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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

Tender issued by Directorate of Procurement of India Air Force (IAF) makes Public intent to procure 44 more DASH-IV Helmet Mounted Display and Sight (HMDS) from Elbit Systems as more LCA-Tejas are getting inducted into the IAF. DASH-IV enables pilots to aim their weapons simply by looking at the target and also project information similar to that of head-up displays (HUD) on a pilot’s visor or a reticle, thereby allowing them to obtain situational awareness and/or cue weapons systems to the direction his head is pointing.

DASH measures the pilot’s Line-of-Sight (LOS) relative to the aircraft and transfers its information to other aircraft systems. Aircraft, sensors, avionics, and weapons are thus enslaved to the target. DASH is adaptable to any fighter/attack aircraft and will accommodate advanced missiles and smart weapon lock-on envelopes.

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The Netflix movie on the life and tenure of retired IAF officer Gunjan Saxena has been roiled by controversy since the release of its trailer in India but also seems to have triggered some of the Hardcore fans of the Pakistanis military establishments after it was trending as No 1 watched movies in recent times in Netflix Pakistan across the border.

Pakistanis took to micro-blogging site Twitter to shame fellow countrymen for watching a movie based on Kargil war, others wondered how many of the common Pakistani has Netflix connections in Pakistan to be ashamed off since the majority of them have not watched it. Many said that only a small percentage of super Elite have money to pay for the subscription of Netflix Pakistan, but many might have downloaded it from the Internet which is pretty rampant on Bollywood movies after Ban by the Pakistani government.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Two Prototypes of the light-utility helicopter (LUH), produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited have been ferried to northern Ladakh to carrying out final rounds of High altitude Trials which are monitored by Indian Army officials before the Helicopter is cleared for production and is granted Final operational clearance (FOC) by early next year said sources close to idrw.org and was also confirmed by a report on livefistdefence.com

Light-utility helicopter (LUH) has been flying sorties from Daulat Baig Oldie (DBO) which is at an altitude of 16,890 feet and also to Siachen glacier is at 18,875 ft in Normal Operational Sortie configuration in a show of capability demonstration to the Indian Army as requested by them.

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Earlier this year India had won a $40 million deal to supply four locally-built Swathi Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) to Armenia after India outbid similar offerings by Russia and Poland to win the deal. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which manufactures the Swathi Weapon Locating Radars (WLRs) is now preparing to start deliveries of them which might be transported soon to Armenia as per the latest media reports.

Recently Indian Army was also cleared to acquire Six more SWATHI weapons locating radars for a cost of Rs 400 crores which will come with a host of upgraded features over its predecessor. Upgraded SWATHI weapons locating radars is lighter in weight and also comes with improved range and tracking capabilities which have been further fine-tuned for Mountain Terrain operations and demonstrated better capabilities in Internal trials than its predecessor.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 20nd to 22nd August 2020 for the area around 550km which is quite similar to the one which was issued last year before it successfully tested indigenously-developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).

Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal will be used to test an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight, which can cruise at speed of Mach 6 and move up to an altitude of 32.5 kilometers in 20 seconds. DRDO Scientist back in 2019 has said second trials will happen in less than 6 months but that didn’t happen for some reason.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Air Force (PAF) Fanboys tried to give credit to F-16B MLU S.No 84-606 aircraft of PAF as one which shot down an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-Su-30MKI in the largest F-16 (f-16.net) Database website and often considered as the go-to site to find data on over 4500 F-16 manufactured and operated worldwide but was quickly rejected and removed from the database after being pointed out by some observers of the website.

PAF Fanboys continued with their attempts while coming up with more conspiracy theories to back their claims rather than asking their air force for more solid Physical and electronic evidence to back their claim but even after over one year of the incident PAF is yet to show any evidence on their part. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In the Negative list of items for import issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 9th August 2020 had LCA Mark 1A in SNo 44, Since LCA Mark 1A was an Indigenously manufactured item in a negative list for imports created a lot of confusion among many local sector companies and now MoD has issued a clarification that the highlighted Indigenously systems like LCA Mark 1A. Pinaka rocket system and Akash missile system were in the list so that similar systems which are also available in the International market are not imported in the country.

Even with issued clarification, many questions remain unanswered but it means is that any light fighter jet now cannot be imported under MMRCA 2.0 Tender thus eliminating Saab JAS 39C/D Gripen which can be classified as light fighter jet with its Max takeoff weight of 14 tonnes which is similar to that of LCA Mark 1A. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In Show of confidence, Two Prototypes of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) developed by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) were seen deployed at world’s highest airstrip Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh near China border and pictured with Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal HS Arora who also undertook a sortie on the LCH in the Ladakh Sector during a visit to review operational preparedness in the theatre.

Both Prototypes of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) were moved from HAL’s Headquarters in Bangalore to Ladakh Sector to aid combat sorties performed by Apache Attack Helicopters in the sector due to rising military tension with China. Both Prototypes LCH is armed with 20 mm M621 cannon and 70 mm rockets. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Full Mission Simulator (FMS) for LCA Mk-I with recent upgradations and changes on the aircraft is all set to be delivered to the Air force Station, Sulur which has the first Squadron of LCA-Tejas Mk1 which has been used to train new generation fighter pilots. Air Marshal Amit Tiwari, Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command, visited ADE on 10 June 2020 was briefed on the upgraded LCA simulator, and also was seen flying the FMS.

ADA Chief has promised deliveries of the Upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk1 Full Mission Simulator (FMS) to AFS, Sulur will happen soon and IAF has started process to set up desired facilities for installation of the FMS. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Retired air chief marshal B.S. Dhanoa, who headed the Indian Air Force till last year, countered the Global Times claim, questioning the technical features of the J-20 especially its Stealth characters of the jet which Chinese claim is 5th generation equivalent to Western 5th generation fighter jets like F-22 and F-35 ad now Air Marshal Raghu Nambiar (R) too questioned Stealth characters of the Chinese J-20 while speaking to livefistdefence.com, where he raised some serious questions.

Nambiar said that J-20s are powered by the same AL-31F engines which power India’s Su-30MKI fleet of 270 jets and HAL has produced around 900 engines so we know this engine has power but nowhere it can be adapted for stealth aircraft. Nambiar probably was referring to the lack of heat management features in this engine which is usually found in Stealth jets to reduce their rear profile to the Radars.
The side profile and rear profile of the J-20 shows it has no stealth in these areas, to begin with, whatever frontal stealth profile it might have is compromised by the addition of canards, small fore-planes on its forward fuselage. Dhanoa also had questioned the use of canards which add to an aircraft’s radar cross-section. They are not found on the US F-22 and F-35 and the Russian Su-57 stealth fighters. The Rafale incidentally uses canards but Rafale never claims to be 5th generation fighter jet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to media reports, the Indian Air Force and Defense Ministry have asked France and Dassault Aviation to deliver 5 more Dassault Rafale by end of this year preferably the next batch of 5 Rafale will come by October later this year which will be part of the No. 101 Squadron (Falcons) which will be the second squadron of Dassault Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The IAF spent around Rs 400 crore to develop the required infrastructure like shelters, hangers, and maintenance facilities at the two bases. 17 Golden Arrows’ squadron which received the first five Rafale and is stationed at IAF’s Ambala airbase and will get 5 more Rafale in 2021 and 8 more by 2022, but the delivery schedule might be pushed early due to border tensions. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, former Chief of the Western Air Command who lead the Rafale negotiation team speaking to NDTV said that he believes that 10 years down the line, IAF will have multiple squadrons of upgraded Tejas Mk2 which he believes will beat the Rafale. Nambiar also said that IAF might procure at least 12 squadrons of Tejas Mk2 in the future and is the choice of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Nambiar in follow up to his statement in a tweet said that

” Question: Sir, are u sure Tejas MK2 will beat Rafale which is 2 engine aircraft with semi-stealth capability + 5th gen avionics + SPECTRA EW ?? My Answer: The Rafale first flew in 1986, and the Tejas Mk 2 will probably fly in 2026, Forty years later… I’m certain we can! ” Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian Verba man-portable air-defence system for Representational image

State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started fabrication work on the Prototype of the first indigenous man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) as per tender documents available publicly and as informed to idrw.org. Indian Army’s $1.5 billion Very-Short-Range Air Defence, or VSHORAD program has been in shambles due to delays over complaints made by other competitors in the competition.

New MANPADS will have a Dual-band infrared homing seeker or multi-spectral optical seeker weighing less than 25 kilograms, with fire and forget capability. MANPADS will have the capability to engage aerial targets by day and night with an effective range of six kilometres, and height of engagement of more than 3000 meters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile was tested in direct and top attack mode at ITR Balasore (Odisha) will be going through another round of Trials from a ground launcher and will be tested by end of this year jointly by Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army team onboard ALH Rudra WSI Helicopters headed by Indian Army team as per information provided sources close to idrw.org.

Dhruvastra is an advanced and improved variant of HELINA anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which has been tested multiple times successfully and once Joint trials are cleared it will be ready for induction by mid of 2021 in pre-production batches to be armed on initially on ALH-Rudra WSI and later on the LCH Attack Gunships. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

OLD PICTURE OF MIG-29K SEEN PARKED IN FORWARD AIR BASE / IMAGE CREDIT NEERAJ RAJPUT

The Indian Navy deploying its MiG-29K fighter jets to key air force bases in northern India amid the ongoing border tension with China in the sensitive Ladakh sector is not out of the blue said a source close to idrw.org and Adampur Airforce Station which lies within 100 km of Indo-Pak Border has hosted Mig-29K jets in past two and its pretty routine for Naval aviators to move to forward airbase at the time of heightened tension at borders.

IAF’s Mig-29UPG fleet has been seen flying near LAC with China in recent times and some of the jets have been moved from its home base due to which Naval jets have moved in the airbase where this Mig-29s operated from to reinforce its western border with Pakistan. Continue reading