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According to the report prepared by the Sandeep Unnithan for MailToday, INS Arighat which is sister class ship of INS Arihant will be ready for induction in Indian Navy by mid of this year since it is nearing its sea trials while biggest technological achievement of the Indian Navy and to India’s nuclear triad will be that the Nuclear Ballistic missile submarine was only known by its Internal code name as S4 is ready for its sea trials by end of this year.

S4 is an entended Arihant class design that has twice the weapons carrying capability than the Arihant class. S4 can carry 8 K-4 SLBM with a range of 3500km or 24 K-15 SLBM with a range of over 800km in its 8 vertical launch tubes. Continue reading

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to its integration to its entire fleet of 272 Su-30MKI fleets with indigenously developed Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual range air to air missile starting from 2022 onwards and also actively considering placing orders for the upgraded Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed I-Derby ER (extended range) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) with range of 100km.

Astra Mk1 and I-Derby ER both have a range of over 100km and both will compliment each other when integrated into Su-30MKI fleet after aging Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) AAMs are phased out of service due to lack of upgrades to the missile system over the years and poor shelf lives. Continue reading

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IAF’s will have to wait little longer after First Four Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration LCA-Tejas aircraft which was scheduled to be delivered by HAL by end of March this month is likely to miss its target schedule due to last-minute changes and upgrades carried out on the first four LCA-Tejas to come out in FOC Configuration.

First FOC configured SP-21 carried out its Ground engine run, way back in November and it was decided it will get its crucial software upgrade from its partner Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA) to allow integration and firing of newer weapons along with the ability to handle the better rate of climb with better communication systems. Continue reading

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Defense Ministry of Russia reportedly has offered India its latest TOS-2 ‘Tosochka’ heavy flamethrower vehicles for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications at recently concluded Defence Expo 2020. TOS-2 (the R&D work ‘Tosochka’) is a derivative of the TOS-1A ‘Solntsepyok’ heavy flamethrower system with improved performance characteristics. As compared to its predecessor, it is mounted on the wheeled chassis.

According to Russian designers, the heavy flamethrower systems are intended to destroy light-armor vehicles, incapacitation of the personnel deployed on open spaces or in shelters, initiate fires and smokescreens by smoke/incendiary munitions. TOS-2 are armed with fuel-air explosive munitions that use spraying of combustible material and explosion of the formed gas cloud. In terms of power, they are compared with midget tactical nuclear munitions, though they have no radiation effect.  Continue reading

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Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has showcased 4 Alleged Air-to-Air Missiles from the drowned Mig-21Bis flown by the Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Pakistani media in an event to celebrate 1 year of Operation Swift resort and in its attempt to debunk loss of F-16 kill being awarded to the Varthaman and questioned Vir Chakra being awarded to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for lying and claiming a fake F-16 kill.

PAF showcased 2 damaged R-73 Close Combat Air-to-Air missiles along with near intact 2 R-77 Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missiles. Indian OSNIT community have questioned Pakistan’s claim that the broken R-73 minus its warhead section were found with the wreckage of the Mig-21Bis. Continue reading

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VEM Technologies at recently concluded DefExpo 2020 showcased its AsiBal third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile which company calls its a True Man-portable as explained to idrw.org reporter at DefExpo 2020, AsiBal is a modern man-portable anti-tank guided weapon with a tandem HEAT warhead allows the system to be used against combat vehicles with ERA which is lightweight system easy to use by a single person.

AsiBal ATGM with combination of launch unit (6kg) and missile (12.5kg) weighs only 18.5 kg is lighter then DRDO and VEM developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and is True Man-portable since unlike MPATGM it doesn’t require Tripod and Firing post which makes it two-man operation since total combined weight of MPATGM comes out to be 23-24 Kg. Continue reading

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In 2018, India’s plans to equip its Russian SU-30MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles after MBDA France informed the government that they would not integrate their weapon on any Israeli or Russian platform and even refused it to be integrated into a legacy platform like Mirage-2000 due to high cost.

While it looked like a unilateral decision by France imposed on other key partners in MBDA like the United Kingdom, India might have recently tasted some success in breaking this blockade when MBDA UK agreed to sell and integrate Meteor BVRAAMs on the upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet of Indian Air Force, which looks like a major disagreement with the MBDA France which was trying to make Meteor BVRAAMs, Dassault Rafale Exclusive to secure their chances for further orders of the same platform from India. Continue reading

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No. 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (Flying Daggers) based at Sulur AFS, Tamil Nadu, which is also the first LCA-Tejas Mk1 Squadron has clocked 2000 sorties in last three years with just a small fleet of 18 aircraft said the latest report from the Squadron. Tejas Mk1 aircraft in possession of the Squadron have been averaging at least two sorties per day and many of the pilots from the Squadron are all praise of the indigenously developed fighter jet.

The bulk of the sorties have been clocked in the last 18 months after deliveries of IOC-Configured Tejas Mk1 by HAL said a HAL official close to idrw.org and many teething issues have been resolved at an even faster pace due to continued availability of HAL technicians at the base. Continue reading

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Boeing is pushing for that exclusive deal with India which might save its fighter division from closing down permanently and has promised to go the extra mile to help India develop India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet locally in India in the same plant after completion of the F-18 orders for the Country said Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Boeing has offered India, its F-18 E/F fighter jets which are exclusively flown by US Navy as an Aircraft Carrier-based fighter jet and has offered it in the latest Block III configuration which comes with added capabilities to India. Boeing has told IAF that under Block III configuration Super Hornets have been further enhanced to work better with the stealthy fighter aircraft like AMCA in high-end conflicts. Continue reading

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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has announced that it will be showcasing for the first time, it’s in-house developed 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at DefExpo2020 in Lucknow next month.

BDL already has developed Amogha-1 a second-generation ATGM with a 2.8 km range which is based on the wire-guided tech which was tested in 2016 and also went on to develop Amogha-2 which was Wireless Anti-Tank Missile with RF Guidance but the new 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) will be called Amogha-3. Continue reading

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HAL developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) HTT 40 carried out a hot refueling trial on the indigenously developed turboprop aircraft followed by a sortie. According to HAL, HTT-40 is the first turboprop trainer aircraft in the world to demonstrate and first to fly with this unique capability of hot refueling.

According to sources close to idrw.org, system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory. Hot Refueling is a single point pressure refueling of the aircraft with the engine in operation. Continue reading

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Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Army is making efforts to push it’s 10 a year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore by 2026-27 and have held interactions with the stakeholders on progressing the procurement case expeditiously.

Chief said a fresh RFI stands prepared already which will be shared with the industry in some time from now. Army wants the FICVs to replace its Russian-origin BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles. Tata Motors, L&T, Mahindra, Reliance Defence are some of the private firms that have shown interest in the development of FICV for the Indian Army. Continue reading

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68-tonne ” Dessert Ferrari “, Arjun Mk-1A main battle tank which cleared final integration tests conducted earlier last year in the western sector of Rajasthan and has also passed the rigorous army evaluation is set to join Indian Army soon with fresh orders coming from the Indian Army likely in Defeexpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow next month.

While order size is still to be revealed but it is expected that orders again will be for 118 units but this could be bigger this time said sources close to idrw.org. DRDO and Chennai-based CVRDE who have designed the improved avatar of Arjun Mk-1A MBT are pushing for orders twice the number then the originally Army had committed. Continue reading

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A committee headed by VK Saraswat which is looking into the development of a new indigenous 110kN class aero gas turbine engine for India’s Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been taking feedback from both Private, Public and Academics in the country on ways to develop an new engine which doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.

Among many feedbacks from all sector, a majority of them are urging to build a consortium company with many key stakeholders who should be in charge of developing the new engine locally instead of an international collaboration with a foreign Aero-Engine maker if we aim to be import free and less dependent on foreign engine manufactures in the future. Continue reading

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U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift–Medium program designed to ultimately replace the UH-60M Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters in U.S. Army service has a keen observer and future potential partner in the program who has been watching innovative new design that could replace the military’s Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. The top brass of the Indian Army has been watching Potential Black Hawk Replacement candidates very closely and studying how they can fit it in Army Aviation soon.

India might have been among few close allies that had been offered by the United States Government to be part of the Future Vertical Lift–Medium program and Indian Army is certainly impressed by the leap of technology which has been planned for the to deliver troops and equipment more quickly on the battlefield. Continue reading