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Kalyani Group’s Artillery Division ” Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) ” is keen on displaying its Crown Jewel which is its 155mm 52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) in upcoming Defexpo 2018 to be held sometime in April.

While ATAGS is already has been transported to Sikkim for High Altitude Trials due to lighter Air more records are to be tumbled after ATAGS achieved record-breaking 48km Range in Plains. KSSL is working to develop more Prototypes which were ordered by DRDO to fast-track the program and its is likely one of the newer prototypes will be exhibited. Continue reading

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Indo-US defence officials are holding several closed-door discussion to iron out the key difference which emerged after Lockheed Martin raised proprietary technology and technology transfer issue for their F-16 Block 70 to be made in India by a Joint venture company between Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited.

According to reliable Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Both Governments may agree to keep certain checks and balances in place to ensure that Transfer of Technology of sensitive equipment of F-16 fighter jet is not misused by India, while India will be made a global manufacturing and supply base for the aircraft. Continue reading

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With Serious fundamental flaws with its R-29B-300 turbojet engine, MiG-27 in Indian Air Force history suffered from chequered past with a long spell of grounding which made Mig-27 a highly controversial aircraft within IAF. Once dubbed as best Strike aircraft when it was introduced in 80’s, aircraft failed to live up to its reputation and failed to age well.

Variable sweep attack fighter derived from Mig-23BN airframe was licensed produced by HAL and around 165 units of them were built at its Ozhar plant and the last unit was delivered to IAF in 1997 while the first unit was inducted in 1984. Continue reading

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India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will soon initiate Internal Project to convert LCA-Tejas Two Seater Trainer aircraft to be converted into Supersonic Advanced lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) for possible export in International market.

First Fighter/Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas PV-5 (KH-T2009) had its first flight in 2009 followed by PV-6 (KH-T2010) in 2014. Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas was primarily developed as a two-seat operational conversion trainer for the Indian Air Force Squadrons which will operate LCA-Tejas in future. Continue reading

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Recently surface-to-air missile Akash, with indigenous radio frequency seeker, was successfully tested against target Banshee target drone and will enter Indian Army as Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) after India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) cancelled the short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) competition early last year.

DRDO designed Akash was a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems since it had capabilities to hit targets over 25kms while SRSAM Class missiles like SPYDER, TOR M1 and BAMSE SRSAM which were all participating in India’s SRSAM Competition carried a lower range of 15-20kms. Continue reading

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India wants to be Missile import free by 2022 at least in one crucial weapons department and break its dependence on foreign suppliers, 2018 like 2017 will see some crucial developmental trials of DRDO and its associated lab developed Missiles ranging from Ballistic missile to Strategic missiles and we have lined up some of the missiles which will break ground this year hopefully .

MPATGM: Indian Ministry of Defence last year scrapped a long-pending, $1 billion anti-tank guided missile deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel. Continue reading

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The 120 mm Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Mk-II ammunition developed by ARDE, Pune, for the rifled gun of MBT Arjun was successfully tested (Phase I to III) by the user at PXE, Balasore. The lethality, toxicity, safety and consistency of the ammunition were successfully established during the trial.

Phase IV and V of user trials were conducted at PFFR Pokhran during 3-13 July 2017. Critical parameters of consistency and accuracy were achieved as specified in the QR during these trials. Achievement of a greater depth of penetration of 500 mm in 230 mm RHA plate by the 120 mm FSAPDS Mk-II ammunition will lead to improved fire power of MBT Arjun. Continue reading

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Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra, a pioneer in design and development of state-ofthe-art parachutes, transferred the technology to manufacture brake parachutes for LCA Tejas to Ordnance Parachute Factory (OPF), Kanpur, in a function held on 20 July 2017.

Shri Debashish Chakraborty, OS and Director ADRDE handed over the documents pertaining to Transfer ofTechnology (ToT) to Shri GC Rout, IOFS, General Manager, OPF, Kanpur. The documents have been duly vetted by CEMILAC, Bengaluru. The brake parachute for LCA Tejas is made of nylon and Kevlar material.

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Chinese military spokesman confirmed that China’s first stealth fighter J-20 has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force thus becoming third stealth fighter to enter service with any air force, after the F-22A Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

J-20 made its first official first flight in 2011 and made into People’s Liberation Army Air Force one year before assessment made by Pentagon which had told its government that it will become operational by end of 2018 but Defence experts are still skeptical if the aircraft is fully operational at squadron level. Continue reading

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Organisers of Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018 announced that several major Aerospace companies have confirmed and signed up for forthcoming International Airshow to be hosted at Sakhir Air Base, Kingdom of Bahrain, from 14-16 November 2018.

Among Aerospace companies who confirmed their participation, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already booked a large space at the Exhibition Hall to jointly showcase LCA, LCH, HTT-40 and ALH Dhruv to the prospective clients. Continue reading

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A clash between two fighter planes depends on much more on the skill of the pilots flying them then the technologies incorporated in them. Many examples can be presented where a Russian fighter has drowned its western counterparts. Similar is true vice-versa. In many instances, the aircraft involved were at the same technology level. So it is true that the pilot matters the most.

Coming to the competition, are the two contenders really capable of making itself into IAF? Gripen is a multi-national component machine, similar to Tejas. It’s C/D version are not battle proven. Gripen-E is still an evolutionary phase. 40% of its parts are procured from the USA. So, as per analysts, USA can pull the plugs on Gripen by any hook or crook and that too at a time of its choosing. Continue reading

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India’s longest running Premier Public sector Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is facing order crunch due to the ever-increasing participation of Private Aerospace companies in Indian Defence Sector. Crunch especially has been felt at fighter aircraft segment after Government of India decides to keep HAL off the Single engine and Twin engine fighter jet requirement for 200 fighter jets and instead allowed Private Aerospace companies to partner with winning International partner.

HAL Chief recently voiced his concerns about this, since production and assembly of fighter aircraft for HAL always has been a very lucrative business which contributes immensely towards companies year-on-year growth and profits, while company is doing good business with its Rotary orders it still faces no new orders as a production agencies for its fighter aircraft division. Continue reading

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Last month Army Aviation Corps (AAC) got a major boost when Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted the recommendation of Indian Army Headquarters and agreed to procure Six Apache attack helicopter which will see service with AAC instead of command and control of Indian Air Force.

For Now, DAC has dismissed an earlier request made by Army for full three squadrons of 39 Apache attack helicopters and IAF will be allowed to keep earlier ordered 22 Boeing AH-64 Apache for time being but sources close to idrw.org say that small victory which AAC got, will only intensify war on command of Aviation assets like Apache in future . Continue reading

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After a tedious MMRCA tender, with years of trials and all, the tender was scrapped. IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets and IN too needs more carrier based fighters. IAF needs another line of light fighters to replace MIG 21/27 fleet to fill the gap with a cheap, low maintenance and effective fighter. A good decision to fill the void as soon as possible.

But, on what basis it was decided that a light fighter can be the one viz single engine? A light fighter should be classified based on it’s performance attributes, procurement and maintenance costs and not by it’s engine if the ultimate goal is to fill the gap with an effective fighter. In my opinion, it is an unfair and weird discrimination policy for defense procurement’s? Let’s take F-16 and F 18 for an example, the procurement cost of F 18, a twin engine jet is slightly more than F-16 but the maintenance cost of F-18 is the least among all Front line fighters in US Forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

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Indian Air Force is getting a Desi Aerial fire power make over as DRDO and Ministry of Defence have been clearing major projects to develop a cluster of aerial weapons systems which will replace expensive imported weapons systems used by Indian Air Force for its operations.

What started off almost a decade back to replace basic aerial weapons with indigenous replacement is fast gaining space to develop series of new aerial weapons which will make Indian Air Force completely independent from foreign weapons manufacturers in less than a decade. Few of the Project initiated by the DRDO has been listed below.

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