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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

IAF Top Brass in its assessment of its vulnerabilities, post-Balakot attack in February wants to fast track development of local indigenous fighter jet program and has asked both HAL which is working on upgraded Tejas Mk1A and ADA which is working on Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) to fast track the program and also ensure that the program stick to their original schedule as agreed up with the Indian Air force informed Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF has identified Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) fighter program has one of the key elements in ramping up shortfalls of fighter jet fleet in numbers due to the planned retirement of older jets especially, Mig-27 and Mig-21 Squadrons. ADA for the first time had displayed a scale model of MCF fighter jet earlier this year and already has started ground works for construction of Two pre-production models which will be ready for first flight by 2023 according to ADA. Continue reading

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Recently IAF Chief again declared that Dassault Rafale which will be inducted into Indian Air Force from September onwards will be ” Game Change” for the force and will be instrumental in establishing the regional aerial superiority in the region. As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, from last few months IAF, Top Brass has started pushing for procurement of additional 36 more Dassault Rafale jets.

As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Due to budget constraint, IAF believes that orders for 114 units of Rafale jets going to Dassault Aviation is pretty slim and Government of India might agree for some other cheaper alternative which can provide the same level of capabilities and much lower price. Continue reading

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Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) took to Twitter to share images of his recent flight sortie with Navy test pilot Cmde Maolankar on LCA-Navy Trainer. aircraft which has been going final phase of trials from land-based facilities before it commences flight trails from onboard INS Vikramaditya and gave a huge thumbs up to the program and fully endorsed the program.

Admiral Arun Prakash called Agile LCA as a naval aircraft which matches the best of gen-4 fighter aircraft and called it a superb example of skills in design, flight testing & ‘Make-in-India’. he also called upon the new government to back the development of LCA 100% & bring back focus on a/c & engine design & production so that We can match China. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After successful recent trial of the BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI aircraft, BrahMos corporation which manufactures Air Launched BrahMos missile system has said that the missile system already has entered production even though orders for the missile is yet to be placed by the Indian air force and the program is still pending one more developmental trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org.

BrahMos-A which is based on its Land-based variant is 2.5 tonnes missile system which comes minus its booster but basically is the same baseline BrahMos missile system which has been tested numerous times successfully and has been produced for years now and reasons behind BrahMos-A been rushed into production is to not waste time in production. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading

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Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to idrw.org, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading

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No. 51 Squadron equipped with MiG-21Bison which is based at Srinagar Air Force Station and took part in the aerial intercept and killed a vastly superior PAF F-16 in the close combat dogfight with an R-73 close combat missile by a Mig-21Bison flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was seen with ” Falcon Slayer” Badges issued to the squadron pilots.

Vardaman has been officially moved from No. 51 Squadron to No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) which is equipped with MiG-21Bison and based at Suratgarh Air Force Station but the F-16 kill will remain with his previous No. 51 Squadron but the kill will be credited to Vardaman. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to latest Intel reports, spooked Pakistani Army post-Balakot airstrike by IAF, is still positioned nearly 400 armored vehicles out of which nearly 300 are said to be Main Battle tanks composing of T-80U and Al-Khalid Brigade stationed at strategically vital Shakargarh bulge that had witnessed key battles in 1965 and 1971.

According to previous imagery of the area, Nasr short-range missile, along with support vehicles were found to be located at Rahwali Cantonment near Gujranwala which could have also stationed low-yield nukes in a bid to forestall Indian advances across the border. Continue reading

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Nirbhay AL-1 (Air Launched) was spotted at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) complex in a video interview conducted by Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M. Stacked at a corner, Nirbhay AL-1 showed many of the design changes which is expected from an air-launched variant which has been developed from its Land-attack based variant.

As seen in the picture above, Nirbhay AL-1 features a new Air-intake so has to keep unobstructed airflow to its engine which will be ignited once it is jettisoned from its launch aircraft. Nirbhay AL-1 Air-intake is similar to most of the missile system which is used as Air Launched weapons platform and has given away its submerged Air-intake design seen in its Land-attack based variant. Continue reading

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Senior Scientists at India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) while speaking to Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M, have confirmed that seventh trial of India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile ” NIRBHAY ” will feature an Indigenous Seeker and Small gas-turbine Manik Engine developed by GTRE, which they plan to test fire within years time.

Officials at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is in charge of the Nirbhay program also confirmed that development work on the Nirbhay program is now complete and now their focus has shifted towards development of user-specific variants for the Air force, Navy, and Army based on their requirements which they plan to accomplish within the next 3-5 years. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s all-weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile Astra missile has been cleared for a limited production run recently and pre-production samples ordered by Indian Air Force will be getting an indigenous RF Seeker which was also tested successfully in the recent tests, thus replacing Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on the Astra trials in the past.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have now confirmed, that development of second Astra BVR-AAM variant too might be cleared soon and will incorporate an indigenous Imaging infrared (IR) seeker with dual waveband imaging infrared seeker which with its RF Seeker variant can dodge any counter-measures deployed by target aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG / IMAGE CREDIT DEB RANA/ADA

 

After Hectic round of trials with Arrestor Hooks and software upgraded, Pilot controlled Leading Edge Vortex Controller (LEVCON) system, LCA-Navy NP-1 is all set to head back to the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) facility commissioned into the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa what could be the last round of trials before it is cleared for Aircraft carrier trials from INS Vikramaditya.

NP-1 will demonstrate landing with use of Arrestor hook at SBTF before it can be cleared for Aircraft carrier trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org. all flights trails of the new Arrestor hook have been successfully and LEVCONS which is a small extension to an aircraft wing surface will now improve the airflow at high angles of attack and low air-speeds. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army has proposed, local development of Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments and to also replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory.

Need for MRPKS was felt by Indian Army due to limited usage of current Pinaka and Smerch Multiple launcher Rocket system in the mountainous terrain due to poor road development in these areas which prevents deployment of Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles, which are used for mounting Pinaka (214 mm) and Smerch (300mm ) MLRS systems in this regions. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

State-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed that the developmental trial phase of long-delayed Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile is officially over and the DRDO has approached Indian Navy and Indian Army to come up with their own specific variant requirements, which will enable the missile system to enter production in next three years.

Indian Navy has asked, DRDO for a Ship-based Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile variant with a range in excess of 1500 km and could prefer a range close to 2000 km, which DRDO is currently studying by making available extra onboard fuel in the missile and by also improving fuel burn ratio but Indian Army has come up with new requirements which can take more developmental time. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dr. Girish Deodhare, Director General, ADA speaking to the Indian media has confirmed that flexibility studies of Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft based on AMCA design have been completed and the flexibility study report has been accepted by Indian Navy and the program is set to enter design phase by end of this year. Indian Navy in 2016, had approached ADA to develop a carrier deck version of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and soon flexibility studies were commissioned in 2017 to see if it is viable to convert Airforce-AMCA design into Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft.

While ADA is tight-lipped on proposed changes which AMCA will have to go through to be converted into a Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft, Industrial sources close to idrw.org have said that ADA is well aware of challenges that it will face in the program and is counting on Navy Mark-2 program to provide necessary experience that it believes will act as a stepping stone towards the development of N-AMCA program. Continue reading