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HAL has started groundwork to flight certify the HTFE-25 engine before 2025 and is panning to start integration of the engine possibly on the company-owned Hawk-I AJT or on the LSP HJT-36 IJT aircraft in 2022 onwards. MoD-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been developing an HTFE-25, a 25kN dry thrust since 2013 and completed its first engine core’s inaugural run in 2015, since then HAL has tested two technology demonstrator engines and recently completed Sea-level trials and performance were found to be satisfactory. HTFE-25 once certified can be used on a 5-ton weight class aircraft in single-engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with twin-engine configuration.

HAL is planning to replace Russia’s NPO Saturn supplied AL-55 (17.3 kN) turbofan engines that are presently used to power HAL developed HJT-36 Intermediate Jet trainer aircraft. HJT-36 IJT program has been officially delinked from the MoD-IAF funding program after years of delays and failure to clear Spin trials while the program presently is running on the internal funds provided by the company.

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A Business and financial publication ” The Edge Malaysia” in its recent report has claimed that Pakistan that was often touted to be the favorite to bag the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) Light Combat Aircraft/Fighter Lead-In-Trainer (LCA/FLIT) contract has not responded to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MinDef) tender that was issued on 22 June this year. Before the last date that was 22 September, RMAF received bids from six companies.

According to ” The Edge”, MinDef has received bids from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) that in partnership with local company Kemalak Systems Sdn Bhd has offered FA-50 fighter jet, Turkish Aerospace Industries has offered its Hürjet supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft that is still under development. Other offers are from Russia for Mig-35, China has offered its Hongdu L-15 light attack aircraft, Italy it M-346 jet, and India its LCA-Tejas Mk1 jets.

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HAL chairman and managing director R. Madhavan recently confirmed that the Tejas Mk1A will take to air by March 2022, idrw.org has been told one of the FOC Tejas Mk1 aircraft that has been designed to be used as FTB (Flying Testbed ) for the Mk1A program is presently under undergoing fitment of the Israeli supplied ELTA-ELM-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) and the ELL-8222WB self-protection jammer (SPJ) mounted on an external pod.

Mk1A FTB Rollout will happen at the end of this year and plans are to demonstrate most of the technologies next year after the completion of initial flights planned in March 2022. HAL plans to use Mk1A FTB for the next 18 months from the day of its first flight to validate most of the upgrades and changes that have taken place in the aircraft before it is cleared for production by mid of 2023.

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FILE PIC OF K-15 SLBM

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is readying for the maiden test of its long-range Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) K-5 that can deliver nuclear warheads of more than one ton 5,000 km away. K-5 Primarily to be armed on the new S4 and S4* Class SSBM ( ballistic missile submarines ) which are Extended versions of INS Arihant and INS Arighat Class of the first-generation SSBN.

The K-5 missile was sanctioned in 2015 and the program picked up speed after Indo-Chinese tension and also due in anticipation of S4 moving from dry docks to into the water from next year. K-5 is supposed to be the second missile to be equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) technology that can hit multiple targets or can be used to hit the same targets from multiple projectiles to overwhelm the air defense units.

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In 2018, India walked out of the proposed development of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on the Russian Su-57 after having major disagreements over the Transfer of the technology and lack of access to the program to evaluate the jet independently without Russian interference. India walking out of the program might not have affected the development of the jet directly but shook the confidence of many countries that were interested in the program who later became reluctant and were not coming forward due to low production rate and also since not many wanted to be the launch customer of a jet that is yet to enter mass production.

Russia officially unveiled Checkmate at the MAKS-2021 air show in Moscow, with unusually pointy nose air intake below the cockpit in addition to “internal weapons bay” that has been touted as an export-oriented low-cost fifth-generation fighter jet that can rival American F-35 that nearly half the unit cost. Vietnam and India have been identified as a potential export customers for the Checkmate that plans to complete its first flight by 2023.

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Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari after taking charge as the new chief of the Indian Air Force has set the balling rolling on procurement of 114 fighter jets under Multi-role fighter aircraft (MRFA) Tender after his office issued an internal command to complete evaluation of the RFI (request for information) so that RFP (request for proposal) for the same can be issued by mid or late 2022. idrw.org has been told that, unlike the previous chief who favored possible procurement of another batch of 36 Rafale jets by India from France, the new chief is keen to see RFP is issued under this term to set the ball rolling on a long-delayed deal for 114 new jets.

IAF had issued RFI (request for information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion in April 2019 and RFI was still at the evaluation stage after receiving offers from Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Late entries were Boeing F-15EX and Sukhoi Bureau Su-35.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had first revealed the development of an MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) last year and now idrw.org has learned that short-range air defence missile system will also have a Helicopter version used as an air-to-air weapon with 2 missiles on each module that will replace the Mistral-2 ATAM (Air to Air Mistral) from French company MBDA on Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and ALH-Rudra WSI at a later stage.

DRDO also has plans to develop man-portable air defense mounted on an automatic fire control with FCR or EO system for Naval warships to neutralize aerial threats. Other than the man-portable version it is also expected that the missile will also come with a Mounting system to be used on light vehicles that can be manually operated.

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Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) that has been developing a 1,500-horsepower (HP) indigenous Bharat Power Pack engine for India’s future main battle tank (FMBT) since 2010 onwards now plans to test the engine after integrating it with one of the older Arjun MBT Prototype after completion of various ground-based trials of the main engine along with the Turbocharger that was developed by GTRE sometime in next year as informed to idrw.org.

Bharat power pack will also replace the current 1,400-horsepower (HP) Euro Power Pack based on an MTU Series 880 engine acquired from Germany for the Arjun Mk1 and Mk1A Main Battle Tanks series that are in production or in the active service. Bharat power pack engine comes with transmission and includes a cooling system, air filtration, preheater, Turbo charger, electrical system, and power management and can be further customized for desert or high altitude operations depending on the user requirements.

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Heavy Earth Observation (EO) satellites that are usually assigned to the military are vulnerable to being taken down by hostile forces in case of full-scale war and recent demonstration of the antisatellite (ASAT) and ground-based ASAT lasers probably intended to blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors on LEO satellites will come as a challenge for India to maintain its communication and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) satellites or risk being blind in event of full scale war. to tackle this problem, DRDO’s Project Veda has been initiated for the development of Mobile Battlefield ready Military-grade Satellite Launch Vehicle that can be used to launch a constellation of Small Satellites (SmSats) or low weight Satellites that can deliver for military-related missions.

Satellite Constellations of Small Satellites can be used for Spectrum Monitoring, especially for its subfield, Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), the analysis and localization of collection of radio frequency (RF) signals. Small Satellites can generate significant military surveillance value for the country and are easier to manufacture, handle and ultimately launch in case of loss of heavier satellites. The main driver for moving towards small satellite constellations is the ability to dramatically lower the cost of old space or airborne missions in event of loss of existing capacities and beef up military surveillance tech in short duration.

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EOTS ON F-35

DRDO lab has started work on the development of a low-drag, stealthy Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the AMCA MkII that will enter production in 2035. DRDO plans inhouse development of EOTS that helps enhances pilot’s situational awareness and allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.

Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) will be made available in the AMCA MkII for which a separate team is working on the durable sapphire window that will be integrated into the AMCA’s fuselage that will house the forward-looking infrared and infrared search and multi-spectral sensing options, including high-resolution mid-wave infrared (IR), short-wave IR and near IR. It also comes with a larger aperture.

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Last year a tender was issued by the public sector undertaking Defence Research and Development Organisation inviting companies interested in carrying out Integration of RudraM-III Missile on Su-30 MKI aircraft (NonUMC) that was supposed to be followed by the trial of the missile system. idrw.org has been told that the integration work is progressing well and soon captive flight trials of the missile system will commence followed by developmental trials of the missile system for which DRDO already started manufacturing 20 limited series units of the RudraM-III missiles that will be used in its developmental phase.

RudraM-III is long-range Air to Surface missile system with a range of up to 550km. RudraM-III program was sanctioned in 2017 with developmental trials to begin in 2022 for 485 crores. DRDO is also working on RudraM-II and RudraM-IIA that are also Air to Surface missiles with a range of up to 250-350km.

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After the demonstration of the Tail Boom folding operation that was carried out 7 Nov 2020 on the ALH Mk-III prototype. HAL has commenced Qualification/certification flight trials that started earlier this year and are expected to be completed by end of 2021. Sea-based trials from the decks of the warships will commence at the later stage

With a combination of the existing 2 blade folding, the achieved storage dimension of ALH (13.5 m length, 3.5 m width & 4.1 m height) will meet the Navy’s Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) specification under which the Navy had issued Request for Proposals (RFP) to International vendors for 111 Utility Helicopters.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy are working out Mega billion-dollar defense deals worth $25 Billion that are under pipeline or close to either being negotiated or are close to being signed in the coming months as the Indian Government plans to convert most of this pending purchase proposals into contracts in 2022. As per defense sources close to idrw.org, much-waited talks for 36 additional Dassault Rafale is already underway with France for its F4 Standard variant that is much more advance than the present F3-R standard that could see deliveries starting from 2026 onwards.

IAF proposals for six additional C-130J Tactical Transporters too could be cleared and come as a welcome boost to the existing fleet of 12 aircraft. Talks with Lockheed Martin are already underway and these platforms will likely become the testbed for the Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) program and also be the first to be used as airborne signals intelligence system that later will also be incorporated into the rest of the fleet.

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BrahMos Aerospace Russian-Indian joint venture has started groundwork on development of BrahMos-NG cruise missile after it identified land for new proposed plant near Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India) for the new missile production that will enter trial by end of 2023 but is already getting attention from many rivals and friendly countries who are keen on monitoring the process of the programs.

As per defense sources close to idrw.org, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is the sole backer of the program that will see the first supersonic cruise missile in the segment that can hit Mach 3.5 speeds at the same time can be adapted on all platforms without any requirement for structural modifications or strengthening of the launch platform which has caught attention of many countries with few countries keen on getting more information on the program.

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After awarding orders worth crores to Indian private start-up companies for swarm and cargo drones including for the anti-drone technologies, a panel formed by the Government of India is looking into requests made by several private sector companies that may allow companies to enter High or Medium Altitude Long Endurance (HALE or MALE) class of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program that till now as being exclusively remained with the public sector companies in the country.

Many Private companies in recent times have tied up with International vendors to provide locally manufactured UAVs for the Indian armed forces but as per defense sources close to idrw.org, GOI along with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to encourage homegrown development of UAVs to meet the requirements of Indian Armed force including combat drones that will have larger locally developed systems and are not of foreign origin.

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