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SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

In capital procurements, first we give RFI (Request for information) to various vendors. After this our air staff quality requirements and  INITIAL ESTIMATES (roughly called budget figure around which we can spend)is floated the form of RFP (request for proposal)

Now, various firms respond to us with their products which meet the requirements and budget (INITIAL ESTIMATES). We carry out technical evaluations of products offered to us and commercial evaluations of firms. Now we select products and respective firms (normally more than 1 to pressurize vendors on prices and other offers) which fits our technical requirements and then carry out commercial (price) negotiations to select the most financially viable(lowest bidder) product and then make FINAL ESTIMATES (total contract cost) (considering after sales services, infrastructure, training and add on required with that particular product) to sign the contract. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HIMANSU SWAIN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

There is an adage said in our society that ‘THE BEST PREPARATION OF TOMORROW IS DOING YOUR BEST TODAY’& this is what UK is planning on India.The failure of Eurofighter programme in getting more orders has hit Europeans countries so hard that they are separately working on their next Gen Fighter Jet Programme. In fact, the major blow to Euro group (UK, GERMANY, ITALY, and SPAIN) was TYPHOON’s defeat in MMRCA tender. It completely eroded their dreams into dusts. Now, they are also sure of India buying 110 more Rafale planes under MMRCA tender leaving Typhoon order book inert forever. Therefore, Looking at the current developments, there is a possibility that Euro group Consortium is inching towards extinction.

In early 2019, France & Germany announced a JV on Sixth gen fighter programme. These two countries have the most efficient & technological advanced work force compared to other countries in Europe. After BREXIT, UK is now a Solo player in the market &when Germany preferred to go with France on 6th gen Fighter development, British found it a mess& invited India for JV. But, the question raises, why Germans & French did not approach to India for JV while British did. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After completing series of Pre-induction tests of Astra MkI Air-To-Air Missile last year, limited production of the Astra missile system has already begun and by next year the first batch will be delivered to IAF which will be integrated into Su-30MKI fighter jets and later slowly will make it into other fighter aircraft like Mirage-2000,LCA-Tejas and Mig-29 in near future,but DRDO is just not done yet.

A successor to Astra Mk1 will be Astra MkII which has been on drawing board for some time but due to the slow pace of development phase which bogged down Mk1 program, it is likely to have shorter developmental trials due to missile system carrying forward many of the systems which have already been developed. IAF and DRDO are yet working out technicalities of Astra MkII program it’s more or less confirmed that it will have longer range and will have additional capabilities making it a vital air-to-air dominance arsenal of IAF in near future. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Top American defense manufacturing company Lockheed Martin India’s vice president recently while speaking to media said that they have proposed a “game-changing” partnership with India which will benefit multiple stakeholders not only in India but also in the US and beyond. Lockheed is seen as a front runner to supply 24 MH-60R helicopters to Indian Navy and is also keen to offer Indian Navy it’s S-76D helicopters to meet India Naval Utility Helicopter programme’s requirement for 111 helicopters.

Game Changing aspect which Vivek Lall was referring was India becoming a hub for F-16 production if IAF does select them in the first place and the company is keen on making its Indian manufacturing unit also the only unit which will not only cater to upgrade and modernization of F-16s operated world over, but also will manufacture early 200 jets for export market which Lockheed Martin plans to corner from its current operators. Continue reading

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

Former Defence Secretary Mohan Kumar recently told media that once the purchase of 126 Dassault Rafale was stalled under UPA government, Modi government had to renegotiate the deal and it was decided to go for 148 aircraft from 126 jets to 148 aircraft through the initial deal was for 36 aircraft in a fly-away status.

112 aircraft could have been made in India under transfer of technology and recent tender for supply of 114 aircraft under new tender suggests the current government is still on track to execute initial plans for the procurement of 148 jets in total. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

Boeing India has confirmed the arrival of the first batch of four Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Air force at the Mudra Port in Gujrat and soon the helicopters will be assembled and will be ferried to Chandigarh airbase where it waits for formal induction into the airforce later in March.

Boeing had officially handed over the first Chinook transport helicopter to India at its facility in Philadelphia, US in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang has confirmed that Request for Information (RFI) was issued last month to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the supply of single-engined fighter jet under RMAF’s light combat aircraft (LCA) program.

FA-50, Tejas and JF-17 are three competitors in the race for the supply of two squadrons or 24 aircraft even though Buang refused to confirm numbers of aircraft requested by RMAF. India’s Tejas is expected to appear at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in March from 26-30 which will allow RMAF pilots and crew to have closer look at the jet and even will be offered for trials. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5013 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 30-January-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-13 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-13 is thirteen  Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-14 had completed its first flight on 20-January-2019 Successfully. SP-13 which is assembled at the second LCA-Tejas production line was delayed due to which it was superseded by SP-14 by few days last month. Continue reading

SOURCE:  PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Recent exposes on a so-called story of an Indian Army coup attempt which was first reported in 2012 revealed that Top UPA minster’s in than Indian Government were actually behind the story which made headlines in national newspaper across India to divert public attention from the major corruption allegations which the government was facing even when there was no evidence or intelligence report from IB to back such claims.

General V.K. Singh who was back then Indian Army Chief in his recent Facebook post has blasted the current president of Editors Guild of India Shekhar Gupta who he refers to as Mr. Coupta for his tactical unholy nexus with the government ministers as nothing short of treason against its own country leading to irreversible damage to the reputation of the institution only to achieve his personal objectives. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) completed a successful second test flight of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)  propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, today. SFDR is a Indo-Russian R&D project which has been established to develop a long-range air-to-air missile and a surface-to-air missile system in near future. key technology used in SFDR will be used to develop a MBDA Meteor class air -to-air missile.

First test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) test carried out eight months ago succeeded only in the initial booster stage but did not activate the second leg that is crucial to propel a missile for a longer distance. It is still not clear if the missile system tested today actually involved testing of the second stage. Continue reading

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

Sukhoi Design Bureau in initial days of MMRCA Tendering process had made an interesting offer to India, which if pursued back then could have saved India not only a lot of foreign exchange but also could have slowed down the fast depletion of the combat fleet of IAF if the offer had been actively pursued said a retired senior ranking employee of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited who doesn’t want to be named but did shed some light on proposal made by Sukhoi officials on development of single-engined Su-30 derivative.

According to the senior retired official, OKB Sukhoi in the ’90s had initiated an S-54 advanced trainer, based on Su-27 aerodynamics but the program never reached production stage but what India was offered was further advanced derivative which could have been an aircraft under Max. takeoff weight of fewer than 20 tonnes nearly half the MTOW of a Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft. Continue reading

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

Delays and fiasco seen with the LCA-Tejas program in India should come as a lesson for all the stakeholders that for future fighter aircraft programs like Tejas Mk-2 and AMCA, India will require higher participation of private players and better outsourcing of the aircraft equipment and components that can ensure smooth production line without any major delays and hiccups to the program.

Outsourcing of air frame components like the front, the mid and rear section including wings of the Tejas Mk1 to private players already has created a necessary support system which will further come in handy for the supply of critical components for the 83 Tejas Mk1A orders for which are likely to be placed by IAF soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will explore for the first time the possibility of runway landing of rockets just as airplanes do at airports and by mid of this year, ISRO plans to Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) will be taken to an altitude of 3 km using a Mi-26 helicopter and dropped from an angle which will allow it to glide back and make a safe landing .

RLV-TD is unmanned but is equipped with basic onboard systems that will ensure aircraft lands back on a runway as showcased in the above picture. In 2016, ISRO successfully test flew a winged experimental reusable launch vehicle (RLV) that splashed down in the sea after reaching an altitude of 65 km. Reusable launch vehicles are expected to slash the cost of space launches to almost one-tenth. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0515-0645 for 12th and 14th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 2000km.

It is not clear which missile system will be tested on the days mentioned above but as per sources close to idrw.org, User trials of the Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2,000km will be carried out by the Army’s strategic forces command (SFC) with logistic support provided by the DRDO. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Numerous Attempts by Indian air force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to convince European developer and manufacturer of Meteor missiles to allow the missile system to be integrated into India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet has received another setback after MBDA again refused to differ from its stand taken by the company earlier on integration of long-range air to air missile on India’s Tejas Mk1A .

MBDA officials last year had told HAL and IAF that governments of European countries who own majority of the shares in the company have imposed a ban on the integration of long-range Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on Non-European fire control radars to protect the sensitive technology of the missile system which is considered as the best Air-to-Air missile in the world. Continue reading