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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The indigenously development Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft (AEW&C) “Netra” is participating in its first ever International exercise in ongoing Ex CopeIndia 2018 with the visiting United States Air Force crew.

Group Captain Pradeep Batra who is the commanding officer of the AEW&C Squadron speaking to the media said that ” AEW&C is indigenously developed and recently inducted into IAF and also added that AEW&C since its induction has participated in various air exercise and this was the first time aircraft participated in an International exercise. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Selection of Israeli developed Elta ELM-2052 Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft means that it will be nearly impossible for India to ever opt to integrate Meteor active radar-guided beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) due to the restriction imposed by the European countries on the missile manufacturer MBDA, which severally restricts it from integrating its Meteor BVRAAM with Israeli Radars thus affecting India’s Tejas Mk1A (83) and Tejas Mk1 (40) fleet.

Elta ELM-2052 which also has been integrated into IAF’s Jaguar Strike-bomber fleet was obviously chosen for upcoming Tejas Mk1A due to past association with the ELTA and the Radar, but also since it emerged the lowest bidder among various AESA Radar manufactures which had responded to the tender floated by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After been Snubbed by Russia on its effort to procure long-range air defense systems like S-300 and S-400 Air defense missile system, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on procuring FD-2000 long-range air defence requirements from its old friend China and has expressed its desires to procure three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to counter India’s Purchase of S-400 Systems from Russia.

HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems which Pakistan previously procured from China has a range of only 42km but with induction of FD-2000, Pakistani forces will have the ability to track and target aerial threats up to 125km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be heading for high altitude trials from next month onward as per the latest media reports. High altitude trials will also include cold weather trials to be carried out in Leh and also critical flight trials like hover performance and low-speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes.

Earlier in Mid of this year, LUH carried out hot weather tests where the Chopper was parked on the tarmac, exposed it to the Sun to monitor its high-tech computers on board, has its own cooling system. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat last year said that Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/Combat helicopters around the world.

Lack of ATGM on 60+ Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters and few Pre-production of LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) which have been already Inducted into Indian Army Aviation Corps, meant they lacked required firepower to be used as effective anti-armor, anti-bunker and anti-fortification role for the Strike Corps, but that’s about to change with coming of age of Indigenous HELINA and SANT anti-tank guided missile system . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

US Air Force is launching a next-generation airborne surveillance and command and control technology intended to successfully synchronize air, ground, drone and satellite assets onto a single seamless network. Advanced Battle Management and Surveillance (ABMS) Program in a way will be directly replacing aging E-8C JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform ) fleet in near future.

Like an AWACS which is deployed to carry out Aerial Surveillance within its own space to track and provide advance warning of enemy aerial formations within its range, E-8C JSTARS have been used by US Air Force do exactly the same but to look at the enemy territories and its troops on the ground. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command has again confirmed after few doubters questioned if Nambiar made a positive statement for LCA-Tejas Mk1 only to support the indigenous program on Twitter. Nambiar responded by saying ” No…. I was just stating facts… The Tejas has a few teathing problems….Weapon delivery accuracy is thankfully NOT one of them!.. I’m proud to be the oldest serving member of Team Tejas!”

Nambiar in his piece written for a ” Salute ” Indian defense magazine had said that in LCA-Tejas Mk1 had emerged with the best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Just around when the Chinese government officials confirmed that they have started work on the construction of their third aircraft carrier and have plans to have 5-6 aircraft carrier group and one might be marked for Indian ocean region. India on another hand also officially confirmed it has quietly given go-ahead for the construction of its second indigenous aircraft carrier.

IAC-II (INS Vishal) which will be India’s Second aircraft carrier with Displacement of over 65,000 tonnes has come with tactical backing from the United States of America which has agreed to help India overcome technological and resources challenges which Indian engineers and shipyards are going to face in the construction of the behemoth vessels. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces, has said that ” LCA Mark II will replace the MiG 29 in the next ten years, the Jaguar in the next 15 years and the Mirage 2000 in the next 20 years. All combined, this adds up to a total of twelve squadrons.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa in recent media interviews did say that six squadrons (108) aircraft of LCA Mk-II has been planned in immediate future, Nambiar’s twelve squadrons remark might have included fighter aircraft procurement in the long term which might involve future variants of LCA Mk-II aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Earlier this year , In the largest military Air- Exercise ” Gagan Shakti 2018 ” in last three decades. Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets in the air exercise which also saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft like Jaguars and Mirage-2000s.

In 14-day high-intensity combat Air Exercise, LCA performed remarkably well and emerged with best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018 disclosed Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Naval Team of Experts will be soon visiting Russia to finalize between K-391 Bratsk and K-295 Samara Akula-II Class Submarine lying in Amur Shipyard, which will later go on the become India’s third Nuclear attack submarine which will India take on lease from Russia post 2022 when current INS Chakra II (K-152) is returned back after completion of 10-year-old lease.

INS Chakra III is most likely, will be the name given to the third leased nuclear attack submarine by India. As per previous media reports, In past, Russia had offered India K-322 Kashalot which was commissioned in 1988 over India’s interest in uncompleted Iribis Akula-II Class Submarine which has been lying in Russia’s Amur Shipyard Uncompleted from 1994 on wards. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Ex Cope India-18 is the fourth edition in the series of Bilateral Joint exercise held between IAF and USAF, which is conducted in India. This is the first time, the exercise is being planned at two Air Force bases, Kalaikunda and Panagarh from 03-14 Dec 18. USAF is participating with 12 X F15 C/D and 03 X C-130. IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 , C-130J & AWACS aircraft.

The aim of exercise is to provide operational exposure and undertake mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability.

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SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Dr. S Christopher, Previous Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2017 edition of Aero India had announced that Indigenously developed Kaveri engine developed by its associated lab Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), will power an LCA-Tejas Prototype by 2019 edition of Aero India.

Many back then had questioned the viability of having a workable Kaveri engine in a such a short period of time even though it was officially known at that time that Safran, a French company which manufactures engines for Rafale combat jets had become the technical consultant for the GTRE to help fix issues with the Kaveri engine. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

China and Pakistan air forces carried out joint training exercise dubbed as “Shaheen VI” last year in the month of September, where China had dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops and Pakistani air force had sent older J-7s and their new inducted JF-17 which they had co-developed with Chinese.

According to China Youth On-Line (CYOL), 2 Shenyang J-11( Copy of Sukhoi Su-27) fighter aircraft were on the tarmac preparing for the take off to have a rare encounter between with pair of JF-17 Thunder belonging to visiting Pakistani air force when one of the J-11 aircraft developed some technical problem but other Chinese pilot named ” Zhu Zhenhua” in command of second J-11 was adamant to continue with the mock dogfight which was set up by both air-force and soon took off with his plane alone. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-12 (LA-5012 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 28-November-2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-12 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-12 is Twelfth  Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-11 had completed its first flight on 10 October 2018 Successfully. Continue reading