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French multinational aircraft engine maker Safran currently has been portrayed as a messiah in a section of Indian media which fill fix India’s long-delayed over budget Kaveri turbofan engine program. While it seems french have taken over the project and have sidelined India’s GTRE on its revival plans, it is also important to mention all the contribution done by the Indian engineers on Kaveri engine program.

DRDO chief S Christopher already has told Indian media that new Kaveri engine dubbed K9 will be ready to have its first flight by next Aero India 2019. Such short duration suggests that there will be no major technical changes to the core of the engine and France will not be integrating Any M-88 engine components in new the Kaveri engine. Continue reading

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India plans to acquire 5 Russian S-400 long-range air defence system for Indian Air Force from 2017 to 2022. while India is yet to place an order with Russia but Russian media report suggests that delivery can commence from 2018 onwards after fulfilling its own requirement. S-400 is a Mobile Theatre defence system capable of neutralising both Aerodynamic and ballistic threats.

S-400 with engagement envelope extending to 400 kilometres and the ability to engage all types of aerial threats while operating in electronic warfare (EW) environment make S400 formidable system . India’s interest in acquiring S-400 system was first reported in Indian press in October 2015 it is likely that Russians offered the system to India in end of 2013 or early 2014 . Continue reading

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Chief Commodore C.D.Balaji (Retd) speaking to media has said that last year participations of LCA-Tejas in Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016 and this year’s Aero India 2017 has helped create a positive impression around Ingeniously developed LCA-Tejas fighter jet among prospective clients.

ADA for the first time allowed Indian Journalists and prospective customers Customer Demo Flights on LCA-Tejas Trainers which is considered standard marketing practice done by all Aircraft manufacturers to promote their product and this also shows the confidence of its developers on LCA-Tejas . Continue reading

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Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar has asked Indian Navy to re-work its submarine building plans and have a relook at how many submarine Navy will require by 2050 for its operational requirement after Countries plan to acquire 24 new Submarine under a 30-year plan approved in 2000 was delayed considerably.

While India is still executing orders of the first Project-75 Conventional submarine plans but it now aggressively reworking its submarine building plan which could aim at preserving and fostering existing submarine building talent and skill sets that have been obtained by Indian shipyards with foreign collaborations. Continue reading

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India’s Defence Community is Buzzed with an unconfirmed report which Indicates that DRDO has been tasked to develop a long-range anti-ship and Anti-coastal cruise missile in lines of framed Russian Kalibr Cruise Missile.

New missile reportedly will have a range of 1000 km and will have a ship and submarine launched versions for anti-ship and land attack cruise missile variant to be launched from Naval Platform. New Cruise missile will be different to Nirbhay Cruise missile currently been developed for Indian Army and Indian Air Force in following ways. Continue reading

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India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for the first time showcased Scale model of indigenously developed HTSE-1200 engine which can be used for helicopters like Light Combat Helicopter, Light Utility Helicopter and the future ALHs and should be ready by 2020-21.

idrw.org was informed that current Shakti engines developed by HAL and its French partner Turbomeca will be replaced with indigenous engine once it is ready for production. HTSE-1200 in the single-engine configuration will be used on Light Utility Helicopter and in twin-engine configuration will be used on Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter. Continue reading

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In mid 80’s a nervous and shy Indian delegation landed in Moscow with an unusual request which could have caused ripples far in the west and in Asia, Before anybody one could put forward their requests, Senior Ranked Soviet Naval officer gasping hesitation shown by Indian officials took the lead and said, ” We know what you want ” and handed over a Scale model of K-43 Charlie-class nuclear-powered missile submarine to ease the hesitation .

It was first Strategic Defence Partnership with the Soviet Union and India. leasing of INS Chakra 1 is seen as a critical component, which leads to a tactical understanding to support India’s Nuclear Naval ambitions which ultimately lead to kick-start of India’s very own Nuclear Submarine program which we see today inform of Arihant Class Submarines. Continue reading

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At Aero India 2017, HAL officials confirmed to idrw.org that Indo-Russian Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) medium airlifter program is more or less officially dead since proposed aircraft failed to meet Customers (Indian Air Force) technical requirements and Project work from Indian side has been stopped.

The bone of contention between Indian air force’s rejection of MTA was largely based on lack of FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) equipped Aviadvigatel PS-90A1 turbofans engine as sought by IAF. Continue reading

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India’s 5th Generation fighter jet program is entering Preliminary design stage, as been confirmed to idrw.org at Aero India 2017. Preliminary design stage in Industrial terms is called as a critical bridge between Concept stage and Detail design stage which means the focus has now shifted to creating a general framework upon which project will be executed.

While DRDO has received 231 crores of funds to carry out initial Research and Development for Ghatak UCAV and AMCA Program, AMCA is still waiting for final Budgetary and official sanctions from Prime Ministers Office (PMO). Continue reading

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In less than a decade from now, India will be facing a new threat perception with the Bulk introduction of Stealth aircraft in the region by rival China which ultimately will also make way in hands of Pakistan thus creating Stealth Gaps in India’s Air Defence systems.

Bolstering current air-defence systems with the addition of counter-stealth measures should be taken at same priority has to introduce Stealth aircraft for Indian Air force, Since Chinese have invested heavily in next generations of radars designed to detect US stealth aircraft, we can assume that it will also be used against India in event of war. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force after taking delivery of first Indigenously developed Netra AEW&C surveillance plane at Aero India 2017 has told DRDO that it will like to induct third Netra AEW&C surveillance plane too in its fleet showing confidence in the indigenously developed surveillance plane.

DRDO has confirmed that it will be handing over Second Netra AEW&C surveillance plane to IAF by June, which will be identical in terms of system configuration to the one handed over already. DRDO initially had planned to keep Third Netra AEW&C within the organisation to use it as a Developmental Platform to be used has Technological Demonstrator for Bigger AirBus A330 mounted AWACS India Programme. Continue reading

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Army Aviation is take upon itself in pursuing the indigenisation program for critical components and materials with industry participation to reduce the dependence on import for its Dhruv Fleet. Participating at Aero India 2017, At Indian Army Aviation stall, idrw.org was informed that Army has prepared a list which they think can be realised with the support of public and private sector industries.

Army Aviation is looking forward in indigenizing nearly 15 equipment which it feels should be done on priority and is actively scouting for public and private sector industries for possible partnerships. Continue reading

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Twice in last few weeks Lockheed Martin has made two contrary statements on its F-16s offer to India and has failed to follow up with clarifications. Lockheed Martin which is under intense scrutiny under Trump administration on its over budget and delayed F-35 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft program might withdraw from setting up a plant in India for the F-16 production plant in India might make in India wary of purchase of arms from United states in the future.

United states in last few years have emerged has India’s second biggest defence equipment supplier but most of the deals have been through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with no involvement of transfer of technology (TOT) or offset obligations which allowed American companies to crack deals without any actual presence of competitions in India. Continue reading

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HAL’s ambitions of entering the aircraft engine space are now one step closer to the reality since HAL has confirmed to idrw.org at Aero India 2017 that HTFE-25 has achieved full thrust in trials and will be ready for first flight by next year.

HAL had unveiled the HTFE-25 (Hindustan Turbofan Engine 25) engine at Aero India 2015 has managed to keep the program on schedule to meet its internal deadline of 2018. Continue reading

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DRDO at recently concluded Aero India 2017 showcased its Concept Demonstration vehicle dubbed Tethered Autonomous Multi-Copter Platform (TAMP). Tethered drones, unlike conventional drones, have an unlimited power supply to the aircraft for long endurance flights since there is a physical wire connection to ground or to other fixed power station.

idrw.org was informed by DRDO officials that TAMP can carry a 30kg payload up to 100m up in the air and that it can fly over any moving vehicle increasing the surveillance qualities of the UAV. Continue reading