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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The second batch of 4 Boeing P-8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft which were supposed to arrive in India by end of this month has been deferred by Boeing due to ongoing issues due to pandemic of China virus in the country.

According to Indian defense officials, arrivals of the first plane will happen in July and the other three aircraft in 2021. India already operates 8 P-8I maritime patrol aircraft from its Naval base in Rajali and the second batch of four P-8I maritime patrol aircraft will be based in Naval base in Dabolim on its Western side which more focused on the Arabian sea and movement of Pakistani Navy in the vicinity. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Wind Blast Test on Lightweight Integrated Aircrew Helmet and Pressure Breathing Oxygen Mask for Pilots designed to primarily incorporate Helmet Mounted Display and Sight (HMDS) as per IAF requirement was subjected to open jet wind blast test at 600 KEAS at DGA, CEAT, France and was tested in eight different profiles and it has successfully withstood all the tests thereby proving the integrity of Helmet-Mask assembly during ejection.

The integrated helmet with internally retractable dual polycarbonate visor system (with EMI/EMC complied pre-amplifier meeting RS-03 test) and pressure breathing oxygen mask has been developed by Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru, against specific QRs issued by Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM), Nasik, successfully conducted sea level static testing of the third stage rocket motor of Agni-V on 4 March 2020. This test was conducted to qualify the propellant and evaluate the ballistic performance parameters.

Various parameters, viz.,, thrust, chamber pressure, igniter pressure, temperature, strain, displacement, vibration and acoustic pressure, were validated and real-time data was recorded. The pressure-time and thrust-time plots of the rocket motor matched exactly with the prediction. The ballistic performance parameters closely matched with the predicted values. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India plans to develop an indigenously developed light transport aircraft Saras Mark 2 version which is an improved version of the original Saras multirole light transport aircraft being designed and developed jointly by Indian companies National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Mark 2 will also drop out its rare pusher propeller engine configuration and will instead now feature a tractor-mounted propeller engine on a nacelle configuration. The improved version will be a 19-seater aircraft instead of a 14-seater proposed earlier and move to drop pusher propeller engine configuration was due to many advantages as the tractor configuration which is more efficient since the blockage of the nacelle is less than that of a fuselage. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

With the recent slump in India’s bilateral ties with Malaysia, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) officials belonging to LCA division who was part of the team which visited Kaula Lumpur with Two LCA-Tejas fighter jets for evaluation by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) said in an interview to Anantha Krishnan M that LCA-Tejas not only performed better than other jets in the competition but also demonstrated better turn around time after each sortie.

After exist of India critic, Mahathir bin Mohamad and with the appointment of Muhyiddin Yassin has Malaysia’s New Prime Minister, India, and Malaysia are keen to reset ties and HAL sees good opportunity to sell LCA Tejas to Malaysia. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian Air Force which had decided that the fresh batch of 36 Su-30SM fighter jets will come equipped with AL-41F-1S engines from 2021 onwards to the levels that match those of the Su-35 which carries the same engine and had offered the same to India for its fleet of 272 Su-30MKI under its ” Super-Sukhoi” modernization program under consideration by IAF with Russia has been turned down.

As per information coming in, IAF has decided to not to include any new engine swap upgrade under its ” Super-Sukhoi” modernization program and the focus will remain to upgrade them with new high powerful AESA Radar which will be a derivative of the one used by the Russians on its Su-57E 5th Gen fighter jet and come equipped with upgraded Avionics and electronic warfare system from Su-35 and Su-57E platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After successfully slashing the price of upgraded Tejas Mk1A by nearly half at less than $45 Million a unit for soon to be concluded order for 83 jets, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is working on introducing a low-cost version of the fighter jet designated as ” TejEx ” for Export Market from 2023 onwards said a reliable source close to idrw.org.

According to information provided to idrw.org, TejEx will be more expensive than the Tejas Mk1 but will be cheaper then Mk1A which HAL has plans to put in production soon. TejEx can be customizable as per customer requirements and can have systems and subsystems from both Mk1 and Mk1A configuration to make it slot between both the aircraft in terms of technology on offer. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the latest media reports, the Indian Army is all set to place orders for Caracal’s CAR 816 close-quarter carbine with AE arms firm Caracal in coming weeks, after it recently inked a deal for 16,479 state-of-the-art Negev Light Machine Guns (LMG) with an Israeli firm for front line troops.

UAE arms firm Caracal was declared ‘L1’ in a bid for 93,895 carbines worth $ 553.33 million in 2018. The new carbine will replace the 9 mm Sterling carbines which are being gradually phased out. Caracal has to start supplies and conclude deliveries within one year of the inking of the contract. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG/ IMAGE COURTESY Harsh Vardhan Thakur

Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL has confirmed that first FOC Configured SP-21 has been rechristened as SP-17 to avoid confusion in Tail Numbers and also tweeted the first picture of the SP-17 with new Tail number LA-5017 so has to continue with single-seater Tejas Mk1 already inducted by the IAF from LA-5001 to LA-5016 in IOC-II Configuration.

First, 20 Tejas Mk1 aircraft ordered by IAF had 16 single-seaters and 4 Twin seater aircraft and the same was with the second lot of orders for the FOC configured aircraft of 20 aircraft. But final design specification of the Twin seater Tejas trainer aircraft was not frozen due to which it was decided that they will be manufactured at a later stage but that now could have created confusion so HAL has now decided to have a different Tail number for Trainer aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG/ IMAGE COURTESY  Anantha Krishnan M

Second FOC Configured Tejas SP-22 has successfully concluded EGR (engine ground run) trials and it will start Slow and Fast Taxi Trials in the next few days before it is cleared for its first flight by end of this month. SP-21 which carried out its first flight recently also completed its second test flight successfully.

After mandatory Internal company trials by the HAL Test Pilot, SP-21 will be handed over to the Indian Air Force in the next few weeks.HAL plans to deliver four Tejas Mk1 aircraft by end of the May to airforce so that the formation of the second squadron begins by June this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

German-made Luna X 2000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in service with Pakistan Navy has reportedly crashed on Ghazi Road near Sialkot Border close to Line of Control with India. Video of the crashed UAV went viral in Pakistani Occupied Kashmir Area (POK), and many Pakistani Twitter in a moment of celebration thinking it was Indian Drone posted the video on Twitter before being debunked by Indian Twitter users.

Luna X 2000 is intended for close reconnaissance and can transmit live video data or taking higher resolution still images, but it can also perform other tasks such as particle sampling, ESM/Electronic countermeasures (radio/radar jamming), depending on its payload. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

US Army Doug Englen who was flying MH-47 (a special operations version of a Chinook helicopter, a multi-role assault aircraft) in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011 has revealed that while heading back to Jalalabad, Afghanistan after conducting operations in Abbottabad Pakistan has for the first time confirmed that his Hecliopters was chased by a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet at least 3 times at the close range.

Englen said that they had were not surprised by chasing off the Paksitani F-16s and had planned and anticipated it and equipped the Chinook Helicopters Electronic warfare system which successfully defeated any missile launch. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Amid COVID-19 outbreak came some reports that Dassault Aviation is Facing Uncertainty in Wake of Outbreak company’s Rafale fighter export to India and Qatar might suffer, French media agency quoting anonymous Dassault Aviation has said that both Qatar and India will be getting deliveries of Rafale jet as per schedule while the company might take a break on the production of the same jet for French Air Force.

The French government has ordered 180 Rafales to date, of which approximately 152 were delivered through the end of 2019. Currently, the government plans to defer deliveries of Rafales through the end of 2021 and restart it back in 2022 and also place orders for 45 additional jets to keep the production line open till 2030 for Export Market. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Plane spotters have been able to take pictures of Indian bound P-8I DAB (Dabolim) markings where they will be stationed at when they are delivered to India in May onwards. Dabolim Airport is also home to INS Hansa which is Naval Air Station operated by the Indian Navy and is one of the critical airbases under the Western Naval Command (WNC).

First 8 P-8I have ARK Markings and are based out of Arakkonam Naval Air Station in Tamil Nadu and comes under Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. India had placed orders for 4 additional P-8I long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by Boeing for its Western Naval Command (WNC). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of Six New Next Generation conventional submarines under its P-75I program by mid-2020 says latest media reports.

Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) earlier this year has selected state-owned Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) first private sector company as strategic partners (SPs) for construction of the P75(I) from the selected winner of the competition. According to sources close to idrw.org, MDL is likely to get to construct Four submarines and L&T Two Submarines at its Dry dockyards so parallel constructions can happen to shorten the induction of this submarines between 2027-32. Continue reading

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