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US General Electric Engineers will be down in Bengaluru mid of next year to assists Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) technicians in the integration of the American supplied F414-INS6 engines for the LCA AF-Mk2 program as part of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) commitment for the program said informed sources close to idrw.org. HAL plans to roll out the first LCA AF-Mk2 pre-production aircraft by August 2022 that will be followed up with series of ground trials of the aircraft before it is ready for its first flight in 2023.

Integration of the engine will be carried out by the HAL technicians under the supervision of the General Electric Engineers that will arrive from the United States. HAL already has received the first batch of F414-INS6 engine from GE a year ago and the engines have been kept in storage but are grounded tested and serviced at regular intervals as per service manuals of the OEM.

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American F414-INS6 engines that are selected for the LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jet and AMCA jet program will also be used for the TEDBF jet program, but all three fighter jet program will eventually be getting the new 110kN Class of engine at the later stage, as negotiation with the International OEM partner picks up on which programs will be covered to make up production numbers. DRDO Chief Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has confirmed that LCA-AF Mk2 will enter production with the F414-INS6 engines but the engine will be replaced when it is due for a new engine after 7-8 years into service with the new engine that has higher thrust.

AMCA Mk1 will enter production with the American F414-INS6 engines but it will be limited to the first two squadrons only but the AMCA Mk2 will start rolling off the production line with the new engine from 2034 onwards. AMCA Mk1 will start getting new engines first and later it will also move to the LCA-AF Mk2 fleet. Navy initially will be getting TEDBF with American F414-INS6 engines but at later stages, it to will be getting new higher thrust engines after engine production pickups post 2035.

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Two Private sector companies having a majority stake in a new consortium company that will also have minority staked by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be in charge of the development of the Prototypes of the AMCA, after completion of the Phase-I stage by the Two Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) that have been planned that will act as a Technology Demonstrator for India’s 5.5th Generation fighter jet called AMCA.

AMCA project will be pushed through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) route where Two Indian private entities will be provided with up to 75 percent of the government funding in the form of ‘Grant-in-Aid’. The remaining 25 percent of the project cost will have to be borne by the Two Indian private entities. The initial task of the consortium that will have a majority stake by these two private entities and the third being HAL will be to manufacture Prototypes of the AMCA in the Phase-II stage of the project.

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Over 100 Indian Air Force (IAF) are currently being trained in Russia to operate the S-400 system that India had ordered and back home, IAF also has started the groundwork for the deployment of the long-range Russian S-400 Air defense regiment that will start arriving from November onwards. IAF plans to activate the first regiment by April 2022 and it is expected that deployment of the system might be done to provide air cover to the National Capital region from the Western Side.

Each S-400 regiment comprises of a long-range radar, a command post vehicle, target acquisition radar, and two battalions of launchers (each battalion has eight). Each launcher has four tubes. India has gone for two different types of missiles with a range of 400 km and 250 km, instead of four that was on offer to India. India will rely on its Akash and MRSAM Air defence system for neutralizing targets in range of 25km to 90km.

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DRDO’s scramjet-powered Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) is being prepared to be tested this time for a longer duration and preparations are underway for fresh tests, that are being planned to be carried out later this year where flight duration of the Hypersonic missile will be longer this time. In last year’s trial, the Hypersonic missile achieved 20 seconds of sustained flight where it covered around 40km before it plunged into the Bay of Bengal.

DRDO to aims to demonstrate 12 minutes of sustained flight at Mach 6 speed, which will cover 2 km per sec to achieve desired goals of the 1500km range of the missile system over the next few years. Data collected from the first trials in 2020 have given enough confidence for DRDO to plan fresh trials that will see flight duration being pushed for 2-5 minutes and slowly more longer duration trials will be planned till they can achieve the 1500 km range.

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India is set to clear a mega indigenous project to build three nuclear-powered attack submarines under Project-76, unlike 4 Arihant Class Submarines that were funded by the PMO, funds for the 3 SSN-Class nuclear submarine will be coming out of the Navy’s budget even though its share in the last budget shrank. Budget constraints mean plans for new six new conventional submarines might be further delayed, but the Navy is now considering utilizing the Transfer of Technology (ToT) of the Kalvari class submarine obtained from France and Spain to further build up the indigenous technologies and buff up its present fleet of conventional submarines. 

Indian Navy is now considering placing additional orders for 3 more Kalvari class submarines from the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System module that was developed by DRDO. The present fleet of Six Kalvari class submarine will start getting Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module from 2025 onwards for which the Navy expects at least 8-12 months of downtime for each ship, since submarines need to be cut open and power, plumbing, and other wirings have to be redone before AIP module plug can be integrated, tested and sea trials carried out before it join back the fleet. it is expected that the downtime for other ships might come down.

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Engineers have started testing one of the Twin-Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) concepts for the Indian Navy (IN) next-generation deck-based fighter jet requirement to replace the Russian origin Mig-29k fleet starting from 2032 onwards.

A scale model was displayed at Aero India 2021 of one of the concepts and the same concept can be seen at the wind tunnel. ADA had said that they are working on two concepts that are being studied, but it seems the Navy has selected one of the concept shown above. Usually, conceptual shapes for the aircraft are virtually designed and tested with help of high-performance computers that are used to calculate the aerodynamic performance of different aircraft features.

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A senior Air Force officer told idrw.org that, Indian Air Force (IAF) will be soon deliberating on a 4,000-crore proposal to upgrade 17 IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft which are due for major overhauls and modernization along with plans to replace this Soviet-Era Jumbo Transporters that are suffering from low availability and older avionics which have crippled the fleet strength.

The oldest aircraft now being 38 and youngest being 32 years old and with average serviceability of the fleet at just 38 percent, most of them remain grounded with poor availability of spares. IAF has been long avoiding taking up the modernization plans and acting on suggestions that were made a few years back.

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Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is carrying out integration works on one of the Limited series LCA-Tejas aircraft that will enable it to fire Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual Range Air to air missile by end of this year, Plans are also been prepared to start computer-generated data for integration of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) from the European missile-maker MBDA that has been approved for fitting on LCA-Tejas after talks were held between HAL and MBDA.

Heat-seeking, ASRAAM air-to-air missile will be supplementing Russian R-73 for Close Combat air to air combat for the entire LCA-Tejas fleet starting with the Tejas Mk1A fleet that goes into production in 2023. ASRAAM is already been integrated on the Darin-III upgraded Jaguar ground strike fighter jet fleet and IAF is keen that next-generation Close Combat air to air missile becomes a standard missile type across the fleet.

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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and British multinational aerospace and defense company Rolls-Royce are working on creating a basic framework under which both companies have the desire to co-develop and co-create a new jet engine where Intellectual Property (IP) will be India owning but it is more of a Joint Intellectual Property (IP) where both agree to share costs equally and decide to split ownership the trademark and other IP rights.

idrw.org spoke to a Senior Aerospace company official who has handled dealings with Joint Intellectual Property (IP) contracts in the past and knows how standard Joint Intellectual Property (IP) is usually followed by all major aerospace engine manufactures with local partners that often is also used by the Rolls-Royce that DRDO is dealing with. this is what we got in the complicated subject.

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AT LIMA-2019

According to Indian media reports, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Team will be coming down to India in the next two months to visit the manufacturing facilities of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and also evaluate India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1 as a light combat aircraft / fighter lead?in trainer (LCA/FLIT) to replace a number of its current platform types soon. Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) plan to procure up to 36 LCAs with options for 26 more, but the initial number might be only for 12 jets, while the rest are kept for follow-on orders in the contract.

idrw.org has been told that Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Team that will be heading to India is the same team that evaluated the LCA-Tejas aircraft when it had participated in the 15th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA-2019). RMAF Team members that had carried out sorties on the LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft were pretty impressed by the performance of the jet back then.

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Indian Navy has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for the development of an Indigenous 5MW Propulsion motor to be used on existing and future conventional submarines. tender documents accessed by idrw.org, calls for 6 units of 5MW Propulsion motor from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) under Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) category.

As per tender documents, the 5MW Electric Propulsion motor is intended to be used in the propulsion system for the submarine to provide mobility for surface and underwater operations. Power supply to the 5MW Electric Propulsion motor will be provided through the main batteries of the submarine and should have a shaft output of 5MW and should have a maximum weight of 71tons.

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French publication “Mediapart” in its report has said that a small Indian defense company was awarded 1.1 million Euros by aviation major Dassault for the supply and manufacturing of 50 large replica models of Rafale jets that were to be gifted. It is estimated that Dassault paid €20000 per unit cost for a possible 1:4 scale model of the Rafale fighter jet, one that has been installed outside the official residence of the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief. It is still not clear where the other 49 scaled-down models of the Rafale fighter jet were put up for display but cost alone does raise several eyebrows so we contracted few companies that make scale models to get an idea of the pricing.

idrw.org was told that the scale model price depends on the material used and the quality of the work that is requested by the client. a Plastic molded 1:8 scale model of the Rafale fighter jet from a reputed scale model manufactures could cost anywhere between $2000-3000 per unit if the details have to be precise as the jets that the cost could touch $4000. looking at the scale model of the Rafale that is installed outside of the air chief residence we were told it was probably was a scale of 1:4 or 1:3, that is scale terms means it is bigger than the 1:8 scale model and probably will cost nearly twice at $8000 per unit.

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Relying entirely on the Internal company funds, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to certify its Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE-25) ’25’ signifying the thrust of the engine to be 25 kN by 2025 by testing it onboard company-owned Hawk Mk. 132 Advanced trainer aircraft designated as “Hawk-I”. idrw.org has been informed from industrial sources close that, the flight certification process will start from 2024 and should be completed in the next few years.

HTFE-25 will not be replacing the present Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk. 951 turbofan engines that are powering the Hawk Mk. 132 AJT fleet of the IAF, but it has been proposed to be used as a powerplant on the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) that presently is undergoing spin testing following extensive changes to its tail and rear fuselage.

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The Indian Army in coming months is looking at placing orders for DRDO-TATA developed Wheeled Armoured Protection (WhAP) armored vehicle to be used in high altitude areas like Eastern Ladakh, weeks after it was put on the export control list by the Ministry of Defence after the armored vehicle completed its developmental trials. Indian Army owned WhAP armored vehicle has been often seen carrying out User trials in extreme conditions and high altitude areas from Ladakh to Sikkim over the years and after a recent standoff with Chinese PLA over border issues, there seems to be an urgency to get it into production.

idrw.org has been informed from industrial sources close that, DRDO-TATA is waiting for orders from the Indian Army and has carried out minor modifications and changes to the vehicle as requested by the Indian Army and has demonstrated most of the capabilities that the Army wanted over the years. Indian Army recently placed major orders with Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDS) for its Light Specialist Vehicles (LSV) and with Kalyani Group for its Kalyani M4 multi-purpose armored vehicles.

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