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NASAMS II

The national capital was supposed to get a multi-layered missile defense system after Washington agreed to supply an integrated air defense weapon system (IADWS) to New Delhi for USD 1.86 billion known as the NASAMS II. National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II), a network-centric short to medium range ground-based air defense system, was supposed to be part of the overall air defense shield for the national capital that included the indigenous Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield.

But the procurement of NASAMS-II was vehemently opposed both by State-owned DRDO and Indian Air Force (IAF) who backed indigenously developed surface-to-air missile system instead. idrw.org has been informed that both IAF and DRDO are in talks for the possible development of a NASAMS-II-type Desi missile shield based on the Dual-use missile that will have the capability to protect several areas and high-value assets separated by large distances, in and around National Capital.

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Recently Unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying security forces, killing two personnel of the Pakistan Navy and injuring another in the coastal district of Gwadar in the restive Baluchistan province. 2020 for Pakistani security forces particularly has not been a good year and according to the Indian analysts Ronsek18 (Twitter id@RS1500000) who monitors casualties in Pakistani security forces, has said that in 2020 alone, Pakistani security forces suffered 335 combat casualties, out of which only 48 were due to Indian firings at the Pakistani posts at the Line of Control (LOC).

While many in India rushed to claim that it was Chinese disengagement on Line of Actual Control (LAC) near eastern Ladakh, that might have prompted the Indian and Pakistani Army to reconsider plans to ceasefire truce over Line of Control (LOC) and many have jumped their gun and even credited recent LOC truce to the new administration in Washington, which many American based geopolitical experts have dismissed it out rightly. What many failed in India to notice is the rising turmoil within Pakistan that might have something to do with the Pakistan Army’s change of heart, after being quite vocal in its instance against India, after India abolished semi-autonomous special powers to the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Air Defence is one of the most important concepts related to the defence of a nation. It is not possible to protect a country without having full control over its national airspace. The presence of airspace superiority gives that particular nation superiority not only in its national defence but also in projecting power in the neighborhood. It is one of the reasons why India begin programs in the late 80’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Program under which the plan was to develop a Short-range low-level surface-to-air missile called Trishul and a Medium range surface-to-air missile called Akash.

Trishul was India’s first full indigenous short-range surface-to-air missile that was tested in the unguided mode for the first time in mid-1985 and later it was followed by testing of the Akash missile begin 5 years later in 1990. Both missile programs were tediously slow and suffered from poor funding and lack of technical experience that the first ten years in both the program was classified as Developmental flights due to lesser success and many failures in the trials.

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One of the Tejas Limited Series Production (LSP) aircraft is presently receiving software updates to its Mission Computer (MC) and integration work being carried out on its Fire Control Radar (FCR) and soon aircraft will perform captive flight trials and missile separation trials with a dummy Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual range Air to Air Missile soon (BVRAAM) that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plans to test by end of this year, while it is working on, it is also working on the development of software patch that will enable both Mig-29UPG and Mig-29K fighter fleet, Astra BVRAAM capable soon.

Two Mig-29UPG and One Mig-29K fighter jet will be the second Russian-made fighter jets that will be integrated and tested with the locally made Astra Mk1 BVRAAM for which preparations have already started at HAL. Both Mig-29UPG and Mig-29K will have to go through the same levels of captive flight trials and missile separation trials before the missile can be tested and as per informed sources close to idrw.org, likely first firing of the missile from a Mig-29UPG will happen in 2022.

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FILE PICTURE OF EJ-200 UPON WHICH NEW ENGINE WILL NOT BE BASED

India’s plan to co-develop a new 110kN Thrust Class engines for its AMCA Stealth fighter jet program is moving ahead with British Aerospace engine manufacture Rolls Royce, has both companies are now moving closer to completion of the first technical feasibility studies for the program after establishing basic understanding and requirement set for the joint development of the program.

India will be fully funding the program and the financial cost report submitted by Rolls Royce could see India investing approx. $3-4 Billion in the development of the new engine and other facilities that include the integration of some of the engine technology that already has been developed by the DRDO locally. An informed source close to idrw.org has confirmed that several industrial partners for the program already have been identified and the efforts are to see that engine has no imported parts or subsystems when it enters production.

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The Colombo trip is only Imran Khan’s second foray in the neighborhood since he became Prime Minister, but it was largely also to push for the sale of the JF-17 fighter jet to the Srilankan Air force (SLAF) which was also most close to the inking purchase of the jets 4 years before India started its diplomatic pushback. Back then, India had offered Sri Lanka to supply locally made LCA-Tejas jets at friendly financial terms (soft loans) to replace its aging Chinese Chengdu F-7 fighter jets and fill in for the retired Mig-27 jets.

SLAF also operates Israeli-built Kfirs jets that they plan to upgrade with the latest avionics and keep in service for the next few years. SLAF wanted to acquire 8 jets initially with the possibility of purchase of 4 additional jets but Sri Lanka was unable to proceed with plans to acquire JF 17 Thunder jets built jointly by Pakistan-China during the previous Rajapaksa administration, LCA-Tejas will be landing in Sri Lanka for the first time, confirming the Indian offer to the Sri Lanka is real and now being pushed at the tiny neighbor.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has promised that by end of the last batch of 83 Tejas Mk1A that has been ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach 60% of the Indigenous content in the aircraft but the company is targeting to finally achieve up to 65% by the time production of the Tejas Mk1A comes to the end. For LCA AF-MK2, HAL along with DRDO’s ADA plans to breach 70% Indigenous content even before it enters production.

idrw.org has been informed that while LCA AF-MK2 is still in production, plans are in pipeline to keep raising Indigenous content in the aircraft gradually and a major jump will come when engine swap will happen with a locally made 110kN thrust class engine, Indigenous content in the aircraft will be around 80% by mid of 2030.

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R Madhavan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at recently concluded Aero India 2021 had said that many countries from Southeast Asia and the Middle East have shown interest in procurement of Tejas fighters from India and the company is in talks with some of the key officials of the countries. Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has plans to unveil TejEx (Tejas Export) an export variant of the locally developed fighter jet by 2023 that will be used for demonstration and the test flight evaluation sorties by the interested countries.

Presently Two LSP and One Trainer will become Testbed to be used for demonstrations and flight evaluation sorties and media reports indicated advance talks with one particular customer from a Southeast Asian country who is interested in procurement of 12-16 jet in a mix of Trainer and single-seater configurations. Informed sources close to idrw.org have said that negotiations and flight demonstrations will take place in the next few months and agreement could be reached in the next 2-3 years for the first export customer of the jet if the prospective customer agrees.

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The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that manufactures Tejas- aircraft in the country is getting a lot of inquiries for the Trainer variant of the jet and after the price was revealed to be 284 crores, which is just under $40 million per unit for the aircraft, three countries Egypt, Malaysia, and Singapore have shown interest in procurement of the trainer jet to be used for the Advance level of Pilot training program in their respected air force.

Malaysia already has evaluated Tejas-Trainer jets a few years back and had shown interest in the jet to be used in the training and combat roles, Air force officials were keen on Tejas over JF-17 that was offered by China and Pakistan due to Tejas been equipped with an American engine, which the local crew preferred and were all familiar with. but a deal was not able to go through due to the financial woes of the country and even though India had agreed for the balance of payment to be taken in the Palm oil trade.

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Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has unveiled at Aero India 2021 a system called CATS Hunter that belong to the umbrella family of the Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) that will also have a Tejas Mk1 Trainer as ‘Mothership for Air teaming eXploitation’ (MAX) with a Weapon Station Officer (WSO) in charge of the CATS Warrior, a low-observable unmanned wingman, CATS ALFA (Air-Launched Flexible Assets) in a Glider Pod that will cruise for 100km+ before a swarm of battery-operated weaponized drones is launched from the glider pod that can further travel 100km deep inside enemy areas.

CATS Hunter at a glance looks like a long-range, autonomous, high-precision air-to-surface cruise missile that is equipped with an Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) for high-precision guidance and can be seen with fuel tank, air inlet, wing deployment system, powered by a PTAE-7 turbojet engine with the rear section fitted with control fins for providing lifting and improved maneuverability, all in all, it has the trademarks of a low-observable air-launched cruise missile but what makes it interesting probably first in the world is that it has a multi-purpose weapons carriage system.

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Two successful back to back trials of the indigenously developed Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) to its Minimum range and Maximum range demonstrated coming of age maturity of the platform even when it was its first developmental trial of the missile systems that is based on, in production Astra Mk1 beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) developed for the both Air force and Naval fighter jets.

VLSRSAM carries on with the same Ku-Band Active Radar Seeker and smokeless propellant system used on the Astra Mk1 BVRAAM) and are near identical but there is an addition of Thrust Vector Control (TVC) to enable tail control, that allows the missile to obtain the high-speed maneuverability required to defend against advanced aerial threats at lower altitudes.

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Sikorsky–Boeing SB-1 Defiant 

After coming under fire from a certain section of Indian media for sticking with a rather conventional helicopter design for its upcoming Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) to replace, Indian Armed forces aging Soviet/Russian era Mi-8/17 Medium weight Helicopters instead of going for the next-generation in helicopter design and propulsion technology with emergence of next-generation unusual coaxial rotor system with twice the speed and previously-unseen versatility for a rotary-wing aircraft under development in Western Countries, HAL cautiously said that it Won’t bite what we can’t chew in a seminar organized at the recently concluded Aero India 2021.

Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) will be an evolution in the Indian designed Multi-role Medium Class Helicopter for the HAL and its first venture in a class segment that it has never worked on before. Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre (RWR&DC) is the division in HAL that in the last 30 years have designed and developed indigenous products like Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-DHRUV), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and currently has proposed to develop a 13 ton IMRH for the first time in the country.

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Brochure of the upcoming AEW&C Netra MkII showcasing a bulged radome probably to house a Maritime surveillance Radar shows off its swing-role capabilities for the first time that was not seen in the scale model of the AEW&C Netra MkII that was displayed at the recently concluded Aero India 2021.

AEW&C Netra MkII will be getting a new Powerful Extended Range Aesa radar to expand the detection distance over 450km and with the ability to detect low observable platforms. Detection and tracking range has been significantly increased over the Netra MkI platform with hardened anti-jamming capabilities as informed to idrw.org.

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Chief designer G. Shamnath, of the Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre at HAL, is a happy man since the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), India’s first multi-role attack helicopter is weeks away from getting orders from the Indian Army and Indian Air force and he is equally excited about taking Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program to its logical conclusion in coming months, but he already has set this eyes on the next big project that will be the development of the 13ton medium-lift Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH).

With the development and certification of three different light helicopters, not many are doubting HAL’s capabilities in the development of IMRH that are intended to replace the Mi-17 legacy helicopters that will start their outward retirement journey from 2028 onwards.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, has said that official node from the Government of India for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet program is likely to come this financial year and the air force has committed to procure 126 jets in two variants as agreed upon between DRDO/ADA and IAF. Girish Deodhare, Director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed that the first rollout of AMCA Prototype will happen in 2024 and the first flight is expected in 2025-26.

AMCA Mk1 will be powered by an American GE F-414IN engine generating 98kN Thrust class each. IAF will procure the first two squadrons (36 jets) in Mk1 configuration and Mk2 will be powered by a jointly co-developed engine with foreign OEM generating 110kN Thrust class. IAF plans to order 5 squadrons (90 jets) in Mk2 configuration.

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