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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching several types of swarm drone technology that could be used on the battlefield and According to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord, one particular program has impressed Indian air force (IAF) due to which both the United States and India have discussed collaborating on such efforts to build a relatively low-cost unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a “mother ship” transport aircraft like C-130J which IAF already has in its fleet and then be recovered by the same mother ship after their mission is complete.

IAF also wants to include other “mother ship” transport aircraft like its C-17 fleet as well and primarily talks were held last year between two government officials about collaboration with US Air Force Research Laboratory and India’s Defence Research and Development Organization and further talks will likely be held later this year to work on the technicality of the proposed joint venture. Continue reading

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Bihrle Applied Research Inc (BAR) hired by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to act as an external consultant in Identifying stability & control issues in the Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) program is confident that modifications carried out on the test aircraft would prove successful in upcoming Spin Test which has been main bottleneck issue with the program which almost killed the program.

BAR has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry in support of every major manufacturer and government agency and has used Wind Tunnel Testing and simulation database to collect data for upset modeling (stall, departure & recovery, spin, failures) of the IJT after which it recommended moving of the horizontal fins and rudder further down the fuselage. Continue reading

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India’s first and probably only 5.5 Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program currently underway, is now heading towards final design phase with many key notable changes in the design which is now nearing completion and now features new 3D Diverterless Supersonic Inlet (DSI) compared to a conventional intake sported in earlier scale and graphic rendering of the AMCA.

While exact radar cross-section (RCS) of AMCA will be classified, further RCS reduction measures have been carried out which full fills all the concept of stealth but its the next generation homegrown avionics and electronics including its gen-next weapons and ability to be used as a manned, unmanned, stealth and non-stealth modes which make it more lethal then current 5th generation fighter jets. Continue reading

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India’s DRDO called off a crucial missile test recently due to the outbreak of the Chinese Virus in the country which was followed by lock down announced by the government and closing of all International flights which prevented the participation of some critically important observers from Russia for crucial BrahMos test flight which now stands canceled.

India which is now a part of the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) carried out internal software upgradation to the Indo-Russian developed BrahMos missile which removed its 290km range limiter and also successfully tested it’s up to 400km range recently, but desired longer version of the missile remains to be done and it was reported that now canceled test was actually of the new BrahMos with Extended range which has been designated as ” BrahMos-ER “. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) for the first time has been allowed to lease aircraft under new defense equipment proposal which will see IAF procuring much required In-Flight Refueling Tanker Aircraft at the fraction of the cost and will have the ability to add additional aircraft without the need for actually buying it in Wartime emergency to maintain its global reach and strategic advantage.

Leasing of aircraft in the civilian sector is quite common and practiced the world over since buying an airplane is quite expensive and leasing costs just about 1% of aircraft cost per month which makes economical sense for airliners who can’t afford the purchase of several aircraft in one order and leasing of military aircraft too works in similar functions but has additional facilities for its customers. Continue reading

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RSK MiG Corporation is offering India it’s Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jet with a new AESA radar which was unveiled for the first time at MAKS 2019 international air show. Phazotron-NIIR Zhuk-AME AESA radar started test flights on a demo aircraft in early 2019 and currently still going through airborne trials but the production clearance is likely to be secured only by end of 2021 said informed sources close to idrw.org.

AESA radar has extended detection range of over 160-180km for a fighter size aircraft which can track 30 and engage 6 targets at the same time. Zhuk-AME has time before failure [TBF] rate of no less than 500-600 hours, which is quite an improvement over legacy Radar which came with the original Mig-29A procured by IAF in the early 80s now upgraded to Mig-29UPG Standard. Continue reading

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As per acquisition planned by the airforce for the year 2020-21, IAF plans to upgrade avionics of the Six Il-78MKI aerial refueling tanker based on the Il-76 strategic air-lifter and also re-engine them with the modern Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 engine thus replacing the original Aviadvigatel D-30KP2 engines currently powering them.

IAF also plans to procure Two more Israeli EL/W-2090 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar system mounted on the Il-76 A-50 heavy air-lifter to supplement its current fleet of 3 AEW&C Radar of the same system But it is not confirmed if it will be based on Surplus stock of air-frame to be sourced from Ukraine as originally planned, or will be based on Il-76MD-90A which is Russian version currently produced at the new production line located in Aviastar’s facility in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force(IAF) Top Brass has decided to integrate India’s locally developed Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missile Astra Mk1 with the 60 odd fleet of upgraded Mig-29UPG Air Superiority fighter jet after IAF started receiving Limited serial production batch of the Astra Missile for its front-line jets like Sukhoi-30MKI.

IAF had placed orders for 50 Astra Mk1 BVRAAMS with a range of 100km with DRDO and now plans to order around 200+ missile in bulk for Sukhoi-30MKI and Mig-29UPG initially and then later it will feature in other jets in the IAF fleet. Continue reading

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Note Picture is of MBDA ASRAAM

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its associate Labs along with Indian Air Force (IAF) have started deliberation on the development of Next Generation Close Combat Missile (NGCCM) for Air force fighter jet fleet while IAF decides to arm its entire fleet with MBDA developed Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM).

Sources close to idrw.org have indicated that this will be a completely new program to develop an advanced imaging infrared seeker based short-range air to air missile for upcoming 5th generation fighter jets like AMCA Mk1 and 5.5gen fighter jets like AMCA Mk2 and once specifications and air staff requirements are fixed it will reach out to the government for funds. Continue reading

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One of the biggest buzzwords in military technology in recent times has been developing autonomous aircraft with no pilot onboard but evolution in the autonomous flight will come with the removal of the human element and let this aircraft act on their own in a hunter/killer mode and also be used as collect information when on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

Not to be left behind, India will soon be taking up Artificial intelligence (AI) driven unmanned LCA-Tejas Concept shortly so that technology can be developed for the development of the next-generation fighter jets in the future. Development of the Unmanned LCA-Tejas for proposed wing man concept was considered to be taken up after the development of Tejas Mk1 as a low-cost option to be deployed alongside a manned aircraft to either act as a complementary asset or as a decoy to protect the crewed system from offensive air defenses. Continue reading

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Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) or Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program is supposed to be joint development of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets in the Medium Class Roles but an announcement of the program by the country’s premier nodal aeronautics design institute Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) itself will not translate into the actual development of the program has it waits for Government funding nod and IAF’s participation in the program.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that IAF has not made any official commitment yet to join the program and is currently studying the proposal made by ADA and is planning to have a round table meeting with all the stakeholders while first few stretches of the proposed fighter jet is getting circulated online. Continue reading

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IUCAV-UHF20 will be “Dry Kaveri” Core derivated engine development which GTRE has taken up for the development to power India’s first autonomous stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) called as “Ghatak ”

DRDO has been provided Rs. 1068.69 Crs for the IUCAV-UHF20 program. While the original Kaveri project was meant to power the light combat aircraft but it got shelved as the engine could not deliver sufficient thrust for the fighter aircraft. In its revived avatar, the engine will be modified and its afterburners will be removed to power the first Indian UCAV. Continue reading

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Day after the first flight of the first Final operational clearance (FOC) configured Tejas fighter aircraft, SP21, HAL officials have confirmed to media that the second FOC jet SP-22 is almost ready and soon Ground trials will begin followed by Low Speed and High-Speed Taxi flight and first flight by end of March.

HAL officials also confirmed that SP-23 and SP-24 will be ready for first flight in May later this year and SP-25, SP-26, SP-27, and SP-28 will have its first flight by end of this year and SP-29, SP-30 and SP-31 which are already on the assembly jigs and at advance stage of assembly at the production line will be ready for the first flight by end of March 2021 next year said informed source close to idrw.org. Continue reading

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The first of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration SP-21 is ready for its first flight next week after it received crucial software upgrades from its partner Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA) along with teething issues with FOC equipment were resolved after rectification and multiple tests.

SP-21 sporting for the first time “Tipnis Grey” Paint scheme was sported at main runway of the old HAL Airport this week carrying out crucial Fast Taxi Trials after rectification and improved software upgrades which clears SP-21 to engage its engines for a better rate of climbs after take-off thus gaining altitudes at much faster rates. Continue reading

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According to the report prepared by the Sandeep Unnithan for MailToday, INS Arighat which is sister class ship of INS Arihant will be ready for induction in Indian Navy by mid of this year since it is nearing its sea trials while biggest technological achievement of the Indian Navy and to India’s nuclear triad will be that the Nuclear Ballistic missile submarine was only known by its Internal code name as S4 is ready for its sea trials by end of this year.

S4 is an entended Arihant class design that has twice the weapons carrying capability than the Arihant class. S4 can carry 8 K-4 SLBM with a range of 3500km or 24 K-15 SLBM with a range of over 800km in its 8 vertical launch tubes. Continue reading