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News Beat reporting is an idrw.org initiative to let our Readers to report News Based on Actual facts but some how has not been reported in Main Stream Media .

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group developed Bharat 52 155 mm/52 caliber towed guns which have been regularly exhibited at defense exhibition across India of late and which has been attracting the attention of the several African countries might soon get export clearance. Kalyani Group might approach the Government of India to grant its Internally developed 155 mm/52 calibers towed gun export permission so that it can be available for evaluations for prospective customers.

Kalyani Group, which has partly developed DRDO designed ATAGS 155 mm/52 towed gun in India had acquired dysfunctional Canadian defense firm which had developed GC-45 howitzer upon which the variant called Bharat 52 was developed to be offered as the low cost, local alternative to the Indian Army which for over 30 years had failed to induct any new 155 mm/52 towed guns due to Bofors scam of Rajiv Gandhi government in the 80’s. Continue reading

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Vice Admiral K B Singh laid the keel of the 1st vessel of Advanced Stealth Frigates P-17A (Yard 3022) to be built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata  yesterday in the presence of senior officials of GRSE and Indian Navy. Contract for P 17A Stealth Frigates was concluded with MDL Mumbai for 4 ships &  GRSE for 03 ships in Feb 15. These ships are state of the art Guided Missile Frigates being built using the latest Integrated Construction Methodology to reduce ship construction time.

As part of Technology upgradation, Fincantieri, Italy has been appointed as consultant for Technology Upgrade and Capability Enhancement. The first ship is expected to be delivered in 2023. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has started design development work on Saras Mk2 which will be 19-seater aircraft which will compete with Dornier Do 228 which are locally developed by HAL for Civilian and Military purposes.

According to NAL, Final design for the improvised version of the Saras Mk2 19-pax version will be finalized by next year and certified initially for military and subsequently for civil version. Continue reading

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently has been awarded a contract worth USD550 million to supply its Sky Capture air-defence command-and-control (C2) system to the army of an Asian country which Israeli media hints will be India.

IAI describes Sky Capture as an anti-aircraft C2 system that transforms the customer’s legacy air-defense systems into highly accurate and effective systems with advanced command and control capabilities. According to IAI, Sky Capture fuses information from multiple sensors, including advanced fire-control and detection radars, as well as electro-optical (EO) sensors made by IAI and ELTA Systems to provide accurate target data for the interceptors. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, The 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) in a landmark event to be held today at Ojhar, 11 BRD will Hand Over First Su-30MKI overhauled by them to the operational Squadron of the Indian Air force in presence of key dignitaries. 11 Base Repair Depot which was established in 1974 is only Indian Air Force facility which can carry out repairs and overhaul (RHO) of front-line fighters like Mig-29 and Su-30MKI.

Su-30MKI fighters which have completed 1500 hours of flying or 14 years, whichever comes first need to go through complete disassembly of the aircraft till the last screw and then each component and sub-systems are re-checked for stress fractures or wear out due to aging and replaced if required and then the aircraft is re-assembled after several rounds of checks and after issue of quality certification aircrafts are flight tested several times before they are handed back to the Squadron from where it has come. Continue reading

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In a rare reaction to media reports, Defence Ministry has issued clarifications and has said that reports of India being forced to procure American F-16s to get a CAATSA sanction waiver from the United States of America are completely incorrect.

Recent media reports had said that Washington has been pressuring India to procure 114 units of F-16 which New Delhi has been reluctant to procure due to over 30 years service of the same aircraft with arch-rival Pakistan and the same aircraft failed to clear technical trials of previous MMRCA tender raising doubts about aircraft capabilities. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the 200th HAL made Su-30 MKI fighter jet to the Indian air force recently. Su-30 MK-I with serial number SB250 takes Indian Air Force’s Su-30 fleet to 242 fighter jets which are in active service.

HAL still has 22 more to deliver which will be completed by March 2020 as per industry sources close to idrw.org. since its induction in air force from 2001, India has lost 8 Su-30 MK-I in various accidents over the years including one this year which crashed while carrying out pre-delivery trials before it was about to be handed over to Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar jet skidded off the runway during landing on Wednesday night in Gujarat’s Jamnagar airbase. According to media reports, while coming to land after a night sortie, Jaguar pilot sported fire in the undercarriage and immediately took evasive action to make an emergency landing which badly damaged the aircraft and the pilot carried out a low-level ejection from the aircraft.

This is the 3rd accident involving Jaguar fighter fleet in 2018. unconfirmed reports accessed by idrw.org say that aircraft hit some unidentified runway material which leads to the fire and could be due to human error that aircraft suffered some damage which leads to the accident. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-11 (LA-5011 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 10 October 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-11 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-11 is Eleventh Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-10 had completed its first flight on 26 July 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the latest report prepared by BBC Hindi, S-400 deal between India and Russia has a rider clause which forces Russia to not sell S-400 or similarly superior air defense system to Pakistan . Rider clause could be added in anticipation of Pakistan also demanding similar system from Russia. Pakistan military official told Russian state media last year that Pakistan military was purportedly considering purchasing a number of S-400 units as well.

India signed the much-anticipated deal worth $5.43-billion to buy five Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems recently but according to defense analysts close to idrw.org, 5 S-400 system is not sufficient to cover both China and Pakistan, since 3 have to be deployed at Pakistani side to provide all year coverage 24×7 and at least one has a backup system which leaves only one for China sector. Continue reading

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Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa while addressing the annual press conference ahead of the October 8 air force day said that IAF is waiting for acceptance of necessity following which Request for proposal (RFP) will be issued for a 114 fighter aircraft deal which is also called as MMRCA 2.0 in the media.

Speaking further he said that the current tender will not take as much time as the previous MMRCA, as IAF plans to test only those systems which were not part of the aircraft that were put into trials previously. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is set to get Two Ex-French Air-force Mirage-2000 Trainer aircraft as attrition replacement to the Mirage-2000 trainers which IAF lost 5-6 years ago in a back to back accidents. Each Mirage-2000 Trainer has been procured by India at cost of 5 Million Euros which later will be upgraded by HAL locally in India by the kit supplied by the Dassault Aviation to bring them at par with all current upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet.

IAF presently has a Mirage-2000 fleet of 49 aircraft which all are been upgraded to the latest standards to keep them modern and advance till they retire after 2040. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Amid reports of Indian Air Force (IAF) taking over Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft (LCAs) from State-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. comes further fresh reports that IAF is now actively considering handing over LCA-Tejas production line to private players to fast-track its production.

83 Tejas Mark 1A jets on order by IAF will be manufactured by private players like L&T ( Wings), Dynamatic Technologies Ltd ( Front fuselage ), VEM Technologies ( Centre fuselage) and Alpha Doca (Rear fuselage ) while HAL will continue to remain lead Integrator for the project but IAF is currently studying the possibility of reducing HAL’s role further in the program according to industry sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                            HAL Sitara along side of BAE Hawk

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer project is likely to be back on track once design upgraded HJT-36 carries out its first flight by end of this year as per sources close to idrw.org.

HAL has carried out major design changes to the aircraft’s tail section based on the recommendation of the BAE System which was hired by HAL to fix issues. Sitara failed miserably at all crucial Spin Tests which is crucial for a jet trainer to clear before newbie pilots can start training on this jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dassault Aviation has begun ground trials of first India bound Dassault Rafale fighter jet which will be handed over to Indian air force by end of September 2019. According to media reports, first made for India Dassault Rafale fighter jet should have its first flight by 14th of next month from French Istres airbase.

IAF’s Technicians and pilots are already been trained in French airbases by its counterparts to fly and service this jets back home. Dassault has confirmed that India specifics enhancements will be integrated and tested in India since current production line will only deliver aircraft configuration which is already in production. Continue reading

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