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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In April this year (Indian Army wants ” Desi BM-21-Grad ” Multiple Rocket Launcher for Mountain terrain), idrw.org was first to break cover on the development of a Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments to replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory on request of the Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army.

DRDO has showcased a full-scale model of the upcoming 120mm Rocket along with the Pinaka MBRL family. MRPKS has been developed specifically for mountainous terrain where lighter 4×4 Trucks are easier to move then Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles. According to details revealed, MRPKS will be mounted on current in-service Trucks and can carry a minimum of 24 rockets each and has a range of at least 25km and accuracy of two meters at the target end. The Army has asked for a vertical launcher that has 360-degree deployment capability so that it has no crest clearance issues in hills. Continue reading

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U.S. Army leaders are one step closer to deciding on a supplier for its Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW ) system which will replace trusty 5.56mm M4A1 carbine and the M249 squad automatic weapon used in combat units until now. A Texas-based Textron ammunition company recently unveiled its new 6.8mm cartridge to be used on the NGSW from 2022 and DRDO and Textron officials had a closed-door meeting on possible collaboration on the development of next-gen 6.8mm Cartridge under defense collaboration between U.S.-India, Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

US Army is switching from 5.56mm to 6.8mm rounds and DRDO already has developed a new assault rifle prototype chambered for 6.8×43 mm rounds and it will be ready for trial in the Infantry School located at Mhow soon. Continue reading

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LCA-Naval Team of ADA has approached Naval Headquarters formally after Two Naval prototypes of the LCA concluded intense series of trials from the Shore-based Test Facility (SBTF) in Goa recently to Naval prototypes can start aircraft carrier trials from the deck of INS Vikramaditya from next month.

Naval Headquarter has set up a review board to study all the trial reports and decide when INS Vikramaditya can be made available for the carrier trials to begin. LCA-Naval Team has asked India’s lone aircraft carrier made available for a month for trials which will see take-offs and landings from the deck of the aircraft carrier in a clean configuration in Phase-I. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2015, the Indian Navy (IN) Projected requirement for Naval variant of AMCA and in series of meetings and discussions were held between ADA officials at Naval Head Quarters adaption and development of IAF’s 5th Generation AMCA program to be adapted for the Navy. ADA was tasked to prepare a feasibility report and soon a report was presented to the Naval Head Quarters.

idrw.org can confirm that Naval Head Quarters has accepted the feasibility report on AMCA – Navy, and ADA, in turn, will start work on AMCA – Navy and baseline configuration for a carrier deck based fighter jet soon after it which it will approach Navy to issue Draft Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQRs) so that PSQRs can be finalized. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has said that it is going forward with its plans to acquire 36 light combat aircraft (LCA) for a deal worth between RM6 billion and RM7 billion. RMAF has said that it currently still sourcing out suitable platforms for its new LCA requirements but has identified some of the potential candidates which have been offered to the RMAF.

RMAF has confirmed that the LCA contenders included the Korea-made T-50 Golden Eagle, Russia’s YAK-130, Leonardo M-346FA, BAE Systems Hawk, China’s L-15, Sweden’s Gripen India’s Tejas and the JF-17 Thunder from Pakistan. RMAF had issued request-for-information to all contenders (manufacturers) in the LCA category earlier this year and India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1 which participated in the Malaysian Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2019 later in the year was evaluated by the RMAF. JF-17 Thunder From Pakistan was also evaluated by RMAF after few weeks in Malaysia. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Naval Aviation is all set to make History soon with the first indigenously developed Naval fighter aircraft to commence deck landing and take off from India’s biggest military ship, INS Vikramaditya after NLCA Mk-1 prototype completed the second phase of the short landing trials at the shore-based test facility in Goa.

According to the prominent defense expert, Sandeep Unnithan has said that as per his sources NLCA Mk-1trials will be conducted on the INS Vikramaditya before Dec 31 this year. ADA and DRDO have achieved all possible scenarios under which an aircraft can come to land on the deck of the aircraft carrier, including at the night which was also recently demonstrated. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approached the Indian Government for procurement of India’s Next-generation ASTRA Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missile to be equipped especially on the Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fleet of over 66 jets of the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) said reliable industrial source close to idrw.org.

UAEAF’s Combat Aircraft fleet is primarily made up of 80 F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon and 66 Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fleet which are at par with the Indian air force operated Mirage-2000 Dash 5 upgraded jets and currently armed with MBDA developed MICA IR/RF Medium ranged BVR Air-to-Air missile but due to technology obsolescence, MICA is not considered among Top of the BVRAAMs among its competitors and now UAEAF and IAF which are the two largest operators of the Mirage-2000 fighter fleet outside of France are seeking for its replacement. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group has reportedly completed internal trials of the Ultralight 155 mm, 39 calibre howitzers and will be soon ready for Army trials said Industrial sources close to idrw.org. Kalyani Group which is pitching its ULH segment to the Indian Army has developed three variants of the ULH to supplement imported M777 procured by the Indian Army for mountainous terrain. 

Kalyani Group has developed all-titanium ULH which weighs 4.8 tonnes and all-steel ULH which weighs 6.8-tonne and a third variant which was developed on the instance of Army chief, General Bipin Rawat which is the installation of all-steel ULH on an Ashok Leyland Mk.4 general utility truck for mobility in the mountainous terrain which is ready for user trials with the Indian Army. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In a strong message to the import lobby and in a massive show of confidence in the indigenous HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft program developed by the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is set to fly in HTT-40 prototype aircraft later this month while the final dates are yet to be worked out but a tentative date worked out will be 14th of this month.

HTT-40 (Basic trainer aircraft) already successfully demonstrated critical six-turn spin test capability recently and is going to seek IOC (Initial Operation Clearance) by end of this year as IAF chief committed to placing orders for 70 HTT-40 BTA to train its upcoming fighter pilots in coming months. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After South Korean firm walked out of Rs 32,000-crore ‘Make in India’ deal for the manufacturing of dozen mine-hunting warships at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in Vasco-Goa, the Russian Defense Ministry have offered India its Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers at the ongoing visit of the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Moscow.

Project 12700 mine countermeasures vessels (minesweepers) have their hull made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic. Russian minesweepers designed by Almaz as its advantage, this solution provides for the ship’s higher strength compared to the steel hull. The fiberglass hull considerably decreases the weight and extends the life cycle. The warships can fight mines with various flails, tele-guided, and autonomous unmanned underwater craft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

With close to securing the final contract worth $ 2 Billion for it’s C295 medium transport aircraft (MTA) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), European aerospace major Airbus Military has now offered India its A400M Atlas turboprop military transport aircraft to further boost India’s strategic reach as per industrial sources close to idrw.org.

With Boeing C-17 Globemaster III production line been closed down and IAF been already delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. IAF still needs more tactical air-lifter with strategic capabilities since 14 IL 76 MD strategic/heavy transport fleet acquired in the early ’80s from the Soviet Union is already aging fast and due to low serviceability issues, Airbus Military thinks A400M is a beautiful complement to C-17 fleet of IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Twice short-listed and twice rejected over cost concerns, Airbus has started fresh push for a deal for Six Airbus A330 MRTT aerial refueller with India after the tender was refloated again for the third time earlier this year but this time Airbus is likely to get some serious competition from its arch-rival in the commercial passenger jet business which was absent in the previous two tenders but is likely to make entry of the first time this year.

Boeing is pitching India with its Boeing KC-46 Pegasus military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. Boeing previously offered India its KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueller under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program which facilitates sales of U.S. arms, defense equipment, defense services, and military training to foreign governments but that was not accepted by India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ingeniously developed ‘On-board oxygen generating system’ (OBOGS) by DEBEL, an organ of DRDO has completed laboratory development of the crucial ‘integrated life support system’ (ILSS) system after it carried out trials in High Altitude Decompression Chamber which simulates altitudes with test pilot of Tejas as the subject from 15 August 2019 to 6 September 2019 successfully. The performance of the system has been found at par with a conventional oxygen system in use.

The flight trials of the system will be carried out on Tejas PV-3 aircraft by the middle of next year. Use of OBOGS technology eliminates the logistic tail associated with the liquid oxygen system, improves safety, reduces the aircraft turnaround time, extends mission duration and significantly lowers operational cost. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided recently not to go with “re-engining” of its 80 aging Jaguar fighter fleet after US firm quoted an unacceptable $2.5-3 billion for taking full responsibility for installing its new F-125IN engines in 80 Jaguars, But Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) actually might be working on an alternative engine which will be able to power IAF’s Jaguar fighter fleet if its plans to develop an advanced version of the HTFE-25 (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine) materializes soon.

In March this year, HAL has taken up the design and development of ‘Afterburner Technology’ for the HTFE-25 aero engine. The afterburner module was mounted on the PTAE engine followed by a successful demonstration of the basic afterburner technology using a fixed area propelling nozzle for the HTFE-25 engine was also carried out. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

IAF Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria speaking to the media has confirmed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will procure 70 HTT-40 Basic trainer aircraft from State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) soon after it successfully demonstrated critical six-turn spin test capability recently.

HAL has confirmed that So far that all the Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) test points have been met successfully and with the successful spin tests, the last metric has been completed. HAL officials have said that if all goes right then it will get IOC (Initial operational clearance) by end of 2019. Continue reading