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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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Harsh Vardhan Thakur, who is Test pilot with Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) company in his tweet on popular micro-blogging site Twitter has revealed that the company has received queries from Colombia for LCA-Tejas fighter jets to replace around 20 Israeli Kfir fighter jets, which Colombia bought nearly three decades ago.

Colombia is examining proposals from the United States, Spain, and Sweden, as it looks to replace its aging military aircraft, said Reuters report. The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) wants to procure new fighter aircraft to rejuvenate its fleet, a move that would break from past practices of procuring used fighters, according to an industry official. Continue reading

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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has announced that it will be showcasing for the first time, it’s in-house developed 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at DefExpo2020 in Lucknow next month.

BDL already has developed Amogha-1 a second-generation ATGM with a 2.8 km range which is based on the wire-guided tech which was tested in 2016 and also went on to develop Amogha-2 which was Wireless Anti-Tank Missile with RF Guidance but the new 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) will be called Amogha-3. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

HAL developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT 40 carried out a hot refueling trial on the indigenously developed turboprop aircraft followed by a sortie. According to HAL, HTT-40 is the first turboprop trainer aircraft in the world to demonstrate and first to fly with this unique capability of hot refueling.

According to sources close to idrw.org, system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory. Hot Refueling is a single point pressure refueling of the aircraft with the engine in operation. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Army is making efforts to push it’s 10 a year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore by 2026-27 and have held interactions with the stakeholders on progressing the procurement case expeditiously.

Chief said a fresh RFI stands prepared already which will be shared with the industry in some time from now. Army wants the FICVs to replace its Russian-origin BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles. Tata Motors, L&T, Mahindra, Reliance Defence are some of the private firms that have shown interest in the development of FICV for the Indian Army. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has commissioned LCA-Tejas Trainer Aircraft Assembly Jigs with Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) incorporating the advanced features of Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) as per IAF’s requirement and to manufacture 8 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft as per part of 40 Tejas Mk1 aircraft order already placed by IAF.

According to media reports, Manufacturing of the 8 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft will begin soon but the deliveries will only begin when all 16 Single-seat LCA-Tejas aircraft are delivered to IAF by end of March 2021. HAL as per schedule will deliver SP-21 to SP-24 by March 2020. According to sources close to idrw.org, SP-21 which is the first Final Operation Clearance (FOC) configuration aircraft is almost ready and recently got a new software upgrade to explore the full potential of the new hardware and sub-systems which came in the FOC configuration. SP-22 is also ready to commence Ground and Low-speed taxi-trials in the coming weeks and SP-23 and SP-24 are in final stages of assembly to be delivered by end of March this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

68-tonne ” Dessert Ferrari “, Arjun Mk-1A main battle tank which cleared final integration tests conducted earlier last year in the western sector of Rajasthan and has also passed the rigorous army evaluation is set to join Indian Army soon with fresh orders coming from the Indian Army likely in Defeexpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow next month.

While order size is still to be revealed but it is expected that orders again will be for 118 units but this could be bigger this time said sources close to idrw.org. DRDO and Chennai-based CVRDE who have designed the improved avatar of Arjun Mk-1A MBT are pushing for orders twice the number then the originally Army had committed. Continue reading

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A committee headed by VK Saraswat which is looking into the development of a new indigenous 110kN class aero gas turbine engine for India’s Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been taking feedback from both Private, Public and Academics in the country on ways to develop an new engine which doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.

Among many feedbacks from all sector, a majority of them are urging to build a consortium company with many key stakeholders who should be in charge of developing the new engine locally instead of an international collaboration with a foreign Aero-Engine maker if we aim to be import free and less dependent on foreign engine manufactures in the future. Continue reading

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U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift–Medium program designed to ultimately replace the UH-60M Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters in U.S. Army service has a keen observer and future potential partner in the program who has been watching innovative new design that could replace the military’s Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. The top brass of the Indian Army has been watching Potential Black Hawk Replacement candidates very closely and studying how they can fit it in Army Aviation soon.

India might have been among few close allies that had been offered by the United States Government to be part of the Future Vertical Lift–Medium program and Indian Army is certainly impressed by the leap of technology which has been planned for the to deliver troops and equipment more quickly on the battlefield. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) and India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will soon ink a deal for the purchase of additional 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters at upcoming DefExpo 2020 to be held next month in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh said a reliable sources close to idrw.org along with a deal for 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1A jets.

HAL was pushing for the order of an additional 72 Su-30MKI fighters with IAF, but Indian Air Force is reluctant to place new orders in such a large number and has decided to procure only 12 jets to replace 9 jets which were lost in accidents from its induction in 2002. This 12 additional Sukhoi’s will help the Indian Air Force to maintain and take fleet strength over the original 272 Su-30MKI fighters. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Ark Films, hat specializes in Films, Commercials, Visual Effects, Motion Design, Story Writing, a few days ago dropped a short film based on the Balakot strikes ” END RUN ” which has entered Film-fare short film awards for the year 2020 based On Feb. 26 pre-emptive airstrikes by Indian Mirage-2000s on Terror facility in the Balakot.

The film starts with Indian Mirage-2000 aircraft returning after conducting a pre-emptive strike on terror camps near Balakot, Mirage-2000 Pilots been told about chase from F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force on their tail at long range while Indian warplanes are heading towards Line of Control (LOC). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has started work on the development of a Kaveri derivative engine (“dry” engine) without afterburner for powering Indian Unmanned Combat Aircraft in near future, ground testing of the first pre-prototype of the same has been carried out said people with knowledge of the program to idrw.org and the aim is to develop a working prototype in next 2-3 years so that it can be used for flight certification before it can be used on production variant of the upcoming 15 tonnes Stealth UCAV program.

The new engine will have a Dry thrust of 50kN Class without a non-after burning section with a flat low heat nozzle exhaust. DRDO is planning to develop at least 3-4 Dry derivative of the Kaveri engine first to carry out full spectrum ground tests before its flight testing. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and India premier design and nodal agency for the Aeronautical Development Agency for LCA-Tejas program in India might be competing against each other as per latest media report of ” The Hindu ” where Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R. Madhavan said company will be interested in designing and developing a Twin-engine fighter jet for the Indian Navy.

This could be the first instance where HAL has shown interest not only in manufacturing but also in designing a new fighter jet for the Navy which could see competing proposals from the two premier aerospace agencies in the country. Continue reading

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

The French Ministry of Defence’s DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and Dassault Aviation are likely to offer Rafale in F4 standard to the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) which India will be sending for procurement of 114 fighter jets later this year. With Dassault Rafale’s latest F3-R which India had ordered saw significant enhancements, including full integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) with the AESA RBE-2 AA radar, integration of the Thales Talios targeting laser designator pod, and clearance of the laser-guided variant of the Safran AASM air-to-ground missile.

F4 standard Further system enhancements will be made to the Rafale’s sensor suite, including the RBE2 AESA radar, Talios targeting pod, and the OSF frontal sector optronics system. Likewise, the Spectra electronic warfare system will also receive improvements to maintain its ability to deter emerging threats. F4 standard will also be first to receive next-generation MICA NG air-to-air missile. Dassault Aviation has planned two developmental stages for the F4 standard, F4.1 in 2023 and F4.2 in 2025. M88 engine’s computer will also be upgraded to improve fault diagnosis assistance, preventative maintenance. Continue reading

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

Indo-Pak border in Punjab has been seeing unusually movement of drones from Pakistan side after Government of India scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, According to Border Security Forces (BSF) many of the drones are Agriculture Drones of Multi-Rotor type which can carry some level fo payload to be used for smuggling banned contraband’s or in recent cases Assault rifles. This Chinese made Agriculture Drones are completely capable of flying at higher altitudes and use the pre-feed field and flight paths with the help of the software to determine where payloads need to be dropped and once set task is done it can fly back to its home base without the need to have a Remote Pilot operator.

This Autonomous drones fly high and have a greater speed which means once sported they are difficult to track due to their speed of movement and since they are pre-feed with flight data and drop data it is very difficult to identify their drop zone. BSF has been able to spot and even managed to fire on them but the low cost of this drone available at $1500 onwards makes them a small investment to those who trade in illegal contraband and arms for terror activity. Continue reading