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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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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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A lighter sleeker variant of the Indo-Russian cruise missile dubbed as Brahmos-NG (Next Generation ) will be ready for developmental trials by 2024 said recently a top official of the Brahmos Aerospace. Indo-Russian joint venture company will develop a 1.5-ton Brahmos-NG which is nearly 1 ton lesser in terms of weight when compared to Brahmos-A missiles in service with Indian Air Force (IAF) and 1.5 ton lighter when compared to BrahMos currently in service today with the Indian Army and Indian Navy.

IAF is seen as the driving force behind the development of Brahmos-NG which now due to lighter and sleeker dimensions will be able to carry onboard almost all the fighter jets in the fleet including LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft. While Primarily variant of the Brahmos-NG will be developed for Surface and Anti-Ship missions, idrw.org has been informed that Brahmos Aerospace will also be developing Two more variants one for IAF and another one for Indian Navy. Continue reading

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Fresh of the successful trials of the Army specific QRSAM Air Defense system, DRDO is preparing for developmental trials of the Next Generation Akash Surface to Air Missile system said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org by end of this year. Akash Ng with a range of 35+ will be more superior to QRSAM Air Defense system presently tested by DRDO for Indian Army and is likely to be fielded by Indian Air Force and Indian Army when ready for production.

DRDO is also in talks with Indian Navy for the development of Naval variant which could be used from Front line warships in the near future. Akash Ng Air Defense system will be slotted in between Akash-1S and MR-SAM Air Defense system and will provide India a layered air defense incorporating multiple defensive covers of India’s skies to protect vital civilian and military installations and also to be used against Aerial threats trying to breach our airspace. Continue reading

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India has signed a deal worth around Rs 1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft recently marking a switch from Ukraine which in 2012 had secured orders for the same missile from the Indian Air Force. Vympel R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in the early ’80s and still manufactured by Russia and Ukraine with different modern variants.

Ukrainian state-run joint-stock holding company, Artem, had handed over the first batch of R-27 medium-range air-to-air missiles to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2013 and total order from IAF was for 400 R-27 missiles which included 180 each variant of R-27ER1 (130km) and R-27ET1 (72 km ) and 40 Captive Training Missile . While Indian media did not report which variant was ordered by IAF from Russia, but sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that the latest R-27 order was of a newer variant Continue reading

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Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which is pursuing the development of long-range air-to-air missiles dubbed as Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) jointly with Russia for the first time has confirmed that India’s Next Generation long-range Air-to-Air missile will have a range from 70-340 km in the power ‘ ON’ Mode.

According to documents which idrw.org has gone through. SFDR Mission Project started in 2013 with estimated funding of nearly Rs 500 cr to develop the technology and demonstrate it in 5 years. DRDO successful demonstrated propulsion technology earlier this year which is ultimately expected to accelerate the development of long-range air-to-air missiles. Continue reading

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Russian Defence officials have raised concerns on the integration of Non-Russian Weapons onboard Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters without direct Russian involvement in the projects with the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa when he was on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 informed a highly senior ranked airforce official close to idrw.org.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to arm its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the I-Derby ER (extended range), Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which will replace Russian-made Vympel R-77 AAMs by 2021-22 ,even though for time being, IAF has placed orders for 700 of the R-77 and R-73 as emergency purchase with Russia. Continue reading