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DRDO has started work on the FSO solution (Front Sector Optronics) a passive counter-stealth solution providing simultaneous visible and infrared capabilities for outstanding identification performance at long range for the Tejas mk2 program that will be also replacing the Russian OLS-30 IRST currently used in the Su-30MKI aircraft.

DRDO has been working on passive infrared search and track systems since 2018 and FSO will provide coverage of +/-80 in azimuth and +40/-20 in elevation with a target acquisition range for non-afterburning aerial targets over 50 km facing up to the target’s front hemisphere and over 100 km facing up to rear hemisphere with laser rangefinder with ranges up to 10 km for aerial targets.

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The Indian Government has invited bids from the industry to design & develop Marine Diesel Engine Technology & establish India as the global leader. Development of an entire range of “Medium Speed Marine Diesel Engine” for Armed Forces has been accorded In-principle approval under Make-I (Government Funded) that will involve Government funding of 90%, released in a phased manner and based on the progress of the scheme, as per terms agreed between MoD and the vendor.

Medium Speed Marine Diesel Engine is usually used on Amphibious warfare ships like Landing craft utility (LCU), main auxiliary engineering ships, and Tug boats.

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After the Training round of Brahmos breached Pakistani air space and nearly took out a PAF Military facility that was fired by the IAF secret base, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a senior minister in the Philippines cabinet on behalf of the President Rodrigo Duterte, had called in Shambhu S Kumaran, Indian ambassador in Manila, reported ” The Indian Express ” and who was briefed about the incident.

Indian ambassador also made it clear that the Indian missile system is extremely trustworthy and secure and also said that a detailed report will be shared with the Philippines military after the inquiry is concluded. An Air Vice Marshal from the Air Force headquarters is carrying out a detailed investigation into the accidental firing of the tactical BrahMos supersonic cruise missile which landed in Pakistan on March 9.

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The German government has refused to supply MTU 12V396 diesel engines from Germany’s Motor and Turbine Union company to be equipped on a modified Hangor-class submarine that is based on the Chinese-origin Type 039B submarine meant for Pakistani Navy. The Hangor-class submarine is to be equipped with an AIP-equipped but the German government has prohibited the export of the engines to China because of their use for military purposes, as Germany is bound by a European Union arms embargo imposed on China in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Chinese has reportedly offered reversed-engineered Chinese-made engines that are certified by Germany’s MTU. Germany for long ignored the sale of dual-use technologies that were later used by the Chinese on their weapons system but the sale of Two Yuan-Class S26T submarines to Thailand’s Military Junta caught the attention of the German media due to which the German government took a stand against their supplies and later also blocked supplies to the China to be used on Pakistani Type 039B submarine that is under construction in China.

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India has issued four Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for this month for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal this month for the period from 08-16 April 2022 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. All four missile tests have been labeled as Experimental which are usually reserved for missiles that are still under development.

Designated areas that have been notified for all four experimental tests are different but the missile that is likely to be tested might be of the same type as developmental trials usually cover a full spectrum of different ranges and altitudes that are required before a new missile system is cleared for production.

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CSIR-NAL has developed a scaled-down model of the solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and trials of the same will begin later this year proof of concept will be proved throughout 2023 as per the latest media report by ” The Print”. National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has confirmed to idrw.org that the High-altitude platform station (HAPS) that their working on is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and is a separate program from HAL funded one.

According to NAL, the Estimated date of completion of the project will take place in mid-2025. NAL claims says that the HAPS will work as a pseudo satellite for telecommunication applications in the 5G & 6G spectrum and can also be used for surveillance and reconnaissance missions when equipped with multi-spectral cameras.

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In 2021, India formally lifted the ban on Italian firm AgustaWestland and its parent company Leonardo, paving the way for them to take part in multiple ongoing projects and bid for upcoming defense contracts. In 2014 India had shelved the contract because the pre-contract integrity pact had been breached and started converting 350 million Euros of bank guarantees, AgustaWestland has now given in writing that it has foregone this bank guarantees not in any way as an admission of any wrongdoing or liability but as one of the conditions of the Indian Government.

But India has in its storage 3 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters that are still parked in the IAF’s hangars in New Delhi’s Palam base. Inducted in 2013, they quickly were mothballed and kept in storage after AgustaWestland was banned. IAF had to preserve them due to lack of spares from the vendor but still has the infrastructure and trained pilots who can get them back in service if spare supplies resume and complete overhauls are carried out after being non-operational for nearly 8 years.

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Last Year, idrw.org had reported that the Indian Navy is looking to procure a squadron of the FOC configured LCA-Navy Mk1 Trainer aircraft to be used as an ab initio trainer jet for the naval pilots to hone their skills in Deck-based operation from the aircraft carrier before they graduate to flying high performance deck based fighter jets like Mig-29k and TEDBF.

While HAL is carrying out final fittings on the LCA-Navy NP-5 Trainer aircraft, which will be used to further collect data for the development of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF), HAL is also in talks with Navy to link the LCA-Tejas LIFT program with the LCA-NAVY Mk1 program to maintain commonality with avionics and also cater to redundancy and obsoletion of the technology.

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A recent media report had indicated that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed Combat Air Teaming System (CATS) Warrior, an autonomous wingman drone that will be either be powered by a PTAE-7 turbofan engine that is used on the Lakshya unmanned aircraft in twin configuration or by an HTFE-25 turbofan engine that is under development.

Present CATS Warrior will have an All-up take-off weight of 1.3 tons, while HTFE-25 is rated at 25kN of thrust that can be used to power a five-ton weight class aircraft in a single-engine configuration. HTFE-25 in the future might be used to power a 9-ton unmanned combat air vehicle which is under proposal but the development work is yet to be sanctioned as its might compete with DRDO/ADE’s developed Remote Piloted Strike Aircraft (RPSA) that will be powered by a 46kN Dry Kaveri engine.

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An Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft delivered one ALH Mk-III for the Mauritius country’s police force which was leased by the Mauritius government from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)earlier this year in January.

C-17 landed at Port Louis, the Capital of Mauritius from a direct flight from Bangalore. The Mauritius government already operates HAL-built ALH and Do-228 aircraft.

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India’s State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is participating in the Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition & Conference held from March 28-31 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, where the company is seen promoting LCA-Lead-in fighter training (LIFT) to met Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) tender for the 18 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) procurement.

According to Malaysian Media, RMAF has shortlisted four bids and likely Russian bid for Mig-35 has been rejected because RMAF recently retired its Russian-made MiG-29 Fulcrum because of the high cost of maintenance and chances are that the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet bid by Sino-Pakistan joint-venture also is rejected since both Mig-29 and JF-17 are equipped with Russian engines and also due to ongoing sanctions on Russian enterprises.

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TATA has started deliveries of the first batch of WhAP 8 x 8 (Wheeled Armored Platform) that will be going to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). In an undated video going viral on social media platforms, 3 WhAP can be seen coming of TATA facility heading towards three paramilitary organizations with whom it will be going through user trials before it can start getting major orders.

WhAP delivered seems to have got some design changes as seen in the picture that includes raised armored driver station that might be done for better visibility at the urban environment, especially for the Counter-insurgency roles.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is set to begin operations from the newly constructed helicopter plant at Biderehalla Kaval, Tumakuru district for the indigenously-developed light utility helicopters (LUHs), a 3-tonne category helicopter and plans to roll out the first 4 limited series production (LSP) LUH by March 2023 and another eight LSP LUHs by March 2024.

Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), HAL, R. Madhavan speaking to the media said that from 2024-25, the company will be able to manufacture 30 units per year when series production (SP) of the LUH starts but is also willing to scale the production line so that it can deliver 60 units per years if required.

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Economic Explosives Limited (EEL), India’s first private defence company is developing a Micro-missile based Counter-Drone System(CDS) with both soft-kill and hard-kill capability. The proposed system under development contains a large number of 2 kg micro-missiles which can effectively engage hostile drones up to a range of 2 km. Designed for rapid operational deployment on a highly mobile system, a micro-missile cassette/pod containing 24 / 36 / 48 missiles achieve a heavy and sustained volume of fire and can be seamlessly integrated with a Radar and a Jammer on a 4×4, 2.5 Ton Vehicle or any other vehicle as deemed appropriate like an All-Terrain Vehicle.

The Radar-based detection system will have a detection range of 4-5 km, which would be subsequently ‘classified’ using an Electro-Optics System at a distance of 2 km.

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Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari, Chief of the Air Staff speaking to SP aviation, said that IAF plans to induct six squadrons of MRFA in a phased manner. IAF is studying the responses to the RFI issued in April 2018 and the Air Staff Qualitative Requirements for the current proposal are being finalized before seeking Government approval.

The case will be progressed as per Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020. While the IAF chief claims that IAF is processing the case for 114 MRFA to meet its operational requirements, it has still not put when RFP (Request for Proposal) will be issued to the selected vendor and no timelines were disclosed.

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