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The US Navy’s search for a replacement for its long-serving Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer appears to be nearing a key milestone. Budget documents released earlier this month indicate a potential procurement start date as early as 2026 for the Undergraduate Jet Training System (UJTS) program.

This development comes nearly six years after the Navy initiated its investigation into a T-45 replacement. Interestingly, the focus is not on a carrier-launched aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) seeks a twin-seat, land-based jet trainer capable of simulating carrier landings for both Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is gearing up for a significant milestone in Indian shipbuilding. The state-owned shipyard is on track to deliver the first of its indigenously built Project-17 Alpha (P-17A) frigates, named “Mahendragiri,” by mid-2025, with an estimated delivery date of August 2025. This marks a crucial step towards self-reliance in India’s defense sector.

GRSE is making steady progress on the remaining P-17A frigates. The second and third ships are currently at 55% and 43% completion stages, respectively, with anticipated deliveries in February and August of 2026.

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The development of the Tejas MkII, India’s next-generation fighter jet, is progressing steadily. While component orders are underway, the actual assembly is expected to begin in mid-2025.

Initial progress involves acquiring Line-replaceable unit (LRUs) and other components, some of which will be sourced internationally. However, a delay exists for certain fuselage parts outsourced to private Indian companies. These components are anticipated to arrive by the end of 2024 or early 2025.

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A viral video circulating on the x (formerly Twitter) has sparked discussion about the development of China’s J-35 stealth fighter jet. The video shows the J-35 taking off, with puffs of black smoke emanating from its engines.

The black smoke is likely a byproduct of the jet’s engine undergoing testing. The J-35 is believed to be powered by the Guizhou WS-19 engine, which is derived from the earlier WS-13 and ultimately based on the Russian Klimov RD-93 turbofan. During initial tests, particularly engine starts, incomplete combustion can lead to black smoke emissions. This is a normal occurrence and doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem with the engine itself.

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The Tejas Mk1A program achieved a significant milestone yesterday with the successful maiden flight of the first aircraft, LA5033, from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in Bengaluru. However, a report in “The Print” suggests potential delays in deliveries to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The report indicates that LA5033’s delivery to the IAF might be pushed back by four months due to last-minute modifications requested by the IAF. These modifications include minor software upgrades and structural changes. While HAL has not officially confirmed this information, sources at idrw.org suggest that LA5033 incorporates various alterations, both evident and subtle. These changes could necessitate additional test flights beyond the standard 4-5 pre-induction trials conducted before delivering a new aircraft to the IAF.

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The Indian Navy is gearing up for a significant expansion of its air capabilities with the construction of a new airbase in north Karnataka. This project, located near Karwar, will provide a dedicated platform for naval aircraft operations and bolster India’s maritime defense posture.

The new airbase forms part of the broader Project Seabird initiative, a crucial undertaking for the Indian Navy. This project encompasses the development of INS Kadamba, a new naval base strategically positioned to alleviate pressure on the Mumbai naval facility.

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While the Indian Navy ultimately chose a different path, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is gearing up for its future aircraft carriers with the KJ-600, a deck-based Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Before the KJ-600’s emergence, the Indian Navy explored the possibility of using the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye for its upcoming Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), envisioned as a 65,000-ton behemoth. Negotiations in the early 2000s involved the potential acquisition of six E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, planned for operation on both the INS Vikramaditya and the IAC.

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India is gearing up to deliver the first batch of BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles to the Philippines by the end of March. This shipment marks a significant milestone in the growing defense partnership between the two nations.

The delivery, originally planned for late 2023, was postponed at the Philippines’ request. This delay allowed for the completion of a new base specifically designed to house the BrahMos missile batteries. The BrahMos Corporation, a joint Indo-Russian venture, will be responsible for sending both the ground equipment and the missiles themselves.

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Satyanarayan Nandlal Nuwal, Chairman of Solar Industries India Limited (SOLARINDS), confirmed a significant development for Indian defense exports. Armenia placed orders for three variants of the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system in a deal valued at US$265 million (?2,000 crore) last year.

This marks the first-ever export of the indigenously developed Pinaka system. Armenia’s order encompasses four Pinaka batteries along with other defense equipment. The Pinaka comes in three variants:

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India’s space ambitions have taken a significant leap forward with the formalization of the New Generation Launch Vehicle (NGLV) project at Sriharikota. Aimed at establishing India’s own space station and lunar exploration missions, the NGLV project represents a bold stride towards self-reliance and innovation in space exploration. Powered by green fuel combinations, boasting higher payload capabilities, and emphasizing reusability, the NGLV promises to revolutionize India’s space program and reduce launch costs significantly.

One of the defining features of the NGLV is its utilization of green fuel combinations such as methane-liquid oxygen or kerosene-liquid oxygen. This environmentally friendly propulsion system not only reduces carbon emissions but also enhances the rocket’s efficiency and performance. With a projected payload capacity of up to 10 tonnes to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), the NGLV surpasses India’s current heaviest rocket, the LVM-3, by more than double. This enhanced payload capability opens up a myriad of possibilities for launching larger satellites, conducting interplanetary missions, and supporting future space exploration endeavors.

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The Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), a premier laboratory of India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), is seeking a qualified consultant to support the engineering design of next-generation Pinaka rocket warhead systems.

The consultant will be responsible for the meticulous engineering design of various warhead systems and their vital components for the Pinaka rocket family.

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India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program stands as a testament to the nation’s commitment to indigenous defense development. While recent advancements in fighter jet programs from South Korea and Turkey have garnered attention, India’s approach to self-reliance in aerospace technology deserves recognition and appreciation.

The Korean KF-21 Boramae and Turkish KAAN fighter jet programs, while ambitious, have faced challenges and dependencies on foreign technology. As highlighted by defense expert Ranesh Rajan, the KF-21 program heavily relies on American-origin technology, with significant contributions from companies like Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. Similarly, Turkish efforts have seen generous assistance from BAE Systems and American firms.

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The Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft, designated LA5033, has been spotted sporting several modifications compared to its predecessor, the Mk1. These changes, as compiled by idrw.org, provide insights into the improvements being made for this upgraded variant.

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  • Missing RWR Sensors: The vertical tail appears to lack the Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) sensors present on earlier Mk1 models. This might indicate an alternate placement for these sensors or an entirely new RWR system altogether, potentially enhancing threat detection capabilities.
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Prateek Dhawan, the Director of Dg Propulsion Private Limited (DPPL), an Indian aerospace company, envisions a future where their jet engines power not just aircraft, but also jetpacks.

DPPL has successfully tested their indigenously developed DG J40 jet engine, boasting a thrust capacity of 40 kgf. Their vision extends beyond this initial success, aiming to configure four such engines for a human-carrying jetpack capable of achieving significant flight distances./

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AvGarde Systems, a rising startup based in Assam, has emerged victorious in the Dream 4.0 contest. The challenge focused on innovative solutions to countermeasure threats posed by single drones and drone swarms. AvGarde’s win highlights India’s growing prowess in indigenous defense technology development.

The winning solution, titled “DroneSafe,” is an AI-powered counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS). DroneSafe tackles the challenge of aerial threats posed by drones, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), and other airborne objects. Its functionalities include:

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