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                                           Courtesy:- Kuntal Biswas

Indian Air Force (IAF) was recently told to study the proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) project cleared for the Indian Navy to be designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and join to develop a spin-off air force variant of the jet minus the Naval engineered landing gear and tail section for aircraft carrier operations, but senior officials of the IAF seems to suggest that they have other plans regarding joining the TEDBF bandwagon.

Senior IAF official close to idrw.org has informed that Top management is not too keen on the TEDBF program and will allow Navy to be lead program agency along with ADA/HAL in the TEDBF and wants to continue its focus on the Tejas Mk2 and AMCA programs and will not join TEDBF program initially because it will be easier to develop Air force version than a Naval version and if need be arise IAF can fund the development of air force variant at a later stage. Continue reading

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                            Courtesy:- Kuntal Biswas

From the first flight in 2001 till the formation of the first squadron in 2016, LCA-Tejas Mk1 Program has been for long ridiculed for its slow pace of development and 15 years from first flight to the first squadron has often been due to long developmental and testing cycle which many aviation experts felt was prolonged due to higher safety issues and lack of experience in moving from prototype stage to production stage of the program but that’s about to change for successor Tejas Mk2 program.

Like LCA-Tejas Mk1 Program, Tejas Mk2 program will skip Technology Demonstrator (TD) and Prototype vehicles (PV) stages to start with and the first aircraft assembled will be Limited Series Production (LSP) aircraft in Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard configuration slated to have its first flight by 2022. Continue reading

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A variant of the Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air (BVRAAM) missile under development with a passive imaging IR seeker might be ready for initial trials from 2022 onwards said informed sources close to idrw.org. Astra IR with a dual waveband, passive imaging IR seeker will provide terminal guidance that will be powered by a smoke-less solid propellant with higher impulse motor for improved performance at Within visual combat at the reduced range.

Astra IR minimum and maximum operating ranges likely will be 500 m to 60 km due to seeker track limitation found in IR air to air missiles world over. Astra IR will be capable of operating in lock-on before launch and lock-on after launch modes and IR seeker will allow the missile to autonomously detect, track and lock-on the targets. Astra IR can be adapted on all fighter types in IAF since it doesn’t require deep integration with the aircraft’s Mission Computers (MC). Continue reading

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Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile was tested in direct and top attack mode at ITR Balasore (Odisha). Dhruvastra has been called a variant of HELINA anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which previously has been tested from the ALH Rudra platform to its maximum range capability of 7.0 km in Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) mode, so why did Dhruvastra was test-fired from a ground-based launcher is the obvious question if in previous tests it was fired from Helicopter? , well the answer lies in some design changes which the missile has gone through and one that can be confirmed in visuals is the use of jet vane control system (JVC) instead of the flexible thrust control system (TVC) seen previously in HELINA, which required re-verification of in-flight performance.

A jet vane control system for a missile is a system which is usually used due to its compact, rugged, lightweight factors but also since it provides very quick pitch over and roll control during launch and especially comes in handy in the top attack mode where it requires the missile to climb sharply after launch and cruise at high altitude then dive on the top of the target. Continue reading

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Indigenously designed and developed guided bomb Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) capable of engaging ground targets with high precision out to a range of 100 km is heading towards production after DRDO concluded three back to back trials with different release conditions during 16 to 18 August 2018 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.

The 120-kg class smart weapon is intended against runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers, and other reinforced structures. the lightweight high-precision guided bomb is one of the world-class weapons systems designed and developed in the country. SAAW has been tested from Jaguar and Su-30MKI and will be adapted for all fighter jets in the IAF fleet has it has shown higher precision than missiles. Continue reading

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Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) will be integrating an ELTA’s ELM-2052 Airborne AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) procured originally for the Jaguar Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation (DARIN III) upgrade program in its preparation for the manufacturing upgraded 83 Tejas Mk1A which company plans to test many of the features and equipment before first Tejas Mk1A jet is ready for first flight by 2023.

idrw.org has been informed that two Tejas Limited Series Production jets are been used to test many of the new features and equipment which are marked to be featured in Tejas Mk1A jet and one of the jets will be used to test ELTA’s ELM-2052 AESA FCR, Dual-Rack Pylons, External Self Protection Jammer (SPJ) POD along with New Smart Multifunction Displays (MFD). Continue reading

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) of India, recently cleared Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for a carrier-based fighter jet worth around 13000 crores, which has set the ball rolling to commence design and developmental phase for a new 24.5-tonne fighter jet which will replace Mig-29K fleet from 2032 onwards.

idrw.org has been informed that MOD also has asked Indian Air Force (IAF) to consider an Air force deviate which ADA has proposed based on the TEDBF also called as Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) to make the whole program financially viable and also share costs in its development phase which both MOD and Indian Navy will contribute for the marked 13000 cores sought by the ADA for its development. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy recently cleared plans to procure 248 Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air to air missile with a range of 110 km, making India among very few Elite Countries which have its long-range air to air missile capabilities after 50 pre-production Astra Mk1 ordered by IAF were successfully demonstrated in a combat situation with targets been destroyed at the different range and different altitudes by the Su-30MKI which will be first to get them followed by Mig-29UPG and LCA-Tejas Mk1A.

While DRDO officially has been tight-lipped about next-generation Astra, it’s more or less has been confirmed that Astra Mk2 will have longer range and will have a higher fuel capacity along with a new conventional motor which will be designed to match or be superior to American AIM-120D and Chinese PL-15 missile long range Air-to-Air missiles, which for the first time has been confirmed to idrw.org that the range will be approx 160-180 km while the actual range of the missile will remain classified. Continue reading

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Louise Donaghey, Senior Vice President – India and South Asia for Rolls-Royce Defence has confirmed to India Global Week, that company is close to announcing a partnership to co-create a new engine with India. a tweet put out by India Global Week reads ” We are planning to change the game, close to an agreement between two governments to co-create a new jet engine, India will get the IP. “The vision of Rolls Royce for India.”: Louise Donaghey, Senior Vice President, India, and southeast Asia Rolls Royce.

In 2017, India and U.K. had agreed to cooperate on developing advanced defense products such as the gas turbine engine which was confirmed by the visiting U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon. Kaveri project which was shelved due to lack of desired thrust levels achieved was to be revived with help of France and GTRE and Safran Group were working together till price steep developmental cost quoted lead to the fallout of talks. Continue reading

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In 2020, the U.S. Navy began the process of integrating the AGM-158C LRASM onto the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Trials of which they plan to be completed by 2026 and missiles system made available for entire P-8 Operator including Indian Navy which is currently the second-biggest operator of the type after USN.

AGM-158C LRASM will supersede AGM-84D Block 1C Harpoon anti-ship missiles which are currently deployed by all P-8 Operators including India and is designed to meet the needs to fight in contested environments. According to US media reports, India and Australia have been selected as the first few countries that will get LRASM to strengthen their firepower in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region Continue reading

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In 2017, Then Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat had said Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/Combat helicopters around the world.

Fast forward to 2020 and nothing much has changed since then as HAL Rudra MkIV and LCH Helicopters continue to be armed only with French Nexter 20mm turret gun and Belgian 70 mm rockets and waits for ATGM to be used as effective anti-armor, anti-bunker and anti-fortification role for the Strike Corps. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India and the Philippines are in talks for the purchase of several defence platforms from India including the Brahmos missile and according to Philippines media and Indian, both have moved past price negotiation talks for the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia and intend to conclude a deal in Q3 of 2020 for Truck Based BrahMos Batteries for coastal defence.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have told that Indonesia is also in the early stages of exploring the procurement of the BrahMos missiles from India along with Vietnam and Thailand. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has integrated the Spin recovery parachute with the HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) which will restart crucial spin trials later this month as per latest media reports. Bihrle Applied Research Inc (BAR) was hired by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to act as an external consultant for the HJT-36 Sitara program after the Ministry of Defence (MOD) pulled out of the official funding to the program due to prolonged delays.

HJT-36 Sitara has gone through a major modification to the airframe which according to sources close to idrw.org has resulted in much-improved maneuverability at all flight regimes but the crucial spin tests were pending for want of integration of the spin recovery parachute as recommended by BAR. Continue reading

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After R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) confirmed that India’s first 5.5 Generation Stealth will be built in Partnership with a Private company, it now has been confirmed that at least 4-5 companies have expressed their interests in tieing up with ADA and HAL for the new company which will exclusively manufacture 100+ AMCA fighter jets in an upcoming facility at Defense Production Corridors to be set up in Tamil Nadu.

Responding to ADA’s Expression of Interest (EOI) initial transaction documents issued some time back for the new Joint venture company, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Boeing India Inc, Lakshmi Machine Works Limited (LMW) and Vem Technologies Private Limited are some of the companies which have come forward and sent their proposals for the new proposed joint venture company as informed to idrw.org. Continue reading

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In 2016, the US Air Force released the T-X program requirements to procure a new jet trainer to replace its T-38 Talon which it has been flying for the last 60 years and far away from the US, India’s own state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was working on next-generation Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SpORT), a lead-in-fighter trainer (LIFT) built on the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Trainer platform to be part of the T-X program but there was a problem.

US Air Force wanted 351 aircraft plus simulators and ground training aids for all under $10 billion and after careful examination of the RFP issued by the USAF along with Technical requirements issued for the jet, it was found that SpORT could have not meet the low-cost price point which USAF wanted and it could have been technologically more advanced than what competition was offering which was a new basic design with maximum commonality with aircraft already in the joint fleet. Continue reading