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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 0630-1030 for 18th,19th and 20th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 300km.

India is likely to test Nirbhay Sub-sonic cruise missile for limited range due to the integration of Manik engine for the first time in the missile system. DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has developed Manik small turbofan to power long-range subsonic Nirbay cruise missile or small scale UCAVs which India plans to develop in near future. Continue reading

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Last month first four CH-47F Chinooks for the IAF were brought to the Mundra Port in Gujarat which was later assembled in Gujarat before being ferried to Chandigarh where they have started flying familiarization sorties and all four helicopters have successfully completed initial sorties as informed to idrw.org and are ready for official induction into air-force.

CH-47F Chinooks are part of No. 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights) which is equipped with Mil Mi-26 and based at Chandigarh Air Force Station. Most of the current Chinook pilots are veterans Mil Mi-26 helicopters which have supplemented by new heavy-lift helicopters. Continue reading

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5016 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 12-March-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-16 flew for 31 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-16 is Sixteen Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-13 had completed its first flight on 30-January-2019. Next in line is SP-15 which has been assembled at the second assembly line and will complete its first flight by end of this month. SP-16 is the first aircraft to carry Wings supplied by L&T a Private defense company. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO, Three Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan engine generating 4.25kN Thrust are under fabrication which is likely to be used to power in the upcoming trials of India’s sub-sonic Nirbhay cruise missile.

DRDO’s GTRE had developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines which begin developmental ground-based testing from 2017 and have achieved over two hours of continues operation at its peak thrust. last year Manik engine also completed High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh. Continue reading

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Alone upgraded Mig-21Bis was on Static display at the recently concluded Aero India 2019 which was visited by millions of the Indians, little than many knew that the same exact Mig-21Bis will make History just a few days later when it shot downed first F-16 over Line of control before it was to shot downed in the massive dogfight which took place that day.

Interesting information is that the Mig-21Bis was flown by none other than Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonging to the No.51 Squadron “Sword Arms” to the Aero India 2019 first then later it was posted to Srinagar airbase after the conclusion of the event in Bangalore. Continue reading

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While Pakistani Military still denies that it has lost an F-16B Twin-seat Variant to an older generation Indian Mig-21Bis fighter jet in yesterdays dogfight over LOC, Senior ranking IAF Officer Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in his tweet has named that the pilot killed in F-16B crash was Wing Commander Shahzaz Ud Din of No 19 Squadron which belongs to PAF’s F-16 Squadron.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces yesterday had claimed that two Indian jets were shot down by PAF and three Indian Pilots were captured, a local eye witness from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) also claimed he saw three pilots ejecting from two jets, by end of the day, Ghafoor backtracked and said only one pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan was in their custody. Pakistani PM Imran Khan in his televised speech also claimed Two Migs were shot down and Indian Pilots were in their custody. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force officials today presented parts of AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (Amraam) that were recovered near J&K’s Rajouri after the aerial engagement between the two air forces. Interestingly yesterday Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces had denied that F-16s were part of the operations and even denied claims that one was shot down.

AIM-120 C-5 which was supplied under Contract no FA8675-05-C-0070 IN 2006 has matched official US Government contract documents as seen below. Continue reading

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HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) after clearing major High altitude cold weather trials recently is now inching closer to Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) which company has predicted will be achieved later this year by September as per information provided to idrw.org. LUH already has cleared cold and Hot weather trials also but few more performance trials are still pending which company plans to achieve soon.

HAL is now preparing to carry out Sea trails of LUH which once completed will grant it IOC certification which will be a major milestone which was achieved within three years of the first flight of the first LUH Prototype. Continue reading

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India’s leading tyre maker MRF has confirmed at the ongoing Aero India 2019 that the company has developed wheel tyres for LCA-Tejas and Naval Mig-29K Carrier based fighter jets as per configuration provided to them and soon it will be ready to supply the first consignment once cleared for the production.

A company official at Aero India 2019 confirmed that the entire fleet of SU 30 MKI are on MRF supplied nose and main wheel tyres and wheel tyres specifically designed for LCA-Tejas will be ready for trials soon. wheel tyres developed for Mig-29K on request from Indian Navy already has gone to demonstrations and trials and MRF is expecting order confirmation from the Indian Navy soon. Continue reading

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Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be holding several demonstrations for Military attachments of foreign embassies in India at the upcoming Aero India 2019 who have previously shown interested in procurement of the attack helicopters after program recently achieved a major milestone last month when LCH was cleared of all weapon trials.

LCH TD-4 which is near production variant of the LCH will be holding flying demonstrations for potential customers after Ministry of Defence (MOD) cleared HAL developed LCH for export. HAL will be soon be awarded a contract for 15 Limited Serial Production (LSP) of LCH at Aero India 2019 and HAL already have started work on first 7 LSPs of LCH. Continue reading

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DRDO will be showcasing scaled models of Medium Weight Fighter (Tejas Mk-2) and AMCA 5th generation fighter aircraft at its pavilion at the upcoming Aero India 2019 in Bangalore. MWF which is based on predecessor Tejas Mk1 design and will be showcased for the first time after it was upgraded from its initial concept to be now classified as a Medium-Class fighter jet.

HAL recently issued RFI for the supply of Assembly jigs for the development of MWF which for the first time also confirmed major design changes and the introduction of Canards in the aircraft, but details of wing and tail dimensions along with other design changes still remained a mystery, but with showcasing of scaled model it is expected will clear final design of the aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Defence Secretary Mohan Kumar recently told media that once the purchase of 126 Dassault Rafale was stalled under UPA government, Modi government had to renegotiate the deal and it was decided to go for 148 aircraft from 126 jets to 148 aircraft through the initial deal was for 36 aircraft in a fly-away status.

112 aircraft could have been made in India under transfer of technology and recent tender for supply of 114 aircraft under new tender suggests the current government is still on track to execute initial plans for the procurement of 148 jets in total. Continue reading

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Boeing India has confirmed the arrival of the first batch of four Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Air force at the Mudra Port in Gujrat and soon the helicopters will be assembled and will be ferried to Chandigarh airbase where it waits for formal induction into the airforce later in March.

Boeing had officially handed over the first Chinook transport helicopter to India at its facility in Philadelphia, US in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang has confirmed that Request for Information (RFI) was issued last month to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the supply of single-engined fighter jet under RMAF’s light combat aircraft (LCA) program.

FA-50, Tejas and JF-17 are three competitors in the race for the supply of two squadrons or 24 aircraft even though Buang refused to confirm numbers of aircraft requested by RMAF. India’s Tejas is expected to appear at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in March from 26-30 which will allow RMAF pilots and crew to have closer look at the jet and even will be offered for trials. Continue reading

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5013 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 30-January-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-13 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-13 is thirteen  Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-14 had completed its first flight on 20-January-2019 Successfully. SP-13 which is assembled at the second LCA-Tejas production line was delayed due to which it was superseded by SP-14 by few days last month. Continue reading