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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

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

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