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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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                            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

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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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Considered as one of the pathfinder projects under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) for the joint production of weapons between Indian and the USA have officially been discontinued after last round of talks held by The Joint Working Group on Jet Engine Technology in Wright Patterson Air Force Base at Ohio this year in June failed to provide any breakthrough in talks between both partners said the latest media report.

Both countries have decided to not hold more talks, due to serious differences which have emerged due to which both parties felt any further talks on Jet Engine Technology is unlikely to lead to any new breakthroughs. Continue reading

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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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

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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

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