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The last two years have seen rapid growth being made in augmenting capabilities of India’s missiles system by the DRDO and 2022 will also see many new systems finally breaking cover and getting tested for the first time. DRDO in recent times has shortened developmental trials but has stressed more on testing missile systems that are near production-ready that also shortens user trials stage.

2022 is the year when DRDO promised that India will be free of importing any type and kind of missile system and many one of kind missiles systems that are in development will soon be heading towards test ranges in the next few months and 5 big-ticket Missiles System that is to be tested in 2022 are…

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On the 75th anniversary of the Independence of India, several big-ticket Defence projects are to be announced as part of the celebrations and to showcase the growing defense sector in India. These major big-ticket Defence projects in the country will not only further boost India’s security in the region but also propel into the club of a handful of countries that has such technologies at their disposal. India hopes that these projects act as a reliable exporter of the defense equipment that has seen steady growth in the last 7 years with a major chunk of contribution now coming from the Private sector that last year contributed 21% in export share.

Some of the big-ticket Defence projects that might be cleared that have been confirmed to idrw.org are listed below are to be cleared by CCS in 2022.

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French Defense Minister Florence Parly is in India and a major push will come for fresh orders for Rafale jets but reports also indicate that France will offer its Barracuda Nuclear-Attack Class submarine to India but people who are familiar with the French offer say that is not the case. French offer is limited to the conventional technology that they are keen to supply to India’s Nuclear-Attack Class submarine that is under design stage.

The Navy is keen to acquire a pump-jet propulsion system that the French seem to have mastered due to successive submarine programs in the country that have adopted this next-gen propulsion technology. France is not offering any collaboration on the development of a 190MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) that the Navy plans to develop for India’s Nuclear-Attack Class submarine program.

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Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) with DRDO is organizing a Seminar On Autonomous Air Vehicles Technologies & Applications, an annual event jointly conducted by the Design Division of Aeronautical Society of India and Aeronautical Development Establishment (DRDO), Bangalore for the UAV community to share their knowledge and expertise but what became viral online was the CAD image that was used in the brochure for the event that had an uncanny resemblance to the Israeli develop Heron TP (Eitan) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that India has recently procured.

But ADE itself a few months ago had issued tenders for the development of the new MALE Class UAV that incorporates a double boom, twin-tail design (two longitudinal booms) rather than a single tail cone design that we have seen on Rustam-2. ADE was supposed to fabricate two prototypes that means it should be ready by mid or by late 2022.

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AWACS AVRO

Last month Former IAF fighter pilot Sameer Joshi on Twitter posted an image of what seems to be an HS-748 Avro aircraft platform fitted with a rotodome on its fuselage. Not many were sure if the image that went viral over social media was of the old AWACS AVRO program that has been long abandoned now or was the first official confirmation of old workhorse again being pushed back into service to test the new dome that DRDO along with CABS had fabricated for the A330 AWACS Indian Program that now has been pushed back to make way for the smaller A319 based Netra MkI I AEW&C program.

The viral AWACS AVRO Picture has been traced back to the Guwahati Air Base where it has been caught in satellite imagery when it was parked in the open just off the main runway. We scanned previous satellite images of the same area and found that in 2018, AVRO was seen for the first time in the same location but without any dome visible in the satellite images. In 2020, Avro had gone missing from the same location but by October 2021 satellite image scans captured Avro again but this time with a dome.

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A 160km long-range air to air missile dubbed Astra Mk2 has been fabricated for testing for some time now but waits conclusion of the captive and separation trials which idrw.org has been told will be completed soon before it can be tested some times in early 2022 for which DRDO has planned nearly 10-12 trials of the new missile in course of next two years before it is cleared to enter production in 2024 if all results are satisfactory and meet requirements set by the IAF.

Solid fuel-based ducted ramjet (SFDR) propulsion technology-based Astra MkIII with a range of 70-340km will be ready to enter the fabrication and trial stage in 2024-25 as idrw.org has been informed that the DRDO is carrying out some design improvements on the missile that it plans to validate in 2022 by carrying out fresh ground trials of the missile.

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TWEETED BY Indranil Roy (Indrani1_Roy)

India’s Airbus A319 based Netra Mk2 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system configuration seems to have gone through revision. In the latest tender document issued by the DRDO more visible structural changes to the aircraft seems to be much more radical than what was originally planned.

Changes visible are that the beyond-line-of-sight datalinks, satellite communication systems radome have been moved behind and now it is close to the tail section and it seems plans to have multimode airborne Maritime surveillance Radar to act as an effective force-multiplier solution for operational missions in the maritime theater seems to have been dropped.

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Russia plans to offer its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India in the future, but India till now has reamended tight-lipped on the offer as its starts receiving the first batch of S-400 Very Long Range Air defense system from Russia. idrw.org has been told that the S-500 system on offer that Russia claims can intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic cruise missiles, and will supplement the current S-400 system is not a priority for the Armed forces as of now.

S-400 will strengthen India’s Air Defense network against fast maneuvering jets and force multipliers that work in the background due to long-range of 400km but has a limited role in intercepting Intermediate ranged ballistic missiles for which DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program will be used to engage and neutralize short and medium-range Ballistic Missile coming from Pakistan and China and recent satellite imaginary confirms the start of Phase-I deployment of long-range Radars and Interceptor missiles system that will be used to safeguard National Capital Delhi and Mumbai has commenced to protect against Intermediate ranged ballistic missiles .

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Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari since taking office has been not talking about the Tejas Mk2 program when he is talking about future fighter jet procurement plans that even media along with analysts have started to notice these repeated omissions but now credible information coming from people in touch with IAF top Brass says that concerns are well-founded and IAF fears that Tejas Mk2 program might be used by Government of India to sabotage or downgrade MRFA requirements for 114 jets.

IAF is keen to fast track RFP Stage in the MRFA competition by mid of 2022 and if it manages to secure a Government nod for 114 jets then the Tejas Mk2 program has fighting chances as IAF Top Brass seems to be losing patience with the government, while the last tranche of Rafale is the verge of being handed over to IAF in coming weeks.

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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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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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