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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Like Mig-21Bis, R-73E short-range air-to-air missile was on verge of retirement after IAF planned to replace them with much improved European heat seeking Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) among all platform,but missile system received a much-needed boost to the image when R-73E a Standard missile model procured in the ’80s managed to bring down a Pakistani F-16 last month.

ASRAAM procurement will be on and will be standard air to air missile system on all current and future aircraft but due to high procurement cost, Sources close to idrw.org have informed India is now actively considering procuring improved model of the missile system called K-74M which Russia has developed to be armed on next generation Mig-35, Sukhoi-35 and Sukhoi-57 fighter aircrafts.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) officials approached Indian officials on the sidelines of Aero India 2019 to revive now dead program for development of new 5th generation fighter jets based on Indian requirements developed from their Su-57 platform and were not meet with any positive response from Indian side said industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Russian delegation offered to have talks on the better transfer of technical terms and also brief on the current progress of the program but the offer doesn’t bring anything new to the table to restart talks hence India has not committed anything concrete on the matter as per source. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0630-1030 for 18th,19th and 20th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 300km.

India is likely to test Nirbhay Sub-sonic cruise missile for limited range due to the integration of Manik engine for the first time in the missile system. DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has developed Manik small turbofan to power long-range subsonic Nirbay cruise missile or small scale UCAVs which India plans to develop in near future. Continue reading

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

In the Second set of evidence given by Indian Air Force to the Indian Government, contains complete flight path of the ill-fated F-16B/D which crossed the line of control and was later shot down by the Mig-21Bis flown by the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with a single R-73 Withing visual Range Heat seeking Missile.

Israeli manufactured Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW) aircraft which was airborne even before 24 Pakistani jets were airborne had recorded signature of the F-16 pretty much early in its flight path and was monitoring it till the moment it crossed back LOC and was later shot down by the chasing Indian Mig-21Bis. Continue reading

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

Indian Air force Engineers are convinced that some of the pictures shown by the Pakistani military as those of drowned Indian Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman don’t belong to the Mig-21 engine and to verify those pictures an old retired Tumansky R-25-300 after-burning turbojet engine of another retired Mig-21 was stripped and compared with few pictures at the Pathankot Air Force Station recently.

IAF has submitted a detail report to the government of India after old and new hand (Retired and Active Engineers ) took a detail look at the pictures and at the several parts of the Mig-21 engines to identify some parts which were passed on as the wreckage of Indian jet. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at recently concluded Aero India 2019 showcased the Jaguar upgrade suite, designated as Jaguar MAX (Mothership for Augmented Xploitation). Jaguar Max is heavily armed upgraded Jaguar ground-attack aircraft, which are being offered for the Indian Jaguar fleet which is above DARIN III+ Standard and comes with a host of features to breathe fresh life in 120 units of Ground Strike aircraft which is fast approaching its retirement age.

Jaguar MAX is envisioned to carry and launch various next-generation air-launched weapons, including a gliding heavy-weight new-generation precision-guided munition; five sensor-based, multi-warhead, anti-tank smart bombs; a new-generation laser-guided bomb; 16 gliding, lightweight smart anti-airfield weapons; a sea skimming anti-ship missile; two new-generation short-range air-to-air missiles; four next-generation beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles; five advanced medium-range cruise missiles; and 12 swarming unmanned air vehicles. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Last month first four CH-47F Chinooks for the IAF were brought to the Mundra Port in Gujarat which was later assembled in Gujarat before being ferried to Chandigarh where they have started flying familiarization sorties and all four helicopters have successfully completed initial sorties as informed to idrw.org and are ready for official induction into air-force.

CH-47F Chinooks are part of No. 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights) which is equipped with Mil Mi-26 and based at Chandigarh Air Force Station. Most of the current Chinook pilots are veterans Mil Mi-26 helicopters which have supplemented by new heavy-lift helicopters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Post-Soviet-Afghan war, American-built F-16 fighter regarded by many Pakistani’s as an invincible aircraft a symbol of prestige to many Pakistani’s have been lost in combat and in non-combat operations in many dubious ways that many in Pakistani military circle rather avoid talking about it so that the myth of the Invisible F-16 always forever remain engraved in minds of its people.

There have been at least three instances where this mighty F-16 were forced to bite the dust in the most unusual way ever. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After coming under criticism for fielding inferior Mig-21Bis against Superior Pakistani F-16 in the recent aerial clash near the line of control (LOC), Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who was questioned recently why India’s homegrown LCA-Tejas fighter jet was stationed in down south India, far away from the border with Pakistan when the need was to have them near the border.

Dhanoa clarified that once the foundation for second LCA-Tejas Squadron is done, first Squadron will be shifted to forward base close to Pakistan border likely in 2020. First Squadron Flying Daggers No. 45 is currently carrying out Initial user operational flying of LCA-Tejas aircraft delivered to them and in the process is also training its engineering crew to carry out routine maintenance with help of HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The next edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia is fast approaching and India will be sending Two LCA-Tejas fighter jet which will compete in a race to supply 12 light combat aircraft (LCA) or a fighter lead-in trainer (FLIT) as stated requirement within the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

RMAF has invited other proposals from competitors who are in the race like M-346FA Fighter Attack aircraft variant developed by Leonardo, Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft developed by United Aircraft Corporation of Russia and FA-50 light attack aircraft developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). It is rumored that even JF-17 developed by China is also one of the contestant in RMAF requirement but there is no confirmation if it will be present in the airshow. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5016 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 12-March-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-16 flew for 31 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-16 is Sixteen Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-13 had completed its first flight on 30-January-2019. Next in line is SP-15 which has been assembled at the second assembly line and will complete its first flight by end of this month. SP-16 is the first aircraft to carry Wings supplied by L&T a Private defense company. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Four Sukhoi-30MKI which had taken up Defensive positions when 3 Pakistani F-16 breached Indian airspace last month, saw the first aerial dog fight since 1971 war between two air-forces where Mig-21Bis managed to bring down one F-16 but the same Mig was also lost to another missile fired from another F-16 in the process, but the questions remain why IAF’s front-line Sukhoi-30s didn’t engage F-16s in the first place and also why not even a single missile was fired even when it was attacked 4-5 times by AIM-120C5 BVRAAMs in the process.

Well, the answer can be found in the statement made by the Indian air force where it mentioned that due to lack of firing opportunity for the Su-30s, it didn’t engage PAF F-16s in Beyond Visual Range and the only missile which was fired by India that day was Single Heat Seeking close range R-73 air-to-air missile fired by the ill-fated Mig-21. Continue reading

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

Pakistani Air Force has publicly credited Second JF-17 pilot for bringing down Second Indian jet which they claim was mighty Sukhoi-Su-30MKI, yet strangely name of the second pilot nearly took a week to be made public even when his kill was much bigger then what the first pilot claimed that of Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

What is more strange is that name of the first pilot was out in open in the first day of the Aerial Dogfight yet Pakistani Air Force seems to be more interested in Mig-21Bis Kill than the Su-30MKI kill which they claim was the second Indian jet. Indian already has challenged PAF and Pakistani Government to share Video footage of the Aerial interception of the Second jet from onboard Camera on JF-17 or F-16 which they continue not to clarify which one was used. India also claimed all Sukhoi-30MKI which were involved in the operations landed back safely including other jets like Mirage-2000s and Mig-21s so now onus lies with Pakistan to show some evidence. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which is developing Infrared image search and track system (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force to replace its current Russian origin OLS-30 IRST system will also find its way also into India’s Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) fighter jet which was recently showcased at Aero India 2019.

MWF will have an internally mounted infrared search and track (IRST) sensor developed by BEL. IRST system under development will have a detection range up to 100km, new heat seeker acclimatized for Indian Hot conditions, new algorithms, and advanced software so that it can outperform the Russian OLS-30 IRST system currently equipped on Sukhoi Su-30 MKI Fighter jet. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

According to reliable industry sources close to idrw.org, IAF and ADA are discussing the possibility of having a common Non-TVC and TVC Turbofan engine rated at 110kN with afterburner for both platforms to reduce the cost of the new engine development and also lower the cost of each unit due to the higher scale of production.

Initial pre-production Medium weight fighter (MWF) and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered by GE Aero Engines-supplied F414-INS6 turbofan rated at 98kN with afterburner but the production variant for AMCA will require higher engine rated at 110kN with an afterburner which India plans to co-develop with foreign assistance based on established product in the near future soon. Continue reading