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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On its 87th Anniversary of the Indian Air Force Day flypast, IAF showcased Three Mirage-2000 flying in a formation belonging to the No. 9 Squadron (Wolfpack) which participated in Balakot airstrike along with 2 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft belong to the No. 15 Squadron with call sign” Avenger 1 ” and ” Avenger 2 ” which are same two Su-30s which were performing combat air patrol (CAP) missions when 24 aircraft fleet of Pakistani air force tried to enter Indian side of the Kashmir to attack Indian military installations.

The Pakistani air force had claimed that it brought an IAF Su-30 “Avenger 1” Inside Indian side of the Kashmir which was strongly refuted multiple times by IAF but it continued with its lies and went head and awarded Squadron leader Hasan Mahmood Siddiqui of PAF F-16 Squadron with Tamgha-i-Jurat which is fourth highest military award of Pakistan for a Su-30 kill he had claimed. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Air Force and DRDO are in talks to clear path for bulk orders for nearly 200 indigenously developed Astra air-to-air missile for the entire Su-30MKI fleet over 50 units which was ordered last year by IAF and produced by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) as part of pre-production order for testing and evaluation purposes but with priority given to the Su-30 fleet, HAL and ADA are waiting for IAF clearance for integration of the Astra BVR AAM with the LCA-Tejas.

While ADA wants to start integration and developmental trials with the limited series production (LSP) aircraft available with the agency so that it can be enabled for the 40 Mk1 already ordered by IAF, while HAL wants to keep it exclusive with the 83 Mk1A variant which it has been developing for the IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal SBP Sinha (retd), who headed Rafale negotiations from Indian side said, recently made an interesting revelation while speaking to a Defence Journal that the upcoming improved version of the Astra Mark 2 missile is already in development and will have a head-on range of more than 110+ km and also will have ejector launch method which was not seen in Astra Mark 1 program.

Astra Mark 1 uses the rail launched method when launched from mother aircraft towards its target. In the ejector launch method, the weapons system is physically ejected away from the aircraft, ensuring that it is clear of the aerodynamic flow around the aircraft before motor ignition. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

French industrial group ” Naval group ” has confirmed to media that it will be offering India brand new design of the next generation conventional submarine under India’s Project-75I Tender for Six new submarines and new submarine will not be based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A under construction for the Australian Navy nor it will be based on the Scorpene-class attack submarine already inducted by the Indian Navy.

Naval group officials have said that the Indian Navy wants its next-generation submarine to be bigger than Scorpene-class but smaller than the Barracuda Block 1A. The naval group felt that there is a void between 2000 to 4000-tonne submerged displacement in their product portfolio due to which they decided to work on a new design. Continue reading

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

Dr. AK Ghosh, director of India’s AMCA fifth-generation fighter program will be a relieved man today after incoming new Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria completely backed India’s only 5th generation AMCA fighter jet program and also stressed that IAF is not keen on importing Fifth Generation fighter aircraft like Su-57E or F-35 from Russia or USA, thus making AMCA jet lone 5th Generation fighter jet marked for entry in the IAF in near future.

Ghosh while speaking at Aero India 2019 earlier this year had informed that he aircraft design is in final stages of the development and full 1:1 scale model of the AMCA will be ready for RCS measurements at ORANGE (Open Test Range Facility for radar Cross Section Antenna Measurement) laboratory later this year. Continue reading

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

Leaked Internal presentation of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the LCA-AIR FORCE Mk2 design Evolution shows how LCA-Tejas design has evolved from its early design to the current proposed Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) where it will be replacing the bulk of Medium Category aircraft already in the current fleet of Multi-role fighter aircraft.

MWF-AF will be replacing Mig-29, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar fleet from 2028 onwards starting with Jaguar Strike fighter jet which will start retiring from the force by 2034 completely followed by Mig-29 and Mirage-2000 in the early 2040s. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

With latest media reports hinting that indigenously developed UTAAM AESA Airborne AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR ) will be ready for integration and trials with new upcoming updated Tejas Mk1A within next one year, HAL Sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that the management is still sticking with the Israeli ELM-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar for Tejas Mk1A program and swapping Israeli AESA FCR with Indian AESA FCR is not been considered for time being for various reasons.

HAL source close to idrw.org confirms that LRDE and DRDO have kept IAF and HAL in the loop about progress made by the UTAAM Team on the LCA LSP-2 which has been Test-bed aircraft but the Test-bed (LSP-2) is now down for regular maintenance and weapons modes are yet to be activated and its software integration is yet to be performed which means Radar will take time to mature. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Second LCA-Tejas Mk1 squadron will be based at Srinagar Air Force Station said a reliable Industrial source close to idrw.org most likely from 2022 onwards which will replace Mig-21Bis squadron currently stationed at the forward airbase closer to Pakistan occupied Kashmir once they are retired in phases from 2020 onwards.

SP-21 which is Final operational clearance (FOC) configuration LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft under development at HAL facility in Bangalore will have its first flight in next two months and SP-21 along with SP-22, SP-23 and SP-24 will form the base for the second No. 18 (Flying Bullets) LCA-Tejas squadron which will be formally inducted post deliveries of first four FOC configuration aircrafts happen by March 2020.

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SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Outgoing Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa probably in his last interview to the Indian media as Chief of Indian Air Force had high praise for American engine which powers LCA-Tejas fighter jet making it first instance where General Electric developed F404 turbofan engines got rare praise from the Air chief himself. Dhanoa while speaking at India today conclave praised F404-GE-IN20 engines which power production LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets and will also be powering its upgraded Mk1A variant which IAF will order from HAL soon.

Dhanoa said that F404-GE-IN20 engines have excellent fuel efficiency which he has rarely seen among contemporary fighter jets he has flown. Dhanoa who is a Mig-21 Veteran compared MiG-21bis’s R-25 engine with F404-GE-IN20 and said that fuel efficiency you had from F404 at 8000 feet altitude you only get that around 30000 feet altitude when flying a MiG-21. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Franck Saudo, chief executive of Safran Helicopter Engines, who spoke to French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune” has said that Ardiden 1U engine developed for the LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will complete its certification by end of this year and the company expects LUH will be soon inducted into Indian Army and Air force for which it will get engine orders soon from HAL.

The Ardiden 1U underwent first bench tests in December 2014. Its first flight powering the LUH took place on 6 September 2016 in Bangalore. Ardiden 1U is a single-engine variant of the 1H1/Shakti which powers the twin-engine Druhv and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to maintain a small fleet of upgraded Mig-21Bis till 2025 and has decided against retiring them by end of 2019-20 as decided by earlier by the IAF to maintain operational fleet-level due to depletion of squadron strength due to retirement of the Mig-27 fleet said a reliable source close to idrw.org.

Outgoing Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa who had criticized still use of 44+ old Mig-21 in the IAF fleet was the one who approved its extension and will be formal last phase out in 2025 till HAL starts delivery of upgraded 83 Tejas Mk1A which is likely to be ordered by end of 2019.    Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

With Change of Guard at the top seat, Government has appointed Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria as the next Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Interestingly, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria was also due to retire on the same day as BS Dhanoa but his appointment clears government’s stand to push for development of local fighters and Dhanoa at top seat who played a key role in the development of LCA-Tejas program brought cheers from scientific community of the country.

Dhanoa an excellent Experimental Test Pilot will remain in office for only two years but will lay the foundation for two critical fighter jet programs in the country which will for the first time tilt balance of power from imported fighter jets to the locally designed and assembled fighter jet for next decade to come. MWF-Mk2 goes critical in 2023 and AMCA in 2024 and the next two years will be critical for both programs and sync with the top tier management is required at IAF for the smooth sailing of the program. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LRDE is racing against time so that UTTAM Aesa Radar is ready for user trials within next one year so that it can be offered to Indian Air Force to be equipped on the 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet contract for which is likely to be inked by end of this year. Delays in the final contract of Tejas Mk1A due to price disagreements with the IAF and MOD has allowed LRDE to pick up pace in the carrying out developmental trials of the Radar so that it can be available to replace ELTA’s EL/M-2052 AESA Radar from Israel which has been selected for the Mk1A variant.

Three pre-production model of the UTTAM Aesa Radar have been performing well and have demonstrated capabilities which according to sources close to idrw.org has far exceeded that of the EL/M-2052 FCR in terms of tracking targets simultaneously and engage them in and the program has been receiving new software upgrades and opening of newer modes which makes team confident enough that it will be ready in next one year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) Technically has been handed over its 1st first Rafale ‘RB-001’ from France recently and will be officially handed over on 8th next month when Defence minister Rajnath Singh will be in France for the official induction ceremony. recent media reports hint that Modi government already has finalized a deal for 36 more Rafale fighter jet which will be inked in early 2020.

India already has invested in the country-specific enhancements and infrastructure to support the aircraft in the country and an additional of 36 Rafale will take the fleet to 72 which will be good enough to meet operational requirements post-Balakot air confrontation with the Pakistani air force . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Third successive test firing of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile was successfully carried out by Air Force and Defence Research and Development Organisation today. The missile hit the live aerial target near Odisha at a maximum range of approximately 90 km.

idrw.org already had reported in past that missile is all set to be inducted into IAF by end of this year and fresh bulk orders of 100+ will be placed soon. BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading