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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Boeing Defense has confirmed that 276th and final C17 Globemaster III is heading to India soon to join into the fleet of 10 C-17s already operated by Indian Air Force. Last unsold C-17 Globemaster III air-lifter was picked up by India after production of the air-lifter was stopped by Boeing Defense due to lack of fresh orders from United States Air Force.

Last C-17 was manufactured in 2015 and remained in Boeing storage facility before it was ordered by IAF in 2018. Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift jet has been equipped with India-specific systems before it was ready for its ferry flight to India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal while speaking to TIMES NOW laughed when asked about the claim from across the border that Pakistani F-16 shot down a Su-30 belonging to IAF. Aggarwal said I had whole Radar picture of the area with me and ” All Our Sukhois are with Us, Didn’t lose any ” and dismissed any claims of PAF about Second Kill that day.

Squadron Leader Minty Aggarwal who is 8-year Veteran of Indian Air Force was on duty on 27th February when 24 Mixed Pakistani fighter formation decided to launch strikes on Indian military installations in Indian side of the Kashmir. Aggarwal was Fighter controller on the operations room and was instrumental in the positioning of the Mig-21 which was flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to the Nowshera sector which were position of three PAF F-16s, one of which was shot down by R-73 Close Combat Missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group developed Bharat 52 155 mm/52 caliber towed guns have been granted export license by the Indian Government along with its ultra-light mobile 105mm field gun Garuda-105 guns said latest media report. Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) sometime in last year had approached Government of India to grant its Internally developed 155 mm/52 calibers towed gun for export permission so that it can be available for evaluations and trials for prospective customers.

idrw.org previously had reported on this development (Bharat 52 towed gun likely to get Export clearance soon ), Industrial sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that Bharat-52, a 52 caliber variant of the 155mm howitzer had generated a lot of interests among prospective buyers when it was displayed at DefExpo 2018 from Asian and African military officials who had participated in the event. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Naval Group (DCNS) is likely to submit a proposal for a conventionally powered diesel-electric variant of its Nuclear powered Barracuda Attack submarine in response to Request for Proposal (RFP) to be issued soon by Indian Navy for the development of Six Next Generation Conventional-diesel powered submarines said the latest report under Project-75I.

Shortfin Barracuda has been offered over the previous offer of the Scorpene-XL which basically was an enlarged Scorpene-class submarine already inducted by Indian Navy under Project-75. Scorpene-XL was supposed to be longer in length to accommodate Vertical launched supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile and equipped with modern Indo-French onboard Naval equipment. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who is in Russia on an official trip will be flying a Yakovlev YAK-130 Mitten Advanced Jet Trainer leading to wide-scale speculations of IAF hunting for Stage-II trainer aircraft for its Pilot training program. Russian aerospace group Irkut has been tight-lipped about it, but YAK-130 advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft has been on offer to India is not a secret and Russians have been pushing it’s trainer aircraft after HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) program was delayed to due to technical reasons.

Even though HAL’s HJT-36 Sitara IJT was recently flown with a heavily modified tail section, yet it is still not certain that it will clear all it’s pending technical trials, Defence Ministry and IAF have pulled the plug on the program and have stopped funding of the program for a while now and HAL is using its own internal funds to fix the technical issues in the program for a while now. IAF meanwhile has been looking out for options available at the International market in case HAL is not able to fix all its issues said a senior air force official close to idrw.org on this matter. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Jacobabad airport which is also known as PAF Shahbaz, which is a Forward Operational Base for the Pakistani Air Force and which operates Pakistan’s newest F-16 Block 52s has been closed down for Civilian traffic effective from 27th June till 31st December 2019.

PAF Shahbaz is barely 200 km away from the International border inland travel distance and few minutes in air time distance with the Indian state of Rajasthan and in past acted as a fully operational Forward airbase during wartime’s. Post Balakot airstrikes by IAF deep inside Pakistan. PAF has closed down its airspace for civilian traffic from the Indian side and also has maintained local propaganda that only a few trees and crows were killed in Indian air strike yet it continues to upgrade it forwards airbase with modern bunkers and new air defense systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two more Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force were offloaded at the Mundra port of Gujarat today to be ferried to Chandigarh soon said sources close to idrw.org. Boeing earlier this year had sent four of this tandem-rotor CH-47F (I) Chinooks multi-mission helicopter which was also officially inducted in the Indian Air force earlier this year.

These helicopters come from the US in a semi-knocked down (SKD) condition at Mundra Port in Gujarat, which are later re-assembled and tested and then inducted in to air force fleet. India has paid close to $1.5 billion for 15 of these helicopters which would be also used for deploying troops and machinery at high-altitude locations. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali who recently criticized Indian batters for their slow batting against England in the World Cup match which could eventually lead to the exit of their team from the ongoing Cricket world cup and in latest rant against Dhoni and India also took dig at the Indian Army over Dhoni which according to him is a dishonest player .

Ali while speaking in Urdu said that how can Indian Army keep such dishonest players in their ranks ? are they (Indian Army) also dishonest?. Earlier, Basit Ali had also claimed that India might perform badly and intentionally lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to as they will “never want Pakistan” to make it to the semifinals. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s most powerful warship, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will soon be getting Indo-Israeli developed next-generation long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) with an Interception range of 70 km soon said latest media report.

INS Vikramaditya which was inducted in 2014 in Indian Navy initially came without any close-in weapon system for protection against enemy aircraft, missile and rogue drones but instead relied on the battle group of frigates, destroyers, and other ships to provide aerial cover for the ship but in minor refit in 2015, aircraft carrier received first four AK-630 which is a Soviet and Russian fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force will be sending its Missile Ground Crew to start training to operate S-400 air defense missile system later this year said the latest media reports. Russia will start training Indian specialists to operate the advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system from October this year, despite Washington’s strong opposition.

Missile Ground Crew of IAF already have been witnessed to the missile firing demo of S-400 system last year and currently, the deal is close to completion as countries have deiced to trade in euros to a Russia-nominated bank to bypass the threat of US sanctions for purchase of military hardware including the S-400 air defense missile system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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 1400-1600 for 27th and 28th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 350km.

While it is not clear which missile will be tested in upcoming trial but the range hints that it could be BrahMos-A Air-to-surface/ship missile which reportedly has been fast tracked in event of Balakot airstrikes. Rumors of Indian air force testing Very long range R-37M air-to-air missile which has range of over 300km is also going around but it is unlikely it is a Russian missile . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                   IAF PILOT NEXT TO UPGRADED MIG-29UPG

According to the latest media report, Russia has offered India more air frames of Mig-29 which with upgraded UPG Upgrade package will cost less than $40 Million a unit to bulk up fleet force due to the shortage of fighter jets because of delays in modernization and series of the retirement of older jets. Previous media reports had put the fleet offered at 21 air frames which were inspected by the IAF team which had visited Russia.

But as per latest media report, Russia has offered India, 34 Mig-29UPG which also includes 21 bare borne air frames which were never flown and 13 Mig-29SMT which are barely 10 years old and were manufactured in 2008. Russia has offered to upgrade all 34 Mig-29s with new engines and new radars as per current upgraded Mig-29UPG operated by Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On June 19, Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired a series of Russian air-to-air missile from its front-line combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI off Odisha coast aimed at gauging the killing efficiency of the weapon system. While local media didn’t reveal which new air to air missiles was tested, but according to Russian media outlet ” Sputnik”, IAF tested Three Next Generation Air to Air Missile.

According to ” Sputnik”, India tested RVV-BD also known as R-37M a revolutionary new air to air missile which till now has been deployed only on Russian MiG-31 interceptors. R-37M also kicked named as ‘AWACS Killer’ has an engagement range of 300km and is seen as a platform designed to target large enemy support aircraft such as tankers, command centers and AWACS platforms operating deep in its own airspace. Continue reading