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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Kalyani Group has confirmed at ongoing DefeExpo 2018 that next prototype of Ingenuously developed 155 mm/52 calibers Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) will be lighter.

Presently at the Prototype stage, ATAGS weighs in at 17-18 tonnes, while comparable guns worldwide weigh 14-15 tonnes but ATAGS offers longer range than its contemporaries due to six round magazine instead of a standard three-round magazine due to which the gun weighs slightly more than normal due to the larger chamber. Continue reading

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has displayed Two Scale models of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) at Defence Expo 2018 which is currently being held in Chennai, TamilNadu. AMCA Scale model was displayed showcasing Stealth and Non-Stealth configuration even though both models displayed were not exact same of the same design.

Stealth configuration of Scale model which is same as AMCA design which was provided in the documents issued for the Request for Expression of Interest to seek vendors who could manufacture Two Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

DRDO chief Dr. S Christopher has confirmed that Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered Initially by American supplied GE F414-INS6 turbofan engines generating 98kN Thrust.

But he refused to confirm if India will seek an indigenous engine solution to power production variant of the AMCA in near future. DRDO chief for time being didn’t rule out the development of Super Kaveri Engine to power AMCA but India is also open to considering all the engines which are on offer to India before making a decision. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After showcasing a Dhanush based 155mm/52-caliber Mounted Gun System at the ongoing DefeExpo 2018, OFB officials have confirmed that there are also developing a Mounted Gun System based on 155mm/45-caliber which too will be offered to Indian Army for trails.

155mm/52-caliber MGS already has cleared Internal trails and according to OFB officials will be sent to Army trials soon. Dhanush based 155mm/52-caliber Mounted Gun System mounted on Tatra Truck can also be mounted on 6×6 or 8 x 8 Super Stallion chassis from Ashok Leyland if asked by customer said the same officials. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Caracal International LLC is showcasing in ongoing Defexpo 2018, its CAR 817AR 7.62 NATO / .308Win center-fire, gas operated, rotating bolt system assault rifle which will be offered to Indian Army for trials soon said company official.

CAR 817AR which weighs less than 4kgs and has an effective range of 800 meters is first assault rifle being offered to India from an Arab Country. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

To Enhance offensive firepower immensely of Indian Army against China, DRDO in 2015 was tasked to develop a new mobile short-range ballistic missile dubbed ” Pralay ” which has the ability to carry several different conventional warheads.

At the Ongoing DefeXpo 2018, Some more information on the Pralay Short Surface to Surface Missile has been revealed by the agencies involved in the development of the missile system. Pralay SSM will have a range of 350km which can carry a payload of 1000kgs. Pralay with a light payload of 500kg will be able to hit a target as far as 400km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Larsen & Toubro Limited, formally confirmed that first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T 155 mm, 52 calibre Tracked Self Propelled (SP) gun is set to be delivered to Indian Army Soon as per schedule. Engineering Giant Larsen and Toubro developed K9 VAJRA-T jointly with South Korean defense major Hanwha Techwin (HTW) which was based on their K9 Thunder.

The first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T guns was directly brought from South Korea and then locally assembled in greenfield manufacturing line at Hazira, Gujarat of L&T and later remaining 90 guns will be manufactured at the same facility and full order will be completed within next 3 years. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued Global Requests-for-Information (RFI) for the purchase of 110 new multi-role fighters jets to replace the Mig-27 fleet. Interested vendors are requested to submit their response by 3rd July 2018.

RFI issued by IAF is most likely be responded by Boeing with F-18 Block III Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin with F-16 V, Saab with Gripen-E, Eurofighter Consortium with Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3, Dassault with Rafale and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) with Mig-35. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Trailer of Alia Bhatt’s latest movie, ” Raazi ” recently hit made headlines after few hours of the trailer being released ,since it was confirmed it was based on true spy thriller based on the life of a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Senior Ranked Pakistani soldier for love and for the love of her country just before 1971 war broke off .

” Raazi ” is largely based on real-life story authored by Harinder Sikka Spy thriller Novel called ” Calling Sehmat”. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) based on Indian Army’s current requirements have developed a Prototype Truck-Mounted Howitzer fitted with a 155 mm/52 Dhanush howitzer which is currently going through Internal trials before it can be offered to Indian Army for Trials.

Ordinance Factory Board at Defexpo 2016 had displayed extended 52 Cal gun, which can hit targets over 40 km and also had confirmed that it had completed Internal trials of the new gun and had offered it to Indian Army for User trials. Indian Army presently is carrying out user trials of 45 Caliber Dhanush for which likely order of 400 guns will be placed soon. Continue reading

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

IAF Chief has now confirmed that Tejas MK-2 which will begin its development from 2019 onwards will be procured to replace Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 fighter fleet from Indian Air Force as development and production of 5th generation AMCA fighter jet will start only after 2030.

DRDO Chief recently confirmed that IAF already has issued a letter of intent for 201 Tejas MK-2, which over 83 Tejas MK-1A to be ordered soon and 40 Tejas MK-1 which was already ordered earlier. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force has again issued Requested for Information (RFI) for procurement of 110 fighter aircraft. According to RFI which idrw.org has gone through, IAF indents to procure 82 Single Seater and 28 Twin sear aircraft and the selected vendor has to supply 16 aircraft in flyaway conditions.

Remaining 94 aircraft have to be made in India by a Strategic partner of an Indian origin. According to RFI, Aircraft should be all Whether Multi-role and Multi-mission capabilities. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indigenous artillery gun Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by DRDO with Kalyani Group and Tata Power Strategic will be showcased also along with Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) developed Dhanush artillery gun for the first time together at upcoming Defexpo 2018 to be held be held in Chennai from April 11 to 14.

ATAGS and Dhanush Artillery gun for the first time will also be part of the live demonstration for the all the visiting foreign dignitaries and their military attaches and personals with indent to generate export potentials of the weapons systems from friendly countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Chandraker Bharti, Joint Secretary (Aerospace) while speaking to the media said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas MK-1 will be completed this year and also confirmed that many countries are interested in the purchase of the aircraft but refused to disclose the names.

According to recent media reports, Demonstration of the Mid-Air Refueling Capacity is only major requirement left before Tejas MK-1 will be granted FOC and plans are in place to start trials after June this year. Continue reading

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

Washington Dc and Pentagon in particular of late have been edgy after many of their close allies like Turkey and India expressed interests in the procurement of S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, even though both Turkey and India are feeling insecure and are doing their best to seal its airspace to counter new threats in the region, the US seems to have failed to understand their concerns .

Washington already has given Turkey an ultimatum on decisions to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and also has warned that it will cut off the supply of 5th generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US. when it comes to India, Washington only raised concerns regarding the purchase by New Delhi but it also raised several eyebrows back in India due to unwanted commentary coming from Washington Dc and Pentagon. Continue reading