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SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Defense analyst Maria Sultan who also heads Director General South Asian Strategic Stability Institute University, in a recent interview with Pakistani News Media has said that the detection of the Wuhan Virus in Kashmir shows that the Indian state is spreading the virus in the region amid lock-down and chaos to inflict casualties in the region.

The insurgency-torn region reported its first case of corona virus recently but has been relatively unaffected by the virus and many have said that due to restrictions it has seen such low cases in the valley.Pakistan recently used the SAARC video conference on corona virus to raise Kashmir and called for the lifting of ‘lock-down’. Sultan said that due to lock-down it was impossible for Kashmiri locals to be inflected by the virus and blamed the Indian Government for bringing the virus to the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

One of the biggest buzzwords in military technology in recent times has been developing autonomous aircraft with no pilot onboard but evolution in the autonomous flight will come with the removal of the human element and let this aircraft act on their own in a hunter/killer mode and also be used as collect information when on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

Not to be left behind, India will soon be taking up Artificial intelligence (AI) driven unmanned LCA-Tejas Concept shortly so that technology can be developed for the development of the next-generation fighter jets in the future. Development of the Unmanned LCA-Tejas for proposed wing man concept was considered to be taken up after the development of Tejas Mk1 as a low-cost option to be deployed alongside a manned aircraft to either act as a complementary asset or as a decoy to protect the crewed system from offensive air defenses. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) or Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program is supposed to be joint development of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets in the Medium Class Roles but an announcement of the program by the country’s premier nodal aeronautics design institute Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) itself will not translate into the actual development of the program has it waits for Government funding nod and IAF’s participation in the program.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that IAF has not made any official commitment yet to join the program and is currently studying the proposal made by ADA and is planning to have a round table meeting with all the stakeholders while first few stretches of the proposed fighter jet is getting circulated online. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

IUCAV-UHF20 will be “Dry Kaveri” Core derivated engine development which GTRE has taken up for the development to power India’s first autonomous stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) called as “Ghatak ”

DRDO has been provided Rs. 1068.69 Crs for the IUCAV-UHF20 program. While the original Kaveri project was meant to power the light combat aircraft but it got shelved as the engine could not deliver sufficient thrust for the fighter aircraft. In its revived avatar, the engine will be modified and its afterburners will be removed to power the first Indian UCAV. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and multiple lobby group in sync with the Indian Embassy in the United States of late have been able to demonstrate what Indians can do with offensive diplomacy if it wants to be and how Indian-American lobby group is emerging as a most powerful lobby in the American political circuit after Jews in Washington.

Attempts to raise India’s Internal issues in Washington and try to pass resolutions condemning India in a way has been the main objective of many Liberal Indian Americans activists and Politicians in Washington and with money backing coming from many Pakistan backed Kashmiri groups attempts to circle India due to the removal of Art370 and CAA protests have been derailed multiple times by HAF with firepower provided by the Indian diplomats in Washington. Continue reading

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As the first final operational clearance (FOC) configured Tejas fighter aircraft, SP21 took to the skies recently came back the question why Tejas Mk1 is still been inducted without its Russian Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon gun been cleared for use, even when ground trials of the gun was carried out way back in 2015 and since then no air to air testing of the critical weapon component of any fighter jet still waits trials.

LSP-7 LCA-Tejas Mk1 is been prepped according to an idrw.org report to be used for calibrating and testing the Gun so that it can later be cleared for all the other jets which have been supplied to the IAF. IAF even allowed the FOC certification for the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jet program to be awarded minus its Gun trials while all the other weapons trials were conducted successfully and tested on multiple occasions and were even judged best air to ground aircraft in IRON FIST Aerial exercises. Continue reading

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

Turkey has claimed that it recently operations it has destroyed eight Syrian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile/gun systems belonging to the Syrian Army in Syria’s war-battered Idlib province and even provided rather embarrassing video footage of the Pantsir missile systems getting destroyed while being in operational and radar in search mode.

While Russia has disputed this claim and said only Two Pantsir missile systems were partly damaged and refuted Turkey’s claim that 8 were destroyed since only four were operational in the entire Idlib province, but Russia can’t hide that the missile system which was specially developed to counter drones and low flying aircraft was taken down by Turkey’s battlefield weapon of choice in Libya it’s Bayraktar TB2 armed drones. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The first of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration SP-21 is ready for its first flight next week after it received crucial software upgrades from its partner Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA) along with teething issues with FOC equipment were resolved after rectification and multiple tests.

SP-21 sporting for the first time “Tipnis Grey” Paint scheme was sported at main runway of the old HAL Airport this week carrying out crucial Fast Taxi Trials after rectification and improved software upgrades which clears SP-21 to engage its engines for a better rate of climbs after take-off thus gaining altitudes at much faster rates. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The State Department recently cleared the sale of its NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India worth $1.87 billion. While the deal is still to reach the contractual stage with India with the scope of further delays expected from the Indian side due to the steep price of the weapon system but the missiles that have been cleared with the NASAMS II will certainly raise few eyebrows in the regions.

NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India will come with 118 AMRAAM C-7/C-8 missiles which are far more advanced then what has been supplied to Pakistan by the United States for its F-16 fleet. While C-7/C-8 AMRAAMs are basically to be used as an air defense missile system to engage and take-down aerial threats ranging from attack helicopters and fighter jets and will be part of India’s integrated inner circle air defense system. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

According to the report prepared by the Sandeep Unnithan for MailToday, INS Arighat which is sister class ship of INS Arihant will be ready for induction in Indian Navy by mid of this year since it is nearing its sea trials while biggest technological achievement of the Indian Navy and to India’s nuclear triad will be that the Nuclear Ballistic missile submarine was only known by its Internal code name as S4 is ready for its sea trials by end of this year.

S4 is an entended Arihant class design that has twice the weapons carrying capability than the Arihant class. S4 can carry 8 K-4 SLBM with a range of 3500km or 24 K-15 SLBM with a range of over 800km in its 8 vertical launch tubes. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to its integration to its entire fleet of 272 Su-30MKI fleets with indigenously developed Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual range air to air missile starting from 2022 onwards and also actively considering placing orders for the upgraded Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed I-Derby ER (extended range) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) with range of 100km.

Astra Mk1 and I-Derby ER both have a range of over 100km and both will compliment each other when integrated into Su-30MKI fleet after aging Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) AAMs are phased out of service due to lack of upgrades to the missile system over the years and poor shelf lives. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

IAF’s will have to wait little longer after First Four Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration LCA-Tejas aircraft which was scheduled to be delivered by HAL by end of March this month is likely to miss its target schedule due to last-minute changes and upgrades carried out on the first four LCA-Tejas to come out in FOC Configuration.

First FOC configured SP-21 carried out its Ground engine run, way back in November and it was decided it will get its crucial software upgrade from its partner Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA) to allow integration and firing of newer weapons along with the ability to handle the better rate of climb with better communication systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defense Ministry of Russia reportedly has offered India its latest TOS-2 ‘Tosochka’ heavy flamethrower vehicles for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications at recently concluded Defence Expo 2020. TOS-2 (the R&D work ‘Tosochka’) is a derivative of the TOS-1A ‘Solntsepyok’ heavy flamethrower system with improved performance characteristics. As compared to its predecessor, it is mounted on the wheeled chassis.

According to Russian designers, the heavy flamethrower systems are intended to destroy light-armor vehicles, incapacitation of the personnel deployed on open spaces or in shelters, initiate fires and smokescreens by smoke/incendiary munitions. TOS-2 are armed with fuel-air explosive munitions that use spraying of combustible material and explosion of the formed gas cloud. In terms of power, they are compared with midget tactical nuclear munitions, though they have no radiation effect.  Continue reading

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

Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk shocked the world when he said that F-35 Stealth fighter jet which is considered among the best of the fighter jets presently will become irrelevant in less than a decade from now and also said that “the fighter jet era has passed” and also went on to make another controversial statement when he said that a remote-controlled Stealth UCAS in control of a human, but with its maneuvers augmented by autonomy could easily defeat a manned F-35 even when in superior numbers.

While many dismissed Elon Musk observation has an imaginary future aerial encounter which is unlikely to be encountered any time soon, while many came in defence of the F-35 program, but several illustrations of an imaginary future aerial encounter do predict that AI-powered Fighter jets will overwhelming Manned Fighter jets in future even if both jets have the same level of technologies in them. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force has just confirmed that two of its front-line Air superiority fighter jets have been cleared for the integration of India’s first Astra air-to-air missiles on its Mig-29UPG and Su-30MKI Fleet as IAF plans to balance slight tilt in the balance of air to air missile which went in PAF side after the acquisition of AIM-120-C5 AMRAAMs. but it’s not where things end and it has been cleared that now IAF and DRDO are in talks for development of a new array of weapons system based on Astra AAM experience that plans are in works to develop more distant cousins of the long-Range Air-To-Air Missile Family in the country.

There has been much speculation and confusion about what missile India will be developing next but whatever is out in the media does seem to suggest that the IAF is concerned that it may be close to matching, or even exceeding, the range of the latest Astra AAM variant with host of other advanced features after DRDO was able to develop a KU Band Advance Seeker locally thus replacing the Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on RVV-AE (R-77). Continue reading