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INS Vikrant, India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1) recently completed its first leg of sea trials while it plans to accomplish 5 more before it is cleared for induction next year in 2022 but already Tongues were wagging about India going for the development of a 65000 tons IAC-II that due to budgetary concerns has been put on hold but Navy is planning to raise funds for the projects from its budget that might see the induction of sister ship of INS Vikrant that might become IAC-II.

India has made no plans for Super Aircraft Carrier which are usually classified when they cross or are close to 1,00,000 ton in its displacements and usually requires nuclear propulsion to power such a mega warship but if it plans to have one in 2040, it needs to start investing in the technology that will be required for the construction of the such a mega warship in our dry docks.

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SOURCE:  DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to the latest media report, with the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, India activated its first foreign base in Ayni airbase in Tajikistan that was recently used as a base for IAF’s C-17 and C-130 Transporter to evacuate Indians stuck in Afghanistan in the last few days. India for a brief period also had deployed a small fleet of Sukhoi-30MKI at the base recently perhaps to send signals to the players in Afghanistan about its indent. 

Taliban since taking over power in Kabul have promised that country won’t be used as a base to attack other countries as proxies and according to some media outlets, India has been assured that by the high command of the Taliban that they won’t be sending their cadres into Kashmir nor will allow Pakistan to use Afghanistan as a terror training facility that it used to be before Americans walked in after 9/11. 

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

The German defense major TKMS has confirmed that it is withdrawing its offer to make in India, Six of its next-generation submarine based on the HDW Class 214 vessels under the country’s Project 75I-class (P75I) program on three instances leaving only South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) DSME3000 a 3,300 ton (surface displacement) submarine as sole vendor left behind in the P75I making it an undeclared winner of the tender unless India goes ahead and cancel this tender or makes necessary changes to its ToT and liability clauses.

DSME3000 is based on the Dosan Ahn Changho-class of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) which is being jointly produced by DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as part of the KSS III program. DSME3000 is modified and will not include its six vertical launch system (VLS) cells rather it might incorporate India’s vertical launch system (VLS) developed for the Sub-sonic ITCM based submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) and the SLCM variant of the BrahMos.

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SOURCE:  DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

HAL chairman and managing director R. Madhavan recently speaking to the Indian media jumped into the 4.5 vs 5 gen debate that is going in the country and said that the development of the LCA MkII and AMCA programs will continue in parallel as 4.5gen fighter jets will continue to be the backbone of the Indian Air force (IAF) even though some countries have joined the 5th generation bandwagon but continue to maintain 4.5gen fighter jets.

Madhavan argued that the 4.5gen fighters are here to stay and many countries including the U.S continue to procure them despite the easy availability of the 5th generation fighter jets. Madhavan also argued that the 5th gen fighters are not only expensive to manufacture but also compromises on the weapon load due to which operate a whole fleet of 5th gen fighters will never happen.

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

To be a superpower or to extend influence in matters of geopolitics, it needs one to be a leading powerhouse of manufacturing and exports of goods and services to be coupled with a sound economy. while India in some way is a good service provider with its labour force working all over the world, but not a great player when it comes to export of goods, if your voice needs to be dominant in the ever-changing political environment, then you have to be a player in Exports of Military equipment’s.

Exports? But let us focus on our domestic needs first, if we can manufacture? Then we will think of exports for sure,

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

In 2020, Zabiullah Mujahid who is an official spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan allegedly said that “it is impossible to be friends with India unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved”, and that after capturing power in Kabul, they plan to “capture Kashmir from infidels”. Even as the Taliban’s official spokesperson denied that statement the following day, it had created a flurry of excitement in Pakistan and some section of Kashmir that is still dominated by the hardline faction of the Separatists in Kashmir.

At the end of the Soviet-Afghan War in 1989, So-called Mujahedeen from Afghanistan infiltrated into Kashmir to join the holy war against infidels and to liberate it from India. In the early ’90s it was estimated around 4000 Afghan / Pakistani and Kashmir men had joined the insurgency and India on the other hand was in terminal decline due to the collapse of its economy and it was touch and go after Pakistan backed by the United States dragged India to United Nations and India was on verge of being sanctioned till Indian Army stepped up its counter-insurgency operations in the valley and Pakistan was no longer was able to propagate its fake narrative of an indigenous uprising in the valley.

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

As Pakistani netizens took to social media to celebrate the take over of Kabul by the Taliban forces many were quick to taunt India about impending war that will soon erupt in the Indian side of Kashmir and how like USSR and US, India will be forced to vacate and handover them entire Kashmir in a platter. In border areas of the Afghan-Pakistan border, not much activity was seen, no mad rush of Afghan refugees trying to cross the Durand line nor Pakistani military activities that were initially anticipated. since not much had happened, perhaps why Pakistani netizens are already dreaming about taking control of Kashmir from India.

Selected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also known by his nickname “Taliban Khan ” in defiance to the US administration came to praise rise of Taliban and said, “You take over the other culture and become psychologically subservient. When that happens, please remember, it is worse than actual slavery. It is harder to throw off the chains of cultural enslavement. What is happening in Afghanistan now, they have broken the shackles of slavery”.

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

Ashraf Ghani government in Kabul has requested deployment of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Afghanistan after Taliban took control of six Afghanistan provincial capitals recently. while United Air Force B-52 bombers that are flying in from its airbase in UAE and F-18 flown from aircraft carrier deployed off the Pakistan coast has not been able to provide timely assistance to Afghan forces due to distance of operations, but risking deployment of Indian aerial assets in Kabul or any other airbase in Afghanistan could also come as huge risk for the IAF if it does get go-ahead from the Indian Government, not only from Taliban but also from Pakistan that will be keen to cause harm to IAF personals and assets.

In the mid-’90s, India was using Farkhor Air Base in Tajikistan to aid Afghan Northern Alliance in their fight against the Taliban, and the base was also used to service their helicopters and gather intelligence for them. Farkhor Air Base runway was also rebuilt by Indian money and there was a time when they were talks of deploying a small fleet of Mig-29 jets in the base to assist the Afghan Northern Alliance, before 9/11 happened and later American forces stepped in.

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SOURCE: MANOJ AGARWAL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A great debate was recently sparked when India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant went for sea trials and a lot of defense enthusiasts noticed two smaller aircraft lift size on the decks when the first clear pictures of the fully functional deck started coming in. Directorate of Naval Design started work on the design of the ship in 1999 onwards and the keel was laid in 2009 and lifts of the aircraft carrier were designed to accommodate and operate initially Russian developed Mig-29K and India’s LCA-Navy Mk2 aircraft, so questions were raised if it can operate TEDBF that is under development or the Rafale M and F-18 if Indian Navy were to procure them.

Navy’s choice of aircraft that it planned could operate from the decks of the INS Vikrant at the design stage was the troubled Mig-29K fleet that it now wants to retire by 2035 due to ongoing technical issues with the fleet and other aircraft was now canceled single-engined LCA-Navy Mk2 program, that now has been replaced with Bigger Twin-engined TEDBF. Many are wondering if the aircraft lift size might be too small to be used to operate any other bigger aircraft that the Navy might be looking into under its tender for 57 deck-based fighter jets that included offers from Boeing for F-18 and Dassault for its Rafale M jets.

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

A great deal of ruckus was created when Chief of defense staff Gen Bipin Rawat in an interview to a local media outlet said that “Do not forget the IAF continues to remain a supporting arm just as artillery support or engineers support the combatant arm in the Army. They will be a supporting arm,” after differences emerged with IAF over the creation of the theatre commands that could see the integration of assets to improve country’s entire air defense.

A great deal of condemnation on the choice of his words was followed by veteran air force officials and defense analysts who said that IAF was not the Indian Army Air force to act as a subordinate to the Indian Army as seen in the Chinese military structure where PLAAF is considered a branch of PLA, but rather as a separate air service branch of the Indian Armed Forces.

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

Army chief General M.M. Naravane called for a “revolution in bureaucratic affairs” and called for a rethink of the L1 vendor concept altogether Under the present system, where the lowest bidder, known as L1, always wins the contract. Army chief batted for the procurement process be reduced of the bureaucratic web of checks and balances to promote fast-tracking of the modernization, and simultaneously promoting self-reliance in the country.

Red Tape and the typical babudom attitude of the bureaucrats has ensured that procurement of any weapon systems is a much more complex system than anywhere else in the world and due to past corruption and middlemen interference that has often lead to unnecessary checks and balances that often means procurement is delayed by years and sometimes even decades due to additional power which bureaucrats often use to delay this program.

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

The US Air Force (USAF) released a rendering of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bomber, that it plans to fly by next year and plans are in place to incrementally replace the B-1 Lancer and the B-2 Spirit bombers to form a two-bomber fleet of B-21s and modified B-52s in the long run for which it is estimated US Air Force could require 200 B-21 Stealth Bombers in next 20 years.

B-2 heavy strategic bomber featuring low observable stealth technology started with a requirement of 132 units by the airforce but when the average per-unit cost was US$737 million in fly-away condition, finally units procured was only 22 units that lead to even higher production cost in the later stage when the program included development, engineering, and testing costs, per unit cost average at US$2 Billion. To ensure that the B-21 Stealth Bomber program doesn’t suffer the B-2 program fate, USAF has installed checks and balances that will ensure that unit cost will remain low and has hinted at the possibility of exporting it to its closes allies.

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

In less than six months, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will have in its possession all 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets that it had placed an order in 2016, has of now, IAF already has inducted 24 jets and 11 more will come by end of this year and lone Twin-seater trainer aircraft that was used to train Indian pilots in France will be the last one to depart to India in January 2022.

Countries like Egypt and Qatar who had placed orders for Rafale a few months before India had done have already placed additional orders with Dassault and it is still not clear when India will be concluding a fresh contract for acquiring additional jets that were presumably procured under off-the-shelf emergency requirement due to steady declining of the fighter squadron fleet of the IAF.

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

United Aircraft is pitching its single-engined Su-75 to export markets as an affordable, fifth-generation type that shares characteristics with Sukhoi’s Su-57, and the company went further to confirm that the first flight has been planned for 2023 and it will be ready to enter production in 2026 as most of the system including its avionics and AL-41FI engine is already in production. what raised several eyebrows was when Rostec claimed that the unit price of Checkmate will be around $25 to $30 million, which is not even half the cost of the American F-35A that has a flyaway cost of $78 million.

Russian 5th generation Su-75 Checkmate fighter jet could work out to be cheaper than India’s Tejas Mk1A that has a flyaway unit cost of $41 million and China’s JF-17 Block-III that has a flyaway cost of $32 million per unit. Su-75 will beat if not all but most of the legacy 4th generation fighter jets that are still under production in terms of flyaway cost, but how did Russians manage to offer a 5th generation jet at a price of 4th generation that was manufactured in the 90s?.

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

Russia’s first single-engine supersonic low observable light tactical fighter aircraft was unveiled at the MAKS show by Rostec that identifies several countries by name including India, Argentina, and Vietnam, as well as some elements suggestive of Middle Eastern states as its potential export customers. Rostec also confirmed that what was unveiled was an actual prototype and not a mock-up and the first flight has been planned for 2023. Rostec presentation also confirmed that stealth at a much lower price point is the ultimate goal of the company and many takers will do emerge even when the flyaway unit cost of the F-35A has now fallen under $80 million but it has failed to keep its operating cost per hour same as that of the legacy type of the F-16, EA-18G, and F-15E.

Indian Air Force (IAF) back home has committed to procure as much as 170-201 units of the Tejas Mk-II fighter jet that will have also have its first flight sometime in 2023 and will enter production in 2027-28 if HAL and other DRDO associate labs can stick to the schedule-timeline that has been shared by the company. Back home many have criticized need for a 4.5+ Gen fighter aircraft when India can join 5th gen bandwagon by fast tracking its AMCA program. IAF Chief in past has hinted that this number mutually agreed with the DRDO and IAF verbally might change if the aircraft is not able to stick to the schedule, as IAF’s fighter fleet already is at its lowest point and will further slide due to retirements of Mig-21s by 2024, IAF chief has hinted that it will be open to procuring fighter jets from elsewhere to make up the number if indigenous programs face delays.

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