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A month back, in an exclusive report, we at idrw.org had reported that the LCA-AF Mk2 program is suffering from delays due to the outbreak of the CCP Virus directly at HAL facility and in the facility of the private MSME supply chain for the program. Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) speaking to the media has confirmed idrw.org report and said that “We expect the first prototype to be ready by next year-end. It will be lengthier and is under the design stage with structural and systems plans in place. It will take one year for the ground runs and the then flight trails will start to be completed by 2026-27”.

LCA-AF Mk2 rollout that was planned in August 2022 now officially has been postponed to December 2022 and ceremonial rollout that was planned to coincide to commemorate the 75th year of Indian Independence is also now in doubts. The first flight of LCA-AF Mk2 that was to be concluded by August 2023 most likely will take place in early 2024.

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India plans to conclude a contract for procurement of Six more P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft manufactured by Boeing in 2022. Deal is estimated to cost $2.42 billion and as per industrial sources close to idrw.org. Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of six P-8I to India, under the FMS program.

The Indian Navy is currently in the process of inducting the four P-8Is contracted under the offset clause in 2016. Two P-8I already have been delivered to India and are operating out of INS Hansa Naval base located in Goa and two more P-8I will be handed over to India by end of this year.

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The state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is expected to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for Lead-In Light Fighter / Trainer Aircraft to replace several inventories of aircraft serving in these two roles, including the BAE Hawk 108 and 208 light combat aircraft fleets and Aermacchi MB-339CM trainers by end of September with a customizable offer.

The Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted the Indian jet as a contender for the contract of its 36 new Light Combat Aircraft. Industrial sources to idrw.org have confirmed that HAL is likely to offer its UTTAM AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) instead of the Israeli origin ELTA’s EL/M 2032 based FCR in its bid that the Malaysian Air Force won’t agree to since Kuala Lumpur does not have an official diplomatic relationship with Israel.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had first revealed the development of a man-portable air-defense system last year when it issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the supply of 5 optical components for the MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) and at the Aero India 2021 event, it was clear that the state-owned aerospace and defense company Bharat Electronics (BEL) has started the process of fabrication of first 5 prototypes, that are likely to be tested in coming days as per information provided by an industrial sources close to idrw.org.

DRDO’s MPDMS is the most advanced MANPAD under development in the world and Hyderabad-based Grene Robotics is developing an Autonomous MANPAD Data Link (ADML) system, which will bring isolated man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) operators into a networked environment. AMDL is a state-of-the-art data link system, which exploits AI to provide a comprehensive air defense solution. India will be the first country in the world to deploy such technology on MANPADS that are forward-deployed Air Defence Systems widely used across the world.

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Naval LCA Ceremonial rollout held on July 2010

India will celebrate 75th Independence day in 2022 and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) wants to mark this event with the rollout of the first assembled LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jet around the Independence day event next August even though the program has suffered a loss of few months due to the second wave of the CCP virus in the country.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have said that high profile Ceremonial rollout of the LCA-AF Mk2 has been planned that will be attended by the bigwigs of the present government including Prime minister Modi, Defence Minister, and other members of the Union cabinet along with the Indian Air force Chief and other heads of the military branches.

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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has procured an Ex-Air India, Airbus A319 (VT-SCO) to be used as an Inhouse flying Testbed aircraft for various Airborne Radar programs for the Indian military and the first picture of the DRDO’s Flying Test Bed has now going viral on the social media sphere where it was sported with Tipnis gray scheme and DRDO’s Logo on it.

As reported earlier by idrw.org, Airbus A319 Flight Testbed aircraft will be used to carry out developmental trials of the locally developed Uttam Fire Control Radar, EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) systems, Synthetic aperture radar (SAR), Side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) systems for the Indian Air force’s A319 based AEW&C program and Navy’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) program to be based on C-295 aircraft.

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After suffering three months of delays due to the Second wave of CCP Virus in the country, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is said to be readying four Final Operational Configuration LCA-Tejas Mk1 that will be handed over to IAF by end of this month as per their Q1 obligations of the FY2021-22. HAL Chairman recently claimed that 10 more will be handed over by Q4 in March 2022 but with restricted production capacities, CCP virus delays and disturbed supplied chain means, deliveries might not happen in March of 10 jets.

idrw.org has been informed that HAL is working overtime to recover lost man-hours but instead has managed only manufacturing SP-21 and SP-22. SP-19 and SP-20 were manufactured in the Previous FY2020-21. SP-17 and SP-18 already have been handed over to the IAF. Delivery of SP-23 to SP-32 by March 2022 will be too heavy of a task.

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The Indian Navy has finally decided to come onboard the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) proposed development of the 10ton Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) medium-lift helicopter program. HAL has assured the Navy that the Naval-IMRH will have a different engine as requested by the Navy and will have design changes that are optimized for sea level operations including longer range and payload capacity than the Army/Airforce variants.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to equip Airforce / Army variants of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) with one set of engine options and Navy with another engine option. idrw.org was first to confirm that HAL received bids from France for its Aneto turboshaft engine family, from Russia on its VK-2500PS-03 helicopter turboshaft engine that are used on Mi-17V in service with IAF, and America’s GE Aviation has offered its T700-401C/-701C engines that are also used on the Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk .

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Dhruvastra, an advanced variant of the Helina anti-tank guided missile that has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will be tested from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) manufactured Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) sometime in the next year as HAL starts preparation in adding much awaited and most critical missile system that is desired in any attack helicopter that is ATGM.

Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile was last tested from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)-Rudra platform in desert ranges earlier this year successfully. Post trials, DRDO had said that Dhruvastra is cleared for induction after it successfully demonstrated the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range, indirect hit mode as well as top attack mode against a static and moving target that was observed by Army and Air force officials.

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Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had confirmed in the past that Indigenous Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air to air missile integration work with a Limited Series Production (LSP) Tejas Mk1 is presently being carried out, Industrial sources close to idrw.org, do confirm that captive flight trials of the missile might happen in next few weeks that includes 4-5 rounds of test-firing that has been planned with the present ELTA-LRDE 2032/MMR Fire control Radar (FCR) soon after that.

All 36+18 (Trainers)in Tejas Mk1 configurations will get Astra Mk1 BVR that are equipped with the ELTA-LRDE 2032/MMR Fire control Radar (FCR), and by 2023 it will also be integrated with the ELTA-2052 AESA Fire control Radar (FCR) that has been planned for the first lot of 20 units of the Tejas Mk1A fighter jet. Indigenous UTTAM AESA FCR that will be equipped on remaining 53 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets will also get a host of Indian-made weapons that includes Astra Mk1 and Astra Mk2 BVR when it enters production in 2025.

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Indian Air Force is looking for an additional batch of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft. IAF operates 12 C-130J Super Hercules and the last aircraft delivery was taken in November 2019. idrw.org was informed that IAF always wanted to maintain a fleet of 18 aircraft that can be used for Tactical operations and Transporation and will approach the Ministry of Defence (MoD) soon for clearing the third batch.

India has inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs 6000 crore in 2008 and another 6 in 2013. IAF lost one C-130J Transporter in a 2014 accident and a replacement of which was ordered in 2016 that was delivered in 2019. India’s Hindon Air Station is home to the IAF’s C-130J fleet and over the years IAF has augmented its infrastructure to house and operate 18 Tactical Transporter.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped with six squadrons of Jaguar strike fighters and at least two squadrons of the un-upgraded DARIN-I/II standard Jaguar fleet that are equipped with older twin Rolls-Royce Adour 804 engines were planned to be phased out from 2024 onwards and was nothing alarming about it. idrw.org has been informed that earlier batches that have completed their airframe life were not upgraded nor were marked to be equipped with new higher thrust engines.

IAF had plans to keep the upgraded DARIN-III standard Jaguar fleet in service till 2034 and it had planned to start retiring older un-upgraded batches that were to be retired from 2024 onwards that have nothing to do with lack of engine upgrade options. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the state-owned military plane maker has started upgrades of 60 Jaguar upgraded to DARIN-III standard that was built in the late 1980s to early 1990 that still have significant airframe life left in them.

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Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, the manufacturer of SPICE Precision guided bombs, had unveiled a new member of the air-to-surface munition family, with the addition of an integrated turbojet engine at the Aero India exhibition in Bengaluru, earlier this year and was offered to the Indian air force (IAF).

The new variant dubbed SPICE 250 ER (Extended Range) that incorporates a miniature turbojet engine with an internal JP-8/10 fuel system, providing the weapon a range of at least 150 km, while retaining the same mission-planning system, aircraft interfaces, and aircrew operation. SPICE 250 ER also now comes with autonomous electro-optic Scene-Matching Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms that use advanced AI and deep-learning technologies to specific target characteristics ahead of the strike. Each SPICE 250 ER can home-in on the pre-defined target, either autonomously or with a human-in-the-loop, aided by the ATR algorithm.

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The troubled Child of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) after being grounded for over 3 years had commenced spin testing following extensive work to rectify previous issues with this area of the flight envelope, last year and initial results seem to be promising for the HAL to believe that the aircraft could enter production by 2024-25 if the Spin trial completion data is accepted by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

idrw.org has been informed that the HJT-36 had demonstrated satisfactory initial spin behavior after it went through an extensive redesign of the rear fuselage and the rudder, that has further spin trials delayed due to the CCP Virus situation in the country for few weeks but, HAL plans to conclude all spin trials by mid of 2022. Once the Spin trials parameters are demonstrated, aircraft will be offered to the IAF for User trials that hopefully will be completed by 2023 that also includes weapons trials.

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SWiFT, 1-ton All Up Weight (AUW) Technological Demonstrator for India’s upcoming Unmanned Stealth Bomber has begun its ground level trials on the first assembled Prototype, that will been involved in series of low, medium, and high-speed taxi testing to ascertain aircraft’s performance and instrumentation from a ground control station to verify the functionality while the vehicle reached accelerated speeds.

If ground test data collected are in the required parameters based on the final test verifications then preparation for the flight testing might be carried out in the next few weeks as per information provided to idrw.org. SWiFT will be powered by a Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine, that will be later replaced by GTRE’s Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE).

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