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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Numerous Attempts by Indian air force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to convince European developer and manufacturer of Meteor missiles to allow the missile system to be integrated into India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet has received another setback after MBDA again refused to differ from its stand taken by the company earlier on integration of long-range air to air missile on India’s Tejas Mk1A .

MBDA officials last year had told HAL and IAF that governments of European countries who own majority of the shares in the company have imposed a ban on the integration of long-range Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on Non-European fire control radars to protect the sensitive technology of the missile system which is considered as the best Air-to-Air missile in the world. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARJUN REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF quest to replace aging Kiran MkII Trainer jet got a major boost in 1999 when Public-sector company HAL was sanctioned 2,989-crore project to develop Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and a quick turnaround development circle and first flight in 2003 which was followed by the first flight of the second prototype in 2004 seemed like years of hard work on developing LCA-Tejas has finally created an talented resource pool in the country that was up for more challenges until 2007 and 2009 when both Prototypes suffered accidents and were grounded .

Troubled developmental phase not only included crashes but also several technical changes the program had to go through due to aircraft falling short of ASR issued by IAF. From Engine change to weight reduction followed up by wing re-alignments. Over the years, the program made little or very slow progress in the last few years and continued to fail crucial Spin Tests which HAL is still struggling with. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Trump administration is almost done with its exit policy from Afghanistan and new truce or tactical withdrawal from the Afghanistan and power shift back to the Taliban is more or less confirmed and for the first time back in India, from Army chief, Ex-National Security advisers to various Defence analysts have now recommended Indian government to open a backdoor level channel for communication with Taliban so that it can protect its interests in Afghanistan.

While the Taliban knows it won’t be back in power in Afghanistan as it did after withdrawing of Soviet army from the country, US Military will stay in reduced numbers and many key countries like Iran, Russia, and India which previously backed Northern alliance in the country against Taliban will take no time to back Anti-Taliban forces if the Taliban starts harming interests of countries who have always played key roles in Afghanistan even when Taliban was in power. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Falling fighter squadron strength and lack of procurement of next-generation fighter jet has not deterred Indian Air-force’s long term force projection plans to acquire at least 100 unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) by 2030 informed industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Indian Airforce in past has shown key interest in the procurement of over 100 Avenger UAVs from the US-based General Atomics. Avenger UAV basically is armed drone powered by a jet engine with a basic level of stealth but sources confirm to idrw.org that UCAVs which are much more advanced then Armed UAVs like Avenger are to be procured as a separate addition to the unnamed platforms which IAF is keen to operate in next decade. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Siddharth Negi joined Indian Air Force (IAF) as a Flying Officer in 2009 and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader in a very fast time in the service that he was one of the Youngest Test Pilot at the IAF’s premier Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) only the fifth such institution in the world which evaluates aircraft and systems for induction into user organizations and only selects pilots with the best of the best flying skills who are up for flying such high-risk certification missions.

It is now confirmed that heartbreaking coincidence was that Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi lost his life on his Birthday and he had just turned 31 year old but had achieved so much in the force that many of seniors believed he was destined for much higher roles in the organizations in near future and will be missed by all in fraternity. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s ambassador to the United States, Amb. Harsh Vardhan Shringla was handed over first Boeing developed CH-47F Chinook Helicopter for Indian Air Force at transfer ceremony held in Boeing Defense facility in Philadelphia, which was also attended by Air Marshal A Dev, from Air HQ (Vayu Bhawan) and Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty including Air Attache Air Cmde Shivanand.

In his address, Ambassador Shringla lauded growing industry partnerships between India and United States & commended Boeing for their commitment to Make In India. Continue reading

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

Trainer variant of Mirage-2000 belonging to Indian Air Force crashed today near HAL Tejas Division in Bangalore killing it highly decorated and experienced ASTE pilots who are the sole authority in conducting flight testing of aircraft, airborne systems, and weapon stores prior to their induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Ill-fated aircraft in question was recently upgraded by state-owned HAL after receiving upgrade kits from French Dassault Aerospace locally and was on an acceptance sortie before it was handed back to IAF.

Initial reports suggest that aircraft developed technical snag right after takeoff and location of the debris in the near vicinity of the HAL complex suggests that pilots had little or no time for making an emergency landing and exact nature of the events leading to the crash might only come after a proper investigation into the matter but it comes as a big blow to sulking image of HAL which recently was lambasted by IAF Chief for being to slow in modernization of Mirage-2000 fleet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                        Video grab from the crash site

News just coming in that Mirage-2000 trainer of Indian Air Force has crashed at HAL Airport in Bangalore. As per early inputs received Both pilots have ejected from the ill fated aircraft but their are also unconfirmed reports that one of pilot didn’t make it and another one has suffered serious injuries and has been taken to air force hospital but as per latest inputs he to didn’t make it .

this is second crash of IAF fighter jet in less than a week , few days back Jaguar ground attack aircraft crashed in state of UP while on routine training sortie

idrw.org is waiting for more news inputs for more information , so kindly hang on

Updates 

11.30 : Sqn Ldr Negi and  Sqn Ldr Abrol were pilots of the Mirage-2000 trainer

11.44 : After takeoff aircraft developed snag and pilots had low ejection

11.46 : Mirage-2000 trainer was recently upgraded by HAL and was going though customer acceptance trials before it been handed over

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                                         ASRAAM ON F-35A

If reports are to be believed then the next generation infrared-guided Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile, also known as ASRAAM missile which is designed and built by MBDA UK will soon become standard air dominance weapon also for Sukhoi-30 and LCA-Tejas fleet after its successful integration with Sepecat Jaguar strike aircraft earlier as part of Part of the Jaguar upgrade programme.

New generation close combat missile (NGCCM) as defined by IAF will be replacing aging Soviet-Russian supplied R-73 short-range air-to-air missile on Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fleet and IAF and HAL along with its associated labs have already completed flight data simulation and wind tunnel testing of ASRAAM on air-frame of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI jets and it is believed that Captive flight trials will be followed up with live weapon trials by end of this year. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HIMANSU SWAIN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Vision: 2030, an apparent Road map to build a 40 Squadrons Capable Indian Air Force with various Net Centric Warfare Platforms. Leaving all the mistakes in the past, now the time has come for IAF to work on this road map to field a contingent of 800 Modern Fighter planes by 2030. In a country like India, it takes 30 years to build an indigenous fighter jet while 5 years to procure a Foreign fighter. Therefore, inducting a total 300 fighters in the next 10 years would a big challenge for IAF. But it is not impossible. So, let me go through the Current Scenarios & Deficiencies need to be copious by 2030 so that IAF can fight a Two-front war.

Current Situation & by 2023

IAF has 280 Su-30MKI, 80 Mig-29UPG, 51 Mirage-2000H while 36 Rafale by 2023 & summing it as the availability of only modern 447 fighters by 2030 except Jaguar & Tejas. Continue reading

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

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been in wrong news off lately and the recent leak of the poor financial condition of the company to push the current government in a corner can seriously backfire in near future if the current government is able to come back to power and agrees to key recommendations which have been made by Indian Air Force (IAF) .

” Cash-cow” that is fighter division of the HAL is drying up and cancellation of FGFA program and fallout of MMRCA deal means that LCA-Tejas has become the sole program which HAL has in its kitty, but recent delays in the final agreement on 83 Tejas Mk1-A and exuberant price quoted by HAL and other compliance issues which IAF has raised might come has final nail in coffin for the Giant which is struggling to stay afloat. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG After India walked away from the Indo-Russian 5th generation FGFA program, It was expected that the IAF and Defense ministry will now fast track development of indigenous AMCA 5th generation stealth fighter program but that doesn’t seem to be the case, while IAF is obsessed with securing further orders of the Dassault Rafale that focus on development of 5th generation program is clearly lacking.

India is already too late to join 5th generation bandwagon and might be the last country to initiate 5th generation program which is still not officially sanctioned even though the program has been on the drawing boards for years now but 2018 was also the year when several countries have announced their development plans of a sixth-generation aircraft which puts India in an awkward position now. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG According to Manu Pubby, Defence Journalist with Economic Times, India has received a response from the seventh vendor for Request for Information (RFI) which was issued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on behalf of Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the procurement of 114 fighter jets under ” Make in India ” initiative after scrapping of the previous MMRCA tender which was keenly fought out by Six vendors.

Sukhoi Design Bureau is the seventh vendor whose has been allowed to submit its response to IAF’s RFI issued last year, marking official entry of Sukhoi Su-35 in what apparently is MMRCA reloaded in India. Su-35 which was developed from its Su-30MK family for export market no doubt is a deadly aircraft and has a vast improvement over IAF’s Su-30MKI but with Mid-life modernization and up-gradation of Su-30s already in plans, entry of Su-35 makes little or no sense rather than circus which UPA 1&2 ran for 10 years and NDA 2 continued for 5 more years and now plans to continue it for 5 more years. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Pakistan Airforce has initiated ” Project AZM” under which they plan to commence development of a 5th-generation fighter jet which will go on to replace aging Mirage-III/V and the older lot of F-16 fighter jet from PAF’s fleet. What PAF claimed was supposed to be an indigenous program, basically will be a product designed and developed completely by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) which is a Chinese aerospace conglomerate which previously developed JF-17 fighter jet specifically for Pakistan.

China which has developed J-20 and J-31 Stealth fighter aircraft on its own had offered Pakistan in past , J-31 fighter aircraft which was presumably rejected by the PAF due to the high procurement and maintenance cost of the dual-engine fighter due to which CAC was rather asked to come up with low-cost options which apparently got leaked blowing the cover of PAF’s attempt to brand it as an indigenous program in first place. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) long pending re-engineering program for Jaguar fleet recently received setbacks when lone vendor Honeywell Aerospace jacked up the cost by almost double from its previous quote leaving uncertainty of the whole fleet of Anglo-French Jaguar strike aircraft which IAF wants to keep till 2034 and beyond.

120 Jaguars which are currently powered by twin Rolls-Royce Adour Mk 821 engines, which are now considered under-powered due to considerable upgrades which Jaguar fleet has gone through over the last couple of years which now has started to affect its performance in hot and humid conditions. Without high powered engines, the whole Jaguar fleet will continue to suffer from operational limitations which will reduce the efficiency of the jet even though IAF has been busy of late making sure it has enough spares and support equipment to keep them operational till 2035. Continue reading