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Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that they have started working on an upgrade package for their version of Twin-seater Sukhoi-Su-30SM which basically has been derived from Indian variant of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI to bring it at par with Sukhoi-Su-35, another Air Superiority fighter aircraft which Russian Air-force has in its fleet.

According to Russian media, idea is to make Su-30SM as close to technically similar to Su-35 so that technologies shared between this two jets will help in better management of maintaining spares and servicing of this jets. Continue reading

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After Clearance from Defence Ministry, Indian air force is all set to take over the indigenous LCA-Tejas program but Tejas Mk1 and Mk1A program are far more advanced in their product development that airforce has little control to make any radical changes to the program other than fine-tuning current arrangements and supply lines so that the current production rate can be improved in next few years.

Aeronautical Development Agency and IAF have not revealed many details of the new planned development of the new fighter aircraft, which IAF Chief likes to call it Medium Weight Fighter over Tejas Mark-2 due to its increased capabilities, but IAF is already taking control of the program and it is pretty impressive. Continue reading

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A Recent report prepared by India Today Group said that European manufacturers have informed India that they no longer can offer long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles for Integration on Russian Supplied SU-30MKI fighter jet and also on India’s very own indigenously developed Tejas MK-1A fighter jets.

MBDA which makes Meteor beyond visual range missiles is yet to comment on the report but Defence Analysts think they might have been some political interference in the possible sale of the missile system to India and likely culprit could be France which is one of the closest strategic defense partners of India. Continue reading

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India recently marked the 20th Anniversary of Pokhran-II, where it carried out series of five nuclear bomb test explosions at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998 which saw series of articles coming from various media channels in India taking opinions of various think tanks in India for way forward and what next India needs to do to further strengthen its Nuclear weapons to meet challenges of present and future security scenario .

Outgoing DRDO Chief S Christopher in an interview to a private news channel confirmed that if asked DRDO can assist Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) again to help carry out another series of Nuclear tests in less than 40 days on orders from the government of India. Continue reading

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After two successful tests in 2018 and Six in last Six Years, Agni-V just needs one more pre-induction test before it’s cleared to go in the mass production said DRDO officials after India successful conducted test of its longest ranged Agni-V missile in its final production configuration which for the first time was fired for its full range of 5000km and landed close to Australian waters .

In today’s test, Agni-V sported a new paint scheme which was similar to military camouflage usually used by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on a deployed missile system. DRDO is likely to carry out last pre-induction trial later in this year of the Agni-V missile system before its handovers it to SFC. Continue reading

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DRDO quietly tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) from a ground-based launcher to validate flight characteristics of the new missile before it can move to next phase of trials. SFDR also sported a new booster-ram jet sustainer propulsion system and trials were an initial phase developmental trials done largely to collect in-flight data of the new missile system which India has been developing with Russia from 2013 onwards.

According to media reports, the prototype of the SFDR Missile will lead to the development of a Long Range Surface to Air Defence Missile System and also will lead to the development of Next-generation Air-to-Air Missile Systems to be equipped on Indian Air Force fighter jets. Continue reading

SOURCE:  KRISHNA SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India is one among the largest importer of defense equipment. Airforce has a variety of aircraft of which most of them are Russians. At present, the squadron strength is low to 31 squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons consisting of 18 planes per squadron.

Aircrafts operated by Indian Airforce are Mig-21, Mig-27, Mig-29, Jaguar, Mirage-200, Su-30 MKI and LCA. MIG-21 One of the best aircraft of that time now has operated for around 25-30 years in India which is way beyond the expected life of an aircraft. India now operates around 10 squadrons of them which are expected to be decommissioned within next 4 years. Mig-21’s now operated by Air Force is the upgraded Bison version. It has a very high landing and take off speed. Continue reading

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

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared and approved design and development of the Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for SU-30 MKI. IRST systems according to Defence ministry will operate in day & night conditions and significantly boost the operational capabilities of SU-30 MKI aircraft.

For years now, Russians have fine-tuned their IRST sensors systems so that it can filter out false positives and can also help aid Pilot in the detection of low observable fighter aircraft like F-22 and F-35. IRST supplemented by a Powerful radar like NIIP N011M Bars used in Su-30MKI is a significant threat to any stealth fighters and local indigenous development has far too many local applications and likely to be integrated into other Indian fighters too. Continue reading

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

According to the latest report, Indian Air Force way back in December 2014 for the first time had informed Ministry of Defence (MOD) that development of proposed FGFA based on Russian Pak-fa Platform was not suitable for induction into IAF and had a number of deficiencies that were found were simply not acceptable to the IAF.

News of IAF not being happy with the FGFA Project has been going on for last few years now, but they were also enough media reports which contradicted them and even claimed that project is on verge of final negotiation until earlier this year when Indian MOD officially informed their Russian counterparts that India is finally pulling the plugs on the multibillion-dollar programme to develop and produce a stealth fighter with Russia . Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) offering to manufacture 40 additional Su-30s with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles (ALCM) given the shortfall of IAF fighter squadrons. Sukhoi-30MKI fighter production run is nearing its end and last locally manufactured Su-30 is likely to be delivered by end of 2020.

Out of 32 Squadrons which IAF has, soon 15 Squadrons will be entirely made up of Sukhoi-30MKI fighters with last of the 10 Squadrons of legacy fighters like Mig-21 and Mig-27 to be retired by 2022, IAF is all set to go into a free fall of combat squadron strength for the next 5-7 years before it can revamp itself with the induction of new fighter jets post 2025-27 period . Continue reading

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

According to local media reports, Indian Air Force is actively considering the integration of the European Meteor missiles along with Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) to 83 Tejas MK-1A fighter jets which will soon go into the production.

Meteor missile will be introduced in Indian Air Force when France starts deliveries of the 36 Rafale combat jets from 2019 onwards. India brought European Meteor missiles along with the Rafales after Air Force desired to include the Meteors as part of the weapons package. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO for the first time has confirmed what has been long speculated for last few weeks that, Next version of India’s Indigenously developed fighter jet Tejas MK-2 will be called as Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) and will be a 17.5 ton Beast when compared to punny LCA-Tejas MK1/MK1A Variant which currently is in production.

Super Tejas will be an evolutionary redesign of the Light Combat Aircraft which will see substantial rework on the Main fuselage which will longer to carry more internal fuel along with equipment, Rear fuselage reworked out to accommodate more powerful engine along with major redesigns to the Main, and Nose Landing Gears which will see Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft touching 17.5 tonnes which is more then MTOW weight of Mirage-2000 fighter jet (17 ton) which it indents to replace in Indian Air Force . Continue reading

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Earlier this year in January, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) started conducting its regular high altitude combat training exercise at Roof of the World from its Tibetian Airbases facing towards Indian border. Two Week Combat training exercise for the first time saw the deployment of China’s first Stealth aircraft J-20 practicing beyond-visual-range air combat with other frontline fighter aircraft’s like J-10C and Shenyang J-11.

India-centric Air Force training by China was largely seen as their attempts to take control of the skies, which will be pivotal in case of a possible India-China conflict. PLAAF in the recent years was able to convert its forwards bass in Tibet into all whether airbases which allowed them to maintain their presence near Indian border all year along, which lead to Indian counter moves with the deployment of frontline aircraft like Sukhoi-30s and Mig-29s along with an installation of long ranged Radars to monitor their activities . Continue reading

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

Two Major development of last few days has been that India’s Longest Landbased nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles ” Agni-V” has started the process of operationalizing nuclear-tipped missile into Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which will soon begin a second pre-induction trial of Agni-V soon.

India also has now confirmed that 700km “B05 submarine-launched strategic missile to has been fully operationalized and another long-range submarine-launched nuclear missile K-4 (3500km) to has cleared developmental trials and is now closer to induction. Continue reading

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NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale recently visited Moscow to meet Russian NSA and foreign minister besides other senior-level officials to discuss a way out amid impending US sanctions on Russian defense firms that might impact supplies to India.

India and Russia are close to sealing a deal for the purchase of S-400 Air Defence System, along with Purchase of four frigates and lease of a Nuclear Attack Submarine which could draw US Sanctions on India if the deal goes through. India and Russia also touched upon stalled Pak-fa 5th generation program at great length. Continue reading