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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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India’s longest running Premier Public sector Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is facing order crunch due to the ever-increasing participation of Private Aerospace companies in Indian Defence Sector. Crunch especially has been felt at fighter aircraft segment after Government of India decides to keep HAL off the Single engine and Twin engine fighter jet requirement for 200 fighter jets and instead allowed Private Aerospace companies to partner with winning International partner.

HAL Chief recently voiced his concerns about this, since production and assembly of fighter aircraft for HAL always has been a very lucrative business which contributes immensely towards companies year-on-year growth and profits, while company is doing good business with its Rotary orders it still faces no new orders as a production agencies for its fighter aircraft division. Continue reading

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A clash between two fighter planes depends on much more on the skill of the pilots flying them then the technologies incorporated in them. Many examples can be presented where a Russian fighter has drowned its western counterparts. Similar is true vice-versa. In many instances, the aircraft involved were at the same technology level. So it is true that the pilot matters the most.

Coming to the competition, are the two contenders really capable of making itself into IAF? Gripen is a multi-national component machine, similar to Tejas. It’s C/D version are not battle proven. Gripen-E is still an evolutionary phase. 40% of its parts are procured from the USA. So, as per analysts, USA can pull the plugs on Gripen by any hook or crook and that too at a time of its choosing. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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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     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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                                    R-73 used for Representation Pic

Enforcing Air Superiority in a war always will remain a primary factor for Indian Air Force and critical driving force which will factor in will be Air-Air Missile (AAM) deployed. AAMs now not only determine the outcome of a dogfight but it will also determine the outcome of the war.

In the pursuit to enforce Air Superiority doctrine and boost its fighter weapon system design and development. India’s premier weapons research and development organization ” DRDO” achieved an important milestone when its Astra MK1 Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) achieved 7 Successful launch and interceptions of Aerial targets tested out in real combat situations with indigenous seeker thus completing its developmental trials which first begin in 2003. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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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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Last month Army Aviation Corps (AAC) got a major boost when Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted the recommendation of Indian Army Headquarters and agreed to procure Six Apache attack helicopter which will see service with AAC instead of command and control of Indian Air Force.

For Now, DAC has dismissed an earlier request made by Army for full three squadrons of 39 Apache attack helicopters and IAF will be allowed to keep earlier ordered 22 Boeing AH-64 Apache for time being but sources close to idrw.org say that small victory which AAC got, will only intensify war on command of Aviation assets like Apache in future . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

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India’s latest long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M-777 unit while going through Homologation process with Indian made ammunition suffered Barrel damages at the field trial in Pokhran firing range. Indian media reports quickly blamed faulty Indian ammunition as a possible reason for the Barrel burst but M-777 does have a History of Barrel Burst which was not highlighted in their reports.

The field trials of the 155 mm, 39-calibre guns manufactured by BAE systems were Joint exercise between Indian Army and BAE Personnel who are in India for Homologation process with Indian made ammunition. Both Indian Army and BAE systems have not confirmed nor denied that Barrel Burst was due to faulty Indian ammunition nor any inquiry report hints at it, yet Indian media were quick to blame it on faulty Indian ammunition. Continue reading

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After a tedious MMRCA tender, with years of trials and all, the tender was scrapped. IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets and IN too needs more carrier based fighters. IAF needs another line of light fighters to replace MIG 21/27 fleet to fill the gap with a cheap, low maintenance and effective fighter. A good decision to fill the void as soon as possible.

But, on what basis it was decided that a light fighter can be the one viz single engine? A light fighter should be classified based on it’s performance attributes, procurement and maintenance costs and not by it’s engine if the ultimate goal is to fill the gap with an effective fighter. In my opinion, it is an unfair and weird discrimination policy for defense procurement’s? Let’s take F-16 and F 18 for an example, the procurement cost of F 18, a twin engine jet is slightly more than F-16 but the maintenance cost of F-18 is the least among all Front line fighters in US Forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

                                                          REPRESENTATIONAL PICTURE

Indian Air Force is getting a Desi Aerial fire power make over as DRDO and Ministry of Defence have been clearing major projects to develop a cluster of aerial weapons systems which will replace expensive imported weapons systems used by Indian Air Force for its operations.

What started off almost a decade back to replace basic aerial weapons with indigenous replacement is fast gaining space to develop series of new aerial weapons which will make Indian Air Force completely independent from foreign weapons manufacturers in less than a decade. Few of the Project initiated by the DRDO has been listed below.

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With an aim to speed up production of Light Combat Aircraft, HAL Chief T Suvarna Raju has asked 3 Main private companies involved in the production of main and rear fuselage along with wings to speed up their production capabilities so that HAL can produce more than 16 planes per year.

Raju speaking to media said that HAL can produce 8 more LCA-Tejas per year if outsourced private companies can fast track their delivery schedules of contracted fuselage and wings. Continue reading