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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa Speaking to the local media in the national capital re-confirmed that IAF is looking to induct over 200 Mark-2 development of Countries LCA-Tejas program which is over 83 Tejas Mk.1A and 40 Mk.1 making composition of IAF fighter fleet inventory somewhere close to 40% with Indian made fighter aircraft in near future.

Dhanoa said that Mk.2 which will come with a more powerful engine and new avionics package and with upgraded fuel and weapons carrying capacity will see induction of 12 Squadrons into IAF when aircraft is ready for induction somewhere in the middle of next decade. Continue reading

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According to HAL Press Realise, Maiden Mid-air Refueling Trial (Actual) of LCA was Successful carried out at Bengaluru today and Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas LSP8) has successfully completed the Wet (actual) fuel transfer from an IL78 Tanker.

IAF IL78 mid-air refueling tanker transferred 1900 Kgs of fuel at an altitude of 20000 ft while LSP-8 was at the speed of 270 knots. Both Internal and External drop tanks were refueled successfully in today’s test. Continue reading

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What was been buzzing around for a while has turned out to be true now, and Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company (JSC) has now officially has responded to Request for Information (RFI) send by India for the supply of 114 units of fighter aircraft tender which many describe as MMRCA 2.0 and is offering its new Su-35.

RFI issued on 6th April 2018 initially received responses from the usual Six OEMs. Airbus with its Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing with its F/A-18 Super hornet Block III, Dassault with its Rafale, Lockheed Martin with its F-16 Block 70, Saab with Gripen E and RAC with Mig-35, Sukhoi offer of its Su-35 makes it Seventh offer received by Air Headquarters. Continue reading

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Russian shipbuilders have offered to help India, design and develop jointly countries first Generation class of Nuclear Attack Submarines to be developed locally in India. A government of India has approved in recent years, the Indian Navy’s proposal to develop Six Attack nuclear Submarines and the project is at an advanced stage of the design phase.

According to media reports matter was discussed at a high-level meeting during Sochi summit in May earlier this year and India is currently evaluating this Russian offer on the project. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Last unsold C-17 which was stored in Boeing’s Production facility in California has been purchased by Government of India and Boeing has started ground works on the aircraft so that it can be transferred to India by next year.

Sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that Boeing will hand over Eleventh C-17A to Indian Air Force (IAF) by August 2019. Final unsold C-17A Globemaster III was procured by India under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for $262m. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org, India has opted to integrate soon to be procured Russian S-400 Air Defence system with IAF operated EL/M-2080 Green Pine and Super Green Pine Radar systems which will boosts S-400 systems tracking and interception capabilities even further.

S-400 Air Defence System usually comes with 91N6E Search and Acquisition Radars (S-Band, X-band) which has a range of 600km and 92N6E Grave Stone Multimode radar with a 400-kilometer range but with the integration of Super Green Pine Radar systems with S-400, will now ensure that the system gets enhanced tracking range of 800 to 900 km which is very crucial to ensure the system has a second shot capability. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of four Sets of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) systems from aboard ,which will go on to replace aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems on Naval Warships.

But what’s interesting in the DAC Statement was that 10 systems will be indigenously developed. there was no clarification if indigenously developed means overseas defense companies would need to forge local partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous manufacturing of this SRSAM systems or it will be a complete new DRDO developed system. Continue reading

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Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev speaking to Indian media questioned procurement of Medium-range, network-centric National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) air defense system by New Delhi from Washington when New Delhi is buying S-400 system from Moscow.

Shugaev said he couldn’t understand the need for procuring NASAMS. While Speaking on S-400 contract, he said, he was hopeful that final contract for procurement of S-400 will be concluded by end of this year. At the request of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, US lawmakers passed a defense spending bill that also seeks to amend another law that threatens secondary sanctions against countries such as India which conduct “significant” business with Russia if New Delhi went ahead with plans to buy Russian air defense systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Officials of Mig Corporation while speaking to India media who were attending Army-2018 Int’l Military Technical Forum held in Moscow region of Russia, have confirmed that they have not received Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Carrier Based Fighter Aircraft issued in early 2017 by Indian Navy.

This is Strange since media reports in India have been Quoting Indian Naval officials which at one point had confirmed that four vendors reportedly Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) have responded to the RFI which usually is sent to almost vendors even if they don’t have any carrier capable fighters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The US might have given India a Waiver for purchasing Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system recently but that doesn’t mean any new purchase will not under scrutiny and as per latest media reports, India has been requested not to consider Russian Amur-1650-class diesel-electric submarine for Indian Navy’s ongoing Project-75I Tender under which Indian plans to procure Six Next Generation Conventional Submarines.

Under Project-75I four foreign ship-builders have emerged as the main contenders for the government’s ambitious project to build six advanced stealth submarines at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore under the strategic partnership model but Indian Navy is nowhere close in announcing a winner yet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force’s 272 multirole air superiority fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet might be boosted to 312 if Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force agree to procure 40 Su-30MKIs more Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and as per latest media reports looking like all three parties will come to a positive consensus after a recent meeting with all concerned parties.

A Final decision will be taken by end of this year but it is most likely HAL will get a fresh contract for 40 more Su-30MKIs which they are offering at a very competitive price as the country already has required infrastructure and manpower to manufacture them without any additional cost same as previously supplied. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

            File Picture of High-Altitude Test Facilities

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has initiated the process to conduct High-Altitude Tests for its Kaveri Engine after it cleared technical audit conducted by French Aerospace engine maker Safran. GTRE recently issued tender asking High-Altitude Test Facilities to send in their proposals which can offer their facilities to test Kaveri engine. (Read: Safran Audit Clears Kaveri Engine for Aircraft Integration)

High-Altitude Test Facilities allow Experimental engines to be tested in a test cell which simulates altitude and speed conditions. High-Altitude Test Facilities usually are capable of testing Experimental engines up to Mach 2-3 and can also simulate altitudes up to 75,000 feet. Continue reading

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Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which operates 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM in its fleet continues to face maintenance issues due to lack of spare parts leading to the poor serviceability of this aircraft said Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in the Parliament.

RMAF at any given point of time can only keep 4 MKM operational while other 14 are either under repair or waiting for spares. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited already lists RMAF as one of its customers and supplies components of airframes and some electronics are sourced also from Indian companies but other spares related to the aircraft is still sourced from IRKUT aircraft corporation of Russia which builds this aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Navy. NP-2 (KH3002) successfully carried out its first maiden Taxi Arrestor Hook trials from the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) from INS Hansa Naval Base located in Goa. A few Days ago NP-2 has carried out maiden flight with Tail Hook attachment after being grounded for months to carry out Tail Hook hardware attachment.

After Initial Taxi Arrestor Hook trials, aircraft will perform high speed and later move on to carry out landing trials to mimic aircraft carrier landing and recovery of the aircraft from limited landing deck space of the aircraft carrier. Continue reading

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