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News Beat reporting is an idrw.org initiative to let our Readers to report News Based on Actual facts but some how has not been reported in Main Stream Media .

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Gas Turbine Research Estab lishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, successfully tested prototypeof Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) for High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh during February 2018. The successful demonstration validated the design, selection of Materials and the control logics used for lighting and acceleration of engine to minimum sustained speed. The performance of pyro systems was as per expectations.

GTRE had designed and realised a mobile test bed and fuel supply system simulating unmanned vehicle confguration exclusively for adapting to High Altitude trials. Suitable Operator Console in a climate controlled cabin for safe operation of control desk,data acquisition systems and vibration monitoring panels were also positioned to ensure that tests are carried out without compromising safety and other design criteria. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After India was seen dragging its feet over the purchase of 20 BAE Hawk trainers for IAF due to an inflated price of the jets. BAE Systems and UK Government have offered India a line of funding to land estimated Rs 2500 crores worth contract.

According to information provided to idrw.org, UK Export Finance provides loan up to £3 Billion to any overseas buyers to procure defense equipment from UK based Defense firms. UK Government and BAE Systems want India to take the offer to fund the purchase of 20 Hawks. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ministry of Civil Aviation is in process of placing an order for 10 HAL built 19-seater Dornier 228 Civil Variant to be used for civilian flights. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) already has given a certificate of airworthiness to HAL’s Dornier 228 and second Civil variant also took to air in February to further fast-track the process.

Highly versatile multi-purpose light Dornier 228 is already generating interest also from Private domestic airline players in the market and to implement Modi’s government’s ambitious UDAN scheme to improve regional connectivity, domestic airlines are also likely to place orders for the aircraft soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

France has confirmed that deliveries of Dassault Rafale jets to Indian Air Force which will begin from September 2019 are progressing as per schedule and under the supervision of high-ranking French military experts at the Mont-de-Marsan air base in southwestern France. Indian Maintenance Crew and Pilots have started receiving training in an affiliated training center to maintain and fly Rafale Fighter jets.

Maintenance Crew and Pilots will move to France in batches to impart their training as per contractual obligations. India plans to train major chunk of its Rafale Pilots locally and has sent Senior Experienced pilots who will, later on, fly and also teach future pilots. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to industry sources close to idrw.org, AERDC (Aero Engine Research and Design Centre ) a division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited carried out test runs on its HTFE-25 (Core-2) engine on 10th January earlier this year.

The core-2 engine has an improved HP compressor and a twin spool configuration which can be adapted to power HAL’s HTT-40 Turboprop Basic Trainer Aircraft power requirements. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

HAL has confirmed that it will continue to concentrate on the development of Balance Single seater variant of the locally developed LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft and will skip production of the LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft for time being to avoid considerable delays expected in their production due to lack of final production designs not been frozen yet.

Indian Air Force had placed an order for 20 IOC [initial operational configuration] aircraft (16 fighters and four trainers) and 20 FOC [Final Operational Clearance ] aircraft (16 fighters and four trainers). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Tejas LSP-7 (KH-2017) seen firing Derby BVR 

LCA-Tejas LSP-7 (KH-2017) successfully fired an Israeli supplied Derby Beyond Visual Range Air-Air Missile (BVRAAM) today off the western coast of India after taking off from the Naval Base ” INS Hansa ” Situated at Dabolim in Goa .

With this Successful trial of Derby BVRAAM, LCA-Tejas has completed one of the key Milestone required before it is granted Final Operational Clearance (FOC) by end of June this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ADA Director Dr. Girish Deodhare while speaking to media has confirmed that the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for the Tejas Mk 1 will happen by July 2018 and Agency is gearing up to conduct Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) trials of Tejas by end of April.

Deodhare confirmed Ground Trials of the AAR probe has been completed along with all possible simulated ground tests have been successfully completed for which ADA is planning to intensify sortie rates of Tejas Mk-1 aircraft and plans to touch 60 sorties per month so that FOC Certification happens on the schedule this time. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) has displayed it indigenously developed Ultra Light Long Range 155mm 39 caliber towed Howitzer gun for the first time at the ongoing DefeExpo 2018.

Officials at Kalyani Strategic Stall also confirmed that they have developed three variants of 155mm 39 caliber gun based on Soft recoil technology. The first variant developed is 155/39 ULH developed with Titanium and Aluminium based alloys weighting less than 4800kgs. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Kalyani Group has confirmed at ongoing DefeExpo 2018 that next prototype of Ingenuously developed 155 mm/52 calibers Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) will be lighter.

Presently at the Prototype stage, ATAGS weighs in at 17-18 tonnes, while comparable guns worldwide weigh 14-15 tonnes but ATAGS offers longer range than its contemporaries due to six round magazine instead of a standard three-round magazine due to which the gun weighs slightly more than normal due to the larger chamber. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

DRDO chief Dr. S Christopher has confirmed that Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered Initially by American supplied GE F414-INS6 turbofan engines generating 98kN Thrust.

But he refused to confirm if India will seek an indigenous engine solution to power production variant of the AMCA in near future. DRDO chief for time being didn’t rule out the development of Super Kaveri Engine to power AMCA but India is also open to considering all the engines which are on offer to India before making a decision. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After showcasing a Dhanush based 155mm/52-caliber Mounted Gun System at the ongoing DefeExpo 2018, OFB officials have confirmed that there are also developing a Mounted Gun System based on 155mm/45-caliber which too will be offered to Indian Army for trails.

155mm/52-caliber MGS already has cleared Internal trails and according to OFB officials will be sent to Army trials soon. Dhanush based 155mm/52-caliber Mounted Gun System mounted on Tatra Truck can also be mounted on 6×6 or 8 x 8 Super Stallion chassis from Ashok Leyland if asked by customer said the same officials. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Caracal International LLC is showcasing in ongoing Defexpo 2018, its CAR 817AR 7.62 NATO / .308Win center-fire, gas operated, rotating bolt system assault rifle which will be offered to Indian Army for trials soon said company official.

CAR 817AR which weighs less than 4kgs and has an effective range of 800 meters is first assault rifle being offered to India from an Arab Country. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

To Enhance offensive firepower immensely of Indian Army against China, DRDO in 2015 was tasked to develop a new mobile short-range ballistic missile dubbed ” Pralay ” which has the ability to carry several different conventional warheads.

At the Ongoing DefeXpo 2018, Some more information on the Pralay Short Surface to Surface Missile has been revealed by the agencies involved in the development of the missile system. Pralay SSM will have a range of 350km which can carry a payload of 1000kgs. Pralay with a light payload of 500kg will be able to hit a target as far as 400km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Larsen & Toubro Limited, formally confirmed that first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T 155 mm, 52 calibre Tracked Self Propelled (SP) gun is set to be delivered to Indian Army Soon as per schedule. Engineering Giant Larsen and Toubro developed K9 VAJRA-T jointly with South Korean defense major Hanwha Techwin (HTW) which was based on their K9 Thunder.

The first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T guns was directly brought from South Korea and then locally assembled in greenfield manufacturing line at Hazira, Gujarat of L&T and later remaining 90 guns will be manufactured at the same facility and full order will be completed within next 3 years. Continue reading