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idrw.org was the first to break the news that General Electric (GE) has offered India its high-trust F-414 engine that can generate 116kN to power AMCA Mk1, but a report by ” BUSINESSWORLD ” now confirms that GE has now also offered to co-develop and co-produce this engine in India after getting requisite permissions from the American weapons export control regime that earlier was reluctant to share core or hot engine technology with India leading to the cancellation of talks in 2019 between both the governments.

GE is offering its F414-400 Enhanced Engine that can generate a 116 kN (26,000 lb) class of thrust which means it can also be used for AMCA Mk2 since it has the same length (154 in) as the baseline F414-INS6 (98 kN) variant that has been ordered to power Tejas Mk2 and TEDBF and 2 Squadrons of AMCA Mk1 that will reduce the need for re-engineering of engine bay section and need for change in retro-fitment of all control and fuel lines.

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India’s state-owned manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered its LCA-Tejas to be used as lead-in fighter training (LIFT) for Egyptian requirement for 70 LIFT aircraft as it plans to retire Chinese-made 100 K-8E trainer aircraft. According to ” Economic Times” HAL has offered to set up a local production line and technology transfer for the jet and is also pitching its range of indigenous choppers like the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

In 2021, idrw.org broke this news and reported that Egypt already has evaluated the Leonardo M346 Master, the Korea Aerospace IndustriesT-50 Golden Eagle, and the Irkut/Rosoboronexport Yak-130 along with the Czech-built Aero L-39NG trainer which is an upgraded version of the Aero L-39 fleet that Egypt already operates.

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Poor export sale of JF-17 is hindering China’s fighter export market that continues to downward trend even after the export model of J-10 was made available in the fighter jet market, According to the latest media reports to clinch orders from Argentina, China has agreed to take more than 50% of its payment for the JF-17 jets in beef export from Argentina and also has agreed to provide long credit line.

Argentinian delegation that has evaluated the latest JF-17 block-III fighter jets were left not so impressed with the capabilities of the jet and also have asked for local upgrades to the jet along with the local assembly of the jet so that some of the systems can be switched.

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The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has shortlisted India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1A along with Sino-Pakistani developed JF-17, Chinese L-15 LIFT Jets with South Korean FA-50 jets to meet its requirements of LCA/LIFT jets under the tender for 18 light combat aircraft (LCA) as per internal leaked picture of the RMAF.

Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have delayed making an announcement of the winner of the tender till year-end, while recent Indian media reports indicate that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered upgraded Tejas Mk1A with Indian made AESA Fire control Radar and is leading the race due to its dual pack support offer that also will cover existing RMAF’s Su-30MKM fleet that is based on baseline Indian Su-30MKI by Russia.

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Safran Data Systems has secured orders from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for VS1510 series mission recorders to be equipped on the entire future fleet of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas MK-1A. Safran claims that VS1510 Airborne recorders/servers provide efficient, reliable, and affordable resources for field/mission data acquisition, processing, storage, exploitation, and dissemination, for the on-board operation of manned or unmanned ground, air, and sea vehicles.

VS1510 has solid-state devices that have an AES-256 XTS encryption algorithm that supports 2TB of removable storage for High definition video, processing, and recording and are qualified for operations in harsh environments.

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A visiting Armenian military delegation to India was shown and briefed about some of the drone and anti-drone systems that Indian private defense startups have developed for the Indian armed forces. anti-drone systems showcased are that have a soft kill option that can jam the communication or navigation signals used by a drone.

Tonbo Imaging specializes in the development of electro-optics solutions also briefed about its products. Some of the drone systems that are under development were showcased.

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Indian Army has placed orders for Six units of Swathi Mark II Weapon Locating Radar with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) at an approx. cost of Rs 400 crores. Mark II is high altitude optimized variant of the Swathi Weapon Locating Radar that is been cleared after going through a fresh round of trials in the mountain terrain.

Swathi Mark II Weapon Locating Radar has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) that is mounted on a BEML-manufactured 6×6 truck instead of the baseline Swathi that is mounted on an 8×8 heavy-duty truck for easier operations in the mountain terrain. Mark II also has some performance improvements over its predecessor which likely will translate into more orders in near future coming from the Army for the new variant.

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The Visiting Delegation of the Australian Government headed by Dy. PM Richard Marles at INS Hansa, Goa was given a demonstration of the new personal air mobility vehicle ‘Varuna’ a personal air mobility vehicle capable of being launched and recovered from moving ships developed by Indian startup Sagar Defence Engineering and the Naval Innovation & Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO).

Varuna is planned to be used for inter-ship transfer of stores and personnel and can carry out Autonomous take-off and landing even when both the ships are on the move. Varuna already has carried out developmental trials in the sea and further trials are planned.

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The Ministry of Defence has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for 24 Enhanced Capability Global Navigation Satellite System (ECGNSS) Jammer and associated equipment. The Enhanced Capability Global Navigation Satellite System (ECGNSS) Jammer is intended to protect Indian assets from Satellite Navigation System Receiver-based guided weapon/ missile/drone/ small UAV attacks by jamming and spoofing (in space & time domain) the on-board GNSS thereby degrading their navigation accuracy.

The entire system should be vehicle-mounted mobile and transportable by road and air. The system design should include modularity for quick deployment/ de-induction. The last date submits bids is 10 Aug 2022.

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The Combat Aircraft Systems Development and Integration Centre (CASDIC) which is one of the R&D Centre set up under the Defence Research and Development Organisation is carrying out feasibility studies for the integration of an electronic warfare suite on the Su-30 aircraft that is considered the first step toward the development of the Airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.

Airborne electronic attack (AEA) platforms are capable of disrupting, deceiving, or denying a broad range of military electronic systems including radars and communications. Su-30 aircraft will retain all of the multi-mission capabilities with its validated design and the capability to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions.

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According to Russian media outlets, India, China, and Egypt have placed orders for Russia’s newest Sula radar which is capable of detecting space debris at a distance of up to 6 thousand km. The report claims that the radar is presently getting fabricated with delivery expected from 2023 onwards. The number of units procured is still not clear but Sula radar also has dual usage which means it can also be used to track long-range Ballistic missiles.

Sula radar was first presented at the IDEF-2021 defense exhibition that happened in Istanbul, which is why many suspect it has dual civilian and military capabilities. Russian media outlet Tass claims that the Sula Radar allows you to track the movement of satellites, space debris, and other objects in orbit at a distance of up to 6 thousand km it’s usually for satellites weighing 2tons n above but it still can track nano and microsatellites at a range of 1000km in low Earth orbit (LEO).

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Poland has supplied the Indian Army with 100 Warmate loitering ammunition manufactured by the Polish company WB Electronics. Warmate is powered by an electric motor With a wingspan, it reaches a width of 1.6 meters can carry a maximum payload of 5.7 kg, and has an Operational RLOS range of 30 km, making it suitable for small targets that need to be quickly attacked and eliminated. The maximum altitude at which it can fly is 150-300 meters it can be launched from a vehicle installation as well as from a ground installation.

In 2020, the Indian Army issued a Request for Information (RFI) for 100 loitering ammunition systems that are man-portable and can be used to take out personnel or soft skin targets. Warmate can carry two types of a warhead – high-explosive and thermobaric. WB Electronics claims it can also be equipped with a laser warhead and has a maximum speed of 150 km / h.

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Indian Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade on his visit to the state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) facility in Bengaluru was showcased what appears to be a basic electromagnetic catapult launch system testing model likely to be equipped on a future Indian Aircraft carrier that can perform Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations from its decks.

India’s electromagnetic catapult launch system program seems to be in its infancy and attempts are to prove the basic concept of the system on a small scale before it can be presented for further development. Indian Navy or Defence Ministry has not sanctioned any full-scale development of electromagnetic catapult launch system program in-country yet.

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Indian Army had placed orders for six Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in 2020 and will start sending Indian Army personnel to the United States for training to operate this gunship that was part of the deal by end of this year. Indian Army’s Aviation Corps (AAC) will be sending pilot and ground staff for training in batches as it will start getting the first lof helicopters from Boeing from next year onwards.

AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to be delivered to AAC will have Made in India fuselage developed by the Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited facility in Hyderabad. Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa, AZ has commenced work on the first lot of Apache attack helicopter that is meant for the Indian Army.

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French Military aviation encyclopedia and defense aeronautics news ” avionslegendaires.net” in its report has claimed that deal with for the purchase of 114 jets might be concluded by September-October of this year as Dassault Rafale F4 is seen as the front runner for India’s anticipated $20 billion Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program.

Indian Air Force is yet to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a deal to be concluded even by end of this year is highly unlikely even though they have been some movement in the MRFA tender process after a four-year lull from the time India had floated RFI (Request for Information) in 2018.

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