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

When India confirmed to Russia that it is no longer Interested in pursuing joint development of 5th generation fighter jet program based on its Su-57 fighter. Back Home Air Chief B.S.Dhanoa had some pretty serious explaining to do to the media on why Indian Air Force decided and even recommended Ministry of Defence (MOD) to pull out from such a prestigious program.

In one to one Interaction with media, Dhanoa, when asked how IAF plans to counter Chinese developed 5th generation fighter which recently has been deployed in airbases in Tibet towards India, gave a sharp and prompt reply saying ” Radars of our Su’s (Sukhoi-30MKI) can detect them ” and ended this discussion and in subsequent questions dismissed rumours of India showing any interests in procurement of American 5th generation F-35 fighter jets . 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

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

8 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the first time participated in Indian Airforce’s Biggest air Exercise in last three decades and flew countless sorties with main Air Superiority aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which is Sukhoi-30MKI.

In first of the Joint Missions flown by LCA-Tejas and Sukhoi-30MKI, Pilots of both aircraft not only got the feel of each others aircraft capabilities but were also perfecting their tactics and ideas to create a hunting pack between an Air Defence Point Interceptor fighter and Air Superiority fighter aircraft to further improve coordination between two jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

HAL has confirmed that it will continue to concentrate on the development of Balance Single seater variant of the locally developed LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft and will skip production of the LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft for time being to avoid considerable delays expected in their production due to lack of final production designs not been frozen yet.

Indian Air Force had placed an order for 20 IOC [initial operational configuration] aircraft (16 fighters and four trainers) and 20 FOC [Final Operational Clearance ] aircraft (16 fighters and four trainers). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to industry sources close to idrw.org, AERDC (Aero Engine Research and Design Centre ) a division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited carried out test runs on its HTFE-25 (Core-2) engine on 10th January earlier this year.

The core-2 engine has an improved HP compressor and a twin spool configuration which can be adapted to power HAL’s HTT-40 Turboprop Basic Trainer Aircraft power requirements. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Tejas LSP-7 (KH-2017) seen firing Derby BVR 

LCA-Tejas LSP-7 (KH-2017) successfully fired an Israeli supplied Derby Beyond Visual Range Air-Air Missile (BVRAAM) today off the western coast of India after taking off from the Naval Base ” INS Hansa ” Situated at Dabolim in Goa .

With this Successful trial of Derby BVRAAM, LCA-Tejas has completed one of the key Milestone required before it is granted Final Operational Clearance (FOC) by end of June this year. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ADA Director Dr. Girish Deodhare while speaking to media has confirmed that the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for the Tejas Mk 1 will happen by July 2018 and Agency is gearing up to conduct Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) trials of Tejas by end of April.

Deodhare confirmed Ground Trials of the AAR probe has been completed along with all possible simulated ground tests have been successfully completed for which ADA is planning to intensify sortie rates of Tejas Mk-1 aircraft and plans to touch 60 sorties per month so that FOC Certification happens on the schedule this time. Continue reading

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

All Interested Companies who are keen to bid on India’s recently issued Request for Information for the supply of 110 units of fighter jets have been told by IAF not only to provide Transfer of Technology (TOT) for this jets to be manufactured in India but also give them access to their technology which can be used by India to produce 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet .

Indian Air Force for the first time has directly linked supply of 110 units of a fighter jet with India’s AMCA fighter jet, which Aerospace Giants see as an enhanced business opportunity which can further consolidate their presence in India due to which many have agreed to IAF’s proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recent Unsuccessful missile strikes on Syria backed by the USA and its Western allies have clearly shown how vulnerable sub-sonic cruise missiles are even against a vintage Soviet-era Air Defence system and particularly will be more vulnerable to modern Air Defence system which now possesses much better interception abilities against smaller sub-sonic cruise missiles.

Yet Pakistan’s Babur and Raad cruise missiles represent a considerable threat to India now due to the adaption of this cruise missiles to complete low-cost Nuclear Triad for Pakistani Military establishments. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas MK1 fighter jets in the largest military exercise in three decades. Gagan Shakti 2018 which began on April 10 and would conclude on April 23 saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft.

14 day Air Exercise is IAF’s high-intensity combat exercise which will mimic actual war for a small period of 14 days. For LCA-Tejas MK1 Squadron this was first time aircraft actively carried out operations with other aircraft fleets of the IAF . Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

At Defexpo 2018, it was confirmed that new upgraded Tejas MK1A will come with a Dual-Rack Pylons to carry two Close Combat Missiles (CCM) in a single weapon station their by increasing it firepower tremendously.

Weapons Stations 5 or 6 can be used for Dual-Rack Pylons in pure Air-to-Air Missions or only one Mixed Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air Missions one pylon can be utilized for Dual-Rack Pylons. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Arch Rivals, India and Pakistan have started working on a new and improved version of their low-end fighter variant yet again, India has plans to develop an upgraded Tejas MK1A with a host of new features and capabilities over the previous version, Pakistan to has initiated development of Block III configuration with its technological partner China to keep JF-17 relevant in near future .

Both Tejas MK1A and JF-17 Block III are yet to enter production and it likely JF-17 will be first to enter production in 2020 followed by MK1A in the 2021-22 period. For Pakistani Air Force Block III configuration will be first major upgrade JF-17 will receive after Block II Configuration since severally diluted Block I was rushed into production without achieving major capability milestone. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd (KSSL) has displayed it indigenously developed Ultra Light Long Range 155mm 39 caliber towed Howitzer gun for the first time at the ongoing DefeExpo 2018.

Officials at Kalyani Strategic Stall also confirmed that they have developed three variants of 155mm 39 caliber gun based on Soft recoil technology. The first variant developed is 155/39 ULH developed with Titanium and Aluminium based alloys weighting less than 4800kgs. Continue reading