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Israeli company, Elta after winning contract, to supply 61 Elta’s ELM-2052 AESA radar to be equipped on DARIN-3 upgraded Jaguar fleet of Indian Air Force was largely seen as in the driver seat before India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be equipped on soon to be developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant.

Request for quotation (RFQ) for 80 AESA radars issued last December had asked for fast delivery scheduled since the project is expected to go alive by 2019 followed by production by 2021. Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosoboronexport (Russia), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France) were some of the companies which received RFQ but tight delivery schedule meant not all agreed to participate. Continue reading

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The U.S. government is under considerable pressure from Australia and Qatar to close the deal for the last unsold C-17 Globemaster III military transport jet built by Boeing Co before production was halted, even though India already has conveyed to the US government its intent to buy it, delays in final agreement with India is allowing other prospective buyers to build pressure .

IAF operates 10 C-17 Globemaster III and wanted to procure 3 more when Boeing Co decided to halt the production after orders dried up from United States Air Force after 2013. Boeing Co then decided to produce 10 more C-17 for export customers which were later picked up Kuwait, Australia and Qatar. Continue reading

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A top American defense think-tank of RAND Corporation in their latest report entitled, “Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of a New Class of Weapons.” has advised US Government to work with Russia and China to deny export of complete hypersonic missile systems or their major components to other countries, including India to restrict spread of Hypersonic missile technology .

Russia, China, and the United States are only 3 countries which have active Hypersonic missile programs which have already entered developmental testing stage and it is believed that a production variants will emerge soon post 2020 from either of this countries. Continue reading

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India’s quest to buy Combat drones from Israel and United States seems to be heading to nowhere after reports emerged that both Israel and the United States have suddenly developed cold feet on supply and transfer of Combat Drone technology to India.

India’s request for 100 Stealth Combat Avenger Drones are still pending with Trump administration and India’s closest exporter of defense equipment over the years, Israel too wants to restrict the sale of combat drones to India in lieu of new export restriction imposed by Israeli government reportedly under American pressure. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Thursday said the long-delayed BrahMos-A trials from a modified IAF Su-30 MKIs will be carried out in the month of November. Air-launched BrahMos A will be fired in the Bay of Bengal towards a decommissioned ship as a target for the missile.

Two specially modified IAF Su-30 MKIs have already cleared Captive and Drop trials and data collected from this trials including from simulation trials have been positive and encouraging for the all the agencies involved in the Project. Continue reading

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DRDO Scientist Dr. S Guruprasad while speaking at DEFTECH2017 organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has listed development of Next Generation Pinaka Mark-III heavy Rocket Launcher as one of the futuristic projects initiated by DRDO.

Mark-III variant will have a range of 120kms and can carry 250kg payload which is likely to make its debut by 2020. Next Generation Pinaka will be replacing Russian Supplied SMERCH Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) which has a range of 90kms. Continue reading

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Aloud Siren followed by Room televisions getting switched on automatically to inform on the emergency broadcast channel that North Korea has just fired a missile over Japan and letting its citizen know what to do next is what fear Japanese citizens in western part of Japan lives by every time North Koreans fire a missile towards Japan.

Shimane, Hiroshima, and Kochi are few of the Japanese cities which are always on high alert for possible North Korean fired intermediate-range ballistic missile landing in their backyard in case the North’s missiles malfunction while over Japan. Continue reading

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Thier is no doubt now that American Defence major Lockheed Martin with its F-16 Block-70 is in driver’s seat when it comes to India’s Single-engined fight jets program for a requirement of 114 jets. But does Swedish Saab has an ally in India to become the darkhorse in the race to clinch the deal from Americans?.

While Government of India can be seen totally inclining towards Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block-70, but Indian air force has not shown the same level of inclining and support towards F-16s. IAF in its candid admission has said that if allowed to decide between both F-16 Block-70 and Gripen-E, the force will choose the later for various reasons. Continue reading

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Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman on her visit to Submarine Tech Exhibition held at DRDO Bhawan last month was seen being briefed by L&T officials on Larsen & Toubro developed Mini-Submarine Concept to be used by Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos or MARCOS while DRDO chief S Christopher was also seen closely observing the interaction.

Mini-Submarine has seen in the picture is a miniature submarine equipped with a swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) to be used by special Marine Commandos drivers for insertion of commandos behind the enemy line. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kindly Zoom to see 155/39 Badge on the Gun system on left 

India’s foremost Defence Analyst Maj Gen Gagandeep Bakshi (Retd) put up, few pictures on his social media accounts after his recent visit to Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) facility in Pune. In one of the pictures put up, showed KSSL developed Ultra Light Long Range 155mm 39 caliber towed Howitzer gun for the first time. Ultra Light Long Range Howitzer is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India.

Ultra Light Long Range Howitzer has been under development for last few years now and above picture is the first picture of the new 155mm 39 caliber gun which KSSL developed, in collaboration with USA based Mandus Group. Continue reading

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The first video of Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) launched from Jaguar DARIN-II has surfaced online.

SAAW is an indigenously designed and developed 120 kg class smart weapon capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 km. Continue reading

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The 120 mm Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Mk-II ammunition developed by ARDE, Pune, for the rifled gun of MBT Arjun was successfully tested (Phase I to III) by the user at PXE, Balasore. The lethality, toxicity, safety and consistency of the ammunition were successfully established during the trial.

Phase IV and V of user trials were conducted at PFFR Pokhran during 3-13 July 2017. Critical parameters of consistency and accuracy were achieved as specified in the QR during these trials. Achievement of a greater depth of penetration of 500 mm in 230 mm RHA plate by the 120 mm FSAPDS Mk-II ammunition will lead to improved fire power of MBT Arjun. Continue reading

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Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra, a pioneer in design and development of state-ofthe-art parachutes, transferred the technology to manufacture brake parachutes for LCA Tejas to Ordnance Parachute Factory (OPF), Kanpur, in a function held on 20 July 2017.

Shri Debashish Chakraborty, OS and Director ADRDE handed over the documents pertaining to Transfer ofTechnology (ToT) to Shri GC Rout, IOFS, General Manager, OPF, Kanpur. The documents have been duly vetted by CEMILAC, Bengaluru. The brake parachute for LCA Tejas is made of nylon and Kevlar material.

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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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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