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Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has showcased 4 Alleged Air-to-Air Missiles from the drowned Mig-21Bis flown by the Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Pakistani media in an event to celebrate 1 year of Operation Swift resort and in its attempt to debunk loss of F-16 kill being awarded to the Varthaman and questioned Vir Chakra being awarded to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for lying and claiming a fake F-16 kill.

PAF showcased 2 damaged R-73 Close Combat Air-to-Air missiles along with near intact 2 R-77 Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missiles. Indian OSNIT community have questioned Pakistan’s claim that the broken R-73 minus its warhead section were found with the wreckage of the Mig-21Bis. Continue reading

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VEM Technologies at recently concluded DefExpo 2020 showcased its AsiBal third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile which company calls its a True Man-portable as explained to idrw.org reporter at DefExpo 2020, AsiBal is a modern man-portable anti-tank guided weapon with a tandem HEAT warhead allows the system to be used against combat vehicles with ERA which is lightweight system easy to use by a single person.

AsiBal ATGM with combination of launch unit (6kg) and missile (12.5kg) weighs only 18.5 kg is lighter then DRDO and VEM developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and is True Man-portable since unlike MPATGM it doesn’t require Tripod and Firing post which makes it two-man operation since total combined weight of MPATGM comes out to be 23-24 Kg. Continue reading

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Baba N Kalyani, Chairman & MD, Bharat Forge Ltd in a recent interview has said that the company now has reached in the pinnacle of technology development for the Artillery Guns in the country that it can develop any Artillery Gun system demanded by Indian Army in a very short time while confirming the development of new MArG Extended Range 155mm/52 cal Ultra-Light Howitzer which was showcased for the first time at DefExpo 2020.

Kalyani confirmed that the MArG 155mm/52 cal ULH is ready for internal firing trials from June onwards and it weights under 8 tonnes and has a effective range of 41km . A new 3.7 tonnes 155mm/39 cal ULH is under development which is lighter than the 4.2 tonnes M777 howitzer already inducted in the Indian Army. Continue reading

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In 2018, India’s plans to equip its Russian SU-30MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles after MBDA France informed the government that they would not integrate their weapon on any Israeli or Russian platform and even refused it to be integrated into a legacy platform like Mirage-2000 due to high cost.

While it looked like a unilateral decision by France imposed on other key partners in MBDA like the United Kingdom, India might have recently tasted some success in breaking this blockade when MBDA UK agreed to sell and integrate Meteor BVRAAMs on the upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet of Indian Air Force, which looks like a major disagreement with the MBDA France which was trying to make Meteor BVRAAMs, Dassault Rafale Exclusive to secure their chances for further orders of the same platform from India. Continue reading

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No. 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (Flying Daggers) based at Sulur AFS, Tamil Nadu, which is also the first LCA-Tejas Mk1 Squadron has clocked 2000 sorties in last three years with just a small fleet of 18 aircraft said the latest report from the Squadron. Tejas Mk1 aircraft in possession of the Squadron have been averaging at least two sorties per day and many of the pilots from the Squadron are all praise of the indigenously developed fighter jet.

The bulk of the sorties have been clocked in the last 18 months after deliveries of IOC-Configured Tejas Mk1 by HAL said a HAL official close to idrw.org and many teething issues have been resolved at an even faster pace due to continued availability of HAL technicians at the base. Continue reading

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Boeing is pushing for that exclusive deal with India which might save its fighter division from closing down permanently and has promised to go the extra mile to help India develop India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet locally in India in the same plant after completion of the F-18 orders for the Country said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Boeing has offered India, its F-18 E/F fighter jets which are exclusively flown by US Navy as an Aircraft Carrier-based fighter jet and has offered it in the latest Block III configuration which comes with added capabilities to India. Boeing has told IAF that under Block III configuration Super Hornets have been further enhanced to work better with the stealthy fighter aircraft like AMCA in high-end conflicts. Continue reading

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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has announced that it will be showcasing for the first time, it’s in-house developed 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at DefExpo2020 in Lucknow next month.

BDL already has developed Amogha-1 a second-generation ATGM with a 2.8 km range which is based on the wire-guided tech which was tested in 2016 and also went on to develop Amogha-2 which was Wireless Anti-Tank Missile with RF Guidance but the new 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) will be called Amogha-3. Continue reading

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HAL developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT 40 carried out a hot refueling trial on the indigenously developed turboprop aircraft followed by a sortie. According to HAL, HTT-40 is the first turboprop trainer aircraft in the world to demonstrate and first to fly with this unique capability of hot refueling.

According to sources close to idrw.org, system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory. Hot Refueling is a single point pressure refueling of the aircraft with the engine in operation. Continue reading

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Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Army is making efforts to push it’s 10 a year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore by 2026-27 and have held interactions with the stakeholders on progressing the procurement case expeditiously.

Chief said a fresh RFI stands prepared already which will be shared with the industry in some time from now. Army wants the FICVs to replace its Russian-origin BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles. Tata Motors, L&T, Mahindra, Reliance Defence are some of the private firms that have shown interest in the development of FICV for the Indian Army. Continue reading

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68-tonne ” Dessert Ferrari “, Arjun Mk-1A main battle tank which cleared final integration tests conducted earlier last year in the western sector of Rajasthan and has also passed the rigorous army evaluation is set to join Indian Army soon with fresh orders coming from the Indian Army likely in Defeexpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow next month.

While order size is still to be revealed but it is expected that orders again will be for 118 units but this could be bigger this time said sources close to idrw.org. DRDO and Chennai-based CVRDE who have designed the improved avatar of Arjun Mk-1A MBT are pushing for orders twice the number then the originally Army had committed. Continue reading

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A committee headed by VK Saraswat which is looking into the development of a new indigenous 110kN class aero gas turbine engine for India’s Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been taking feedback from both Private, Public and Academics in the country on ways to develop an new engine which doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.

Among many feedbacks from all sector, a majority of them are urging to build a consortium company with many key stakeholders who should be in charge of developing the new engine locally instead of an international collaboration with a foreign Aero-Engine maker if we aim to be import free and less dependent on foreign engine manufactures in the future. Continue reading

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U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift–Medium program designed to ultimately replace the UH-60M Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters in U.S. Army service has a keen observer and future potential partner in the program who has been watching innovative new design that could replace the military’s Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. The top brass of the Indian Army has been watching Potential Black Hawk Replacement candidates very closely and studying how they can fit it in Army Aviation soon.

India might have been among few close allies that had been offered by the United States Government to be part of the Future Vertical Lift–Medium program and Indian Army is certainly impressed by the leap of technology which has been planned for the to deliver troops and equipment more quickly on the battlefield. Continue reading

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Indigenously designed and developed Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) guided bombs will soon get a Four-round Smart Quad Rack which will allow Four SAAW guided bombs to be carried on a single pylon as per latest media report. Quad Rack will allow Four SAAW which weighs 120 kg each at least on Four Hard-points of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.

Newly developed Quad Rack will soon begin flight trials with Dummy SAAW guided bombs onboard Sukhoi-30MKI. India has already developed Dual Rack for the same weapon system which has been tested from Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar fighter jets in the past. Quad Rack, when used with the Dual Rack, will allow Sukhoi-30MKI to carry 20+ SAAW guided bombs, which when launched from around 42,000 feet is capable of engaging targets with high precision up to a range of 100 km with pinpoint accuracy. SAAW which is designed to take out destroy ground targets, such as runways, bunkers, aircraft hangars, and other reinforced structures like fuel depot. Continue reading

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India for last few years has been looking to upgrade its mainstay Su 30MKI fighter fleet under “Super Sukhoi” upgrade program to keep them modernized for next 20 years or so and some sense of urgency has been building up since now craft-type will turn 18 this year since its induction in 2002 but the technology is close to 25 years old now and has been in production without any changes.

HAL is expected to deliver the last batch of Su-30MKI ordered by IAF in March this year and, likely, IAF will also sign a contract for an additional 8 Su-30MKI as attrition replacement to the aircraft which were lost in last few years. IAF, HAL has begun talks with Rosoboronexport to upgrade its Avionics, Electronic warfare suites, Engine, and its Radar. Continue reading

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State-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to ink the final contract order for the construction of 83 Tejas Mk1A at the 11th edition of the biennial mega defense exhibition ” DefExpo 2020 ” to be held from 5th to 8th of Next month at Vrindavan Yojna, Sector 15, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

After months of negotiations, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have fixed the price of the LCA-Tejas Mark 1A at about Rs 310 crore per fighter which is $43M per craft which is $20.5M more than the price agreed upon for manufacturing of 40 Tejas Mk1. Tejas Mk1A will come equipped with Next Generation Digital flight control computer (DFCC) borrowed from Tejas Mk2 program and will feature Dual Pylon for CCM and External ELL-8222WB self-protection jammer pod along with Elta’s ELM-52 X-Band Fire Control Radar, along with host of upgrades to its avionics and software and some minor improvements in its radar cross-section (RCS) and will be easy to maintain. Continue reading

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