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SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When India started working on Development of 4th generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter jet programme in 80’s India not lacked technical knowledge and experienced manpower to work on prestigious project 4th Generation programme but also lacked even basic Aeronautical infrastructure to support the programme.

With LCA aircraft all set to enter production soon, and all necessary Aeronautical infrastructure already been created in the country over last three decades it has been automatically assumed that AMCA programme will be able to leverage experience gained from the development of LCA Programme. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In my previous article (Read: Why S-400 for China is a Serious threat to Indian Air Space), i had highlighted how Sale of S-400 will serve as a force multiplier for Beijing in its quest to dominate the skies along its borders.

Induction of S-400 which has claimed a range of 400 km could have allowed China to target any aerial target as far as New Delhi, Calcutta and could have made it very difficult for Indian Air force fighter jets to effectively operate even under its own airspace. Continue reading

SOURCE:  JOHANAN COLLINS  / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

Following the defeat of Imperial Germany during the First World War, the Triple Entity spearheaded by a vengeful France enforced humiliating limits on the number and size of the ships the German navy could operate. Any replacement ships that the German navy could induct had to displace less than 10,000 tons. When compared to the 35,000 ton leviathans that the great powers could build, this stung the Germans.

The German Navy worked around the Treaty of Versailles limitations by design three pocket battleships. These ships could outgun a heavy cruiser and outrun a battleship, in short they were faster than anything more powerful and more powerful than anything faster. They were the Deutschland class which consisted of the Deutschland, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee. They displaced between 10,770 tons to 12,540 tons and had a heavy armament of six 11 inch main guns. Continue reading

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Rosoboronexport and the Indian Defense Ministry are currently engaged in negotiation for the supply of undisclosed battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems, Contract for which is likely to be signed when Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi visits Russia later in December this year.

Russian S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km and procurement of such missile system can be dubbed as Strategic Game Changer for India Military planners. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Israeli missile and munitions giant Rafael Advance Defence Systems recently unveiled New I-Derby ER (Extended Range ) which is capable of engaging enemy target up to 100km. With ER variant Derby missile developed by Rafael has reached the optimal potential of Iconic I-Derby Beyond visual range missiles Claimed Company Spokesperson.

Rafael Claims to have upgraded new missile with new seeker that employs an advanced solid state software-defined radar which is derived from Tamir interceptor used in Rafael’s Iron Dome System. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

From an impressive fleet of 21 submarines in 80’s, Indian Navies Submarine fleet is currently down to 15 subs with four German-designed HDWs (SSKs) on the last leg of their operational life, Indian Submarine fleet could have hit rock bottom in next few years if Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had not intervened.

Reports are emerging in Indian media that French firm DCNS may get further orders to supply conventional submarines, Mumbai-based Mazagaon Dock Limited along with DCNS is already building six Scorpene submarines of which first lead ship INS Kalvari already has commenced its Sea Trials. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Hyderabad-based DRDL which is leading the Countries Astra Missile Project speaking to media personnel confirmed that Current Astra BVRAAMs which boosts of compact dimensions will make them an obvious candidate for Internal weapons bays of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation fighter aircraft FGFA and Indian AMCA fighter aircraft.

Astra which is single stage, smokeless, solid fuelled missile has a length of 3570mm and a body diameter of 178mm but weights only 154kg which make it lightest in its class. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tarun Dev Sharma / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Selection
It is very hard to find a fighter jet for rental in our part of the world. After searching the web patiently and persistently I shortlisted One company based on their reviews and more importantly on the range of Jets they offered. They had the added advantage of operating from multiple countries and continents.
Excitement 
Then came the important part of planning the trip. Travelling with my wife and two kids limited the options. I had to choose a part of the world which would offer something for the kids too. Leaving the european options, I had to choose between Las Vegas and Toronto.

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SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Earlier this year India air force and Royal Air-force were pitted against each other in Joint Air and Ground Exercise Indradhush. 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts of No 2 Squadron ” Winged Arrows ” based at Air force base in Tezpur Assam flew all the way to United kingdom for combined exercise against Eurofighter Typhoons.

Two-week long exercises by Indian contingent of 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts and 185 Personnel’s saw accomplishment of different missions between IAF and RAF but much stressed were laid on Air defence Missions both in BVR and WVR exercises which progressed from one versus one DACT to Two versus then even to large fixed formation flying which saw almost 20 aircrafts . Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWOK (INN)

A Report prepared by idrw.org earlier this year is finally coming out to be true, in a report prepared in March ( Read INS Arihant to make debut at International Fleet Review 2016?) idrw.org had informed it readers about INS Arihant likely to make debut at International Fleet Review (IFR).

Now it’s been confirmed by Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K.Dhowan that INS Arihant will be part of International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 to be held in February at Visakhapatnam which will be attended by Prime minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Indian Air Force’s plans to modify 123 licence-built Jaguar Strike aircrafts by fitting them with more powerful Honeywell F-125IN turbofan engines finally has seen some progressed again.

Sources in IAF have confirmed to idrw.org that plans to procure 280 Honeywell F-125IN engines for around USD2.5 billion is progressing well and MOD and Honeywell Aerospace have agreed to offset clauses after difference emerged related to it few months ago. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Learning from its mistake on the present supply chain of the LCA-Tejas Program which uses traditional approach of carrying out Sub-Assembles, Major Sub Assemblies, and System Integration all done by Lead Integrator. ADA has envisaged plans to use Modular Design construction for development and production of AMCA Programme.

According to ADA officials, AMCA will not follow LCA approach and instead will use many Public and Private sector companies to develop AMCA aircrafts. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna

If you ever Visited Aero India in last decade or so there are high chances that you might have seen witnessed a sterling Tejas demonstration flight performed by this man . if you are lucky enough you might have also had brief opportunity to catch up with Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna who is also known has Mr. LCA by supporters of the LCA-Tejas program.

Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna is only Test Pilot who has been flying various Tejas Aircrafts for more than a decade now and officially joined ADA in 2001 was piloting Chase Mirage-2000 aircraft, when first LCA Prototype TD-1 made its first flight. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Earlier this year on display at the HAL pavilion for the tenth edition of Aero India was cutaway model of a preliminary design of new 25kN jet engine which for the first time used a 3D printing equipment and its very first visitor was none other then Prime minister of India who was given detail explanation on development of the new engine .

HAL plans to develop most of the Components for the new engine and assembly of the engine in next two years and is all set to tap 3D printing technology to manufacture components for its Rs 458-crore 25-kN (kilonewton) aircraft engine project. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Rafael earlier this year in Aero India 2015 for the first time Introduced I-Derby ER which is a new active radar-guided air-to-air missile capable of meeting current and future threats.

Idrw.org in its previous report had informed its readers that Executive Vice President of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd Oron Oriol had confirmed that new I-Derby Extended Range (ER) BVRAAM has been offered to India for the next generation LCA Tejas at that point IAF and HAL had not disclosed development of Tejas MK-1A. Continue reading