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State-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd already has roped in in private players including L&T (wings), Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (front fuselage), VEM Technologies (center fuselage) and Alpha Doca (rear fuselage) to execute orders for 83 Tejas Mk1A which will be inked by end of March 2020 with Indian Air Force (IAF). But with IAF already showing interest to procure 200 Medium Weight Fighter or (MWF) in near future soon, HAL and Private defense companies are already in talks to further expand the scope of private defense firms in the supply chain so that the order for nearly 200 jets can be executed without delays in the supply chain once the contract is inked.

MWF program is racing against time with its own since current IAF Chief has given strict instructions that order for 200 jets will depend on how fast the aircraft can be ready for production provided it also meets full mission capabilities sought by the Indian air force as AMCA-TD Phase 1 will commence at the same time when MWF will start its flight trials and developmental phase will be around the 2023-25 period. Continue reading

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With India’s 5th Generation Stealth AMCA Program all set to go critical from next year with the official monetary sanction for the funding for the program, ADA has revealed further changes to the design aspects of the final AMCA design which is likely to be frozen soon and will now feature Diverterless Supersonic Inlet (DSI) which were not shown in the previous mock models displayed in various defense exhibition in the country . While idrw.org was first to show DSI equipped Computer-Aided Design (CAD) image of the AMCA with DSI inlet in its previous reports it was not confirmed if it will make it to the final AMCA design at that time.

Scaled Models displayed of the AMCA by ADA in last few months also featured 2D Ramped intake but switch to the 3D Diverterless Supersonic Inlet (DSI) has been under works for some time now and after design refinements and wind tunnel testing it has been cleared to be featured from the first Technology Demonstrator (TD)-1 onwards. Continue reading

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While the first Final Operational Clearance (FOC) block, SP-21 at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)’s LCA-Tejas Division is ready for its first flight this month. idrw.org has learned that HAL will soon also put SP-33 and SP-34 in the assembly rig so that the equipping stage of them begins soon.

HAL plans to deliver 4 (SP-21 to SP-24) by end of March 2020 to IAF upon which foundation for the second squadron will be laid by April next year. 16 FOC block (SP-21 to SP-36) will be handed over to IAF by March 2021 and the first four will be handed over by March 2020.  IAF already has inducted 16 fighters in its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration is with IAF’s 45 Squadron based at AFS Sulur. The last 8 of the ordered 40 Tejas Mk1 split equally into 20 IOC and 20 FOC Block will be its Trainer variant which will go into production from the 2021-22 period. Continue reading

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A Smart fighter is one that has a minimal logistical footprint and is designed for faster maintenance and quick turnaround without the need for a large number of technicians on the ground to conduct checks and gets the aircraft back in the air as fast as possible with desire to achieve some of the same objectives, Trials of LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas LSP-8 were conducted in the Pokhran field firing range recently.

Due to shoddy reporting, it was reported in the media that aircraft tested by HAL was LCA Tejas Mark-II but reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that aircraft tested by HAL was an older LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft reserved for developmental trials with improved quick hatches and other changes which will improve to perform routine maintenance much easier for the upcoming Upgraded Tejas Mk1A variant which is in development.  Continue reading

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As AMCA program gains momentum in the country, not so happy with over-dependence on the imported engine for indigenous fighter jet programs, IAF Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria in a recent meeting with DRDO Chief Satheesh Reddy and other senior officials of DRDO and GTRE have asked them to come up with indigenous Aero-engine for India’s 5th Generation fighter jet program informed a highly reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF Chief mentioned that both LCA-Tejas Mk1,Mk1A, and Mk2 fighter jet programs will be using Imported American engines but he pushed for indigenous Aero-engine for the AMCA program either in Joint venture with a foreign Aero-engine manufacturer or with a Public-Private sector collaboration locally in India. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has said that no decision has been made so far to acquire MBDA’s ASRAAM as a standardized short-range air-to-air missile across the fighter fleet. Air chief also clarified that ASAAMs purchased till now are meant to be used only for the Jaguar fleet and IAF has not yet decided whether these will be acquired for other aircrafts types in the fleet.

The Jaguar strike fighter fleet was equipped with Magic air-to-air missiles on unique over-wing pylons, which now will be replaced with MBDA’s ASRAAM Close combat missile (CCM) and MBDA also offered IAF to make available their CCM across the fleet and recent media reports also hinted that IAF was in favor of such a deal but after recent clarifications from the Air chief it is more or less confirmed that IAF will continue to use Within Visual missiles from different countries. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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Supposed leaked scale model of India’s next-generation Ballistic Missile Submarine is been doing round on the net which finally shed some light into some of the physical features which can be seen on the scale model which most likely will make it into the first submarine which has been code-named S5 internally by DRDO and Ministry of Defence (MOD) under PMO.

S5 will be first in lead class next generation Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine which will have a surface displacement of 13000 tonnes and will be nearly double the size of S4 and S4* SSBM which are Extended version of INS Arihant and INS Arighat Class of the first-generation SSBN currently in active service of Indian Navy. Continue reading

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India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has said it will reveal first Tejas AF Mk 2 fighter jet on 75th Independence day of India in 2022 and aircraft is likely to carry out its first flight by late 2022 or early 2023. Tejas AF Mk 2 was sanctioned in 2009 initially for using Mk1 air frame to be powered by a larger GE-F414IN engine resulting in more thrust offering more take-off weight which results in additional payload capacity.

Current Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) model revealed at Aero India 2019 while it still carries Tejas AF Mk 2 designation due to earlier Government clearance but MWF is an enhanced version of the baseline Tejas Mk1 air frame, with heavy modifications to its design and air frame and not also will have a slightly longer length, bigger wingspan, enhanced payload-carrying capabilities, which Senior Retired IAF officials, idrw.org spoke to say will make it almost complete clean slate aircraft which will have a developmental cycle of 5-7 years and will be difficult to enter into production by 2025-26 as disclosed by ADA. Continue reading

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India’s defence research and development organization (DRDO) is exploring the development of “Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESAR)” developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) for the HAL Tejas program also now for other combat aircraft of Indian Air Force, which includes new configuration for use on Sukhoi Su-30MKI twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have informed that the proposal is still at the discussion stage since the indigenous Active phased array technology for fighter aircraft is still in the developmental and trials stage but the program has made recent progress and already has undergone installation process on LCA Tejas LSP-2 which has been deputed to carry out flight trials and integration of India’s indigenous AESA radar. Continue reading

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After French multinational aircraft engine company, Safran asked India to invest close to 6000 Crores and committed to investing 3000 crores of its investment as part of Rafale offset obligations to revive India’s now stalled Kaveri engine program, DRDO is now considering having talks with Britain’s engineering major Rolls Royce after French offer was considered too pricey by DRDO.

DRDO already has invested over 3000 crores in the Kaveri engine program but an additional investment for 6000 crores only to get core section of M-88-3 engines which included custom modification of the new Kaveri engine with Indian developed technology, and later certification of the modified engine along with technology transfer could have meant that SAFRAN enjoyed Royalty for its tech for decades to come. Continue reading

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