NORINCO China's largest state owned manufacturer of military equipment has been taking giant steps in producing it's version of lightweight howitzers presenting itself as an alternative to expensive American M-777 howitzer.
What we know about SFDR so far?
SFDR, short form for ‘Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet’ is a propulsion technology different than that of conventional solid fuelled or liquid fuelled missiles. SFDR tech can also be termed as Air Augmented Rockets or Throttleable Ducted Rocket (TDR) or even Variable Flow Ducted Ramjet (VFDR). SFDR tech is currently being employed in Meteor (see Figure 1), a French Active Radar Guided Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) reportedly having a range of 300km, that significantly exceeds the range of any current conventional Air-to-Air missiles (AAM). Realizing what SFDR is capable of, a number of other countries have also started working on this propulsion technology, including India.
"Things that are complex are not useful, Things that are useful are simple." these are the golden words that still stand the test of the time if you look at the AK-47. These words were mouthed by Mikhail Kalashnikov whose invention of the AK series rifle's inception is as significant as the invention of Light bulbs by Thomas Alva Edison. With the former changing the type of weapons a simple foot soldier would be equipped with.
Right now, most Pakistanis and their media must be high that their country achieved a nuclear triad, even when Pakistani military said they tested Babur SLCM (for the first time). It actually takes years for achieving nuclear triad even after testing SLCM / SLBM for the first time. But deep analysis says something else… Did Pakistan really test Babur SLCM? The evidences says NO! Read on…
On November 18, 2016, a video was released by Pakistani military showing that they detected an Indian submarine in Pakistani waters. The video is legit and the submarine shown in the video is Indian Navy's Type 209 (Shishumar class) submarine which are 2 to 3 decades old.
However, that was the half truth with manipulated story, and when you will realize the actual story, you won't get shocked, but laugh instead because only a third grade military of a failed country filled with people in a delusional atmosphere can make such a claim.
So here's how it started...
Vietnam a synonym of the word resistance, not only they resisted the Japanese empire during the colonial era but also a superpower in it's fight for independence. Such level of war, resource and human management did not only shook those who thought of this small nation as another third world country but also stood as a wall for those trying to tear her apart. The leaders of the communist party believed that modernizing the navy would help not only in countering China as China is smart enough to not make the same mistake twice attacking Vietnam through Land which proved disastrous. The Chinese navy back of the 21st century is completely different from the one back in the 80s. The new Chinese navy is built to deter keeping America in mind.
As the first president of Afghanistan following the toppling of the Taliban, Hamid Karzai’s legacy will always be decidedly mixed. The famously mercurial Karzai masterfully navigated the traditional tribal politics of Afghanistan, but arguably laid the groundwork for much of the corruption and weak governance that plague the Afghan government today. During his tenure, Karzai often made headlines by frequently excoriating Pakistan for harboring the Afghan Taliban and attempting to rule Kabul by proxy. When Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official and development specialist, came to power in 2014, he attempted to reset relations with Islamabad—even shelving a request for military assistance from India, Pakistan’s principal rival. It did not take him long to reconsider.
In 2007, India began an official tender process for 126 multi-role, medium-range combat aircraft (MMRCA) with Paris-based Dassault at a cost of about $11 billion. It was the world’s largest fighter jet deal at the time. Since then the deal has unraveled. Negotiations stalled over price and quality and, ultimately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted to purchase only 36 “ready to fly” aircraft from Dassault. Even this more modest version of deal has yet to fully fructify. Since the original bid, the Modi government has added a “made in India” component as part of all future acquisitions.
Amidst the French fiasco and the reality that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is down to just 33 fighter squadrons, numerous producers of fighter aircraft have sought to woo the Modi government for a slice of India’s aviation pie. Competitors who are lining up include Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, SAAB’s Gripen E, Eurofighter Typhoon, RAC MiG-25, as well as Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70.
The million strong Indian Army and Indian Govt. is considering around 600 modernization initiatives for the next five year plan. The F-INSAS as of today has been cancelled or should more correctly be said has been split up between two separate programs, because of budget restrictions. Now it has been divided into two separate components.
1- Arming The Soldiers with a new assault rifle along with providing protective clothing , personal equipment such as Rifle Sights, Night Scopes, Thermal Scopes, etc.
2- Providing C4I equipment to the soldiers like a hand held Navigation devices, computers and Battlefield Management Systems (C4I- Command , Control , Computer Communication and Information).
BY AIR MARSHAL B.K. PANDEY (RETD)FORMER AIR OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF OF TRAINING COMMAND, IAF
The traumatic reality for the nation is that the Indian aerospace industry has been left far behind in the race with its Chinese counterpart and the way things are moving, there appears to be practically no hope of catching up!