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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) for Stage-II Pilot training program is now officially dead and it won’t be receiving any further funds from the government of India and Indian Air force to continue its development.

According to media reports, Internal assessments done by Government of India and also by a separate team of IAF officials have termed aircraft as “unfit” for service, raising doubts on abilities and capabilities of Countries major Aerospace company. Continue reading

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With MTCR restrictions gone now, India is all set to explore Brahmos true capabilities and extend its range further down the line.Recently India test fires Brahmos Supersonic Cruise missile with the range of 450 kilometers but has for media reports Brahmos range will have even further extended till 800 kilometers which is a 176% jump in its range from an earlier capped range of 290 kilometers.

DRDO has confirmed that current production batch of Brahmos will be the first block to get an extended range of 800 kilometers and in phase wise, all the existing BrahMos inventories will be upgraded to 800 kilometers range at the later stage. Indian Army and Indian Navy will be the first Service commands which will be first to switch to the extended range version of Brahmos missiles. Continue reading

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Indigenously developed combat version of advanced jet trainer aircraft “Hawk” which was showcased at recently concluded Aero India 2017 might have been rejected by Indian Air Force but in past IAF has gladly accepted trainer jets to be used in front line roles up against formidable leading fighter jets of their time.

Combat Hawk might not find space in India’s frontline fighter jet fleet for all practical reasons today and also due to evolving threat perception today as described by many Defence Analyst for ultimate rejection of Combat Hawk. Continue reading

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According to emerging media reports, Indian Army has asked DRDO to carry out fully redesign of Arjun Mk.II’s hull and turret structures to reduce weight by close to 3 tonnes without losing on all the improvements asked by the Indian Army on Arjun MK-2.

Indian Army reportedly has asked DRDO to use newer lightweight materials to construct new hull and turret structures so that the weight of Arjun MK-2 can be reduced from 68.6 tonnes. Continue reading

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DRDO indigenously developed TAPAS 201 (Rustom-II) medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) currently going through trial phase will get a major boost this year after DRDO confirmed that it is planning to develop and flight test at least 3 more Prototypes of TAPAS 201 by end of this year.

Naval and Air force variant likely to emerge this year and DRDO has made plans to develop at least 10 pre-production TAPAS 201 to test and develop different sensors for tri-service requirements. Continue reading

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Manik Engine on TestBed

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) developed Small gas-turbine Manik Engine has made considerable progress recently and as per latest media reports, GTRE plans to now go for further improvements to make it viable to be used on Cruise missiles.

Manik Engine was recently displayed at Aero India 2017 and according to GTRE officials has been going through regular testing on a test bed and has achieved desired 4.25kN Thrust as per design. Continue reading

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Safran a French-registered Aerospace, Defence and Security company, will be taking over India’s Kaveri engine program from DRDO’s GTRE Laboratories which has been working on the jet engine for last thirty years and lately has been facing last mile technical issues to complete the program and mass produce the engine.

Safran will fix technical issues currently associated with the Kaveri engine like excessive weight, performance issues at higher altitudes, bang noise when engaged with afterburners. But with GTRE able to demonstrate engine performance at the full thrust of 81kN at under test conditions suggests the program which has matured enough and can be fixed in next two years as suggested by DRDO Chief. Continue reading

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Indian Navy recently has issued a global request for information (RFI) to procure vertical launch short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to replace Israeli Barak-1 air defence systems from onboard frontline Indian Navy ships.

14 Page RFI issued has asked for a vertically launched system with 360° coverage to engage hostile targets at Mach 3. Vendors also have been asked to provide if their missile system will able to integrate and work with the current network of sensors and radars. The potential list of candidates likely to be in the race are … Continue reading

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Just a few weeks after Government of India cleared HAL proposed plans to set up Second production line for LCA-Tejas which can produce 8 LCA-Tejas per year, HAL is keen on adding another assembly line but this time it is open for a Private Defence Company to take the lead this time.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chief T. Suvarna Raju on sidelines on Aero India 2017 spoke to many Senior management officials of Private Defence Company to gauge their interest levels in setting up a third assembly line for LCA-Tejas with the ability to produce 8 aircraft per year. Continue reading

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Poeir Jets Private Limited subsidiary of INTECH DMLS Pvt Ltd has made a foray in the field of development of Gas Turbine based Turbo Jet Engines and Turbo Shaft Engines. The company which was born only in 2016 already has developed MJE (Micro Jet Engine )-20 which is a Jet engine with a thrust of 20 Kgf which will be used for an UAV and R/C model aircraft, according to company officials at Aero India 2017, Engine currently is under testing.

Poeir Jets officials also informed idrw.org that they are already carrying out Research to develop more powerful MJE 40 (40 Kgf), MJE 100 (100 kgf), MJE 130 (130 kgf) and SJE-350 (1350 kgf) thrust class jet engine which can be used from Small manned aircraft to medium sized unnamed aerial vehicles . Continue reading

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DRDO, after been granted several export clearances for its indigenously developed weapons system, is all set to set up its own commercial arm, which will promote in International markets products and services emanating from the DRDO.

For the time being BrahMos Corp will be taking care of final negotiation for sale of Akash Surface to Air Missile System to Vietnam, but Soon a new commercial arm will be setup which will be in charge of all systems developed by all DRDO’s associated laboratories with export in mind. Continue reading

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In Terms of design and development of indigenous Destroyer Class warships, India has come a long way, Both Kolkata class and Vishakhapatnam Class Destroyer-Class can easily be counted among the best in their class when compared to their contemporaries and in fact India’s next Generation Visakhapatnam Class is already considered among top three in its class even before been completed .

While Kolkata class and Vishakhapatnam Class Destroyers carry standard Air-to-Air interceptor missiles against Conventional Aerial threats, they don’t carry missile designed to intercept ballistic missiles at lower and higher altitudes. Continue reading

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In a boost to its non-proliferation credentials, India recently joined missile technology control regime which allowed India to buy high hand missile technology and also in join hands in joint ventures with various countries. Due to MTCR India was supplied rocket systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and related technologies of the system which were downgraded below 500 kg payload or at least 300 kilometres range.

India’s formal membership of missile technology control regime already lead to major breakthrough in helping increase range of Supersonic Brahmos cruise missile. Brahmos range from 290 kilometres will be increased to 450 kilometres ultimately it will have a range of 800 kilometres. Continue reading

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Nearly Two Years ago Indian Air Force had asked Government of India to end funding Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd developed Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) and also asked HAL to stop manufacturing them after it repeatedly kept falling in Spin and Stall tests which were critical safety criteria for a newbie pilot and the aircraft during Stage-II training.

As per latest media reports, Government has agreed to stop funding the project any further and henceforth any developmental work carried out by HAL will be purely on Internal resources. Continue reading

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             AL-41F-1S

Russian United Engine Corporation (UEC) while speaking to Indian media confirmed that it is ready to co-develop in cooperation with India in the frame of Make in India initiative a new engine for future projects such as India’s Indigenous AMCA combat aircraft. Offer reportedly was made on the sidelines of Aero India 2017 to Indian officials.

UEC had showcased newest Russian Aero engine AL-41F-1S which powers Russian Sukhoi Su 35 multirole fighter jet and the same engine was also offered to India to be used on India’s Sukhoi Su 30 MKI combat jets under super 30 upgrade program. Continue reading