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Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

2.5 ton Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) hit a decommissioned naval asset positioned at the Bay of Bengal during its recent test. DRDO for the first time has released a picture of the Vessel which got Hit by BrahMos ALCM. Continue reading

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According to latest Indian media reports both Saab and Mig corporation has been informed by Indian Navy that their respected offer of Gripen M (Maritime) and Mig-29K in response to Indian Navy request for information (RFI) received last year for operations from Indian aircraft carrier has been rejected.

Indian Navy will now hold formal talks with remaining two contenders, Boeing and Dassault on their offer of F-18E/F and Rafale M and will also ask further technical details and formal proposal soon. Continue reading

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A few days back Pakistan Navy (PN) carried out first test firing of Harbah land attack Cruise Missile from newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat successfully. Harbah is a Naval version of short-range turbojet powered Babur subsonic cruise missile which already has been entered into service with Pakistani Army.

Pakistani press release failed to mention the range of the new Harbah subsonic cruise missile but it is likely to a range of 450 km or lesser. Continue reading

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Indo-US defence officials are holding several closed-door discussion to iron out the key difference which emerged after Lockheed Martin raised proprietary technology and technology transfer issue for their F-16 Block 70 to be made in India by a Joint venture company between Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited.

According to reliable Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Both Governments may agree to keep certain checks and balances in place to ensure that Transfer of Technology of sensitive equipment of F-16 fighter jet is not misused by India, while India will be made a global manufacturing and supply base for the aircraft. Continue reading

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The Indian government recently scrapped a planned massive USD 500 million deal with Israel for the purchase of Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) for Indian Army. A requirement for the purchase of 3rd Generation ATGM was felt more than 10 years ago since then Army has scrapped tenders multiple times due to various reasons.

This time the Purchase order was scrapped after State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was able to convince Government of India that India was on the verge of a breakthrough in the development of indigenous Man-Portable ATGM for the Army. Continue reading

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With Serious fundamental flaws with its R-29B-300 turbojet engine, MiG-27 in Indian Air Force history suffered from chequered past with a long spell of grounding which made Mig-27 a highly controversial aircraft within IAF. Once dubbed as best Strike aircraft when it was introduced in 80’s, aircraft failed to live up to its reputation and failed to age well.

Variable sweep attack fighter derived from Mig-23BN airframe was licensed produced by HAL and around 165 units of them were built at its Ozhar plant and the last unit was delivered to IAF in 1997 while the first unit was inducted in 1984. Continue reading

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India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will soon initiate Internal Project to convert LCA-Tejas Two Seater Trainer aircraft to be converted into Supersonic Advanced lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) for possible export in International market.

First Fighter/Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas PV-5 (KH-T2009) had its first flight in 2009 followed by PV-6 (KH-T2010) in 2014. Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas was primarily developed as a two-seat operational conversion trainer for the Indian Air Force Squadrons which will operate LCA-Tejas in future. Continue reading

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Recently surface-to-air missile Akash, with indigenous radio frequency seeker, was successfully tested against target Banshee target drone and will enter Indian Army as Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) after India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) cancelled the short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) competition early last year.

DRDO designed Akash was a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems since it had capabilities to hit targets over 25kms while SRSAM Class missiles like SPYDER, TOR M1 and BAMSE SRSAM which were all participating in India’s SRSAM Competition carried a lower range of 15-20kms. Continue reading

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India wants to be Missile import free by 2022 at least in one crucial weapons department and break its dependence on foreign suppliers, 2018 like 2017 will see some crucial developmental trials of DRDO and its associated lab developed Missiles ranging from Ballistic missile to Strategic missiles and we have lined up some of the missiles which will break ground this year hopefully .

MPATGM: Indian Ministry of Defence last year scrapped a long-pending, $1 billion anti-tank guided missile deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel. Continue reading

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India’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender for procurement of 114 Modern 4++ Generation fighter jet through local partnership for the first time with Private Aerospace Sector Company is facing a unique dilemma after the collapse of MRRCA Tender.

Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender lacked clarification on several fronts especially on key specifications but IAF drafted Tender documents did require higher payload carrying capabilities, which clearly hinted that IAF was still chasing for procurement of Medium-Multirole Aircraft on a tighter budget. Continue reading

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Indian Ministry of Defence and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization are working in tandem to ensure that part of India’s homemade ballistic missile defence system is ready to be deployed by 2018 and recent Interceptor missile tested a few days ago reportedly was tested in Production ready configuration clearlying its path for its deployment to shied New Delhi and Mumbai .

Two Radar site has been selected to deploy Phase-I two-tier fully automated Ballistic Missile Defence to provide an effective missile shield against incoming enemy ballistic and nuclear missiles Countries Capital New Delhi and Commercial Capital Mumbai in the first phase. Continue reading

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INS Kalvari during sea trials

The Indian Navy a few weeks back took delivery of first of the six Scorpene submarines being constructed in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in collaboration with DCNS, France, when INS Kalvari was inducted into the fleet in presence of Prime Minister Narender Modi.

Second submarine ” INS Khanderi ” which was launched this year and is going through a number of trials will be ready to be inducted by end of March or April as per latest media report. Continue reading

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) till a few months ago had nothing much to do after Government of India and Indian Air Force became non-committal on the development of a stretched version of LCA-Tejas MK-2 post-Aero India 2017 held earlier this year.

At Aero India 2017 ADA has shown scale models of the LCA-Tejas MK-2 and confirmed that the final design of the new aircraft will be frozen soon but rise of upgraded Tejas MK-1A promoted by HAL and IAF’s keen interest to acquire Single-engined fighter jet in a separate tender meant LCA-Tejas MK-2 project took backseat and almost on the verge of been shelved .

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United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) will be the first export customer of Astra, India’s first indigenously developed beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile if recent Indian media reports are to be believed. Developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Astra is an all-weather air-to-air missile which can engage high manoeuvring targets at medium range.

Powered by indigenous RF Seeker, Astra BVRAAM already has gone through intense trials and has met all mission objectives and parameters in recent trials and has entered Small-scale production after it received orders from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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Indian Army & Air Force have sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 indigenous Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) according to latest media report thus waving way for limited production from 2018 onwards in a major boost for Make in India for defence.

Defence Acquisitions Council has given its approval for the procurement of 15 LCH a few weeks back and HAL already has inaugurated new manufacturing facility which will start production of indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from 2018 onwards. Continue reading