System destroyed a defunct weather satellite which finally lead to India’s MOD setting up tri-service integrated space cell (ISC) in 2010 taking note of the evolving threat in the space in general and its vicinity. Continue reading