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Army Aviation is take upon itself in pursuing the indigenisation program for critical components and materials with industry participation to reduce the dependence on import for its Dhruv Fleet. Participating at Aero India 2017, At Indian Army Aviation stall, idrw.org was informed that Army has prepared a list which they think can be realised with the support of public and private sector industries.

Army Aviation is looking forward in indigenizing nearly 15 equipment which it feels should be done on priority and is actively scouting for public and private sector industries for possible partnerships. Continue reading

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HAL’s ambitions of entering the aircraft engine space are now one step closer to the reality since HAL has confirmed to idrw.org at Aero India 2017 that HTFE-25 has achieved full thrust in trials and will be ready for first flight by next year.

HAL had unveiled the HTFE-25 (Hindustan Turbofan Engine 25) engine at Aero India 2015 has managed to keep the program on schedule to meet its internal deadline of 2018. Continue reading

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DRDO at recently concluded Aero India 2017 showcased its Concept Demonstration vehicle dubbed Tethered Autonomous Multi-Copter Platform (TAMP). Tethered drones, unlike conventional drones, have an unlimited power supply to the aircraft for long endurance flights since there is a physical wire connection to ground or to other fixed power station.

idrw.org was informed by DRDO officials that TAMP can carry a 30kg payload up to 100m up in the air and that it can fly over any moving vehicle increasing the surveillance qualities of the UAV. Continue reading

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UTTAM a multimode, solid state active phased array radar indigenously developed by LRDE has completed extensive ground trials from high-rise rooftop testing to demo mount on Helicopter and now is been prepped for integration on LCA-Tejas to commence flight trials.

idrw.org was informed that LCA-Tejas LSP-2 has been selected to be used has a flying testbed aircraft for UTTAM Radar integration and once integrations are complete LRDE will take around two years for flight trials to completely test radar on all modes. Continue reading

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GE Aviation has handed over two F414-GE-INS6 engines which will eventually power Tejas MK-II by 2020. GE Aviation is in process of handing over 6 more F414-GE-INS6 engines this year alone confirmed GE Aviation to Indian media.

In October 2010, the F414-INS6 derivative of the F414 was been selected to power the MK-II version of India’s HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). India expects to purchase up to 99 installed engines. Continue reading

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Sources in DRDO have confirmed idrw.org at Aero India 2017 that company is actually working on two different indigenous Air defence system based on highly successful Akash Surface to Air missile systems.

As Informed currently in development Akash 1S is upgraded Akash Mark-I missile system which will incorporate sophisticated onboard seeker replacing its current radio frequency proximity fuse used to destroy its pointed target. Continue reading

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GTRE officials with whom idrw.org spoke to in Aero India 2017 on mating Kaveri K9 engine jointly developed by GTRE and French’s SAFRAN with LCA-Tejas PV-1 were hesitant to confirm if single engined LCA-Tejas will be used has Testbed to test soon to be developed Kaveri K9 engine.

As per Industrial standards, a new engine is usually tested on twin-engined aircraft to gauge their in-flight performance of the new engine while the same aircraft is also powered by its existing engines to reduce engine stalling risks while in flight certification is carried out, pointed GTRE officials to idrw.org. Continue reading

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Exclusive image of a Diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) configuration been tested on computer Aerodynamic simulation for India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet. idrw.org has been informed at Aero India 2017 that DSI intake was considered at the design stage but was overlooked for current intake design adapted on AMCA Scale model displayed at Aero India 2017.

A diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) is a type of jet engine air intake used by some modern combat aircraft to control air flow into their engines. It consists of a “bump” and a forward-swept inlet cowl, which work together to divert boundary layer airflow away from the aircraft’s engine. Continue reading

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HAL and ADA have displayed LCA -Tejas LSP-1 (KH2011) in Aero India 2017. While some media reports hinted that the real aircraft is been displayed for the first time and Business visitors will be allowed to check the aircraft and also take a peek inside the cockpit of the LCA-Tejas aircraft.

Why do we call it a Con?

A freelance reporter Vinayak Shetti hired by idrw.org immediately after reaching near the displayed aircraft found something fishy about the build and paint quality of the aircraft. Continue reading

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Confirming what idrw.org had reported a few days ago that CCS Chaired by PM Modi had cleared a new production line to manufacture LCA-Tejas, Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar while speaking to the media at the inauguration of Aero India 2017 has confirmed this development.

According to Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar, the new plant will be up and running in next 18-24 months and will have the capacity to manufacture 8 LCA-Tejas aircraft per year. Continue reading

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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