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Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL) at Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged with a show stopper when it unveiled a full-scale mock-up of Indian Multi Tole Helicopter (IMRH) in presence of Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar. Mockup on display was VIP Version but the larger aim is to replace a large fleet of Mil Mi-8/17s, as well as some naval helicopters.

The Proposed IMRH will be powered by Twin engines and will be equipped with an automatic flight control system (AFCS), mission systems and advanced cockpit displays. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After rejecting LCA-Navy, Indian Navy issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking details from global aircraft maker which can offer Indian navy carrier-borne combat aircraft with minimum projected requirement for 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters.

RFI which is available for Public viewing indicates the Government plans to procure 57 carrier-borne aircraft eventually through Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 and will require deliveries of the aircraft to commence within three years post contract which needs to be completed within three years once deliveries commence. Continue reading

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In less than three years from now, by mid-2019, India will gain a regional edge when it comes to the most crucial aspect of Aerial combat scene with induction of Meteor BVR Air-to-air missile which will come equipped on French supplied 36 Rafale fighter jet ordered from Dassault Aviation by India.

India is spending close to 710 million Euros in procuring cutting edge next generation weapons suite for its Dassault Rafale fighter jet. The main highlight of this weapons arsenal will be Meteor Air-to-air missile which is described by many as the worlds’ most advanced air-to-air missiles. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indo-Russian multi-billion dollar joint venture to develop a 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft seems to have hit a brick wall after Indian government set up a committee to examine if Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) will actually benefit India since the project already has crossed critical milestones without any Indian inputs.

India and Russia for last Seven years had various differences on different aspects of the FGFA program. Indian Air force already has recommended 43 critical modification for engines, Aesa radar and avionics etc and has termed its airframe non-stealthy enough to be called a 5th generation aircraft in the first place. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In less than Two years from now, the first metal will be cut to develop Tejas MK-2 aircraft which will have it first flight in another two years by 2021. the immediate focus now seems to have shifted in the development of upgraded Tejas MK-1A for which Indian air force already has placed orders for 83 aircraft but the focus has not shifted from MK-2 even after Navy rejecting it.

ADA, HAL and Indian air force seems to have a tactical understanding when it comes to Tejas MK-2 Program. IAF officials with whom I spoke to at Aero India 2017 suggests that unlike Navy, IAF is firmly backing the program from the top level. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to Indian media reports, Delegation from Bahrain who was in India for Aero India 2017 held a preliminary discussion with ADA on the possible purchase of LCA-Tejas trainers for Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF).

LCA-Tejas trainers likely to configured has a Lead-in fighter training (LIFT) aircraft. which basically are used as an advanced jet trainer aircraft with avionics and stores-management capability that emulate operational fighters to train its new pilots and to provide efficient training in combat scenarios with reduced training costs compared to moving straight to operational conversion. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Soviet-made M-55 Geophysica reconnaissance plane often compared to the US Lockheed U-2 spy aircraft in terms of technical characteristics will be in India this summer to conduct series of high altitude flights all over India for good cause.

Alone surviving Myasishchev M-55 has been converted and currently used as a high-altitude geophysical research aircraft. M-55 will be in India this summer to carry out series of high-altitude test flights as part of second phase of the Eu-funded Stratoclim International upper atmosphere research programme pursued by 28 research organisations from 11 countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

March 10 is the date set by India to test BrahMos with an enhanced range of 450km. Existing inventories of BrahMos will all soon get software updates which earlier capped their range to 290km due to MTCR regulations.

BrahMos missile which is already in service with Indian Army and Indian Navy will have its software limitations removed allowing it to hit targets up to 450km which is 55% more range than existing blocks. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Tejas turning over an F1 circuit during the Bahrain Air Show

Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed (Minister for Transportation and Telecommunication of Kingdom of Bahrain) who was down in India to attend Aero India 2017 told Indian media that he could like Indian developed LCA-Tejas Fighter jet to come back at next year’s BIAS-2018 scheduled for 14-16 November.

Excellency said that India’s indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas impressed everyone with its manoeuvrability and received a significant positive response from many visiting delegations. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher while speaking to media has hinted that Pinaka MK-1 multiple barrel rocket which first bagged major orders from Indian Army a decade ago (2007) and currently in production at Ambajhari ordnance factory outside Nagpur producing 5000 Rockets a year feels its right time to consider it for export.

DRDO already has demonstrated Guided Pinaka MK-II with under 75km range recently and is anticipating orders for Advance and improved variants in future. DRDO Chief feels export of MK-1 version can keep current existing production open for few more years allowing the country to recover its investment in its development. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to Indian media reports, Government of Indonesia through official channels has asked Indian government about details on indigenously developed LCA-Tejas combat jet.

Accordingly, India is planning to brief Indonesian air force on the technical aspect of LCA-Tejas followed up with detail proposal if Indonesian air force is interested in the purchase of LCA-Tejas combat jet. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Reports of Myanmar having advanced negotiations with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter has not gone down well with Pakistani Netizen who have criticised its government decision, even when Pakistan government has repeatedly raised Rohingya issue at UN, OIC.

Pakistan is seen has a leading Muslim voice in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and seeking the intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on the government of Myanmar to grant adequate citizenship rights to the Rohingya community, in accordance with international humanitarian laws. Continue reading