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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while briefing countries Parliamentarians for the first time disclosed development of new missile systems which Country’s premier Public sector company Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has taken up lately.

DRDO has classified Missile Projects in two categories, 1) Mission mode projects and 2) Technology Demonstration Projects under which and also has mentioned Date of Sanction (DoS) and Probable date of completion (PDC) along with Project cost which is mentioned above. Continue reading

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Once dubbed “abhorrently expensive”, India and Russia are again going to sit together to talk how to move forward on the proposed joint development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on Sukhoi Su-57 during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman upcoming visit to Moscow.

Highlights of Sitharaman’s visit to Russia will remain to seal final contract on the purchase of S-400 interceptor-based missile system, But High-level officials from both sides will also talk on stalled FGFA program on the sidelines of her visit said industrial sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Second indigenous developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) ‘Netra ‘ Aircraft will be handed over to Indian Air Force Next month after DRDO was able to further fine-tune state-of-the-art active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar as per the recommendation of IAF.

First Netra aircraft was handed over to IAF last year and the aircraft already has completed 250+ mission sorties accumulating total 500 hours. Continue reading

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National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) designed 14-seater multi-role transport aircraft ” Saras project ” is back online after suffering from long slow down which hit the project after a prototype suffered a crash in March 2009 leading to the killing of its crew.

Saras recently completed its Second flight successfully and IAF has expressed Interest in acquiring 15 Military variants of the aircraft which can be used to Transport Military VVIPs and to be also used to train pilots to fly Transport aircraft. IAF impressed by aircrafts potential is also keen on to exploit potential new variant specifically used for signal-snooping on enemy communications. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to report prepared by Defence Analysts Shiv Aroor, Indian Air Force and Government of India have stuck an understanding with India’s State-owned DRDO to begin the ground process to develop an Air Launched Variant based on India’s first Sub-Sonic Nirbhay cruise missile within next two years.

Dubbed Nirbhay-A, Air launched variant will be similar to ground-based variant minus the Booster motor and few changes made to fins and wings to operate without any hiccups when launched from a Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Airforce is hoping that the process to procure six flight refueler aircraft (FRA) for the third time will be successful after two previous attempts have successfully wasted 7-8 years in the process if not then further bad news awaits says Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF which operates Six Ilyushin’s Il-78 multi-role tanker aircrafts procured from 2003 for air to air refuelling as seen undesirable service availability of Il-78 fleet along with the poor supply of spares has severally affected India’s Strategic reach of its fighter jet fleet in the region. Continue reading

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Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of the Kalyani group, in his recent interview to a News Portal, said that Ultra Light Long Range Artillery developed by Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) is heading for firing trials this year in May-June.

KSSL developed 155mm 39 calibre towed Howitzer gun is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India. Continue reading

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First, of the aircraft coming from the second LCA-Tejas line, SP-5 successfully conducted its maiden flight yesterday after suffering delays of few months due to technical reasons. SP-5 after few rounds of Initial flights will be handed over to the No. 45 Flying Daggers, the first Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron to be equipped with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

SP-5 reportedly suffered from Technical issues due to the shoddy job at the second line which was developed by HAL from an erstwhile Kiran hangar. The main production line has the capacity to assemble 5 aircrafts and the second line has a capacity of 3 aircrafts per annum. Continue reading

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According to a report prepared by Shiv Aroor, India’s Public sector Aerospace Design Major Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) who are jointly working on development of India’s first Stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) are planning to carry out first flight trials of a scaled model of Ghatak UCAV Codenamed SWiFT (Short for stealth wing flying testbed) by end of this year .

ADA and IITK researchers are using a scaled down model powered by a Russian Supplied NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine to test their design. The remotely piloted scaled model will act as subscale technology demonstrator to record airflow and stealth characters of the design for its entire flight regime. Continue reading

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Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) which has been working on a new 7.62-mm fully automatic assault rifle to replace in-service INSAS rifle from 2016 is sweating it hard to deliver 50 Indigenous Assualt rifle in time by end of April so that final trials of the Gun can begin by Indian Army as per latest media reports.

New Indigenous Assualt rifle will meet General Staff Quality Requirements (GSQR) issued by Indian Army says, insiders of OFB after, pre-production models send for Army evaluation threw up some inconsistencies during the basic trials. Continue reading

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Indigenously designed and developed India’s first long-range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay which can carry warheads weighing up to 300 kg towards a target located 1000km away will be making its Republic day debut this time.

Two-stage missile is 6 meters long, 0.52 metre wide with a wingspan of 2.7 meters. It can fly at a speed of 0.6 to 0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 1,500 kg an for the first time was spotted in Republic day Parade rehearsal with Missile Launcher. Continue reading

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Biennial land and naval and homeland security exhibition which is also known as Defexpo might again see a new venue with new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman now in place. Nirmala Sitharaman is keen on taking Defexpo to Tamil Nadu and event might be held in Chennai in the month of April according to buzz in the media.

Defexpo India was regularly held at the Pragati Maidan trade fair ground in Delhi till 2014 but Defexpo India 2016 was shifted to Betul Village located in Goa after then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took in charge of the Ministry of Defence. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Troublesome LCA-Tejas SP-5 has finally cleared High-Speed Taxi Trials and is gearing up to carry out its first official test flight later this week. SP-5 was the first aircraft which came from the second production facility and had faced technical issues due to which flight trials were held up.

Due to delays with SP-5, both SP-6 and SP-7 have preceded in first flights and SP-7 will soon be joining Indian Air Force, while Sp-6 already has joined No 45 Flying Daggers Squadrons of Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

2.5 ton Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) hit a decommissioned naval asset positioned at the Bay of Bengal during its recent test. DRDO for the first time has released a picture of the Vessel which got Hit by BrahMos ALCM. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to latest Indian media reports both Saab and Mig corporation has been informed by Indian Navy that their respected offer of Gripen M (Maritime) and Mig-29K in response to Indian Navy request for information (RFI) received last year for operations from Indian aircraft carrier has been rejected.

Indian Navy will now hold formal talks with remaining two contenders, Boeing and Dassault on their offer of F-18E/F and Rafale M and will also ask further technical details and formal proposal soon. Continue reading