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European multinational developed Eurofighter Typhoon is only jet that along with Dassault Rafale that had cleared technical rounds of trials that were conducted in now scrapped MMRCA tender that Dassault Rafale won based on the L1 tender requirements which made it cheaper than the Eurofighter Typhoon which many claim Eurofighter consortium lost by a small margin.

idrw.org has been told that the Eurofighter consortium plans to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) that the Indian Air Force plans to issue by end of this year or early next year with price cuts that might make the jet much cheaper than the Dassault Rafale.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI) have joined hands to carry out the Conversion of Pre-Owned B767 into Multi-Mission Tanker Transport (MMTT) for which both companies have started the process to find suitable used 767 airframes at low cost, then perform the conversion. IAF is onboard this program and has joined HAL to decide on the final configuration for the first six jets that are to be converted as HAL eyes more orders of the same.

The Boeing 767 is a mid-size, wide-body twinjet airliner that is listed at an average price of just under $90 million per aircraft that have aged for less than 10 years in service and the rate goes down to $65 million if it’s around 20. The low utilization rate of MMTT platforms even on a 20-year platform when compared to commercial passenger aircraft miles will still come with long-term service life in IAF.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has started fabrication of the indigenous Tejas Mark II multirole combat jet featuring a much more powerful engine, greater load-carrying capability, next-generation electronic warfare system and an array of superior avionics that is expected to be rolled out by end of this year with its first high-speed trials will start in 2023 but the approvals for the funds that came from the initial seed amount meant for the original Tejas Mark II program (re-engine Mk1 with F414) is still being used to fabricate the prototype, after which ADA the nodal design agency won’t have money left to fund fabrication of the second prototype.

IDRW.ORG has been told that ADA has some funds to place orders for some of the components but it won’t be enough to place orders for all the components and systems that are required for the fabrication of the second prototype. without sanction of additional funds, purchase order might not be issued in time that could mean delays in the supply leading to further delays in rollout of the second prototype that was planned in 2024-25.

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India recently test-fired a new helicopter-launched anti-ship missile “Naval Anti-Ship Missile-Short Range” or NASM-SR which has a range of 55 km and weighs 385 kg. DRDO has plans to carry out more trials soon of the missile system after the first trial validated its flight profile and its propulsion technology.

Trials planned for the later part of the year will involve testing its active/passive IR seeker and its target engagement capabilities. NASM-SR will very effective against smaller vessels like patrol boats and can also cause widespread damage to larger vessels but DRDO already has started work on its extended variant of the missile that will have twice the range and will also be integrated into the frontline warships.

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Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer, Embraer is looking for an industrial partner for the development and further expansion of its C-390 supply chain worldwide sale after the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) reduced its KC-390 order to 22 units from 26 units that are likely will further reduce from the current 22 units to only 15 units after approval from the congress.

idrw.org has been told that Embraer officials have been making a beeline in India to meet top-ranking air force officials and senior defense ministry officials to promote tactical airlifter in the country and also scout for supply chain industrial partners from India.

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India’s quest to test its Dry Kaveri engine on the Russian IL-76 Flying Test Bed as part of its High altitude Trials received some setbacks recently due to the ongoing war in Ukraine but the prayers of the organization to have its Flying Test Bed might be answered soon if the proposal made is accepted by the Ministry of Defence. It’s been for a decade now that GTRE has been requesting having its IL-76 Transporter be converted into a flying Test Bed for engine trials along with that it wanted one used Mig-29 to be used for final certification trials but both these proposals were immediately put on backburners after the Kaveri program was delinked from the LCA Program in 2008.

GTRE developed the Dry Kaveri engine that is presently generating 46kN of thrust and is now waiting for further High altitude Trials before it can be cleared to be used for experimental flights on the Technological demonstrator of a Stealth Unmanned Strike aircraft program that is under development. GTRE-Safran will be soon jointly be developing a 110kN powerplant for India’s 5th Generation AMCA program for which Safran has proposed to use Dassault-owned Rafale as Flying Test Bed.

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On ongoing Ukraine-Russia war might have delayed Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) plans to commence high altitude trials of the Kaveri Dry engine that is currently generating 46kN of thrust on using a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 transport as a testbed nearly 12 years after its first such trials in 2010 but the redesigned Kaveri engine core that GTRE has now is much more stable engine and has all technical issues related to the noise at high throttle testing and combustion flicker has not only been fixed but have been validated multiple times on the ground rig trials of the engine.

GTRE had planned to complete the initial flight realize (IFR) by end of 2024 which now might be slightly delayed but it’s important that the engine in terms of reliability, safety, and airworthiness is tested on the flying testbed said an informed source close to idrw.org.

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The latest Indian media reports indicate that the Indian defense ministry will be cutting down from the tender for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) to just 57 which will give a big boost to the French Dassault Rafale fighter jet that India already has acquired in its fleet. idrw.org already has reported in the past that Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL), a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure and Dassault Aviation is been prepared for local manufacturing of license production of Rafale fighter jets in the country.

DRAL will be in charge of the assembly line of Rafale jets in the country where jets will be assembled under kit transfer coming from the french facilities and suppliers that are already engaged in manufacturing the jet and are part of the supply chain.

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Indian Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) a DRDO Lab and French multinational aircraft engine Safran will be concluding a joint venture deal for the development of a new high thurst 110kN engine for the AMCA program by end of this month with a flight-worthy engine likely to be ready by 2028 for trials onboard a Dassault owned Rafale fighter jet that might be used as a Flying Test Bed for the new engine.

Rafale jets that are powered by a 75kN Snecma M88 afterburning turbofan in twin-engine configuration will have one new 110kN engine in one of the engine bays to be used for the Qualification of the basic pre-production engine by end of 2028 and in the same year or early 2029, a production engine might be delivered.

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In 2020, India scrapped plans to acquire K-30 Biho (Flying Tiger) under the Self-Propelled Air Defence Gun Missile System (SPAD-GMS) tender for the Indian Army from the South Korean company Hanwha following objections from Russia over the selection of Hanwha Defense.

The Defence Ministry later confirmed that SPAD-GMS will now be developed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative thus saving nearly $2.5 billion in foreign reserves, now it has been confirmed to idrw.org that the State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation is indeed planning to offer an indigenously developed system that will be based on the Light Tank platform which it is developing jointly with Private sector company Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

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Successful rollout of Light Tank developed by India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) based on the chassis designed by the DRDO’s CVRDE based on the proposed Next Generation Main Battle Tank (NGMBT) might strengthen DRDO proposed development of the NGMBT to meet the Indian Army’s requirement for 1770 next-generation Main Battle Tank under Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCV) tender said industrial sources close to idrw.org.

Ministry of Defence in the third positive indigenization list has included Light Tanks that will put a full stop to any plans by the Indian Army to procure them from the foreign vendors and the use of DRDO tech to develop a 30-35 ton Light tank will further demonstrate private sector capabilities that might be adopted to develop NGMBT.

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Some of India’s T-90S Bhishma MBTs were given to Russia for installation of the modernized systems last year that was going through Preliminary trials in the country but the program might be halted soon as the Indian Army has been asked to look within for upgrading fleet of nearly 900 T-90S Bhishma fleet.

India is upgrading 957 T-90s with a new indigenous Commander Sight further enhancing its efficiency. Indigenous developed Thermal Imager-based Commander Sight, in a joint venture by Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The recent spate of Economic sanctions on Russia means that the Indian Army will look into ways to incorporate more Indian systems in the upgraded T-90S Bhishma fleet.

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DRDO had initiated Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM), a Technological demonstrator program for further localization of the subsonic cruise missile program that is nearing completion as the missile system has demonstrated successful integration of the locally developed Manik Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE). Nirbhay which was the predecessor of the ITCM program was tested using Russian NPO Saturn 36MT and inducted in limited numbers.

Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM) is a new variant that will incorporate STFE and preparations are underway to manufacture at least 8 STFE engines this year so that trials of the LRLCAM with a range of 1500km can start later this year or in early next year. DRDO has given preference to the development of the Ship-borne LRLCAM that is likely to be tested from the ground-based makeshift launcher first and after a couple of tests, it will be integrated with a Naval warship.

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India’s premier defense research agency, Defence Research, and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have commenced integration activities of the Naval Anti-Ship Missile Short Range (NASM-SR) on a Seaking 42B loaned from the Indian Navy to carry out developmental trials of the new missiles under development.

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 to neutralize small to a medium class of ships and patrol boats.

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The defense ministry is likely to announce private sector companies that will be part of the consortium under the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model that will be in charge to manufacture 5.5 Gen AMCA fighter jets for the Indian Air Force in 2023. Private players will have a majority stake in the newly formed company so that it does not become a full government entity while HAL will have a minority stake. 

The first Two AMCA Prototypes will be manufactured by the State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after which Private sector companies will start assembly under the supervision of the HAL when the program enters the LSP stage at the HAL Facility. Production of the AMCA will later shift to a new upcoming facility that will be located at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor where the Private sector companies will be the lead integrator for the program. 

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