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Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar while speaking to media has confirmed that Navy rejected LCA Navy so that it can go for Twin engined fighter jet. Parrikar has hinted that Twin-engine reliability and better safety aspects for Aircraft carrier operations might have been largely contributed to their change of stand on LCA Navy.

LCA Navy will continue to be developed has a technological demonstrator, while Rafale and F-18 now seem to have emerged has serious contenders, while Saabs offer of Sea Gripen is more or less rejected. Continue reading

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After expressing Interest in Countries indigenously developed LCA-Tejas Combat jet, things seems to be heating up on another front. According to Indian media report, Indonesia which had expressed in a briefing on Netra AEW&C System has asked DRDO to conduct official product demonstration in its country.

Netra AEW&C System already has gathered a lot of attention among few countries after it was demonstrated in Bahrain air show last year. since then DRDO has been following up with many countries who had then inquired about the Netra AEW&C. Continue reading

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According to government documents presented to Parliamentarians, DRDO has been sanctioned 489.06 crores to develop a new Air to Surface Missile (ASM) dubbed Rudra M-II for Indian Air force.

Rudra M-II ASM Project was cleared last March by the Government. New ASM will have a likely range of 100-150km which can be mounted on the combat aircraft of the IAF such as Sukhoi Su-30MKI and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft. Continue reading

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C D Balaji, Director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), told reporters on Saturday that PV5 and PV6 (both trainers) would be available for evaluation by customers.As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, we can confirm that first Demo flight with a prospective customer will happen today from Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka on LCA-Tejas PV-5 (KH-T2009) trainer aircraft.

Cmde Maolankar will be piloting the trainer aircraft, few representatives of foreign air forces who have shown interest in the aircraft have been shortlisted for the demo flight and many more demo flights have been planned in next coming days till the end of Aero India 2017. Continue reading

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DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher has confirmed Tejas-PV1 combat aircraft, currently used to test advanced electronic warfare suite (EW suite) by Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) will also be test bed aircraft to be used to integrate indigenously developed Kaveri engine .

According to Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (retd) in his Book ” The Tejas Story ” had mentioned that Tejas-PV1 was specifically designed to accommodate Kaveri engine in its engine bay but it later flew with American engines but it still has been maintained by DRDO due to this attributes of the jet, so it is not surprising so see oldest Flying LCA-Tejas aircraft been selected to become test bed for Kaveri engine . Continue reading

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What could be described has a quick turnaround for countries problematic Subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher has confirmed that after disastrous last Nirbhay missile trial conducted in last few days of 2016.Nirbhay missile will be tested again this April.

Last trial failure was blamed on delays in wing deployment after a successful launch, leading to very high roll and missile veering off from the indented flight path leading to missile been self-destructed from the command centre. Continue reading

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Aero India 2017 Poster promoting country’s premier Airshow realised by Karnataka Government featuring Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, is causing serious embarrassment to the Siddaramaiah government since the poster showcased Panavia Tornado Multirole, strike aircraft which has no connection with India or Indian air force.

Instead of sporting IAF’s Poster boys like Sukhoi-30MKI or LCA-Tejas, Panavia Tornado seems to be a poor ignorant choice to be featured in a government sponsored Aero India 2017 Poster. Continue reading

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News just coming in, that India’s Indigenously developed Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile was successfully test fired from a defence base off Odisha coast on early hours of today. Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) intercepted a modified version of Prithvi-II.

Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) sporting an indigenous IIR seeker intercepted a ballistic target at an altitude of 97 km. Continue reading

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HAL plans to wrap up production of its Dhruv Helicopter and complete all orders placed by Indian armed forces in 2018. Latest Dhruv Mk-III version are currently been produced at 24 helicopters a year and all 159 ordered will be delivered by 2018.

According to industrial sources close to idrw.org, HAL might bag further smaller orders from Indian Army which might keep the production line open for next few years but gradually focus will now shift towards other indigenous helicopter projects like LUH, LCH and IMRH in future. Continue reading

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UPDATED ARTIST IMPRESSION WITH ADDITIONAL REAR FUSELAGE MOUNTED ENGINE

After years of delays and countless hours of refinements to the radar, DRDO has finally started delivering made-in-India AEW&C to the IAF. Dubbed ” Netra ” (Eye) by Indian Air Force it was also the star attraction at this years republic day parade.

Indigenous AEW&C programme has succeeded in almost all aspects and recently also cleared final trials in a scenario where aircraft was actually tracking and coordinating with nearly dozen combat jets similar to operational situations under which it could normally operate in. But the bigger challenge is now to shift focus on next version that is bigger AWACS-I (India). Continue reading

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Mistral ATAM ( Air-to-Air Mistral) are currently being integrated into HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and are on schedule confirmed MBDA spokesman to Flightglobal. Mistral ATAM already has been integrated into Dhruv Mk IV Weapon System Integrated (WSI) and also has been test fired from Dhruv Mk IV successfully.

MISTRAL ATAM is currently the only helicopter mounted air-to-air missile in full operational service and is based on the MISTRAL missile with its fire-and-forget engagement mode, ease of operation and unrivalled kill probability. Continue reading

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According to Government sources closer to India Today, CCS meet chaired by PM Narendra Modi cleared a proposal to ramp up the production of indigenously built LCA Tejas fighters.

CCS meet was chaired yesterday by PM Modi and one of the crucial agenda was approval for HAL to set up third Tejas production line. Continue reading

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HAL is all set to showcase initial design mockup of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) at Aero India 2017. HAL is also aware that Army and Navy which have backed the indigenous project are also looking for a weaponised variant of Multi-Role Helicopter and HAL has agreed to work on developing one after consulting with Army and Navy, said an informed source close to idrw.org.

Indian Navy already has decided not to use ‘Dhruv’ advanced light helicopter, manufactured by HAL for Anti-submarine warfare due to size and weight of Dhruv which was found unsuitable to carry out anti-submarine warfare operations but Naval IMRH will come with Anti-submarine warfare operations requirements. Continue reading

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After coming under fire for initiating Upgraded Combat Hawk Project without backing from Indian Air force, which firmly rejected BAE-HAL proposal to buy the Advance version of Trainer jet. HAL has confirmed that it will be displaying a full-scale mockup of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) at Aero India 2017.

HAL also confirmed that IMRH both Indian Army and Indian Navy have shown interest in the big-lift next-generation chopper and both have agreed to be on board the project and IMRH is not an in-house HAL project . Continue reading

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