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Top Brass at Indian Air Force (IAF) top brass has come out with guns blazing in the development of the LCA-AFMk2 fighter jet that has been carefully crafted to meet Air Staff Requirements (ASR) in close coordination with the engineers at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) from 2014 onwards when the design evolution of the Tejas Mk1 made the transition to present day LCA-AFMk2 to supersede Mirage-2000-5 in technology and capabilities that was kept as a benchmark for the platform.

LCA-AFMk2 will be replacing three major types of fighter jets in the IAF, which includes Mirage-2000, Mig-29, and Jaguar jets. Mirage-2000 being a multi-role jet and Mig-29 an Air Superiority fighter and Jaguar being ground strike fighter, LCA-AFMk2 will be stepping into the shoes of three different types of jets that were designed and developed for three different operational requirements, but ADA and IAF are confident that LCA-AFMk2 be Omni role fighter jet that will be the main stray of the IAF future fleet from 2030 onwards.

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) concept featuring twin engines to replace the Indian navy’s RAC MiG-29K fleet by 2040 was revealed at the recently concluded Aero India 2021. ADA for the first time also confirmed some of the basic specifications of the upcoming jet that shows new light into some of the capabilities that what Indian Navy is trying to get from its new carrier-based fighter jet.

Performance specifications released at Aero India 2021, gives the TEDBF a maximum take-off weight of 26tons that officially puts it into the upper-medium category class of jets, falling behind F-35C (32tons ) and F-18 E/F (30tons ), but since it doesn’t breach the 30-tonne mark to be classified as a Heavy category class of jets, it fair it is compared with jets that are in its class, as seen in the above chart.

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

With guns falling silent at the Line of Control (LOC) after talks between DGMOs of Both Indian and Pakistani Army and the ability to take speculator U-Turns of the selected Prime Minister of Pakistan has made some of the Pakistan deep state allowed geopolitical analysts on the Urdu media going ballistic on the need for such agreements without any formal talks on the Kashmir issue which they claim is crucial after India annexed Kashmir and also removed its semi-autonomous powers to the state and also divided it to two Union Territories.

In past, Pakistan has communicated to India that the restoration of Kashmir to its pre-annexation status is a prerequisite to formal talks, and many Pakistani geopolitical analysts wondered what happened to this demand. Pakistani Hawks in media debates are stressing that no talks should be held with India without restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A that Indian Constitution guaranteed semi-autonomous powers to the previous state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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

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Recent revelations by Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force about the need for a clean slate design 4.5+ fighter jet that can supplement F-35 fighter jets and will replace the bulk of the F-16 fleet that first flew 47 years ago, stunned many. his words “You don’t drive your Ferrari to work every day, you only drive it on Sundays” started a debate that prompted many to wonder if 5th generation fighter jets indeed have failed to serve their purpose and will not be the logical replacement to the 4th generation legacy jets that world over are been operated for last 40+ years now.

Candid admission by the top boss of USAF also confirms what many have been saying quite vocally that the 5th gen jet fleet is strategically important for any air force but the cost to operate expenditure simply doesn’t make sense when your target is a $100 tent in the middle of a desert. 5th gen jets do have their advantages when it comes to penetrating highly contested airspace using its cover of stealth but the emergence of the new generation of radars and interceptor missiles that have been further fine-tuned to detect that small beep of a low observable aircraft and air defense batteries that can intercept them might ensure that first wave of strike package entering such highly contested airspace might be done now by stealth unmanned jets, where the risk to the pilot is non-existence.

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

M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, visited DRDO’s Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex in Hyderabad on 25th Jan’2021 of last month, where he inaugurated the Integrated Weapon System Design Centre and was also briefed about the various ongoing projects. In one of the pictures that were made available on the official Twitter handle of the DRDO was a strange-looking missile that should have spiked interests, the world over by Indian defense watchers.

The partly exposed missile in the picture is now confirmed to be India’s upcoming RudraM-II air-to-surface missile with conventional warheads with an operational range of 300km+. RudraM-II will be the second edition in the RudraM family, with RudraM-I being the first missile in the family that weighs 600kg and has an operational range of 200km.

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

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Is India moving backward when the air force around the world is advancing its self to the 5th generation fighter jet era is regular criticism that we hear in India and it has become more vocal after India revealed plans to develop two more 4.5 Generation Tejas Mk2 and TEDBF for its Air force and Navy, while it also works to develop a 5.5 Generation fighter jet called AMCA that will take another decade to materialize and enter production sometime after 2030?

While Technological superior air force like USAF has committed to carrying on operating 4.5Gen legacy jets like F-15 and F-16 till 2050, deals are still been made for procurement of American legacy jets like F-16 and F-15 even in 2021 that could mean they will remain in service fleet of their operators even beyond 2060. F-35 is the only 5th generation fighter jet in mass production in 2021 with deliveries of 123 jets in 2020 and over 600 builds to date with 11 countries and around 6-8 countries in the process of contracting a deal with the US Government. Over 3000 F-35 will be manufactured that will keep the production line busy till mid-2040.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently at AI 2021 HAL singed a deal with IAF to supply 83 Tejas mk1A. HAL plans to deliver these 83 by Dec 2030. it’s the culmination of a long struggle= that started in 1983 to build an indigenous jet. Now HAL is planning to build the Tejas mk2/MWF total 200 with first deliveries starting in 2026 (hopefully). This looks good on paper but with HAL patchy rec0ord it seems difficult that HAL could deliver as promised.

What HAL is promising next is even more ambitious and hard to digest that it can deliver or not. So, what is next,

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SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

We have been hearing about reforms in the Indian Military for quite some time now, especially after the creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post. The CDS position inherited many challenges. Many things were to be upgraded, reformed, adapted, or reorganized. Among the reforms that were planned the predominant was the integration of all the three Services of Army, Navy, and Air Force into Unified Commands or Theatre Commands.

Theatre command is a geographical area of concern combining all the three services into a unit posture under a single Commander as opposed to the present service-oriented structured commands. The commander will be responsible for all the operations and he is independent to use the assets under his command to achieve the goals. If not the least outcomes of Unified Commands or Theatre Commands would be 1) Better cooperation and increased inter-service tactical knowledge. 2) Best use of available assets among the services under the responsible Theatre. 3) During Wartime, the Coordination will be at the Theatre level instead of at the level of Service Chiefs. Overall, by far the Theatre commands would be equipped with the best of all to deal with situations accordingly.

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

British Labour Party politician of Pakistan Origin Naz Shah, peddling ISI Book of lies has said while Addressing the UK Parliament “As a proud daughter of Kashmir, I simply ask the Minister whether the Prime Minister, who has now canceled his visit to India, will follow on and cancel the shipment of arms to India?”

She also tried to argue that the British arms trade to India contributes to the imaginary genocide of the Kashmiris by India. Ignorant British Labour Party politician doesn’t know that most of the arms trade with India is for the supply of parts to Trainer, fighter jets, and Naval equipment that can never be used against Kashmiri Militancy unlike in Pakistan where fighter jets were used to bomb their towns in name of the fight against Terrorism.

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

Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned the procurement of 83 fighters on Wednesday for Rs. 45,696 Crore along with Design and Development of Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs.1,202 Crore. The deal for 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft could mean that each aircraft cost could be around Rs 550 crore ($75 million) Per unit that is way above what was speculated previously.

HAL originally had asked for a little over Rs 599 crore ($81 million) that could have meant a 12% Profit Margin for the company per unit when the initial quotation for the jets came in early 2019. In 2020, Indian media had reported that the price for the deal has come down to Rs 37,000 crore that could have meant that each unit cost could have been only Rs 455 crore ($61 million), but these figures were never confirmed by HAL, but when the deal pegged at 45,696 Crore was approved it did raise few eyebrows in many circles in India.

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

2020 saw a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that shook up many in India. Azerbaijan relied heavily on drones, specifically the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 and the Israeli-made Kamikaze drones in targeting its adversaries missile batteries, air defense radars, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, towed artillery guns, and even multi-barrel rocket launchers that came as a wake-up call for the Indian military planners who have been ignoring advancement of drone technologies in the region that has allowed China, Pakistan and even Iran advance its self and has gone on to build a superior UAV/Drone programs than India.

Armenia and Azerbaijan Drone War, has finally woken the sleeping giants In the Ministry of Defence (MoD) who have finally cleared funding for two important drone programs in India that can take offensive to its rivals. The State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and NewSpace Research and Technologies, a Bengaluru based start-up has got clearance for the development of ALFA-S or Air-Launched Flexible Asset (Swarm).

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SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

On 3rdDecember, during the annual press conference, the Navy chief highlighted the major Requirements and procurements of the Indian Navy such as the Follow-on order of Boeing P-8i Neptune Aircraft, Third Aircraft Carrier, Six Submarines, and other assets [1].But CDS and Navy Chief have different opinions on Third Aircraft Carrier, with former stressing focus on Submarines because of the depleting strength and later being adamant on the need of carrier, well this will be another discussion altogether[2].

Submarines are always the element of surprise in naval warfare and are considered game-changers. Every Navy on the planet takes pride in at least operating a submarine. India had a bitter experience of losing INS Khukri to a submarine during the 1971 War.

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

In Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel, guns used or refurbished Kalashnikovs at that are available at a price cheaper than what a smartphone would cost you, They are also a cheap source of guns for the terror organizations in the region, and some even making it to the Indian side of Kashmir that includes illegal copies of American M16A1 assault rifle that have been found from killed Pakistan backed Terrorist in the valley.

Kalashnikovs made in Darra Adam Khel are not only cheap but also a constant headache for the Indian security agencies but Kalashnikov Concern, a leading Russian manufacturer of sporting, hunting, and military small arms, outdoors, tactical and military equipment in its YouTube video channel has described 5 worst AKs ever made in the world and has named Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel as a place where worst AKs are made in the world over.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

We all know that Brahmo 1 has a range of 300 kms (298 kms actually) in accordance with MTCR regulations. Jointly developed by India and Russia Brahmos is based on the Yakhont missile, whose actual range is 600 kms. How the range was capped at under 300 kms, simple by filling the propellant fuel tank less than 50% or less t han half only.

After negotiations started for India’s entry into MTCR the missiles’ fuel tank was filled up to 75% or 3/4 that allowed its range to be extended to 450kms. After it was confirmed that India is part of MTCR the Block3 missiles were built with full propellant furl tank giving the missile a range of 600 kms but as customary India understates its missile range at 550kms only.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Mistake 1

  1. Recently we heard a news that US Navy decided to scrap a amphibious ship. The US Navy decided to de-commission and scrap the USS Bonhomme Richard after a damage assessment found that restoring the ship damaged by fire while sitting on a dock.
  2. The cost of resorting the ship was pegged at US 1 billion, instead the scrapping will cost US $ 30 million. This brings us to the mistake done by Indian Navy. Indian Navy decided to acquire the fire damaged Admiral Gorshkov for US$ 932 million in 2003 initially but after detailed inspection it was decided to buy the ship for US 2.3 billion in 2008. It was inducted into Indian Navy s INS Vikramaditya.
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