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India has signed a deal worth around Rs 1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft recently marking a switch from Ukraine which in 2012 had secured orders for the same missile from the Indian Air Force. Vympel R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile developed by the Soviet Union in the early ’80s and still manufactured by Russia and Ukraine with different modern variants.

Ukrainian state-run joint-stock holding company, Artem, had handed over the first batch of R-27 medium-range air-to-air missiles to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2013 and total order from IAF was for 400 R-27 missiles which included 180 each variant of R-27ER1 (130km) and R-27ET1 (72 km ) and 40 Captive Training Missile . While Indian media did not report which variant was ordered by IAF from Russia, but sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that the latest R-27 order was of a newer variant Continue reading

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The Narendra Modi government is set to form a committee of gas turbine engine enthusiasts from various government bodies who will decide the future course of development of the military-grade indigenous aero engine for prestigious programs like AMCA/MCF/UCAV program in near future after development of GTX-35VS Kaveri engine with investment of over 3000 crores couldn’t come up with desired thrust requirements to be used on LCA-Tejas Platform said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Scientists from across the organization from all over India, recently meet and argued government to kick start long-pending indigenous aero-engine program in the country and feared that India will be left behind if it fails to follow up with follow up engine projects for its indigenous aircraft programs after GTX-35VS Kaveri engine was not able to meet program requirement and had to be delinked from LCA-Tejas project. Continue reading

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Indian Space Research Organisation has delayed the test-flight and the first flight is likely to take place in October said the latest media report. Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) first flight was scheduled for by end of July but that now has been postponed due to Chandrayaan-2 Mission and not due to any technical reasons said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) is a vehicle-on-demand rocket and can carry payloads up to 500kg to the lower orbit which can be assembled in 2-3 days as permission requirement. SSLV is also cheapest Rocket developed by ISRO and will be costing just over 15 Crores per rocket which is way cheaper then what core alone variant of PSLV costs at around 150 crores. Continue reading

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Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which is pursuing the development of long-range air-to-air missiles dubbed as Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) jointly with Russia for the first time has confirmed that India’s Next Generation long-range Air-to-Air missile will have a range from 70-340 km in the power ‘ ON’ Mode.

According to documents which idrw.org has gone through. SFDR Mission Project started in 2013 with estimated funding of nearly Rs 500 cr to develop the technology and demonstrate it in 5 years. DRDO successful demonstrated propulsion technology earlier this year which is ultimately expected to accelerate the development of long-range air-to-air missiles. Continue reading

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What could be the first official reaction of India on the repeated offer of its Russian developed 5th generation Su-57E fighter jet might not go down well with Russian defense ministry after visiting Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa earlier this month in Russia asked Russian officials to buy and induct Su-57E fighter jet first in Russian Airforce and then Indian Airforce might consider buying them in near future.

Russia has been working on the development of Su-57E fighter jet for Export market and sees India and China has potential launch customers of the 5th generation fighter jet which could boost sales of the ill-fated jet which has been facing technical delays and prove of technology speculation for a while now. Russia has been pitching Su-57E fighter jet both to India and China for a while now but both countries are yet to commit on orders for Russia’s troubled Su-57 “stealth” fighter jet program Continue reading

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Russian Defence officials have raised concerns on the integration of Non-Russian Weapons onboard Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters without direct Russian involvement in the projects with the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa when he was on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 informed a highly senior ranked airforce official close to idrw.org.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to arm its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the I-Derby ER (extended range), Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which will replace Russian-made Vympel R-77 AAMs by 2021-22 ,even though for time being, IAF has placed orders for 700 of the R-77 and R-73 as emergency purchase with Russia. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 had visited the MiG-35 complex at the Kubinka facility near Moscow, where the modernized variant of the MiG-29 fighter, which has been in service with the Indian Air Force for over three decades on offer to the Indian Air Force in a contract for 114 fighters was pushed for possible deal with India.

While the key focus remained on MiG-35, which was previously rejected by IAF in previous MMRCA tender in 2011. A small team of Russian Defence officials also made the pitch for the other Russian fighter jet in the race and briefed Air Chief about potential savings if IAF decides to select Sukhoi-35 fighter jets for local manufacturing and how it will also help lower costs for modernization of the 270+ Su-30MKI Upgrade already in the service with IAF. Continue reading