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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

On its 87th Anniversary of the Indian Air Force Day flypast, IAF showcased Three Mirage-2000 flying in a formation belonging to the No. 9 Squadron (Wolfpack) which participated in Balakot airstrike along with 2 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft belong to the No. 15 Squadron with call sign” Avenger 1 ” and ” Avenger 2 ” which are same two Su-30s which were performing combat air patrol (CAP) missions when 24 aircraft fleet of Pakistani air force tried to enter Indian side of the Kashmir to attack Indian military installations.

The Pakistani air force had claimed that it brought an IAF Su-30 “Avenger 1” Inside Indian side of the Kashmir which was strongly refuted multiple times by IAF but it continued with its lies and went head and awarded Squadron leader Hasan Mahmood Siddiqui of PAF F-16 Squadron with Tamgha-i-Jurat which is fourth highest military award of Pakistan for a Su-30 kill he had claimed. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal SBP Sinha (retd), who headed Rafale negotiations from Indian side said, recently made an interesting revelation while speaking to a Defence Journal that the upcoming improved version of the Astra Mark 2 missile is already in development and will have a head-on range of more than 110+ km and also will have ejector launch method which was not seen in Astra Mark 1 program.

Astra Mark 1 uses the rail launched method when launched from mother aircraft towards its target. In the ejector launch method, the weapons system is physically ejected away from the aircraft, ensuring that it is clear of the aerodynamic flow around the aircraft before motor ignition. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

French industrial group ” Naval group ” has confirmed to media that it will be offering India brand new design of the next generation conventional submarine under India’s Project-75I Tender for Six new submarines and new submarine will not be based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A under construction for the Australian Navy nor it will be based on the Scorpene-class attack submarine already inducted by the Indian Navy.

Naval group officials have said that the Indian Navy wants its next-generation submarine to be bigger than Scorpene-class but smaller than the Barracuda Block 1A. The naval group felt that there is a void between 2000 to 4000-tonne submerged displacement in their product portfolio due to which they decided to work on a new design. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Franck Saudo, chief executive of Safran Helicopter Engines, who spoke to French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune” has said that Ardiden 1U engine developed for the LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will complete its certification by end of this year and the company expects LUH will be soon inducted into Indian Army and Air force for which it will get engine orders soon from HAL.

The Ardiden 1U underwent first bench tests in December 2014. Its first flight powering the LUH took place on 6 September 2016 in Bangalore. Ardiden 1U is a single-engine variant of the 1H1/Shakti which powers the twin-engine Druhv and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LRDE is racing against time so that UTTAM Aesa Radar is ready for user trials within next one year so that it can be offered to Indian Air Force to be equipped on the 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet contract for which is likely to be inked by end of this year. Delays in the final contract of Tejas Mk1A due to price disagreements with the IAF and MOD has allowed LRDE to pick up pace in the carrying out developmental trials of the Radar so that it can be available to replace ELTA’s EL/M-2052 AESA Radar from Israel which has been selected for the Mk1A variant.

Three pre-production model of the UTTAM Aesa Radar have been performing well and have demonstrated capabilities which according to sources close to idrw.org has far exceeded that of the EL/M-2052 FCR in terms of tracking targets simultaneously and engage them in and the program has been receiving new software upgrades and opening of newer modes which makes team confident enough that it will be ready in next one year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) Technically has been handed over its 1st first Rafale ‘RB-001’ from France recently and will be officially handed over on 8th next month when Defence minister Rajnath Singh will be in France for the official induction ceremony. recent media reports hint that Modi government already has finalized a deal for 36 more Rafale fighter jet which will be inked in early 2020.

India already has invested in the country-specific enhancements and infrastructure to support the aircraft in the country and an additional of 36 Rafale will take the fleet to 72 which will be good enough to meet operational requirements post-Balakot air confrontation with the Pakistani air force . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Third successive test firing of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile was successfully carried out by Air Force and Defence Research and Development Organisation today. The missile hit the live aerial target near Odisha at a maximum range of approximately 90 km.

idrw.org already had reported in past that missile is all set to be inducted into IAF by end of this year and fresh bulk orders of 100+ will be placed soon. BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Its raining Indigenous Air Defence Systems in India, DRDO Chief G. Satheesh Reddy in an interview confirmed that DRDO has taken up development of Astra vertical launch (VL) based low-level quick-reaction air defence system based on Astra BVR-AAM which is all set to be inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF) by end of this year.

Astra-VL Air Defence System is the latest and will be 5th Indigenous Air Defence System program which has been under development to meet air defence system requirements of the defence forces in the country. DRDO already has developed Akash-1 and 1S medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system which already has been inducted in Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) will be receiving the first batch of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Astra by end of this year and Defence Ministry and IAF have started the process of placing fresh orders for the Astra missile by end of this year or early 2020 for at least 100 units produced by defense PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 Picture Courtesy Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL

Indigenous HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) finally undertook 5-turn spin successfully yesterday. HTT-40 program is just one step closer to a major milestone when It completes mandatory 6-turn in next few days said HAL sources close to idrw.org.

HTT-40 BTA is now racing towards its initial operational clearance (IOC) certification which HAL officials say will be available by the end of this year. Two HTT-40 prototype aircraft are still flown by in-house Test Pilots of the HAL till now will be ready for User trials by the Air Force Pilots by the year-end. The Air Force is yet to take a call and place orders for the aircraft yet but in principal defense ministry has already committed to buying 70 of the HTT-40 aircraft. Swiss firm Pilatus, which was supposed to supply additional 36 PC 7 Mk II trainers to the Air Force has been banned by MOD for a period of 1 year as part of an inquiry into alleged misconduct in defense procurement activity. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited achieved an important milestone as part of high altitude cold weather trials when it successfully landed and took off from Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest airfield, situated at a height of 16,700 feet in eastern Ladakh, where the temperature plummets as low as minus 55°C in winters in the area.

Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip holds immense strategic importance for India in the crucial axis in central Asia. Located at an altitude of at 16614 feet (5065 meters), DBO is an important Army forward area post which was built during the Indo-China conflict in 1962. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Boeing Defense has confirmed that 276th and final C17 Globemaster III is heading to India soon to join into the fleet of 10 C-17s already operated by Indian Air Force. Last unsold C-17 Globemaster III air-lifter was picked up by India after production of the air-lifter was stopped by Boeing Defense due to lack of fresh orders from United States Air Force.

Last C-17 was manufactured in 2015 and remained in Boeing storage facility before it was ordered by IAF in 2018. Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift jet has been equipped with India-specific systems before it was ready for its ferry flight to India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal while speaking to TIMES NOW laughed when asked about the claim from across the border that Pakistani F-16 shot down a Su-30 belonging to IAF. Aggarwal said I had whole Radar picture of the area with me and ” All Our Sukhois are with Us, Didn’t lose any ” and dismissed any claims of PAF about Second Kill that day.

Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal who is 8-year Veteran of Indian Air Force was on duty on 27th February when 24 Mixed Pakistani fighter formation decided to launch strikes on Indian military installations in Indian side of the Kashmir. Aggarwal was Fighter controller on the operations room and was instrumental in the positioning of the Mig-21 which was flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to the Nowshera sector which were position of three PAF F-16s, one of which was shot down by R-73 Close Combat Missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group developed Bharat 52 155 mm/52 caliber towed guns have been granted export license by the Indian Government along with its ultra-light mobile 105mm field gun Garuda-105 guns said latest media report. Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) sometime in last year had approached Government of India to grant its Internally developed 155 mm/52 calibers towed gun for export permission so that it can be available for evaluations and trials for prospective customers.

idrw.org previously had reported on this development (Bharat 52 towed gun likely to get Export clearance soon ), Industrial sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that Bharat-52, a 52 caliber variant of the 155mm howitzer had generated a lot of interests among prospective buyers when it was displayed at DefExpo 2018 from Asian and African military officials who had participated in the event. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Naval Group (DCNS) is likely to submit a proposal for a conventionally powered diesel-electric variant of its Nuclear powered Barracuda Attack submarine in response to Request for Proposal (RFP) to be issued soon by Indian Navy for the development of Six Next Generation Conventional-diesel powered submarines said the latest report under Project-75I.

Shortfin Barracuda has been offered over the previous offer of the Scorpene-XL which basically was an enlarged Scorpene-class submarine already inducted by Indian Navy under Project-75. Scorpene-XL was supposed to be longer in length to accommodate Vertical launched supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile and equipped with modern Indo-French onboard Naval equipment. Continue reading

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