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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

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Former chief of naval staff Admiral Arun Prakash while speaking to media backed Indian Air Force taking over command of LCA-Tejas Project from state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) , he went further ahead and even said not only LCA-Tejas Project should be taken over and operated by Indian Air Force he also advocated IAF taking over full command of HAL from the Civil-Bureaucratic controls .

Citing a neighborhood example of JF-17 program which is under direct control and management of Pakistan Air Force, Former chief supported IAF moves to take over LCA-Tejas Project in running its day to day operations at the production line and again cited example of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) which is HAL of Pakistan and is involved in manufacturing of all Pakistani defence aerospace projects but is fully managed by Senior ranked Pakistan Air Force officials. Continue reading

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BrahMos Chief Dr. Sudhir Mishra has confirmed that India by end of this month, India will test-fire BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with Enhanced 90-degree steep dive capability that could be a game-changer in many ways for the forces.

At present, BrahMos has demonstrated a 65 to 70-degree steep dive attack capabilities due to which it will be able to target enemy positions even behind a mountainous terrain and will not require missile to fly around it to find the target . with 90-degree steep dive capability BrahMos can Hit Target directly overhead with precision. Continue reading

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In 2017, Indian Air Force’s No 81 Squadron with its 10 C-17 Globemaster III fleet maintained a serviceability state of 100 percent boosting India’s capabilities in maintaining excellent operational capability and readiness in providing strategic airlift in the region at all fronts said a recent report prepared by Boeing.

Since its Induction from 2013 onwards, Combined C-17 fleet has accumulated over 12000 flight hours and has accomplished missions ranging from providing strategic airlift capabilities for the armed forces and was also engaged in relief and humanitarian missions domestically and internationally throughout the year. Continue reading

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, while speaking to local Indian media has confirmed that first flight of updated LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen before 2020 and the new variant will address obsolescence issues, improve maintainability of the aircraft and will come with additional capabilities such as Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) capability, Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and advanced avionics.

While speaking on Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for LCA-Tejas Mk-1, Chief said FOC is likely to be achieved sometime in 2019, which is further way off from June-July 2018 what was initially claimed by both HAL and ADA in the media. Continue reading

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After suffering years of developmental delays, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) plans to accelerate the Tapas BH-201 (Rustom II) program and now plans to expand the envelope of the flight trials and increasing the range, altitude, and endurance in the second half of this year in which all the payloads, imported as well indigenous, will be flight tested.

To meet the immediate requirement of the programme, An imported Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) payload has been used but the development of an indigenous ELINT is completed and is undergoing flight trials with EMBRAER aircraft. Indigenous development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload for the Drone already is in an advanced stage with one prototype undergoing flight trials and evaluation in Dornier manned aircraft and the indigenously developed medium-range electro-optic payload is already developed and been successfully flight tested. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) currently under development by DRDO successfully carried out pop-out tests to prove soft launch propulsion and the missile was also tested for Static TVC and separately tandem warheads trials are progressing as per reports.

MPATGM is a third generation Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile to be used by Infantry and Parachute battalions of the Indian Army developed by State-owned DRDO in partnership with Private sector company VEM Technologies Ltd which is helping in sub-system manufacturing for the DRDO. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Two Prototypes of 180 hp Diesel turboprop engine were developed in 2017 and were tested for the first time in 2017. First and Second Prototype of the Indigenous Diesel engines have accumulated 30 hours of full performance test at Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) located in Avadi, in Chennai, India.

Indigenous 180 hp Diesel turboprop engine is suitable for small aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and will replace imported Saturn 36T turboprop engines procured from Russia to power Rustom-2 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan in 2017 has achieved 98% indigenization level and BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines have demonstrated for its endurance of 2 hours continuous at 50,000 rpm under full load conditions .

Manik Engine earlier this year was also successfully tested in High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh and has already undergone rigorous ground and high power tests for over two years now. Continue reading

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According to information provided by DRDO in it’s Anual Report for 2017, Five Kaveri engine prototypes K5, K6, K7, K8, and K9 were tested for about 145 hours in total in 2017 during which some critical and several tests like a transient test from idle to max reheat conditions were carried out for the first time successfully .

Most of the Engine tests were carried out under installed conditions with power off-take and customer bleed as well as with inlet distortion. French multinational aircraft engine, rocket engine, aerospace-component, and defense company Safran S.A they’re after carried out a technical audit on the Kaveri engine development and submitted a report. Continue reading

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LCA-Tejas Program on 19th June 2018 achieved a major milestone when it successfully concluded 4000th Accident-free Developmental test flight in its 17th year of the start of LCA-Tejas Program from its first flight. Two Technological Demonstraters, Six Prototype Vehicles, Eight Limited Serial Production aircraft along with Two Naval Prototypes in total 18 aircraft all it took to achieve this milestone.

All the flight tests and aircraft instrumentation related activities are planned, coordinated and executed by the National Flight Test Centre, ADA in Bengaluru and not losing any aircraft in any major accident in a critical phase of LCA-Tejas program has not only saved the long-delayed program from being axed but it also helped India to build confidence and trust on the machine more over the years . Continue reading

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Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO&MD of BrahMos Aerospace, confirmed to local India media outlet that development of Air to Surface variant of the BrahMos-A is currently under development and by end of this year the new variant is likely to be tested out from the Sukhoi-30MKI launch platform.

Indian Air Force (IAF) already successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter against a sea-based target last year and now efforts are on to develop an Air to Surface which can be used to take out targets based on land. Continue reading

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DRDO published a brochure of the Uttam AESAR Fire control System which features the first image of UTTAM Aesa Radar undergoing installation process on LCA Tejas LSP-2 which has been deputed to carry out flight trials and integration of India’s indigenous Uttam AESA radar.

LRDE already has built Three Developmental Prototypes of UTTAM Aesa Radar which were intensively used and tested from Rooftop and Helicopters in different modes to evaluate the performance of the Radar in the past. LRDE now has developed Three more Radars which will be used for Integration and flight testing program which is likely to commence soon and will take 2-3 years to complete. Continue reading

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Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran, In an interview with Russian media TASS, has confirmed that negotiations with Russia are still going on to build a fifth-generation FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) fighter but refused to confirm or deny Indian media reports, which had reported that India withdrew from the joint project on recommendation of the Indian Air Force .

Saran said nothing is off the table in regards to FGFA Project but didn’t indulge in further information nor confirmed if a deal with Russia will be concluded anytime soon. while speaking on the negotiation for the purchase of the S-400 SAM systems by India said there is no set time frame to conclude the deal but as per latest media reports Indian Government has given the go-ahead to procure Long Range Air Defence Systems for Indian Air Force which likely will attract Sanctions from the United States. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

Plans of Ukraine’s State Aircraft Repair Plants to modernize and upgrade MiG-29 airframes using its existing production capacities as not gone down well with Russian aircraft maker MiG corporation which has warned Ukraine that local modernization works will make it an unsafe aircraft and also has warned all Mig-29 operators including India not to deal with Ukrainian firms who are eager to cash on and are also offering low-cost support to its existing users .

Ukrainian defense industries working on the guidelines of its government has made a roadmap to develop a reverse engineered variant of Mig-29 using Ukrainian, European and Western systems which will look like a Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter but internally will be completely different aircraft in next 5-7 years. Continue reading