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Igor V Vilnit,CEO Rubin Design Bureau in a recent Interview to Indian media house has said that ” Russia has offered State-of-the-art Amur-1650 conventional submarines based on Lada-Class under Make in India programme under Project 75(I) .

Igor also added that Amur-1650 offered to India will take best of Lada-Class submarines currently under construction at Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg but also will carry forward several refinements of Lada-Class and further developments from little known Kalina-Class conventional submarines project . Continue reading

SOURCE: Sairama V/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy (IN) undersea capabilities are reviving with the refit of Kilo Class (Sindhughosh class) submarine and the commissioning of Scorpene Class submarine before 2020. With the speculation of new order for 3 Scorpene Class or 2 Improved Kilo class or both, IN plan for strong undersea fleet is becoming a reality. Arihant Class SSBN, SSN Project along with Project 75I SSKs is going to boast the supremacy of Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean by the end of next decade.

Indian Govt has announced the P75I will be the last order for foreign firms and P76 will be indigenous design. With all the submarines are expected to be commissioned by the end of next decade (before 2030), the need for Project 76 submarines doesn’t arise till 2050 unless India modifies the 24 submarine plan envisaged in 1999 owing to twin threat from China & Pakistan. Continue reading

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While Us Authorities are keen on holding discussions with the Indian government for the possible sale of 40 Unarmed General Atomics Predator XP surveillance drones but is mum on India’s request to hold formal discussions on the possible sale of Armed Jet-powered latest Avenger drones to India .

Defence Analyst Ranesh Rajan believes that India should buy Predator XP surveillance drones only if Us Authorities show the same level of enthusiasm towards India’s request for sale of Armed drones since Predator XP category surveillance drones are easily available to India from other sources and with collaboration with friendly countries can develop its own Jet-powered Armed drones if required before its own indigenous effort matures . Continue reading

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

After placing orders for Modernized Tejas MK-1A , Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha made a bizarre statement in the media that air force will order and induct LCA-Tejas (MK-1A) in its current form and have no immediate requirement or plans for the development of Mark-2 variant of LCA-Tejas which it has been backing until a few years back .

It’s no secret that Current State of operational preparedness of Indian Air force is not at its optimal level and combat squadron fleet has already fallen to 28 Squadron from sanctioned 42 Squadrons and with phased retirement of Mig-21 and Mig-27 already underway for next three years , Squadron strength dangerously will slide below 25 Squadrons if future inductions does not take place at much higher rate . Continue reading

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

Swedish Saab Aerospace is making all out efforts to secure orders for 90 fighter jets which India is planning to acquire to fill the void left behind after India decided to downsize its initial plans to purchase 126 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France to 36 and decided to acquire remainder of the jets under separate Government 2 Government deal .

LCA-Tejas lobby in India fears that India going for single engine, a light class fighter like Gripen E will certainly kill indigenously developed homegrown LCA-Tejas program and will cap further development of LCA Mark-II . Continue reading

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Naval LCA Prototypes stationed at Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa have started night flying activities from normal runway and SBTF facilities to complete its Carrier Compatibility Tests.

NP-1 and NP-2 Both have already carried out series of takeoffs from SBTF facilities which mimics actual aircraft carrier take off from a shore based facilities and can also help in training new bie pilots for aircraft carrier operations . Continue reading

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

By 2020 Indian Army will have in its possession nearly 2000 Russia’s most formidable T-90s Main battle tank (MBT) in its inventory also making it one of the largest operator of latest Russian tanks in the world . while India’s Indigenously developed Arjun tank is still struggling to get past orders for even 200 tanks while Army kept on changing its technical requirements just to avoid placing orders for more tanks .

Indian Army has in possession only 122 Arjun Mark-I tanks and for long has been refusing to place orders for next batch and has demanded a host of new equipment and improvements in Mark-II tanks which are yet to clear never ending Armies user trials which always falls short of user expectations . Continue reading

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Supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile is not the only weapons system which India plans to Export to Vietnam well informed and highly reliable sources close to idrw.org and now Defence Ministry plans to allow HAL and DRDO officials to hold further talks with Vietnam officials to explore export of other defence weapons to Vietnam.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to revive previously held discussions with Vietnam officials on sale of Advanced Light Helicopter “Dhruv” Helicopters and also plans to offer Light Combat Helicopter which is still under development but lately has been generating lot of interest from various countries due to its cheaper price tags and its ability to perform exceptionally well in higher altitudes . Continue reading

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


India in last few months has been sending feelers in American Political and diplomatic circles on its interest to acquire jet-powered General Atomics developed Unmanned combat capable Predator C aka Avengers drones and as per recent media reports India has officially has asked the United States to export 100 armed Predator C Avengers to India .

General Atomics Avenger is Stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle powered by a turbofan engine which features reduced radar and heat signature also comes with other features such as internal weapons storage, Six external hard points,Triple-redundant avionics,also has on board avionics like Synthetic Aperture Radar and AESA Sensors and can perform wide-area surveillance, time-sensitive strike missions over land or sea, and a host of other challenging military missions. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG with inputs from IDRW NEWS NETWORK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


India’s indigenous Airborne Early warning and Control (AEW&C ) surveillance system also now known as AEW&C India is progressing through its final phase of flight testing at Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and the first aircraft likely will be handed over to Indian Air Force sometime in the year 2016.

AEW&C India aircraft is capable of detecting ,identifying and classifying threats present in the surveillance are and also act as a Command $ Control Centre to support air operations . The Surveillance aircraft with its multiple communication and Data Links can alert and direct fighters, while providing recognised Air Situation Picture (RASP) to commanders through Ground Exploitation Stations (GES) on ground . Continue reading

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Already facing a Six-month delay in its first flight first LUH prototype PT-1 still in its primer has been prepped for its first flight by the end of this month said highly reliable sources close to idrw.org.

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be replacing nearly 600 obsolete Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA-315B) and Chetak (Aerospatiale Alouette III) helicopters, which have been operated by the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) . Continue reading

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

GA Electromagnetic Systems Group has plans to develop and manufacture EMALS and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) components for a variety of smaller platforms after it goes operational on Gerald R. Ford class Super aircraft carriers currently undergoing sea trials and scheduled to become operational in 2016.

Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is 337 m (1,106 ft) in length and General Atomics plans variants to serve in smaller aircraft carriers which are 280 m (920 ft) in length or even on smaller 250 m (820.21 ft) in length . Continue reading

SOURCE: SAURABH KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The major security concerns that emerge from the Indo-Myanmar border are-

1-Unresolved territory issues- Of the 1643 kilometres of international border shared between India and Myanmar, it is to be noted that 171 kilometres or roughly 10 per cent of the total border shared, has not been demarcated. This is a serious issue as it causes administrative problems and poses questions over territorial integrity.

These 171 kilometres, consist of nine unresolved border pillars in the state of Manipur. According to a reply by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in the Lok Sabha in the year 2013, both the sides have been carrying out regular dialogues via institutionalised mechanisms, such as Foreign Office Consultations, National Level Meetings (NLM), Sectoral Level Meetings (SLM) and meetings also being held at the level of the Heads of Survey Department and Director (Survey).  Continue reading

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

With the Recent cancellation of a deal to procure Black Shark Heavyweight Torpedoes for its front line conventional Kalavari class Diesel submarines and Nuclear Arihant class submarines meant that India’s major underwater sea platforms will be operational without one of its major offensive weapons to take on enemy submarines and warships in high seas.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) who are in charge of developing Torpedoes for Indian Navy has successfully developed ship-launched Varunastra heavyweight torpedoes (HWTs) which will likely enter into production and service by the end of this year as per media reports. Continue reading

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It’s more or less confirmed now that India’s Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas will enter operational service in Indian Air Force with Israeli supplied Python-5 has its Close Combat Air-to-Air missile (CCM) replacing Russian developed R-73 CCM has its Primary weapon of choice for Close-combat missile which was also the initial choice of Indian Air Force .

R-73 CCM was first Air-to-Air missile which was successfully integrated and test fired from LCA-Tejas Pre-production aircraft nearly 6 years ago and had successfully completed its integration with the onboard Digital Stores Management System (SMS), Open Architecture Mission and Display Computer even before it achieved its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) . Continue reading