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Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman on her visit to Submarine Tech Exhibition held at DRDO Bhawan last month was seen being briefed by L&T officials on Larsen & Toubro developed Mini-Submarine Concept to be used by Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos or MARCOS while DRDO chief S Christopher was also seen closely observing the interaction.

Mini-Submarine has seen in the picture is a miniature submarine equipped with a swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) to be used by special Marine Commandos drivers for insertion of commandos behind the enemy line. Continue reading

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Kindly Zoom to see 155/39 Badge on the Gun system on left 

India’s foremost Defence Analyst Maj Gen Gagandeep Bakshi (Retd) put up, few pictures on his social media accounts after his recent visit to Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) facility in Pune. In one of the pictures put up, showed KSSL developed Ultra Light Long Range 155mm 39 caliber towed Howitzer gun for the first time. Ultra Light Long Range Howitzer is similar to M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULHs) produced by the US-based BAE Systems which was recently procured by India.

Ultra Light Long Range Howitzer has been under development for last few years now and above picture is the first picture of the new 155mm 39 caliber gun which KSSL developed, in collaboration with USA based Mandus Group. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa speaking at Indian Air Force’s annual press conference refused to confirm or deny on recent media speculation that Air Marshal S Varthman committee panel which was set up by Ministry of Defence has sent a positive report and has asked government to go ahead and sign a contract for jointly developing the much-delayed fifth-generation fighter aircraft with Russia .

Dhanoa also confirmed that Indian Air Force has sent its own report to the Ministry of Defence but again refused to say what recommendation was made by the air force and said that content of the report is classified. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday said that Procurement of Single-engined fighters for Indian Airforce is a priority to achieve to reach our authorized strength (fighters) by 2032.

Dhanoa also added that Request for Information (RFI) for Procurement of Single-engined fighters will be issued very soon for which Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 in partnership with Tata Group.and Saab has offered Gripen E in partnership with Adani Group are likely to respond. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman while attending Submarine Tech Exhibition at DRDO Bhawan last month was shown Scaled model of Electrical Heavyweight Torpedo (EHWT) which is a submarine-launched variant of Varunastra torpedo which already has been inducted into the Indian Navy.

EHWT aka Takshak is modified Varunastra torpedo adapted to be fired from a Submarine thus physical and technological similarities between both the missiles. Continue reading

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Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) Basic Trainer Aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is all set to enter into a critical phase of trials in coming weeks this month as HAL plans to start stall and spin tests soon for which aircraft has been modified so that trials go without any hiccups.

HAL will be nervous because their HJT-36 trainer aircraft program had suffered a great setback when it could not clear stall and spin tests leading to the program being nearly abandoned by the Defence Ministry. HAL according to media reports have taken any safety measures and precautions this time and have consulted International experts to have a smooth set of trial around which is crucial to the programme. Continue reading

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Director General Alexander Mikheev of Rosoboronexport speaking to the media has confirmed that Indian officials have visited their factory and were shown the equipment (S-400) at the production plant and design bureau.

Rosoboronexport also confirmed that company has demonstrated S-400 system both infield and range conditions to Indian officials successfully. When asked about why the deal was yet to concluded with India, he said that Rosoboronexport is still holding technical consultation with Indian officials and based on Indian feedback final agreement will be drafted. Continue reading

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T. Suvarna Raju Chairman of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) speaking to CNBC-TV18 said that HAL can scale production of LCA-Tejas from 16 aircraft to 24 aircraft per annum if its Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers of Wings, Front, and Rear fuselage can scale up their production line.

Raju said that orders for 83 Tejas MK-1A placed by Indian Air force can be wrapped up in just over 3 years if we can produce 24 aircraft per annum. Raju also confirmed that 5 more LCA-Tejas Serial Production aircraft will be delivered to Indian Air Force by end of this Fiscal year (FY17-18). Continue reading

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DRDO developed Advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS) has passed Army-assisted “summer trials” technical trials in the desert conditions at Pokhran range, where ATAGS set New World record when using a long-range 155-mm HE-BB projectile hit targets at the 48kms, setting a new world record for any artillery gun system among existing systems.

According to latest media reports, ATAGS will head to Mountain trials by end of this year for which special modification will be carried out on ATAGS Prototypes where new records are expected. Continue reading

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INS Kalvari

Capt Rajiv Nath (IN Retd) Director of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL) confirmed that lead submarine, INS Kalavari of Scorpene-class submarine has been handed over to Indian Navy and INS Khanderi, the second indigenous Scorpene-class submarine is currently undergoing extensive sea trials.

INS Karanj, which is third Kalvari-Class Submarine has completed all fabrication work and currently, the submarine is been prepared for launch by end of this year. This was also the first confirmation that third submarine has been named ” Karanj” continuing with the tradition of naming newer submarines on retired submarines. Continue reading

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 Zumwalt-class destroyer 

Vice Admiral DM Deshpande Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A), Indian Navy has confirmed for the first time that India’s Next Generation Destroyers (NDG) Project, which is still at the infancy stage is waiting for principal approval from the government of India.

Sharing his vision for Next Generation Destroyers (NDG), he said NDG will be of 13000-tonne displacement warship with conventional propulsion and will feature next-generation weapons including laser weapons. Continue reading

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     LSP-7 (KH2017) WITH PYTHON-5 ON PYLON ALONG WITH INSERT OF PYTHON-5

Senior MBDA officials Speaking to Indian Media has confirmed earlier speculative media reports that the company has offered it’s Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) to India to be integrated with India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jets.

Previous idrw.org report (Click Here) had confirmed that Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed Python-5 fifth generation Close Combat air-to-air missile (AAM) was facing integration problem with the LCA-Tejas due to exessive vibrations recorded at 0.9 Mach during Captive flight trials. Continue reading

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Senior MBDA official confirmed to Indian media that, MBDA in response to Request for Information (RFI) issued by Indian Navy earlier this year has offered its ” Sea Ceptor ” which is next-generation, ship-based, all-weather, air defense weapon system.

As per RFI issued by Indian Navy, Navy wants to purchase 10 short-range surface-to-air missile systems to replace its aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems. Continue reading

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Facing considerable order pressure at home turf from Lockheed Martin developed F-35C carrier-variant stealth fighter jets in the race to power Airwing of United States Navy’s Next Generation Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier fleet, US defense major Boeing which has stumbled upon Indian tender for supply of 150-200 of its F/A-18 Super Hornet to Indian Air Force and Indian Navy is already planning to up its game over its bid to secure orders over its rivals from India .

India already has floated tender for procurement of 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) for Indian Navy and also plans to float a separate tender for 100 + Twin engine fighter requirement for its Airforce. Boeing already has responded to Indian Navy’s Request for Information (RFI) sought under MRCBF tender and has shown interest in participating in IAF tender too when it is issued, but Boeing is also fully aware that both the tenders will see intense competitions and have reportedly told Indian officials that they are willing to offer India Block 3 Super Hornet to seal the deal . Continue reading

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Found among DRDO Tender documents while still making rounds on the deep world of Internet, above is a Schematics of what could be India’s submarine-launched ” Takshak ” heavy-weight torpedoes (HWTs) Project which have been under development from 2012 on wards.

Often referred in media has Submarine variant of India’s Ship based Varunastra heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory of the DRDO for the Indian Navy. Takshak HWT can be dubbed as advance improved variant specifically customised and improved to meet challenging underwater operational requirements at great depths and pressure for Combat operations from a submarine. Continue reading