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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India’s all-weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile Astra missile has been cleared for a limited production run recently and pre-production samples ordered by Indian Air Force will be getting an indigenous RF Seeker which was also tested successfully in the recent tests, thus replacing Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on the Astra trials in the past.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have now confirmed, that development of second Astra BVR-AAM variant too might be cleared soon and will incorporate an indigenous Imaging infrared (IR) seeker with dual waveband imaging infrared seeker which with its RF Seeker variant can dodge any counter-measures deployed by target aircraft. Continue reading

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

Kalyani Group has confirmed that they are working on an Ultra-Light Howitzer which they call ” Super Ultra-Light Howitzer ” incorporating hybrid recoil technology which will bring, the weight of the gun to just 3.2 tons. Super ULH can be towed just like regular Howitzers in the battlefield position or can be moved in dismantled condition, which can be also be easily airlifted by helicopter, or dropped by parachute.

With nearly half the weight of M777 towed howitzers and it’s very own Mountain Artillery Gun (MArG) which weights just 5 tons, Super ULH will allow mobility which Indian Army wants since they can be moved around with the help of all-terrain 6×6 Field Artillery Tractor military trucks. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It was 10.08 am in the morning when a single Sukhoi-30MKI guarding a military installation at 15000 feet when a 3-4 formation of F-16s flying at over 40000 feet fired the first salvo of 4-5 AIM-120 C-5 AMRAAM missiles at the lone Sukhoi-30MKI, which nearly allowed PAF jets a high first kill probability but thanks to advance pilot training and aircraft maneuvering that the missile missed their targets and it was the tiny Mig-21Bis which sneaked in close in the moment of chaos and fired a Within visual range R-73 missile at the first F-16 on the scene before it was shot down.

” Technological asymmetry ” which IAF talked about was that AMRAAMs fired from the high attitude prevented IAF to successfully engage its own BVRAAMs flying from the lower altitudes thus preventing further loss of the PAF jets in the Aerial dog fight which was followed after failed raid attempts at the Indian military installations. Senior Retired IAF officer, a few weeks back even claimed that if we had Rafale we could have brought down 7-8 PAF jets that day which all points to push for the purchase of more advanced Meteor air-air missile which will come with Dassault Rafale. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

K2 Black Panther, the main battle tank of South Korea has been reportedly been offered to India under Make in India category to replace aging T-72 Main Battle Tanks. Under Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) requirements , Indian Army is scouting for next-generation Main Battle tanks which will be produced in India to replace around 2000 old T-72 MBTs.

FRCV specifications sought by the Indian army is yet to be out officially, but in the recent years, South Korea won a tender for supply of self-propelled 155 mm howitzer contract from Indian Army and supplied the first batch of its K9 VAJRA-T(Lightning) self-propelled 155 mm howitzer to Indian Army. South Korean K2 Black Panther main battle tanks are considered World most expensive Main Battle Tanks which has a price tag of 8.5 million dollars. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MILTON D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to unnamed sources, Palam Air Base recently had visitors from a team of engineers and airforce officials representing Israeli Military and Israel Aerospace Industries and ELTA, where India’s three airborne early warning and control systems (Awacs) Phalcon Air-borne Radar system mounted on IL-76 aircraft are based.

It is not yet clear if the Secret Israeli Unit were invited by India for some regular maintenance of the Phalcon radar and sensor system which are mounted on the aircraft but it seems that it was most probably to do with F-16 which was shot down over POK to further strengthen the Electronic evidence of the kill which a certain section of western media having been questioning downing of Pakistani F-16 by Indian Mig-21Bis and it might have something to do with External Audit of the Radar Data which could be first of its kind. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG / IMAGE CREDIT DEB RANA/ADA

 

After Hectic round of trials with Arrestor Hooks and software upgraded, Pilot controlled Leading Edge Vortex Controller (LEVCON) system, LCA-Navy NP-1 is all set to head back to the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) facility commissioned into the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa what could be the last round of trials before it is cleared for Aircraft carrier trials from INS Vikramaditya.

NP-1 will demonstrate landing with use of Arrestor hook at SBTF before it can be cleared for Aircraft carrier trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org. all flights trails of the new Arrestor hook have been successfully and LEVCONS which is a small extension to an aircraft wing surface will now improve the airflow at high angles of attack and low air-speeds. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army has proposed, local development of Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments and to also replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory.

Need for MRPKS was felt by Indian Army due to limited usage of current Pinaka and Smerch Multiple launcher Rocket system in the mountainous terrain due to poor road development in these areas which prevents deployment of Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles, which are used for mounting Pinaka (214 mm) and Smerch (300mm ) MLRS systems in this regions. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

At recently concluded Aero India 2019, It was more or less confirmed, quietly by everyone at GTRE Stall, that plans to develop a new engine based on Kaveri engine is more or less over and India will not be pursuing co-development offer from France anymore since it won’t be indigenous enough for the forces to consider it over existing engines imported from abroad for local LCA-Tejas, MCF, and AMCA program .

Easy availability of military grade aircraft engines practically from any corner of the world for Indian military means, there is no urgent push for local engine developments in the country even though the country is witnessing scaling up of local fighter aircraft projects like Tejas Mk1A, MCF, Naval-Mk2, and AMCA which will have requirements of over 3000 engines for next 40 years, which will make up nearly 50% of the future aircraft fleet of the Indian Airforce. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

State-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed that the developmental trial phase of long-delayed Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile is officially over and the DRDO has approached Indian Navy and Indian Army to come up with their own specific variant requirements, which will enable the missile system to enter production in next three years.

Indian Navy has asked, DRDO for a Ship-based Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile variant with a range in excess of 1500 km and could prefer a range close to 2000 km, which DRDO is currently studying by making available extra onboard fuel in the missile and by also improving fuel burn ratio but Indian Army has come up with new requirements which can take more developmental time. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Defence Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said Congress President Rahul Gandhi has lost his credibility after he expressed regret over his remarks on the Supreme Court’s order in the Rafale jet deal. The apex court had asked the Congress President to respond on his remarks made last week wherein had attributed his “Chowkidar chor hai” remarks to the top court. Gandhi on Monday accepted that the “court never said these words.”

Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman said the Congress had diluted its stand on national security after its leader P. Chidambaram sought to change India’s behaviour toward Pakistan to normalise ties. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANANT BHASKAR PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The year 2019 will go down as the most exciting year for the country’s Indigenous fighter jet program, since for the first time, Country showcased two brand new fighters which are under development for Indian Air Force and Indian Navy for the first time shifting focus from Tejas Mk1 and AMCA which have been two fighter programs under production and other under consideration for some years now. ADA showcased a Navy Mark-2 a Carrier based fighter jet and Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) for the Indian Air force.

Both Navy Mark-2 and MCF-Mk2 have emerged as a Fraternal Twins who have differences in appearance but since both were conceived by the same defense laboratory that’s Aeronautical Development Agency and continues to share same DNA of Tejas Mk1 fighter jets when it comes to external similarities, but similarities ends here, because both the programs will cater to different user requirements and will be based on mission specification and operational roles opposite of each other. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE

For the first time after the Pulwama attack, top Indian Naval officers will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the emerging challenges in the maritime domain and fine tune the strategies for responding to the evolving geo-strategic environment. The Indian Navy has been fully deployed after the pre-emptive air strikes by the Indian Air Force on terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan and is on high alert.

The first edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2019 is scheduled from 23 to 25 April 2019. The conference is the apex forum within the service for interaction between the Naval Commanders. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dr. Girish Deodhare, Director General, ADA speaking to the Indian media has confirmed that flexibility studies of Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft based on AMCA design have been completed and the flexibility study report has been accepted by Indian Navy and the program is set to enter design phase by end of this year. Indian Navy in 2016, had approached ADA to develop a carrier deck version of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and soon flexibility studies were commissioned in 2017 to see if it is viable to convert Airforce-AMCA design into Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft.

While ADA is tight-lipped on proposed changes which AMCA will have to go through to be converted into a Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft, Industrial sources close to idrw.org have said that ADA is well aware of challenges that it will face in the program and is counting on Navy Mark-2 program to provide necessary experience that it believes will act as a stepping stone towards the development of N-AMCA program. Continue reading

SOURCE: GAGANDEEP SINGH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Idrw was the first to break the news that General Electric had recently briefed Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) on F-414 Enhanced Engine to power indigenous MWF (Medium Weight Fighter) and AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft). GE is looking at a potential order for 1400+ engines in next three four decades.

GE till now has supplied ADA with Eight F414-INS6 engines which generate 98kN Class of Wet Thrust but F414 Enhanced Engine can generate 116 kN Class of Wet Thrust with 1% improved fuel burn over F414-INS6 engines with negligible weight gain. GE in 2010 had won a contract to supply 99 F414-INS6 engines with an option of 40 more as follow on order to power Mk-2 LCA-Tejas which now has become MWF with increased Maximum take-off weight of 17.5 tonnes over which GE officials feel that additional 18kn Wet Thrust will come in handy on MWF after incremental growth in its payload and weapons capabilities after redesign. F414-INS6 engines and F414 Enhanced Engine dimensions will remain the same and no airframe changes will be required was the assurance given by the GE officials to ADA. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

SAAB has quietly delivered without much fanfare three more Saab 2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in April to Pakistani Airforce, which comes after crucial dogfight episode with Indian Airforce in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Indian Kashmir, where both sides were actively using AWACS Aircraft to monitor airspace intrusion and also guide fighter formations.

Pakistan Air force operated 4 Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C along with one Saab 2000 in VIP configuration, One Erieye AEW&C aircraft was lost In an attack on Kamra airbase and two more were damaged but were repaired and put back into service. Down to three aircraft, PAF decided to procure 3 more Saab 2000 aircraft from former airline operators, later upgraded with Erieye radar system, which now takes the total strength of Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C to Six. Continue reading