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After months of speculations, India has finally revealed a scaled model of its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) which now comes with several additions from the baseline design carried forward from LCA-Tejas light class aircraft. 17.5-tonne aircraft clearly already is in the league called Medium-Class of fighter jets so the previous name of Tejas Mk-2 also has been dropped officially to avoid confusion and is also likely to get a new name too.

According to the engineers and scientist present at the Aero India 2019, MWF will make its first flight by end of 2023, yet many of the Defense analysts and retired air-force officials are quite optimists of the timeline declared by DRDO and ADA at the Airshow since MWF might look like an LCA externally but Internally is completely a new fighter aircraft and literally won’t be carrying forward anything from the baseline LCA in terms of technology into MWF. Continue reading

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HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) after clearing major High altitude cold weather trials recently is now inching closer to Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) which company has predicted will be achieved later this year by September as per information provided to idrw.org. LUH already has cleared cold and Hot weather trials also but few more performance trials are still pending which company plans to achieve soon.

HAL is now preparing to carry out Sea trails of LUH which once completed will grant it IOC certification which will be a major milestone which was achieved within three years of the first flight of the first LUH Prototype. Continue reading

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India’s leading tyre maker MRF has confirmed at the ongoing Aero India 2019 that the company has developed wheel tyres for LCA-Tejas and Naval Mig-29K Carrier based fighter jets as per configuration provided to them and soon it will be ready to supply the first consignment once cleared for the production.

A company official at Aero India 2019 confirmed that the entire fleet of SU 30 MKI are on MRF supplied nose and main wheel tyres and wheel tyres specifically designed for LCA-Tejas will be ready for trials soon. wheel tyres developed for Mig-29K on request from Indian Navy already has gone to demonstrations and trials and MRF is expecting order confirmation from the Indian Navy soon. Continue reading

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Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security has confirmed to press at ongoing Aero India 2019 that last unsold C-17 before production line was closed will be delivered to India by August this year and will be 11th on to join IAF fleet making it second-biggest operator of the type in the world after USAF which operates nearly 220 of them.

Koch also added that as per contractual agreements with India, Boeing has to maintain operational serviceability of 75% for the entire C-17 fleet in India but it has achieved 85% after its Induction. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan has said that first flight of upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen in 2022 and it is expected it will enter production by 2023. R Madhavan who was speaking in HAL press conference at the ongoing Aero India 2019 also confirmed that since airframe will remain same, the company is treating it has an upgrade rather than a new development.

IAF and HAL are still discussing procurement of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk-1A which is likely to be cleared by end of this year. HAL Chief again confirmed that will be delivering two remaining IOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 by end of March and first FOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 will make its first flight by October 2019. Continue reading

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Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat will be carrying out a sortie on the LCA-Tejas Trainer Today at the ongoing Aero India 2019. This is for the first time Indian Army Chief will be flying indigenously developed fighter jet which recently was awarded Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were all present at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. Continue reading

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DRDO has finally showcased its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) also known as Tejas Mk-2 at ongoing Aero India 2019. As previously reported by idrw.org, MWF now Sports Canards but the most interesting revelation has been wingtip pylon which means MWF will now sport 11 Hard-point instead of previously estimated 9 hard-points after Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 gun position was moved from right intake to the upper spine of the MWF.

Additional Wingtip pylons for Close Combat Missile (CCM) and use of Dual pylons for BVRAAMs will mean MWF will be able to carry huge mix badge of weaponry in Mixed configuration if required for Multi-role operations. Continue reading

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Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv has been showcased at Aero India 2019 with a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that will allow the helicopter to be stored onboard ships where hanger space is at a premium.

HAL for the first time also has developed a folding section for the tail rotor so that it doesn’t take so much real estate on the Flight deck or in the hanger. Rotor Blades Folding system was first demonstrated on HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Helicopter first which was later adapted for Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv but folding of tail section is a completely new system which was adapted only for ALH-Dhruv. Continue reading

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BrahMos Aerospace is currently working on a miniature version of the BrahMos missile, called BrahMos NG which is still in the design stage and development is a few years away but a mock up of the missile system has been displayed under the wings of the LCA-Tejas Mk-1 aircraft at Aero India 2019.

Mini BrahMos NG-A due to its smaller size and lower weight will allow air force to use the missile system at various fighter jets of the air force. DRDO initial had said the missile system will be ready for induction into force by 2025 but missile system is yet to carry out any developmental trials. Continue reading

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India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile is currently been prepped for a new round of trials which is expected to take place next month as per latest media report.

The missile was last tested in November 2017 and in total has carried out only five trials till date which saw only two complete success, one partial success, and two complete failure. In the last trial used turbojet engine instead of a turbofan engine. Continue reading

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Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be holding several demonstrations for Military attachments of foreign embassies in India at the upcoming Aero India 2019 who have previously shown interested in procurement of the attack helicopters after program recently achieved a major milestone last month when LCH was cleared of all weapon trials.

LCH TD-4 which is near production variant of the LCH will be holding flying demonstrations for potential customers after Ministry of Defence (MOD) cleared HAL developed LCH for export. HAL will be soon be awarded a contract for 15 Limited Serial Production (LSP) of LCH at Aero India 2019 and HAL already have started work on first 7 LSPs of LCH. Continue reading

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DRDO will be showcasing scaled models of Medium Weight Fighter (Tejas Mk-2) and AMCA 5th generation fighter aircraft at its pavilion at the upcoming Aero India 2019 in Bangalore. MWF which is based on predecessor Tejas Mk1 design and will be showcased for the first time after it was upgraded from its initial concept to be now classified as a Medium-Class fighter jet.

HAL recently issued RFI for the supply of Assembly jigs for the development of MWF which for the first time also confirmed major design changes and the introduction of Canards in the aircraft, but details of wing and tail dimensions along with other design changes still remained a mystery, but with showcasing of scaled model it is expected will clear final design of the aircraft. Continue reading

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With Aero India 2019, just around the corner HAL CMD R Madhavan has said that company will be showcasing simulator of Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SPORT) which company believes will lead to the development of a 4++ Generation Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) which is usually used to train after Stage-III training which mostly involves Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT),interestingly it’s not the first time HAL has proposed development of LIFT jets and in fact its first proposal was HJT 39, Combat Air Trainer (CAT) which was showcased first in AeroIndia 2015.

HJT 39 was based on HJT-36 design also shared air-frame and came with same engines in twin-engine configuration along with avionics like Fly-by-Wire (FBW), Multi-Functional Dials (MFD), Head-Up Display (HUD) and Up Front Control Panel (UFCP) and several others common avionics and turnaround time for the project was just over 3 years once funding was cleared but the proposal was rejected by IAF back then and but 14 years down the line, MOD should be thanking its stars because HAL still hasn’t completed the HJT-36 program but announcement of SPORT LIFT should raise some eyebrows in MOD and IAF. Continue reading

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Russia recently offered India Air Force, 21 Stored Mig-29A fighter aircraft which was recently surveyed by IAF officials which in their report asked Indian defense ministry and IAF to go ahead with the purchase of this air frame which will be upgraded with latest SMT Upgrade package and delivered back to India roughly around $25 million per unit.

There was a sense of confusion in India if the air frames offered to India were used or retired ones or air frames which were to build together from excessive spares from multiple aircraft. It is now confirmed that the air frames on offer to India were from a lot of 21 Mig-29A Classic design which never made into service with Russian air force due to financial issues after break of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s. Continue reading

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An explosives-laden car had rammed into a bus carrying security personals in two different countries, in the region, yet both have a direct connection with non-state actors based in Pakistan. Islamic Revolution Guards Corps lost 27 of their security guards near the border with Pakistan which Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibilities for the deadly attack in Iran, while back home killing of 40 Central Police force again using Car-filled explosives, was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed both terror organization used the same tactics and both operate from Pakistan’s soil to target neighbors.

Off-late Pakistani Non-State actors have been embodied after the US Government started making plans to withdraw from Afghanistan and hand over power back to the Taliban, which is why there is too much chatter among all terror groups this day due to lax security of the American forces which are very keen to secure a face-saving exit strategy from the region. Continue reading