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Major General Asif Ghafoor, the ex-Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations has met with an accident on a motorway near Sargodha, in Pakistan according to Khaleej Times report, Asif Ghafoor and his wife are safe as the car was under the speed limit and reported hit a stray cow. Pictures of the accident show that Car was Toyota Land Cruiser a luxury SUV powered by a 4.5 liter 32 valve DOHC V8 diesel engine.

Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t have any Pakistani Army insignia hinting it might Major General Asif Ghafoor’s Private Car but what comes as a surprise to many Indians was that it was a Toyota Land Cruiser which in India, starts at ? 1.47 Crores and usually seen with Industrialist and Bollywood celebs like Salman Khan which became notoriously famous when in 2002 when he had crashed into five men sleeping outside a bakery in Bandra, killing one. Continue reading

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India’s upcoming Tejas Mk2 aka Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) fighter jet will feature 5 New additional capabilities which the scale model of the mock-up displayed at Aero India 2019 could not reveal at that point of time but now has been confirmed by ADA that indeed this features will be first to be introduced in the Mk2 variant which will not be seen in the Tejas Mk1 and Mk1A variant.

We all know that MWF-Tejas Mk2 will come with new additional design features like compound delta wing with close-coupled canards, infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor, a missile approach warning system (MAWS), and an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army’s Rs 60,000-crore FICV project will get new entry after Ordnance Factory Medak introduced a New ICV for Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) project. According to OFB, New FICV is designed and developed by OFB Medak which has already gone through internal developmental trials including weapons trials of its main gun along with ATGM firing.

New FICV comes with Gun control system with a thermal imager fire control system with an advanced gunner and commander sights and comes with NATO STANAG Level 4 protection against Heavy Machine Gunfire at sides and enhanced mobility enables speeds of 80km per hour. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

RudraM-III is the name given for the upcoming precision-guided operational-tactical air-launched cruise missile which DRDO is developing and was spotted for the first time when Scale model of Tejas Mk2 aka Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) was revealed last year at Aero India 2019. The angular stealth missile showcased was then nameless and many wondered if it was just showcased to highlight wide weapons payload arsenal capacity of the upcoming Tejas Mk2 fighter jet.

But idrw.org can now confirm that the missile is called RudraM-III which was approved in 2018 and RudraM-II in 2016 at the cost of 489.06 Cr. RudraM are family of Tactical Air to Surface Missile in development for needs of next-generation aircraft. The unusual-looking angular square section of RudraM-III is designed to be low-observable when in flight and difficult to be engaged by Air Defence Systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be awarding Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) Certification to the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) at the upcoming DefExpo2020 after it completed all trials marked for IOC Certification. HAL had predicted will be achieved by September last year which it did after completion of its hot and high altitude trials.

Sea trial in 2018 in Chennai was followed up with Sea Trials in 2019 in Puducherry which was the last of trials of the LUH. The LUH is a 3-ton class new generation single-engine helicopter indigenously designed and developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL which is set to replace HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters in service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Group will for the first time will be showcasing at DefExpo2020 it’s latest Artillery Systems called Mountain Artillery Gun (MArG) Extended Range Ultra-Light Howitzer with 155 mm / 52 caliber long-range ULH in towed version. New MArG will be up-gunned from its 155 mm / 39 caliber sibling which also be on display. MArG comes in two variants – Steel and Titanium. The steel version weighs about 6.8 tons and the Titanium version weighs less than 5 tons.

On the recommendation of then, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat who now is Chief of Defence Staff, Kalyani Group also has developed a Truck-mounted all steal MArG 155 mm / 39 caliber ULH which also will be displayed for the first time at the DefExpo2020. Continue reading

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India has started work on the development of a new 5000 km K-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the K family after successful completion of developmental trials of 3500 km K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile as per latest media report.

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) got approvals for the development of the K-5 SLBM a few years back but it was purely limited to Research and development of MIRV (Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle ) capabilities which DRDO has been working on after voluntarily suspending its land-based ballistic missile program after the development of Agni-V ICBM. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to sources close to idrw.org, Kalyani Group also has manufactured 5 Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) 155 mm/52 howitzer ordered by the Indian Army to continue its User Trials and they will likely be delivered soon to the Army. New Guns have minor modifications after taking feedback from the Indian Army hinting that the new guns will be lighter than the older Prototypes manufactured in 2017-18.

ATAGS weighs in at 17-18 tonnes which is higher then what the Indian Army could like to have but ATAGS offers a longer range than its contemporaries due to a six-round magazine chamber of 25 liters instead of a standard three-round magazine of 23 liters due to which the gun weighs slightly more than normal due to the larger chamber size. Kalyani Group has offered to use lighter metal like special alloys and Titanium components in some sections to reduce the weight but it is also expected that the price of the gun will also shoot up. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to Vayu Aerospace Review, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HTFE-25 Core engine has successfully concluded its Sea Level Trials Successfully at Tambaram Air Force Station, Chennai. The core engine of HTFE-25 was tested for various phases including starting trials with indigenously designed and developed Air Producer (AP) and Air Turbine Starter (ATS). Light-up trials with different fuel flow settings/air inlet temperature conditions were carried out.

HTFE-25 engine has been developed for India’s IJT program and idrw.org was first to report that HAL has now started work on the development of an afterburning technology for the HTFE-25 Dry engine which will have a wet thrust level of higher than 25kN. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hyderabad-based MIDHANI will be showcasing its Light Bullet Proof Vehicles (LBPVs) and Medium Bullet Proof Vehicles (MBPVs) for troop movement in counter-insurgency operations at DefExpo2020. LBPV Bus protects against 7.62 x 39m MSC and the complete bus is armored with a combination of steel and composites and comes with Bullet resistant window glasses.

According to MIDHANI, the weight of armoring is 3.3tons and already 15 such buses have been supplied to Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ukraine Defence Industry which will be participating at DEFEXPO-2020 starting this month has confirmed to idrw.org that it’s State Company ” Antonov” will be promoting its most recent projects An-132 and An-188 Air-lifter projects to Indian Air Force (IAF) with local production rights to meet transporter requirements of the IAF.

An-132, which is a light multi-purpose turboprop transport aircraft developed by Antonov has been described as an ideal replacement for the fleet of An-32 Transport aircraft operated by IAF. Spetstechno Export says that like An-32, An-132 retains its unique operating capabilities in high temperature/high altitude environments with cargo carrying capabilities of 9.2 tons and is an ideal option for IAF to replace the aircraft park of well known work-horse An-32. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be displaying a model of its upcoming Integrated Air & Missile Defense System called BARAK MX System which will have a range of 150km which principally is based on the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) developed by India’s DRDO with IAI with a range of 70km.

According to IAI, the BARAK MX system is capable of simple integration with any existing legacy or new sensors and can integrate into the existing MRSAM system in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Ukraine Defence Industry which will be participating at DEFEXPO-2020 starting this month and will be offering BTR-4 amphibious 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the Indian Army with local manufacturing with an Indian partner which is yet to be finalized. Spetstechno Export which is a state-owned, Ukraine Defence Industry export control firm has told idrw.org that the BTR-4 APC is entirely Ukrainian development which has found export success with three countries and over 500 have been produced for export customers.

Spetstechno Export will also be offering India it’s Vilkha Multiple Launch Rocket System which is based on the Soviet-era BM-30 Smerch heavy MLRS already in service with the Indian Army. Vilkha MLRS is upgraded and technologically superior to the BM-30 Smerch and is capable of destroying the enemy targets located at a distance of 130km while BM-30 Smerch has a range of only 90km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) company in his tweet on popular micro-blogging site Twitter has revealed that the company will be showcasing upgraded Su-30MKI Cockpit Simulator at DefExpo2020 next month and also showed the first image of the upgraded front cockpit instrumentation of the Su-30MKI which has been proposed under the Super-Sukhoi program.

New upgraded Su-30MKI Cockpit now features, Two 230mmx305mm high-resolution LCDs with a multifunction control panel with a wide 20°x30° field of view head-up display which brings it at par with the Cockpit of the Sukhoi Su-35 which it will technologically supersede after implementation of the Super-Sukhoi program across the IAF Su-30MKI fleet. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                                  Nammo ramjet artillery

IIT Madras will unveil a potentially revolutionary concept of a 155mm ramjet-powered pseudo-missile shell that can fire at targets more than 70-80km away at the DefExpo2020 to attract eyeballs of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) officials for funding the program to develop. Norway’s Nammo in 2018 has showcased 155mm Solid Fuel Ramjet projectile which will go in production between 2023 and 2024.

Lt. Gen. Palepu Ravi Shankar, Director General of Artillery (Retd.) who has joined Department of Aerospace engineering at IIT Madras in his tweet on popular micro-blogging site Twitter has revealed that “We have a solid concept to develop a ramjet-powered shell if Government parts with funds to move ahead with the program”. Continue reading