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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org, India has opted to integrate soon to be procured Russian S-400 Air Defence system with IAF operated EL/M-2080 Green Pine and Super Green Pine Radar systems which will boosts S-400 systems tracking and interception capabilities even further.

S-400 Air Defence System usually comes with 91N6E Search and Acquisition Radars (S-Band, X-band) which has a range of 600km and 92N6E Grave Stone Multimode radar with a 400-kilometer range but with the integration of Super Green Pine Radar systems with S-400, will now ensure that the system gets enhanced tracking range of 800 to 900 km which is very crucial to ensure the system has a second shot capability. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of four Sets of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) systems from aboard ,which will go on to replace aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems on Naval Warships.

But what’s interesting in the DAC Statement was that 10 systems will be indigenously developed. there was no clarification if indigenously developed means overseas defense companies would need to forge local partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous manufacturing of this SRSAM systems or it will be a complete new DRDO developed system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Officials of Mig Corporation while speaking to India media who were attending Army-2018 Int’l Military Technical Forum held in Moscow region of Russia, have confirmed that they have not received Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Carrier Based Fighter Aircraft issued in early 2017 by Indian Navy.

This is Strange since media reports in India have been Quoting Indian Naval officials which at one point had confirmed that four vendors reportedly Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) have responded to the RFI which usually is sent to almost vendors even if they don’t have any carrier capable fighters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The US might have given India a Waiver for purchasing Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system recently but that doesn’t mean any new purchase will not under scrutiny and as per latest media reports, India has been requested not to consider Russian Amur-1650-class diesel-electric submarine for Indian Navy’s ongoing Project-75I Tender under which Indian plans to procure Six Next Generation Conventional Submarines.

Under Project-75I four foreign ship-builders have emerged as the main contenders for the government’s ambitious project to build six advanced stealth submarines at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore under the strategic partnership model but Indian Navy is nowhere close in announcing a winner yet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force’s 272 multirole air superiority fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet might be boosted to 312 if Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force agree to procure 40 Su-30MKIs more Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and as per latest media reports looking like all three parties will come to a positive consensus after a recent meeting with all concerned parties.

A Final decision will be taken by end of this year but it is most likely HAL will get a fresh contract for 40 more Su-30MKIs which they are offering at a very competitive price as the country already has required infrastructure and manpower to manufacture them without any additional cost same as previously supplied. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

            File Picture of High-Altitude Test Facilities

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has initiated the process to conduct High-Altitude Tests for its Kaveri Engine after it cleared technical audit conducted by French Aerospace engine maker Safran. GTRE recently issued tender asking High-Altitude Test Facilities to send in their proposals which can offer their facilities to test Kaveri engine. (Read: Safran Audit Clears Kaveri Engine for Aircraft Integration)

High-Altitude Test Facilities allow Experimental engines to be tested in a test cell which simulates altitude and speed conditions. High-Altitude Test Facilities usually are capable of testing Experimental engines up to Mach 2-3 and can also simulate altitudes up to 75,000 feet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which operates 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM in its fleet continues to face maintenance issues due to lack of spare parts leading to the poor serviceability of this aircraft said Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in the Parliament.

RMAF at any given point of time can only keep 4 MKM operational while other 14 are either under repair or waiting for spares. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited already lists RMAF as one of its customers and supplies components of airframes and some electronics are sourced also from Indian companies but other spares related to the aircraft is still sourced from IRKUT aircraft corporation of Russia which builds this aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Navy. NP-2 (KH3002) successfully carried out its first maiden Taxi Arrestor Hook trials from the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) from INS Hansa Naval Base located in Goa. A few Days ago NP-2 has carried out maiden flight with Tail Hook attachment after being grounded for months to carry out Tail Hook hardware attachment.

After Initial Taxi Arrestor Hook trials, aircraft will perform high speed and later move on to carry out landing trials to mimic aircraft carrier landing and recovery of the aircraft from limited landing deck space of the aircraft carrier. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

First CH-47 Chinook helicopter of India for its air force has successfully completed its first flight in the Philadelphia on 23th of this month.Boeing India also has realised first images of CH-47 Chinook helicopter in IAF’s Tipnis Grey Colour along with AH-64E Apache which also had completed its first flight on 16th from it’s facilities in Arizona.

India placed orders for 15 Chinook and 22 Apache choppers in a deal worth 2.5 billion in 2015. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                              IAF JAGUAR AIRCRAFT PARKED NEAR A F125 engine

After securing several retired Jaguar airframes to be used as spares from friendly countries recently to prolong their service life beyond 2034, Indian air force is now fast-tracking the purchase of F-125IN engines from Honeywell to be equipped on 80 odd DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft to enhance their operational capabilities.

IAF has decided to procure 200 F-125IN engines in a direct deal with Honeywell by end of this year so that supply can begin in next three years once the deal is concluded. 160 of this engine will be used on 80 DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft while 40 will be used as reserve engines. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-10 (LA-5010) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 26 July 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-10 flew for 35 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-10 is Tenth Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-09 had completed its first flight on 24 March 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by ” The Print”, the Indian Army has opposed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement which the US government has been pressuring India to sign after learning that once equipped on Apache AH-64E attack helicopter, US Government will be able to hear what Indian Army is communicating through secure connections leading to possible data leak to Pakistan.

All Military platforms purchased by India from the United States like C-17 and P-8I are supplied to India without secure communication systems of US-origin since India has refused to become a signatory to COMCASA and India instead uses less secure communications devices procured from Indian and other Global suppliers. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Ex-Royal AirForce Jaguar Trainer aircrafts acquired from the United Kingdom at cost of 2.81cr by India for Indian Air Force is likely to be restored back and put back into service says the latest media report. Jaguar Trainers are considerable in short supply due to few crashes and since India plans to maintain its Jaguar fleet till 2034, the flow of new pilots for their conversion training needs to continue due to which aircraft are likely to be restored back into service.

Two Jaguar Trainer where kept in Royal Air Force in Reserve Command which means components of the aircraft were kept in serviceable conditions to be put back into the air on short notice in event of war. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The first batch of 22 AH-64E attack helicopter ordered by India in 2015 for its air force has started initial trials in Boeing facility in Mesa, Arizona, United States. First Apache helicopter meant for India reportedly had its first low-level hover flight this month on 16th and will continue to carry out initial trials.

But India will only get the first AH-64E attack helicopter in March next year and it is likely whole order will be concluded in next two years and more helicopters meant for India will join initial trials after completion of their assembly. Continue reading