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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Retired air chief marshal B.S. Dhanoa, who headed the Indian Air Force till last year, countered the Global Times claim, questioning the technical features of the J-20 especially its Stealth characters of the jet which Chinese claim is 5th generation equivalent to Western 5th generation fighter jets like F-22 and F-35 ad now Air Marshal Raghu Nambiar (R) too questioned Stealth characters of the Chinese J-20 while speaking to livefistdefence.com, where he raised some serious questions.

Nambiar said that J-20s are powered by the same AL-31F engines which power India’s Su-30MKI fleet of 270 jets and HAL has produced around 900 engines so we know this engine has power but nowhere it can be adapted for stealth aircraft. Nambiar probably was referring to the lack of heat management features in this engine which is usually found in Stealth jets to reduce their rear profile to the Radars.
The side profile and rear profile of the J-20 shows it has no stealth in these areas, to begin with, whatever frontal stealth profile it might have is compromised by the addition of canards, small fore-planes on its forward fuselage. Dhanoa also had questioned the use of canards which add to an aircraft’s radar cross-section. They are not found on the US F-22 and F-35 and the Russian Su-57 stealth fighters. The Rafale incidentally uses canards but Rafale never claims to be 5th generation fighter jet. Continue reading

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According to media reports, the Indian Air Force and Defense Ministry have asked France and Dassault Aviation to deliver 5 more Dassault Rafale by end of this year preferably the next batch of 5 Rafale will come by October later this year which will be part of the No. 101 Squadron (Falcons) which will be the second squadron of Dassault Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The IAF spent around Rs 400 crore to develop the required infrastructure like shelters, hangers, and maintenance facilities at the two bases. 17 Golden Arrows’ squadron which received the first five Rafale and is stationed at IAF’s Ambala airbase and will get 5 more Rafale in 2021 and 8 more by 2022, but the delivery schedule might be pushed early due to border tensions. Continue reading

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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, former Chief of the Western Air Command who lead the Rafale negotiation team speaking to NDTV said that he believes that 10 years down the line, IAF will have multiple squadrons of upgraded Tejas Mk2 which he believes will beat the Rafale. Nambiar also said that IAF might procure at least 12 squadrons of Tejas Mk2 in the future and is the choice of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Nambiar in follow up to his statement in a tweet said that

” Question: Sir, are u sure Tejas MK2 will beat Rafale which is 2 engine aircraft with semi-stealth capability + 5th gen avionics + SPECTRA EW ?? My Answer: The Rafale first flew in 1986, and the Tejas Mk 2 will probably fly in 2026, Forty years later… I’m certain we can! ” Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian Verba man-portable air-defence system for Representational image

State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started fabrication work on the Prototype of the first indigenous man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) as per tender documents available publicly and as informed to idrw.org. Indian Army’s $1.5 billion Very-Short-Range Air Defence, or VSHORAD program has been in shambles due to delays over complaints made by other competitors in the competition.

New MANPADS will have a Dual-band infrared homing seeker or multi-spectral optical seeker weighing less than 25 kilograms, with fire and forget capability. MANPADS will have the capability to engage aerial targets by day and night with an effective range of six kilometres, and height of engagement of more than 3000 meters. Continue reading

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Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile was tested in direct and top attack mode at ITR Balasore (Odisha) will be going through another round of Trials from a ground launcher and will be tested by end of this year jointly by Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army team onboard ALH Rudra WSI Helicopters headed by Indian Army team as per information provided sources close to idrw.org.

Dhruvastra is an advanced and improved variant of HELINA anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which has been tested multiple times successfully and once Joint trials are cleared it will be ready for induction by mid of 2021 in pre-production batches to be armed on initially on ALH-Rudra WSI and later on the LCH Attack Gunships. Continue reading

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OLD PICTURE OF MIG-29K SEEN PARKED IN FORWARD AIR BASE / IMAGE CREDIT NEERAJ RAJPUT

The Indian Navy deploying its MiG-29K fighter jets to key air force bases in northern India amid the ongoing border tension with China in the sensitive Ladakh sector is not out of the blue said a source close to idrw.org and Adampur Airforce Station which lies within 100 km of Indo-Pak Border has hosted Mig-29K jets in past two and its pretty routine for Naval aviators to move to forward airbase at the time of heightened tension at borders.

IAF’s Mig-29UPG fleet has been seen flying near LAC with China in recent times and some of the jets have been moved from its home base due to which Naval jets have moved in the airbase where this Mig-29s operated from to reinforce its western border with Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report filed by livefistdefence.com, Indian Air Force (IAF) has officially informed Indian Government that it doesn’t want to induct American developed NASAMS II (a multi-layered missile defence system), which New Delhi has been negotiating with Washington $1 billion deal for NASAMS II which included Missile packages like AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles.

IAF rather preferred to procure local systems like VL-SRSAM (Vertically Launched -Short-range Surface Air to Missile ) System based on Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile which is similar to NASAMS II which DRDO has started developing. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Original orders for 40 Tejas Mk1 had 8 LCA-Trainer aircraft included in the previous contract which was to be manufactured after production of 16 IOC and 16 FOC LCA-Tejas MK1 had been delivered an additional 10 Trainer was part of the 83 jets which IAF had planned to procure with upgraded configuration now called as MK1A jets, and now it has emerged as per latest media reports that, they might be some tweaks in the order list and IAF and HAL might manufacture 18 LCA Trainers in MK1 FOC configuration and 83 Single seat Tejas in Mk1A upgrades instead.

Original 83 Tejas Mk1A order had 73 Single-seaters and 10 Trainers, but now these plans seem to have been dropped, and instead, all 83 will be Single-seat Tejas Mk1A. HAL plans to start manufacturing 18 LCA Trainers in MK1 FOC configuration once the manufacturing of the current 16 jets in FOC configuration is over in 2021 before it commences manufacturing of 83 upgraded Tejas MK1A. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is likely to receive by July 27, the first batch of Five Rafale fighter jets which are expected to significantly boost the combat capabilities of IAF and to touch down at the Ambala airbase, as excitement is building up of the first new type of foreign fighter jet induction since 2001, a Twitter user posted pictures of consignments in New Delhi which were delivered via Air Cargo from France moving towards Haryana where Ambala air base is located.

Pictures shows, M-88 which is the engine that powers the Dassault Rafale and Rafale India mentioned on the consignment boxes along with the address of the Ambala air base where it was heading towards. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently spoke to Jeong Kyeong-Doo, Minister of National Defence, Republic of Korea, over phone yesterday. During the conversation, the ministers reviewed the progress on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives and expressed commitment to further promote defence cooperation engagements between the two armed forces. Doo urged Singh to conclude the deal for the South Korean made K-30 Biho anti-aircraft system which Indian Army had selected in 2018.

The contract has been stuck after Russia filed objections and claimed the Indian Army did not properly test its weapon system and showed favoritism towards the South Korean anti-aircraft system, Hence requested to re-start the bidding process. According to media reports, two separate systems offered by Russia included upgraded Tunguska M1 and Pantsir missile systems which both failed tests, with the most critical being mobility trials where they could not perform as per the requirements. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

IAF has taken deliveries of All 22 Apache Helicopters after five Apache helicopters which got delayed due to COVID situation have reached India and have been assembled and flown to forward bases at Pathankot and Jorhat air stations. Boeing will deliver six Apache Helicopters meant for the Indian Army in 2023 but both in terms of capabilities IAF and Indian Army version will be identical since it was procured as follow on order from the original deal for 22 which was signed in 2015.

Army has decided to go with a different color scheme and will move away from light blue livery  seen in the IAF version. Indian Army is keen to acquire 5 more Apache Helicopters under the original contract at the same price since the original contract had follow on order option for 11 helicopters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India and the Philippines are in talks for the purchase of several defence platforms from India including the Brahmos missile and according to Philippines media and Indian, both have moved past price negotiation talks for the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia and intend to conclude a deal in Q3 of 2020 for Truck Based BrahMos Batteries for coastal defence.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have told that Indonesia is also in the early stages of exploring the procurement of the BrahMos missiles from India along with Vietnam and Thailand. Continue reading

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Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in April that Russia was planning to start work with foreign customers of the Armata tank in 2021 and had already received several prior requests from current T-90/T-72 Main Battle Tank operators who are keen on acquiring latest next-generation Main Battle Tank from Russia.

T-90/T-72 Main Battle Tank operators like India were first to be offered the new tank as per Russian media and several countries have shown interest in acquiring them from Russia, but there has been no confirmation if the Indian Army has shown similar interests in the platform. Continue reading

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According to Defence analysts, Saurav Jha. Indian Army has plans to soon place orders for 2 Akash 1S regiments – approximately 2,000 missiles – worth over ?14,000 crores ($3.1 billion). Akash-1S is a medium-range Surface to Air Missile with multitarget engagement capability and comes with an indigenously developed seeker for much more effective Target engagement in Kill Zone.

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) which is the Production house for manufacturing Akash surface-to-air missile system for Indian Army and Indian Air Force already has secured license & tech transfer agreements for the indigenous seeker from DRDO and the missile system already has completed its developmental trials where it has demonstrated its capabilities by successfully engaging various targets. BDL has production capabilities of 100 Akash Missiles per month and Akash 1S with Seeker has seen particular interests from Vietnam which is in talks with India for its export and local manufacturing in the country. Continue reading

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Strike optimized and latest variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter, F-15EX from Boeing has been offered to India which was confirmed earlier this year and now media reports confirm that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence have also been roped in as Partners if F-15EX is selected by Indian Air Force (IAF) for its requirement of 114 fighter jets in latest Tender.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence are also partners in F-18 E/F Block-III fighter jet which is also on offer to IAF by Boeing. F-15EX is from Heavyweight class Fighter like Sukhoi Su-30MKI but it was offered to India in response to Russia being allowed to offer India for the first time Sukhoi Su-35 which too belongs to the same class as F-15EX. Continue reading

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