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India’s 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Program is all set to take off when the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of the Central Government of India will grant 15000 crores that the developers of the AMCA program are seeking after completion of the critical design review (CDR) that is planned sometime in early 2022 for the program to kick start fabrication and flight trials of the first aircraft.

idrw.org has learned that the much-delayed decision to select an international partner for the development of a new high thrust engine for the program will also be cleared in 2022 for which additional funds ranging from $4 to $6 billion will be requested and cleared. Defense Expo 2022 might be an ideal place when the new partner might be announced and agreements for the joint venture is likely to be concluded later in 2022.

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

A great deal of hue and cry was made when new Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari stopped talking about the Tejas MkII jet in this recent media interaction and it now seems it was not a simple act of omission but deliberate. Tejas MkII cleared critical design review (CDR) that allows HAL to start fabrication of the first aircraft that HAL Chief had said will be ready by end of 2022 and have its first flight by end of 2023. The latest Time of India report confirms that debate has started within IAF on how to go about in the development of future locally made fighter jets and whether India should leapfrog from the Tejas Mark-1A directly to the AMCA.

IAF earlier in February at Aero India 2021 had placed orders for 83 Tejas MK1A and transition directly to AMCA will mean a critical gap in combat squadron fleet will continue if the MkII program is not cleared for production for which IAF is deliberating if an enhanced variant of the Tejas MK1A should be considered that possibly reduce the cost of setting up of a new production line but can accommodate most of the technologies that were developed for the MkII program as an improved variant.

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

Prime Minister Narinder Modi handed over the first batch of Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) that is part of the first 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) for which the Indian Army and Indian Air Force have issued a letter of intended to buy them but have simply not paid up state-owned Public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) company that has manufactured it with Internal funds for which it had to borrow money from the State-owned Banks just because our Generals and Airforce Bosses are still not been able to procure locally developed system in large numbers.

LCH already has completed all its Developmental trials and was born out of the Indian Army requirements that date backs to the Kargil War when Mi-35 Hind Attack Helicopters were not able to be deployed because they lacked the power to operate at such altitudes but the Indian Army seems to be no hurry to place orders for a weapons systems that could come as a game-changer in the region where it is currently in a standoff with the Chinese Army.

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India’s Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat said that India is “looking at creating a rocket force” as part of efforts to step up on enhancing its military capabilities. this announcement might have come as surprise to many but not many are talking about the cost involved in creating a force for a land-based ballistic and cruise missile inventory. Indian Rocket force will require 50000-70000 personnel and 3-4 ballistic missile brigades with each brigade independently deployed in different sectors of the eastern and western regions. 

Creating a Dedicated Rocket force will require 5-6 times more equipment and personals than what presently we have under Strategic Forces Command (SFC) that till now was in charge of the present Land-based ballistic missiles. More Equipment and personals also mean more funds are required to train and build inventory that often can be more tricky and time-consuming. 

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

Lockheed Martin plans to shift manufacturing of certain parts and subsystems of its Legion-ES infrared search and track (IRST) sensor system and Sniper advanced targeting pod to Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) in Hyderabad, India for which the company is trying to secure permissions from the US congress to enable this deal to happen soon. 

In India, French, Indian, and Russian combat jets that have one thing in common are the Israeli made Rafael Litening targeting pod that continues to be adopted on all the jets in air force inventory. IAF started of with Litening III and has progressed to Litening 4 and the Litening 4 I that come equipped with upgraded infrared cameras and a charge-coupled device color camera to help identify targets on the ground, particularly dense areas.

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

Taiwan’s Navy recently hosted the keel-laying ceremony for its Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) to mark the completion of its first construction phase. vessels in question are estimated to be in the 2,500-ton class and 70m in length and externally is similar to Japan’s Soryu–diesel-electric submarine, while a version of the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat management system, used in US Navy nuclear submarines will also be used in the upcoming Taiwanese submarines.

This is Taiwan’s first foray into the development of the indigenous diesel-electric submarine locally in the country after the refusal of many countries due to China’s increasing aggressiveness towards the island nation. Many countries like Japan and United States are chipping with the technology that is required to help in the construction of the submarine but most of the construction will happen in Taiwan along with weapons that have been developed locally in the country.

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

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India’s premier defense research agency, Defence Research, and Development Organisation (DRDO) has commenced taxi trials of the Stealth Wing Flying Testbed (SWiFT) that will be a technology demonstrator for the DRDO’s secretive program to create an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) that will be as big as an LCA-Tejas.

SWiFT resembles B-2 stealth bomber in layout as both have a ‘flying wing’ configuration and the same will be adopted for the flying wing configuration UCAV that is to be followed. The flying wing configuration is a widely used design in upcoming UCAVs and Long-range bombers due to its reduced radar cross-section as the design has no definite fuselage and its ability to carry more fuel and weapons.

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

In 2017, the Indian Air Force (IAF) failed to procure 100 jet-propelled stealthy Avenger unmanned aircraft from the American General Atomics due to US Administration that in turn forced IAF to look into State-owned defense companies like DRDO and HAL for the development of next-generation, multi-mission, jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can provide IAF an expanded quick-response and enhanced combat capabilities.

IAF has been looking for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with lower radar cross-section (RCS) for long endurance and high operational speeds that can be deployed in intelligence, border and wide-area surveillance, armed reconnaissance (ISR), and precision-strike missions against threats in both conventional and asymmetric warfare for a while now but now quietly commissioned the development of multiple UAS that has stealth profile to further enhance it fighting capabilities.

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

The United Aircraft Corporation presented to the world a new light tactical fighter jet named Checkmate at the MAKS 2021 airshow and what came after stunned everyone when it offered Checkmate at flyaway cost at just $30 Million per unit making it cheapest 5th Generation fighter jet even priced below several 4.5 Generation fighter jets as seen in official pamphlets of the company recently in the Dubai Air show 2021 where a Prototype has been put up for display but is it a scam or UAC actually can deliver on the ballpark figure quoted by them?.

To understand how Russians predetermined its price we have to understand how the Russian Military complex works, unlike Western Military Complex. Russian Military complex for generations right from Mig-15 could mass-produce jets and offer to them to export countries like India literally at a throwaway price that ensured Russian jets usually were brought up by those who had no access to the western technology or couldn’t afford one.

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

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari after taking over the Big seat pushed for the procurement of 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) amid rumors of a settled deal with the government that could have cleared the procurement of 36 second batch of Dassault Rafales that the outgoing IAF chief and the government had worked out, but now the new Chief is pushing for the procurement of 90 Rafale in batches before IAF agrees to cancel much delayed MRFA again but this quest for ultra-expensive Rafales even in batches could put IAF’s financial position in a spot that could hurt its modernization plans.

Air operations in the Kargil war exposed lack of High altitude operation capabilities of the Mig-27 and Jaguar fleet that has failed miserably while carrying out bombing runs on mountain peaks that were captured by Pakistani troops. A multi-role aircraft like Mirage-2000 came to IAF rescue and was able to perform bombing of the camps and supply lines that contributed to the Pakistan army’s abject surrender that later resulted in the withdrawal of troops from the icy peaks.

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CATS Omca (Optionally-manned combat aircraft) and CATS Hale (High-altitude long-endurance (HALE) seem to be two new components in the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) proposed Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) that the company is developing with Bengaluru-based startup, Newspace Research and Technologies to give IAF a robust and futuristic deep penetration attack system.

CATS Omca seems to be a project of converting obsolete fighter jets into drones. Mig-21, Mig-27, and Kiran IJT seems to have been selected as a viable candidates to be converted into Optionally-manned combat aircraft that could be used as decoys or to carry out their combat missions. HAL is carrying out the conversion of Kiran IJT into an unmanned drone but not much is known about its current status of its. In the above image, you can see that the CATS OMCA will be the first to enter hostile airspace either to be used as a decoy to overwhelm adversary air defenses by their sheer numbers or as a rudimentary unmanned combat aircraft to draw out hidden Air defense system positioning of the enemy.

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Iconic Russian brand in the Assault rifle segment is coming to India, AK-203 will become the main Assault rifle of the Indian Army for decades to come as both countries are working out the last bit of details before domestic production of the Russian AK-203 starts in India. AK-203 will replace the Indian-made INSAS rifle after being nearly 30 years in service with the Indian Army. Kalashnikov shares insights into its Ak-203 deal in an exclusive interview with idrw.org.

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  1. When can we see the AK 203 assault rifle deal inked with India?
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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India and the United Arab Emirates since the abolition of Article 370 and A35A have found themself’s on the same page as both countries continue to grow their collaborations in various sectors that include promotion of business opportunities in Kashmir where most of the Islamic countries usually tend to be behind Pakistan on this issue.

UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and nothing is done without consulting the leader of Islamic countries especially when it’s about the issues that are closest to the Islamic countries. What UAE does is often followed by Saudi Arabia. The recent UAE decision to open up an embassy in Tel Aviv is seen the world over after getting backing from Saudi Arabia. UAE also has been upping its game in Kashmir of late recently after Pakistani PM started flirting with Turkish President Erdogan in attempts to replace Islamic leadership from Saudi Arabia to Turkey.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) earlier this year bagged the biggest order for locally made fighter jet when the Indian Air Force (IAF) placed orders for 73 units of Tejas Mk1A and 10 Tejas Trainer, but HAL officials who want to remain anonymous speaking to idrw.org has said that Internal production of the company still sees the possibility of getting production orders for more 60-80 jets as company ramps up production from 2023-24 onwards.

HAL and IAF have agreed to Jointly develop Tejas lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) variant based on the Tejas Trainer airframe for which it has got in-principal approval for the development of the Tejas LIFT from IAF and also procurement projection of 30-40 jets from the IAF while HAL is trying also to get Navy onboard the program as well.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

ALLEGED PIC OF K5 SLBM

Barely a few weeks back ago, idrw.org had broken the news of DRDO’s K-B SLBM Project gaining space and moving towards trial of India’s longest submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) to boost its second-strike capabilities and thus augment its nuclear deterrence was Imminent. Now, idrw.org can confirm that the first test of India’s longest SLBM has been scheduled for the first half of 2022.

K5 is India’s first SLBM that can deliver a payload to targets that are 5,000 to 6,000 kilometers away and will match the Agni V, India’s longest land-based intercontinental ballistic missile. K-5 will also reportedly be capable of carrying four MIRV (Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle ) warheads of 500kgs each.

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