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Swedish aerospace giant Saab is actively promoting its Gripen-E fighter jet for India’s upcoming Medium Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program, offering a “Make in India” deal with complete technology transfer. However, any concrete developments on the program will have to wait until after the national elections scheduled for late spring.

Saab hopes that the Indian government will soon issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 114-jet MRFA program, a crucial initiative to modernize the Indian Air Force (IAF). The company is confident that the Gripen-E, with its advanced capabilities and potential for local production, aligns well with India’s strategic objectives.

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A social media post on Twitter handle “X” has sparked controversy by claiming that the first flight of the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) TF-X KAAN fighter jet, known as GTU-0, took off without landing gear covers. The post further alleges that the KAAN lacks landing gear doors and has fixed landing gear, suggesting it was never intended to fly.

However, TAI and official sources have refuted these claims. They clarify that GTU-0, unveiled in March 2023, is a technology demonstrator, lacking operational systems and not representative of the final production aircraft. Its first taxi trial, not a flight, occurred on March 17th at low speeds. Usually landing gear deployed throughout the flight is customary on first flights.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship during a recent meeting. Their discussions focused on three key areas: co-production of military hardware, enhanced mobility and migration cooperation, and collaboration on counter-terrorism measures.

Both leaders agreed to explore co-production of military equipment, potentially marking a significant step forward. This initiative could involve joint ventures, technology transfer, and knowledge sharing, boosting India’s defense manufacturing capabilities and fostering closer ties between the two nations.

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The Asian race to develop 5th generation fighter jets is heating up, with South Korea and Turkey achieving significant milestones in their respective programs, the KF-21 and TF-X (TAI KAAN). This raises concerns about India’s own AMCA program, which appears to be lagging behind despite the country’s need for advanced fighter aircraft.

Both South Korea and Turkey have demonstrated remarkable urgency in their 5th gen programs. Both programs received national priority status, enabling faster development and overcoming bureaucratic hurdles. While the KF-21 lacks an internal weapons bay (IWB) and initial deployments will be limited, it serves as a stepping stone towards a fully fledged 5th gen fighter within a decade. Similarly, the TF-X, despite relying on older American engines for now, is actively developing its own powerplant.

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The United States’ proposal to co-produce the Stryker Armoured combat vehicle in India continues to gain momentum. A recent visit by a US team aimed to finalize specific requirements for the Indian Army’s needs. However, the project faces both potential and roadblocks.

While the Army evaluated the Stryker favorably during joint Indo-US military exercises, concerns exist about its current form. Reportedly, the smaller engine hinders its suitability for high-altitude operations. The project has also drawn criticism from Indian private and public sectors who claim they can deliver a comparable solution at a lower cost. Three local companies have proposed DRDO’s WhAP platform, while DRDO itself is developing the New Advanced Armoured Platform (AAP-Wheeled).

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The indigenously developed DRDO DATRAN 1500 engine is inching closer to powering India’s main battle tanks, but it won’t be a quick drop-in replacement. The engine, boasting 100hp more than the current MTU MB 838 Ka-501 engines in Arjun tanks, requires modifications before seamless integration.

idrw.org has been told by the people familiar with the program Challenges that DRDO is working on for seamless integration into the Arjun tanks. 

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The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to integrate cutting-edge weapons and sensors into the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). This collaboration aims to significantly enhance the operational capabilities of the Tejas, bolstering India’s air defense prowess.

The MoU was signed by Shri Prabhulla Chandran VK, Technology Director (Avionics and Weapon Systems) of ADA, and Air Vice Marshal KN Santosh VSM, Commandant of the IAF’s Software Development Institute (SDI). This partnership marks a significant step forward in indigenous defense technology development and self-reliance.

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The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is set to receive a significant upgrade with the acquisition of the BOZDO?AN short-range air-to-air missile (WVRAAM) developed by Turkey. This move, announced after a meeting between Pakistani and Turkish military officials, signifies a further deepening of military cooperation between the two countries.

The BOZDO?AN, replacing Pakistan’s older AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, boasts advanced features like a high-resolution Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker head, resistance to electronic warfare, and high maneuverability. Its 25-kilometer range and Mach 3 speed offer enhanced capabilities for air-to-air combat. Notably, the IIR seeker allows the missile to engage even cruise missiles, providing additional defense flexibility.

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Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting incident targeting Simranjeet Singh, an associate of the late pro-Khalistan figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar. This development comes amidst ongoing tensions between India and Canada following Nijjar’s killing in June 2023.

Nijjar’s death sparked controversy after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested potential Indian involvement in the assassination. Pro-Khalistan groups further alleged Indian involvement in the February 1st shooting at Singh’s residence, who had previously organized a protest outside the Indian consulate in Vancouver.

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The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) iconic Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets are getting a major upgrade! As confirmed by HAL CMD CB Ananthakrishnan, the project is on a fast track and divided into two phases, focusing on enhancing both offensive and defensive capabilities with a strong emphasis on indigenous technology.

The first phase prioritizes equipping the Su-30MKIs with cutting-edge avionics and radars, allowing for improved situational awareness, targeting accuracy, and overall mission effectiveness. Additionally, a brand-new Electronic Warfare System (EWS) will be integrated, providing advanced electronic countermeasures against enemy threats and communication disruption capabilities. To further boost air-to-air and air-to-ground combat prowess, indigenous Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) systems will be installed, sharpening the jets’ targeting abilities in all-weather conditions.

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Noida-based Sharang Shakti has unveiled a game-changer in the fight against drone threats: hantR, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for short-range airborne threat detection, tracking, and capture. As drone technology becomes increasingly accessible and affordable, their potential for misuse by adversaries grows. Small, low-altitude drones can easily infiltrate unprotected airspace, posing a significant security risk. hantR steps in to address this challenge.

This innovative UAV utilizes advanced onboard sensors for self-threat detection and 3D awareness. Its unique net-launching mechanism allows for non-lethal neutralization of drones, following military commands and mission requirements.

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Zen Technologies Limited, a leading provider of defense training solutions, has secured a ?93 crore (inclusive of 18% GST) order from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the supply of Tactical Training Simulators. This latest win further strengthens the company’s position as a key player in the Indian defense training ecosystem.

This marks another significant order for Zen Technologies in the Tactical Training space, following recent contracts for anti-drone systems and tank training systems with the MoD. The company’s expertise in designing, developing, and manufacturing cutting-edge training solutions has made it a trusted partner for India’s armed forces.

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Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has unveiled the RAJAK TWS-Series, a military-grade uncooled thermal imaging weapon sight designed specifically for the demanding needs of the Indian Armed Forces. This innovative product promises to enhance soldiers’ capabilities and situational awareness in challenging environments.

The RAJAK TWS-Series is crafted with the harsh realities of the battlefield in mind. Its lightweight and durable design ensures reliable performance even in extreme temperatures, dust, and moisture. This makes it well-suited for India’s diverse terrain, from the icy heights of the Himalayas to the scorching deserts of Rajasthan.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is making significant progress towards its ambitious Gaganyaan mission, aimed at sending the first Indian astronauts to space. With the second test vehicle now ready and set for transport to Sriharikota next month, the mission is on track for a potential manned flight later this year.

ISRO chief S. Somanath confirmed the readiness of the second test vehicle, highlighting its arrival at Sriharikota next month and preparations for its launch within two months. This vehicle will further validate crucial aspects of the mission, including the low-altitude and high-altitude motors, as well as the emergency crew escape system.

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The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is setting its sights on the export potential for the upcoming Tejas MkII fighter jet, aiming to position it as a competitive option in the medium-category market. This strategic shift comes as several current-generation Russian fighter jet operators seek alternatives due to political tensions and rising costs.

With many former Soviet states looking to replace ageing Russian jets but finding Western options cost-prohibitive, the Tejas MkII seeks to bridge the gap. Offering advanced capabilities at a potentially attractive price point, it could become a viable contender for nations like Vietnam, Algeria, and African Countries.

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