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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is set to get Two Ex-French Air-force Mirage-2000 Trainer aircraft as attrition replacement to the Mirage-2000 trainers which IAF lost 5-6 years ago in a back to back accidents. Each Mirage-2000 Trainer has been procured by India at cost of 5 Million Euros which later will be upgraded by HAL locally in India by the kit supplied by the Dassault Aviation to bring them at par with all current upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet.

IAF presently has a Mirage-2000 fleet of 49 aircraft which all are been upgraded to the latest standards to keep them modern and advance till they retire after 2040. Continue reading

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Amid reports of Indian Air Force (IAF) taking over Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft (LCAs) from State-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. comes further fresh reports that IAF is now actively considering handing over LCA-Tejas production line to private players to fast-track its production.

83 Tejas Mark 1A jets on order by IAF will be manufactured by private players like L&T ( Wings), Dynamatic Technologies Ltd ( Front fuselage ), VEM Technologies ( Centre fuselage) and Alpha Doca (Rear fuselage ) while HAL will continue to remain lead Integrator for the project but IAF is currently studying the possibility of reducing HAL’s role further in the program according to industry sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

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                            HAL Sitara along side of BAE Hawk

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer project is likely to be back on track once design upgraded HJT-36 carries out its first flight by end of this year as per sources close to idrw.org.

HAL has carried out major design changes to the aircraft’s tail section based on the recommendation of the BAE System which was hired by HAL to fix issues. Sitara failed miserably at all crucial Spin Tests which is crucial for a jet trainer to clear before newbie pilots can start training on this jets. Continue reading

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Dassault Aviation has begun ground trials of first India bound Dassault Rafale fighter jet which will be handed over to Indian air force by end of September 2019. According to media reports, first made for India Dassault Rafale fighter jet should have its first flight by 14th of next month from French Istres airbase.

IAF’s Technicians and pilots are already been trained in French airbases by its counterparts to fly and service this jets back home. Dassault has confirmed that India specifics enhancements will be integrated and tested in India since current production line will only deliver aircraft configuration which is already in production. Continue reading

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Considered as one of the pathfinder projects under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) for the joint production of weapons between Indian and the USA have officially been discontinued after last round of talks held by The Joint Working Group on Jet Engine Technology in Wright Patterson Air Force Base at Ohio this year in June failed to provide any breakthrough in talks between both partners said the latest media report.

Both countries have decided to not hold more talks, due to serious differences which have emerged due to which both parties felt any further talks on Jet Engine Technology is unlikely to lead to any new breakthroughs. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa Speaking to the local media in the national capital re-confirmed that IAF is looking to induct over 200 Mark-2 development of Countries LCA-Tejas program which is over 83 Tejas Mk.1A and 40 Mk.1 making composition of IAF fighter fleet inventory somewhere close to 40% with Indian made fighter aircraft in near future.

Dhanoa said that Mk.2 which will come with a more powerful engine and new avionics package and with upgraded fuel and weapons carrying capacity will see induction of 12 Squadrons into IAF when aircraft is ready for induction somewhere in the middle of next decade. Continue reading

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What was been buzzing around for a while has turned out to be true now, and Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company (JSC) has now officially has responded to Request for Information (RFI) send by India for the supply of 114 units of fighter aircraft tender which many describe as MMRCA 2.0 and is offering its new Su-35.

RFI issued on 6th April 2018 initially received responses from the usual Six OEMs. Airbus with its Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing with its F/A-18 Super hornet Block III, Dassault with its Rafale, Lockheed Martin with its F-16 Block 70, Saab with Gripen E and RAC with Mig-35, Sukhoi offer of its Su-35 makes it Seventh offer received by Air Headquarters. Continue reading

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Russian shipbuilders have offered to help India, design and develop jointly countries first Generation class of Nuclear Attack Submarines to be developed locally in India. A government of India has approved in recent years, the Indian Navy’s proposal to develop Six Attack nuclear Submarines and the project is at an advanced stage of the design phase.

According to media reports matter was discussed at a high-level meeting during Sochi summit in May earlier this year and India is currently evaluating this Russian offer on the project. Continue reading

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Last unsold C-17 which was stored in Boeing’s Production facility in California has been purchased by Government of India and Boeing has started ground works on the aircraft so that it can be transferred to India by next year.

Sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that Boeing will hand over Eleventh C-17A to Indian Air Force (IAF) by August 2019. Final unsold C-17A Globemaster III was procured by India under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for $262m. Continue reading

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According to the reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org, India has opted to integrate soon to be procured Russian S-400 Air Defence system with IAF operated EL/M-2080 Green Pine and Super Green Pine Radar systems which will boosts S-400 systems tracking and interception capabilities even further.

S-400 Air Defence System usually comes with 91N6E Search and Acquisition Radars (S-Band, X-band) which has a range of 600km and 92N6E Grave Stone Multimode radar with a 400-kilometer range but with the integration of Super Green Pine Radar systems with S-400, will now ensure that the system gets enhanced tracking range of 800 to 900 km which is very crucial to ensure the system has a second shot capability. Continue reading

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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said. Continue reading

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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of four Sets of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) systems from aboard ,which will go on to replace aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems on Naval Warships.

But what’s interesting in the DAC Statement was that 10 systems will be indigenously developed. there was no clarification if indigenously developed means overseas defense companies would need to forge local partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous manufacturing of this SRSAM systems or it will be a complete new DRDO developed system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Officials of Mig Corporation while speaking to India media who were attending Army-2018 Int’l Military Technical Forum held in Moscow region of Russia, have confirmed that they have not received Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Carrier Based Fighter Aircraft issued in early 2017 by Indian Navy.

This is Strange since media reports in India have been Quoting Indian Naval officials which at one point had confirmed that four vendors reportedly Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) have responded to the RFI which usually is sent to almost vendors even if they don’t have any carrier capable fighters. Continue reading

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The US might have given India a Waiver for purchasing Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system recently but that doesn’t mean any new purchase will not under scrutiny and as per latest media reports, India has been requested not to consider Russian Amur-1650-class diesel-electric submarine for Indian Navy’s ongoing Project-75I Tender under which Indian plans to procure Six Next Generation Conventional Submarines.

Under Project-75I four foreign ship-builders have emerged as the main contenders for the government’s ambitious project to build six advanced stealth submarines at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore under the strategic partnership model but Indian Navy is nowhere close in announcing a winner yet. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force’s 272 multirole air superiority fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet might be boosted to 312 if Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force agree to procure 40 Su-30MKIs more Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and as per latest media reports looking like all three parties will come to a positive consensus after a recent meeting with all concerned parties.

A Final decision will be taken by end of this year but it is most likely HAL will get a fresh contract for 40 more Su-30MKIs which they are offering at a very competitive price as the country already has required infrastructure and manpower to manufacture them without any additional cost same as previously supplied. Continue reading