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A notice to airmen (NOTAM) has been issued by India on its east coast for the period from 23 to 25th of this month for an “Experimental flight trial” of a long-range submarine-launched ballistic missile in the region.

Speculation is ripe that K-4 SLBM is likely to be tested onboard India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant (SSBN 80) after previous K-4 SLBM trials in 2017 reportedly was not able to get desired results. K-4 SLBM has been successfully test-fired numerous times from underwater launch pontoon in the past and also saw successful first trial in 2016 with dummy payload but in the second trial from the INS Arihant in 2017 there were some issues with the electronics of the missile system. Continue reading

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India’s “Act East” policy and South Korea’s “New Southern Policy” is giving both countries fresh impetus to strengthen their defence and security ties, as more weapons are being cleared by South Korea for India after last year, the Indian Army inducted the K9 Vajra 155mm self-propelled howitzers, which are being built by L&T with support from Hanwha Techwin of South Korea.

Here is a list of weapons which South Korea has reportedly has offered it to India Continue reading

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The Advanced Short Range (ASRAAM) Air-to-Air Missile integrated on IAF’s SEPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft locally at the HAL facility is ready for the first test firing of the missile soon. as seen in the above picture, Jaguar’s have Overwing pylons for quick missile separation. Jaguar strike fighters are low-flying aircraft and the threat is projected to come from higher altitudes, so two missiles are carried on the Jaguar’s over wing stations. ASRAAM will be replacing older R.550 Magic Close Combat Missile (CCM) for self-defence.

The 2.9 meter-long, 88 kg missile has a range of over 25km and near 50km which borderlines Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile range. IAF will equip ASRAAM only on its DARIN III upgraded Jaguar strike fighters which will continue to serve till 2034. Continue reading

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Indian Army has confirmed that it has been handed over a new batch of indigenously built Dhanush artillery guns by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) recently and the first Dhanush Artillery Regiment is finally started to take shape and by end of this year, Army will get all 18 guns which will form the first Regiment.

First Five guns from the total order for 114 were handed over by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to the army’s Central Ordnance Depot in Jabalpur on March 26 and more guns were also handed over to Army lately. The army will induct a Dhanush regiment, consisting of 18 guns by end of this year. Continue reading

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On its 87th Anniversary of the Indian Air Force Day flypast, IAF showcased Three Mirage-2000 flying in a formation belonging to the No. 9 Squadron (Wolfpack) which participated in Balakot airstrike along with 2 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft belong to the No. 15 Squadron with call sign” Avenger 1 ” and ” Avenger 2 ” which are same two Su-30s which were performing combat air patrol (CAP) missions when 24 aircraft fleet of Pakistani air force tried to enter Indian side of the Kashmir to attack Indian military installations.

The Pakistani air force had claimed that it brought an IAF Su-30 “Avenger 1” Inside Indian side of the Kashmir which was strongly refuted multiple times by IAF but it continued with its lies and went head and awarded Squadron leader Hasan Mahmood Siddiqui of PAF F-16 Squadron with Tamgha-i-Jurat which is fourth highest military award of Pakistan for a Su-30 kill he had claimed. Continue reading

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Air Marshal SBP Sinha (retd), who headed Rafale negotiations from Indian side said, recently made an interesting revelation while speaking to a Defence Journal that the upcoming improved version of the Astra Mark 2 missile is already in development and will have a head-on range of more than 110+ km and also will have ejector launch method which was not seen in Astra Mark 1 program.

Astra Mark 1 uses the rail launched method when launched from mother aircraft towards its target. In the ejector launch method, the weapons system is physically ejected away from the aircraft, ensuring that it is clear of the aerodynamic flow around the aircraft before motor ignition. Continue reading

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French industrial group ” Naval group ” has confirmed to media that it will be offering India brand new design of the next generation conventional submarine under India’s Project-75I Tender for Six new submarines and new submarine will not be based on the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A under construction for the Australian Navy nor it will be based on the Scorpene-class attack submarine already inducted by the Indian Navy.

Naval group officials have said that the Indian Navy wants its next-generation submarine to be bigger than Scorpene-class but smaller than the Barracuda Block 1A. The naval group felt that there is a void between 2000 to 4000-tonne submerged displacement in their product portfolio due to which they decided to work on a new design. Continue reading

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Franck Saudo, chief executive of Safran Helicopter Engines, who spoke to French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune” has said that Ardiden 1U engine developed for the LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will complete its certification by end of this year and the company expects LUH will be soon inducted into Indian Army and Air force for which it will get engine orders soon from HAL.

The Ardiden 1U underwent first bench tests in December 2014. Its first flight powering the LUH took place on 6 September 2016 in Bangalore. Ardiden 1U is a single-engine variant of the 1H1/Shakti which powers the twin-engine Druhv and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Continue reading

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LRDE is racing against time so that UTTAM Aesa Radar is ready for user trials within next one year so that it can be offered to Indian Air Force to be equipped on the 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet contract for which is likely to be inked by end of this year. Delays in the final contract of Tejas Mk1A due to price disagreements with the IAF and MOD has allowed LRDE to pick up pace in the carrying out developmental trials of the Radar so that it can be available to replace ELTA’s EL/M-2052 AESA Radar from Israel which has been selected for the Mk1A variant.

Three pre-production model of the UTTAM Aesa Radar have been performing well and have demonstrated capabilities which according to sources close to idrw.org has far exceeded that of the EL/M-2052 FCR in terms of tracking targets simultaneously and engage them in and the program has been receiving new software upgrades and opening of newer modes which makes team confident enough that it will be ready in next one year. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Technically has been handed over its 1st first Rafale ‘RB-001’ from France recently and will be officially handed over on 8th next month when Defence minister Rajnath Singh will be in France for the official induction ceremony. recent media reports hint that Modi government already has finalized a deal for 36 more Rafale fighter jet which will be inked in early 2020.

India already has invested in the country-specific enhancements and infrastructure to support the aircraft in the country and an additional of 36 Rafale will take the fleet to 72 which will be good enough to meet operational requirements post-Balakot air confrontation with the Pakistani air force . Continue reading

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Third successive test firing of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile was successfully carried out by Air Force and Defence Research and Development Organisation today. The missile hit the live aerial target near Odisha at a maximum range of approximately 90 km.

idrw.org already had reported in past that missile is all set to be inducted into IAF by end of this year and fresh bulk orders of 100+ will be placed soon. BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading

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Its raining Indigenous Air Defence Systems in India, DRDO Chief G. Satheesh Reddy in an interview confirmed that DRDO has taken up development of Astra vertical launch (VL) based low-level quick-reaction air defence system based on Astra BVR-AAM which is all set to be inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF) by end of this year.

Astra-VL Air Defence System is the latest and will be 5th Indigenous Air Defence System program which has been under development to meet air defence system requirements of the defence forces in the country. DRDO already has developed Akash-1 and 1S medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system which already has been inducted in Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) will be receiving the first batch of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Astra by end of this year and Defence Ministry and IAF have started the process of placing fresh orders for the Astra missile by end of this year or early 2020 for at least 100 units produced by defense PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading

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 Picture Courtesy Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL

Indigenous HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) finally undertook 5-turn spin successfully yesterday. HTT-40 program is just one step closer to a major milestone when It completes mandatory 6-turn in next few days said HAL sources close to idrw.org.

HTT-40 BTA is now racing towards its initial operational clearance (IOC) certification which HAL officials say will be available by the end of this year. Two HTT-40 prototype aircraft are still flown by in-house Test Pilots of the HAL till now will be ready for User trials by the Air Force Pilots by the year-end. The Air Force is yet to take a call and place orders for the aircraft yet but in principal defense ministry has already committed to buying 70 of the HTT-40 aircraft. Swiss firm Pilatus, which was supposed to supply additional 36 PC 7 Mk II trainers to the Air Force has been banned by MOD for a period of 1 year as part of an inquiry into alleged misconduct in defense procurement activity. Continue reading

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The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited achieved an important milestone as part of high altitude cold weather trials when it successfully landed and took off from Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest airfield, situated at a height of 16,700 feet in eastern Ladakh, where the temperature plummets as low as minus 55°C in winters in the area.

Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip holds immense strategic importance for India in the crucial axis in central Asia. Located at an altitude of at 16614 feet (5065 meters), DBO is an important Army forward area post which was built during the Indo-China conflict in 1962. Continue reading