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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

SP-19, the Third FOC-standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet that was spotted at HAL Facility, has completed its first flight. SP-19 piloted by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) Rajeev Joshi (retired) took its first flight on the 22nd of January 2021, which flew approximately for 40 minutes. SP-19 is the first FOC Tejas Mk1 jet to have its first flight this year and it is expected 5 more will be completing their first flights by end of March.

SP-18 had successfully carried out its first flight on 24-September 2020 and SP-17 in March 2020. SP-20 has completed its low- and high-speed taxi trials and will be ready for its first flight test by end of this month or in early next month.

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Aircraft Division, Nasik Currently manufacturing Su-30MKI

HAL, company Chairman, and Managing Director R. Madhavan has confirmed that additional production capabilities which company plans to develop in the Aircraft Division, Nasik after the closure of the Su-30MKI production line there will be utilized to be used as additional LCA -Tejas production line catering to the export market, which company plans to explore.

Two production lines in the Bangalore facility will be exclusively used to meet the demands of 16 jets per annum requirements asked by IAF for the 83 Tejas Mk1A and Trainer jets ordered recently. Nasik plant will be partly made available to manufacture 4 Tejas Mk1/Mk1A or Tejas LIFT for Export Market per year in the next few years so that IAF doesn’t have to suffer if HAL does manages to get export order for the LCA-Tejas.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Dr. Girish Deodhare said NP5 Trainer a Production variant of the LCA-Navy Mk1 aircraft will be taking to the air in April this year and will joining be NP1 and NP2 to further progress at Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) that will act as a Testbed for the development of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF).

NP5 will be used to carry out off-nominal landing trials to study and collect data on the stress points on the landing gears that will be crucial for the development of landing gears for the TEDBF program that has been assigned to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). NP1 and NP2 along with NP5 will be used to further collect data for the development of TEDBF.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the final configuration of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) will reach the preliminary design review (PDR) stage by mid of 2021 and will feature a close-coupled canard and A Diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) air intake. TEDBF was also recently seen with a stealth optimized frontal fuselage section and wider cockpit area for carrier-based landings.

Naval Project Office has deputed a small team of people with ADA for the development of the TEDBF and the Naval Team will be further be expanding as design work progress. Deodhare stressed that most of the Most technologies already have been developed and the Only major new technology will be the wing-folding mechanism that the company has not worked on till now.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Zachary Kallenborn, a homeland security consultant, specializing in unmanned systems, drone swarms, homeland security, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and WMD terrorism speaking to US media House Forbes has said that 75-drone swarm capabilities demonstrated by the Indian Army could be Game-Changer for the offensive capabilities that could be used in possible future conflicts in the region by Indian Army.

Kallenborn noted several significant features of the demonstration. “The Indian Army appears to be using three types of UAV: a quadcopter probably for sensing, a six-rotor mothership drone, and the small quadcopters with explosives on them,” Kallenborn told. “National security discourse in the United States around drones often emphasizes a large homogenous swarm, but India’s work shows this is a mistake.”

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Official Verified Twitter account of the Baloch Republican Party, has claimed recently tested Shaheen 3 missile by Pakistan Army that was declared successful, and was fired from Rakhi area of Dera Ghazi Khan has landed at a civil populated area of Dera Bugti’s Matt region. Baloch Republican Party claimed that Security forces had evacuated all their posts in the area last night, but the missile was detonated in the presence of civilians in the area. The blast completely destroyed many houses and injured several people.

Dera Bugti’s Matt region falls in the corridor notification issued for a ballistic missile test in the fire Window for 19-20 Jan 2021 by the Pakistan Authorities for the missile test. It is not the first time Pakistani medium-range ballistic missile, has fallen over the village. In 1998, Ghauri–I ballistic missile had fallen in a small-town Pakistan village because the missile’s conic nose melted due to a tremendous amount of heat during the re-entry phase of its flight.

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Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the company has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage in November 2020 for India’s upcoming 5.5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program and the critical design review (CDR) stage has begun and the configuration has been frozen.

National Aerospace Laboratories has completed all Wind tunnel testing and structural design changes that reflect changes made to the AMCA design. Deodhare officially has confirmed that AMCA will sport A Diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) air intake that will incorporate a 3D “bump” in front of the air intake as reported earlier by idrw.org for improved stealth features.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

SP-19, the Third FOC-standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet was spotted at HAL Facility when Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Raj Kumar was visiting the HAL facility that seemed ready for the delivery to the second LCA-Tejas Squadron soon. First FOC-standard SP-21 has been rechristened as SP-17 to avoid confusion in Tail numbers that took to air last March.

SP-18 made its first flight last year but was not delivered to IAF. Later production was slowed downed to address issues with commonality and the Interchangeability of panels and other systems for easy maintenance that was raised by the Indian Air Force (IAF). HAL up to a large extend was able to fix technical teething issues as requested by the IAF and is now looking forward to deliver the remaining aircraft by March.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

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Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the company has moved far ahead from the preliminary design review (PDR) stage that was conducted last year and after design aspects of the aircraft were accelerated in 202, the design team is nearing towards completion of critical design review (CDR) stage now, that will set the stage for the rollout of a first aircraft in August 2022.

The CDR confirms that the proposed jet will meet all requirements set by the Indian Air Force that was part of the program from the configuration planning stage. Deodhare also confirmed that wind tunnel tests have progressed in a very big way and ordering of Raw materials required for the program was carried out by HAL that had started last year is now moving to the Metal cutting stage and in fact, some of the metal cutting for the aircraft already has been done and the whole process will be completed by end of this year.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

French President Emmanuel Macron is spearheading a Diplomatic offensive to push for securing an order for the second tranche of 36 Rafale from India, says a French Media report filed by Air-cosmos Magazine. France is also trying to secure the sale of 6 Ex-French Air Force A330 Air Tankers that have been offered at a reduced cost that will be overhauled before deliveries with 30 years Airworthiness guarantees from Airbus.

India initially had decided to go for Six A330 MMRT based Airtankers from a UK based company that specializes in the Leasing of Commercial aircraft converted to the military specifications on a wet-lease for 7-10 years period, but India is now considering French offer due to reduced price.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

FILE PIC OF LCA NAVY MK1 WITH HAL DESIGNED LANDING GEARS

Chief of state-run aerospace Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) R Madhavan speaking to CNBC TV18, has said that the company is in charge of developing a strengthened front and main landing gears for the program. HAL will also be developing an arrestor hook system for the TEDBF program.

HAL in the past has developed an arrestor hook system, a redesigned landing gear, a speed controlling device for landings for the two LCA-Navy prototypes NP1 and NP2, and prototype’s tricky landing and take-off debuts from a Navy’s Aircraft carrier were done successfully last year, that has given enough confidence for the HAL Team to successfully develop a better system for the TEDBF program, gaining by the previous experience.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

HAL, company Chairman, and Managing Director R. Madhavan has confirmed that GE Aviation supplied F404-IN-20 engine to be used on 123 (40+83) Tejas Mk1/Mk1A fleet will be brought, in off the shelf deal, without any Transfer of Technology (ToT) Clause for expected fresh orders for 100+ plus units soon that idrw.org had reported after discussion with the Indian Air force (IAF).

GE Aviation was early hesitant to approve ToT that could have granted locally assembly licensee to the HAL for its engines but Madhavan confirmed that the ToT clause was not included also due to an instance from the IAF that was not willing to foot the bill for the locally assembled jet engines and instead IAF is keen to focus on improving local maintainability and serviceability of the engines at its level.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

With just two Full Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft making to air in FY2020-21, R Madhavan has confirmed that 5 more FOC standard aircraft will be delivered to IAF by end of March this year, to make it 7 FOC Tejas before financial year closes. HAL after facing delays first due to CCP virus situation in the country leading to lockdowns and later IAF asking for commonality and Interchangeability of panels and parts for the FOC aircraft for easy maintenance at the base level workshop.

FY2021-22 will see deliveries of 8 more FOC standard aircraft but it is expected that the second production line that will go operational later in this year will start the process to manufacture 8 FOC standard Trainer aircraft, deliveries of which will start from FY2022-23.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The tail number ” MPP” could be adopted after the late Raksha Mantri (RM) Manohar Parrikar, a Former IITian who served as Chief Minister of Goa and a force behind the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) coming onboard for the development of the upgraded Tejas Mk1A that was recently approved by Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 83 jets.

Sandeep Unnithan, the Executive Editor with India Today, has said that most of the parties from IAF and HAL are on board with this idea to use ” MPP-XXXX” initials on all 73 Tejas Mk1A that are approved recently. ” MPP” in a way is to thank the former RM for the role he had played to get all parties on board and iron out differences and agree to interim development of MK1A that will come before Mk2 jet.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The final cost after 18% GST for each Tejas Mk1A will be $52.5 Million Per Unit. Baseline Tejas Mk1A after Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Profit margin of 6% is gonna be $44.5 Million Per Unit before GST. idrw.org is issuing this clarification after it had posted two articles that had said it could cost per unit cost from $75-62 Million Per unit.

When the deal pegged at 45,696 Crore it created a lot of speculation and confusion due to lack of break of the figures to arrive at the per cost unit of the aircraft. Some of the Additional funds provided are for the development of Performance-based logistics, development of the supply chain for the program.

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