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The C-295 tactical air-lifter will soon be manufactured by Airbus-Tata in India and rightly has been chosen to be modified into a Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) variant for airborne surveillance with C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) capabilities for the Indian Navy by CABS, a DRDO laboratory in Bengaluru.

For C-295 MMMA to become reality, the Navy had to sacrifice its planned purchase of the third batch of six P-8I Neptune Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for which it could have been required to shell out $2.4Billion but now for the half amount, it can procure at least 12 C-295 MMMA that can be deployed at multiple naval bases around India’s coastline of 7,516 kilometers.

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The Indian Air Force will complete the deployment of the first regiment of S-400 at an airbase in Punjab by February to take on threats from both Pakistan and Chinese airspace. All Forward Airbase have Close range Air Defence systems deployed in the vicinity to protect valuable assets at the base but the deployment of a few S-400 systems at few forward bases also makes them more vulnerable to saturation attacks by using low-cost sub-sonic or Stand-Off Weapon.

Deliberations are been held to provide additional air defense cover to such a forward airbase that doesn’t require the S-400 system to engage expensive missile system to defend against low-cost saturation attacks where the attacking side hopes to take out S-400 system advantage by overwhelming the defending side’s said officials familiar with the matter to idrw.org.

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DRDO won’t spell it out but the use of a makeshift launcher in the recent experimental launch of the BrahMos used instead of a canister launcher for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles hints that the missile is longer than the previous missile due to which DRDO had to switch to the makeshift launcher. DRDO only confirmed that the recent Brahmos test comes with increased indigenous content and improved performance and was tested at supersonic speed for its maximum range and met all mission objectives but no clarity on the range.

New BrahMos seems to be 20-25% longer in length which could enable it to carry more range with an expanded fuel tank, which in turn could enable it to hit targets as far as 700km. BrahMos already has seen a range increase from 290km to 450km after India became a signatory of the MTCR regime that removed previous range restrictions that limited it to be less than 300km.

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PAC’s sales and marketing director, Commodore Moazzam Piracha speaking to Spanish aviation media ( Aviacionline) confirmed that no ongoing negotiations with Nigeria for the acquisition of more Thunder fighters, in addition to the 3 units already contracted is taking place as questions are been raised inside Nigeria of the utility of this jets that have limited ability to help Nigeria battle rising insecurity, including mass school abductions in the northwest, Islamist insurgencies in the northeast and kidnappings for ransom and armed robberies nationwide.

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has come under increasing scrutiny for its continuous military actions particularly in the Northern region, which seen has constant military offensive against terrorists, bandits, and other criminals. NAF has gained a notorious reputation for repeatedly bombing civilians and even its own Army officials in the last few military operations.

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In 2019, Dubai Airshow unveiled an export variant of J-10CE for just $40 million dollars, and the Chinese expert Xiao Feizhu had said it will be difficult to sell them even to traditional Chinese fighter jets buyers since it faces fierce competition in the international market. Yet in 2022, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) will be taking deliveries of 25 J-10CE thus becoming the first country outside China to operate these jets allegedly to counter Indian purchase of Rafale jets. A downward spiral of the Pakistani economy and reduced military budget not many defense analysts like Ranesh Rajan consider this being a military deal but rather military aid.

Pakistan Air force (PAF) was the first to get access to the J-10A in 2006 and 2008 it evaluated the jet but found glaring technical deficiencies in the jet and instead it went with the 18 new F-16C/D block 50/52 aircraft, with an option to buy another 18 more that were provided largely as military aid to Pakistan by the United States government for their support in the Afghanistan war.

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Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) recently canceled plans to procure Ka-31 naval airborne early warning and control helicopters from Russia and P-8I, American anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare patrol aircraft as DAC believes that most of the sensors and radar system can be made available within the country and has asked Navy to look for local alternatives to fill the gap as Navy has started retiring Soviet-era IL-38 Sea Dragon patrol aircraft.

The Navy is keen on getting 10 Sea Guardian drones from the US to enhance surveillance over IOR. The Navy already operates Two- Sea Guardian drones and it is impressed by the system that it is onboard plans to procure 30 (10 each for Army and Air force ) so that it can be operated from the southern naval base of the country. idrw.org has been told that the Navy is also looking into DRDO’s proposed C-295 Multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft that were offered to the Indian Coast Guard.

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An Vietnamese air force delegation visited India a few years back that was given a live demonstration of the Akash Mk1 surface to air interceptor missiles as India was keen to export its air defense system to friendly countries in the region. DRDO also had agreed to provide ToT (Transfer of Technology ) for the local production of the Akash Mk1 missiles systems but it failed to materialize.

After an Internal evaluation of the Akash Mk1 Air defense system, the Vietnamese air force is keen to replace its aging mid-tier Soviet surface-to-air missile system S-125 Pechora 2TM / S-75 Dvina found that the Akash Mk1 missile system lacked in range due to which sale of the missiles system was not concluded.

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Indian Navy is looking to build a new generation of destroyers from a clean-sheet design and has started conceptual concept studies for the same that started in mid-2021 and plans are afoot to be ready with new design and configuration under the ” Project 18 ” that will have displacement for the 13,000 Standard tonnes for six warships that been planned at an estimated cost of 50000 crores.

The Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD) class warships will have a new hull design and superstructure that can accommodate heavier hypersonic missiles and laser systems. Navy along with DRDO is working on the new generation of directed energy weapons and high-power sensors that are being planned as informed to idrw.org. Indian Navy is supposed to start building the new ship from 2026-27, accordingly with induction planned for the first ship in 2032 onwards. The main focus now for the Navy seems to be the emergence of hypersonic missiles that will be a driving factor in the Navy’s desire to field a new large surface combatant that can accommodate ship-based hypersonic missiles.

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The pace of work on the Dry Kaveri engine development as an offshoot of the Kaveri engine is progressing well and soon it will head to Russia by mid this year to commence a series of tests that are planned on a Russian Il-76 aircraft using it as Flight Test Bed (FTB) at a Russian facility. Dry Kaveri will replace one of the four engines of the Il-76 and the tests to be carried out up to 12 km maximum altitude and a maximum forward speed of 0.7 Mach and under different operating conditions to validate the engine performance.

Bangalore-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) under DRDO, is also working on a new afterburner section for the new Dry engine that will be able to generate 73-78kN Class of thrust when the afterburner is engaged. While the Dry Kaveri engine will be used to power the upcoming Unmanned Remote Strike Aircraft program, the Kaveri engine with the afterburner section will eventually be tested on the older LSP LCA-Tejas aircraft as a technology demonstrator program and also has proof of concept by 2026-27 as informed to idrw.org.

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DRDO’s GTRE is planning to conclude a deal with either Safran or Rolls-Royce for the development of a new 110kN Class thrust engine that can be used to power India’s AMCA MkII jets that goes into production in 2035 by mid of this year that will be directly under the preview of the PM’s Office and will be taken as a national project for which clearance of the project will likely take place soon.

idrw.org has been told that nearly 8 new engines will be manufactured after inking the deal within three years from the date of agreement that will be used as ground technology demonstrator engines to be used to test the engine in various configurations with or without afterburner section initially after which the project moves to fabrication of 6 more flying technology demonstrator engine that will be used on the Flying Test Bed aircraft prepared for the program.

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IAF after placing orders for 83 jets upgrade Tejas Mk1A jets, has requested a host of new weapons that it plans to integrate and test this year for which HAL has been assigned as an integration and testing partner and DRDO/ADA have been assigned to develop software coding that will enable these weapons to be integrated with the Mission computer and Weapons control computer so they work as required.

The first major weapons system that will be tested and cleared for operational usage will be the indigenously developed Astra Mk1, Beyond visual range air to air missiles for which captive flights trials of the missiles already has started and launch trials for at least 3 missiles have been planned this year before it can be cleared for operational usage.

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India’s third Nuclear submarine-ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) S4 was again seen in satellite imaginaries by the latest report prepared by the Janes Intel where it seems it is ready to begin sea trials that the Navy plans to commence from 2022 onwards. Earlier this year in March, idrw.org was first to report about a new submarine cover that was seen at Vizag which was 40m longer than the previous submarine cover that was used for Arihant class submarines, which confirmed for the first time that S4 had moved out of dry docks at Ship Building Center in Visakhapatnam to Fitting out dock.

Fitting out dock is usually the place where vital interior works like installation of periscopes and other equipment for the comfort of the crew are carried out and slowly the nuclear reactor goes critical and begins operating with its internal power where power generation is gradually increased in phases before it is ready for harbor and sea trials.

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AMERICAN THAAD

In a boost to India’s deterrence capabilities, phase two of India’s ambitious Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program is currently underway after the fabrication of the AD1 and AD2 interceptor missiles which clears its path into moving towards the developmental trials of the newly developed system.

AD1 and AD2 are next-gen interceptor missiles that can take out hostile ballistic missiles over a range of 1500km and 3000km. AD1 is an endo-atmospheric (within Earth’s atmosphere) interceptor missile that is already ready and could be tested with prior clearance. AD1 is a land-based air defense system effective against high-speed threats such as tactical ballistic missiles that can be mounted on 8×8 transporter erector launcher trucks and can also be adapted for Naval Warships.

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India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) a fifth-generation aircraft program is envisaged to be produced by an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) ) which will comprise in addition to HAL and DRDO and some major private industries for which a new company is likely to be announced by end of 2022 said informed sources close to idrw.org. AMCA project will have 75% government funding in the form of ‘Grant-in-Aid’, remaining 25% of the project cost will be borne by Indian private entities that are selected for the program.

HAL will have the biggest shareholding pattern in the new consortium that will come up soon for which talks with interested Indian private entities are being held. some major private industries like Tata Defense, Larsen & Toubro, VEM Technologies, and Kalyani group have shown keen interest in joining the AMCA program either as Tier-I or Tier-II companies as part of its supply chain for the program.

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After getting the backing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence for second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) to enhance the combat capabilities of the Navy, but due to tighter budgets, Navy has decided to let go of the offer to supply next-generation Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG by General Atomics developed system that was cleared by Trump administration in 2017 for India.

U.S. Navy uses magnetism and electricity to launch aircraft from aircraft carriers instead of the steam-powered catapults to launch aircraft and the Indian Navy was quite intrigued by the next generation launch mechanism but unfortunately, EMALS has run into serious developmental issues and fixes are still work in progress. The second issues seem to be the cost, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) with 2 launcher configuration and one Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) has an estimated total cost of $1.321 billion.

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