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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-10 (LA-5010) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 26 July 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-10 flew for 35 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-10 is Tenth Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-09 had completed its first flight on 24 March 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

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According to a report prepared by ” The Print”, the Indian Army has opposed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement which the US government has been pressuring India to sign after learning that once equipped on Apache AH-64E attack helicopter, US Government will be able to hear what Indian Army is communicating through secure connections leading to possible data leak to Pakistan.

All Military platforms purchased by India from the United States like C-17 and P-8I are supplied to India without secure communication systems of US-origin since India has refused to become a signatory to COMCASA and India instead uses less secure communications devices procured from Indian and other Global suppliers. Continue reading

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Two Ex-Royal AirForce Jaguar Trainer aircrafts acquired from the United Kingdom at cost of 2.81cr by India for Indian Air Force is likely to be restored back and put back into service says the latest media report. Jaguar Trainers are considerable in short supply due to few crashes and since India plans to maintain its Jaguar fleet till 2034, the flow of new pilots for their conversion training needs to continue due to which aircraft are likely to be restored back into service.

Two Jaguar Trainer where kept in Royal Air Force in Reserve Command which means components of the aircraft were kept in serviceable conditions to be put back into the air on short notice in event of war. Continue reading

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The first batch of 22 AH-64E attack helicopter ordered by India in 2015 for its air force has started initial trials in Boeing facility in Mesa, Arizona, United States. First Apache helicopter meant for India reportedly had its first low-level hover flight this month on 16th and will continue to carry out initial trials.

But India will only get the first AH-64E attack helicopter in March next year and it is likely whole order will be concluded in next two years and more helicopters meant for India will join initial trials after completion of their assembly. Continue reading

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Squadron leader Meet Kumar who died in the MiG 21 crash of June 18, Chose to save the Patta village when his ill-fated aircraft malfunction over ejection when carrying out certification sorties of repaired Mig-21 over Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district thus saving lives of nearly 50 Villagers in the process.

When Elders of the Villagers learned about the circumstance of the crash of the aircraft and how Meet Kumar died saving their village through media reports, have now decided to honor their savior by building a Burst of the Pilot as a small memorial to the heroic Pilot. Continue reading

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United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) offered to throw in Igor Belousov rescue ship in a package at a special offer price to India if it agrees to procure six next-generation conventional diesel submarines under Project-75I tender floated by Indian Navy.

Russia has offered India its Project 1650 Amur Class conventional submarine with Full Transfer of Technology along with undisclosed help in the construction of Six Nuclear attack submarine. Continue reading

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After months of speculation that LCA Navy Program has been officially grounded due to lack of flight activities and Indian Navy’s refusal to accept the LCA-Navy. NP-2 (KH3002) today successfully carried out its first flight from INS Hansa Naval Base located in Goa with Tail Hook attachment hinting at the possibility of an imminent restart of the program.

Naval Prototypes (NP) 1&2 both have cleared ski-jump take-off intensive rounds of trials from the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) which mimics aircraft carriers and are usually used to for the training of the pilots who will operate the aircraft from the aircraft carriers. Continue reading

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Indian Airforce and HAL are making all-out effort to sustain India’s Jaguar fighter fleet till 2034 and as per plans are sourcing now retired Jaguar Airframes to be used as spares. After India secured 31 Ex French Jaguar aircraft from France for free, Oman to now has transferred Two retired Jaguar aircraft along with eight engines in addition to unused spares to India for free.

India also has brought Two retired Jaguar Trainer aircraft from the United Kingdom for 2.8Cr along with some spares recently to keep its Trainer fleet operational till 2034. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a recent report prepared by ” Times Now”, France has decided to Gift 32 now retired Jaguar fighter jets belonging to French Airforce to India free of cost to be used as spares on IAF’s Jaguar fighter fleet. Ex-French Jaguar fighters have been in Cold Storage for last many years and were offered to India after India and France concluded a deal for 36 Dassault Rafale in 2015.

A team from Indian Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) first evaluated Stored Ex-French Jaguars and found aircrafts worthy to be used as spares to support current fleet of Jaguar fighter’s operated by India and according to ” Times Now”, India is currently in process of shipping them back to India. Continue reading

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Ministry of External Affairs has informed all International Media Organisation currently operating from India that now onwards Journalists of foreign origin will require permission at least eight weeks in advance to visit Jammu and Kashmir from Ministry of Home Affairs.

In Past, the Seven Sister States in India’s far North East, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands were only places where Foreign Journalist required Special permissions of Ministry of Home Affairs but now Jammu and Kashmir to has been added into the list which India claims is sensitive and is now off-limits for visits without permission. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Goa Shipyard Ltd with help of Alliance Engineers based in Thane has developed successfully Helicopter Landing Grid which is usually used for Helicopter operations from ships at sea.

Indigenised Helicopter Landing Grid which was imported from abroad till now will lead to savings of $ 1.43 Million of foreign exchange on each assembles. Goa Shipyard Ltd developed Helicopter Landing Grid are compatible with most of the helicopters operated by the Indian Navy such as Sea king, ALH, etc. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Indian Airforce are very keen on to wrap up the deal for 110 fighter jets in next two years and to shorten the process, IAF is considering only evaluating the performance of the new systems which were previously not available in the aircraft in the previous technical trials.

Under now scrapped MMRCA deal for 126 fighter jets, All Six Fighter jets Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter, F-16, F-18, Gripen-E, and Mig-35 had gone through pretty intensive technical evaluation trials by Indian Airforce both in India and at the country of origin. Technical trials covered almost every performance criteria of the aircraft and each claim made by the Aircraft manufacturers were countered checked to see if they meet technical requirements set by the Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2016, India agreed to purchase last Two of the unfinished Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates from Russia which were lying unused and their construction suspended after Ukraine refused to supply M90FR gas turbine power plants to Moscow after the Ukrainian crisis and in addition to that India also agreed to make Two additional Grigorivitch-class frigates back home in State-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in Goa .

GSL which never has build frigates class ships in its past is requesting higher cost for the two frigates since the shipyard will require to invest and boost its existing infrastructure to complete the project of this scale in time making it more expensive then what it could have costed India if both additional ships were manufactured by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad in Russia. GSL is yet to confirm the price tag, but the cost could be significantly higher making Ministry of Defence (MOD) jittery which is now considering all possible solutions to this. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Nashik Division has formed a special panel to carry out an Internal feasibility study for development of a 5th Generation fighter jet, report of which will be submitted to Ministry of Defence in next two months said Indian media report.

HAL Nashik Division is currently involved in the manufacturing of Sukhoi-30MKI for the Indian Air Force and HAL was planning to manufacture Indo-Russian 5th Generation FGFA fighter aircraft based on Su-57 aircraft from the same facility after production of Su-30MKI was concluded by 2021. But after India pulled out from the Joint venture, Nashik Division is feeling the heat since the production line and its facilities will now lye vacant due to lack of projects. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun “Dhanush” which cleared its final round of trials earlier this year is all set to pave way for official induction into Indian Army as Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur (GCF) is currently preparing to handover Six indigenously-developed 155 mm ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns to Indian Army.

GCF till now has developed 12 Pre-production Dhanush 155-millimeter/45-caliber towed howitzer which was extensively used by Indian Army for series of user Trials over the years. Six guns to be handed over are from the initial order for 114 guns. Continue reading