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Philippine Air Force (PAF) is scrambling to catch up amid a tight budget after following a decade of inaction to replace aging defense capabilities. PAF after the retirement of the Northrop Grumman-made F-5A Freedom Fighters in 2005 was without fighter jets for 10 years before it got 12 Korean Aerospace Industries-made FA-50 trainers/light-attack jets in 2015.

PAF is now looking at expanding its fighter fleet and is considering placing orders for 12 more fighter jets for which it was in talks with Lockheed Martin for its F-16 Block-70 Fighting Falcon and Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen-E under its multirole fighter program. However, Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the F-16 price tag is too expensive, leading to speculation that the Gripen will be the front-runner for the contract but the recent sale of Gripen-E to Brazil confirms that fly by unit cost hovers around $80 million due to which it is having a relook at other options.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to various west backed media outlets, the United States administration is in process of supplying $500 million worth of weapons packages so that India can reduce its dependency on the Russian weapons systems. Unlike Russia which has provided key technologies to our nuclear submarine program and has collaborated in the development of the frontline warships and weapons systems like Brahmos, the United States administration seems to be stuck in the cold war era where they often could offer arms to India that was pretty outdated and came with many strings attached.

While the United States administration wants Indian help to curtail China’s military it has often been lacking in substance to provide it with cutting edge next-generation weapons systems and much waited joint development of weapons systems between the two countries is yet to take off and things that are under consideration are not path-breaking nor of strategic value for the country.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Navy’s Plans under the Project-75I program to acquire six next-generation submarines to enhance its now aging submarine fleet are in shambles and it is unlikely it will be back on track anytime soon. While Naval Design Bureau has commenced design and development work on India’s first-gen nuclear attack submarine program it needs to be further expanded along with expanded submarine production capabilities and abandoned its plans to procure conventional submarine lines under Project-75I.

Nuclear attack submarines are nearly 3 times more expensive to build and operate but a conventional submarine lacks weapons carrying capabilities and endurance when it is compared to the nuclear attack submarine. The Navy itself confessed that it doesn’t have all the components and systems in place to make locally designed conventional submarines but due to the Arihant class project, it does have an established and proven nuclear submarine supply line that it can use to further expand its nuclear submarine program in much shorter time.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

From its rollout in 2016 to the serial delivery of four aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force in mid-December 2021, the Gripen-E program was able to stick to its scheduled timeline largely due to great corporation between Saab and the Brazilian Air Force, but Gripen E FOC is estimated only in 2026 and aircraft to be delivered in first lost all of 36 aircraft that were ordered in 2014 will be of IOC Configuration and slowly will be later upgraded to FOC Configuration from 2026 onwards.

Tejas Mk2 ceremonial rollout has been planned by end of this year and the first flight will commence within one year after its rollout with plans to windup its developmental trials by 2028 which could be quite similar to the Gripen-E program turnaround time but it’s no brainer that the first lot will be in IOC Configuration and it will take some time before HAL and its partners can start delivering FOC Configuration aircraft to the air force sometime in 2032 onwards.

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SOURCE: SRINIVAS GOWDA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Since the abolition of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution for the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, 19 Non-Muslims have been killed by Pakistan-backed terror outfits. Hindus who either recently got a domicile certificate or Kashmiri Pandits who stayed back have seen burnt of these targeted killings. Panun Kashmir a demand for a separate homeland in the Valley for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits has been a long-standing demand of the Kashmiri pandits that have often never been taken seriously by the people in New Delhi.

While Our leaders are busy discussing if ” Kashmir files ” moved was based on lies or not what is not a lie is the recent spate of targeted killings of Kashmiri pandits just exposed the fault lines that existed from the early 90s when exodus was planned and hatched from Islamabad in efforts to grab Kashmir from India.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

17.5-Ton Tejas MKII was supposed to be an Indian shot at the development of a multi-role aircraft that could have replaced the ’80s purchased Jaguar, Mig-29, and Mirage-2000 fleets that makeup nearly 200 jets in the Indian Air Force but the Air Force seems to be so keen on acquiring MRFA and AMCA than it seems to have lost focus on the Tejas MKII program that it has been sidelined now only to be called as an Interim solution till AMCA arrives by mid-2030.

The air force has set requirements for 2 Squadrons of AMCA MKI and 5 Squadrons of AMCA MkII, due to the high cost that are usually associated with the 5th generation fighter jet programs but the same air force is keen on spending nearly $20 Billion in acquiring a 4.5 generation platform when 5th generation platforms like F-35A can be acquired almost at same costs to the country.

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SOURCE: SRINIVAS GOWDA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy’s Plan to procure six next-generation electric-diesel attack submarines under the Project-75 India might be heading towards a single vendor situation after the pullout of France, Germany, and Russia from the tender off late. Some countries don’t have tried and tested technologies like lithium-ion batteries or Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that forced them to Quit and others didn’t want to transfer technology to India to safeguard their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

Indian designed design for the attack submarine is still in infancy and will take Naval Bureau few years before it can come with an indigenous design but with an aging underwater submarine fleet, India simply can’t wait for Project-76 and will need to develop an interim solution which might help India come up with some of the technologies locally while it can scout for critical technologies that could take longer to develop from countries like France.

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

Amid the Ukraine-Russia war, India has dropped plans to carry out upgrades to the Russian-supplied Su-30MKI jets. India had planned to carry out upgrades to 85 units that were inducted nearly 20 years ago and were due to mid-life upgrades and a major overhaul of the systems and engines. IAF will now seek help from the state-owned HAL to come up with a comprehensive upgrade plan with indigenous systems.

HAL had proposed to equip the upgraded Su-30MKI with a new cockpit layout with a new improved touch-based Voice-activated system and also upgrade its Digital Missile warning receiver and EW systems. HAL also had proposed it to be equipped with an upgrade Mission computer so that it can cater to the new modern AESA radar that it plans to integrate it with.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

JSR Dynamics Proposed Light weight Cruise missile

Indian Navy recently revealed plans to develop a ” Glidefire Surface to Surface Missile system with Indian Industry partners, initially, there was some level of confusion due to the mention of ” glide” with many assuming it will be a hypersonic projectile but since it will be developed with private sector company it became obvious that it won’t be the case. but now latest information that is coming in confirms that it will be a long-range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system meant to hit high-value maritime and land targets.

A Glidefire missile that can be launched from Universal Vertical Launcher Module (UVLM) from the frontline warship and will fly at a high subsonic speed that will have a range above 300km and will be equipped with a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) technology which automatically matches the target, as it zooms in, with the image that has been pre-fed, besides the GPS coordinates.
A Glidefire missile due to its small wings mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight above ground with real-time datalink support and full operational capability in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)/ INS-denied arenas, in all weather conditions.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NORTH GRUMMAN Unmanned Fighter Aircraft Concept

DRDO has started work on the development of Futuristic Unmanned Fighter Aircraft (FUFA) that it hopes to make into a reality in a decade or so but DRDO officially till now has not commented on the project nor acknowledged its existence. What we can understand from tender documents is that it will be high subsonic stealth unmanned aircraft that can comply with 5th generation platforms in autonomous mode.

Since FUFA is a separate program from the Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV) its role will be to accompany 5th generation platforms like AMCA in Air superiority operations in the first wave to make it safer for manned fighter jets to follow in the second wave of attack.

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With the Indian Air Force (IAF) adamant that it wants either 80 more Rafale or 114 jets of different types, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is having second thoughts on placing orders for the second batch of Rafale that it originally had planned after taking deliveries of all 36 Rafale that were previously ordered, India might be thinking to go for another type due to high-cost associated with the French jet.

It has been reported that little or no headway has been made to get France to reduce the price for the proposed Made in India Rafale. The United Arab Emirates and France recently signed a $19bn arms deal that will see the Gulf state acquire 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters.

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

India has decided against placing repeat orders for 72,400 SIG Sauer assault rifles from the US after it faced higher recoil, jamming, and accuracy in burst-mode firing when using locally sourced ammunition. SIG 716 Patrol 7.62mm rifles were procured for the Indian Army units deployed along the border with Pakistan in Kashmir and for the counter-insurgency operations in the region.

A video that has gone viral is of an Indian soldier where it was noticed that the gun suffered from heavy recoil on single fire mode and recoil was so bad that the soldier almost lost control of his weapon after the first bust. Video is allegedly from the time when the weapon was getting inducted by the Army, so Army knew about issues with the gun at least from early 2020.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It has become a common outcry this day that the utility of the Battle Tanks in future wars is numbered and Russian tank losses in Ukraine are one of the biggest examples that are thrown at anyone who disagrees with this blanket statement. In a general way, many are also questioning the efficacy of a large number of Russian T-Series tanks in India and are questioning poor choices that were made by the Indian Army.

Conflicts in Iraq, Syria to Lebanon War have shown that even western battle tanks are not invisible as some want them to be portrayed. Modern-day 3rd gen Anti-Tank guided missiles remain constant threats in any war but many countries have stocked themselves also with large quantities of 2nd gen ATGMs since they are cheaper to procure or manufacture and have remained quite effective in recent warfare.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy’s tender for six diesel submarines under Project-75I is fast becoming a non-starter with four submarine manufacturers have quit the race after they failed to meet requirements set by the Indian Navy and one withdrew from the race after it didn’t want to transfer technology that they were keen on protecting due to which this has created single vendor situation in the whole tender process that is likely will result into cancellation of the tender.

With Project-75 nearing its completion with the last of the submarine entering the water it will still take nearly two years before it is cleared for induction after, the conclusion of the user trials of the submarine but till then India’s premier shipyard will be the idle capacity that India had build painstakingly over the years.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation recently de-registered 4 Boeing 747 jumbo that was not part of the Air India deal with Tata Group. The jumbo jets are nearly 30 years old. As per public information, this Boeing jumbo jet was flying top Indian dignitaries, president, PM, and VP, on medium to long haul flights until they were replaced by Air India One Boeing 777-300ER.

Ukraine-Russia war has put GTRE plans to test Dry Kaveri engine on Russian Il-76LL (Flying Lab) aircraft on definite hold. The lack of Flying Lab for New Engines testing in India means delays could eventually affect the Unmanned Strike Vehicle program which was to be equipped with a Dry Kaveri engine generating 46kN of Thrust.

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