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Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa speaking at Indian Air Force’s annual press conference refused to confirm or deny on recent media speculation that Air Marshal S Varthman committee panel which was set up by Ministry of Defence has sent a positive report and has asked government to go ahead and sign a contract for jointly developing the much-delayed fifth-generation fighter aircraft with Russia .

Dhanoa also confirmed that Indian Air Force has sent its own report to the Ministry of Defence but again refused to say what recommendation was made by the air force and said that content of the report is classified. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday said that Procurement of Single-engined fighters for Indian Airforce is a priority to achieve to reach our authorized strength (fighters) by 2032.

Dhanoa also added that Request for Information (RFI) for Procurement of Single-engined fighters will be issued very soon for which Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 in partnership with Tata Group.and Saab has offered Gripen E in partnership with Adani Group are likely to respond. Continue reading

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Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman while attending Submarine Tech Exhibition at DRDO Bhawan last month was shown Scaled model of Electrical Heavyweight Torpedo (EHWT) which is a submarine-launched variant of Varunastra torpedo which already has been inducted into the Indian Navy.

EHWT aka Takshak is modified Varunastra torpedo adapted to be fired from a Submarine thus physical and technological similarities between both the missiles. Continue reading

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Post-1962 war with China, Indian Air Force felt a need for modern supersonic interceptor aircraft and quickly English Electric Lightning, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 were shortlisted. F-104 Starfighter came with superior avionics and construction was top notch in comparison to Soviet-developed MiG-21.

Electric Lightning lost favor pretty soon with IAF and Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was selected by India. Since F-104 were supplied to Pakistan Air Force a year earlier in 1961, Indian government felt that Americans will oblige to Indian request just after 1962 war with China and will agree to the sale of F-104 Starfighter to India but then came a shocker. Continue reading

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Exactly 30 years ago, in last week of September month of 1987, Israeli Cabinet voted to halt development of the Lavi fighter jet, which was to be Israel’s which was to be Israel’s main advanced combat aircraft for the 1990’s.

Program was canceled as a result of pressure from the Reagan Administration and instead, Israel went on to purchase 90 less-expensive American-made F-16 fighters were brought instead which will follow on contracts expanded to 200 units over the years but lead to Lavi once dubbed as most advanced 4th generation fighter jet ever developed went to scrapyard instead of production line and how Tejas MK-2 might see repeat of Israel’s Lavi fate due powerful American lobbying. Continue reading

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Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) Basic Trainer Aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is all set to enter into a critical phase of trials in coming weeks this month as HAL plans to start stall and spin tests soon for which aircraft has been modified so that trials go without any hiccups.

HAL will be nervous because their HJT-36 trainer aircraft program had suffered a great setback when it could not clear stall and spin tests leading to the program being nearly abandoned by the Defence Ministry. HAL according to media reports have taken any safety measures and precautions this time and have consulted International experts to have a smooth set of trial around which is crucial to the programme. Continue reading

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When LCA-Tejas was proposed in early 80’s, idea was to replace bulk of Soviet-era Mig-21s variants which made up nearly 50% of the fleet strength of the Indian Air Force with an indigenous plane to break free India’s dependence from foreign fighter aircraft manufactures.

As India’s threat perception evolved, one to one replacement of Mig-21 with LCA-Tejas was long abandoned and by the time aircraft entered production it had confirmed orders for only 123 jets which is far less production run than originally anticipated. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Director General Alexander Mikheev of Rosoboronexport speaking to the media has confirmed that Indian officials have visited their factory and were shown the equipment (S-400) at the production plant and design bureau.

Rosoboronexport also confirmed that company has demonstrated S-400 system both infield and range conditions to Indian officials successfully. When asked about why the deal was yet to concluded with India, he said that Rosoboronexport is still holding technical consultation with Indian officials and based on Indian feedback final agreement will be drafted. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Organisers of Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018 announced that several major Aerospace companies have confirmed and signed up for forthcoming International Airshow to be hosted at Sakhir Air Base, Kingdom of Bahrain, from 14-16 November 2018.

Among Aerospace companies who confirmed their participation, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already booked a large space at the Exhibition Hall to jointly showcase LCA, LCH, HTT-40 and ALH Dhruv to the prospective clients. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

T. Suvarna Raju Chairman of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) speaking to CNBC-TV18 said that HAL can scale production of LCA-Tejas from 16 aircraft to 24 aircraft per annum if its Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers of Wings, Front, and Rear fuselage can scale up their production line.

Raju said that orders for 83 Tejas MK-1A placed by Indian Air force can be wrapped up in just over 3 years if we can produce 24 aircraft per annum. Raju also confirmed that 5 more LCA-Tejas Serial Production aircraft will be delivered to Indian Air Force by end of this Fiscal year (FY17-18). Continue reading

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DRDO developed Advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS) has passed Army-assisted “summer trials” technical trials in the desert conditions at Pokhran range, where ATAGS set New World record when using a long-range 155-mm HE-BB projectile hit targets at the 48kms, setting a new world record for any artillery gun system among existing systems.

According to latest media reports, ATAGS will head to Mountain trials by end of this year for which special modification will be carried out on ATAGS Prototypes where new records are expected. Continue reading

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INS Kalvari

Capt Rajiv Nath (IN Retd) Director of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) confirmed that lead submarine, INS Kalavari of Scorpene-class submarine has been handed over to Indian Navy and INS Khanderi, the second indigenous Scorpene-class submarine is currently undergoing extensive sea trials.

INS Karanj, which is third Kalvari-Class Submarine has completed all fabrication work and currently, the submarine is been prepared for launch by end of this year. This was also the first confirmation that third submarine has been named ” Karanj” continuing with the tradition of naming newer submarines on retired submarines. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 Zumwalt-class destroyer 

Vice Admiral DM Deshpande Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A), Indian Navy has confirmed for the first time that India’s Next Generation Destroyers (NDG) Project, which is still at the infancy stage is waiting for principal approval from the government of India.

Sharing his vision for Next Generation Destroyers (NDG), he said NDG will be of 13000-tonne displacement warship with conventional propulsion and will feature next-generation weapons including laser weapons. Continue reading

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     LSP-7 (KH2017) WITH PYTHON-5 ON PYLON ALONG WITH INSERT OF PYTHON-5

Senior MBDA officials Speaking to Indian Media has confirmed earlier speculative media reports that the company has offered it’s Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) to India to be integrated with India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jets.

Previous idrw.org report (Click Here) had confirmed that Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed Python-5 fifth generation Close Combat air-to-air missile (AAM) was facing integration problem with the LCA-Tejas due to exessive vibrations recorded at 0.9 Mach during Captive flight trials. Continue reading

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Senior MBDA official confirmed to Indian media that, MBDA in response to Request for Information (RFI) issued by Indian Navy earlier this year has offered its ” Sea Ceptor ” which is next-generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defense weapon system.

As per RFI issued by Indian Navy, Navy wants to purchase 10 short-range surface-to-air missile systems to replace its aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems. Continue reading