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The Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL) is likely to get a larger dry dock on its campus at Thevara, by end of this year after being delayed by a few months due to covid conditions in the country. New Dry Dock will be 310-meter long and 75-meter wide, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,700 crores that will enable it to construct mammoth vessels such as LNG carrying vessels and bigger aircraft carriers.

The PSU shipyard, where the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was being built was recently handed over to the Indian Navy pending official induction later this month on India’s independence day and is working with the Indian Navy for the development of next-generation Indigenous aircraft carrier.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) will be retiring 4 squadrons of Mig-21Bis starting from this year till 2025 and now also has revealed that nearly 3 squadrons of the upgraded Mig-29UPG that were procured in the mid-’80s to counter Pakistan’s Purchase of 40 F-16A/B will also be retired beginning from 2027 onwards.

Mig-29UPG squadrons that will be number plated one each per year and will be getting Tejas Mk2, a Medium-weight fighter jet from 2028-29 onwards. In the next 5 years, IAF also has plans to start retiring some of the older Jaguar DARIN-I and DARIN-II Jaguar ground-strike aircraft but the whole fleet will continue till 2034, but only upgraded Jaguar DARIN-III will fly past 2030.

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USN X-47B

With the recent successful test of the “Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator” by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India’s plans to develop a bigger Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV) are taking shape with airframe, undercarriage, and entire flight control and avionics systems likely to mature by 2025 including its Kaveri Dry engine.

IUSAV under development will not only adopt “flying wing” stealth design but also many of the next generation capabilities in electronic warfare to survive in highly contested air environments. idrw.org has been told that the Indian Navy is closely monitoring the IUSAV program that could lead to the development of a deck-based IUSAV variant that could operate from an aircraft carrier in near future.

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ARTIST RENDERING

In 2018, Then Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), S K Salwan claimed that India is capable of developing an ICBM that can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 km and besides the Agni-VI’s ground version, the DRDO is simultaneously also working out on its underground variant of the missiles.

According to a report from ” Frontier India”, DRDO has commenced developmental work that might lead to the fabrication of the first Agni-VI ICBM in the next 3 years. It’s not clear if India will be testing this ICBM by 2025-26 but it indicates that Agni-VI developmental is currently shifted from the design and technology maturity phase to the actual developmental phase.

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The 51 Squadron based out of Srinagar air base that operates MiG-21 Bison aircraft will be number plated on September 30 till it is revived again when Tejas Mk1A induction begins. Earlier it was to be replaced by the second squadron of the Tejas Mk1 fleet but it seems 51 Squadron will be equipped and re-raised sometime in 2025 again.

Tejas Mk1A which is an upgraded Tejas aircraft equipped with AESA Fire Control Radar and a host of improvements will start deliveries from 2024 onwards. IAF that operates Two Squadrons of Tejas Mk1 jets are based out of South Indian states and are frequently deployed at the forward airbase for familiarization sorties when there is heightened tension at the border.

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General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff at AMMO India 2022 was seen at the Adani defense stall checking out Gaurav, a 1-ton Long-Range Glide Bomb (LRGB) with a range of 100 kilometers. Designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Gaurav is the country’s first indigenously developed Long-Range Glide Bomb (LRGB) that was tested from a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet over Balasore, Odisha for the first time in 2021.

DRDO also has developed a Non-winged 500kg version called Gautam that has a range of 30km and was also tested first in 2019. At the stall also can be seen UL-PGM (Ultra Light Precision-Guided Munition) that DRDO has developed for the Armed UAV program.

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Indian Navy has told ADA that it will be procuring 45 Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) from HAL when it enters service in 2031 to replace Russian-supplied Mig-29K deck-based fighter jets by 2035. idrw.org has been told in the past that the first batch of 4.5 Gen TEDBF will be used to replace Mig-29K batches but an improved variant with fluxion of 5th gen tech of the AMCA program will also go on the floor.

Indian Navy, which originally wanted to procure 57 new fighters, is now looking to buy 27 deck-based fighter jets and recently completed a demonstration that was carried out by Rafale M and F-18 Super hornet. TEDBF’s final order might cross 80 when the second batch orders are placed.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has plans to complete developmental trials of the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) Within Visual range air to air missile and Astra Mk1 beyond Visual range air to air missile before it starts delivery of the first batch of upgraded Tejas Mk1A from 2024 onwards.

Carriage and Captive trials of both the missile have been completed and soon developmental cum user trials of both the missiles will be carried out to give Tejas Mk1A additional combat punch in its air-to-air configuration.

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A sneak peek of digital renders provided by the ADA to ” India Tv ” for the first time confirms that India’s 5+ Gen fighter jet will also feature a front opening canopy windshield instead of the side opening canopy windshield seen on the Tejas Mk1A program. Traditionally fighter jets over from last few decades have adopted a rear opening canopy as standard fitment and some jets with a side opening canopy (LCA, Rafale) do exist but the least preferred ones are the front opening canopy until it was again seen in F-35 and now in Chinese deck-based J-35 5th generation fighter jets.

F-35’s front opening canopy configuration design is largely attributed to the common design that was required to be carried on all three variants that were to be developed. F-35B, that’s the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL)-capable variant needs to accommodate a lift fan just behind the canopy and other elements to operate the aircraft as a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) due to which rear opening canopy design was not adopted and it is possible that in the future China might bring in a new deck based variant that features a STOVL variant of the J-35 that is based on the J-31 which features a rear opening canopy.

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The official rendering of the AMCA provided by the ADA seems to highlight some of the impressive and not-so-impressive features that we might see at least on the prototypes or the Mk1 version of the aircraft that will go into the initial batch that will go into the production. The above image highlights some of these features.

Integrated boarding ladder: first seen on F-15 and later carried also on F-35, integral ladders allow the fleet to operate out of forward or dispersed airfields with limited logistical support. AMCA will feature it that confirms that IAF wants to operate them from a forward airbase where it’s not based to keep logistics support minimum.

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HAL chief R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd speaking to ” Indian Express” said that HAL will start work on manufacturing the Tapas Bh-201 drone that will be used to conduct evaluation trials by the Indian Armed forces. idrw.org has been told that six Tapas Bh-201 that will go into production will be near production ready that have been further optimized airframe to meet all specifications set by the armed forces.

Tapas has demonstrated its flight altitude above 28000 feet with an endurance of 18 hours recently but Tapas has to demonstrate 30,000 feet and mission-specific payload to clear evaluation trials and enter production.

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REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

The government of India (GOI) plans to sanction Glidefire Surface to Surface Missile (SSM) under Make-II (Industry Funded) with Industrial partners where no Government funding will be provided for prototype development purposes. Glidefire SSM is intended to be a lightweight, modular, and cost-effective missile solution to target enemy ships/ land targets. The missile would use hybrid propulsion to achieve a maximum speed of at least 200Okts (Mach 2.9) in the terminal phase and unique controllable surfaces to undertake precise engagement of enemy targets at extended ranges up to 180 Km.

The Glidefire SSM is intended to be launched from a modular scalable launcher from Indian Naval Ships including the existing Universal Vertical Launcher fitted on IN Ships. The associated systems of the weapon complex include Fire Control System, Launcher, Connectors, Cables, and interface with ship-borne systems.

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Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle program based on the eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the WhAP is in work and the program has been fast-track as per information coming due to which prototype rollout might be ready by mid-2023. The main armament of the Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle will be Nag’s anti-tank missile. The launcher features high-end optics and has six missiles ready to launch and can carry four more in storage.

Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle will also be fitted with Smoke grenade launchers for self-defense and armor that protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters. The third-generation Nag fire-and-forget-class ATGM has a range of 4km and uses an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker to ensure a high target accuracy in both top and front attack modes.

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India’s top experimental test pilot Group Captain (Retd) Harsh Vardhan Thakur with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has hinted about Indonesia officials being briefed about India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jet program. HAL officials have briefed Indonesian defense officials on the whole product portfolio.

Indonesian Air Force plans to buy 36 Rafale, and 8 F-15EX jets by 2024 to replace its aging fleet of Su-27/30 and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Indonesian Air Force also operates 200 aging Hawk 200 light attack fleet and has procured 20 South Korean-made T-50i Golden Eagle to replace older trainer jets.

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Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) after launching the Sixth and last of the Scorpene Submarine ‘VAGSHEER’ for the Indian Navy earlier this year has started the process to absorb many of the technology that came with the transfer of these submarines from France so that it could be utilized for the further development of the next-generation conventional submarine program in the country.

idrw.org has been told that man of the tech that was transferred will be upgraded or modernized locally so that in the future upgrades on the Scorpène class submarine can be carried out locally and also the same tech can be used for future conventional submarine programs.

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