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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has confirmed that 110+ fleet of Su-30SM inducted by Russian Air Force will be swapped with Saturn AL-41F-1S turbofan engines from existing Salyut AL-31FP to maintain commonality with Su-35S fleet and a study to modify and integrate AL-41F-1S engines into Su-30SM fleet already has been approved and AL-41F-1S turbofan engines reportedly also has been offered to Indian air force on Su-30MKI fleet upon which Su-30SM was based on.

Russian Air Force has decided that fresh batch of 36 Su-30SM fighter jets will come equipped with AL-41F-1S engines which roughly translates into an additional power of 19kN (4271lbs) thrust per engine opening up the potential for future avionics upgrades such as a new radar, electronic countermeasures, additional weapons load capabilities and boost to the thrust-to-weight ratio of the fighter aircraft. Continue reading

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BEL Chairman M V Gowtama while speaking to media has confirmed that with all final components in place, assembly of Akash NG (new generation) which is a brand new variant of surface-to-air missile (SAM) has started and the first prototype of the missile system will be ready for developmental trials before end of this year .

Akash NG will have a new Aesa radar and seeker and will be powered by dual pulse solid propulsion technology like seen with Indo-Israeli MRSAM surface-to-air missile program. Akash-NG will sport a Canister system mounted on a Truck for easy mobility and each system will have Six missiles ready to fire at a moments notice. While the range of the missile has been claimed from 35 to 50 km it will be slotted below Indo-Israeli developed MR-SAM Air Defence system in Indian Army and Indian Air force. Continue reading

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India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warning off the Gopalpur for a missile test by Army Air Defence unit, which is most likely will be an MR-SAM surface-to-air missile developed by DRDO in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile launch window has been scheduled on 03-8-2019 from 01.30 to 08.30 and 09.30 to 14.30 in the day and Ships have been warned to stay away from the designated zone of 80km.

The MRSAM for Indian Army’s Air Defence is an advanced all-weather, 360-degree mobile land-based theatre air defense system capable of providing air defense to critical areas against a wide variety of threats in a combat zone. The current version of MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force and will be inducted into Indian Army from 2020 onwards. Continue reading

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Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which has been under cloud of controversies off late in India is set to be retired by Indian air force across all Russian fighter aircraft fleet by 2021-22. Aging Vympel R-77 are fitted on board the Su-30 MKIs, MiG-29s, and MiG-21 Bisons and were first bought from Russia starting 1996.

Mig-29A was the first fighter jet which was locally integrated with Vympel R-77 AAMs by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 1996 and was later also integrated into upgraded Mig-21Bis and were main BVRAAMs on Su-30 MKIs which were inducted from 2001 onwards in IAF. Continue reading

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Russia’s defense ministry mulls a Larger MiG-35 Contract for Russian Air and Space Force (VKS) due to slow down in order intakes and have also offered Indian Air Force a customizable Mig-35 to seal the deal for 114 units of ” Make in India” program said a RAC MiG official recently to India media. Russia recently “dumbed down” the specification of its planned MiG-35 for export to reduce procurement costs by prospective buyers but is open to adding additional capabilities to meet IAF requirements.

Russia is open to offer few additional advanced weapon integrations, local weapons integrations and RD-33OVT engine which is equipped with 360 degrees adjustable thrust vectoring engines to provide super maneuverability. Continue reading

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IAF Top Brass in its assessment of its vulnerabilities, post-Balakot attack in February wants to fast track development of local indigenous fighter jet program and has asked both HAL which is working on upgraded Tejas Mk1A and ADA which is working on Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) to fast track the program and also ensure that the program stick to their original schedule as agreed up with the Indian Air force informed Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF has identified Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) fighter program has one of the key elements in ramping up shortfalls of fighter jet fleet in numbers due to the planned retirement of older jets especially, Mig-27 and Mig-21 Squadrons. ADA for the first time had displayed a scale model of MCF fighter jet earlier this year and already has started ground works for construction of Two pre-production models which will be ready for first flight by 2023 according to ADA. Continue reading

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Recently IAF Chief again declared that Dassault Rafale which will be inducted into Indian Air Force from September onwards will be ” Game Change” for the force and will be instrumental in establishing the regional aerial superiority in the region. As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, from last few months IAF, Top Brass has started pushing for procurement of additional 36 more Dassault Rafale jets.

As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Due to budget constraint, IAF believes that orders for 114 units of Rafale jets going to Dassault Aviation is pretty slim and Government of India might agree for some other cheaper alternative which can provide the same level of capabilities and much lower price. Continue reading

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Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) took to Twitter to share images of his recent flight sortie with Navy test pilot Cmde Maolankar on LCA-Navy Trainer. aircraft which has been going final phase of trials from land-based facilities before it commences flight trails from onboard INS Vikramaditya and gave a huge thumbs up to the program and fully endorsed the program.

Admiral Arun Prakash called Agile LCA as a naval aircraft which matches the best of gen-4 fighter aircraft and called it a superb example of skills in design, flight testing & ‘Make-in-India’. he also called upon the new government to back the development of LCA 100% & bring back focus on a/c & engine design & production so that We can match China. Continue reading

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After successful recent trial of the BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI aircraft, BrahMos corporation which manufactures Air Launched BrahMos missile system has said that the missile system already has entered production even though orders for the missile is yet to be placed by the Indian air force and the program is still pending one more developmental trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org.

BrahMos-A which is based on its Land-based variant is 2.5 tonnes missile system which comes minus its booster but basically is the same baseline BrahMos missile system which has been tested numerous times successfully and has been produced for years now and reasons behind BrahMos-A been rushed into production is to not waste time in production. Continue reading

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President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading

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Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to idrw.org, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading

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No. 51 Squadron equipped with MiG-21Bison which is based at Srinagar Air Force Station and took part in the aerial intercept and killed a vastly superior PAF F-16 in the close combat dogfight with an R-73 close combat missile by a Mig-21Bison flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was seen with ” Falcon Slayer” Badges issued to the squadron pilots.

Vardaman has been officially moved from No. 51 Squadron to No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) which is equipped with MiG-21Bison and based at Suratgarh Air Force Station but the F-16 kill will remain with his previous No. 51 Squadron but the kill will be credited to Vardaman. Continue reading

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According to latest Intel reports, spooked Pakistani Army post-Balakot airstrike by IAF, is still positioned nearly 400 armored vehicles out of which nearly 300 are said to be Main Battle tanks composing of T-80U and Al-Khalid Brigade stationed at strategically vital Shakargarh bulge that had witnessed key battles in 1965 and 1971.

According to previous imagery of the area, Nasr short-range missile, along with support vehicles were found to be located at Rahwali Cantonment near Gujranwala which could have also stationed low-yield nukes in a bid to forestall Indian advances across the border. Continue reading

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Nirbhay AL-1 (Air Launched) was spotted at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) complex in a video interview conducted by Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M. Stacked at a corner, Nirbhay AL-1 showed many of the design changes which is expected from an air-launched variant which has been developed from its Land-attack based variant.

As seen in the picture above, Nirbhay AL-1 features a new Air-intake so has to keep unobstructed airflow to its engine which will be ignited once it is jettisoned from its launch aircraft. Nirbhay AL-1 Air-intake is similar to most of the missile system which is used as Air Launched weapons platform and has given away its submerged Air-intake design seen in its Land-attack based variant. Continue reading

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Senior Scientists at India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) while speaking to Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M, have confirmed that seventh trial of India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile ” NIRBHAY ” will feature an Indigenous Seeker and Small gas-turbine Manik Engine developed by GTRE, which they plan to test fire within years time.

Officials at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is in charge of the Nirbhay program also confirmed that development work on the Nirbhay program is now complete and now their focus has shifted towards development of user-specific variants for the Air force, Navy, and Army based on their requirements which they plan to accomplish within the next 3-5 years. Continue reading