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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Fresh of the successful trials of the Army specific QRSAM Air Defense system, DRDO is preparing for developmental trials of the Next Generation Akash Surface to Air Missile system said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org by end of this year. Akash Ng with a range of 35+ will be more superior to QRSAM Air Defense system presently tested by DRDO for Indian Army and is likely to be fielded by Indian Air Force and Indian Army when ready for production.

DRDO is also in talks with Indian Navy for the development of Naval variant which could be used from Front line warships in the near future. Akash Ng Air Defense system will be slotted in between Akash-1S and MR-SAM Air Defense system and will provide India a layered air defense incorporating multiple defensive covers of India’s skies to protect vital civilian and military installations and also to be used against Aerial threats trying to breach our airspace. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India has signed a deal worth around Rs 1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft recently marking a switch from Ukraine which in 2012 had secured orders for the same missile from the Indian Air Force. Vympel R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in the early ’80s and still manufactured by Russia and Ukraine with different modern variants.

Ukrainian state-run joint-stock holding company, Artem, had handed over the first batch of R-27 medium-range air-to-air missiles to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2013 and total order from IAF was for 400 R-27 missiles which included 180 each variant of R-27ER1 (130km) and R-27ET1 (72 km ) and 40 Captive Training Missile . While Indian media did not report which variant was ordered by IAF from Russia, but sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that the latest R-27 order was of a newer variant Continue reading

SOURCE: KARTIKEYA SEMWAL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

For long Indian Air Force (IAF) has been having the requirement of 114 fighters after it scrapped the 126 MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) deal and purchased 36 Rafale fighters from France. The new MMRCA-2 called the MWF (Medium Weight Fighter) will acquire 114 new medium combat jets from a foreign company along with full TOT (Transfer of Technology) to manufacture the jet fighters completely in India, including it’s spare parts.

For this, the winning foreign company will also have to partner with an Indian defence firm, & share their technical know-how with them. Now we all know that there are as many as 6 foreign companies from as many countries, which are vying for to get the MWF order of 114 fighter jets. Here, we will focus on just 2 of them namely- Dassault Aviation of France & Mikoyan Consortium of Russia. While Dassault brings it’s most advanced combat jet Rafale, Mikoyan brings it’s modern Mig-35 (also known as upgraded version of Mig-29). Both are 4.5++ gen. fighters and both pack a punch when it comes to air combat, air-superiority, dogfight and suppressing enemy airforce. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

The Army on Wednesday issued a warning to the people against fraudsters who are using fake letters claiming to provide direct entry into the Indian Army. Some people have also been, according to the Army. The Army has asked people to be careful and not fall for such trap and deceit.

Taking to Twitter, the Army said, “Number of fraudsters are using fake Indian Army letters claiming to be providing direct entry into Indian Army. Some reported to have been duped. Be Careful! Do not fall for such deceit & trap.” Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Narendra Modi government is set to form a committee of gas turbine engine enthusiasts from various government bodies who will decide the future course of development of the military-grade indigenous aero engine for prestigious programs like AMCA/MCF/UCAV program in near future after development of GTX-35VS Kaveri engine with investment of over 3000 crores couldn’t come up with desired thrust requirements to be used on LCA-Tejas Platform said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Scientists from across the organization from all over India, recently meet and argued government to kick start long-pending indigenous aero-engine program in the country and feared that India will be left behind if it fails to follow up with follow up engine projects for its indigenous aircraft programs after GTX-35VS Kaveri engine was not able to meet program requirement and had to be delinked from LCA-Tejas project. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Space Research Organisation has delayed the test-flight and the first flight is likely to take place in October said the latest media report. Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) first flight was scheduled for by end of July but that now has been postponed due to Chandrayaan-2 Mission and not due to any technical reasons said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is a vehicle-on-demand rocket and can carry payloads up to 500kg to the lower orbit which can be assembled in 2-3 days as permission requirement. SSLV is also cheapest Rocket developed by ISRO and will be costing just over 15 Crores per rocket which is way cheaper then what core alone variant of PSLV costs at around 150 crores. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa while speaking to media at the backdrop of events in celebration of 20 years of Kargil war hinted that MMRCA 2.0 Tender for 114 units of Made in India fighter jets of foreign origin could be last such instance of India relying on fighter aircraft not designed in India for its requirements. Dhanoa also stressed that Dassault Rafale + S-400 combo will be Gamer changer for the air force and will be instrumental in safeguarding national interest for decades to come.

IAF wants proposed Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) to be on par or exceed the performance of Upgraded Mirage-2000H (Dash-5 Standard) when it is ready for its first flight in 2023 and India’s proposed Stealth AMCA fighter program will have Data-centric fusion of next-generation technology which will far exceed the performance of Dassault Rafale along with Stealth elements. Continue reading

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

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Satheesh Reddy while speaking to media, asserted on Friday that India will become self-reliant in defence production in the next 5 years and wandered off and mentioned Mark 2 RV stealth aircraft program which he called being revolved from the previous LCA program which raised more eyebrows and questions which media in question failed to follow up with.

What is Mark 2 RV Stealth Aircraft program Dr. Reddy was talking about? Is it a new internal name for India’s 5th generation AMCA stealth program? if so why it has been called Mark 2 ! and what does ‘RV’ stands for ?. This revelation has sparked an internet debate among defense enthusiasts in India but due to lack of official confirmation or denials it also has created many rumors which have been floating around. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which is pursuing the development of long-range air-to-air missiles dubbed as Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) jointly with Russia for the first time has confirmed that India’s Next Generation long-range Air-to-Air missile will have a range from 70-340 km in the power ‘ ON’ Mode.

According to documents which idrw.org has gone through. SFDR Mission Project started in 2013 with estimated funding of nearly Rs 500 cr to develop the technology and demonstrate it in 5 years. DRDO successful demonstrated propulsion technology earlier this year which is ultimately expected to accelerate the development of long-range air-to-air missiles. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Department of Defence Production in India has launched a new website ” ddpdashboard.gov.in” which has a live dashboard putting out important information regarding the production of defense equipment in the country and as per information provided in the above chart India’s defense exports have more than doubled to nearly Rs 11,000 crore on the back of recent policy liberalization and access to the US market, given a large number of offsets being executed by domestic companies.

In 2018-19, India achieved defense export orders worth 10,745.77 Cr but a major chunk of those are coming from Export Authorizations given to Private Companies which make up 9,812.91 Cr leaving less than 10% achieved by Export by Defence Public Sector Undertakings/Ordnance Factory Board which stands at 932.86 Cr. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

European missile developer MBDA has announced that it will develop the next generation of the MICA air-to-air missile for the French Air Force and French Navy and the missile system will also be passed on to its export customer of the Dassault Rafale and Dassault Mirage-2000 fighter jets operators in near future when it will be ready in 2026.

MICA NG will be replacing legacy MICA missiles which were developed from the ’80s and ’90s and are main Air-to-Air missile system on both Dassault Rafale and Dassault Mirage-2000 fighter jets operated by the Indian Air Force. MICA NG will be developed in both IR and RF versions and will retain the legacy dual-role capability but will also feature a new infrared seeker with an active electronically scanned array. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

What could be the first official reaction of India on the repeated offer of its Russian developed 5th generation Su-57E fighter jet might not go down well with Russian defense ministry after visiting Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa earlier this month in Russia asked Russian officials to buy and induct Su-57E fighter jet first in Russian Airforce and then Indian Airforce might consider buying them in near future.

Russia has been working on the development of Su-57E fighter jet for Export market and sees India and China has potential launch customers of the 5th generation fighter jet which could boost sales of the ill-fated jet which has been facing technical delays and prove of technology speculation for a while now. Russia has been pitching Su-57E fighter jet both to India and China for a while now but both countries are yet to commit on orders for Russia’s troubled Su-57 “stealth” fighter jet program Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Russian Defence officials have raised concerns on the integration of Non-Russian Weapons onboard Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters without direct Russian involvement in the projects with the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa when he was on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 informed a highly senior ranked airforce official close to idrw.org.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to arm its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the I-Derby ER (extended range), Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which will replace Russian-made Vympel R-77 AAMs by 2021-22 ,even though for time being, IAF has placed orders for 700 of the R-77 and R-73 as emergency purchase with Russia. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 had visited the MiG-35 complex at the Kubinka facility near Moscow, where the modernized variant of the MiG-29 fighter, which has been in service with the Indian Air Force for over three decades on offer to the Indian Air Force in a contract for 114 fighters was pushed for possible deal with India.

While the key focus remained on MiG-35, which was previously rejected by IAF in previous MMRCA tender in 2011. A small team of Russian Defence officials also made the pitch for the other Russian fighter jet in the race and briefed Air Chief about potential savings if IAF decides to select Sukhoi-35 fighter jets for local manufacturing and how it will also help lower costs for modernization of the 270+ Su-30MKI Upgrade already in the service with IAF. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force presently is going through its most difficult of the times where it will be retiring more aircraft than what it will be inducting causing imbalance in Squadron strength. Air Force currently operates 35 squadrons even though the sanctioned strength is 42, this will further drop to below 30 Squadrons in the next two years while delays in MMRCA 2.0 means IAF will be inducting only 30 Sukhoi-30MKI and 36 Dassault Rafale in next three years while it retires all its MiG 21 and MiG 27 Squadrons in this period.

Let me first explain the above Chart to understand how still IAF can manage to get back to its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons by 2030 for the first time in nearly 40 years after reaching its peak in the early ’80s. Original order of Sukhoi-30MKI which was 272-9 (Crashed) + 18 follow up orders will take the Type strength to 281 aircraft which will translate into 15.61 Squadrons. Continue reading