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Contrary to its claim that the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan or the weapons to be used for terrorism, the group has been reportedly accused of smuggling weapons to Pakistan, which eventually may be used in cross-border skirmishes against India.

“Taliban has been insisting that there are proper security checks to prevent any weapons smuggling because they are an improved Taliban. But the weapons market is thriving and the weapons that are being smuggled into Pakistan will eventually be used in cross-border skirmishes against India and make their way into India,” according to a Canada-based think tank, International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS) said.

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SOURCE: HT

Foreign minister S Jaishankar, who drew praise earlier this week over his comments on India’s Russian energy purchase after the India-US 2+2 dialogue amid a debate over the Ukraine war, on Wednesday said that America “does acknowledge the difference between India and China” over their respective stance on the Kremlin. “You are asking me, do the Americans distinguish and differentiate between India and China over their respective stance on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis. Obviously, they do,” Jaishankar said while responding to a question at a media briefing.

China and India have abstained from voting against the Kremlin over the Ukraine war at the United Nations. But India has been repeatedly calling for an end to violence in the war-battered country.

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SOURCE: ET

Under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign, the Indian Aerospace and Defence sector has been identified as one of the key focus areas. There have been various policy changes signalling the end of an era of import dependence and aim to promote India as the most preferred global manufacturing destination for foreign OEMs/Tier-1 vendors.

To achieve the desired growth, the two main cornerstones will be indigenisation and self-reliance in defence manufacturing. A few of the key reforms introduced by the Indian Government in the defence sector to support the same and their likely impact are discussed below:

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SOURCE: PTI

A senior army officer on Wednesday said that the change of guard in Pakistan is an “internal matter” of that country, asserting that the Indian troops are in full control to ensure no infiltration takes place.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Rajouri district, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of army’s Jammu-based 16 Corps, also known as White Knight Corps, Lt General Manjinder Singh also said that the army is fully prepared to tackle any type of situation along the Line of Control (LoC) as Pakistan is continuously making attempts to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

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SOURCE: PTI

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that human rights issue was not a topic of discussion during the India US 2+2 ministerial meeting this week, as he asserted that whenever there is a discussion New Delhi will not be reticent about speaking out.

“On the human rights issue; no, we did not discuss human rights during this meeting. This meeting was primarily focused on political-military affairs,” Mr Jaishankar told reporters as he concluded his trip here, which was primarily to attend the India-US 2+2 ministerial along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

HAL chairman and managing director R. Madhavan recently confirmed that the Tejas Mk1A will take to air by March 2022, what was not disclosed was that it won’t be a newly build aircraft but rather will be a Final Operational Configuration (FOC) Tejas Mk1 aircraft that will be used as a Flying Test Bed (FTB) for the Tejas Mk1A Program. idrw.org has been told one of the FOC Tejas Mk1 aircraft will be used as FTB to test the Israeli supplied ELTA-ELM-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) and the ELL-8222WB self-protection jammer (SPJ) mounted on an external pod.

IAF will be getting 2 Tejas Mk1A jets by March 2024 and 8 more by March 2025, the rest 63 will be handed over by 2029 with a production rate hitting 21 aircraft per year from 2025-26 onwards and the production line to be vacated for the LCA MkII program from 2029-30 onwards.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently at AI 2021 HAL singed a deal with IAF to supply 83 Tejas mk1A. HAL plans to deliver these 83 by Dec 2030. it’s the culmination of a long struggle= that started in 1983 to build an indigenous jet. Now HAL is planning to build the Tejas mk2/MWF total 200 with first deliveries starting in 2026 (hopefully). This looks good on paper but with HAL patchy rec0ord it seems difficult that HAL could deliver as promised.

What HAL is promising next is even more ambitious and hard to digest that it can deliver or not. So, what is next,

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Girish Deodhare, Director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) speaking to the Indian media has said that certain parts that will be required for the first AMCA has entered production, and the rollout of the Prototype of the AMCA will happen in 2024 and the first flight of the aircraft will be completed in 2025. Since stealth will be a major characteristic of the aircraft, it has been designed to match or supersede many of the current 5th generation aircraft while providing optimal balance between aircraft availability and stealth aspect.

Deodhare said that ADA knows that many of the 5th generation aircraft have huge downtime due to extensive repair work that is needed to maintain the stealth characteristic of the aircraft. AMCA will come with a Vehicle health monitoring system that will help reduce downtime and will have a higher operational availability rate for which ADA has conducted special studies.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment developed, Kaveri Derivative Engine will be heading to Russia’s top aviation institute, Gromov Flight Research Institute based in Zhukovsk for further testing on an Il-76LL (Flying Lab) aircraft with a Kaveri engine set in place of one of the plane’s engines in 2022 or 2023 said informed sources close to idrw.org. Kaveri Derivate Engine is a Dry Engine variant based on the K9 Core in development to power India’s first Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).

Kaveri engine was test-flown for 70 hours in a converted Russian IL-76 plane way back in 2010 but GTRE was unable to generate the required target thrust and was unable to fix last-mile technical issues with the engines required to power LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft due to which it was delinked from the LCA-Tejas program and the Kaveri engine program nearly closed.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Chief of Air Staff COAS Bangladesh Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat who was part of visiting Bangladeshi dignitaries at India’s Aero India 2021 was given a demo flight of India’s homegrown LCA Tejas Trainer aircraft. Serniabat is a veteran Mig-29 and Chengdu F-7 Pilot arrived with key senior BAF leadership a day before the start of Aero India 2021 on BAF owned AN-32 aircraft on the invitation of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

According to Bangladeshi media, India has agreed to send its Tejas Mk1 fighters jets to participate in Bangladesh Air Show 2022 (BAS-2022) schedule for next year, on request of BAF. China is sending its J-10C and Pakistan has refused to send its JF-17 for some unknown reasons but according to Bangladeshi media, it is due to BAF’s refusal to buy them in previous offers to the country to replace some of its Chinese F-7 jets.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Its curtains for the world’s first ‘hybrid’ air show – Aero India 2021 and on the last day of the 13th edition of Aero India 2021, at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, Two Indian Air Force light combat aircrafts Tejas flew along with US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber to become the showstopper of the event in the last flyby of the day, giving audience a rare treat of seeing locally made Tejas flying alongside an American Nuclear bomber.

The American B-1B Lancer heavy bomber was flown for the first time in India at Aero India 2021, and took off from the Ellsworth Air Force Base in USA’s South Dakota, to perform a fly-by at the Aero India 2021.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

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A Scale model of the Ex-Air India Airbus A320 based AEW&C (airborne early-warning and control) aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF) will be showcased at Aero India 2021, confirming the radar configuration that will continue to use Two radiating planar arrays assembled back-to-back and mounted on top of the fuselage in an active antenna array unit (AAAU) to provide 240° coverage, same as seen on Netra 1.0 based on ERJ-145 aircraft.

Airbus A320 AEW&C also seems to indicate that it will be getting a new AESA Radar that will be replacing its Commercial weather surveillance radar (WSR) but it is yet to be confirmed. if it does get another Aesa radar at the nose than it will be for the first time any AEW&C aircraft could have used such configuration that could increase 240° coverage to 270° to 300° coverage. Scale model also puts to rest rumors of it being a Rotodome based AWACS providing a 360° coverage. AWACS India Program for development of next-generation AESA Radar with Rotodome based on bigger Airbus A330 is in development that will come after A320 Netra 2.0 AEW&C.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Rustom-1 a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was largely used as a Technological Demonstrator (TD) for the bigger Rustom-2 UAV Program is back on testing and developmental track after Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force (BSF) showed interest in procurement of them to be used for internal security.

Rustom-1 has a planned endurance of 12-15h, can carry payloads of up to 75kg (165lb), and has a maximum ceiling of 25,000ft (7,620m), and has caught the attention of the BSF that wants to use to monitor on its border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. CRPF wants to use its for surveillance and to track Maoist movements in the Naxal hotbeds areas of Easter India, where they’re deployed.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Czech Republic-based manufacturer Primoco UAV and Indian Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) will be showcasing Primoco UAV One 150 a UAV designed for the civilian and military sectors. Primoco UAV One 150 can fly for 15 hours and has a 200 km radio range and take-off, perform and land autonomously.

BEML will also be showcasing locally developed turboprop gasoline aero-engine powered UAV that has been designed by the company and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. 

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Aircraft R&D Centre (ARDC) subsidiary of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) have used a now-retired LCA-PV1 frontal section to test a new, thicker canopy and also to analyze and check for its feasibility at higher speeds (up to 20g). The Tejas R&D team has reworked the frame to accommodate the new thicker glass for the canopy for the advanced Tejas Mk1A that will feature it for the first time and will measure 24mm as opposed to the existing 16mm.

Thicker Glass will have better protection against bird hits and won’t be requiring a major change to the cockpit but only minor changes to the existing canopy lining frame, since it will be getting a thicker glass it will also require re-certification from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), that will be concluded soon.

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