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At 21st Dr. Srinivasan Memorial Lecture- 2021 organized by Aeronautical Society of India in Association with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief G Satheesh Reddy in webinar shared some critical updates on Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) under development for the Indian Navy that showcased some improved design features and other crucial information that was not made available in Public earlier.

TEDBF featured in his presentation shows a new improved frontal section that seems to have got some Radar cross-section (RCS) reduction measures and seems to be borrowed from the forward section of the 5.5th AMCA fighter jet under development to reduce cost and advance design that has been tested in wind tunnels and computer simulations in past to reduce its developmental circle.

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After leasing two predator drones from the US, the Indian Navy is now going to urgently acquire 10 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial Systems. While the Indian Air Force is also increasing its reliance on remotely piloted and possibly autonomous aircraft, there will be no replacement for a fighter pilot in the cockpit any time soon, but the Navy is increasing its development of unmanned and manned systems by creating a new line of aerial systems that are independent of the ideas what Airforce has stored for its future fleets.

Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) is the first instance that the Navy has desired to break cover from the shadows of the airforce and develop a jet that is optimal for its operations. The difference of opinion on the future of unmanned aircraft is also emerging between IAF and IN that will create a different roadmap on how to achieve those technologies.

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The Russian defense ministry last week said that 100 Indian Air force (IAF) personnel were in Russia for S-400 training. In response, the United States this week said that India is not likely to get a CAATSA waiver If New Delhi accepts delivery of the S-400s as planned by end of this year from Moscow. The U.S. Congress under the New Biden administration might impose from five to 12 possible sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, which targets purchases of military equipment from NATO foe Russia, that might result in mild to the severe case of CAASTSA sanctions on American supplies that could affect current American systems already in service with Indian Military the most.

CAASTSA sanctions range from banning visas and denying access to the U.S.-based Export-Import Bank, to the harsher options of blocking any transactions with the U.S. financial system and denying export licenses. Biden may initially choose milder options targeting individual Indians rather than the government, a decision that could buy time for more diplomacy even while it may prompt Congress to separately impose tougher sanctions, but as seen in Turkeys case, Sanctions will do come on State-owned Public sector defense companies that might affect some section of the Indian Armed forces like Air force that use a major section of the US equipment.

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FILE PIC OF EJ-200 ENGINE

With decks cleared for procurement of 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Mk1 fighter jets to be powered by an American engine, DRDO is now in talks with an international partner to make a jet engine of 110 Kn thrust class to power its 5.5th Generation AMCA Program that will enable India to take a technological leap on a new high thrust engine that will available for a new fighter that will go into production only in 2035 but also be used to power other jets that are in development.

After General Electric backed out from giving India its intellectual property rights (IP) to its Core technologies nor its transfer of the core technology for its proposed F-414 based engine for the AMCA Program, another American engine manufacture Pratt & Whitney has shown some interest in the program but it is unlikely it will go ahead with the transfer of technology for its core engine technologies due to which talks between British and French partners have intensified.

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To achieve the target of $5 billion defense exports and improving strategic relations with friendly foreign countries, the Indigenous Akash surface to air missile system has been cleared for export by Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it came with clear ridder that the Akash missile system that is going to be exported will be different from the one which the Indian armed forces are using.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that DRDO will be in charge of the development of a baseline Akash missile system and its ecosystem (launchers, control centers, re-loaders Guidance, and surveillance radars) that will be customized as per the requirements of the respective country.

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Within days away from starting the metal cutting exercise that commences the start of the program officially, Aero India 2021 will be showing Full Scale Cockpit and scaled models of the Tejas Mk2 in its Final Frozen Design that will sport not only new design refinements but also some further enchantments of its present features said informed sources close to the idrw.org.

Tejas Mk2 which earlier showed a fixed in-flight refueling system for aircraft will be getting a retractable probe that has been added to the final design and also sees some minor changes to the air intakes.

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With days away from a deal for 83 Tejas Mk1A jets with HAL is to be concluded between IAF and MOD, HAL Chairman R Madhavan in a media interview has confirmed Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) has completed the structural design of the new variant of Light Combat Aircraft. Tejas Mk1A will see a few improvements and strengthening on the Structural Design for better operations and maintainability. All these re-design/modifications to design, of not only the structure but also the electrical wiring, cooling system, etc. have been completed.

While HAL was waiting for the order of 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A jets, HAL used its Internal funds and developed all the above-mentioned redesign as well as gone ahead with in-house development of the various systems and software. Two LSP Tejas Mk1 are being used as a Testbed to test many of these redesigned structural design changes.

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After the Initial service requirement of 210 jets, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed the requirement of 170 Tejas Mk2 fighter jets, weeks before the first metal cutting ceremony of the first aircraft is to take place, people close to the program have informed idrw.org, that First IOC Configured Tejas Mk2 pre-production aircraft will take to air, 18 months after metal cutting ceremony, that is likely by end of 2022 or early 2023.

ADA and DRDO have planned to have a 4-year long test flight and user evaluation phase that will be required to validate all the flight controls, avionics, and other parameters before it is ready to enter production in 2026-27. While talks with HAL are still being held about the annual production run this new jet will have, Tejas Mk2 will likely use the idle Tejas Mk1A production line and has an annual capacity of 21 jets.

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The Russian defense industry proposed, modernization package to breathe in a new life into India’s 200 Sukhoi-30MKI program inline of the upgrade program currently being pursued by the Russians for its Su-30SM fleet is more or less over after Russian officials confirmed that dialogue with their Indian counterparts over the matter is stalled. India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in partnership with DRDO is coming up with its modernization package that will make 200 Sukhoi-30MKI fleet, now more Indian and less Russian.

Some of the Indigenous upgrades proposed equipment fit for the Super Sukhoi has been listed below along with many other subsystems that will be replacing Russian origins ones. India plans to upgrade its Avionics, Electronic warfare suites, and its Radar, while it still will be operating with AL-31FP engines.

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Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) developed Tapas (Rustom-2) Medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 7th November last year took off on GPS-SBAS based auto mode successfully. GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) was utilized for augmenting the accuracy of the GPS and they’re by accomplishing safe auto takeoff. Auto-take offs are one of the primary requirements of the TAPAS MALE UAV.

Rustom-1 other UAV of DRDO has also successfully tested with GPS-SBAS based auto mode and both UAVs can perform auto takeoffs Now. The take-off and landing of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are often the most critical and accident-prone portion of its mission. This potential hazard coupled with the time and resources necessary to train a remote UAV pilot makes it desirable to have autonomous take-off and landing capabilities for UAVs.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is about to ink a final contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the purchase of 83 Upgraded Tejas Mk1ALFA fighter jets soon and soon after HAL also place fresh orders for additional 100+ F404-GE-IN20 afterburning engines to power upgraded jet and deal is likely to be concluded somewhere later in 2021. The value of the order is more than $600 million and follows an initial 2004 purchase of 17 F404-GE-IN20 that was followed by a 2007 purchase of 24 F404-GE-IN20 engines to power a limited series of operational production aircraft, naval prototypes, and IOC and FOC aircraft.

India in the Pre-Pokhran-II Nuclear Test era had acquired 11 F404-F2J3 engines that were the predecessor of the F404-GE-IN20 engines and were initially used on the TD and Prototypes of the LCA-Tejas aircraft. Sometime after 2010, Unverified reports also say that HAL had placed orders for 7 more additional F404-GE-IN20 engines for the first 40 aircraft that will enter in service with IAF but these original contracts had not factored in larger follow-up orders since F414-GE-INS6 were to be equipped on Tejas Mk2 that used the same airframe as Mk1.

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2001, After a Successful test flight of TD-1, had been concluded, it was time to plan and arm the later variant of the LCA-Tejas with an air-to-air missile as requested by the Indian Air Force. Russian developed Short ranged Infrared missile was on the IAF list, that could have required active help from the Russians OEM for weapons integration on the LCA-Tejas as more modern Beyond Visual range missile were also on the cards as fighter jets around the world were started arming them self’s with a medium-ranged beyond visual air-to-air missile by then.

ADA team along with weapons expertise from HAL were sent to Moscow in 2001 for negotiations with the Russian bureaucrats and organization. The team was expecting lengthy negotiation but eventually a deal with the Russian team but they were badly mistaken after Russian OEM designers refused to accede to any of the requests made by the ADA team to adapt their missile integration methods suggested.

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Former Raksha Mantri George Fernandes with Wing Commander Rajiv Kothiyal after first flight of LCA TD-1

4 January 2001. Team engineers and technicians had started arriving at HAL airport at 5.30 am, many of them had barely slept that night many came with a feeling that was a strange mixture of anticipation, confidence, and fear of the unknown. Technology Demonstrator-1 (TD-1) had completed its pre-flight tests by 6.30 am and by 8 am pilots of two chase Mirage-2000 aircraft had started arriving for preflight briefings and by 9.45 am, Wing Commander Rajiv Kothiyal test pilot was already in the TD-1 Cockpit waiting for ATC to give clearance for the first flight.

At 10.18 am, India made history when TD-1 finally took off the main runway while landing gears as precaution still sticking out and after 18 minutes of flying around TD-1 had landed back safely on ground by 10.36 am. thus start of a long process of developmental and flight testing flight trials had begin that had to be followed over 20 years since then.

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A Small Elite team of engineers and designers from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) were tasked to design and develop a 4th generation fighter jet inhouse in the county that had not seen such a complex aerospace project after it has developed a 2nd generation HF-24 “Marut” fighter jet in the early ’60s with heavy German Designer inputs. ADA was created after India’s biggest Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) refused to lead the program that required the creation of a new Aerospace Company just to develop LCA at Home.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after the premature closure of the HF-24 program had burned its hands on its successor programs that were neither canceled nor never cleared for cheaper imported fighter jets that were assembled in a country like cars. HAL was right to be wary of not to burn its hands on a local fighter jet program again, where it knew IAF will never be aboard completely and its history repeated itself until 10 years after the first flight of LCA TD-1 where IAF moved way from being a customer to the role one of the team members of the LCA-Tejas Team.

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2020 had been a hectic year for India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that saw numerous launches and developmental testing of the various missiles that were developed by DRDO and its associate labs in the country and as we begin 2021, DRDO will be testing this year Five new missiles that will enhance India’s firepower this year.

5 New Missiles have been in development for a while now and various media outlets and many informed sources close to idrw.org also have confirmed that they will be ready to be tested this year.

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