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LCA Tejas squadron, 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) based out of Sulur will be moved to the border on the eastern front to tackle rising scrambles of fighter jets in the area that has heightened tensions with China on the Ladakh front.

IAF has been using Mig-29UPG and Mirage-2000 to counter Chinese fighter aircraft that flew very close to a friction point in Ladakh. IAF has now decided to deploy Rafale and LCA-Tejas Mk1 Squadron in case it is required to take care of any possible action by the adversary.

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Zeus Numerix, An Indian engineering company that provides total solutions to engineering problems in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics recently played host to Army Regional Technology Node (RTN), Pune officers Brig NP Singh, Brig Sibal, & Col Ramdas. What caught the eye of many was what seems to be 1 meter lightweight Smart Micro Munition that the company might be working on.

While the company has not revealed much about the mystery weapon that was showcased to them but it seems to be a lightweight Smart Micro Munition that has been developed to be operated from unmanned aerial vehicles [UAV] or light attack aircraft for high precision strikes against fixed and mobile targets.

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Steve Parker, vice president, and general manager of the Bombers & Fighters division within Boeing Defense, Space & Security has confirmed that F-15EX, an upgraded and modernized version of the fourth-generation F-15EX would likely meet, or even come in below the expected $80 million unit price, despite ongoing problems with supply chains and inflation that have recently driven up prices of everything in the defense industry.

The price the US Defense Department errantly quotes for the flyaway unit cost of the F15EX is $87.9 million with a $29,000 per hour flying cost. It’s not clear if Boeing’s latest price reveals is to beat the flyaway unit cost of F-35A which is now below $80 million.

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India’s Premier defense agency Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is considering the development of an Enclosed Weapons Pod (EWP) for Non-stealth fighter jets to reduce the Radar Cross section (RCS) while carrying a meaningful munitions load. idrw.org has been told that EWP will help not only reduce RCS but also drag and further improve the aircraft’s low-observability.

EWP is being considered for home-grown Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 fleet that due to high composite have low RCS signature, Mk2 even after being bigger jet has lower RCS then its predecessor. EWP will be a centerline pod that can carry around 1 ton of weapons that might include up to 4 Astra medium range air-to-air missiles or 6 SAAW missiles + 2 Astra or one 500kg laser-guided bomb.

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R Madhavan, CMD, HAL in an interview with the ” Financial Express Online” said that many Asian countries have evinced interest in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) platforms, particularly, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). State-owned HAL is pursuing opportunities for export of such platforms and is following up with countries that have shown interest in the product.

According to him, HAL is in talks with the Philippines for the export of Advanced Light Helicopters from HAL. An MoU is already in place between HAL and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) to facilitate the export of other Indian platforms such as LCH and LCA for the Philippine Armed forces.

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According to the report in ” The Indian Express”, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has still not selected an international engine manufacturer for the co-development of the engine for the fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and talks are still ongoing including with the British Rolls-Royce and French Safran.

French Aerospace engine manufacturer Safran did submit its proposal for co-development of a 110kN engine for the AMCA program and highlighted the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and development costs of the program. According to media reports, Safran has quoted around $6 billion and around 2035 for the new engine to enter production after clearing all ground and flight trials from 2029-30 onwards.

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Aerial IQ, an Indian aerospace solutions provider specializing in the domain of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has completed an extended 18-hour endurance test at 42 deg Celsius of its Aviral – Tethered Drone Platform. According to Aerial IQ, Aviral is immune to counter-drone systems and operates remotely, and boasts of having a high payload capacity that is adaptable to different payload options such as camera sensors (EO/IR), tactical radios, communication, etc

Aviral with fully autonomous flight as standard including take-off and landing, the system is easy to use and does not require exhaustive training for operating it. Aviral can be positioned up to 150m tether and comes with possible Vehicle integration possible.

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According to ” FinancialExpress.com ” Indonesia is keen on acquiring a shore-based anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from India and the deal might be closed by end of this year. Indonesia will be the second export operator of Brahmos missiles after the Philippines which recently contracted a deal for Brahmos from India.

The Philippines also has plans to procure more BrahMos from India particularly shore-based anti-ship variants that even the Indian Navy recently acquired as earlier shore-based variants were configured for land attack roles as part of its Coastal mobile missile system. Indonesian Navy is also keen to acquire ship-based anti-ship variants of BrahMos due to which a team from BrahMos Aerospace visited Indonesia shipyard to study the possibility of fitting the missile.

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Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command reviewed the progress of various Naval projects being undertaken by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) & Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) recently where he was briefed on the Naval LCA program & progress made on the design & development of Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) at ADA, the indigenous helicopter design development, production & repair/ overhaul activities being undertaken by HAL.

Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta was also briefed on upcoming Naval systems & projects as well as the progressive inclusion of Artificial Intelligence towards Naval Operational Planning & Maritime Domain Awareness at CAIR.

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The Bengaluru-based startup, NewSpace Research and Technologies in the drone industry has showcased a Flying Wing UAV without any vertical stabilizer, but it does have winglets. NewSpace has not revealed its specifications but it is the possibility that it be able to perform monitoring, surveillance, and target mapping.

Propulsion seems to be provided by a three-blade propeller driven by a backward-mounted pusher configuration connected to the battery pack which could explain that it could also be intended to explore technologies of the flying wing.

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Pilot-less ‘Varuna’ drone, which has a range of 25 km with a payload of 130 kgs; and around 25-33 minutes of endurance will be heading for sea trials in the next three months. Varuna is a drone that is capable of carrying one person, equipment, or supplies from one moving warship to another with the help of autonomous take-off and landing features. Varuna can also be used for medical evacuation.

Varuna Drone technology has been developed by defense start-up Sagar Defence Engineering in close coordination with the Indian Navy. the company said that the land-based trial is being carried out and is confident that it will clear sea trials also. The Navy is looking to procure 30 Varuna drones once it clear sea trials and will be stored in frontline warships.

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IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari when asked about the number of LCA Mark -II that IAF will procure said that we will take a call on it when the first production model comes, this is a drastic u-turn by the IAF’s top brass since in 2018, IAF had ‘committed’ to procure 201 LCA Mk2 fighters but that figure came down to 170 in 2020 and 2022 even that assurance seems to have been gone now.

IAF commitment for 201 LCA Mk2 earlier in addition to the 123 LCA Mk1/1A order (83+40) along with IAF tender for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) with 7 squadrons for the upcoming AMCA program could have meant the addition of nearly 550 jets in next 20 years of fleet modernization program but IAF being non-committal on LCA Mk2 means vacuum left by the retirement of Mig-27 and Mig-21 in recent years could mean that IAF will not be able to reach the sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons in the next 10-15 year.

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INS Sindhudhvaj (S56), a Soviet-designed EKM class of conventional submarines that are also known as Kilo was retired from the Indian Navy recently after completion of 35 years in service with the Indian Navy. INS Sindhudhvaj in over 3 decades has been part of multiple secret missions and multi-nation naval exercises but what this submarine might be remembered for is that it was the only submarine that was able to sink an American USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705), a Los Angeles-class submarine.

In the 2015 edition of the Naval exercise MALABAR, INS Sindhudhvaj was tasked to hunt and destroy the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) in a simulated battle. Both submarines being attack class submarines were tasked to hunt each other in the simulated battle in the Bay of Bengal but it was not an easy task as both submarines are known for being silent when operating undersea. Nuclear-powered attack submarine that can stay underwater for prolonged periods gives it a big advantage but a nuclear-powered submarine always makes more noise vis a conventional one.

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After the Philippines Armed force placed an order for the Mach 3 capable Supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile from India, it now plans to explore more Indian weapons systems and is now planning to consider some of the Made in India Air defense systems for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (APF).

The Philippine Department of National Defence (DND) recently procured a Spyder air defense system developed by the Israeli defense technology company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems as part of the AFP’s modernization program. DND is now looking to procure a new air defense system that has an enhanced range of Interceptor missiles.

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The Indian Navy decommissioned the INS Sindhudhvaj, a Kilo-class submarine, yesterday without much fanfare setting in motion a process of phasing out of a class of boats that have formed the backbone of the navy’s undersea fleet for nearly three decades. INS Sindhudhvaj was acquired from the Soviet union in 1987 and after 35 years in service was retired.

Indian Navy’s Kilo submarine fleet is from 10 and is now down to 7 after INS Sindhurakshak, was lost in an accident in 2013 and a second, the Sindhuvir, was transferred to the Myanmar navy last year.

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