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Media speculation hints that India will finally ink a contract for the supply of 21 Mig-29UPG fighter jets that will be used to beef up combat squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) when Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit India on December 6 for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit.

India is procuring unused airframes of 21 Mig-29 jets that will be upgraded by HAL in India with UPG-level upgrades that will see D-29 EW suite made by DRDO and other Russian components, including radio-electronics and armaments. HAL has proposed to replace the current Russian supplied Zhuk M pulse doppler electronically scanned array radar with the locally developed Uttam AESA Fire Control Radar along with a New Mission Computer that HAL is developing for the Naval Mig-29K fleet.

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Indian Navy is determined to get its third aircraft carrier for which it has decided to lean on carrier-based unmanned aircraft and fighter jet mix composition to form the bulk of the aerial combat capabilities of the next aircraft carrier so that budget requirement for new aircraft carrier remains low but that could still require considerable investment in a deck based fighter jet and Unmanned Aerial vehicles and the challenges that come with such ambitious programs.

idrw.org has been told by people who know about the programs that carrier-based unmanned combat aircraft will be bigger than the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) due to various technical challenges that need to be developed and mastered before a viable UCAV can emerge.

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India’s 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Program is all set to take off when the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of the Central Government of India will grant 15000 crores that the developers of the AMCA program are seeking after completion of the critical design review (CDR) that is planned sometime in early 2022 for the program to kick start fabrication and flight trials of the first aircraft.

idrw.org has learned that the much-delayed decision to select an international partner for the development of a new high thrust engine for the program will also be cleared in 2022 for which additional funds ranging from $4 to $6 billion will be requested and cleared. Defense Expo 2022 might be an ideal place when the new partner might be announced and agreements for the joint venture is likely to be concluded later in 2022.

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CATS Omca (Optionally-manned combat aircraft) and CATS Hale (High-altitude long-endurance (HALE) seem to be two new components in the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) proposed Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) that the company is developing with Bengaluru-based startup, Newspace Research and Technologies to give IAF a robust and futuristic deep penetration attack system.

CATS Omca seems to be a project of converting obsolete fighter jets into drones. Mig-21, Mig-27, and Kiran IJT seems to have been selected as a viable candidates to be converted into Optionally-manned combat aircraft that could be used as decoys or to carry out their combat missions. HAL is carrying out the conversion of Kiran IJT into an unmanned drone but not much is known about its current status of its. In the above image, you can see that the CATS OMCA will be the first to enter hostile airspace either to be used as a decoy to overwhelm adversary air defenses by their sheer numbers or as a rudimentary unmanned combat aircraft to draw out hidden Air defense system positioning of the enemy.

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Indian Navy had to float a fresh tender to acquire around 100 heavyweight torpedoes to be armed on the Scorpene-class conventional and Arihant class nuclear submarines after Black Shark torpedoes belonging to the Italian firm WASS which was part of the scam-tainted Finmeccanica group in the AgustaWestland chopper scam that was previously selected was blacklisted by the Indian Ministry of Defence.

Due to the ban on the Italian firm Leonardo, Four Scorpene-class conventional and 2 Arihant classes had to be only armed with tube-launched anti-ship missiles as they still wait for procurement of heavyweight torpedoes, exposing major deficiencies in the combat capabilities of these ships. Scorpene-class submarines were developed with a weapon control system that was tuned for operating Black Shark torpedoes due to which the Navy couldn’t switch to alternative heavyweight torpedoes to address this issue.

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Iconic Russian brand in the Assault rifle segment is coming to India, AK-203 will become the main Assault rifle of the Indian Army for decades to come as both countries are working out the last bit of details before domestic production of the Russian AK-203 starts in India. AK-203 will replace the Indian-made INSAS rifle after being nearly 30 years in service with the Indian Army. Kalashnikov shares insights into its Ak-203 deal in an exclusive interview with idrw.org.

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  1. When can we see the AK 203 assault rifle deal inked with India?
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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) earlier this year bagged the biggest order for locally made fighter jet when the Indian Air Force (IAF) placed orders for 73 units of Tejas Mk1A and 10 Tejas Trainer, but HAL officials who want to remain anonymous speaking to idrw.org has said that Internal production of the company still sees the possibility of getting production orders for more 60-80 jets as company ramps up production from 2023-24 onwards.

HAL and IAF have agreed to Jointly develop Tejas lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) variant based on the Tejas Trainer airframe for which it has got in-principal approval for the development of the Tejas LIFT from IAF and also procurement projection of 30-40 jets from the IAF while HAL is trying also to get Navy onboard the program as well.

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ALLEGED PIC OF K5 SLBM

Barely a few weeks back ago, idrw.org had broken the news of DRDO’s K-B SLBM Project gaining space and moving towards trial of India’s longest submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) to boost its second-strike capabilities and thus augment its nuclear deterrence was Imminent. Now, idrw.org can confirm that the first test of India’s longest SLBM has been scheduled for the first half of 2022.

K5 is India’s first SLBM that can deliver a payload to targets that are 5,000 to 6,000 kilometers away and will match the Agni V, India’s longest land-based intercontinental ballistic missile. K-5 will also reportedly be capable of carrying four MIRV (Multiple Independently targetable Reentry Vehicle ) warheads of 500kgs each.

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Captor-E AESA FCR on rotating repositioner

In our previous report, idrw.org had revealed that DRDO’s Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) has started work on the development of upgraded Uttam Active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire-control radar (FCR) with the main antenna incorporating 992 arrays of TR modules instead of 780TR modules that is on the Uttam Mk1 radar antenna meant for Tejas Mk1A program.

Recently idrw.org has learned from the fresh tenders that has been issued that the Uttam Mk2 antenna will be mounted on a swashplate repositioner that enables the electronically scanned antenna, which is normally fixed in a forward position on a fighter aircraft, to be slewed to the left and to the right to increase its field-of-view this comes as a huge benefit during BVR [Beyond Visual Range] engagements when you don’t want to point the aircraft directly into a specific area.

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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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