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With the assembly of the first Tejas Mk-II to begin later in April this year, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will be asking Defence Ministry for more funds as the amount sanctioned 2431.55 crores in 2009 won’t be enough to build 3rd and 4th pre-production Tejas Mk-II that will be required to carry out developmental trials of the program before it enters production in 2028-29.

Informed sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that ADA plans to build 4 Pre-production Tejas Mk-II that will be used extensively for the flight and developmental trials for the program and with previous funds allocated it can manufacture the first two Pre-production Tejas Mk-II and could require fresh funds for the development of the last two that will be near-production models that will be equipped with all components and systems that IAF had sought from the project.

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India’s premier defense research agency, Defence Research, and Development Organisation (DRDO) owned Ex-Air India, Airbus A319 (VT-SCO) ”Anusandhan ” that has been transferred to the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) facility in Bengaluru recently started familiarization sorties with new IAF crew manned by CABS officials along with rudimentary sensors and instruments.

Anusandhan is the first Flying Test Bed that will be used for the Design and Developmental testing of the sensor package suite for the Netra 2.0 AEW&C, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance (ISTAR), and Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) systems programs in the country. Airbus A321 based Netra 2.0 AEW&C will be getting an upgraded Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) sensor package suite. Six A-321 that have been transferred from Air India to IAF will be heading to the Airbus facility in Europe by end of this year for structural modification before it can commence trials.

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India’s premier defense research agency, Defence Research, and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile Short Range that was to be tested last year will carry out its first developmental trial likely by mid of this year said well-informed sources close to idrw.org.

Unveiled at the DefExpo 2020, Work on the development of the missile system started in 2017 with funding of 434.6 crores. NASM-SR is a 380 kg Air launched Naval Anti-Ship Missile that has an IIR seeker and has a 100kg warhead that can be launched from Naval Helicopters against small to a medium class of ships and patrol boats.

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Defence Research and Development Organisation has finalized the development of Desi variant of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) ER (Extended Range) surface-to-air interceptor that will incorporate a 150 km range to complement the XRSAM (eXtra-long Range Surface to Air Missile) that will have a range of 350km.

Desi Barak-ER like XRSAM will be a vertical-launch, all-weather, advanced active radar-guided, 50 g maneuvering interceptor capable of 360° intercepts at altitudes up to 30 km. Both Interceptor missiles will be powered by a solid fuel dual-pulse rocket motor, that already has been developed for the Indo-Israeli MRSAM Interceptor missile but with an additional solid-propellant booster it can achieve the 150 km intercept range.

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GTRE also recently revealed that is also working to develop a small turbojet engine of 1kN thrust class that can be used for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), target drones, light sport aircraft, and gliders with an additional engine. According to GTRE components have been developed for internal evaluation and based on the reviews a version-2 was later designed with major improvements.

GTRE also is working on developing a small turbojet engine of 2.7kN thrust class for which detailed design of the engine is completed and soon work on the prototype engine will start. this 2.7kN thrust class turbojet engine will be used on an air-launched air to surface missile system that is under development.

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State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) management has allowed Transport Aircraft Division, Kanpur, HAL to develop a Dornier 228 seaplane based on the Dornier 228 aircraft that was so far being manufactured under license from RUAG for Indian defense forces and European markets.

Transport Aircraft Division already has developed floats for the program that has been tested intensively to replace its traditional landing gear system for taking off and landings at the sea. Conversion of Dornier 228 aircraft into seaplane was first proposed at Aero India 2021 as HAL believes there exists a small market for both civilian and military usage of such seaplanes.

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Boeing was to establish a High Altitude Engine Test Facility as well as a Trisonic Wind Tunnel Facility at India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as part of its offset obligation for the ten C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift aircraft that were ordered by the Indian Air Force for USD 4.116 billion way back in 2011.

DRDO was one of the major IOP and was to discharge 47 percent of the offsets with two major projects. The projects were High Altitude Engine Test Facility (HAETF) for $315 million and Transonic Wind Tunnel (TWT) worth $195 million. Boeing claimed that delays been mainly on account of export restrictions by the US Government and DRDO claimed that Boeing had not indicated how long it would take for export license approval from their (USA) government due to which even after 10 years of the C-17 deal, Boeing failed to meet offset obligations which now DRDO has canceled.

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First Annual Webinar on the ” Aero Gas-Turbine Engine Development in India”, where DRDO-GTRE revealed plans to develop a new high thrust engine for the AMCA program and gave out some of the details of the new proposed engine. The new engine will have a Dry thrust of 72.5kN and a Wet thrust of 110kN class that will have a supercruise thrust of Mach 1.3 at 39,000 ft.

In the webinar, DRDO also talked about spinoff programs that can be developed from the 110kN thrust class engine that includes a Futuristic Dry engine, Uprated 130kN Class engine for future, Marine Gas Turbine engine, Turbo-shaft engine, Turbo Fan engine, and Turbo Prop engine.

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L&T concept

Last year Request for Information (RFI) for Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) issued by the Indian Army has received the expression of interest (EoI) from Larsen and Toubro that was followed by submission of the detailed project report (DPR), Larsen and Toubro will be given a grant under the `Make’ category, to build the prototype for the Army for evaluation and trials.

The RFI looks for three versions, 55% Gun, 20% Command, and 25% Command & Surveillance, with design modularity and induction by 2026-27. Indian Army is looking to procure 1750 tracked FICV’s within two years of the contract being inked, with at least 75-100 “fully-formed vehicles” per year.

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With the first aircraft rollout planned later this year, State-owned HAL and ADA have started groundwork to begin preparation for assembly of the first aircraft for which tenders have been allocated and the first aircraft on the assembly jig of the MkII should start by mid of April and should be completed by mid of December, just in time for the official rollout of the aircraft said officials familiar with the matter to idrw.org.

Most of the components and critical systems will start arriving by early March and some in later months but HAL will have enough to put the first aircraft on the assembly jig after the arrival of the mid and rear fuselage in April.

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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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