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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a recent report prepared by ” Times Now”, France has decided to Gift 32 now retired Jaguar fighter jets belonging to French Airforce to India free of cost to be used as spares on IAF’s Jaguar fighter fleet. Ex-French Jaguar fighters have been in Cold Storage for last many years and were offered to India after India and France concluded a deal for 36 Dassault Rafale in 2015.

A team from Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) first evaluated Stored Ex-French Jaguars and found aircrafts worthy to be used as spares to support current fleet of Jaguar fighter’s operated by India and according to ” Times Now”, India is currently in process of shipping them back to India. Continue reading

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Ministry of External Affairs has informed all International Media Organisation currently operating from India that now onwards Journalists of foreign origin will require permission at least eight weeks in advance to visit Jammu and Kashmir from Ministry of Home Affairs.

In Past, the Seven Sister States in India’s far North East, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands were only places where Foreign Journalist required Special permissions of Ministry of Home Affairs but now Jammu and Kashmir to has been added into the list which India claims is sensitive and is now off-limits for visits without permission. Continue reading

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Goa Shipyard Ltd with help of Alliance Engineers based in Thane has developed successfully Helicopter Landing Grid which is usually used for Helicopter operations from ships at sea.

Indigenised Helicopter Landing Grid which was imported from abroad till now will lead to savings of $ 1.43 Million of foreign exchange on each assembles. Goa Shipyard Ltd developed Helicopter Landing Grid are compatible with most of the helicopters operated by the Indian Navy such as Sea king, ALH, etc. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Indian Airforce are very keen on to wrap up the deal for 110 fighter jets in next two years and to shorten the process, IAF is considering only evaluating the performance of the new systems which were previously not available in the aircraft in the previous technical trials.

Under now scrapped MMRCA deal for 126 fighter jets, All Six Fighter jets Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter, F-16, F-18, Gripen-E, and Mig-35 had gone through pretty intensive technical evaluation trials by Indian Airforce both in India and at the country of origin. Technical trials covered almost every performance criteria of the aircraft and each claim made by the Aircraft manufacturers were countered checked to see if they meet technical requirements set by the Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2016, India agreed to purchase last Two of the unfinished Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates from Russia which were lying unused and their construction suspended after Ukraine refused to supply M90FR gas turbine power plants to Moscow after the Ukrainian crisis and in addition to that India also agreed to make Two additional Grigorivitch-class frigates back home in State-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in Goa .

GSL which never has build frigates class ships in its past is requesting higher cost for the two frigates since the shipyard will require to invest and boost its existing infrastructure to complete the project of this scale in time making it more expensive then what it could have costed India if both additional ships were manufactured by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad in Russia. GSL is yet to confirm the price tag, but the cost could be significantly higher making Ministry of Defence (MOD) jittery which is now considering all possible solutions to this. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Nashik Division has formed a special panel to carry out an Internal feasibility study for development of a 5th Generation fighter jet, report of which will be submitted to Ministry of Defence in next two months said Indian media report.

HAL Nashik Division is currently involved in the manufacturing of Sukhoi-30MKI for the Indian Air Force and HAL was planning to manufacture Indo-Russian 5th Generation FGFA fighter aircraft based on Su-57 aircraft from the same facility after production of Su-30MKI was concluded by 2021. But after India pulled out from the Joint venture, Nashik Division is feeling the heat since the production line and its facilities will now lye vacant due to lack of projects. Continue reading

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India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun “Dhanush” which cleared its final round of trials earlier this year is all set to pave way for official induction into Indian Army as Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur (GCF) is currently preparing to handover Six indigenously-developed 155 mm ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns to Indian Army.

GCF till now has developed 12 Pre-production Dhanush 155-millimeter/45-caliber towed howitzer which was extensively used by Indian Army for series of user Trials over the years. Six guns to be handed over are from the initial order for 114 guns. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former chief of naval staff Admiral Arun Prakash while speaking to media backed Indian Air Force taking over command of LCA-Tejas Project from state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) , he went further ahead and even said not only LCA-Tejas Project should be taken over and operated by Indian Air Force he also advocated IAF taking over full command of HAL from the Civil-Bureaucratic controls .

Citing a neighborhood example of JF-17 program which is under direct control and management of Pakistan Air Force, Former chief supported IAF moves to take over LCA-Tejas Project in running its day to day operations at the production line and again cited example of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) which is HAL of Pakistan and is involved in manufacturing of all Pakistani defence aerospace projects but is fully managed by Senior ranked Pakistan Air Force officials. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

BrahMos Chief Dr. Sudhir Mishra has confirmed that India by end of this month, India will test-fire BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with Enhanced 90-degree steep dive capability that could be a game-changer in many ways for the forces.

At present, BrahMos has demonstrated a 65 to 70-degree steep dive attack capabilities due to which it will be able to target enemy positions even behind a mountainous terrain and will not require missile to fly around it to find the target . with 90-degree steep dive capability BrahMos can Hit Target directly overhead with precision. Continue reading

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In 2017, Indian Air Force’s No 81 Squadron with its 10 C-17 Globemaster III fleet maintained a serviceability state of 100 percent boosting India’s capabilities in maintaining excellent operational capability and readiness in providing strategic airlift in the region at all fronts said a recent report prepared by Boeing.

Since its Induction from 2013 onwards, Combined C-17 fleet has accumulated over 12000 flight hours and has accomplished missions ranging from providing strategic airlift capabilities for the armed forces and was also engaged in relief and humanitarian missions domestically and internationally throughout the year. Continue reading

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, while speaking to local Indian media has confirmed that first flight of updated LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen before 2020 and the new variant will address obsolescence issues, improve maintainability of the aircraft and will come with additional capabilities such as Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) capability, Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and advanced avionics.

While speaking on Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for LCA-Tejas Mk-1, Chief said FOC is likely to be achieved sometime in 2019, which is further way off from June-July 2018 what was initially claimed by both HAL and ADA in the media. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After suffering years of developmental delays, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) plans to accelerate the Tapas BH-201 (Rustom II) program and now plans to expand the envelope of the flight trials and increasing the range, altitude, and endurance in the second half of this year in which all the payloads, imported as well indigenous, will be flight tested.

To meet the immediate requirement of the programme, An imported Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) payload has been used but the development of an indigenous ELINT is completed and is undergoing flight trials with EMBRAER aircraft. Indigenous development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload for the Drone already is in an advanced stage with one prototype undergoing flight trials and evaluation in Dornier manned aircraft and the indigenously developed medium-range electro-optic payload is already developed and been successfully flight tested. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) currently under development by DRDO successfully carried out pop-out tests to prove soft launch propulsion and the missile was also tested for Static TVC and separately tandem warheads trials are progressing as per reports.

MPATGM is a third generation Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile to be used by Infantry and Parachute battalions of the Indian Army developed by State-owned DRDO in partnership with Private sector company VEM Technologies Ltd which is helping in sub-system manufacturing for the DRDO. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Two Prototypes of 180 hp Diesel turboprop engine were developed in 2017 and were tested for the first time in 2017. First and Second Prototype of the Indigenous Diesel engines have accumulated 30 hours of full performance test at Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) located in Avadi, in Chennai, India.

Indigenous 180 hp Diesel turboprop engine is suitable for small aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and will replace imported Saturn 36T turboprop engines procured from Russia to power Rustom-2 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan in 2017 has achieved 98% indigenization level and BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines have demonstrated for its endurance of 2 hours continuous at 50,000 rpm under full load conditions .

Manik Engine earlier this year was also successfully tested in High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh and has already undergone rigorous ground and high power tests for over two years now. Continue reading