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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

State-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to ink the final contract order for the construction of 83 Tejas Mk1A at the 11th edition of the biennial mega defense exhibition ” DefExpo 2020 ” to be held from 5th to 8th of Next month at Vrindavan Yojna, Sector 15, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

After months of negotiations, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have fixed the price of the LCA-Tejas Mark 1A at about Rs 310 crore per fighter which is $43M per craft which is $20.5M more than the price agreed upon for manufacturing of 40 Tejas Mk1. Tejas Mk1A will come equipped with Next Generation Digital flight control computer (DFCC) borrowed from Tejas Mk2 program and will feature Dual Pylon for CCM and External ELL-8222WB self-protection jammer pod along with Elta’s ELM-52 X-Band Fire Control Radar, along with host of upgrades to its avionics and software and some minor improvements in its radar cross-section (RCS) and will be easy to maintain. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In an apparent dig at Private sector companies who are participating along with their foreign OEM partner to locally manufacture fighter jets in India for 114 fighter jets under MMRCA 2.0 tender, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has asked local companies to show the same level of enthusiasm at indigenous fighter jet programs and come forward for greater participation in building fighter jets locally in India.

HAL has roped in Private sector companies like L&T, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, VEM Technologies and Alpha Doca in manufacturing of LCA-Tejas fuselage along with wings but many of the companies who are participating in the manufacturing of 114 fighter jets locally with the transfer of technology agreement in partnership with a foreign fighter jet manufactures have stayed out of indigenous fighter jet programs. Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan’s foreign minister recently in a letter to the United Nations security council has said that India has deployed BrahMos missiles in the Kashmir region and is planning to do some adventure in Pakistani occupied Kashmir. Many Pakistani Establishment appointed Ex-ISI and Pakistani military defense experts who are part of many talks shows in Pakistani media are calling it part of their imaginary false flag operations to attack Pakistani military installations to divert media attention from citizenship law protests back in India.

In February 2019, Indian Mirage-2000 fighter jet intruded inside mainland Pakistan territory for the first time since 1971 war and bombed a Terror training facility in Balakot using Spice precision-guided missile, Pakistani military claimed IAF missed the targets and all building near so-called Madarsa in the Balakot facility were still standing and Pakistan only lost few palm trees as a result of this missile strikes. Continue reading

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Dr. Girsh S Deodhare, director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed that India is working on the development of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System which is an aircraft software system to prevent crash of an aircraft if Pilot faces a g-induced loss of consciousness while flying the jet.

Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System will help regain control of the aircraft in case the pilot loses consciousness or is incapacitated. A helmet-mounted sensor will alert ground control, which will be able to take over the aircraft’s controls to safely land the aircraft. “It is an artificial intelligence-based application. Till now we were following (the west), now we want to take the lead, “ Dr. Deodhare said. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

First Computer generated renders of India’s upcoming Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) fighter jet have been floating around the Internet and it is difficult to miss some of the unique features which have been disclosed in the renders which will all hope to see in the final design and much more when it is ready for first flight in 2026 and when it enters production in 2030.

5 of the Unique features of India’s ORCA has been listed below. Continue reading

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In the times of cheap internet and touch screen mobile phones, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It can also become a very powerful tool for us to share the soldiers’ stories of Happiness, Sorrows, Valor, Love and many more. Eventually, the social media has become the quintessential friend that has helped us in establishing an emotional bond with the civil society, in turn keeping the faith of people in Indian Armed Forces. Advances in technology and 24×7 accessibility to mobile devices connected to the world wide web together with Indian society’s acceptance of social media in general, have drastically altered how information is spread and how people, organizations, and government entities communicate.

There has been a sincere effort from the defence fraternity too, to engage with netizens and spread positivity of the forces amongst the general public. The social media has proven to be a boon for the unknown uniformed Brave hearts whose tales of sacrifices and valor came into limelight due to the general acceptance and spread of social media amongst the Indian Society.  Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Picture going around of LCA-Tejas (LSP-1) fighter jet mounted on a Pylon system on a height of 10 meters above the ground at DRDO’s Orange facility for its Radar Cross Section (RCS) measurements for enhancing the minor stealth features of the smallest fighter jet in the world.

The orange facility which opened in 2015 is India’s first Open range facility to be used to covers frequency ranges in the far-field scenario and is also capable of providing RCS measurements as well as onboard antenna characteristics. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

DRDO has displayed for the first time a scale model of India’s first stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) dubbed as Ghatak (Deadly) at ongoing five days mega science expo as part of 107th Indian Science congress inaugurated at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru.

In the picture, it can be seen that other then Ghatak UCAV Scale Model, various other scale models like that of 5th Generation AMCA, MWF-Tejas Mk2, UTAAM AESA Radar along with Nirbhay Sub-sonic cruise missile were also displayed. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program will be based on the Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) jet thus making it more like an Mk2 program. This render floating on the Internet with the acronym “ORCA” refers to the ocean’s most powerful predator, which is the Killer whale which interestingly is also called “ORCA”.

TEDBF/ORCA is not a clean-sheet design as per some media reports it will be based on existing design to cut down on time required to develop it and will use the same nose and front fuselage and cockpit section from the MWF program but changes will come from the Mid fuselage and Rear section which can be seen in the renders. The mid-fuselage section will accommodate a bigger Air-intake and longer spine than the MWF thus will be able to accommodate more equipment and internal fuel and will also sport Canards for superior maneuverability. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The New Year 2020 kicks off and a new decade is upon us, there are some of the top ten aeronautical programs which will define India’s aerial firepower and give an edge and boost to its indigenous capabilities. Based on the projects taken up by India to augment its air power, this aeronautical projects will define Indian Air Force’s in the next decade and also will make it independent from the imports.

Top 10 Aeronautical Military projects of India Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The latest Tender documents issued by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has asked for Expression of Interest to Vendors who can Design, Test, and Supply 2 Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) full mission simulators, which thereby revealed the final cockpit configuration for the upcoming Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) also still called Internally as Tejas Mk2.

MWF-MK2 will be equipped with a high-definition touchscreen Measuring 50x20cm (20x8in) Wide Area Display (WAD) that will allow a redundant and intelligent presentation of information across its entire length, with the capacity to receive inputs from multitask keys, the touchscreen or external interfaces. Using data fusion, it provides the pilot with the information needed and is the main source of flight and mission information in the cockpit. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL greeted his followers on occasion of New Year along with a render of fighter aircraft from his Twitter account what seems to be a first official render of Twin-engined fighter jet but still leaving many confused and unanswered questions if the render was coming from HAL/ ADA or it was just a fan art due to glaring errors in it.

Render which is similar to the 17.5-ton Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) which India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is developing and plans to have its first flight by 2023 till the rear engine bay section which shows it in a twin-engine configuration. Instead of MWF or Tejas Mk2, acronyms used on the wings are ” OCRA”. which made many Twitter users wonder if it was the 25-ton Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program which ADA is developing for the Indian Navy to replace Mig-29K. if it was TEDBF then what is the full form of ” ORCA” ?. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

In 2016, DRDO was given funding of 340 crores for the Development of Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) weapon system which could be next big thing coming from India after induction of Mach 3 Capable supersonic BrahMos Anti-Ship Missile system which changed security scenario of warships operating in the Indian Ocean.

Exclusive details provided to idrw.org tells why India’s Naval offensive warfare doctrine is about to get a major boost in upcoming years with the induction of the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) against hostile underwater submarine force operating in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Leaked Internal documents suggest that development of WS-15 and WS-19 engines for its J-20 and J-31 5th Generation Stealth fighter jets is nowhere close to entering mass-scale production and will remain as experimental engines after Chinese engineers couldn’t resolve multiple technical issues with the engine and as per leaked documents both engines will be produced at small scale at a rate of 3-5 engines per year from 2020 till 2026 while both J-20 and J-31 continue to fly with under-powered engines of Russian origin.

China’s first Stealth fighter bomber J-20 which has entered scale production with PLAAF is still powered by Russian supplied AL-31F engines and some are equipped with WS-10B engines which are based on the CFM-56 aero-engine imported from the United States in the 1980s. Both AL-31F and WS-10B engines can generate 130-140 kilonewtons class of thrust but J-20 requires engines that can generate at least 180 kilonewtons class of thrust each due to which WS-15 engines have been in development for last few years. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

XRSAM of Left and Barak-8ER on Right

As soon as the first pictures of India’s upcoming XRSAM Air defense became viral in the defense community in India, many simply couldn’t ignore to talk about similarities of the missile system with the BARAK ER Integrated Air & Missile Defense System showcased by the Israel Aerospace Industries a few years back which basically was Barak’s dual pulse rocket motor mated to an additional booster for a range of 150 km with enhanced theater ballistic missile (TBM ) capabilities.

Is India’s XRSAM just MR-SAM/ LR-SAM with an additional booster? if yes then how it can claim a range of 350km and 250km when BARAK ER has a range of only 150km? , Well it seems to cut the production cost and reduce the developmental cycle, DRDO has decided to use the same air frames of the MR-SAM/ LR-SAM which are manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited locally in India for the XRSAM program also. Continue reading