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In 2017, Indian Air Force’s No 81 Squadron with its 10 C-17 Globemaster III fleet maintained a serviceability state of 100 percent boosting India’s capabilities in maintaining excellent operational capability and readiness in providing strategic airlift in the region at all fronts said a recent report prepared by Boeing.

Since its Induction from 2013 onwards, Combined C-17 fleet has accumulated over 12000 flight hours and has accomplished missions ranging from providing strategic airlift capabilities for the armed forces and was also engaged in relief and humanitarian missions domestically and internationally throughout the year. Continue reading

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, while speaking to local Indian media has confirmed that first flight of updated LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen before 2020 and the new variant will address obsolescence issues, improve maintainability of the aircraft and will come with additional capabilities such as Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) capability, Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and advanced avionics.

While speaking on Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for LCA-Tejas Mk-1, Chief said FOC is likely to be achieved sometime in 2019, which is further way off from June-July 2018 what was initially claimed by both HAL and ADA in the media. Continue reading

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Yakovlev Design Bureau has offered Indian Air Force a Customised Yak-130 Combat Trainer to take place of ill-fated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) for Stage-II Pilot training program in a Government to Government offer.

According to Industrial sources closes to idrw.org, Since is not the first time the Advanced Jet trainer has been offered to India, the First offer came in 2012 and current offer is no different than the previous offer, but the offer actually might be to grab additional follow-on orders of British Hawk Mk-132 from BAE Systems which has failed to materialise after years of negotiation due to high price . Continue reading

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

Nearly Fifty years ago, Indian Navy established Directorate of Naval design an in-house design bureau was established to develop and grow India’s capability in designing contemporary warships, which over the years from humble beginnings as now moved to design and development of modern warships, to aircraft carriers and also nuclear submarines, making Indian Navy one of the few armed forces in the world which designs and develops its own products based on its own requirements working in sync with private and state-owned shipyards in India and abroad .

Indian Air Force for years relied on cheaply imported fighter aircraft which were either licensed assembled in India or were produced locally with Transfer of Technology. With development of new generation of aircrafts prices of fighter aircraft have only trended upwards in the cost of procurement due to advancement in modern technology which now requires considerable amount of additional funding for research and development of next-generation combat aircraft which it is making very difficult for IAF and India to forever depend on external suppliers for current and future needs to safeguard our airspace . Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India has taken up its self to develop a new next generation long range Surface to Air Missile in the class of 48N6 missile (250km) which is part of the S-400 Triumf which India plans to acquire soon to meet its local demands for extra long interception capabilities.

XR-SAM Program was initiated by DRDO a few years back, Yet not much has been shared in the Public domain officially. What little could be gathered from the various media reports is that was suspected that the XR-SAM Program will utilize technology from India’s proven Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program to develop an interceptor missile capable of targeting fast maneuvering targets in long range. Continue reading

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Great Indian Tamasha is back again for its Second Season after running for decades in the first season without any success. After the cut-off date passed by media reports in India confirmed that same defeated Air warriors of the past tenders are once again entering the arena to battle it out among themselves to secure orders for 110 units of Make in India fighter which actually nobody knows how long this season will last due to India’s love for tons of paper works and hectic documentation which is common in all high budget Military procurement tenders .

Airbus Defence and Space is back with its Eurofighter Typhoon Combat jet which missed the bus last time after it was declared a winner on Technical rounds but failed to become an L1 bidder after Dassault Aviation reportedly offered their Rafale fighter jets at an even lower price than Eurofighter Typhoon. Airbus has participated in the tender without much buzz in the local Indian media circle indicating less expenditure was incurred on promotion on so-called Defence Journalists in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After suffering years of developmental delays, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) plans to accelerate the Tapas BH-201 (Rustom II) program and now plans to expand the envelope of the flight trials and increasing the range, altitude, and endurance in the second half of this year in which all the payloads, imported as well indigenous, will be flight tested.

To meet the immediate requirement of the programme, An imported Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) payload has been used but the development of an indigenous ELINT is completed and is undergoing flight trials with EMBRAER aircraft. Indigenous development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload for the Drone already is in an advanced stage with one prototype undergoing flight trials and evaluation in Dornier manned aircraft and the indigenously developed medium-range electro-optic payload is already developed and been successfully flight tested. Continue reading

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Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fred Derby air-to-air Beyond Visual Range Missile (BVRM) to expand its fring envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios. The missile was launched from LCA Tejas piloted by Wg Cdr Siddharth Singh on 27 April 2018 from the firing range off the Goa coast after exhaustive study of the missile separation characteristics and plume envelope.

Integration of Derby is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas. Tejas has been designed and developed by DRDO’s autonomous society Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). The aircraft was tracked by two other Tejas aircraft in close formation to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detail analysis and comparison with the simulation model for validation. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) currently under development by DRDO successfully carried out pop-out tests to prove soft launch propulsion and the missile was also tested for Static TVC and separately tandem warheads trials are progressing as per reports.

MPATGM is a third generation Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile to be used by Infantry and Parachute battalions of the Indian Army developed by State-owned DRDO in partnership with Private sector company VEM Technologies Ltd which is helping in sub-system manufacturing for the DRDO. Continue reading

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

India’s defense acquisitions council has given its final approval to an agreement to purchase S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, despite Washington’s opposition, S-400 procurement most likely will see the wrath of the United States Government on India since no exemptions were given to India not only on procurement of S-400 system but also on existing procurement plans of purchase of frigates and Joint venture with Russian companies on BrahMos-NG and BrahMos-2K .

Under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) virtually dealings with all Russian defense companies are banned that means even procurement of any new weapons system or additional capabilities to the existing systems will attract US Scanners and it will simply be of no use for India even if it drops plans to procure S-400 from Russia . Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Global aerospace manufactures who are soon likely to send their response to Indian Air Force’s Request for Information (RFI) issued earlier in April have been warned to provide clear commitments from the vendors and their sub-vendors on the supply of sensitive guarantees on the transfer of technology including training facilities and performance guarantees or face chances of their response been rejected .

IAF issued RFI’s in 2004 (MMRCA ) and 2016 (Single Engine Fighter (SEF)) in both tenders had let Vendors decide what level of sensitive technology details they can transfer and previous RFI didn’t pin down clear commitments due to which Dassault Aviation after winning MMRCA became sensitive to transferring technology and later even Lockheed Martin which was leading in SEF tender suffered from commitment issues after learning it was about to clinch orders for F-16-V from India . Continue reading

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According to information provided by BAE Systems, India will get the first batch of five M777 ultralight howitzers in September 2018 after a preliminary investigation found faulty local ammunition supplied by India’s State-sector companies behind the explosion of the barrel of the US-manufactured M-777 during a field trial in Pokhran last year, in short, giving clean sheet to the Gun manufacture .

Last May, Indian Army got Two new long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M777 for local ammunition homogenization process but after the explosion of the barrel, M777 gun had undergone mandatory quality tests but after an investigation, it was cleared. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In a major breakthrough in missile technology, India recently tested a new missile system which has as the potential to be called as a big deal for the future of air warfare of India. Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) is joint development project between India and Russia which in past have produced world’s deadliest Mach-3 capable Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missiles system and SFDR will again be next major milestone system coming out of the strategic defense relationship which both India and Russia have.

SFDR will come with an advanced propulsion system having thrust modulation using hot gas flow controller. What impressive is claimed range of the Air-launched Tactical Missiles which doesn’t make it regular long-range Air-to-Air Missile but it will birth of a new Next Generation Very long Tactical Air-to-Air Missile which will put India in a league of small countries like Russia, USA and China when system clears trials. Continue reading

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

On April 6th earlier this year, IAF published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking proposals from interested vendors for supply of 110 fighter jets in a deal worth $15 billion which will be manufactured locally under the Modi government’s flagship Make in India scheme.

According to the Request for Information issued global manufacturers have to respond by July 6, with their offers along with other information like Transfer of technology on offer along with product information of the aircraft on the offer. Continue reading

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

Arjun Mk-2 after incorporating 84 improvements gained over six tons over the MK1 and now weighs at 68.6 tons. but this is about to change and on instances of the Indian Army, DRDO has again started working on to carry out structural improvements and also develop a reconfigured Hull with new improved advanced armor material which will allow it to lose 3 tons in total weight.

Indian Army had asked for weight optimized Mk-2 in 2016 and work begin soon after by DRDO put results will not be quick since reconfiguration of an accepted design will mean more painstaking and also slow developmental work which will keep the Mk-2 out of production before it is revalidated again by Indian Army in fresh trials. Continue reading