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News Beat reporting is an idrw.org initiative to let our Readers to report News Based on Actual facts but some how has not been reported in Main Stream Media .

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Indian Navy is set to get tenth P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, part of the nearly $1 billion deal with the US for four additional planes signed in 2016. As per media reports, P-8I has taken off from the Boeing facility and will land at INS Hansa in Goa to join the ninth P-8I that was delivered to India, last November 2020. INS Hansa will be getting the remaining two that are scheduled to be handed over to India in the coming weeks.

The first batch of 8 P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft are presently stationed at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu that are extensively used by the eastern command that is responsible for all naval forces in the Bay of Bengal and parts of the Indian Ocean. Four P-8I from INS Hansa will be under Western command which is responsible for the naval forces in the Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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India has issued a second Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 15 – 17 July 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. The first NOTAM for this month is from 08 – 11 July 2021. Speculations are that India is planning to test MR-SAM Air defense Interceptor missiles this time for the Army.

Last month, DRDO had tested 122mm Rocket and Enhanced Pinaka Mk1 rockets and also nuclear-capable Agni Prime Ballistic Missile.

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The Nigerian Army is considering procuring Hindustan Aeronautics Limited manufactured Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to equip the newly formed Army Aviation Corps as per the information that has been floated by the Nigerian defense community. Nigerian Army (NA) Aviation Corps is a new stand-alone counter-terrorism air unit that will be tasked specifically with providing aerial support to ground forces fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the north and northeast of the country and guaranteeing long-term national security.

Nigerian Army (NA) Aviation Corps initially were interested in procuring Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia that is already in service with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) but Nigerian Army (NA) Aviation Corps due to the United States’ new Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law, that places sanctions on the Russian defense industry, as well as customers of Russian defense firms are now searching for other options that include HAL’s LCH that was first offered to Nigerian airforce officials who were in India for Aero India 2019 but South African Denel Aviation manufactured Rooivalk Mk 2 attack helicopter is also among frontrunner.

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Ex-Pakistani Air Force Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk. 6 (F-86E/M), 1606 that was one of the four Sabre that was left behind at Tejgaon, Dhaka after the 1971 war with India, which later went on to serve in the newly formed Bangladeshi Air Force (BAF) till 1974 has been put up for display at Indian Air Force Museum in Palam.

Sabre jet was gifted by the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) while celebrating Swarnim Vijay Diwas to mark 50 years of India’s victory over Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh. Sabre jet was refurbished and repainted in India before it was displayed at the Indian Air Force Museum in Palam as War trophy.

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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation has floated fresh tenders for the manufacturing of Ku band AESA Seeker for the Astra BVRAAM program. By putting an advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) radar in the nose of an Astra Mk1 missile, India will be in the elite few countries that have adapted inclusion of the next generation innovation in air-to-air warfare which will improve the detection ability of the missile by replacing present Ku-band RF Seeker.

Ku band AESA Seeker was first displayed at Aero India 2021 after completion of ground-based trials of the system thus clearing its path for production. Ku band AESA Seeker has a lock-on range of 13km for a 5m2 RCS target and can perform live target detection and tracking. Ku band AESA Seeker also has a narrow target acquisition beam with robust ECCM capability that gives the missile an improved ability to launch the missile in LOAL mode.

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China’s second aircraft carrier, the Shandon was captured in satellite images showcasing huge cracks with parts sunk in on its flight deck either caused by an explosion or by a strong fire that might have melted some section of the flight deck visible from the satellite pictures. While the Chinese analysts are speculating it was some oil leak that makes it appear like a cracked surface but some Western Defence Analysts are buying this theory since damage seems to be structural and inward. But equally number of Western Defence Analysts are also claiming that it probably just some crew members of the ship are seen cleaning the deck which resulted into dizzy satellite images. American Navy personnel’s who have in past worked on aircraft carriers claim, deck cleaning is usually performed while the ship is at sea due to remove excess sea waters collected on the flight deck with fresh water to avoid rusting issues and damage to the upper flight decks are common occurrence specially when new carrier borne fighter jets is undergoing certification trials.

Another theory floating around is that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in May this year was conducting a series of exercises in the South China Sea for combat preparedness and it is likely the damage was suffered while coming for landing by a carrier-borne aircraft by inexperienced pilots. J-15 carrier-based fighter jet which is a copy of the Russian Su-33 is one of the heaviest carrier-based fighter jets in service with PLA Navy and is increasingly accident-prone leading to being grounded for months at a time due to inherited design flaws due to which even Russians have withdrawn the Su-33 fleet and replaced it with Mig-29K. China is already working on J-15’s successor due to high crash records of the aircraft.

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China’s State affiliate English-language CGTN news service based in Beijing, recently realized a short documentary featuring Fei Dong, an air force pilot flying a Chinese-made J-10 fighter jet, and his glorious 15 years flying of his service to safeguard China’s airspace. the documentary featured regular footage of J-10 and an interview of the pilot praising the Chinese-made jet, but soon, in a major goof-up and embarrassment to Chinese leadership, the Indian defense community spotted some video footage that belonged to the Indian developed LCA-Tejas fighter jet.

While LCA-Tejas can’t be seen in clarity but it shows some undercarriage video clips of LCA-Tejas being shown as the capabilities of the J-10. Video footage comparison shows undercarriage video grab from the promo that CGTN made and the actual video grab that was uploaded on YouTube .

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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 08 – 11 July 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. India’s DRDO had tested 122mm Rocket and Enhanced Pinaka Mk1 rockets recently and also nuclear-capable Agni Prime Ballistic Missile in previously issued NOTAMs by India. Initial speculation was that the new NOTAM might be for the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Odisha’s Balasore. 

But areas defined in the NOTAM are not the same as the previous NOTAM that was issued for the HSTDV test, leading to the possibility that it is for test of a new long range surface to air or air to air missile . 

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Reports of India test-firing its long-range sub-sonic Nirbhay cruise missile turn out to be false news after idrw.org was informed that no such developmental trial of the missile had taken place from reliable sources in DRDO. The trial of the Nirbhay missile test with the indigenous STFE engine is still under preparation and might take place soon, once cleared by the team that is working on the assembly of the missile.

DRDO and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) both had remained mum and had not released any official Press Release like they usually do after missile tests, nor it was widely reported in national media leaving one new agency that had reported it but was widely reported in the Indian defence community.

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While some media agencies confirmed the test of the sub-sonic cruise Nirbhay missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) yesterday but missing was an official press release from the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the same was also not done by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) leading to speculations if the trials did take place or it was a failure or it was just unconfirmed reports.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik later in the day from his Twitter account congratulated DRDO for the successful test of the sub-sonic cruise Nirbhay missile but still, confusion remained about what happened and why DRDO chose to remain mum on this development.

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be carrying out a trial of the brand New missile that will be called ” Agni-Prime ” that is an improved variant of the Agni-1 in coming days as per report prepared by the ” Express-News Service”. The short-range ballistic missile will have a range of 1000km to 1500 km and will come with a host of improvements over its predecessor Agni-1 to make it much more agile and road-mobile.

Previously idrw.org was told that Agni-Prime will be a Canister-based surface to a surface short-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying a conventional payload of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) or a nuclear warhead. Unlike the single-stage Agni-I, Agni Prime is a double-stage missile that can evade any ballistic missile system , Agni Prime with usage of composite materials will make missile not only lighter but also much sleeker.

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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 05-07 July 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. This is in addition to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that was issued a few days ago for the period of 23-25 June 2021 that was speculated for the launch of the Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile.

Second NOTAM was issued later for a window period of 28 – 29 June 2021 for the possible launch of the HSDTV. The third NOTAM window for a narrow path of the area seems to suggest that it is either of extended range variant of BrahMos-ER or New China-specific surface to surface tactical missile that was under development for a while now.

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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Speaking after reviewing the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal in Hyderabad, said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to procure more ERJ145 based Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control System developed by DRDO to beef up its Indigenous AWACS fleet capabilities which are grossly inadequate to fight a two-front war with Pakistan and China.

He confirmed that this will be over 6 Ex-Air India Airbus A320 that are being planned to be converted into Netra 2.0 AWACS platform using new upgraded Desi AESA Radar developed in India by DRDO. Three ERJ145 based Netra AEW&CS were procured by India and two are flying with IAF and one is still retained by DRDO to be used as Test Bed for the future program, which eventually might join IAF at a later stage.

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

India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 28-29 June 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. This is in addition to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that was issued a few days ago for the period of 23-25 June 2021 that was speculated for the launch of the Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile.

The latest notification for the area marked and trajectory seems to hint at the possibility of the third launch of India’s Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Odisha’s Balasore. In the Third launch, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to validate the highly complex technology of the NextGen Hypersonic vehicle minus its aerodynamic heat shields, while the Agni missile booster will propel the Hypersonic cruise vehicle to desired hypersonic Mach number before the cruise vehicle is separated from the launch vehicle.

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Sea trials of the INS Vikrant aka Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-I) that were supposed to have begun in the first half of this year will likely commence by October when rainy seasons in the southern part of the country start receding. According to a report prepared by the NewIndianExpress, delays were largely due to the second wave of the CCP Virus situation in the country that led to delays in the movement of the manpower from the Navy and other equipment manufacturers that supplied systems for the IAC-1.

Various lockdowns in the states and Travel and Visa restrictions also contributed to delays in the sea trials. INS Vikrant has completed its Basin trials last year in November and Sea trials were to start before the onset of the monsoon but that coincided with the arrival of the second wave of the CCP Virus in the country.

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