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IAF and ADA have confirmed that India’s first 5th generation AMCA fighter jet will come in Mark-1 and Mark-2 configuration with 40 jets to come in Mark-1 to be configured with F414-INS6 engines which generate 98kN Class of Wet Thrust which will also power Tejas Mk2 jet and also Carrier based TEDBF jet but GE’s plans to offer its F414 Enhanced Engine with uprated Class of Wet Thrust to India for AMCA Mark-2 could be turned down even if GE agrees for full Transfer of Technology (ToT) as demanded by India for local manufacturing of India in a Joint venture setup, as planners are now considering much more advance engines options for the AMCA Mark-2 fighter jet.

Reliable sources close to idrw.org for the first time has confirmed that any variants of F414 or EJ-200 engines will simply not be acceptable for the IAF since these engines were never developed keeping in mind the reduced thermal signature technology required for Stealth fighter jets in the rear end and nor can be classified as to be used for 5.5 Generation AMCA which India plans for its Mark-2 version.

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DRDO has been carrying out Research and Development to develop a STAR (Supersonic TARget) target drones capable to hit Mach 2.4 speed to help surface warship crews practice how to detect and defeat incoming supersonic anti-ship missiles. STAR can be launched from fighter jets or Surface platforms and can also be used to train the Air Defence system of the Air force and Army.

STAR uses initially a booster in the first stage and then moves to Liquid Fuel Ramjet (LFRJ) engine in the second stage to simulate sea-skimming cruise missiles by flying faster than twice the speed of sound and as low as 12 feet off the surface of the ocean. The target drone also can simulate high-altitude cruise missile attacks that plunge at ships from higher than 30,000 feet.

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The BrahMos Aerospace joint venture Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia has revealed new plans to develop the next generation of BrahMos-2K which will supersede current BrahMos Supersonic cruise missiles with better speed and range. BrahMos-2K will be developed in Two stages it means it will have tow versions to start with. In the first stage, Mach 5 capable BrahMos-2K will be developed by 2024 and in the Second Stage, a Mach 7 Capable BrahMos-2K will be developed by 2027 onwards.

The Second stage liquid-fueled, air-breathing ramjet engine is used to sustain Mach 3 speed in the Cruise phase after first stage solid Propellant booster separation which is used for launch and then attain Mach 1 speed. According to informed sources close to idrw.org, BrahMos Aerospace plans to upgrade the Second stage liquid-fueled, air-breathing ramjet engine for Mach 5 capable performance in the cruise phase for which it already has Transfer of Technology from Russia.

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Kalyani group developed Artillery systems are in the race to be officially be inducted into the Indian Army sometime shortly. Four Artillery systems developed by the Kalyani group have finally moved from Internal trials to the User Trials stage and soon might be on its way to be inducted into the Indian Army said a reliable industrial source close to idrw.org.

Garuda 105 mounted on a light tactical vehicle, Bharat-52, 155mm/39cal ULH and Truck mounted 155mm/39cal ULH are four Artillery systems which are been tested by the Indian Army, where else Bharat-52 a 155mm, 52 caliber towed howitzer has reached final trials round and around 400 numbers will be ordered once it is cleared by the Indian Army. Elbit Systems developed Athos 2052 towed gun had won the Tender but sources now suggest that it might be replaced with Bharat-52 instead.

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India’s Second Nuclear Ballistic Submarine INS Arighat was launched in 2017 without any high-profile public ceremony and even the small event which took behind the closed door was also never officially acknowledged where the submarine was quietly floated out of one of the Shipbuilding center (SBC) Drydocks in the Visakhapatnam which as per informed course close to idrw.org will be quietly inducted into Indian Navy after three years of Sea Trials.

Recent Low-Grade imaginary of the Shipbuilding Center (SBC) collected by Indian Open-source intelligence (OSINT) has confirmed that the Ghost is real and was seen along with INS Arihant anchored at the Port facilities and so do exists images where it can’t be found in satellite imagery of the port when probably it is in high seas for sea trials.

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According to media reports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-Su30MKI jet for the first time test-fired MICA IR a dual waveband imaging infrared seeker version of the framed multi-mission air-to-air missile which is standard on the recently acquired Dassault Rafale and Mirage 2000-5 fleet but for the first time MICA IR has been tested from a Russian origin jet, which has some Post Balakot Air combat operations link as per sources close to idrw.org.

In 2012, IAF had placed orders for 490 Mica infrared and radar-controlled air-to-air missiles for its Mirage-2000-5 fleet and in 2016 it was for the first time test-fired from an upgraded Mirage-2000-5 aircraft marking successful integration into the fleet. 36 Dassault Rafale will also be equipped with the same MICA-IR-RF air-to-air missile which is will be supplemented with superior air dominance Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM).

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According to the information provided to idrw.org, Indian and Israel might have another go at integration process of Python-5 Close Combat Missile (CCM) onboard LCA-Tejas Mk1/1A fighter jets after it failed to clear Captive trials onboard LCA-Tejas due to excessive vibrations recorded at certain flight regimes apparently due to Big control surfaces in the front section of the Python-5 CCM which interfered with air-flow thus creating flutter issues and later ADA/IAF asked Rafael Advanced Defense Systems which is the manufacture of the missile system to step in to identify and fix the issue.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems conducted a simulated flight regime of the Python-5 CCM onboard LCA-Tejas to identify and fix the issue and some Captive flights have been carried out recently with some changes to the AAM Pylons and the positioning of the missile itself. idrw.org has been told that if Captive flight evaluation tests records come good then it might be cleared to be test-fired from the aircraft sometime in the coming months. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) was recently told to study the proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) project cleared for the Indian Navy to be designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and join to develop a spin-off air force variant of the jet minus the Naval engineered landing gear and tail section for aircraft carrier operations, but senior officials of the IAF seems to suggest that they have other plans regarding joining the TEDBF bandwagon.

Senior IAF official close to idrw.org has informed that Top management is not too keen on the TEDBF program and will allow Navy to be lead program agency along with ADA/HAL in the TEDBF and wants to continue its focus on the Tejas Mk2 and AMCA programs and will not join TEDBF program initially because it will be easier to develop Air force version than a Naval version and if need be arise IAF can fund the development of air force variant at a later stage. Continue reading

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                            Courtesy:- Kuntal Biswas

From the first flight in 2001 till the formation of the first squadron in 2016, LCA-Tejas Mk1 Program has been for long ridiculed for its slow pace of development and 15 years from first flight to the first squadron has often been due to long developmental and testing cycle which many aviation experts felt was prolonged due to higher safety issues and lack of experience in moving from prototype stage to production stage of the program but that’s about to change for successor Tejas Mk2 program.

Like LCA-Tejas Mk1 Program, Tejas Mk2 program will skip Technology Demonstrator (TD) and Prototype vehicles (PV) stages to start with and the first aircraft assembled will be Limited Series Production (LSP) aircraft in Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard configuration slated to have its first flight by 2022. Continue reading

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                             FILE PICTURE OF MICA IR

A variant of the Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air (BVRAAM) missile under development with a passive imaging IR seeker might be ready for initial trials from 2022 onwards said informed sources close to idrw.org. Astra IR with a dual waveband, passive imaging IR seeker will provide terminal guidance that will be powered by a smoke-less solid propellant with higher impulse motor for improved performance at Within visual combat at the reduced range.

Astra IR minimum and maximum operating ranges likely will be 500 m to 60 km due to seeker track limitation found in IR air to air missiles world over. Astra IR will be capable of operating in lock-on before launch and lock-on after launch modes and IR seeker will allow the missile to autonomously detect, track and lock-on the targets. Astra IR can be adapted on all fighter types in IAF since it doesn’t require deep integration with the aircraft’s Mission Computers (MC). Continue reading

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Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile was tested in direct and top attack mode at ITR Balasore (Odisha). Dhruvastra has been called a variant of HELINA anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which previously has been tested from the ALH Rudra platform to its maximum range capability of 7.0 km in Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) mode, so why did Dhruvastra was test-fired from a ground-based launcher is the obvious question if in previous tests it was fired from Helicopter? , well the answer lies in some design changes which the missile has gone through and one that can be confirmed in visuals is the use of jet vane control system (JVC) instead of the flexible thrust control system (TVC) seen previously in HELINA, which required re-verification of in-flight performance.

A jet vane control system for a missile is a system which is usually used due to its compact, rugged, lightweight factors but also since it provides very quick pitch over and roll control during launch and especially comes in handy in the top attack mode where it requires the missile to climb sharply after launch and cruise at high altitude then dive on the top of the target. Continue reading

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Indigenously designed and developed guided bomb Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) capable of engaging ground targets with high precision out to a range of 100 km is heading towards production after DRDO concluded three back to back trials with different release conditions during 16 to 18 August 2018 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.

The 120-kg class smart weapon is intended against runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers, and other reinforced structures. the lightweight high-precision guided bomb is one of the world-class weapons systems designed and developed in the country. SAAW has been tested from Jaguar and Su-30MKI and will be adapted for all fighter jets in the IAF fleet has it has shown higher precision than missiles. Continue reading

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Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) will be integrating an ELTA’s ELM-2052 Airborne AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) procured originally for the Jaguar Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation (DARIN III) upgrade program in its preparation for the manufacturing upgraded 83 Tejas Mk1A which company plans to test many of the features and equipment before first Tejas Mk1A jet is ready for first flight by 2023.

idrw.org has been informed that two Tejas Limited Series Production jets are been used to test many of the new features and equipment which are marked to be featured in Tejas Mk1A jet and one of the jets will be used to test ELTA’s ELM-2052 AESA FCR, Dual-Rack Pylons, External Self Protection Jammer (SPJ) POD along with New Smart Multifunction Displays (MFD). Continue reading

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) of India, recently cleared Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for a carrier-based fighter jet worth around 13000 crores, which has set the ball rolling to commence design and developmental phase for a new 24.5-tonne fighter jet which will replace Mig-29K fleet from 2032 onwards.

idrw.org has been informed that MOD also has asked Indian Air Force (IAF) to consider an Air force deviate which ADA has proposed based on the TEDBF also called as Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) to make the whole program financially viable and also share costs in its development phase which both MOD and Indian Navy will contribute for the marked 13000 cores sought by the ADA for its development. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy recently cleared plans to procure 248 Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air to air missile with a range of 110 km, making India among very few Elite Countries which have its long-range air to air missile capabilities after 50 pre-production Astra Mk1 ordered by IAF were successfully demonstrated in a combat situation with targets been destroyed at the different range and different altitudes by the Su-30MKI which will be first to get them followed by Mig-29UPG and LCA-Tejas Mk1A.

While DRDO officially has been tight-lipped about next-generation Astra, it’s more or less has been confirmed that Astra Mk2 will have longer range and will have a higher fuel capacity along with a new conventional motor which will be designed to match or be superior to American AIM-120D and Chinese PL-15 missile long range Air-to-Air missiles, which for the first time has been confirmed to idrw.org that the range will be approx 160-180 km while the actual range of the missile will remain classified. Continue reading

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