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A screengrab of a J-16 fighter of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force purportedly carrying the PL-15 missile

Chinese PL-15 beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) will knock Indian fighter jets out of airspace from nearly 200 kms and will render European-origin MBDA Meteor missile which India is acquiring for its Dassault Rafale useless is the latest scaremongering which has been peddled recently by few in the Indian defense community, most likely to favor imports of more long-range BVRAAMs,even when IAF Chief clearly confirmed that with induction of Astra which he confirmed is at par with  American AIM-120C-5 both in range and specification, will get further boost India’s air to air capabilities when MBDA Meteor AAMs will join the air force this May with deliveries of Dassault Rafale .

PL-15 is significantly longer than the AMRAAM With a length of over 4 metres but it still uses a conventional rocket motor and as per footage of the PL-15 missile being carried on the Shenyang J-16 it seems its much-touted greater range than contemporary systems like the US-built AMRAAM and Russian Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) is due to additional booster and dual-motor and it doesn’t look it will have range of 200kms for a fighter-sized aircraft. Continue reading

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Rotary-wing of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in Aero India 2017 displayed for the first time full-scale mock-up of its proposed development of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) program to replace India’s huge fleet of Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-17 Medium weight Helicopter already inducted in the Air force and Army by end of 2030.

Proposed 10-12 tonne helicopter will be an indigenous alternative and simple replacement for Mi-8/17 fleet which will come in two engine options. Recently HAL also announced plans to develop a Heavy attack class Helicopter in lines of AH-64 Apache helicopter which is been inducted in IAF and Army based on the IMRH platform using technology already developed for HAL’s LCH and IMRH program in near future. Continue reading

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Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has showcased 4 Alleged Air-to-Air Missiles from the drowned Mig-21Bis flown by the Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Pakistani media in an event to celebrate 1 year of Operation Swift resort and in its attempt to debunk loss of F-16 kill being awarded to the Varthaman and questioned Vir Chakra being awarded to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for lying and claiming a fake F-16 kill.

PAF showcased 2 damaged R-73 Close Combat Air-to-Air missiles along with near intact 2 R-77 Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missiles. Indian OSNIT community have questioned Pakistan’s claim that the broken R-73 minus its warhead section were found with the wreckage of the Mig-21Bis. Continue reading

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Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has hit where it could shake Indian Navy the most when he confirmed that clearance for construction of the 65000-tonne aircraft carrier called ” INS Vishal ” might not happen any time soon and some of the points made by him, also backing of many in India who didn’t see why Navy should be allocated big budget for single warship program which might not come in next 10 years.

Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1) has been under construction from 2009 and it will likely be ready for induction only in 2022 which means it took India 13 years to develop and test a 45000-tonne aircraft carrier for India when even 100000-tonne Nuclear super aircraft carrier developed by the United States just takes only 7 years and China has been developing 65000-tonne aircraft carriers even at faster rate in just 4 years. Continue reading

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India’s MMRCA Circus just continues to get new candidates after American Aerospace major Boeing decided to offer it’s F-15EX to India, which makes it third American jet to enter the race after rebadged F-16 aka F-21 and F-18E/F. What prompted Boeing to bring another one of its legacy platforms to India is still a mystery since logically it makes no sense for India to procure another Heavy Category aircraft like F-15EX when we already have difficulty maintaining our Su-30s fleet.

At the time when the cost of 5th Generation fighter jets like F-35A is falling each year, it is interesting to realize that F-15EX cost is same as F-35A now but due to the slow production line and high technology issues still plaguing F-35 program, USAF has decided to go ahead and procure 144 F-15s at it latest avatar to complement its F-35 fleet this is what has been told to their local media but is this the actual reason behind recent orders? Continue reading

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Newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said 114 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force need to be purchased in small batches so that technological obsolescence along with high procurement cost required for such a mega order can be avoided due to the stalled budget but that also means Making in India 114 jets of foreign origin will also make it more expensive for India due to batch orders over the years which will need to be adjusted for material and manpower cost inflation over the years.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is currently producing the Su-30MKI at a flyaway cost of around $62 million per aircraft, which according to our Parliament is around $22 million higher than the Su-30 jet supplied by Russia. Over 272 jets were produced over the years in batch orders but it simply never translated into a cheaper jet for India from then directly buying from Russia. Continue reading

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BrahMos Corporation has confirmed what was told in defense community in India that the company has been tasked to develop a revolutionary new air to air missile based on the framed Supersonic BrahMos while retaining a 500km engagement range to protect Indian airspace from all enemy aircraft specifically large enemy support aircraft such as tankers, command centers and AWACS platforms which usually fly well within their own air space.

BrahMos – AWACS killer is India’s attempt to denying hostile powers the use of force-multiplying support platforms such as AWACS systems when conducting air attacks close or inside Indian air space. Continue reading

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VEM Technologies at recently concluded DefExpo 2020 showcased its AsiBal third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile which company calls its a True Man-portable as explained to idrw.org reporter at DefExpo 2020, AsiBal is a modern man-portable anti-tank guided weapon with a tandem HEAT warhead allows the system to be used against combat vehicles with ERA which is lightweight system easy to use by a single person.

AsiBal ATGM with combination of launch unit (6kg) and missile (12.5kg) weighs only 18.5 kg is lighter then DRDO and VEM developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and is True Man-portable since unlike MPATGM it doesn’t require Tripod and Firing post which makes it two-man operation since total combined weight of MPATGM comes out to be 23-24 Kg. Continue reading

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In 2018, India’s plans to equip its Russian SU-30MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles after MBDA France informed the government that they would not integrate their weapon on any Israeli or Russian platform and even refused it to be integrated into a legacy platform like Mirage-2000 due to high cost.

While it looked like a unilateral decision by France imposed on other key partners in MBDA like the United Kingdom, India might have recently tasted some success in breaking this blockade when MBDA UK agreed to sell and integrate Meteor BVRAAMs on the upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet of Indian Air Force, which looks like a major disagreement with the MBDA France which was trying to make Meteor BVRAAMs, Dassault Rafale Exclusive to secure their chances for further orders of the same platform from India. Continue reading

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No. 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (Flying Daggers) based at Sulur AFS, Tamil Nadu, which is also the first LCA-Tejas Mk1 Squadron has clocked 2000 sorties in last three years with just a small fleet of 18 aircraft said the latest report from the Squadron. Tejas Mk1 aircraft in possession of the Squadron have been averaging at least two sorties per day and many of the pilots from the Squadron are all praise of the indigenously developed fighter jet.

The bulk of the sorties have been clocked in the last 18 months after deliveries of IOC-Configured Tejas Mk1 by HAL said a HAL official close to idrw.org and many teething issues have been resolved at an even faster pace due to continued availability of HAL technicians at the base. Continue reading

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State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the first time has confirmed at DefExpo 2020 has revealed that India is working on a new tactical ballistic missile capable of striking targets at a range of 200km. Close Range Ballistic Missile (CRBM) has been named Pranash, while it has its origin to the Prahaar missile, but as per configuration asked by the Indian Army, Pranash carries different designs and specifications then Prahaar missile other than just additional 50km range as mentioned by National Media.

Pranash CRBM has a length of 6.7m vs 7.32m of Prahaar and is 0.38m vs 0.42m in Diameter, which makes it shorter and much skinnier than the Prahaar missile while the weight of both missiles still stands at 1.3 tonnes and still carriers a 200kg payload and has an accuracy of CEP <20 meters but Pranash is now mounted on a 6×6 High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) allows better mobility at mountain terrain. Continue reading

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Since last few months, Playboy Prime Minister Imran Khan has been raking up False Flag attack against Indian forces to drum up for an imaginary war which he and his Government have been imagining from the time Article 370 and Article 35A both Indian Laws were removed from the Indian administrated Kashmir in August. It is not rare to accuse India of trying to kill its soldiers to drum up a war-like scenario but it has been going on for the last few years where Pakistan wants to get rid of terror sponsors tag by actually accusing its victims of terror has one who planned this attacks.

Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI) has an approved list of Ex-ISI Generals who are allowed to talk to media and promote this conspiracy theory to its people that all terror attacks ranging from 26/11, Uri, Pathankot or Pulwama attacks on the Indian forces have been False Flag operations carried out by Indian external Intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Continue reading

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Major General Asif Ghafoor, the ex-Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations has met with an accident on a motorway near Sargodha, in Pakistan according to Khaleej Times report, Asif Ghafoor and his wife are safe as the car was under the speed limit and reported hit a stray cow. Pictures of the accident show that Car was Toyota Land Cruiser a luxury SUV powered by a 4.5 liter 32 valve DOHC V8 diesel engine.

Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t have any Pakistani Army insignia hinting it might Major General Asif Ghafoor’s Private Car but what comes as a surprise to many Indians was that it was a Toyota Land Cruiser which in India, starts at ? 1.47 Crores and usually seen with Industrialist and Bollywood celebs like Salman Khan which became notoriously famous when in 2002 when he had crashed into five men sleeping outside a bakery in Bandra, killing one. Continue reading

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India has started work on the development of a new 5000 km K-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the K family after successful completion of developmental trials of 3500 km K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile as per latest media report.

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) got approvals for the development of the K-5 SLBM a few years back but it was purely limited to Research and development of MIRV (Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle ) capabilities which DRDO has been working on after voluntarily suspending its land-based ballistic missile program after the development of Agni-V ICBM. Continue reading

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Boeing is pushing for that exclusive deal with India which might save its fighter division from closing down permanently and has promised to go the extra mile to help India develop India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet locally in India in the same plant after completion of the F-18 orders for the Country said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Boeing has offered India, its F-18 E/F fighter jets which are exclusively flown by US Navy as an Aircraft Carrier-based fighter jet and has offered it in the latest Block III configuration which comes with added capabilities to India. Boeing has told IAF that under Block III configuration Super Hornets have been further enhanced to work better with the stealthy fighter aircraft like AMCA in high-end conflicts. Continue reading