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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

DRDO published a brochure of the Uttam AESAR Fire control System which features the first image of UTTAM Aesa Radar undergoing installation process on LCA Tejas LSP-2 which has been deputed to carry out flight trials and integration of India’s indigenous Uttam AESA radar.

LRDE already has built Three Developmental Prototypes of UTTAM Aesa Radar which were intensively used and tested from Rooftop and Helicopters in different modes to evaluate the performance of the Radar in the past. LRDE now has developed Three more Radars which will be used for Integration and flight testing program which is likely to commence soon and will take 2-3 years to complete. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

In Aero India 2017, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased a 1.1 scale mock-up of 12.5 ton Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) in a civilian VVIP configuration which HAL plans to develop for Indian Armed Forces to meet their Medium Transport Helicopter requirements.

Project initiated internally by HAL was to present Tri-Service Military planners a first look at the Countries first proposed Indigenous Medium Transport Helicopter Program which can be developed using a common platform to meet Tri-Service requirement but according to Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Indian Army Planners are not impressed since they that completely different plans for a Medium Transport Helicopter requirement. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The United States Government had approved the foreign military sale (FMS) of the 22 Guardian drones at an estimated cost of $2 billion for Indian Navy last year in June but the Indian government is yet to seal the deal with US Government and as per latest media reports, Indian government Defence Ministry issued letter of request in 2016 maybe re-issued with certain amendments .

New Delhi now favors the acquisition of armed drones instead of unarmed drone from the US and will discuss with Pentagon and Trump administration to amend current offer to include weapons carrying capacity in the requested drones. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran, In an interview with Russian media TASS, has confirmed that negotiations with Russia are still going on to build a fifth-generation FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) fighter but refused to confirm or deny Indian media reports, which had reported that India withdrew from the joint project on recommendation of the Indian Air Force .

Saran said nothing is off the table in regards to FGFA Project but didn’t indulge in further information nor confirmed if a deal with Russia will be concluded anytime soon. while speaking on the negotiation for the purchase of the S-400 SAM systems by India said there is no set time frame to conclude the deal but as per latest media reports Indian Government has given the go-ahead to procure Long Range Air Defence Systems for Indian Air Force which likely will attract Sanctions from the United States. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

Plans of Ukraine’s State Aircraft Repair Plants to modernize and upgrade MiG-29 airframes using its existing production capacities as not gone down well with Russian aircraft maker MiG corporation which has warned Ukraine that local modernization works will make it an unsafe aircraft and also has warned all Mig-29 operators including India not to deal with Ukrainian firms who are eager to cash on and are also offering low-cost support to its existing users .

Ukrainian defense industries working on the guidelines of its government has made a roadmap to develop a reverse engineered variant of Mig-29 using Ukrainian, European and Western systems which will look like a Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter but internally will be completely different aircraft in next 5-7 years. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

3 French Air Force Dassault Rafale accompanied by a C-135F tanker aircraft, A400M, and A310 Transport Aircraft will be making a stopover in India after it participating in a month-long Exercise Pitch Black biennial warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

On its return Journey, French aircraft will take off from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Bases Darwin and Tindal and will first have a stopover in Indonesia followed by Malaysia, Singapore and India and later proceeding to UAE. Continue reading

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

A Recent report prepared by India Today Group said that European manufacturers have informed India that they no longer can offer long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles for Integration on Russian Supplied SU-30MKI fighter jet and also on India’s very own indigenously developed Tejas MK-1A fighter jets.

MBDA which makes Meteor beyond visual range missiles is yet to comment on the report but Defence Analysts think they might have been some political interference in the possible sale of the missile system to India and likely culprit could be France which is one of the closest strategic defense partners of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Cai Hong 4 also known as CH-4 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class, strike-capable reconnaissance platform that has been developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) and as per latest images leaked on the Internet was reportedly tested from its Airbases in Tibetan plateau close to Indian border with new sensors and payload to detect targets hidden in the mountain terrain .

As per pictures leaked online, CH-4 was transported to the forward air base in the Tibetan plateau and later reassembled by a team of Chinese defense firm officials CASC which manufactures them test its Optoelectronics in night mode in the mountain terrain. Continue reading

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

India recently marked the 20th Anniversary of Pokhran-II, where it carried out series of five nuclear bomb test explosions at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998 which saw series of articles coming from various media channels in India taking opinions of various think tanks in India for way forward and what next India needs to do to further strengthen its Nuclear weapons to meet challenges of present and future security scenario .

Outgoing DRDO Chief S Christopher in an interview to a private news channel confirmed that if asked DRDO can assist Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) again to help carry out another series of Nuclear tests in less than 40 days on orders from the government of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After two successful tests in 2018 and Six in last Six Years, Agni-V just needs one more pre-induction test before it’s cleared to go in the mass production said DRDO officials after India successful conducted test of its longest ranged Agni-V missile in its final production configuration which for the first time was fired for its full range of 5000km and landed close to Australian waters .

In today’s test, Agni-V sported a new paint scheme which was similar to military camouflage usually used by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on a deployed missile system. DRDO is likely to carry out last pre-induction trial later in this year of the Agni-V missile system before its handovers it to SFC. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

William Thornberry, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee clearly said in a recent interview that only exemption India can get from Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) federal law on the procurement of weapons from Russia will be for its existing weapons systems in the supply of spares and technical servicing and overhaul from Russia but procurement of S-400 system will lead to violation of the legislation, and will attract possible sanctions on India .

When asked how India’s requirement for Long Ranged Air Defence system will be satisfied to meet its security needs for that Thornberry said that United States Congress already has designated India has major Defence Partner which in that law clearly specifies that Missile Defence System is an area which US and India can work together. Continue reading

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

 

DRDO quietly tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) from a ground-based launcher to validate flight characteristics of the new missile before it can move to next phase of trials. SFDR also sported a new booster-ram jet sustainer propulsion system and trials were an initial phase developmental trials done largely to collect in-flight data of the new missile system which India has been developing with Russia from 2013 onwards.

According to media reports, the prototype of the SFDR Missile will lead to the development of a Long Range Surface to Air Defence Missile System and also will lead to the development of Next-generation Air-to-Air Missile Systems to be equipped on Indian Air Force fighter jets. Continue reading

SOURCE:  KRISHNA SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India is one among the largest importer of defense equipment. Airforce has a variety of aircraft of which most of them are Russians. At present, the squadron strength is low to 31 squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons consisting of 18 planes per squadron.

Aircrafts operated by Indian Airforce are Mig-21, Mig-27, Mig-29, Jaguar, Mirage-200, Su-30 MKI and LCA. MIG-21 One of the best aircraft of that time now has operated for around 25-30 years in India which is way beyond the expected life of an aircraft. India now operates around 10 squadrons of them which are expected to be decommissioned within next 4 years. Mig-21’s now operated by Air Force is the upgraded Bison version. It has a very high landing and take off speed. Continue reading

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

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared and approved design and development of the Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for SU-30 MKI. IRST systems according to Defence ministry will operate in day & night conditions and significantly boost the operational capabilities of SU-30 MKI aircraft.

For years now, Russians have fine-tuned their IRST sensors systems so that it can filter out false positives and can also help aid Pilot in the detection of low observable fighter aircraft like F-22 and F-35. IRST supplemented by a Powerful radar like NIIP N011M Bars used in Su-30MKI is a significant threat to any stealth fighters and local indigenous development has far too many local applications and likely to be integrated into other Indian fighters too. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Força Aérea Nacional de Angola (FANA – National Air Force of Angola) which took deliveries of 10 Su-30KN earlier this year and Two in the previous year is keen on the purchasing of Six more Su-30K which were formerly operated by the Indian Air Force.

IAF had procured 18 Su-30K (Su-27UB trainers) from Russia as an interim measure to train its crew to fly much more advanced Su-30MKIs. Due to economical reasons, all 18 older Su-30Ks were returned back and not upgraded to MKI Standards which were later replaced by Su-30MKI by Russia in 2006. Continue reading