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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently visited the headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation and directed them to focus on flagship programs of national importance and also promised to give priority to the long-delayed program for an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS INDIA) program after recent skirmishes with neighboring Pakistan.

Under the AWACS INDIA program, India had selected the Airbus A330 platform to mount a fixed radome to provide total coverage of 360°. Scanning just like A-50EI Phalcon systems. While the program to procure the platforms have been approved in the principal but the final contract is yet to be concluded, reportedly due to the steep price of the platforms. According to the industrial sources close to idrw.org, Rajnath Singh has decided to fast track the program by infusing fresh funds to the program and also clear the purchase of the platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash in twitter said that there is a need to examine the performance of GTRE which has been developing GTX-35V/Kaveri engine for last 33 years and Government should now focus on recovering lost time and mus stop re-inventing the wheel and leap-frog in time by borrowing or buying reliable core engine technology by paying for it.

Prakash suggested M-88 engine core developed by the French Safran Aircraft Engines for the Dassault Rafale fighter to be used to develop the next generation of Kaveri engine which can be used to power AMCA/N-AMCA and MWF-AF/NAVY in the near future. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ELTA Systems has introduced the next generation of ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) and has offered the system to all current operators of the previous generation system operators. MS-MMR fuses additional ELTA sensors to the main MMR system thereby providing an active, passive, and combined Air Situational Picture (ASP) and will be revealed at upcoming Paris Air Show.

MS-MMR has been fined tuned and now comes with additional sensors with higher accuracy, faster update rates and upgraded identification of aerial threats including that of platforms such as drones and UAVs, tactical aerial weapons, cruise missiles, and ballistic rockets.MS-MMR is also capable of detecting platforms with low RCS (Radar Cross Section) incorporating a certain level of stealth technology. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Sameer Joshi who is a former Mirage 2000 pilot, Kargil war veteran and a satellite imagery expert has put together multiple freely available video from the Pakistani side of Kashmir where four Pakistani F-16 positioned close to in Naoshera sector seems to have fired at least 4 to 5 AIM-120C5 at lone Sukhoi Su-30MKI which Pakistan had initially denied but later retracted and confirmed that it only fired two AMRAAMs and killed two fighter jets of IAF.

Video grab compiled by Joshi clearly shows at least 4 AMRAAMs fired by four F-16s while performing a Classic Beyond visual range HOT/COLD grind against a lone IAF Su-30MKI. The picture shown above shows the positioning of all the F-16s and position of the Su-30MKI which successfully dodged 4-5 AMRAAMs using a combination of flares and onboard anti-jamming equipment. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army has reportedly asked Ordnance Factory Board to develop an Anti-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar close-in weapons system which can detect and destroy incoming, rockets, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets to be positioned near the line of control areas where Pakistani army regularly indulges in unprovoked ground fire in support of infiltration attempts for Terrorists trying to cross over to Indian side of LOC.

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, OFB is using AK-630, a Soviet-era fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon to develop a Truck based land version of the weapon system for operations near LOC equipped with MR-123 fire control radar, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and other sensors to engage aerial targets in range of 4-5km or at least provide early warning to soldiers positioned near the targeted area. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India has started the process of acquiring the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from the US in what it claims will secure Aerial threats from drones to ballistic missiles for the National capital area. India will be spending nearly 6,000 crores for a missile system which it can develop locally and in fact, already has in its current inventory… so why does India even need this missile system?

Fact is that SPYDER-MR short and medium-range mobile air defense system is quite similar to the NASAMS-II Air Missile System and is a combination of short-to-medium range air-to-air missile, each missile system comprises of a Radar unit, EO Units, and Missile Launchers. SPYDER-MR is made of Python-5 and Derby Air-to-Air missiles and NASAMS-II are made of AIM-120 and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Air-to-Air missiles and both missile system are designed to take down aerial threats ranging from Drones to sub-sonic cruise missiles and have a similar range of 50-70km depending on the AIM-120 variant which India will be purchasing. Continue reading

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

The United States is going all out to prevent the purchase of S-400 missile defense system by India after it rejected a more expensive offer of THAAD and MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system (SAM) and as per latest speculation in the media is open to offering India it’s F-35 Stealth fighter jet and place in the supply ecosystem of the F-35 program, which will enable Lockheed Martin to set up local production line in India and help in India’s own development of AMCA 5th Generation fighter jet Program.

For starters, there is no clarity if F-35 will be offered in place of F-21 and F-18 to India with the option of local assembly but Washington is likely to pull the plug on Turkey from the F-35 program and canceling orders for confirmed orders of 100 F-35s, speculation is ripe that India will be offered to fill the shoes left vacant by Turkey which was also part of the supply ecosystem of the F-35 program. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Technology Demonstrator of LCA-Navy NP-1 & 2 which has been busy carrying out the final round of shore trails at the SBTF facility at INS Hansa in Goa, achieved a major milestone after it was able to make control landing using its tail-hooks at the designated Landing Area by using arresting wire facility at SBTF which mimics arrested landings onboard aircraft carriers like INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant which is being built at Kochi.

In Phase-I, LCA-Navy had perfected Take-off the ski-jump facility after multiple rounds of shore trials. ADA officials and Naval Aviators under the supervision of specialists carried out multiple take-off approach to determine the best carrier take for the program and also carried out several enhancements to software to carry out Automated Take-Off function for easier takeoffs from an aircraft carrier. Continue reading

SOURCE: ARUSH SINGH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Dassault RAFALE is an omni role fighter and is best suited for India after the non-recurring €1.3 billion paid on design and development of India Specific Enhancements. France is pitching this fighter in the upcoming MMRCA 2.0 tender for 114 fighter jets. But, if the cost per plane of the latest F4 version when it is manufactured in India exceeds beyond the budget limit set for the tender, the IAF will be forced to look at other options. And, the most suitable contender after RAFALE is the MIG 35 with India specific enhancements aka MIG 35 MKI.

MIG 35 is a Russian 4++ generation fighter which incorporates a new PHAZOTRON ZHUK AE AESA Radar, Newly designed Optical locator system, Fifth generation information sighting system and stealth coating. Also, post MMRCA, MIG 35 is incorporated with a modified state of the art onboard defence complex and opto-electronic reconnaissance stations, used only in top notch fourth generation and fifth generation fighters. Continue reading

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

TAIS, which is a Turkish consortium founded by the owners of the top five leading shipyards of Turkey recently grabbed a tender worth $2.3-billion to build five fleet support tankers of 45,000-tonne ships for the Indian Navy with local shipyards in India. TAIS by de facto will be in charge of the program an even chip in with its design expertise and engineering services to support the development of these ships which will be built in India in state-owned shipyards.

According to previous tender documents which idrw.org had gone through in the past, 45,000-tonne fleet support tankers will need to house 190 sailors and 24 officers along with one multi-role helicopter and has capable of speeds “not less than 20 knots of maximum continuous speed. fleet support tankers usually move with other warships when in sea patrolling missions or part of Carrier strike group, this should have raised some eyebrows back home which clearly is missing in local media. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In 2019, IAF has deficient of nearly 240 jets but the purchase of an additional 18 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI, 21 Mig-29, 36 Dassault Rafale and induction of LCA-Tejas will act as stop act measure but by 2025 the gap will only widen to the shortage of fighter jets to 300.

By 2025, IAF fighter Squadron fleet will be hovering around 27 Squadrons after a host of retirements of Mig-21 and Mig-27 fleet post-2020. Shortage of nearly 300 fighter aircraft will have crippling effects on the operational readiness of the Indian air force. Even with emergency procurement of 36 Dassault Rafale and an additional squadron of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI will have little effect on operational availability of the air force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune developed ” Trikaal ” Corner Shot Weapon System (CSWS) recently gone through User trials by Rashtriya Rifles earlier in March this year at the Pashan range at ARDE. ARDE has developed Two different versions of CSWS. Two different versions of CSWS are being developed—one to mount and fire 9 mm pistol and the other as a platform for 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher developed by ARDE.

Both versions of CSWS were tested and evaluated for verification of technical parameters, viz., weight, length, trigger pull, D/R/I, etc., by the
users. Continue reading

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

Trump administration is upping its pressure on India by sending high-level officials from Pentagon and security affairs within weeks of Modi 2.0 government taking over charge of the country and main focus seems to prevent the procurement of Russian S-400 Air defense system by Indian air force which is recently thwarted multiple air intrusion attempts in its western sector with Pakistan where AWACS aircraft flying deeper inside Pakistani air space was coordinating failed strikes inside Indian side of Kashmir.

IAF will be procuring only Two long-range missile system which is part of four missile family of the S-400 Air defense system. IAF will be only getting Very Long range 40N6 (400 km) and the medium range 48N6 (250km) which could come handy on taking down high-value targets flying well within Pakistani air space. On the Eastern sector, 40N6 (400 km) will come handy as deterrence against Chinese air force operating from their Tibetan air space. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has confirmed that 110+ fleet of Su-30SM inducted by Russian Air Force will be swapped with Saturn AL-41F-1S turbofan engines from existing Salyut AL-31FP to maintain commonality with Su-35S fleet and a study to modify and integrate AL-41F-1S engines into Su-30SM fleet already has been approved and AL-41F-1S turbofan engines reportedly also has been offered to Indian air force on Su-30MKI fleet upon which Su-30SM was based on.

Russian Air Force has decided that fresh batch of 36 Su-30SM fighter jets will come equipped with AL-41F-1S engines which roughly translates into an additional power of 19kN (4271lbs) thrust per engine opening up the potential for future avionics upgrades such as a new radar, electronic countermeasures, additional weapons load capabilities and boost to the thrust-to-weight ratio of the fighter aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG


BEL Chairman M V Gowtama while speaking to media has confirmed that with all final components in place, assembly of Akash NG (new generation) which is a brand new variant of surface-to-air missile (SAM) has started and the first prototype of the missile system will be ready for developmental trials before end of this year .

Akash NG will have a new Aesa radar and seeker and will be powered by dual pulse solid propulsion technology like seen with Indo-Israeli MRSAM surface-to-air missile program. Akash-NG will sport a Canister system mounted on a Truck for easy mobility and each system will have Six missiles ready to fire at a moments notice. While the range of the missile has been claimed from 35 to 50 km it will be slotted below Indo-Israeli developed MR-SAM Air Defence system in Indian Army and Indian Air force. Continue reading