Archives


Exclusive

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

To achieve the target of $5 billion defense exports and improving strategic relations with friendly foreign countries, the Indigenous Akash surface to air missile system has been cleared for export by Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it came with clear ridder that the Akash missile system that is going to be exported will be different from the one which the Indian armed forces are using.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that DRDO will be in charge of the development of a baseline Akash missile system and its ecosystem (launchers, control centers, re-loaders Guidance, and surveillance radars) that will be customized as per the requirements of the respective country.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

IMAGE COURTESY KUNTAL BISWAS

Within days away from starting the metal cutting exercise that commences the start of the program officially, Aero India 2021 will be showing Full Scale Cockpit and scaled models of the Tejas Mk2 in its Final Frozen Design that will sport not only new design refinements but also some further enchantments of its present features said informed sources close to the idrw.org.

Tejas Mk2 which earlier showed a fixed in-flight refueling system for aircraft will be getting a retractable probe that has been added to the final design and also sees some minor changes to the air intakes.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

With days away from a deal for 83 Tejas Mk1A jets with HAL is to be concluded between IAF and MOD, HAL Chairman R Madhavan in a media interview has confirmed Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) has completed the structural design of the new variant of Light Combat Aircraft. Tejas Mk1A will see a few improvements and strengthening on the Structural Design for better operations and maintainability. All these re-design/modifications to design, of not only the structure but also the electrical wiring, cooling system, etc. have been completed.

While HAL was waiting for the order of 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A jets, HAL used its Internal funds and developed all the above-mentioned redesign as well as gone ahead with in-house development of the various systems and software. Two LSP Tejas Mk1 are being used as a Testbed to test many of these redesigned structural design changes.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

After the Initial service requirement of 210 jets, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed the requirement of 170 Tejas Mk2 fighter jets, weeks before the first metal cutting ceremony of the first aircraft is to take place, people close to the program have informed idrw.org, that First IOC Configured Tejas Mk2 pre-production aircraft will take to air, 18 months after metal cutting ceremony, that is likely by end of 2022 or early 2023.

ADA and DRDO have planned to have a 4-year long test flight and user evaluation phase that will be required to validate all the flight controls, avionics, and other parameters before it is ready to enter production in 2026-27. While talks with HAL are still being held about the annual production run this new jet will have, Tejas Mk2 will likely use the idle Tejas Mk1A production line and has an annual capacity of 21 jets.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Russian defense industry proposed, modernization package to breathe in a new life into India’s 200 Sukhoi-30MKI program inline of the upgrade program currently being pursued by the Russians for its Su-30SM fleet is more or less over after Russian officials confirmed that dialogue with their Indian counterparts over the matter is stalled. India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in partnership with DRDO is coming up with its modernization package that will make 200 Sukhoi-30MKI fleet, now more Indian and less Russian.

Some of the Indigenous upgrades proposed equipment fit for the Super Sukhoi has been listed below along with many other subsystems that will be replacing Russian origins ones. India plans to upgrade its Avionics, Electronic warfare suites, and its Radar, while it still will be operating with AL-31FP engines.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) developed Tapas (Rustom-2) Medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 7th November last year took off on GPS-SBAS based auto mode successfully. GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) was utilized for augmenting the accuracy of the GPS and they’re by accomplishing safe auto takeoff. Auto-take offs are one of the primary requirements of the TAPAS MALE UAV.

Rustom-1 other UAV of DRDO has also successfully tested with GPS-SBAS based auto mode and both UAVs can perform auto takeoffs Now. The take-off and landing of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are often the most critical and accident-prone portion of its mission. This potential hazard coupled with the time and resources necessary to train a remote UAV pilot makes it desirable to have autonomous take-off and landing capabilities for UAVs.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is about to ink a final contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the purchase of 83 Upgraded Tejas Mk1ALFA fighter jets soon and soon after HAL also place fresh orders for additional 100+ F404-GE-IN20 afterburning engines to power upgraded jet and deal is likely to be concluded somewhere later in 2021. The value of the order is more than $600 million and follows an initial 2004 purchase of 17 F404-GE-IN20 that was followed by a 2007 purchase of 24 F404-GE-IN20 engines to power a limited series of operational production aircraft, naval prototypes, and IOC and FOC aircraft.

India in the Pre-Pokhran-II Nuclear Test era had acquired 11 F404-F2J3 engines that were the predecessor of the F404-GE-IN20 engines and were initially used on the TD and Prototypes of the LCA-Tejas aircraft. Sometime after 2010, Unverified reports also say that HAL had placed orders for 7 more additional F404-GE-IN20 engines for the first 40 aircraft that will enter in service with IAF but these original contracts had not factored in larger follow-up orders since F414-GE-INS6 were to be equipped on Tejas Mk2 that used the same airframe as Mk1.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

2001, After a Successful test flight of TD-1, had been concluded, it was time to plan and arm the later variant of the LCA-Tejas with an air-to-air missile as requested by the Indian Air Force. Russian developed Short ranged Infrared missile was on the IAF list, that could have required active help from the Russians OEM for weapons integration on the LCA-Tejas as more modern Beyond Visual range missile were also on the cards as fighter jets around the world were started arming them self’s with a medium-ranged beyond visual air-to-air missile by then.

ADA team along with weapons expertise from HAL were sent to Moscow in 2001 for negotiations with the Russian bureaucrats and organization. The team was expecting lengthy negotiation but eventually a deal with the Russian team but they were badly mistaken after Russian OEM designers refused to accede to any of the requests made by the ADA team to adapt their missile integration methods suggested.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Former Raksha Mantri George Fernandes with Wing Commander Rajiv Kothiyal after first flight of LCA TD-1

4 January 2001. Team engineers and technicians had started arriving at HAL airport at 5.30 am, many of them had barely slept that night many came with a feeling that was a strange mixture of anticipation, confidence, and fear of the unknown. Technology Demonstrator-1 (TD-1) had completed its pre-flight tests by 6.30 am and by 8 am pilots of two chase Mirage-2000 aircraft had started arriving for preflight briefings and by 9.45 am, Wing Commander Rajiv Kothiyal test pilot was already in the TD-1 Cockpit waiting for ATC to give clearance for the first flight.

At 10.18 am, India made history when TD-1 finally took off the main runway while landing gears as precaution still sticking out and after 18 minutes of flying around TD-1 had landed back safely on ground by 10.36 am. thus start of a long process of developmental and flight testing flight trials had begin that had to be followed over 20 years since then.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

IMAGE COURTESY KUNTAL BISWAS

A Small Elite team of engineers and designers from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) were tasked to design and develop a 4th generation fighter jet inhouse in the county that had not seen such a complex aerospace project after it has developed a 2nd generation HF-24 “Marut” fighter jet in the early ’60s with heavy German Designer inputs. ADA was created after India’s biggest Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) refused to lead the program that required the creation of a new Aerospace Company just to develop LCA at Home.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after the premature closure of the HF-24 program had burned its hands on its successor programs that were neither canceled nor never cleared for cheaper imported fighter jets that were assembled in a country like cars. HAL was right to be wary of not to burn its hands on a local fighter jet program again, where it knew IAF will never be aboard completely and its history repeated itself until 10 years after the first flight of LCA TD-1 where IAF moved way from being a customer to the role one of the team members of the LCA-Tejas Team.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

IMAGE COUTERSY KUNTAL BISWAS

2020 had been a hectic year for India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that saw numerous launches and developmental testing of the various missiles that were developed by DRDO and its associate labs in the country and as we begin 2021, DRDO will be testing this year Five new missiles that will enhance India’s firepower this year.

5 New Missiles have been in development for a while now and various media outlets and many informed sources close to idrw.org also have confirmed that they will be ready to be tested this year.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

2020 has been a year like no other when the coronavirus pandemic shaped not only the year but also how we live our lives. the country saw multiple lockdowns but no slowdown in the heightened military tensions in the region, which required the Indian Air Force (IAF) to maintain all-time high vigil and increased air activities with raked up a higher number of sorties from its fighter jet units but 2020 has also gone down as a year when IAF saw one of the safest air safety year when it recorded only one fighter jet crash best in last 20 years.

In 2020, IAF lost one Mig-29UPG fighter jet in a crash that was attributed to technical problems with the ill-fated jet, from 2020 onwards, IAF has lost on an average 8.8 fighter jet every year worst being in 2002 when jets were lost in accidents. Since 2012, IAF has ensured that accident rates for its fighter jet fleet remain in single digits for each year that saw the average accident rate drop from 2011 to 2020 drop to just 2.9.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India recently tested Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) which, was jointly developed between India and Isreal. MRSAM Air Defence Missile System tested was a fully integrated production missile system that was developed for the Indian Army and it also for the first time showcased Mobile Container design for a Canister missile system probably a first time for an air defense system anywhere in the world.

As can be seen from the above images, the Cannister system of the missile system is covered from all sides with a metal protection cover, even on the top of the missile system so that it can be moved and stored without arousing suspicion. Such Mobile Container design for a canister-based missile system is usually seen in IRBMs and even in the Rocket Artillery system in some countries that in turn is used to render pre-emptive strikes against such launchers very difficult to be sported and identified.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

ASTRA-RF ON SU-30MKI

India’s first Indigenous developed Beyond Visual range air to air missile Astra equipped with an imaging infra-red homing seeker instead of an active radar homing might be ready in 2021 to carry out Captive flight trials onboard Su-30MKI jets that have been deputed and modified to be used as Testbed for all upcoming Astra BVRAAM tests, including that of Astra Mk2 said well-informed sources close to idrw.org.

Astra-IR will sport a new sapphire dome due to its infra-red homing seeker that has been developed and the prototype of the missile will be assembled soon. In captive flight trials planned to be conducted in 2021, a new radome will be tested to see any interference with the infra-red homing seeker, and once cleared it will progress to testing the seeker itself.

Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India’s topmost Aeronautical production agency has again fumbled in production of the locally developed fighter jet LCA-Tejas after the CCP virus not only halted the production line of the indigenous jet, it also exposed poor planning on part of the LCA- Division that is in charge of the production and supply chain logistics of the jet.

HAL’s Aircraft Division from March has been able to complete test flight of only Two Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configured aircraft while the target till March 2021 was supposed to be 8. HAL has been told to ensure similar build standards for all FOC variants and also Interchangeability (ICY) of parts to ease maintenance woes by IAF, which has now stalled the production line.

Continue reading