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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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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It was in April back in 2012, that India for the first time had tested the Agni V ICBM that had a range of over 5000km and that could hit not only the whole of China but also as far as targets in Europe but also made many of India’s friendly countries nervous about country’s ICBM program that in last 10 years it’s more or less meant curtains on development of land-based intercontinental ballistic missile program in the country.

Agni V unlike other missiles has been sparingly tested only 8 times in the last 10 years as India doesn’t want to be seen as trigger happy nuclear state. In the last few years, Agni-V also has disappeared from the military parade that takes place on Republic day. India is the only country in the so-called ” nuclear elite ” group of big 5 that wants to maintain a low profile on its Agni-V program.

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

Modi will be the first high-profile dignitary to visit France in the first week of May after the re-election of the French president Emmanuel Macron.” La Tribune ” recently reported that France is keen on pushing for the sale of Rafale M to the Navy and deal for additional Rafale for the air force. Talks are likely to be held with India for the purchase of additional Scorpène class submarines for its Navy.

Since it is a three-nation visit, it is unlikely anything major deal might be announced but they are chance that a deal for the lease of one in-flight refueling aircraft from the French air force might be concluded as it got principal approval from the MoD. Airbus A330 MRTT is a French Air Force-owned asset that doesn’t require to go through major rounds of approvals and since it will be wet-leased it can be absorbed into the Indian air force at a faster rate.

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A few weeks ago more details of the RudraM-III became public where the missiles were seen with hypersonic fixed wings leading to speculations that the RudraM-III is a hypersonic missile system but the missile can’t be classified as a hypersonic missile even if it can go hypersonic. Hypersonic is a term used to describe platforms that can travel at speeds above Mach 5, many ballistic missiles achieve such speeds but that doesn’t mean they can be classified as hypersonic missiles systems.

RudraM-III seems to be a conventional air-launched ballistic missile that can achieve hypersonic velocities through a quasi-ballistic flight path that never departs the atmosphere, and it can maneuver throughout its trajectory to avoid being intercepted. The above schematic diagram confirms that the RudraM-III will have a single-stage booster that will propel it after launch from air to high supersonic speeds while the second stage dual-pulse motor will help it attend low hypersonic speeds while it is carryout final terminal stage maneuvering.

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

It seemed for a while that French Safran was in talks with India’s GTRE to jointly develop a 125 kN thrust class engine for the AMCA program but recent joint statements after the visit of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India, talked about a joint venture for the development of new engine but again it is still not clear with whom India will be developing a new engine for the AMCA program.

Both Safran and Rolls-Royce have been assigned to develop next-generation fighter jet engines for the 6th gen fighter jet programs that are been divided into two groups in the European Union that are both working in separate 6th gen programs called FCAS program that involves Spain, Germany, and France, while the Tempest team consists of the United Kingdom, Italy, and Sweden.

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

After nearly four years after India walked out of the joint venture to develop Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on the Russian Su-57 fighter jet, the AMCA program Chief for the first time has confirmed that the major bone of contention was that the Russians had refused to provide India the computer source code that could have allowed India to carry out upgrades to the aircraft with local technology without any Russian assistance.

AMCA program Chief claims in an interview with ” The week” that lengthy negotiation with the Russians on the terms of the joint venture also delayed India’s AMCA program since IAF was busy framing its air staff requirements for the FGFA program. ADA claims that Su-57 was also found to be lacking in stealth characters and it seemed that the Sukhoi bureau focused more on maneuverability than on stealth, by failing to achieve the perfect balance that is required in the 5th gen program.

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

MiG-21, do we need any introduction? One of the most produced combat jets in the world. The first supersonic jet in the Indian Air force. The most successful and longest servicing combat jet in Indian history. Since its induction in 1963, MiG-21 has participated in all major conflicts [1]. Outside the former Soviet Union, India was the second-largest operator and had built around 657 MiG-21s of different versions locally [2].

The aircraft was mass-produced in the Soviet bloc states and therefore it resulted in that a piece of MiG-21MF was cheaper than a BMP-1 infantry vehicle [3]. It was the most advanced aircraft produced in the Soviet Union and gave a head-to-head to western competition during the cold war. Such was the caliber of MiG-21 that the Israeli spy agency Mossad had launched a mission called ‘operation diamond’ to acquire these advanced soviet aircraft. In 1966 they were successful in their mission when they landed an Iraqi MiG-21 in Israel [4]. During the 1971 Indo-Pak war, even though our western neighbor possessed advanced aircrafts such as F-104 Starfighter, F-86 Sabre, etc. just for a single lossMiG-21 had scored thirteen kills. It was a champion on both eastern and western fronts during the war [5]. There are many such legends of these aircraft that we can keep heaping praise about it throughout this entire article.

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Nearly 10 Il-76 Strategic airlifter that are nearing are due for major overhauls and modernization that were planned to happen from 2025 so that they can continue to be in service for another decade or more to come but with the Ukraine-Russia war and pressure on India to cut off ties with Russia from the west, it’s not clear if a 40-year-old first lot of Il-76 if get their upgrades or will have to be retired early.

Il-76 Strategic airlifter has been suffering from high downtime due to a lack of spares and other material support for long that even after being in service for nearly four decades India has failed to keep average serviceability over 40% let alone come close to benchmark average serviceability of 70% that IAF wanted.

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

Indian Air force recently decided that it will be procuring more ALH-Mark IV ” Rudra ” for its fleet after being impressed with the Armed version of the ALH-Dhruv helicopter in high altitude operations in a recent stand-off with the Chinese near LOC. IAF plans to procure 3 more squadrons which could mean additional orders for 40+ ALH-Mark IV ” Rudra “, but there has been growing concern that what was supposed to be a makeshift arrangement before a dedicated attack helicopter was developed is now fast becoming more popular than the actual product that was to take up this role.

ALH-Mark IV costs around 70 crores each with all the armaments its close to 90-95 crore mark and more than 70 have been developed and supplied to Indian air force with Indian Army being the biggest operator of the two. Both Indian Army and IAF have been giving lukewarm reception to the LCH after it cleared all mandatory developmental trials while it waits for further order from both.

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SOURCE: KR RAMESH KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Russian Main Battle Tanks have failed! is what Western media could want the world to believe and pictures of Russian tanks in disarray or damaged beyond repairs have been flooded the internet even though the amount of next-gen western anti-tank missile tech has been supplied to Ukraine, the kill ratio seems pretty much not what Russia could like but it not bad, but what has been a silver line for the Russian military complex its is that it still has massive short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) and cruise missile that have been used to flatten high-value targets in Ukraine.

Even after 50 days of War, Western analysts are still mystified how the Russian military complex is still able to keep up with supplies of SRBM and cruise missiles that have been used o hit military targets with pinpoint accuracies. Western analysts for weeks have been predicting that the Russians are low on tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles and every few days they are proved wrong by the Russians.

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Come next Wednesday, State-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders will launch the last of the Kalvari-class submarine that will soon go for user trials to be followed by induction in the next few months. The contract that was concluded in 2005, after 4 years of delays in its 17th year is nearing completion, but the induction of six new-generation submarines will not come as a force multiplier as the existing submarine fleet is already reaching the end of its shelf life with no clear cut solution presented by the Navy for way head.

30 Year Plan fades

In 1999, the Indian Ministry of Defence approved plans to acquire 24 conventional submarines under its 30-year submarine plan where it had planned to acquire diesel attack submarines six each from Project 75 and 75I followed by 12 from Project-76 with two parallel production lines for two different submarine designs of Indian origin. 2022 marks the 23rd year of the 30-year submarine plan with just six induction but last year30-year submarine plan was amended to reduce fleet projection to just 18 submarines as the fund will be utilized for the development of six new nuclear attack submarines.

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

In the Cold War era, Soviet Union airlines flew Soviet-made planes, they might have not been efficient as Western developed commercial planes but they provided worry-free operations on domestic routes and also didn’t have to worry about spare parts or maintenance and technical support services. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian Airlines opened up and brought Airbus or Boeing planes so much so that they are over 500 planes, and close to three-fourths of the aircraft used by Russian airlines were manufactured by Boeing and Airbus.

War Sanctions have crippled Russian airlines, half the fleet is now grounded and the rest might be grounded soon as both companies are not providing any support. Sanctions also require the lessors to terminate their leases which will mean nearly 80% of the Russian airline fleet needs to be given back to the owners which will further cripple air travel inside Russia.

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

HAL has entered into an MoU with Israel Aerospace Industries to convert civil (passenger) aircraft into Multi-Mission Tanker Transport aircraft in India. IAI has experience in converting pre-owned B767 aircraft into aerial tankers for a variety of different military missions but after the sale of Air India to the TATA Groups, the Indian government is left with only four B747-400 that were held and were not part of the deal.

Alliance Air, a fully-owned subsidiary of Air India, was not part of the privatization process and has a fleet of 18 ATR 72-600 aircraft and it is unlikely they can operate B747-400 on domestic routes in India, which leaves a question mark on why Indian Government had retained four B747-400.

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