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

Air force Veterans and Senior Aerospace scientists and engineers in the country have again pushed Government of India to prepare a remapped road-map for the continuation of the Kaveri engine and pooling together multiple agencies in the county and their talent pool to make sure the program is a success this time after spending nearly 3000 crores in the program and 30 years without any viable production-grade product at hand.

Chorus in the military and scientific community has been growing for a while now after French Aero-engine maker ” SAFRAN ” cleared the Kaveri engine for flight test and integration into an old retired LCA-Tejas fighter prototype after carrying out a Technical Audit of the program but the program has not seen much progress since then, as Kaveri engine at the current stage, it is not capable to achieve the desired thrust which is required to power 83 Tejas MK-1A fighter jets ordered by the IAF. Continue reading

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

After recent Aerial clash with Pakistan, there is a mad rush to procure next-generation air to air missiles from various countries to arm them on front line fighter jets like Su-30MKI, Mig-29 and Mirage-2000 with Western, Indian and Russian developed even though no such urgency has been shown to expedite development of local indigenous programs in the first place.

IAF till now has placed token order of only 50 Astra Mk1 Beyond visual range missile (BVR) even when there is urgent need to fast track production of the missile system due to dip in the stockpile of air to air missile due to the excessive number of combat air patrol missions along the border with Pakistan recently due to heightened tension. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                   IAF PILOT NEXT TO UPGRADED MIG-29UPG

According to the latest media report, Russia has offered India more air frames of Mig-29 which with upgraded UPG Upgrade package will cost less than $40 Million a unit to bulk up fleet force due to the shortage of fighter jets because of delays in modernization and series of the retirement of older jets. Previous media reports had put the fleet offered at 21 air frames which were inspected by the IAF team which had visited Russia.

But as per latest media report, Russia has offered India, 34 Mig-29UPG which also includes 21 bare borne air frames which were never flown and 13 Mig-29SMT which are barely 10 years old and were manufactured in 2008. Russia has offered to upgrade all 34 Mig-29s with new engines and new radars as per current upgraded Mig-29UPG operated by Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On June 19, Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired a series of Russian air-to-air missile from its front-line combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI off Odisha coast aimed at gauging the killing efficiency of the weapon system. While local media didn’t reveal which new air to air missiles was tested, but according to Russian media outlet ” Sputnik”, IAF tested Three Next Generation Air to Air Missile.

According to ” Sputnik”, India tested RVV-BD also known as R-37M a revolutionary new air to air missile which till now has been deployed only on Russian MiG-31 interceptors. R-37M also kicked named as ‘AWACS Killer’ has an engagement range of 300km and is seen as a platform designed to target large enemy support aircraft such as tankers, command centers and AWACS platforms operating deep in its own airspace. Continue reading

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

The US government has been pushing India to place an order for their soon to be out of production F-21 aircraft also known as an F-16V fighter jet. F-21 has been pushed to India has an low-cost alternative which features F-35 technology in terms of avionics and sensors and will be exclusively Made, locally in India if it gets the deal for 114 units of fighter aircraft from the Indian air force.

While there is no official figure out by the Indian budget for the tender to buy 114 fighter aircraft, but by judging by the recent sale of F-16V to the new customer it is expected that American fighters will have a much more hefty price tag, due to lack of exposure of American jets in IAF fleet. Continue reading

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

India walked away from a potential deal worth $15 billions for joint development of 5th generation fighter jet jointly with Russia after it was not convinced of the technology on the offer to the country and it was the right decision of the Government and Air force to protect their investments if the technology on the offer was not up to the potential and instead focus on the development of 4.5 generation local fighter jets programs like MWF -Mk2 and Tejas Mk1A .

FGFA budget which was not invested by India didn’t actually benefit India’s own 5th generation AMCA fighter aircraft program yet but it is likely that the program will remain in focus post-2020 once both MWF -Mk2 and Tejas Mk1A is cleared for production in mid-2025. IAF wants MWF-Mk2 to exceed the performance of the Mirage-2000 and wants AMCA to have avionics and electronics which far exceeds the performance of Dassault Rafale in addition to stealth. Continue reading

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

Paris Air Show 2019 started with a bang when Two Next-Generation fighter mock-ups were revealed to the world for the first time and created a buzz high enough that it stole the limelight from other aircraft at the premier air show. Turkish Aerospace showcased a full-scale mockup of TF-X, a fifth-generation fighter, and French-German-Spanish team showcased a scale model of New Generation Fighter (NGF) which will replace Dassault Rafale and Euro-fighter Typhoon in the near future in their respected founder airforce fleet.

TF-X is a Turkish indigenous design of the fifth-generation fighter mock-up on display at the Paris Air Show 2019. While not much of the technical capabilities of the aircraft has been disclosed at this point of time but a look at the mock-up on the display has a long sleek nose, twin tails which make it looks like a 5th generation fighter which has been designed with stealth in mind. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARUSH SINGH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Aeronautical Development Agency and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have secretly teamed up to design and development which will not only stop the fast slid of the Squadron level of the fighter fleet of the IAF but also push modernization of the entire fleet with great export potential said an IAF officer associated with the program. MWF has been designed as per the requirement of the IAF and will be a technological leap from LCA-Tejas Mk1/A towards AMCA which is the 5th generation fighter jet program to go active soon.

MWF with a targeted weight of around 17.5 tonnes will be powered by an engine of 98 Kilonewton (Kn) thrust which will be supplied by an American company which will be the right balance of power and energy required to run the avionics and carry all its weapon and fuel load without any difficulty. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently visited the headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation and directed them to focus on flagship programs of national importance and also promised to give priority to the long-delayed program for an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS INDIA) program after recent skirmishes with neighboring Pakistan.

Under the AWACS INDIA program, India had selected the Airbus A330 platform to mount a fixed radome to provide total coverage of 360°. Scanning just like A-50EI Phalcon systems. While the program to procure the platforms have been approved in the principal but the final contract is yet to be concluded, reportedly due to the steep price of the platforms. According to the industrial sources close to idrw.org, Rajnath Singh has decided to fast track the program by infusing fresh funds to the program and also clear the purchase of the platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash in twitter said that there is a need to examine the performance of GTRE which has been developing GTX-35V/Kaveri engine for last 33 years and Government should now focus on recovering lost time and mus stop re-inventing the wheel and leap-frog in time by borrowing or buying reliable core engine technology by paying for it.

Prakash suggested M-88 engine core developed by the French Safran Aircraft Engines for the Dassault Rafale fighter to be used to develop the next generation of Kaveri engine which can be used to power AMCA/N-AMCA and MWF-AF/NAVY in the near future. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ELTA Systems has introduced the next generation of ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) and has offered the system to all current operators of the previous generation system operators. MS-MMR fuses additional ELTA sensors to the main MMR system thereby providing an active, passive, and combined Air Situational Picture (ASP) and will be revealed at upcoming Paris Air Show.

MS-MMR has been fined tuned and now comes with additional sensors with higher accuracy, faster update rates and upgraded identification of aerial threats including that of platforms such as drones and UAVs, tactical aerial weapons, cruise missiles, and ballistic rockets.MS-MMR is also capable of detecting platforms with low RCS (Radar Cross Section) incorporating a certain level of stealth technology. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Sameer Joshi who is a former Mirage 2000 pilot, Kargil war veteran and a satellite imagery expert has put together multiple freely available video from the Pakistani side of Kashmir where four Pakistani F-16 positioned close to in Naoshera sector seems to have fired at least 4 to 5 AIM-120C5 at lone Sukhoi Su-30MKI which Pakistan had initially denied but later retracted and confirmed that it only fired two AMRAAMs and killed two fighter jets of IAF.

Video grab compiled by Joshi clearly shows at least 4 AMRAAMs fired by four F-16s while performing a Classic Beyond visual range HOT/COLD grind against a lone IAF Su-30MKI. The picture shown above shows the positioning of all the F-16s and position of the Su-30MKI which successfully dodged 4-5 AMRAAMs using a combination of flares and onboard anti-jamming equipment. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army has reportedly asked Ordnance Factory Board to develop an Anti-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar close-in weapons system which can detect and destroy incoming, rockets, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets to be positioned near the line of control areas where Pakistani army regularly indulges in unprovoked ground fire in support of infiltration attempts for Terrorists trying to cross over to Indian side of LOC.

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, OFB is using AK-630, a Soviet-era fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon to develop a Truck based land version of the weapon system for operations near LOC equipped with MR-123 fire control radar, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and other sensors to engage aerial targets in range of 4-5km or at least provide early warning to soldiers positioned near the targeted area. Continue reading

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

India has started the process of acquiring the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from the US in what it claims will secure Aerial threats from drones to ballistic missiles for the National capital area. India will be spending nearly 6,000 crores for a missile system which it can develop locally and in fact, already has in its current inventory… so why does India even need this missile system?

Fact is that SPYDER-MR short and medium-range mobile air defense system is quite similar to the NASAMS-II Air Missile System and is a combination of short-to-medium range air-to-air missile, each missile system comprises of a Radar unit, EO Units, and Missile Launchers. SPYDER-MR is made of Python-5 and Derby Air-to-Air missiles and NASAMS-II are made of AIM-120 and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Air-to-Air missiles and both missile system are designed to take down aerial threats ranging from Drones to sub-sonic cruise missiles and have a similar range of 50-70km depending on the AIM-120 variant which India will be purchasing. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ATUL KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As time passing , tussle between US and Iran getting advance. After ending many waivers to buyers of Iranian oil now Donald Trump posted a threatening tweet against Iran which is really a matter of serious concern. On the other side Iran government has vowed to protect its territory at any cost. Tensions between Washington DC and Tehran gets heat when a unknown rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s highly protected green zone on 19th June at night, falling near the American Embassy but causing no casualties. Although there are tensions in the gulf but it seems US is not in the mood of war and Trump publicly appealed to Iran to call him, the white house contacted the Swiss on 9th may to share a phone number the Iranians could call the white house.

But Swiss likely won’t hand over the number unless the Tehran asked for it. Well US asked Swiss for this help because since 1980 after Islamic Revolution in Iran there are no diplomatic relation between US and Iran. But on 10th may Iranian Islamic revolutionary guards head said Iran would not talk to US. Continue reading