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

India has started the process of delivering Swathi Weapon Locating Radars to Armenia that it had won for $40 million in March 2020. Russian Air Force operated Antonov-124-100 strategic airlifter had landed in Bangalore that was Chartered to ferry the Swathi Weapon Locating Radars on 22nd of this month, aircraft took off on its onward journey on the same day.

As per the agreement, India will supply four SWATHI weapon locating radars, which provide fast, automatic, and accurate location of enemy weapons like mortars, shells, and rockets in its 50-km range.

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HAL Chairman R Madhavan has said that HAL proposed the ” Indigenous Upgrade Programme for the Su-30MKI aircraft to the Indian Air Force and has been pursuing with Air HQ for the project Go-Ahead”. HAL is looking to overhaul and upgrade 200 Sukhoi-30MKI with a Super Sukhoi upgrade package that will contain more Indian systems and subsystems in the aircraft.

Super Sukhoi upgrade will not only see major upgrades to its Avionics, Radars, Upgraded Cockpit layout, and Electronic Warfare Jammers but also will be equipped with more Indian made weapons like Astra Mk1 BVR-AAMs, SAAW, ITCMR, and BrahMos-NG. 

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HAL Chairman R Madhavan confirmed that the ELTA’s ELM-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) configuration finalised on LCA Mk.1A is different from the ELM-2052 AESA radar integrated on the Jaguar Darin III, Even though both radars will be manufactured at Avionics Division Hyderabad by HAL under Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreements from the IAI subsidiary, ELTA .

Nose cone size limitations on the Jaguar Darin III meant that the Antenna size that could be used on the aircraft had to be smaller but Tejas Mk1A that has a bigger nose cone will be equipped with a bigger antenna for its ELM-2052 AESA radar that will also have higher power supply so that it can cater to the bigger antenna.

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FILE PIC OF TEJAS MK2 COCKPIT

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will be showcasing a full-scale Cockpit Simulator at the Aero India 2021 for the first time. Advanced cockpit with Wide Area Displays(WAD), touchscreen, and 3D display for the excellent user interface is been under works for some time and for the first time Public will get a view of final cockpit layout configuration that has been selected for the AMCA Mk1 fighter jet.

AMCA will be getting Voice-activated commands for Hands-free operations of basic functions for the pilots. AMCA Cockpit will feature Wide Area Displays(WAD) Touch screen Color 20×8 cockpit display instead of a 3 5×5 Multi-Function Display (MFD) seen in Tejas Mk1A jets.

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SP-19, the Third FOC-standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet that was spotted at HAL Facility, has completed its first flight. SP-19 piloted by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) Rajeev Joshi (retired) took its first flight on the 22nd of January 2021, which flew approximately for 40 minutes. SP-19 is the first FOC Tejas Mk1 jet to have its first flight this year and it is expected 5 more will be completing their first flights by end of March.

SP-18 had successfully carried out its first flight on 24-September 2020 and SP-17 in March 2020. SP-20 has completed its low- and high-speed taxi trials and will be ready for its first flight test by end of this month or in early next month.

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Aircraft Division, Nasik Currently manufacturing Su-30MKI

HAL, company Chairman, and Managing Director R. Madhavan has confirmed that additional production capabilities which company plans to develop in the Aircraft Division, Nasik after the closure of the Su-30MKI production line there will be utilized to be used as additional LCA -Tejas production line catering to the export market, which company plans to explore.

Two production lines in the Bangalore facility will be exclusively used to meet the demands of 16 jets per annum requirements asked by IAF for the 83 Tejas Mk1A and Trainer jets ordered recently. Nasik plant will be partly made available to manufacture 4 Tejas Mk1/Mk1A or Tejas LIFT for Export Market per year in the next few years so that IAF doesn’t have to suffer if HAL does manages to get export order for the LCA-Tejas.

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

Dr. Girish Deodhare said NP5 Trainer a Production variant of the LCA-Navy Mk1 aircraft will be taking to the air in April this year and will joining be NP1 and NP2 to further progress at Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) that will act as a Testbed for the development of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF).

NP5 will be used to carry out off-nominal landing trials to study and collect data on the stress points on the landing gears that will be crucial for the development of landing gears for the TEDBF program that has been assigned to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). NP1 and NP2 along with NP5 will be used to further collect data for the development of TEDBF.

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

Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the final configuration of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) will reach the preliminary design review (PDR) stage by mid of 2021 and will feature a close-coupled canard and A Diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) air intake. TEDBF was also recently seen with a stealth optimized frontal fuselage section and wider cockpit area for carrier-based landings.

Naval Project Office has deputed a small team of people with ADA for the development of the TEDBF and the Naval Team will be further be expanding as design work progress. Deodhare stressed that most of the Most technologies already have been developed and the Only major new technology will be the wing-folding mechanism that the company has not worked on till now.

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Zachary Kallenborn, a homeland security consultant, specializing in unmanned systems, drone swarms, homeland security, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and WMD terrorism speaking to US media House Forbes has said that 75-drone swarm capabilities demonstrated by the Indian Army could be Game-Changer for the offensive capabilities that could be used in possible future conflicts in the region by Indian Army.

Kallenborn noted several significant features of the demonstration. “The Indian Army appears to be using three types of UAV: a quadcopter probably for sensing, a six-rotor mothership drone, and the small quadcopters with explosives on them,” Kallenborn told. “National security discourse in the United States around drones often emphasizes a large homogenous swarm, but India’s work shows this is a mistake.”

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Official Verified Twitter account of the Baloch Republican Party, has claimed recently tested Shaheen 3 missile by Pakistan Army that was declared successful, and was fired from Rakhi area of Dera Ghazi Khan has landed at a civil populated area of Dera Bugti’s Matt region. Baloch Republican Party claimed that Security forces had evacuated all their posts in the area last night, but the missile was detonated in the presence of civilians in the area. The blast completely destroyed many houses and injured several people.

Dera Bugti’s Matt region falls in the corridor notification issued for a ballistic missile test in the fire Window for 19-20 Jan 2021 by the Pakistan Authorities for the missile test. It is not the first time Pakistani medium-range ballistic missile, has fallen over the village. In 1998, Ghauri–I ballistic missile had fallen in a small-town Pakistan village because the missile’s conic nose melted due to a tremendous amount of heat during the re-entry phase of its flight.

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Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the company has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage in November 2020 for India’s upcoming 5.5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program and the critical design review (CDR) stage has begun and the configuration has been frozen.

National Aerospace Laboratories has completed all Wind tunnel testing and structural design changes that reflect changes made to the AMCA design. Deodhare officially has confirmed that AMCA will sport A Diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) air intake that will incorporate a 3D “bump” in front of the air intake as reported earlier by idrw.org for improved stealth features.

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SP-19, the Third FOC-standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet was spotted at HAL Facility when Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Raj Kumar was visiting the HAL facility that seemed ready for the delivery to the second LCA-Tejas Squadron soon. First FOC-standard SP-21 has been rechristened as SP-17 to avoid confusion in Tail numbers that took to air last March.

SP-18 made its first flight last year but was not delivered to IAF. Later production was slowed downed to address issues with commonality and the Interchangeability of panels and other systems for easy maintenance that was raised by the Indian Air Force (IAF). HAL up to a large extend was able to fix technical teething issues as requested by the IAF and is now looking forward to deliver the remaining aircraft by March.

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Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA speaking to Defence correspondence Anantha Krishnan has confirmed that the company has moved far ahead from the preliminary design review (PDR) stage that was conducted last year and after design aspects of the aircraft were accelerated in 202, the design team is nearing towards completion of critical design review (CDR) stage now, that will set the stage for the rollout of a first aircraft in August 2022.

The CDR confirms that the proposed jet will meet all requirements set by the Indian Air Force that was part of the program from the configuration planning stage. Deodhare also confirmed that wind tunnel tests have progressed in a very big way and ordering of Raw materials required for the program was carried out by HAL that had started last year is now moving to the Metal cutting stage and in fact, some of the metal cutting for the aircraft already has been done and the whole process will be completed by end of this year.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is spearheading a Diplomatic offensive to push for securing an order for the second tranche of 36 Rafale from India, says a French Media report filed by Air-cosmos Magazine. France is also trying to secure the sale of 6 Ex-French Air Force A330 Air Tankers that have been offered at a reduced cost that will be overhauled before deliveries with 30 years Airworthiness guarantees from Airbus.

India initially had decided to go for Six A330 MMRT based Airtankers from a UK based company that specializes in the Leasing of Commercial aircraft converted to the military specifications on a wet-lease for 7-10 years period, but India is now considering French offer due to reduced price.

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FILE PIC OF LCA NAVY MK1 WITH HAL DESIGNED LANDING GEARS

Chief of state-run aerospace Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) R Madhavan speaking to CNBC TV18, has said that the company is in charge of developing a strengthened front and main landing gears for the program. HAL will also be developing an arrestor hook system for the TEDBF program.

HAL in the past has developed an arrestor hook system, a redesigned landing gear, a speed controlling device for landings for the two LCA-Navy prototypes NP1 and NP2, and prototype’s tricky landing and take-off debuts from a Navy’s Aircraft carrier were done successfully last year, that has given enough confidence for the HAL Team to successfully develop a better system for the TEDBF program, gaining by the previous experience.

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