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Sandeep Unnithan. Exec Editor, India Today who was first broke stories on development of INS Arihant and development of K-15 and K-4 Submarine Launched Ballistic missile has revealed, more about India’s Nuclear Submarine Plans and has confirmed that INS Aridhaman which will be India’s Second Ballistic Missile Submarine will be stretched Arihant Class ship which has double the Missile carrying capabilities and is unlikely to be called Arihant sister ship rather will be known as Aridhaman lead ship of a new SSBN Class .

Sister ship of Aridhaman which will be similar to the lead ship Aridhaman currently is designated as S4 and another follow on Sister Class dubbed as S4* (Plus) will make up Three Aridhaman Ballistic Missile Class Submarine fleet of Indian Navy. Continue reading

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While Indian Air Force plans to conduct no hold barred User Trials of India’s first indigenously developed Beyond Range Air-to-air missile Astra Missiles in few days to gauge the performance of the missile system in real threat operational environment, makers of LCA-Tejas have decided to start working on integrating Astra BVRAAM into LCA-Tejas soon.

Limited Serial Production lot of 50 Astra BVRAAM which has entered production at the recently opened production facility by Defence minister Arun Jaitley will exclusively be used to train pilots to understand strength and weakness of the missile system so that it can be used at optimal level and initial lot will also be used for integration work with other fighters in IAF fleet . Continue reading

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US defence major Boeing along with French defence major Dassault Aviation both are claiming that their Rafale M and F-18 E/F Carrier fighter aircraft which have been offered to Indian Navy to meet its MRCBF Tender issued few weeks backs for 57 Carrier borne fighter aircraft can operate from INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant.

Indian Navy not to go by word is planning to carry out series of carrier qualifications trials which will be carried out from INS Vikramaditya to check if it’s compatible with Indian Navy’s Aircraft carrier fleet. Continue reading

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In an earlier report (Click here), idrw.org had confirmed that Indian Air Force has cleared limited series production (LSP) of ingeniously developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM).

Recently Raksha Mantri Arun Jaitley inaugurated Astra manufacturing facility at BDL Bhanur Unit near Sangareddy quietly thus achieving a Major Milestone moment for the Indigenously developed Missile system which had commenced testing nearly 15 years ago in 2003 from Ground launchers without control and guidance. Continue reading

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Russian NK-361 gas-turbin engine

                          Russian NK-361 gas-turbin engine

Indian Railways for a while has been flirting with ideas to develop a liquefied natural gas based turbine electric engine derived out of GTRE’s Kaveri engine to power its next generation locomotives in its efforts to reduce its carbon foot print and to move towards greener and eco friendly next generation locomotives for Indian Railways in next few decades .

A High-level sub-committee dealing with the project has been brain storming with experts from various fields and still are having discussions with DRDO’s associated labs and even with Russian Railways for collaboration since they are regarded as Global leaders in the development and use of gas-turbine engines in their locomotives. Continue reading

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In an about weeks time, Indian Air-force will be getting first fighter jet which will be equipped with Next Generation Fire Active Electronically Scanned Antenna Control Radar when DARIN III Configuration upgraded Jaguar Indian Air force’s main Strike aircraft will carry out first flight.

Israeli supplied Elta’s ELM-2052 AESA FCR has completed all major Ground trials and along with 28 new sensors, which will also see the integration of indigenous mission computer, First Jaguar aircraft has been prepped for its first flight. Continue reading

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Speaking on the news report that India is planning to replace AL-31-FP engine on its Sukhoi -30MKI fleet with a 125kn thrust class engine derivative from the basic Kaveri engine, Air Commodore KI Ravi, AVSM VSM (Retd) speaking to idrw.org said that in his opinion, it is a sheer waste of time, and tax payer’s money in considering investment into the 125kn engine Kaveri for the Sukhoi-30MKI.

Air Commodore KI Ravi says that ” Russian philosophy of maintenance is so different from the western concept. Sukhoi design bureau as a part of their conceptual design to critical design review(cdr) and thereafter the prototype manufacture, followed by hours of flight testing AL-31-FPs, collected mapping of errors, corrective actions and then activating the feedback loop to make it a proven engine today “. Continue reading

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Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre while replying to a question put forward by a Parliamentarian in Rajya Sabha said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA-Tejas will likely happen by June 2018.

Firing of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile with radar guidance already has been achieved but it will require further testing to meet FOC Standards, while Close Combat Missile (Python-5 ) testing is pending due to delays in carrying out modification required by OEM (Israel) for integration into LCA-Tejas for trials as per Industrial sources close to idrw.org . Continue reading