What Is Going On???
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
2M ago
In a significant move aimed at reducing tensions, the Indian Army (IA) and Pakistan Army (PA) on February 25, 2021 announced that they would cease firing across the LoC while recommitting themselves to a 2003 ceasefire agreement. According to India’s Union Ministry of Home Affairs, there were 2,140 ceasefire violations (CFV) by Pakistan in 2018, 3,479 in 2019, and 5,133 in 2020. In 2021, there were only 664 incidents as of June 30. Of those 664 violations, almost all occurred prior to February 25. In contrast, only six violations were reported from February 25 to June 30, 2021.  July 17 ..read more
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Hermes 900 MALE-UAVs, aka Drishti-10, Arriving Early Next Year for IA & IN
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
3M ago
  It was on March 2, 2021 that Israel’s ELBIT Systems had announced that it had received a US$300 million contract from an undisclosed Asian customer to supply and deliver Hermes 900 Starliner MALE-UAS. The contract also requires ELBIT Systems to provide MRO services for those MALE-UAVs. That customer has turned out to be India, with six each of the UAVs and one each of the ground-based control stations going to the Indian Army and Indian Navy. All 12 Hermes 900s will be licence-assembled by Adani Defence & Aerospace, through its Adani-Elbit UAV Complex subsid ..read more
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Required: ATGM-Armed UGVs & UAS, Not Light Tanks
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
4M ago
It is now fairly established that the actions of China’s PLA Ground Forces (PLAGF) in eastern Ladakh in mid-2020 were part of its evolution of an “Active Defence” posture, defined as a focus on “rapid mobility and concentrating offensive capability to destroy an adversary’s retaliatory capacity”. And with the current infrastructure improvements in the region, China has ensured that it can move forces quickly to respond to any perceived threat posed by India. Added to this are the PLAGF’s ongoing efforts to deploy of family of wheeled armoured vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) armed w ..read more
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Taiwan's Hai Kun (SS-711) SSK Explained
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
5M ago
The Republic of China (Taiwan) attained a significant national security milestone o September 28 when its first of eight domestically built diesel-electric submarines, the Hai Kun (SS-711), was rolled out at the Chia Shipbuilding Corp’s (CSBC) shipyard in the southern port-city of Kaohsiung. Costing US$1.54 billion, the SSK was built under the Indigenous Defence Submarine (IDS) programme, codenamed Project 1168. Taiwan launched its IDS programme in 2014. Following which the RoC Navy (RoCN) and CSBC signed a construction contract in May 2016. Keel-laying took place on November 24, 2020. Ad ..read more
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Yes To Temporary Disengagement & De-Escalation, But Permanent De-Induction Ruled Out
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
6M ago
Analysis of satellite imagery around the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh reveals that while the disengagement and de-escalation by the opposing military ground forces of China and India remains a possibility in future, de-induction of such forces will remain impossible, thanks to the PLA Ground Forces’ (PLAGF) unabated construction of permanent habitats and related ammunition storage facilities in areas close to southern, central/eastern and northern Ladakh. To the south, the PLAGF has erected permanent habitats and related ammunition storage facilities at Zhaxigangxiang (32.526563 N, 79 ..read more
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Updates On RCI-Developed RF Seekers For Missiles
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
6M ago
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Heron-2 MALE-UAV & Its Archer-NG Clone Explained
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
6M ago
Although Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) had been offering its Super Heron HF MALE-UAV to India since 2015 (it even brought this UAV to the Aero India 2015 and 2017 expos in Bengaluru), both the Indian Army (IA) and Indian Air Force (IAF) opted for the less capable Heron-2 MALE-UAS in January 2021, when IAI announced on 25 January that it had inked two contracts comprising one lease and one sale of its Heron-2s. The systems included four Heron-2s and their related ground-control stations purchased by the IAF and four Heron-2s and related ground-control stations leased by the IA. The Heron ..read more
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GIDS Exhibits At IDEF'23 Originate From China & South Africa
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
7M ago
IDEF’23, 16th International Defence Industry Fair held between July 25 and 28, 2023, saw Pakistan’s state-owned Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS) exhibiting several of its products that were clearly of China-origin. This should not come as a surprise, as such a practice has been in existence since the mid-1990s. For instance, the Hatf-9/Nasr MBRL is in essence the WS-2 400mm, 4-tube MBRL, while the Fatah-1 MBRL is the WS-35 302mm MBRL. These MBRLs were developed by China’s Chengdu-based Sichuan Aerospace Industry Corp, but were marketed by China’s state-owned ALIT ..read more
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Indian Army Begins Limited Upgrade Of T-90S MBTs
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
7M ago
The Indian Army has begun the process of upgrading four regiments of its T-90S main battle tanks by ordering about 400 units each of the following hardware. The upgraded T-90S MBTs will be deployed with the Indian Army's Combat Group formations in Ladakh and Sikkim. The E-LynX SDRs will replace the existing TADIRAN CNR-900M vehicular high-power radios ..read more
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BARC & ECIL To Co-Develop Control-Systems For Indian Navy's Six Projected SSNs
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by Prasun K. Sengupta
8M ago
A tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Navy (IN), BARC and Hyderabad-based ECIL on July 10, 2023 in the presence of VADM Dinesh K Tripathi, FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command, and Dr Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Secretary Dept of Atomic Energy. The MoU aims to facilitate indigenous development and production of 11 types of control-systems and their multifunctional display/control consoles for the IN’s projected six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN). Such systems were earlier imported from Russia’s JSC Concern Avrora SPA for the S-2, S-3 and S-4 ..read more
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