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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force has again issued Requested for Information (RFI) for procurement of 110 fighter aircraft. According to RFI which idrw.org has gone through, IAF indents to procure 82 Single Seater and 28 Twin sear aircraft and the selected vendor has to supply 16 aircraft in flyaway conditions.

Remaining 94 aircraft have to be made in India by a Strategic partner of an Indian origin. According to RFI, Aircraft should be all Whether Multi-role and Multi-mission capabilities. Continue reading

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Indigenous artillery gun Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by DRDO with Kalyani Group and Tata Power Strategic will be showcased also along with Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) developed Dhanush artillery gun for the first time together at upcoming Defexpo 2018 to be held be held in Chennai from April 11 to 14.

ATAGS and Dhanush Artillery gun for the first time will also be part of the live demonstration for the all the visiting foreign dignitaries and their military attaches and personals with indent to generate export potentials of the weapons systems from friendly countries. Continue reading

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Chandraker Bharti, Joint Secretary (Aerospace) while speaking to the media said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas MK-1 will be completed this year and also confirmed that many countries are interested in the purchase of the aircraft but refused to disclose the names.

According to recent media reports, Demonstration of the Mid-Air Refueling Capacity is only major requirement left before Tejas MK-1 will be granted FOC and plans are in place to start trials after June this year. Continue reading

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-9 (LA-5009) completed its maiden flight after taking off at 10.33hrs from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 24 March 2018 piloted by Air.Cmdr KA Muthanna (Retd). SP-9 flew for 21 mins and landed back at 10.54hrs.

The LCA Tejas SP-9 is Ninth Series Production aircraft and Second Brand New LCA-Tejas to fly within a span of 11 days. SP-08 had completed its first flight on 13 of this Month Successfully. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-8 (LA-5008)  completed its maiden flight after taking off at 15.42hrs from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 13 March 2018 piloted by Gp. Capt. KK Venugopal (Retd) . SP-8 flew for 33 mins and landed back at 16.15hrs .

The LCA Tejas SP-8 will be the Eighth member of the No.45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force also called the ‘Flying Daggers’. The LCA Tejas SP-8 will be handed over to  ‘Flying Daggers’ after completing few production sorties soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while briefing countries Parliamentarians for the first time disclosed development of new missile systems which Country’s premier Public sector company Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has taken up lately.

DRDO has classified Missile Projects in two categories, 1) Mission mode projects and 2) Technology Demonstration Projects under which and also has mentioned Date of Sanction (DoS) and Probable date of completion (PDC) along with Project cost which is mentioned above. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Once dubbed “abhorrently expensive”, India and Russia are again going to sit together to talk how to move forward on the proposed joint development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on Sukhoi Su-57 during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman upcoming visit to Moscow.

Highlights of Sitharaman’s visit to Russia will remain to seal final contract on the purchase of S-400 interceptor-based missile system, But High-level officials from both sides will also talk on stalled FGFA program on the sidelines of her visit said industrial sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Second indigenous developed Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) ‘Netra ‘ Aircraft will be handed over to Indian Air Force Next month after DRDO was able to further fine-tune state-of-the-art active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar as per the recommendation of IAF.

First Netra aircraft was handed over to IAF last year and the aircraft already has completed 250+ mission sorties accumulating total 500 hours. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) designed 14-seater multi-role transport aircraft ” Saras project ” is back online after suffering from long slow down which hit the project after a prototype suffered a crash in March 2009 leading to the killing of its crew.

Saras recently completed its Second flight successfully and IAF has expressed Interest in acquiring 15 Military variants of the aircraft which can be used to Transport Military VVIPs and to be also used to train pilots to fly Transport aircraft. IAF impressed by aircrafts potential is also keen on to exploit potential new variant specifically used for signal-snooping on enemy communications. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to report prepared by Defence Analysts Shiv Aroor, Indian Air Force and Government of India have stuck an understanding with India’s State-owned DRDO to begin the ground process to develop an Air Launched Variant based on India’s first Sub-Sonic Nirbhay cruise missile within next two years.

Dubbed Nirbhay-A, Air launched variant will be similar to ground-based variant minus the Booster motor and few changes made to fins and wings to operate without any hiccups when launched from a Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Airforce is hoping that the process to procure six flight refueler aircraft (FRA) for the third time will be successful after two previous attempts have successfully wasted 7-8 years in the process if not then further bad news awaits says Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF which operates Six Ilyushin’s Il-78 multi-role tanker aircrafts procured from 2003 for air to air refuelling as seen undesirable service availability of Il-78 fleet along with the poor supply of spares has severally affected India’s Strategic reach of its fighter jet fleet in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of the Kalyani group, in his recent interview to a News Portal, said that Ultra Light Long Range Artillery developed by Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) is heading for firing trials this year in May-June.

KSSL developed 155mm 39 calibre towed Howitzer gun is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

First, of the aircraft coming from the second LCA-Tejas line, SP-5 successfully conducted its maiden flight yesterday after suffering delays of few months due to technical reasons. SP-5 after few rounds of Initial flights will be handed over to the No. 45 Flying Daggers, the first Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron to be equipped with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

SP-5 reportedly suffered from Technical issues due to the shoddy job at the second line which was developed by HAL from an erstwhile Kiran hangar. The main production line has the capacity to assemble 5 aircrafts and the second line has a capacity of 3 aircrafts per annum. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by Shiv Aroor, India’s Public sector Aerospace Design Major Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) who are jointly working on development of India’s first Stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) are planning to carry out first flight trials of a scaled model of Ghatak UCAV Codenamed SWiFT (Short for stealth wing flying testbed) by end of this year .

ADA and IITK researchers are using a scaled down model powered by a Russian Supplied NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine to test their design. The remotely piloted scaled model will act as subscale technology demonstrator to record airflow and stealth characters of the design for its entire flight regime. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) which has been working on a new 7.62-mm fully automatic assault rifle to replace in-service INSAS rifle from 2016 is sweating it hard to deliver 50 Indigenous Assualt rifle in time by end of April so that final trials of the Gun can begin by Indian Army as per latest media reports.

New Indigenous Assualt rifle will meet General Staff Quality Requirements (GSQR) issued by Indian Army says, insiders of OFB after, pre-production models send for Army evaluation threw up some inconsistencies during the basic trials. Continue reading

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