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Second indigenous developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) ‘Netra ‘ Aircraft will be handed over to Indian Air Force Next month after DRDO was able to further fine-tune state-of-the-art active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar as per the recommendation of IAF.

First Netra aircraft was handed over to IAF last year and the aircraft already has completed 250+ mission sorties accumulating total 500 hours. Continue reading

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After India scrapped Single Engine Fighter (SEF) for 114 units, news coming in is that Indian Air Force has agreed to procure 201 units of Stretched version of Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas MK-2 which will come with host of improvements over Tejas MK1 and MK1A and the project is likely to go official by end of this year .

DRDO chief Dr S Christopher also confirmed that first Tejas MK2 will make its first flight by 2022 and will be ready to enter production by the time production run of 83 MK1A ordered by IAF comes to an end by 2025-26. Continue reading

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Reports published by La Tribune and Reuters have created buzz over the revival of India’s long dead Kaveri turbofan engine with French assistance coming from Aero-engine major Snecma which has sent Indian defence media into a tizzy due to lack of clarity on the possible deal when French President Emmanuel Macron visits India next week.

Kaveri engine was delinked from LCA-Tejas program after it was not able to generate enough thrust to power an fighter aircraft in the class of LCA. The engine also suffered from last mile technological issues which GTRE was unable to fix. Continue reading

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French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune ” in its latest report has said that France and India are on track to power the Indian light combat aircraft (LCA) with the M88 as part of the Kaveri program which currently is been resurrected with French help.

La Tribune report says that Major Announcement will be made when Emmanuel Macron is on a trip to India from March 10th onwards.

Fact Check & Crucial Points Continue reading

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India’s quest to procure 114 units of single-engine fighter jet, worth over $10-billion under SEF Tender will be scrapped soon and instead India will remove engine limitations basically allowing all rejected contenders and even winning candidate of earlier scrapped MMRCA Tender a second shot at the world biggest tender for the fighter jets.

What could have possibly have gone wrong that India decided to scrap Single Engine Fighter Tender? Well Idea of Single Engine Fighter Tender was floated by then Defence minister Manohar Parrikar after MMRCA Tender was scrapped and India instead opted for procurement of 26 Dassault Rafale fighter jet directly in a Government-to-Government deal. Continue reading

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DRDO has confirmed that a modified Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) Lakshya-II has successfully carried out several rounds of Weaponised trials of the drone, making remotely Pilotless Target Aircraft India’s first Armed drone.

Lakshya achieved 20m circular error probable (CEP) precision strikes on designated targets as per information provided by DRDO and the program has completed more than 9 successfully flights. Continue reading

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Navy’s representatives part of Land-based Prototype (LBP) for Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System 

The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology after missing several crucial deadlines has finally seemed to be back on track after land-based trials of the AIP Module in its Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) lab at Ambernath was reported progressing smoothly.

As per information coming in, NMRL was able to demonstrate AIP operation for the endurance of 14 days which was monitored by a team deputed from Indian Navy to monitor land-based trials of the AIP Module under simulated underwater condition. Continue reading

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National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) designed 14-seater multi-role transport aircraft ” Saras project ” is back online after suffering from long slow down which hit the project after a prototype suffered a crash in March 2009 leading to the killing of its crew.

Saras recently completed its Second flight successfully and IAF has expressed Interest in acquiring 15 Military variants of the aircraft which can be used to Transport Military VVIPs and to be also used to train pilots to fly Transport aircraft. IAF impressed by aircrafts potential is also keen on to exploit potential new variant specifically used for signal-snooping on enemy communications. Continue reading

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has issued Request for Expression of Interest to seek vendors who could manufacture Two Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) who once selected will also be in charge of manufacturing prototypes.

ADA which is the design agency will be supplying detail drawings to the selected vendor who will be in charge of setting up required infrastructure and other test facilities which can even execute final assembly of the jet. Continue reading

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Recent media reports indicate that Indian Air force has asked Lockheed Martin to brief them F-35A for the possible purchase of more than 120 jets in what could be India’s first Stealth Combat jet clearly dumbing any possibility of manufacturing FGFA based on Russian 5th Generation Su-57 aircraft in India.

The author argued that falling prices of Bare bone F-35A makes it very attractive alternative when it is compared to expensive Dassault Rafale and FGFA both which cost over $100 million per unit. Lockheed Martin has confirmed that cost of F-35A will be below $80 million per unit cost in bare bone configuration by 2020 which seems lucrative for many Bureaucratic and Politicians back in India, but the question remains, can India really afford F-35A Ecosystem in long term ?. Continue reading

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Kalvari class of diesel-electric attack submarines based on the French Scorpène-class submarine being built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai are on the roll after the third submarine INS Karanj, was launched last month, with three more submarines all set to join by 2012, Navy is making all-out effort to kickstart long-delayed successor Project 75I which is a follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarine for the Indian navy .

Under Project 75I, Indian Navy had planned to procure Six Next generation diesel-electric attack submarines to add muscle to India’s underwater submarine fleet. Project 75I-class submarine had two key additional requirements over the Kalvari class which was to be equipped with Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems to enable them to stay submerged for longer duration and substantially increase their operational range and to also feature Vertical launch system (VLS) to enable submarine fleet to carry Supersonic BrahMos and Sub-sonic Nirbhay Cruise missiles . Continue reading

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According to report prepared by Defence Analysts Shiv Aroor, Indian Air Force and Government of India have stuck an understanding with India’s State-owned DRDO to begin the ground process to develop an Air Launched Variant based on India’s first Sub-Sonic Nirbhay cruise missile within next two years.

Dubbed Nirbhay-A, Air launched variant will be similar to ground-based variant minus the Booster motor and few changes made to fins and wings to operate without any hiccups when launched from a Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft . Continue reading

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Indian Air Force plans to prolong Operational Service of Jaguar Strike Aircraft till 2034 seems to have been hit some serious roadblocks with drying out of spares to maintain Jaguars fleet which both IAF and HAL are unable to meet.

As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, IAF being the lone operator of Jaguar aircrafts is struggling to maintain service availability of Jaguar fleet above 65 %. Continue reading

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Indian Airforce is hoping that the process to procure six flight refueler aircraft (FRA) for the third time will be successful after two previous attempts have successfully wasted 7-8 years in the process if not then further bad news awaits says Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF which operates Six Ilyushin’s Il-78 multi-role tanker aircrafts procured from 2003 for air to air refuelling as seen undesirable service availability of Il-78 fleet along with the poor supply of spares has severally affected India’s Strategic reach of its fighter jet fleet in the region. Continue reading

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Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of the Kalyani group, in his recent interview to a News Portal, said that Ultra Light Long Range Artillery developed by Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) is heading for firing trials this year in May-June.

KSSL developed 155mm 39 calibre towed Howitzer gun is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India. Continue reading