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State owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered the 175th gun bay door for the F/A-18 Super Hornet of Boeing Company. The delivery document was handed over to A K Sahoo, Boeing Supplier Quality by Ms Jayakrishnan S AGM (Assy & Exports). Since January 2018, HAL has been maintaining ‘Gold’ rating for 100% quality and on-time delivery

Earlier, HAL shipped new configuration FAI Door four months ahead of schedule. Owing to high performance, Boeing has awarded purchase contract for additional 74 Doors in May 2020 for a business volume of Rs. 21.5 crores.

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The first developmental trial of a Nirbhay cruise missile fitted with an indigenous Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) propulsion system developed by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is expected, to take place this month. Nirbhay cruise missiles presently are powered by Russian-made NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan engines and DRDO plans to validate the STFE propulsion system in the upcoming test so that it enters full-scale production from 2021.

Indigenous 110 kg Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) has undergone 90 minutes of continuous operation at max power setting at Bangalore and was also tested at Leh at -15 degree Celsius. Nirbhay Cruise Missile has been inducted, in limited numbers due to heighten border tensions with the Chinese Army in Ladhak Standoff but, the numbers are limited and are mostly pre-production models.

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India has issued yet another, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 16-17 October 2020 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. Previous NOTAM for the test of India’s Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile with a strike range of 1,000 km has been kept for the period from 12-14 October 2020.

Indian Military watchers are counting on that it will be the first developmental test flight of most anticipated but long-delayed China-Centric ” Pralay” short-range. solid-fueled, surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile specifically designed and developed as a tactical missile system to be used in theater level conflicts like the Russian 9K720 Iskander and Chinese DF-12 M20 short-range surface-to-surface tactical missile.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has selected Pratt & Whitney developed PW127M turboprop engine to power its corporate, Avro Hawker Siddeley HS748 aircraft ‘Subroto’ which is used by the company to ferry its Top Management along with it, the aircraft will also get a new ‘glass cockpit’ that will replace all analog systems so the aircraft could be in service for another 20 years.

Present Rolls-Royce RDa.7 Dart Mk 536-2 turboprop engines used on the AVRO HS 748 are out of production now and spares are getting harder to come by, but the aircraft, which was designed to be used as a Commercial airliner even after being in service with HAL for 40 years, utilization of the airframe life was just 30%, with plenty of airframe life remaining and condition still being in top-notch, it was decided to be upgraded with newer engine and Avionics.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, has confirmed that the deal for 83 Indigenously made Tejas Mk1A fighter jet is now just a formality and inking of contracts between IAF and HAL will be done by December 2020, with deliveries to begin from 2023 onwards, which is likely to be completed by 2028.

IAF has asked HAL to maintain an Annual production Capacity of 20 aircraft per year from 2024-25 onwards so that by early 2028 all aircrafts contracted are delivered. State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is already in talks with GE Aviation for fresh orders of 100+ F404-GE-IN20 Engines and a final contract is to be inked soon in 2021. HAL already has placed orders for Israeli developed ELM-2052 AESA Radar for the same.

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Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH), which is being pitched as a one-stop replacement for Mi-17, Kamov, and Sea King fleets of the Indian Air Force and Navy was recently seen pictured going though Wind Tunnel Testing with major Design changes after Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has submitted a Preliminary Project Report (PPR) for sanction of Government funds for the development earlier this year.

The wind Tunnel mode of IMRH features New Engine Casing along with different positioning of the engine exhaust ducts now equipped with infrared suppression exhaust mixer boxes for a low infrared signature. Design changes are significant from what was shown in the full-scale Mockup of the IMRH in Aero India a few years back. 

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is satisfied at the rate of progress of the Indigenous Uttam Aesa Fire Control Radar (FCR) which is under development for the Tejas Mk2 program and even likely to be used for Tejas Mk1A Block-II Batches and have backed a proposal to develop a Scaled-up UTTAM Aesa Radar to be used for other fighter jets.

Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, for the first time, has confirmed that IAF is keen that a Scaled-up UTTAM Aesa Radar is developed particularly for the Su-30MKI fleet.

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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 12-14 October 2020 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. Previous media reports indicate that this will be last developmental trials of the India’s Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile with a strike range of 1,000 km.

Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile  was test launched from a specially-designed launcher last year. Sources tell idrw.org that a limited number of pre-production missiles have already been moved to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid tension with China which could be its test by fire if present stand off escalates into major war in coming weeks.

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Bengaluru based-Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) has confirmed that the first Front Fuselage Assembly for the LCA-Tejas aircraft has been handed over to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after acceptance from HAL. In 2017, Dynamatic Technologies Limited was chosen as the supplier for the Front Fuselage assembly from HAL – Light Combat Aircraft Division.

In 2019, Dynamatic Technologies Limited had launched,‘TEJAS MAIN FUSELAGE ASSEMBLY’ for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the first Front Fuselage Assembly for the LCA-Tejas was delivered in 2020.

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An official from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has confirmed that the first flight of the second Tejas Final Operational Clearance (FOC) block—SP-22 was successfully carried out on 24-September of this month after resumption of flight activities that were halted for a while after completion of the first FOC SP-21 back in March this year. -SP-22 was piloted by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) KA Muthana (retired) for approx 43 minutes.

A six-month lull due to pandemic and shutdown of the supply chain was used to get all FOC and IOC-II jets updated with software to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF). SP-23 has completed low- and high-speed taxi trials and will be ready for its first flight test by end of this month.

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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 24 Sept – 01 Oct 2020 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. Speculations are that Two Sukhoi-30MKI will be involved in carrying out trials of newly acquired long-range BVRAAMs against Target drones.

Last month Su-30 MKI of the Indian Air Force (IAF) operating from Kalaikunda (KKD) Air Force Base, test-fired a newly integrated French MICA Infrared seeker equipped beyond visual range air to air missile for the first time and also newly acquired RVV-SD BVRAAMs from Russia. IAF plans to test again RVV-SD and R-27ET1 BVRAAMs to validate upgraded missiles systems for the first time.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has undertaken integration of the Software Defined Radios (SDR) supplied by Israeli Rafael company successfully. Su-30MKI also now features an indigenous ANS-1100A VOR/ILS System that helps aircraft navigate by using fixed ground-based beacons when coming for landing and an Upgraded Radio Altimeter which aids Pilot to carry out low level or night flight below 2500 feet.

Israeli Rafael company had won a contract for 400 Software Defined Radios (SDR) from Indian Air Force (IAF) last year to upgrade its Entire fleet of Sukhoi-30MKI. Mirage-2000 and LCA-Tejas fleet. BNET-AR/Global-Link Airborne software-defined Radio will be integrated into most of the fighter jets so that the Pilots can communicate with each other without been eavesdropped by the rival pilots in the vicinity.

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Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) on Thursday touched a key milestone in its Project 17A, with the laying of the keel of its third of four Advanced Stealth Frigates which has been awarded to the MDL by the Indian Navy. Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) is in charge of the 3 Advanced Stealth Frigates under Project 17A and the laying of the keel of the second frigate INS Vindhyagiri happened earlier this year.

Construction of P17A ships differs in the very concept of frontline warship building by way of adoption of modern technology of ‘Integrated Construction (IC) methodology’, where the blocks are pre-outfitted with pipes, etc, to reduce the build period of warships. P17A warships are follow-on warships of the Shivalik class stealth frigates. Four of the frigates will be constructed by Mazagon Dock Ltd in Mumbai and three by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata.

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According to Veteran Indian Air Force (IAF) Pilot Sameer Joshi, IAF has decided to go for a new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar version called Zhuk-A/AM for the 21 Mig-29UPG which India plans to buy from Russia when Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit India in October for the annual bilateral summit between the two countries.

IAF which already operates 67 Mig-29A brought in 1984 has now upgraded them to the latest MiG-29UPG standard which comes with New Zhuk-ME Radar and with new enhanced RD-33 series 3 turbofan engines with a host of other avionics and capability upgrades and it assumed that IAF will go for the same avionics and configuration for the 21 Mig-29UPG which it plans to procure from Russia.

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A Senior Tibetan Officer of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) Nyima Tenzin was killed in a landmine blast & another young Tibetan Jawan was seriously injured near Indo-Tibetan border on 30th August-2020. Officer is an resident of Camp No 1 Sonamling Tibetan settlement in Leh Ladhka as per statement made by Tibetan community of the Area.

Use of 7 Vikas Special Frontier Force which has one of the main objective to conduct covert operations across Chinese lines, confirms what Chinese government sources claims that Indian Army have entered 4km into its territory stands true. While Indian Army is yet to be make official statement on death of Nyima Tenzin.

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