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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warning off the Gopalpur for a missile test by Army Air Defence unit, which is most likely will be an MR-SAM surface-to-air missile developed by DRDO in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile launch window has been scheduled on 03-8-2019 from 01.30 to 08.30 and 09.30 to 14.30 in the day and Ships have been warned to stay away from the designated zone of 80km.

The MRSAM for Indian Army’s Air Defence is an advanced all-weather, 360-degree mobile land-based theatre air defense system capable of providing air defense to critical areas against a wide variety of threats in a combat zone. The current version of MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force and will be inducted into Indian Army from 2020 onwards. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which has been under cloud of controversies off late in India is set to be retired by Indian air force across all Russian fighter aircraft fleet by 2021-22. Aging Vympel R-77 are fitted on board the Su-30 MKIs, MiG-29s, and MiG-21 Bisons and were first bought from Russia starting 1996.

Mig-29A was the first fighter jet which was locally integrated with Vympel R-77 AAMs by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 1996 and was later also integrated into upgraded Mig-21Bis and were main BVRAAMs on Su-30 MKIs which were inducted from 2001 onwards in IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russia’s defense ministry mulls a Larger MiG-35 Contract for Russian Air and Space Force (VKS) due to slow down in order intakes and have also offered Indian Air Force a customizable Mig-35 to seal the deal for 114 units of ” Make in India” program said a RAC MiG official recently to India media. Russia recently “dumbed down” the specification of its planned MiG-35 for export to reduce procurement costs by prospective buyers but is open to adding additional capabilities to meet IAF requirements.

Russia is open to offer few additional advanced weapon integrations, local weapons integrations and RD-33OVT engine which is equipped with 360 degrees adjustable thrust vectoring engines to provide super maneuverability. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The raging debate in India off late has been if PAF’s use of F-16 equipped with AIM-120-C5 AMRAAM beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) was a turning point at why IAF was not capable of engaging its framed Russian supplied R-77 BVRAAMs against the intruding jets and had to rely on its R-73 Close Combat Missile fired from an old Mig-21Bis at a close distance of less than 10km. PAF F-16s fired their AIM-120-C5 missiles at long range, probably at distance in excess of 60km which was easily dodged by India’s Ace Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fighter jet, which never got the firing clearance from the missile system, not due to any glitch but due to facts that Su-30MKI was operating at much lower altitude then the F-16s and all missile don’t work as per their advertised range .

Vympel R-77 has a stated range of 100 km against a head-on target at high altitude but at low altitude, it can fire at head-on targets at 20 km, numbers change again when the target engagement is tail-chase and the range falls drastically and at high altitude, it’s just 25km and drops to 5km when the aircraft is flying at low altitude. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO recently carried out back to back trials of Akash-1S with the new Ku-band Seeker which vastly improves Kill-probability of the indigenous air defense system which was first conceived in the ’80s. Akash Air Defence system after years of delays has finally been accepted by the Indian Army and Indian Air force as a reliable weapons system to engage aerial intrusions and recently units of the Akash Air Defence system have been moved closer to the Pakistani border in Punjab sector due to the limited range of the missile system.

Indo-Israeli MRSAM Air Defence system which has a range of 70km is facing slow order rates due to the high production cost of the unit, due to which DRDO was commissioned to work on the successor of the Akash Air Defence with better range and which can act as a cheaper supplement to the MRSAM System. Akash-Mk2 has been under development for some few years now and the new missile system will be a modern unit which a range of 40km and will act as a bridge between Akash-1s and MRSAM Air Defence system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

IAF Top Brass in its assessment of its vulnerabilities, post-Balakot attack in February wants to fast track development of local indigenous fighter jet program and has asked both HAL which is working on upgraded Tejas Mk1A and ADA which is working on Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) to fast track the program and also ensure that the program stick to their original schedule as agreed up with the Indian Air force informed Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF has identified Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) fighter program has one of the key elements in ramping up shortfalls of fighter jet fleet in numbers due to the planned retirement of older jets especially, Mig-27 and Mig-21 Squadrons. ADA for the first time had displayed a scale model of MCF fighter jet earlier this year and already has started ground works for construction of Two pre-production models which will be ready for first flight by 2023 according to ADA. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Recently IAF Chief again declared that Dassault Rafale which will be inducted into Indian Air Force from September onwards will be ” Game Change” for the force and will be instrumental in establishing the regional aerial superiority in the region. As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, from last few months IAF, Top Brass has started pushing for procurement of additional 36 more Dassault Rafale jets.

As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, Due to budget constraint, IAF believes that orders for 114 units of Rafale jets going to Dassault Aviation is pretty slim and Government of India might agree for some other cheaper alternative which can provide the same level of capabilities and much lower price. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In Heat of the moment, Indian Air Force Air Defence unit which was equipped with SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) which is a short and medium-range mobile air defense system developed by Israel, shot down a Mi-17-V Helicopter belonging to the IAF itself in the first case of friendly fire which killed six crew of the ill-fated Helicopter that day but due to secrecy which has been maintained about the investigation which was launched soon after incident, two version or two theories have been floated by the Indian media through their sources, both equally disturbing , yet IAF is yet to clarify and disclose what really happened that day.

Lack of official clarity regarding what happened to the Mi-17 and its Pilots and passengers that day also allowed Pakistani military-backed defense analysts to float their own theory which they are spreading for their own local consumption and are using it has propaganda against India at the International level. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) took to Twitter to share images of his recent flight sortie with Navy test pilot Cmde Maolankar on LCA-Navy Trainer. aircraft which has been going final phase of trials from land-based facilities before it commences flight trails from onboard INS Vikramaditya and gave a huge thumbs up to the program and fully endorsed the program.

Admiral Arun Prakash called Agile LCA as a naval aircraft which matches the best of gen-4 fighter aircraft and called it a superb example of skills in design, flight testing & ‘Make-in-India’. he also called upon the new government to back the development of LCA 100% & bring back focus on a/c & engine design & production so that We can match China. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The raging debate in the Indian media off late has been, Should India overlook American offer of American Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) so that it can give up the purchase of S-400 Long range Aerial defense system from Russia in lieu of THAAD American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach.

While both systems are totally different and it is likely comparing Apples to Oranges but the debate is going around why S-400 might be a game changer weapons system for the Indian air defense units against strategic targets like AWACS, Mid-air refueling aircraft but THAAD actually is the weapon system which has the ability to knockout Nuclear capable Ballistic missiles and holds much better value in a full-scale war then S-400 which will have limited utility . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After successful recent trial of the BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI aircraft, BrahMos corporation which manufactures Air Launched BrahMos missile system has said that the missile system already has entered production even though orders for the missile is yet to be placed by the Indian air force and the program is still pending one more developmental trials said reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org.

BrahMos-A which is based on its Land-based variant is 2.5 tonnes missile system which comes minus its booster but basically is the same baseline BrahMos missile system which has been tested numerous times successfully and has been produced for years now and reasons behind BrahMos-A been rushed into production is to not waste time in production. Continue reading

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

Exactly today, 42 years ago, the first prototype of Sukhoi-Su-27 took off from a remote Soviet air base piloted by Major General Vladimir Sergeyevich Ilyushin who was Chief test pilot working for Sukhoi OKB, which went on to change the course of History in Soviet Aerospace engineering and became the definitive Soviet fighter design coming from a era where it’s derivatives still dominate the skies and still is most feared Soviet-Russian fighter jet in the sky.

Sukhoi-Su-27 was conceived as Soviet union’s answer to American development of F-15 Eagle Air superiority fighter and once in production export variants were quickly offered to India and China in the early ’90s but India was rather later to react and China which had last imported Mig-21 fighter jet and copied it into J-7 variant, leading to a self imposed arms embargo on China But after the fall of Soviet Union which was cash trapped, China was quick to place orders. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s premier aerospace and defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is working on LCA Mk1A is an improved version of LCA with enhanced capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Advanced Missiles, Advanced Electronic Warfare suite, New Mission & Avionics System and more maintenance friendly features, for which development activities are under progress but what Indian Air force wants might not be required by potential customers and to address this issue, HAL is planning to offer two or three customization package.

After interacting with many potential buyers, HAL has learned that many want lesser types of equipment then asked by IAF but it will be difficult to develop customized variants if the order is of small quantity but HAL will be offering plug and play systems which can be added or removed to lower costs so that tender is not lost due to price factor alone. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to idrw.org, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading