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IAF after placing orders for 83 jets upgrade Tejas Mk1A jets, has requested a host of new weapons that it plans to integrate and test this year for which HAL has been assigned as an integration and testing partner and DRDO/ADA have been assigned to develop software coding that will enable these weapons to be integrated with the Mission computer and Weapons control computer so they work as required.

The first major weapons system that will be tested and cleared for operational usage will be the indigenously developed Astra Mk1, Beyond visual range air to air missiles for which captive flights trials of the missiles already has started and launch trials for at least 3 missiles have been planned this year before it can be cleared for operational usage.

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India’s third Nuclear submarine-ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) S4 was again seen in satellite imaginaries by the latest report prepared by the Janes Intel where it seems it is ready to begin sea trials that the Navy plans to commence from 2022 onwards. Earlier this year in March, idrw.org was first to report about a new submarine cover that was seen at Vizag which was 40m longer than the previous submarine cover that was used for Arihant class submarines, which confirmed for the first time that S4 had moved out of dry docks at Ship Building Center in Visakhapatnam to Fitting out dock.

Fitting out dock is usually the place where vital interior works like installation of periscopes and other equipment for the comfort of the crew are carried out and slowly the nuclear reactor goes critical and begins operating with its internal power where power generation is gradually increased in phases before it is ready for harbor and sea trials.

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AMERICAN THAAD

In a boost to India’s deterrence capabilities, phase two of India’s ambitious Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program is currently underway after the fabrication of the AD1 and AD2 interceptor missiles which clears its path into moving towards the developmental trials of the newly developed system.

AD1 and AD2 are next-gen interceptor missiles that can take out hostile ballistic missiles over a range of 1500km and 3000km. AD1 is an endo-atmospheric (within Earth’s atmosphere) interceptor missile that is already ready and could be tested with prior clearance. AD1 is a land-based air defense system effective against high-speed threats such as tactical ballistic missiles that can be mounted on 8×8 transporter erector launcher trucks and can also be adapted for Naval Warships.

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India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) a fifth-generation aircraft program is envisaged to be produced by an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) ) which will comprise in addition to HAL and DRDO and some major private industries for which a new company is likely to be announced by end of 2022 said informed sources close to idrw.org. AMCA project will have 75% government funding in the form of ‘Grant-in-Aid’, remaining 25% of the project cost will be borne by Indian private entities that are selected for the program.

HAL will have the biggest shareholding pattern in the new consortium that will come up soon for which talks with interested Indian private entities are being held. some major private industries like Tata Defense, Larsen & Toubro, VEM Technologies, and Kalyani group have shown keen interest in joining the AMCA program either as Tier-I or Tier-II companies as part of its supply chain for the program.

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After getting the backing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence for second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) to enhance the combat capabilities of the Navy, but due to tighter budgets, Navy has decided to let go of the offer to supply next-generation Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG by General Atomics developed system that was cleared by Trump administration in 2017 for India.

U.S. Navy uses magnetism and electricity to launch aircraft from aircraft carriers instead of the steam-powered catapults to launch aircraft and the Indian Navy was quite intrigued by the next generation launch mechanism but unfortunately, EMALS has run into serious developmental issues and fixes are still work in progress. The second issues seem to be the cost, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) with 2 launcher configuration and one Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) has an estimated total cost of $1.321 billion.

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The last two years have seen rapid growth being made in augmenting capabilities of India’s missiles system by the DRDO and 2022 will also see many new systems finally breaking cover and getting tested for the first time. DRDO in recent times has shortened developmental trials but has stressed more on testing missile systems that are near production-ready that also shortens user trials stage.

2022 is the year when DRDO promised that India will be free of importing any type and kind of missile system and many one of kind missiles systems that are in development will soon be heading towards test ranges in the next few months and 5 big-ticket Missiles System that is to be tested in 2022 are…

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On the 75th anniversary of the Independence of India, several big-ticket Defence projects are to be announced as part of the celebrations and to showcase the growing defense sector in India. These major big-ticket Defence projects in the country will not only further boost India’s security in the region but also propel into the club of a handful of countries that has such technologies at their disposal. India hopes that these projects act as a reliable exporter of the defense equipment that has seen steady growth in the last 7 years with a major chunk of contribution now coming from the Private sector that last year contributed 21% in export share.

Some of the big-ticket Defence projects that might be cleared that have been confirmed to idrw.org are listed below are to be cleared by CCS in 2022.

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French Defense Minister Florence Parly is in India and a major push will come for fresh orders for Rafale jets but reports also indicate that France will offer its Barracuda Nuclear-Attack Class submarine to India but people who are familiar with the French offer say that is not the case. French offer is limited to the conventional technology that they are keen to supply to India’s Nuclear-Attack Class submarine that is under design stage.

The Navy is keen to acquire a pump-jet propulsion system that the French seem to have mastered due to successive submarine programs in the country that have adopted this next-gen propulsion technology. France is not offering any collaboration on the development of a 190MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) that the Navy plans to develop for India’s Nuclear-Attack Class submarine program.

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Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) with DRDO is organizing a Seminar On Autonomous Air Vehicles Technologies & Applications, an annual event jointly conducted by the Design Division of Aeronautical Society of India and Aeronautical Development Establishment (DRDO), Bangalore for the UAV community to share their knowledge and expertise but what became viral online was the CAD image that was used in the brochure for the event that had an uncanny resemblance to the Israeli develop Heron TP (Eitan) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that India has recently procured.

But ADE itself a few months ago had issued tenders for the development of the new MALE Class UAV that incorporates a double boom, twin-tail design (two longitudinal booms) rather than a single tail cone design that we have seen on Rustam-2. ADE was supposed to fabricate two prototypes that means it should be ready by mid or by late 2022.

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AWACS AVRO

Last month Former IAF fighter pilot Sameer Joshi on Twitter posted an image of what seems to be an HS-748 Avro aircraft platform fitted with a rotodome on its fuselage. Not many were sure if the image that went viral over social media was of the old AWACS AVRO program that has been long abandoned now or was the first official confirmation of old workhorse again being pushed back into service to test the new dome that DRDO along with CABS had fabricated for the A330 AWACS Indian Program that now has been pushed back to make way for the smaller A319 based Netra MkI I AEW&C program.

The viral AWACS AVRO Picture has been traced back to the Guwahati Air Base where it has been caught in satellite imagery when it was parked in the open just off the main runway. We scanned previous satellite images of the same area and found that in 2018, AVRO was seen for the first time in the same location but without any dome visible in the satellite images. In 2020, Avro had gone missing from the same location but by October 2021 satellite image scans captured Avro again but this time with a dome.

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A 160km long-range air to air missile dubbed Astra Mk2 has been fabricated for testing for some time now but waits conclusion of the captive and separation trials which idrw.org has been told will be completed soon before it can be tested some times in early 2022 for which DRDO has planned nearly 10-12 trials of the new missile in course of next two years before it is cleared to enter production in 2024 if all results are satisfactory and meet requirements set by the IAF.

Solid fuel-based ducted ramjet (SFDR) propulsion technology-based Astra MkIII with a range of 70-340km will be ready to enter the fabrication and trial stage in 2024-25 as idrw.org has been informed that the DRDO is carrying out some design improvements on the missile that it plans to validate in 2022 by carrying out fresh ground trials of the missile.

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TWEETED BY Indranil Roy (Indrani1_Roy)

India’s Airbus A319 based Netra Mk2 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system configuration seems to have gone through revision. In the latest tender document issued by the DRDO more visible structural changes to the aircraft seems to be much more radical than what was originally planned.

Changes visible are that the beyond-line-of-sight datalinks, satellite communication systems radome have been moved behind and now it is close to the tail section and it seems plans to have multimode airborne Maritime surveillance Radar to act as an effective force-multiplier solution for operational missions in the maritime theater seems to have been dropped.

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Russia plans to offer its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India in the future, but India till now has reamended tight-lipped on the offer as its starts receiving the first batch of S-400 Very Long Range Air defense system from Russia. idrw.org has been told that the S-500 system on offer that Russia claims can intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic cruise missiles, and will supplement the current S-400 system is not a priority for the Armed forces as of now.

S-400 will strengthen India’s Air Defense network against fast maneuvering jets and force multipliers that work in the background due to long-range of 400km but has a limited role in intercepting Intermediate ranged ballistic missiles for which DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program will be used to engage and neutralize short and medium-range Ballistic Missile coming from Pakistan and China and recent satellite imaginary confirms the start of Phase-I deployment of long-range Radars and Interceptor missiles system that will be used to safeguard National Capital Delhi and Mumbai has commenced to protect against Intermediate ranged ballistic missiles .

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Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari since taking office has been not talking about the Tejas Mk2 program when he is talking about future fighter jet procurement plans that even media along with analysts have started to notice these repeated omissions but now credible information coming from people in touch with IAF top Brass says that concerns are well-founded and IAF fears that Tejas Mk2 program might be used by Government of India to sabotage or downgrade MRFA requirements for 114 jets.

IAF is keen to fast track RFP Stage in the MRFA competition by mid of 2022 and if it manages to secure a Government nod for 114 jets then the Tejas Mk2 program has fighting chances as IAF Top Brass seems to be losing patience with the government, while the last tranche of Rafale is the verge of being handed over to IAF in coming weeks.

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Media speculation hints that India will finally ink a contract for the supply of 21 Mig-29UPG fighter jets that will be used to beef up combat squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) when Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit India on December 6 for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit.

India is procuring unused airframes of 21 Mig-29 jets that will be upgraded by HAL in India with UPG-level upgrades that will see D-29 EW suite made by DRDO and other Russian components, including radio-electronics and armaments. HAL has proposed to replace the current Russian supplied Zhuk M pulse doppler electronically scanned array radar with the locally developed Uttam AESA Fire Control Radar along with a New Mission Computer that HAL is developing for the Naval Mig-29K fleet.

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