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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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Dr. Girsh S Deodhare, director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed that India is working on the development of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System which is an aircraft software system to prevent crash of an aircraft if Pilot faces a g-induced loss of consciousness while flying the jet.

Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System will help regain control of the aircraft in case the pilot loses consciousness or is incapacitated. A helmet-mounted sensor will alert ground control, which will be able to take over the aircraft’s controls to safely land the aircraft. “It is an artificial intelligence-based application. Till now we were following (the west), now we want to take the lead, “ Dr. Deodhare said. Continue reading

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In 2016, DRDO was given funding of 340 crores for the Development of Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) weapon system which could be next big thing coming from India after induction of Mach 3 Capable supersonic BrahMos Anti-Ship Missile system which changed security scenario of warships operating in the Indian Ocean.

Exclusive details provided to idrw.org tells why India’s Naval offensive warfare doctrine is about to get a major boost in upcoming years with the induction of the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) against hostile underwater submarine force operating in the region. Continue reading

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XRSAM of Left and Barak-8ER on Right

As soon as the first pictures of India’s upcoming XRSAM Air defense became viral in the defense community in India, many simply couldn’t ignore to talk about similarities of the missile system with the BARAK ER Integrated Air & Missile Defense System showcased by the Israel Aerospace Industries a few years back which basically was Barak’s dual pulse rocket motor mated to an additional booster for a range of 150 km with enhanced theater ballistic missile (TBM ) capabilities.

Is India’s XRSAM just MR-SAM/ LR-SAM with an additional booster? if yes then how it can claim a range of 350km and 250km when BARAK ER has a range of only 150km? , Well it seems to cut the production cost and reduce the developmental cycle, DRDO has decided to use the same air frames of the MR-SAM/ LR-SAM which are manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited locally in India for the XRSAM program also. Continue reading

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XRSAM SHOWCASED IS FROM DRDO BUT MISSILE LAUNCHER IS ARTIST IMPRESSION

DRDO for the first time has revealed details of the upcoming Air Missile Defence System which will be developed by Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) which is entrusted to develop a multi-disciplinary Missile System for India’s armed forces. DRDO website now has a section on the XRSAM program where it shared some interesting details along with the first graphics of the upcoming missile system.

XRSAM (eXtra Long Range Surface to Air Missile) Weapon system is been developed for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and according to DRDO, IAF has accepted the configuration offered by the DRDO with the capabilities to develop a Long Range Surface to Air Missile Weapon system to neutralize aircraft’s, Sea skimming Anti-ship missiles (AShM) and Ballistic missiles in the terminal stage. Continue reading

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Earlier this year India and the United States have suspended cooperation on jet engine technology under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) due to lack of progress of the joint working group which failed to make any progress due to stiff US export controls and General Electric which is not keen on transfer of its core proprietary technology to India.

General Electric is pushing for joint venture company, under the local license agreement allow the new JV to built and service derivative of the F-414 engines which were proposed to be used as a base to develop a new engine to power India’s 5th generation AMCA Stealth program, but minus its core technology which was sole reason why no agreement arrived yet, defense analysts close to idrw.org say that even if the US government agrees to loosen its export control laws it simply can’t force a private engine manufacture to agree to its terms. Continue reading

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After the Indian Air force (IAF) agreed to induct AMCA Mk1 with older Ge’s F414-INS6 engines with a combined thrust of 196 kN Thrust class instead of the required combined 220 kN Thrust class, IAF officials to idrw.org have confirmed that breather given to the Mk1 program will allow time for finding a right partner joint venture partner to develop a customized engine for the AMCA program.

India has been having parallel talks with the United States and France for co-development of a new engine which can develop a 110 kN Thrust class engine suitable to operate in hot-humid climate conditions of India where the performance of engines is always below par and most of the time while operating from hot-humid conditions where there is noted drop of at least 10kN thrust. Continue reading

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