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High on the final contract for 83 Tejas Mk1A/Trainer fighter jets, State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) soon will be getting Request for quotation (RFQ) for Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) after the Ministry’s defence acquisition council (DAC) accorded its acceptance of necessity (AoN) for buying 106 HTT-40 last year.

HTT-40 demonstrated critical six-turn spin test capability last year, bringing it one step closer to the Full Operational Clearance (FOC). HTT-40 not only has fulfilled all the Air Staff Requirement (ASR) issued by Indian Air Force (IAF) but exceeded in many areas in trials. HTT-40 aircraft has undergone a string of elaborate tests at HAL that were monitored by the IAF team and it has been declared that it is safe for rookie pilots and meets the IAF’s exacting standards for trainer planes.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the ” Make in India ” program intends to design and develop a seaplane version of the HAL Built Dornier 228 aircraft and a scale model of the same was displayed for the first time at the Aero India 2021. Dornier 228 seaplane will be offered to commercial and Military operators for establishing a connection between the chain of islands in Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

Dornier 228 seaplane will help in inter-island communication, search and rescue, and reconnaissance of islands. Navy can use them for delivering spares and tools to the warships at deep-sea in case of break down or to be used for emergency evacuation of personnel.

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A Scale model of the Ex-Air India Airbus A320 based AEW&C (airborne early-warning and control) aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF) will be showcased at Aero India 2021, confirming the radar configuration that will continue to use Two radiating planar arrays assembled back-to-back and mounted on top of the fuselage in an active antenna array unit (AAAU) to provide 240° coverage, same as seen on Netra 1.0 based on ERJ-145 aircraft.

Airbus A320 AEW&C also seems to indicate that it will be getting a new AESA Radar that will be replacing its Commercial weather surveillance radar (WSR) but it is yet to be confirmed. if it does get another Aesa radar at the nose than it will be for the first time any AEW&C aircraft could have used such configuration that could increase 240° coverage to 270° to 300° coverage. Scale model also puts to rest rumors of it being a Rotodome based AWACS providing a 360° coverage. AWACS India Program for development of next-generation AESA Radar with Rotodome based on bigger Airbus A330 is in development that will come after A320 Netra 2.0 AEW&C.

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The Aircraft R&D Centre (ARDC) subsidiary of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) have used a now-retired LCA-PV1 frontal section to test a new, thicker canopy and also to analyze and check for its feasibility at higher speeds (up to 20g). The Tejas R&D team has reworked the frame to accommodate the new thicker glass for the canopy for the advanced Tejas Mk1A that will feature it for the first time and will measure 24mm as opposed to the existing 16mm.

Thicker Glass will have better protection against bird hits and won’t be requiring a major change to the cockpit but only minor changes to the existing canopy lining frame, since it will be getting a thicker glass it will also require re-certification from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), that will be concluded soon.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has cleared some of the queries that were raised by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) after it send a proposal against the Request for Information (RFI) for a jet trainer to replace its Boeing T-45 Goshawk that was issued by NAVAIR. HAL had offered its Lead-in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) variant of the LCA-Navy to USN. Technical queries were raised by NAVAIR was replied to and now HAL waits for further communications from the USN said the Program Director of the LCA-Navy Mk1.

The USN is said to be still evaluating the offer for procurement of 45 aircraft for a Carrier “touch and go” based Trainer aircraft that could be used to train a new generation of Pilots for operations from the aircraft carrier to fly F-18 E/F and F-35B/C fighter jets from many interested vendors that have responded to its RFI issued few months back .

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are planning to conduct Joint Military Training (JMT) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station, India, sometime from October to December, where The RSAF will deploy F-16C/D fighter aircraft to train alongside the IAF’s SU-30MKI and Rafale F3R fighter aircraft.

The 11th edition of the JMT will allow aircrew from both air forces to hone their operational skills and enhance interoperability through high-end training such as Air Combat and Mission-Oriented Training. Through the training, interactions, and bonding activities, an aircrew from both forces can forge strong friendships and bonds through each iteration of the exercise.

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Indian Rafale fighter jet ( BS004 ) while coming for landing was snapped with the deadly French Scalp stealth air-launched cruise missile for the first time in the Indian air space creating a frenzy over the Internet, after it went public.

The scalp is an air-launched cruise missile manufactured by European defense consortium MBDA. The Scalp, which is designed in France, weighs around 1,300kg. According to MBDA, the Scalp has a stated range of 250km, though media reports claim the weapon can go twice that distance.

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A Top Emirati security official, known for making controversial and eye-catching Anti-Pakistani remarks on wide-ranging issues, took to Twitter Poll and wrote in Arabic: ” Baloch are supposed to given missiles to defend themselves ” Yes or No.

Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan, who is the head of general security of Dubai, in 2018 had created a major controversy when he tweeted “The Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf communities for the drugs they bring with them to our countries.” and asked fellow emirates “not to employ Pakistanis”. The security official, who was the head of Dubai Police Force until 2013, termed it a “national duty to stop hiring Pakistanis”.

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Kalyani Centre for Technology and Innovation (KCTI) a subsidiary of Bharat Forge Limited will be showcasing KCTI 120 and KCTI 160 Gas turbine engine that has been locally developed for the first time by a Private defense sector company at their Pune plant that can be used to power unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), target drones, and gliders.

Both 120 kgf and 160 kgf Gas turbine engine have been tested at the KCTI facilities and both have achieved their technical benchmark and will be offered to DRDO and export customers for use in strategic projects and interestingly Defence Ministry’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ Push that had listed Import Embargo on 101 Items included import of Small Jet Engines with 120kgf thrust that be come to end by end of the December 2024.

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Weapons Package for India’s Upcoming 17.5 Tons Tejas Mk2 fighter jet has been frozen that will make use of maximum standoff weapons that are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) equipped on different types of jets in the fleet. Tejas Mk2 will also focus more on the indigenously made weapons that will feature in Tejas Mk1A and Tejas Mk2 will include some of the standoff weapons that came with the recently inducted Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

Storm Shadow / SCALP a long-range, air-launched, stand-off attack missile designed and developed by France-based MBDA System is one of the main weapon systems that has been cleared for Tejas Mk2. Sub-sonic 1.3 ton cruise missile with a range of over 500kms and with low-observable characters was inducted with the Dassault Rafale and has been selected also for the Tejas Mk2 fighter fleet According to ADA, studies have been conducted on the technical flexibility of integrating French missile and it has been cleared after due data collection and computer simulations.

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India has started the process of delivering Swathi Weapon Locating Radars to Armenia that it had won for $40 million in March 2020. Russian Air Force operated Antonov-124-100 strategic airlifter had landed in Bangalore that was Chartered to ferry the Swathi Weapon Locating Radars on 22nd of this month, aircraft took off on its onward journey on the same day.

As per the agreement, India will supply four SWATHI weapon locating radars, which provide fast, automatic, and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells, and rockets in its 50-km range.

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HAL Chairman R Madhavan has said that HAL proposed the ” Indigenous Upgrade Programme for the Su-30MKI aircraft to the Indian Air Force and has been pursuing with Air HQ for the project Go-Ahead”. HAL is looking to overhaul and upgrade 200 Sukhoi-30MKI with a Super Sukhoi upgrade package that will contain more Indian systems and subsystems in the aircraft.

Super Sukhoi upgrade will not only see major upgrades to its Avionics, Radars, Upgraded Cockpit layout, and Electronic Warfare Jammers but also will be equipped with more Indian made weapons like Astra Mk1 BVR-AAMs, SAAW, ITCMR, and BrahMos-NG. 

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HAL Chairman R Madhavan confirmed that the ELTA’s ELM-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) configuration finalised on LCA Mk.1A is different from the ELM-2052 AESA radar integrated on the Jaguar Darin III, Even though both radars will be manufactured at Avionics Division Hyderabad by HAL under Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreements from the IAI subsidiary, ELTA .

Nose cone size limitations on the Jaguar Darin III meant that the Antenna size that could be used on the aircraft had to be smaller but Tejas Mk1A that has a bigger nose cone will be equipped with a bigger antenna for its ELM-2052 AESA radar that will also have higher power supply so that it can cater to the bigger antenna.

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FILE PIC OF TEJAS MK2 COCKPIT

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will be showcasing a full-scale Cockpit Simulator at the Aero India 2021 for the first time. Advanced cockpit with Wide Area Displays(WAD), touchscreen, and 3D display for the excellent user interface is been under works for some time and for the first time Public will get a view of final cockpit layout configuration that has been selected for the AMCA Mk1 fighter jet.

AMCA will be getting Voice-activated commands for Hands-free operations of basic functions for the pilots. AMCA Cockpit will feature Wide Area Displays(WAD) Touch screen Color 20×8 cockpit display instead of a 3 5×5 Multi-Function Display (MFD) seen in Tejas Mk1A jets.

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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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