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Headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Caracal International LLC is showcasing in ongoing Defexpo 2018, its CAR 817AR 7.62 NATO / .308Win center-fire, gas operated, rotating bolt system assault rifle which will be offered to Indian Army for trials soon said company official.

CAR 817AR which weighs less than 4kgs and has an effective range of 800 meters is first assault rifle being offered to India from an Arab Country. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

To Enhance offensive firepower immensely of Indian Army against China, DRDO in 2015 was tasked to develop a new mobile short-range ballistic missile dubbed ” Pralay ” which has the ability to carry several different conventional warheads.

At the Ongoing DefeXpo 2018, Some more information on the Pralay Short Surface to Surface Missile has been revealed by the agencies involved in the development of the missile system. Pralay SSM will have a range of 350km which can carry a payload of 1000kgs. Pralay with a light payload of 500kg will be able to hit a target as far as 400km. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Larsen & Toubro Limited, formally confirmed that first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T 155 mm, 52 calibre Tracked Self Propelled (SP) gun is set to be delivered to Indian Army Soon as per schedule. Engineering Giant Larsen and Toubro developed K9 VAJRA-T jointly with South Korean defense major Hanwha Techwin (HTW) which was based on their K9 Thunder.

The first batch of 10 K9 VAJRA-T guns was directly brought from South Korea and then locally assembled in greenfield manufacturing line at Hazira, Gujarat of L&T and later remaining 90 guns will be manufactured at the same facility and full order will be completed within next 3 years. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued Global Requests-for-Information (RFI) for the purchase of 110 new multi-role fighters jets to replace the Mig-27 fleet. Interested vendors are requested to submit their response by 3rd July 2018.

RFI issued by IAF is most likely be responded by Boeing with F-18 Block III Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin with F-16 V, Saab with Gripen-E, Eurofighter Consortium with Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3, Dassault with Rafale and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) with Mig-35. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Trailer of Alia Bhatt’s latest movie, ” Raazi ” recently hit made headlines after few hours of the trailer being released ,since it was confirmed it was based on true spy thriller based on the life of a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Senior Ranked Pakistani soldier for love and for the love of her country just before 1971 war broke off .

” Raazi ” is largely based on real-life story authored by Harinder Sikka Spy thriller Novel called ” Calling Sehmat”. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) based on Indian Army’s current requirements have developed a Prototype Truck-Mounted Howitzer fitted with a 155 mm/52 Dhanush howitzer which is currently going through Internal trials before it can be offered to Indian Army for Trials.

Ordinance Factory Board at Defexpo 2016 had displayed extended 52 Cal gun, which can hit targets over 40 km and also had confirmed that it had completed Internal trials of the new gun and had offered it to Indian Army for User trials. Indian Army presently is carrying out user trials of 45 Caliber Dhanush for which likely order of 400 guns will be placed soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF Chief has now confirmed that Tejas MK-2 which will begin its development from 2019 onwards will be procured to replace Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 fighter fleet from Indian Air Force as development and production of 5th generation AMCA fighter jet will start only after 2030.

DRDO Chief recently confirmed that IAF already has issued a letter of intent for 201 Tejas MK-2, which over 83 Tejas MK-1A to be ordered soon and 40 Tejas MK-1 which was already ordered earlier. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force has again issued Requested for Information (RFI) for procurement of 110 fighter aircraft. According to RFI which idrw.org has gone through, IAF indents to procure 82 Single Seater and 28 Twin sear aircraft and the selected vendor has to supply 16 aircraft in flyaway conditions.

Remaining 94 aircraft have to be made in India by a Strategic partner of an Indian origin. According to RFI, Aircraft should be all Whether Multi-role and Multi-mission capabilities. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indigenous artillery gun Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by DRDO with Kalyani Group and Tata Power Strategic will be showcased also along with Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) developed Dhanush artillery gun for the first time together at upcoming Defexpo 2018 to be held be held in Chennai from April 11 to 14.

ATAGS and Dhanush Artillery gun for the first time will also be part of the live demonstration for the all the visiting foreign dignitaries and their military attaches and personals with indent to generate export potentials of the weapons systems from friendly countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Chandraker Bharti, Joint Secretary (Aerospace) while speaking to the media said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas MK-1 will be completed this year and also confirmed that many countries are interested in the purchase of the aircraft but refused to disclose the names.

According to recent media reports, Demonstration of the Mid-Air Refueling Capacity is only major requirement left before Tejas MK-1 will be granted FOC and plans are in place to start trials after June this year. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Washington Dc and Pentagon in particular of late have been edgy after many of their close allies like Turkey and India expressed interests in the procurement of S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, even though both Turkey and India are feeling insecure and are doing their best to seal its airspace to counter new threats in the region, the US seems to have failed to understand their concerns .

Washington already has given Turkey an ultimatum on decisions to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and also has warned that it will cut off the supply of 5th generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US. when it comes to India, Washington only raised concerns regarding the purchase by New Delhi but it also raised several eyebrows back in India due to unwanted commentary coming from Washington Dc and Pentagon. Continue reading

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While MK-2 might be still called Tejas borrowing its name from its older siblings LCA-Tejas MK1/MK1-A, but now, reports are emerging that MK-2 will now be classified as Medium Weight Category aircraft and will be associated with MCA (Medium Combat Aircraft ) acronomn instead of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) which has been synonymous with India’s indigenous fighter jet program .

MK-2 being dubbed MCA (Medium Combat Aircraft ) makes more sense now since its Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) will be just below Mirage-2000K and just above SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft in service with Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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India’s indigenous developed Uttam AESA radar is likely to fly after it completes its integration on LCA Tejas LSP-2 soon but Uttam AESA radar might not be installed on next batch of Tejas Mk1A if industrial sources close to idrw.org have to be believed.

DRDO’s LRDE lab which developed Uttam AESA radar has been pushing for use of the radar on 83 Tejas-Mk1A aircraft under development, while Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is keen on picking up either Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd developed EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) or Thales developed RBE2 radar derivative on offer soon. Continue reading

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

Brahmos supersonic cruise was recently tested with Indian-made seeker which according to media reports performed better than Russian supplied Seeker. Indo-Russia joint venture BrahMos Corporation came to limelight way back in 2001 when PJ-10 a preproduction model of the earlier BrahMos Supersonic cruise missiles was the first test fired.

290km, Brahmos with Sustainable Mach 3 performance over its entire trajectory did raise several eyebrows and pin-point accuracy and its ability to generate kinetic energy which can sink targets as big as an Aircraft Carrier made it one of the most feared missile systems in the world. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-9 (LA-5009) completed its maiden flight after taking off at 10.33hrs from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 24 March 2018 piloted by Air.Cmdr KA Muthanna (Retd). SP-9 flew for 21 mins and landed back at 10.54hrs.

The LCA Tejas SP-9 is Ninth Series Production aircraft and Second Brand New LCA-Tejas to fly within a span of 11 days. SP-08 had completed its first flight on 13 of this Month Successfully. Continue reading