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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has concluded all ground-based trials of the new Active electronically scanned array (AESA) Maritime Radar to be used as a maritime surveillance airborne radar system for search and rescue missions on the proposed Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) aircraft that will be based on Airbus Defence & Space C295 tactical transporter.

DRDO’s A319 Flying Testbed ” Anusandhan ” will be used to test most of the airborne developmental flight trials of the new AESA Maritime Patrol Radar that will have maritime surveillance, pollution surveillance, and search and rescue capabilities. The DRDO’s C295 AEW&C concept remains in the initial planning stages since the C295 acquisition that has been in the works for half a decade is still to be concluded.

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A joint team from Indian Army and Ministry of Defence (MOD) officials recently visited Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, in MP to review the integration & production of Dhanush at Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur with all the stakeholders to resolve quality & delivery issues after the factory was hit by the Second wave of CCP virus and reopened only in June due to which supply of 6-8 new guns was halted.

The first batch of 6 guns supplied in 2019 faced some Quality issues due to which second batch production was affected as the Indian Army wanted it to be rectified and retested, at least 4 guns from the second batch before Army took delivery of the second batch. The movement of guns due to lockdown to the range was also affected that hampered delivery to the Indian Army.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Russia on July 20 at the MAKS airshow unveiled its new Sukhoi stealth fighter jet, “The Checkmate”, designed to compete with the US-made F-35, and soon after it was disclosed by Russian officials that the aircraft already had got an Asian country has its first launch customer leading to speculation of India being on the possible client of the aircraft. A senior official with airforce confirmed to idrw.org that no such offer has been made to India through any official channels yet but Russia continues to offer its Mig-35 and Su-35 jets in India’s fighter jet requirement.

Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter requirement for 114 jets has no new entry. Teaser promo video of the latest Russian offering just before its official unveiling had shown that India was its intended target for export. IAF delegation at the MAKS airshow did visit the “The Checkmate” stall at the venue as did all participating countries of the airshow but there is no official confirmation if IAF got separate briefings on the program.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be integrating indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) onboard LSP (Limited Serial Production) Tejas to enhance its capabilities to strike ground targets. As per Industrial sources close to idrw.org, trials might begin in the latter part of this year of the smart weapon system that has a range of 100km and is capable of engaging ground enemies airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways.

SAAW has been tested from Jaguar Strike aircraft, and Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL already. SAAW has been tested several times since 2016 and has entered limited-scale production when the Defence Acquisition Council last year cleared an unspecified number of DRDO-developed Smart Anti Airfield Weapons (SAAW) for the IAF and Navy.

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In less than six months, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will have in its possession all 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets that it had placed an order in 2016, has of now, IAF already has inducted 24 jets and 11 more will come by end of this year and lone Twin-seater trainer aircraft that was used to train Indian pilots in France will be the last one to depart to India in January 2022.

Countries like Egypt and Qatar who had placed orders for Rafale a few months before India had done have already placed additional orders with Dassault and it is still not clear when India will be concluding a fresh contract for acquiring additional jets that were presumably procured under off-the-shelf emergency requirement due to steady declining of the fighter squadron fleet of the IAF.

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A month back, in an exclusive report, we at idrw.org had reported that the LCA-AF Mk2 program is suffering from delays due to the outbreak of the CCP Virus directly at HAL facility and in the facility of the private MSME supply chain for the program. Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) speaking to the media has confirmed idrw.org report and said that “We expect the first prototype to be ready by next year-end. It will be lengthier and is under the design stage with structural and systems plans in place. It will take one year for the ground runs and the then flight trails will start to be completed by 2026-27”.

LCA-AF Mk2 rollout that was planned in August 2022 now officially has been postponed to December 2022 and ceremonial rollout that was planned to coincide to commemorate the 75th year of Indian Independence is also now in doubts. The first flight of LCA-AF Mk2 that was to be concluded by August 2023 most likely will take place in early 2024.

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India plans to conclude a contract for procurement of Six more P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft manufactured by Boeing in 2022. Deal is estimated to cost $2.42 billion and as per industrial sources close to idrw.org. Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of six P-8I to India, under the FMS program.

The Indian Navy is currently in the process of inducting the four P-8Is contracted under the offset clause in 2016. Two P-8I already have been delivered to India and are operating out of INS Hansa Naval base located in Goa and two more P-8I will be handed over to India by end of this year.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Dassault Reliance Aerospace Express Limited (DRAL) will sub-lease part of a plot in Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) special economic zone (SEZ) from the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) to set up Rafale fighter aircraft servicing center in the country. DRAL and MADC deal for sub-lease will clear path to set up Rafale servicing center that will become functional within one-and-a-half years as per media reports.

The upcoming facility at the DRAL will be used for overhauling Rafale jets and also carry out software and hardware upgrades to the jets soon that also includes integration and certification of local and imported weapons systems in the aircraft on behalf of the Indian Air Force that will be supervised by the French company. DRAL facility can also be used to manufacture Rafale for the Indian air force if the company is awarded a contract for additional jets that are mandated to be manufactured and assembled in India.

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India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) will begin its sea trials soon and recently Navy’s Westland WS-61 Sea King anti-submarine warfare helicopter became the first aircraft to land on the decks of the INS Vikrant when it was at Cochin Shipyard. Sea trials are likely to be conducted by end of this year and IAC is set to be commissioned into the Eastern Naval Command as INS Vikrant by mid-2022.

INS Vikrant will be able to launch 30 aircraft, including 20 fighter jets and 10 helicopters. The ship will be compatible with the MiG-29K and TEDBF after Sea trial, Naval Air Arm will start trials of the MiG-29K to demonstrate its combat capability in early 2022.

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Ankur Kanaglekar, Boeing Head in India for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security speaking to an Indian media outlet has said that the company is willing to demonstrate the operation of its F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet on offer to the Indian Navy (IN) on both INS Vikramaditya and IAC-1 aircraft carrier, even though aircraft was not designed to operate from `ski-jump ramp’.

Kanaglekar said that the company has conducted more than 150 simulation studies and also has carried out the ski-jump test from a land-based facility to confirm that F/A-18 Block III can operate from both Indian aircraft carriers with ease.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy recently in an interview confirmed that India’s first developmental trial of a Nirbhay cruise missile fitted with an indigenous Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) developed by DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) will be tested soon in coming days.

Nirbhay is India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile that can carry 200-300-kilogram warheads and can strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers. Nirbhay Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile is already deployed in limited numbers with Russian NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan but India is upgrading the missile system with a more indigenous system that includes a new radio frequency seeker.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy recently in an interview said that the organization is moving to into Single integrated Trial system of the next-generation weapons program that will include officials from the Certification agency, User ( Army, Airforce, and Navy), and the Developmental team will now be part of the trials from the beginning of each new program so has to reduce stages of weapons development cycle and also shorten the induction and production time of the new system.

DRDO has now combined the Developmental trials that were conducted by the developmental team of the weapon project that was usually followed up by User trials that could usually take 2-3 years in each multiple phase will now be reduced to considerably due to Single integrated Trial system.

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India’s Air force took a crucial step forward recently and cleared its Sukhoi-30MKI fleet to be armed with Israeli Derby-ER Beyond Visual Air to Air missile for which one of the Sukhoi-30MKI was used to carry out series of aeromechanical integrity tests that was carried out to assess the mechanical, structural, and electrical compatibility between the missile and the aircraft, and whether vibrations, strain, stress, etc can be handled by the aircraft.

In Phase-I of the Captive flight, trials will involve the Su-30MKI carrying under its wings at one of its six hardpoints a Dummy Derby-ER missiles for multiple 90-minute sorties each, that covers the entire flight envelope of the aircraft. Phase-II will be followed with the actual missile being used in Captive flight minus its warhead and at last, the missile realizes mechanism will be tested before it is cleared to be fired from an aircraft.

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Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told TASS at the MAKS-2021 international air show that it has offered its Il-112VE light military transport plane to many partner countries including India. The Il-112VE light military transport plane is an export variant of the Il-112V aircraft developed for Russia’s Air Force and designed to carry and airdrop cargoes, vehicles, military hardware, ammunition, and personnel.

Il-112VE light military transport is the same class as Airbus C295 multi-role transport aircraft that was cleared by the Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard in 2015 as the replacement for its aging fleet of Avro 748 transport aircraft but has been pending since due to budgetary issues.

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The state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for Lead-In Light Fighter / Trainer Aircraft to replace several inventories of aircraft serving in these two roles, including the BAE Hawk 108 and 208 light combat aircraft fleets and Aermacchi MB-339CM trainers by end of September with a customizable offer.

The Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted the Indian jet as a contender for the contract of its 36 new Light Combat Aircraft. Industrial sources to idrw.org have confirmed that HAL is likely to offer its UTTAM AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) instead of the Israeli origin ELTA’s EL/M 2032 based FCR in its bid that the Malaysian Air Force won’t agree to since Kuala Lumpur does not have an official diplomatic relationship with Israel.

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