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State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be showcasing a scale model of the Indigenous Surface to Air Missile system VL-SRSAM (Vertically Launched -Short-range Surface Air to Missile) that is Ground launch version of the locally developed Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) currently under development for Indian Navy and Indian Air force (IAF).

VL-SRSAM is a next-generation, ship-Truck based, all-weather, air defense weapon system that will provide complete protection against all known and projected air targets Over 25+ km.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which has tied up with Bengaluru-based startup NewSpace Research and Technologies is showcasing at Aero India 2021, a 1:1 full-scale model of the Stealthy Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) Warrior Unmanned Wingman Drone which will fight alongside IAF fighters like Tejas Mk1A and Jaguar to hit high-value enemy targets.

Pictures coming from the Aero India 2021, confirms that CATS Warrior will have two side internal weapons bay that can carry one 125kg Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) precision-guided anti-airfield weapon each as its payload. SAAW can be used to target enemy airfields, army installations, radar sites, and enemy surface-to-air missile launchers.

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State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be showcasing a scale model of the LCA-AF Mk2 and As per images provided by the Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review, LCA-AF Mk2 shows minor design changes and many improvements in its design to reduce its drag.

As can be seen in the above images, LCA-AF Mk2 Infrared search and track technology (IRST) sensor system that was earlier seen on the left side of the scale model that was displayed last year, has now been moved to the right side of the nose of the aircraft. informed sources close to idrw.org said that this was done after the IAF team deputed to the ADA for the LCA-AF Mk2 requested change in the position.

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State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be showcasing a scale model of the carrier-based Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) under development for the Indian Navy and as per images provided by the Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review, TEDBF shows some of the new design changes and other major improvements that were not in the initial concept design of the aircraft revealed last year.

TEDBF program was only cleared by the Government of India sometime last year and the final design will be frozen by end of this year after getting approval from the Indian Navy, so some more changes can be expected till the time design team is still working on the two design configuration, one above is the second one that is inching towards final acceptance stage.

Some of the design changes seen in TEDBF 2.0 aka Second Design configuration

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which has tied up with Bengaluru-based startup NewSpace Research and Technologies is showcasing at Aero India 2021, Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) Hunter, an Air launched low observable, high precision, Stand-Off Cruise Missile for the first time. As per images provided by the Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review, CATS Hunter can be used against ground targets and naval targets that will feature a 250kg high explosive blast fragmentation warhead.

CATS Hunter will have a range of 200+ kilometers which will be equipped with a new generation navigation system, Global Positioning System, Terrain Relative Navigation, Image-Based Navigation, Automatic Target Acquisition, and will be equipped with an Imaging Infrared Seeker.

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Rustom-1 a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was largely used as a Technological Demonstrator (TD) for the bigger Rustom-2 UAV Program is back on testing and developmental track after Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force (BSF) showed interest in procurement of them to be used for internal security.

Rustom-1 has a planned endurance of 12-15h, can carry payloads of up to 75kg (165lb), and has a maximum ceiling of 25,000ft (7,620m), and has caught the attention of the BSF that wants to use to monitor on its border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. CRPF wants to use its for surveillance and to track Maoist movements in the Naxal hotbeds areas of Easter India, where they’re deployed.

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Czech Republic-based manufacturer Primoco UAV and Indian Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) will be showcasing Primoco UAV One 150 a UAV designed for the civilian and military sectors. Primoco UAV One 150 can fly for 15 hours and has a 200 km radio range and take-off, perform and land autonomously.

BEML will also be showcasing locally developed turboprop gasoline aero-engine powered UAV that has been designed by the company and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has sent a Press invite for the 4th of February where, Chairman and Managing Director of state-owned aviation major, R Madhavan will be holding a Media conference at the Arjan Hall in Air force station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. Informed people close to idrw.org have confirmed that the final contract for the 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Tejas Mk1 Trainer aircraft will be concluded at the event with much fanfare in the presence of Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh will be attending the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2021 at Yelahanka, Bengaluru (Karnataka) on January 03, 2021. and will also open up a third production line of the Tejas Mk1A jets at the new facility that will manufacture 8 jets per year. The third production line will be used to manufacture initially 18 FOC Configuration Tejas Mk1 Trainer aircraft from 2021 onwards then later making the switch to Single seater Tejas Mk1A fighter jets from 2024 onwards. 

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State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the first time will be displaying a Kaveri Dry engine Prototype at the upcoming Aero India 2021. Kaveri Dry engine is a Kaveri engine derivative without the afterburner section that was developed for India’s Unmanned Stealth Combat Aircraft program but informed sources close to idrw.org have said that much more work has been gone into engine technology to make it to acceptable levels to be used on a stealth platform especially its gas turbine blades.

Kaveri Dry Engine will have a dry thrust of 11,700lb (52kN) has completed initial ground testing of the first pre-prototype of the same last year and a Fluidic Thrust Vectoring exhaust nozzle to be used for the Unmanned Stealth Combat Aircraft program has been developed.

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The French government has started its diplomatic push to secure more orders for its Rafale fighter jet and push comes to secure orders for the second batch of 36 jets and according to the French media reports, 36 Rafale on offer to India are of the F4 standard that is yet to be validated and development that only begin in 2019. The French government has signed a €2 billion deal with Dassault Aviation to develop the Rafale’s F4 standard, which is expected to be validated by 2024.

Dassault Aviation confirmed that only 30 aircraft will be of F4 standard that is yet to be ordered by French Air Force due to which delivery will start only between 2027 and 2030. sensing possible delays in the inking of a deal with the French Air Force no later than 2023, Dassault Aviation is willing to make the Indian Air force (IAF) the launch customer or cater to the demands of both airforce’s at the same time for the F4 standard that might come with an India-specific enhancement.

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F414-GE-400

India’s plans to develop a 26 tons Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for carrier-based operations seems to have caught the attention of the General Electric sales officials as the company gears up in anticipation for fresh orders for its F404-GE-IN20 (84 kN) engines that will be used to power 83 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets that were recently cleared by the Modi Government.

For the TEDBF program too India has decided to use Two F414-INS6 (98 kN) engines, but General Electric sales officials sensing an opportunity are preparing to offer India its F414-GE-400 engines that were previously known as F414 Enhanced Engines. F414-GE-400 engines combine the proven reliability, maintainability, and operability of their successful F414 predecessor and now comes with up to 35 percent more thrust.

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At 21st Dr. Srinivasan Memorial Lecture- 2021 organized by Aeronautical Society of India in Association with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief G Satheesh Reddy in webinar shared some critical updates on Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) under development for the Indian Navy that showcased some improved design features and other crucial information that was not made available in Public earlier.

TEDBF featured in his presentation shows a new improved frontal section that seems to have got some Radar cross-section (RCS) reduction measures and seems to be borrowed from the forward section of the 5.5th AMCA fighter jet under development to reduce cost and advance design that has been tested in wind tunnels and computer simulations in past to reduce its developmental circle.

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After leasing two predator drones from the US, the Indian Navy is now going to urgently acquire 10 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial Systems. While the Indian Air Force is also increasing its reliance on remotely piloted and possibly autonomous aircraft, there will be no replacement for a fighter pilot in the cockpit any time soon, but the Navy is increasing its development of unmanned and manned systems by creating a new line of aerial systems that are independent of the ideas what Airforce has stored for its future fleets.

Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) is the first instance that the Navy has desired to break cover from the shadows of the airforce and develop a jet that is optimal for its operations. The difference of opinion on the future of unmanned aircraft is also emerging between IAF and IN that will create a different roadmap on how to achieve those technologies.

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The Russian defense ministry last week said that 100 Indian Air force (IAF) personnel were in Russia for S-400 training. In response, the United States this week said that India is not likely to get a CAATSA waiver If New Delhi accepts delivery of the S-400s as planned by end of this year from Moscow. The U.S. Congress under the New Biden administration might impose from five to 12 possible sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, which targets purchases of military equipment from NATO foe Russia, that might result in mild to the severe case of CAASTSA sanctions on American supplies that could affect current American systems already in service with Indian Military the most.

CAASTSA sanctions range from banning visas and denying access to the U.S.-based Export-Import Bank, to the harsher options of blocking any transactions with the U.S. financial system and denying export licenses. Biden may initially choose milder options targeting individual Indians rather than the government, a decision that could buy time for more diplomacy even while it may prompt Congress to separately impose tougher sanctions, but as seen in Turkeys case, Sanctions will do come on State-owned Public sector defense companies that might affect some section of the Indian Armed forces like Air force that use a major section of the US equipment.

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With decks cleared for procurement of 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Mk1 fighter jets to be powered by an American engine, DRDO is now in talks with an international partner to make a jet engine of 110 Kn thrust class to power its 5.5th Generation AMCA Program that will enable India to take a technological leap on a new high thrust engine that will available for a new fighter that will go into production only in 2035 but also be used to power other jets that are in development.

After General Electric backed out from giving India its intellectual property rights (IP) to its Core technologies nor its transfer of the core technology for its proposed F-414 based engine for the AMCA Program, another American engine manufacture Pratt & Whitney has shown some interest in the program but it is unlikely it will go ahead with the transfer of technology for its core engine technologies due to which talks between British and French partners have intensified.

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