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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Special Protection Group (SPG) which is in charge of providing security to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will now sport a new weapon in their long list of arsenals. SPG which carried out trials on the DRDO developed but OFB produced Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) has reportedly cleared all trials of the SPG and now will be inducted into the Elite Special force.

CRPF already has placed orders for 10000 JVPCs and the first lot was handed over to CRPF in 2017. JVPC also has been ordered by State police from Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Meghalaya as well while it waits orders from the Indian Army for which it was developed. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The government-run aerospace laboratory National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) is looking to mass-produce Saras Mk-II, a 19-seater multi-role light transport aircraft, by 2025 for the civilian market and also offer it has an ideal replacement to the Dornier Do 228 twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Kanpur in operations with Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Coast guard.

NAL plans to develop two developmental models to be certified for military followed by civil under FAR23 and to be manufactured by HAL in Kanpur facility where currently Dornier Do 228 are been manufactured under license from Dornier GmbH from 1983 onwards for the Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After India’s apparent U-Turn on a tender for 321 ATGM launchers and 8,356 missiles worth an estimated $500 million from the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) in 2018, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in an apparent dig at India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its ongoing Man-Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) program said that “With confidence in the Spike missile established, the Indian Army may need to revisit their plans on DRDO program”.

In 2018, a $500-million purchase of Spike LR missiles from Rafael was canceled by India to favor the indigenous MPATGM program developed by the DRDO but due to ongoing tension with Pakistan at the border, Indian Army was allowed to procure a limited quantity of Spike LR missiles, to meet the urgent operational requirement. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is working on developing its 90-seater aircraft with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) being lead in charge of the program, details of the upcoming new Gen Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA 90-NG) were recently shared by the NAL and its road map to develop them. RTA 90-NG will have both turboprop and turbofan variant and NAL has proposed to construct a total of seven developmental models in a different configuration and different vendor engines to attract different civilian operators in India.

idrw.org has been informed that NAL also planned a Large Cargo Door Freighter variant to be used for Cargo service operators and even a military variant has been planned for troop transportation duties. NAL is reportedly in discussions with global engine manufacturers such as Pratt & Whitney of Canada and General Electric of US and avionics firms like Rockwell Collins and Diehl Aerospace for the supply of off the shelf critical components for the program. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In April this year (Indian Army wants ” Desi BM-21-Grad ” Multiple Rocket Launcher for Mountain terrain), idrw.org was first to break cover on the development of a Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments to replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory on request of the Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army.

DRDO has showcased a full-scale model of the upcoming 120mm Rocket along with the Pinaka MBRL family. MRPKS has been developed specifically for mountainous terrain where lighter 4×4 Trucks are easier to move then Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles. According to details revealed, MRPKS will be mounted on current in-service Trucks and can carry a minimum of 24 rockets each and has a range of at least 25km and accuracy of two meters at the target end. The Army has asked for a vertical launcher that has 360-degree deployment capability so that it has no crest clearance issues in hills. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

U.S. Army leaders are one step closer to deciding on a supplier for its Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW ) system which will replace trusty 5.56mm M4A1 carbine and the M249 squad automatic weapon used in combat units until now. A Texas-based Textron ammunition company recently unveiled its new 6.8mm cartridge to be used on the NGSW from 2022 and DRDO and Textron officials had a closed-door meeting on possible collaboration on the development of next-gen 6.8mm Cartridge under defense collaboration between U.S.-India, Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

US Army is switching from 5.56mm to 6.8mm rounds and DRDO already has developed a new assault rifle prototype chambered for 6.8×43 mm rounds and it will be ready for trial in the Infantry School located at Mhow soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Naval Team of ADA has approached Naval Headquarters formally after Two Naval prototypes of the LCA concluded intense series of trials from the Shore-based Test Facility (SBTF) in Goa recently to Naval prototypes can start aircraft carrier trials from the deck of INS Vikramaditya from next month.

Naval Headquarter has set up a review board to study all the trial reports and decide when INS Vikramaditya can be made available for the carrier trials to begin. LCA-Naval Team has asked India’s lone aircraft carrier made available for a month for trials which will see take-offs and landings from the deck of the aircraft carrier in a clean configuration in Phase-I. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2015, the Indian Navy (IN) Projected requirement for Naval variant of AMCA and in series of meetings and discussions were held between ADA officials at Naval Head Quarters adaption and development of IAF’s 5th Generation AMCA program to be adapted for the Navy. ADA was tasked to prepare a feasibility report and soon a report was presented to the Naval Head Quarters.

idrw.org can confirm that Naval Head Quarters has accepted the feasibility report on AMCA – Navy, and ADA, in turn, will start work on AMCA – Navy and baseline configuration for a carrier deck based fighter jet soon after it which it will approach Navy to issue Draft Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQRs) so that PSQRs can be finalized. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has said that it is going forward with its plans to acquire 36 light combat aircraft (LCA) for a deal worth between RM6 billion and RM7 billion. RMAF has said that it currently still sourcing out suitable platforms for its new LCA requirements but has identified some of the potential candidates which have been offered to the RMAF.

RMAF has confirmed that the LCA contenders included the Korea-made T-50 Golden Eagle, Russia’s YAK-130, Leonardo M-346FA, BAE Systems Hawk, China’s L-15, Sweden’s Gripen India’s Tejas and the JF-17 Thunder from Pakistan. RMAF had issued request-for-information to all contenders (manufacturers) in the LCA category earlier this year and India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1 which participated in the Malaysian Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima) 2019 later in the year was evaluated by the RMAF. JF-17 Thunder From Pakistan was also evaluated by RMAF after few weeks in Malaysia. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Naval Aviation is all set to make History soon with the first indigenously developed Naval fighter aircraft to commence deck landing and take off from India’s biggest military ship, INS Vikramaditya after NLCA Mk-1 prototype completed the second phase of the short landing trials at the shore-based test facility in Goa.

According to the prominent defense expert, Sandeep Unnithan has said that as per his sources NLCA Mk-1trials will be conducted on the INS Vikramaditya before Dec 31 this year. ADA and DRDO have achieved all possible scenarios under which an aircraft can come to land on the deck of the aircraft carrier, including at the night which was also recently demonstrated. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approached the Indian Government for procurement of India’s Next-generation ASTRA Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missile to be equipped especially on the Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fleet of over 66 jets of the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) said reliable industrial source close to idrw.org.

UAEAF’s Combat Aircraft fleet is primarily made up of 80 F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon and 66 Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fleet which are at par with the Indian air force operated Mirage-2000 Dash 5 upgraded jets and currently armed with MBDA developed MICA IR/RF Medium ranged BVR Air-to-Air missile but due to technology obsolescence, MICA is not considered among Top of the BVRAAMs among its competitors and now UAEAF and IAF which are the two largest operators of the Mirage-2000 fighter fleet outside of France are seeking for its replacement. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group has reportedly completed internal trials of the Ultralight 155 mm, 39 calibre howitzers and will be soon ready for Army trials said Industrial sources close to idrw.org. Kalyani Group which is pitching its ULH segment to the Indian Army has developed three variants of the ULH to supplement imported M777 procured by the Indian Army for mountainous terrain. 

Kalyani Group has developed all-titanium ULH which weighs 4.8 tonnes and all-steel ULH which weighs 6.8-tonne and a third variant which was developed on the instance of Army chief, General Bipin Rawat which is the installation of all-steel ULH on an Ashok Leyland Mk.4 general utility truck for mobility in the mountainous terrain which is ready for user trials with the Indian Army. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In a strong message to the import lobby and in a massive show of confidence in the indigenous HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft program developed by the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is set to fly in HTT-40 prototype aircraft later this month while the final dates are yet to be worked out but a tentative date worked out will be 14th of this month.

HTT-40 (Basic trainer aircraft) already successfully demonstrated critical six-turn spin test capability recently and is going to seek IOC (Initial Operation Clearance) by end of this year as IAF chief committed to placing orders for 70 HTT-40 BTA to train its upcoming fighter pilots in coming months. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After South Korean firm walked out of Rs 32,000-crore ‘Make in India’ deal for the manufacturing of dozen mine-hunting warships at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in Vasco-Goa, the Russian Defense Ministry have offered India its Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers at the ongoing visit of the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Moscow.

Project 12700 mine countermeasures vessels (minesweepers) have their hull made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic. Russian minesweepers designed by Almaz as its advantage, this solution provides for the ship’s higher strength compared to the steel hull. The fiberglass hull considerably decreases the weight and extends the life cycle. The warships can fight mines with various flails, tele-guided, and autonomous unmanned underwater craft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Twice short-listed and twice rejected over cost concerns, Airbus has started fresh push for a deal for Six Airbus A330 MRTT aerial refueller with India after the tender was refloated again for the third time earlier this year but this time Airbus is likely to get some serious competition from its arch-rival in the commercial passenger jet business which was absent in the previous two tenders but is likely to make entry of the first time this year.

Boeing is pitching India with its Boeing KC-46 Pegasus military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. Boeing previously offered India its KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueller under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program which facilitates sales of U.S. arms, defense equipment, defense services, and military training to foreign governments but that was not accepted by India. Continue reading