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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                                  Nammo ramjet artillery

IIT Madras will unveil a potentially revolutionary concept of a 155mm ramjet-powered pseudo-missile shell that can fire at targets more than 70-80km away at the DefExpo2020 to attract eyeballs of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) officials for funding the program to develop. Norway’s Nammo in 2018 has showcased 155mm Solid Fuel Ramjet projectile which will go in production between 2023 and 2024.

Lt. Gen. Palepu Ravi Shankar, Director General of Artillery (Retd.) who has joined Department of Aerospace engineering at IIT Madras in his tweet on popular micro-blogging site Twitter has revealed that “We have a solid concept to develop a ramjet-powered shell if Government parts with funds to move ahead with the program”. Continue reading

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Vir Chakra Citation of the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman brings out more details on how PAF’ offensive formation of JF-17s and Mirage-III aircraft Strike package were forced to miss their Targets when they dropped their payload in hurry after going to into tactical chaos after seeing a pair of Mig-21Bis Interceptors rushing towards them.

Vir Chakra Citation confirms what has been said by Indian OSNIT Community that one of the high flying formations of Three F-16s fired an AMRAAM BVR-Air to Air missile at the wing-man of the Varthaman which forced him to take aggressive maneuver against attacking F-16s. The first missile missed its target which allowed Varthaman to get missile lock on its R-73 WVR-CCM which ultimately took down PAFs F-16B over Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) before he too was hit by another AMRAAM fired by another F-16. Continue reading

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UVision has announced a Joint Venture with Aditya Precitech to sell its  Hero-120F  medium-sized loitering munitions to Indian forces. UVision specialises in Loitering Munitions of all sizes/missions, has strengthened its presence in India for manufacture/marketing of these under the brand PALM (Precision Attack Loitering Munition) Hero Systems, it was said.

At Defexpo, the company will display the entire PALM HERO Series of Lethal Loitering Systems highlighting the high-precision PALM Hero-30/Long-Range PALM Hero-400EC and the recently launched PALM Hero-120 a modular, customisable loitering weapon system for a variety of missions. Continue reading

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Harsh Vardhan Thakur, who is Test pilot with Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) company in his tweet on popular micro-blogging site Twitter has revealed that the company has received queries from Colombia for LCA-Tejas fighter jets to replace around 20 Israeli Kfir fighter jets, which Colombia bought nearly three decades ago.

Colombia is examining proposals from the United States, Spain, and Sweden, as it looks to replace its aging military aircraft, said Reuters report. The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) wants to procure new fighter aircraft to rejuvenate its fleet, a move that would break from past practices of procuring used fighters, according to an industry official. Continue reading

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HAL developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT 40 carried out a hot refueling trial on the indigenously developed turboprop aircraft followed by a sortie. According to HAL, HTT-40 is the first turboprop trainer aircraft in the world to demonstrate and first to fly with this unique capability of hot refueling.

According to sources close to idrw.org, system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory. Hot Refueling is a single point pressure refueling of the aircraft with the engine in operation. Continue reading

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Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Army is making efforts to push it’s 10 a year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore by 2026-27 and have held interactions with the stakeholders on progressing the procurement case expeditiously.

Chief said a fresh RFI stands prepared already which will be shared with the industry in some time from now. Army wants the FICVs to replace its Russian-origin BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles. Tata Motors, L&T, Mahindra, Reliance Defence are some of the private firms that have shown interest in the development of FICV for the Indian Army. Continue reading

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Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has commissioned LCA-Tejas Trainer Aircraft Assembly Jigs with Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) incorporating the advanced features of Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) as per IAF’s requirement and to manufacture 8 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft as per part of 40 Tejas Mk1 aircraft order already placed by IAF.

According to media reports, Manufacturing of the 8 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft will begin soon but the deliveries will only begin when all 16 Single-seat LCA-Tejas aircraft are delivered to IAF by end of March 2021. HAL as per schedule will deliver SP-21 to SP-24 by March 2020. According to sources close to idrw.org, SP-21 which is the first Final Operation Clearance (FOC) configuration aircraft is almost ready and recently got a new software upgrade to explore the full potential of the new hardware and sub-systems which came in the FOC configuration. SP-22 is also ready to commence Ground and Low-speed taxi-trials in the coming weeks and SP-23 and SP-24 are in final stages of assembly to be delivered by end of March this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

68-tonne ” Dessert Ferrari “, Arjun Mk-1A main battle tank which cleared final integration tests conducted earlier last year in the western sector of Rajasthan and has also passed the rigorous army evaluation is set to join Indian Army soon with fresh orders coming from the Indian Army likely in Defeexpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow next month.

While order size is still to be revealed but it is expected that orders again will be for 118 units but this could be bigger this time said sources close to idrw.org. DRDO and Chennai-based CVRDE who have designed the improved avatar of Arjun Mk-1A MBT are pushing for orders twice the number then the originally Army had committed. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) and India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will soon ink a deal for the purchase of additional 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters at upcoming DefExpo 2020 to be held next month in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh said a reliable sources close to idrw.org along with a deal for 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1A jets.

HAL was pushing for the order of an additional 72 Su-30MKI fighters with IAF, but Indian Air Force is reluctant to place new orders in such a large number and has decided to procure only 12 jets to replace 9 jets which were lost in accidents from its induction in 2002. This 12 additional Sukhoi’s will help the Indian Air Force to maintain and take fleet strength over the original 272 Su-30MKI fighters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has started work on the development of a Kaveri derivative engine (“dry” engine) without afterburner for powering Indian Unmanned Combat Aircraft in near future, ground testing of the first pre-prototype of the same has been carried out said people with knowledge of the program to idrw.org and the aim is to develop a working prototype in next 2-3 years so that it can be used for flight certification before it can be used on production variant of the upcoming 15 tonnes Stealth UCAV program.

The new engine will have a Dry thrust of 50kN Class without a non-after burning section with a flat low heat nozzle exhaust. DRDO is planning to develop at least 3-4 Dry derivative of the Kaveri engine first to carry out full spectrum ground tests before its flight testing. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Dr. VK Saraswat who is also in a NITI Aayog member has been chosen to head a high-level committee which will consist of members of GTRE, DRDO, IAF, and HAL which will suggest how India can create a path for the development of an advanced 110kN thrust class engine required to power India’s first 5th generation AMCA fighter jet.

According to sources close to idrw.org, Committee will be briefed about all the Informal and formal presentations which it has received from foreign tech providers who are eager to join India to develop a new engine to power the 5th generation AMCA fighter jet and Committee will later suggest some of the options available with India to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Government of India. Continue reading

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Two days after an NP2 prototype of the naval version of the light combat aircraft (LCA) made its maiden landing on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya piloted by the Commodore Jaideep Maolankar, as per latest media report, Second naval prototype NP1 (Trainer ) also completed arrested landing on the decks of the aircraft and also took off on the same day.

NP1 piloted by Capt Shivnath Dahiya after arrested landing did Hot refueling (refueling of the aircraft with the engine in operation) and took off only to land again within few minutes and again did a Hot refueling only to take off for the second time in the day only this time flying back to the INS Hansa Naval base in Goa. Continue reading

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Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana recently confirmed that his country is set to order the BrahMos supersonic cruise-missile system from India in 2020 as part of the military’s modernization program. According to State-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA), the final contract is most likely to be signed by May 2020 for two batteries of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system.

A missile battery is equivalent to three mobile autonomous launchers with three missile tubes each, said the PNA but the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system procured will be Truck Based Coastal BrahMos missile system but according to new PNA news reports, Philippines is also planning to arm its Jose Rizal-class frigate with BrahMos cruise missile system. Continue reading

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Indigenously designed and developed Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) guided bombs will soon get a Four-round Smart Quad Rack which will allow Four SAAW guided bombs to be carried on a single pylon as per latest media report. Quad Rack will allow Four SAAW which weighs 120 kg each at least on Four Hard-points of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.

Newly developed Quad Rack will soon begin flight trials with Dummy SAAW guided bombs onboard Sukhoi-30MKI. India has already developed Dual Rack for the same weapon system which has been tested from Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar fighter jets in the past. Quad Rack, when used with the Dual Rack, will allow Sukhoi-30MKI to carry 20+ SAAW guided bombs, which when launched from around 42,000 feet is capable of engaging targets with high precision up to a range of 100 km with pinpoint accuracy. SAAW which is designed to take out destroy ground targets, such as runways, bunkers, aircraft hangars, and other reinforced structures like fuel depot. Continue reading

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In an apparent dig at Private sector companies who are participating along with their foreign OEM partner to locally manufacture fighter jets in India for 114 fighter jets under MMRCA 2.0 tender, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has asked local companies to show the same level of enthusiasm at indigenous fighter jet programs and come forward for greater participation in building fighter jets locally in India.

HAL has roped in Private sector companies like L&T, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, VEM Technologies and Alpha Doca in manufacturing of LCA-Tejas fuselage along with wings but many of the companies who are participating in the manufacturing of 114 fighter jets locally with the transfer of technology agreement in partnership with a foreign fighter jet manufactures have stayed out of indigenous fighter jet programs. Continue reading