” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 
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DRDO’S Dornier Do-228 TEST BED 

Last Year, (Read : India’s Indigenous Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Processing well : Report ) was first to report that India’s Indigenous Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) developed by DRDO’s Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) for Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAVs) was reportedly progressing well and may be flight tested by end of 2016 or early 2017 from a modified Dornier Do-228 which will act as flying test bed (FTB) for the program ,

According to information provided to, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) with ground moving target indicator (GMTI) capability for the air-borne sensor in UAV for imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance have completed all required flight trials successfully. Continue reading


Officials from SAAB, MBDA and Rosoboronexport will all be back in India later this month with their Mistral, RBS 70NG and Igla-S to conduct confirmatory trials in Pokhran for the Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) tender to replace legacy Russian air defence systems in service.

Under VSHORAD tender, Indian Army and Indian Navy plans to procure 5,175 missiles and 1,276 single and multi-launchers worth over $5.2-billion with the transfer of technology to Indian Defence sector partner for local manufacturing in India. Continue reading



DRDO’s first indigenously developed Ku-band seeker for Country’s first Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile ” Astra ” has successfully carried out integrated Captive fight trials from Astra Missile.

According to information provided to, Indigenous Ku-band active radar seeker was integrated with the Astra the missile in weapon system configuration on the Su-30 aircraft and could successfully track the target Su-30 aircraft. Continue reading


After DRDO’s Astra missile fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft took down pilot-less target aircraft (PTA) Banshee, in last two rounds of User trials last December. Indian Air Force has cleared limited series production (LSP) of ingeniously developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM).

According to information provided to, IAF has decided to obtain 50 missiles to continue fine tuning the missile system before it decided to be adopted in large scale on all other fighter aircraft. Continue reading


BDL, BEL and DRDO Co-developed Indigenous QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) with a range of 30kms is likely to be tested after the second half of this year, as per Industrial sources close to

QR-SAM Project is one of the fast-tracked projects after India scrapped plans to procure imported systems to replace ageing Quick reaction Air Defence systems in both Indian Army and Indian Navy. Continue reading


After DRDO was granted Initial developmental funds to develop next generation surface-to-air missile, DRDO has finally disclosed some information of its upcoming Air Defence systems which will be ready in next two to three years. was informed that Akash New Generation (Akash-NG) has been conceptualised with solid propulsion, wing-body-tail configuration, electro-mechanical control system, active RF seeker and laser proximity fuze. Continue reading


Washington under the previous Obama administration had agreed to assist Delhi in sharing, designing and developing jet engines for India’s proposed 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Fighter jets project under Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) initiatives taken to forward Indo-US defence collaboration.

Considered one of the four pathfinder military projects likely to be taken up between New Delhi and Washington seems to have fresh hurdles according to Industrial sources close to Continue reading


French MBDA proposal of developing Maitri Short-range Surface -to-air missiles (SRSAM) for Indian Navy Jointly with India’s DRDO might be scrapped as per latest Indian media reports. $5 Billion Maitri Short-range Surface-to-air missiles (SRSAM) were to replace ageing Israeli supplied Barak-1 now might be replaced by DRDO developed New SRSAM missiles.

Cannister based, Quick reaction, New Vertical-launched Short ranged SAM has been under development from 2015 and after program achieved some key internal milestones, Ministry of Defence decided it no longer wants to pursue MBDA proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK has put together official information it had gathered at Aero India 2017 on all major UAV projects initiated in India by various Public sector companies.

Panchi: Wheeled version of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant till now has completed 5 test flights and due to the removal of parachutes, skids and other control crash landing safety features, UAV now has an endurance of Six hours which is 1.5 hours more than Nishant. Continue reading


From a current fleet of 300 Helicopters, Indian Army has chalked out robust expansion plans for its Aviation branch and has decided to add nearly 300 to 500 new Helicopters in next 10 years into its fleet.

Senior most Indian Army Aviation officials have briefed HAL officials what they described Army’s requirements beyond 2030 in Rotary department especially in Combat support and combat logistics to be developed indigenously in India which seemed to be inspired straight from United States Army Aviation. Continue reading

SOURCE: shepard media with inputs

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is aiming to freeze the preliminary design of its Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) so it can be built over the next 18 months. The state-owned aerospace firm is also looking for engines to power the IMRH.

HAL is likely to issue an RfI within next six months . The ambitious project to design and make a medium-lift helicopter for the armed forces has been in the offing for several years. About a decade back, HAL had invited bids from global helicopter majors to co-develop this class of helicopters, but the plan did not take off. Continue reading



Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has completed design and development of the advanced version of Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), Lakshya-II and has now transferred the technology to private sector defence manufacturer Larsen and Toubro (L&T).

As per industrial sources close to, ADE after carrying out talks with Armed forces for their requirement for next generation Pilotless Target Aircraft has started preliminary works on Lakshya-III. Continue reading


HAL recently announced that it has started Internal studies to develop Unmanned combat version of home-grown Light combat aircraft which got lukewarm and mix response from Indian Defence Analysts, due to the preconceived opinion that unmanned specially un-stealth combat jets have limited utilities in modern warfare.

preconceived opinion was largely based on facts that In Past United States and China have largely used their retired combat jets as Aerial targeting drones and never in actual combat and when HAL proposed using Unmanned LCA-Tejas for combat many were dismissive about it, but new “Loyal Wingman” concept floated by Pentagon and US Air force last March 2016 Washington DC, might shed some new ideas how Unmanned combat jets can be made relevant even in modern warfare of the future . Continue reading


India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation developed Hyper-sonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) unmanned scram-jet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight is all set for developmental flight by end of this year. has been informed through sources that Integration of all final flight hardware is happening right now and the team and is confident to conduct first hydrocarbon flight with scram-jet combustor by late this year thus joining an Elite group of countries in the world who have initiated their own scramjet engine research for hypersonic flight above Mach 5. Continue reading


Sudhir Mishra CEO&MD, BrahMos Aerospace while speaking to Indian media revealed how Russians were surprised when India was able to integrate BrahMos-A Supersonic Cruise missile with Sukhoi-30MKI without taking any help or collaboration with Russian companies.

Mishra also confirmed that when Indian decided to integrate 2.9 tonne Cruise missile on Sukhoi-30MKI, Russians being Orginal equipment Manufacturers (OEM) of both missile and aircraft were first asked for collaboration, initially Russians refused and later agreed to a hefty amount. Continue reading

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