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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 .

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who is in Russia on an official trip will be flying a Yakovlev YAK-130 Mitten Advanced Jet Trainer leading to wide-scale speculations of IAF hunting for Stage-II trainer aircraft for its Pilot training program. Russian aerospace group Irkut has been tight-lipped about it, but YAK-130 advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft has been on offer to India is not a secret and Russians have been pushing it’s trainer aircraft after HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) program was delayed to due to technical reasons.

Even though HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara IJT was recently flown with a heavily modified tail section, yet it is still not certain that it will clear all it’s pending technical trials, Defence Ministry and IAF have pulled the plug on the program and have stopped funding of the program for a while now and HAL is using its own internal funds to fix the technical issues in the program for a while now. IAF meanwhile has been looking out for options available at the International market in case HAL is not able to fix all its issues said a senior air force official close to idrw.org on this matter. Continue reading

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The Jacobabad airport which is also known as PAF Shahbaz, which is a Forward Operational Base for the Pakistani Air Force and which operates Pakistan’s newest F-16 Block 52s has been closed down for Civilian traffic effective from 27th June till 31st December 2019.

PAF Shahbaz is barely 200 km away from the International border inland travel distance and few minutes in air time distance with the Indian state of Rajasthan and in past acted as a fully operational Forward airbase during wartime’s. Post Balakot airstrikes by IAF deep inside Pakistan. PAF has closed down its airspace for civilian traffic from the Indian side and also has maintained local propaganda that only a few trees and crows were killed in Indian air strike yet it continues to upgrade it forwards airbase with modern bunkers and new air defense systems. Continue reading

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Two more Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force were offloaded at the Mundra port of Gujarat today to be ferried to Chandigarh soon said sources close to idrw.org. Boeing earlier this year had sent four of this tandem-rotor CH-47F (I) Chinooks multi-mission helicopter which was also officially inducted in the Indian Air force earlier this year.

These helicopters come from the US in a semi-knocked down (SKD) condition at Mundra Port in Gujarat, which are later re-assembled and tested and then inducted in to air force fleet. India has paid close to $1.5 billion for 15 of these helicopters which would be also used for deploying troops and machinery at high-altitude locations. Continue reading

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Former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali who recently criticized Indian batters for their slow batting against England in the World Cup match which could eventually lead to the exit of their team from the ongoing Cricket world cup and in latest rant against Dhoni and India also took dig at the Indian Army over Dhoni which according to him is a dishonest player .

Ali while speaking in Urdu said that how can Indian Army keep such dishonest players in their ranks ? are they (Indian Army) also dishonest?. Earlier, Basit Ali had also claimed that India might perform badly and intentionally lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to as they will “never want Pakistan” to make it to the semifinals. Continue reading

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India’s most powerful warship, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will soon be getting Indo-Israeli developed next-generation long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) with an Interception range of 70 km soon said latest media report.

INS Vikramaditya which was inducted in 2014 in Indian Navy initially came without any close-in weapon system for protection against enemy aircraft, missile and rogue drones but instead relied on the battle group of frigates, destroyers, and other ships to provide aerial cover for the ship but in minor refit in 2015, aircraft carrier received first four AK-630 which is a Soviet and Russian fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force will be sending its Missile Ground Crew to start training to operate S-400 air defense missile system later this year said the latest media reports. Russia will start training Indian specialists to operate the advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system from October this year, despite Washington’s strong opposition.

Missile Ground Crew of IAF already have been witnessed to the missile firing demo of S-400 system last year and currently, the deal is close to completion as countries have deiced to trade in euros to a Russia-nominated bank to bypass the threat of US sanctions for purchase of military hardware including the S-400 air defense missile system. Continue reading

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India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 1400-1600 for 27th and 28th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 350km.

While it is not clear which missile will be tested in upcoming trial but the range hints that it could be BrahMos-A Air-to-surface/ship missile which reportedly has been fast tracked in event of Balakot airstrikes. Rumors of Indian air force testing Very long range R-37M air-to-air missile which has range of over 300km is also going around but it is unlikely it is a Russian missile . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                   IAF PILOT NEXT TO UPGRADED MIG-29UPG

According to the latest media report, Russia has offered India more air frames of Mig-29 which with upgraded UPG Upgrade package will cost less than $40 Million a unit to bulk up fleet force due to the shortage of fighter jets because of delays in modernization and series of the retirement of older jets. Previous media reports had put the fleet offered at 21 air frames which were inspected by the IAF team which had visited Russia.

But as per latest media report, Russia has offered India, 34 Mig-29UPG which also includes 21 bare borne air frames which were never flown and 13 Mig-29SMT which are barely 10 years old and were manufactured in 2008. Russia has offered to upgrade all 34 Mig-29s with new engines and new radars as per current upgraded Mig-29UPG operated by Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On June 19, Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired a series of Russian air-to-air missile from its front-line combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI off Odisha coast aimed at gauging the killing efficiency of the weapon system. While local media didn’t reveal which new air to air missiles was tested, but according to Russian media outlet ” Sputnik”, IAF tested Three Next Generation Air to Air Missile.

According to ” Sputnik”, India tested RVV-BD also known as R-37M a revolutionary new air to air missile which till now has been deployed only on Russian MiG-31 interceptors. R-37M also kicked named as ‘AWACS Killer’ has an engagement range of 300km and is seen as a platform designed to target large enemy support aircraft such as tankers, command centers and AWACS platforms operating deep in its own airspace. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently visited the headquarters of Defence Research and Development Organisation and directed them to focus on flagship programs of national importance and also promised to give priority to the long-delayed program for an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS INDIA) program after recent skirmishes with neighboring Pakistan.

Under the AWACS INDIA program, India had selected the Airbus A330 platform to mount a fixed radome to provide total coverage of 360°. Scanning just like A-50EI Phalcon systems. While the program to procure the platforms have been approved in the principal but the final contract is yet to be concluded, reportedly due to the steep price of the platforms. According to the industrial sources close to idrw.org, Rajnath Singh has decided to fast track the program by infusing fresh funds to the program and also clear the purchase of the platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash in twitter said that there is a need to examine the performance of GTRE which has been developing GTX-35V/Kaveri engine for last 33 years and Government should now focus on recovering lost time and mus stop re-inventing the wheel and leap-frog in time by borrowing or buying reliable core engine technology by paying for it.

Prakash suggested M-88 engine core developed by the French Safran Aircraft Engines for the Dassault Rafale fighter to be used to develop the next generation of Kaveri engine which can be used to power AMCA/N-AMCA and MWF-AF/NAVY in the near future. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ELTA Systems has introduced the next generation of ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) and has offered the system to all current operators of the previous generation system operators. MS-MMR fuses additional ELTA sensors to the main MMR system thereby providing an active, passive, and combined Air Situational Picture (ASP) and will be revealed at upcoming Paris Air Show.

MS-MMR has been fined tuned and now comes with additional sensors with higher accuracy, faster update rates and upgraded identification of aerial threats including that of platforms such as drones and UAVs, tactical aerial weapons, cruise missiles, and ballistic rockets.MS-MMR is also capable of detecting platforms with low RCS (Radar Cross Section) incorporating a certain level of stealth technology. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army has reportedly asked Ordnance Factory Board to develop an Anti-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar close-in weapons system which can detect and destroy incoming, rockets, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets to be positioned near the line of control areas where Pakistani army regularly indulges in unprovoked ground fire in support of infiltration attempts for Terrorists trying to cross over to Indian side of LOC.

According to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, OFB is using AK-630, a Soviet-era fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon to develop a Truck based land version of the weapon system for operations near LOC equipped with MR-123 fire control radar, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and other sensors to engage aerial targets in range of 4-5km or at least provide early warning to soldiers positioned near the targeted area. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Technology Demonstrator of LCA-Navy NP-1 & 2 which has been busy carrying out the final round of shore trails at the SBTF facility at INS Hansa in Goa, achieved a major milestone after it was able to make control landing using its tail-hooks at the designated Landing Area by using arresting wire facility at SBTF which mimics arrested landings onboard aircraft carriers like INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant which is being built at Kochi.

In Phase-I, LCA-Navy had perfected Take-off the ski-jump facility after multiple rounds of shore trials. ADA officials and Naval Aviators under the supervision of specialists carried out multiple take-off approach to determine the best carrier take for the program and also carried out several enhancements to software to carry out Automated Take-Off function for easier takeoffs from an aircraft carrier. Continue reading

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Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune developed ” Trikaal ” Corner Shot Weapon System (CSWS) recently gone through User trials by Rashtriya Rifles earlier in March this year at the Pashan range at ARDE. ARDE has developed Two different versions of CSWS. Two different versions of CSWS are being developed—one to mount and fire 9 mm pistol and the other as a platform for 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher developed by ARDE.

Both versions of CSWS were tested and evaluated for verification of technical parameters, viz., weight, length, trigger pull, D/R/I, etc., by the
users. Continue reading