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News Beat reporting is an idrw.org initiative to let our Readers to report News Based on Actual facts but some how has not been reported in Main Stream Media .

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

3 French Air Force Dassault Rafale accompanied by a C-135F tanker aircraft, A400M, and A310 Transport Aircraft will be making a stopover in India after it participating in a month-long Exercise Pitch Black biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

On its return Journey, French aircraft will take off from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Bases Darwin and Tindal and will first have a stopover in Indonesia followed by Malaysia, Singapore and India and later proceeding to UAE. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Cai Hong 4 also known as CH-4 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class, strike-capable reconnaissance platform that has been developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) and as per latest images leaked on the Internet was reportedly tested from its Airbases in Tibetan plateau close to Indian border with new sensors and payload to detect targets hidden in the mountain terrain .

As per pictures leaked online, CH-4 was transported to the forward air base in the Tibetan plateau and later reassembled by a team of Chinese defense firm officials CASC which manufactures them test its Optoelectronics in night mode in the mountain terrain. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

William Thornberry, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee clearly said in a recent interview that only exemption India can get from Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) federal law on the procurement of weapons from Russia will be for its existing weapons systems in the supply of spares and technical servicing and overhaul from Russia but procurement of S-400 system will lead to violation of the legislation, and will attract possible sanctions on India .

When asked how India’s requirement for Long Ranged Air Defence system will be satisfied to meet its security needs for that Thornberry said that United States Congress already has designated India has major Defence Partner which in that law clearly specifies that Missile Defence System is an area which US and India can work together. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Força Aérea Nacional de Angola (FANA – National Air Force of Angola) which took deliveries of 10 Su-30KN earlier this year and Two in the previous year is keen on the purchasing of Six more Su-30K which were formerly operated by the Indian Air Force.

IAF had procured 18 Su-30K (Su-27UB trainers) from Russia as an interim measure to train its crew to fly much more advanced Su-30MKIs. Due to economical reasons, all 18 older Su-30Ks were returned back and not upgraded to MKI Standards which were later replaced by Su-30MKI by Russia in 2006. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Tejas Programme is just two flights away from accomplishing 4000 Accident-free test flights in its 17 years long developmental and testing program accomplished with 16 Technology Demonstrator, Prototypes and Limited Series Production aircraft which have been associated with the program from 2001 when first LCA TD-1 made its first flight.

16 Aircraft have helped LCA-Tejas Programme inch closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) which will happen by end of July this year as per media reports. It is also quite an achievement that program never suffered any major accident or any crash. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On Saturday night, Indian Army’s indigenous Rudra Attack helicopter had a hard landing close to Army helicopter base near Nag Talab, located on Nagaur road due to brownout phenomenon. The helicopter has not suffered much damage in the accident and It is believed that during the course of training at night in dusty conditions suffered in-flight visibility restriction due to dust in the air.

Brownout phenomenon is a situation in which pilot cannot see nearby objects which provide the outside visual references necessary to control the aircraft near the ground. This can cause spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness leading to an accident. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The government of India is giving serious thoughts to a Proposal offered by Mazagon Dock which wants to construct three additional Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy after its French designers agreed to make 14 design changes in the three additional Scorpene-class submarines as asked by Indian Navy.

After Data Breach and also do to the advancement of technology, Indian Navy had proposed 14 changes in their Scorpene submarines which were approved by the Naval Group after consultation with their Engineering team and 14 Changes will be carried out on all existing Six Scorpene order under Project-75 tender in near future but also will be incorporated into Three additional Scorpene submarines if ordered by India . Continue reading

SOURCE : DRDO NEWSLETTER WITH IDRW INPUT

Gas Turbine Research Estab lishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, successfully tested prototypeof Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) for High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh during February 2018. The successful demonstration validated the design, selection of Materials and the control logics used for lighting and acceleration of engine to minimum sustained speed. The performance of pyro systems was as per expectations.

GTRE had designed and realised a mobile test bed and fuel supply system simulating unmanned vehicle confguration exclusively for adapting to High Altitude trials. Suitable Operator Console in a climate controlled cabin for safe operation of control desk,data acquisition systems and vibration monitoring panels were also positioned to ensure that tests are carried out without compromising safety and other design criteria. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After India was seen dragging its feet over the purchase of 20 BAE Hawk trainers for IAF due to an inflated price of the jets. BAE Systems and UK Government have offered India a line of funding to land estimated Rs 2500 crores worth contract.

According to information provided to idrw.org, UK Export Finance provides loan up to £3 Billion to any overseas buyers to procure defense equipment from UK based Defense firms. UK Government and BAE Systems want India to take the offer to fund the purchase of 20 Hawks. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ministry of Civil Aviation is in process of placing an order for 10 HAL built 19-seater Dornier 228 Civil Variant to be used for civilian flights. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) already has given a certificate of airworthiness to HAL’s Dornier 228 and second Civil variant also took to air in February to further fast-track the process.

Highly versatile multi-purpose light Dornier 228 is already generating interest also from Private domestic airline players in the market and to implement Modi’s government’s ambitious UDAN scheme to improve regional connectivity, domestic airlines are also likely to place orders for the aircraft soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

France has confirmed that deliveries of Dassault Rafale jets to Indian Air Force which will begin from September 2019 are progressing as per schedule and under the supervision of high-ranking French military experts at the Mont-de-Marsan air base in southwestern France. Indian Maintenance Crew and Pilots have started receiving training in an affiliated training center to maintain and fly Rafale Fighter jets.

Maintenance Crew and Pilots will move to France in batches to impart their training as per contractual obligations. India plans to train major chunk of its Rafale Pilots locally and has sent Senior Experienced pilots who will, later on, fly and also teach future pilots. Continue reading

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