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Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security has confirmed to press at ongoing Aero India 2019 that last unsold C-17 before production line was closed will be delivered to India by August this year and will be 11th on to join IAF fleet making it second-biggest operator of the type in the world after USAF which operates nearly 220 of them.

Koch also added that as per contractual agreements with India, Boeing has to maintain operational serviceability of 75% for the entire C-17 fleet in India but it has achieved 85% after its Induction. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan has said that first flight of upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen in 2022 and it is expected it will enter production by 2023. R Madhavan who was speaking in HAL press conference at the ongoing Aero India 2019 also confirmed that since airframe will remain same, the company is treating it has an upgrade rather than a new development.

IAF and HAL are still discussing procurement of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk-1A which is likely to be cleared by end of this year. HAL Chief again confirmed that will be delivering two remaining IOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 by end of March and first FOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 will make its first flight by October 2019. Continue reading

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Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat will be carrying out a sortie on the LCA-Tejas Trainer Today at the ongoing Aero India 2019. This is for the first time Indian Army Chief will be flying indigenously developed fighter jet which recently was awarded Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were all present at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. Continue reading

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DRDO has finally showcased its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) also known as Tejas Mk-2 at ongoing Aero India 2019. As previously reported by idrw.org, MWF now Sports Canards but the most interesting revelation has been wingtip pylon which means MWF will now sport 11 Hard-point instead of previously estimated 9 hard-points after Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 gun position was moved from right intake to the upper spine of the MWF.

Additional Wingtip pylons for Close Combat Missile (CCM) and use of Dual pylons for BVRAAMs will mean MWF will be able to carry huge mix badge of weaponry in Mixed configuration if required for Multi-role operations. Continue reading

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BrahMos Aerospace is currently working on a miniature version of the BrahMos missile, called BrahMos NG which is still in the design stage and development is a few years away but a mock up of the missile system has been displayed under the wings of the LCA-Tejas Mk-1 aircraft at Aero India 2019.

Mini BrahMos NG-A due to its smaller size and lower weight will allow air force to use the missile system at various fighter jets of the air force. DRDO initial had said the missile system will be ready for induction into force by 2025 but missile system is yet to carry out any developmental trials. Continue reading

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Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv has been showcased at Aero India 2019 with a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that will allow the helicopter to be stored onboard ships where hanger space is at a premium.

HAL for the first time also has developed a folding section for the tail rotor so that it doesn’t take so much real estate on the Flight deck or in the hanger. Rotor Blades Folding system was first demonstrated on HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Helicopter first which was later adapted for Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv but folding of tail section is a completely new system which was adapted only for ALH-Dhruv. Continue reading

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India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile is currently been prepped for a new round of trials which is expected to take place next month as per latest media report.

The missile was last tested in November 2017 and in total has carried out only five trials till date which saw only two complete success, one partial success, and two complete failure. In the last trial used turbojet engine instead of a turbofan engine. Continue reading

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has issued tenders for “Request For Information (RFI) for Design, Manufacture, Assembly, Installation, and Certification of Centre Fuselage main Assembly Jig in connection with sub-modules by adopting the methodology of jig-less concepts for Fixed Wing Fighter Aircraft. In this tender documents, most of the design concept of the Tejas Mk2 was also disclosed.

Front Fuselage will have a length of 6100 mm with a maximum width of 1100 mm. The length of the center fuselage assembly is about 4500mm with a maximum width of 2100mm approximately. The length of the Rear fuselage assembly is 3300mm with a maximum width of 1800mm approximately. Continue reading

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Spets Techno Export a state-owned, Government of Ukraine will be showcasing a model of the newly developed military transport aircraft project AN-188 at the stand No B3.9, hall B at the upcoming Aero India 2019 to be held in Bangalore from 20th to 24th February later this month.

According to the information provided by the company to idrw.org, AN-188 can be implemented under the Make in India program. The new aircraft of AN-188 family will be capable of based on different airfields, including airstrips, and landing on short runways of only 600-800 m in length. This greatly expands the number of airfields the aircraft can be used on, ensuring the high efficiency of the new aircraft.

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5013 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 30-January-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-13 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-13 is thirteen  Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-14 had completed its first flight on 20-January-2019 Successfully. SP-13 which is assembled at the second LCA-Tejas production line was delayed due to which it was superseded by SP-14 by few days last month. Continue reading

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The Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) completed a successful second test flight of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)  propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, today. SFDR is a Indo-Russian R&D project which has been established to develop a long-range air-to-air missile and a surface-to-air missile system in near future. key technology used in SFDR will be used to develop a MBDA Meteor class air -to-air missile.

First test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) test carried out eight months ago succeeded only in the initial booster stage but did not activate the second leg that is crucial to propel a missile for a longer distance. It is still not clear if the missile system tested today actually involved testing of the second stage. Continue reading

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Ex Cope India-18 is the fourth edition in the series of Bilateral Joint exercise held between IAF and USAF, which is conducted in India. This is the first time, the exercise is being planned at two Air Force bases, Kalaikunda and Panagarh from 03-14 Dec 18. USAF is participating with 12 X F15 C/D and 03 X C-130. IAF is participating with the Su-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 , C-130J & AWACS aircraft.

The aim of exercise is to provide operational exposure and undertake mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability.

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-12 (LA-5012 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 28-November-2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-12 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-12 is Twelfth  Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-11 had completed its first flight on 10 October 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

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Kalyani Group developed Bharat 52 155 mm/52 caliber towed guns which have been regularly exhibited at defense exhibition across India of late and which has been attracting the attention of the several African countries might soon get export clearance. Kalyani Group might approach the Government of India to grant its Internally developed 155 mm/52 calibers towed gun export permission so that it can be available for evaluations for prospective customers.

Kalyani Group, which has partly developed DRDO designed ATAGS 155 mm/52 towed gun in India had acquired dysfunctional Canadian defense firm which had developed GC-45 howitzer upon which the variant called Bharat 52 was developed to be offered as the low cost, local alternative to the Indian Army which for over 30 years had failed to induct any new 155 mm/52 towed guns due to Bofors scam of Rajiv Gandhi government in the 80’s. Continue reading

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Ministry of defense is likely to seal a deal with state-owned HAL in coming months for production of 83 Tejas MK-1A fighter aircraft with Five major enhancements along with various minor changes to the aircraft’s avionics once the committee which is looking into the price quoted by the HAL clears the last hurdle said sources close to idrw.org.

The unit cost of each Tejas MK-1A fighter aircraft had raised few eyebrows after it was pegged over the unit cost of Sukhoi-30MKI which are manufactured by HAL locally in India. HAL had countered the argument by saying that specification of the Sukhoi’s have been same since 2005-6 when it entered local production and Tejas MK-1A has much more modern and had more expensive components and sub-systems which have lead to price escalations over price quoted for the Tejas MK-1. Continue reading