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

Noida-based Indian startup Raphe mPhibr Private Limited has secured orders from the Indian Army for its Nistaar swarm drones as well as a Load carrying Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that can be used to supply essentials to troops at difficult locations. Indian Army is yet to give out details of the units procured from the Raphe mPhibr but its speculated that it will be octa copter ” Raven ” developed by the company that is been procured.

Raven is a lightweight, unibody octa copter with multiple payloads carrying a capacity of up to 30kg. It is equipped with a day and night vision camera, in a single camera housing, for round-the-clock operations. UAV is equipped with indigenously developed ‘Advanced Control Algorithms’ for higher stability during flight with heavy payloads. Its robust aerodynamic design and bio-mimetic structure make it extremely stable to withstand strong and gusty winds in valleys.

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FILE PIC OF RUSSIAN VHF RADAR

Bengaluru-based Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd (ADTL) has won a contract to supply six VHF or Very High-Frequency radars from Indian Air Force (IAF) in Rs 200+ crore deal after it emerged as an L1 bidder last week. IAF plans to replace its old Soviet-era P-18 early warning radar mounted on Ural-4320 truck chassis that has an unusual feature of counter-stealth capability.

IAF already uses Medium AESA Powered Radar Arundhar, Ashwini, and Rohini 3D Radar for long-range surveillance, the addition of older VHF-type radars seems to be done keeping in mind their counter-stealth capability.

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Bengaluru-based ALPHA-ELSEC, which is the joint venture company between Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd (ADTL) from India with Israeli company Elbit has bagged an order for the supply of 100+ units of the SkyStriker Loitering Munition. The contract is under an emergency order. The Indian Army had issued a Request for Information (RFI) on March 6, 2020, for procuring 100 x loitering munition systems, which will be deployed with the infantry using man-portable platforms. RFI required quantity to be delivered within 18 months of the contract.

ALPHA-ELSEC plans to use its infrastructure already established for various other Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Programs. Elbit Systems will also provide Transfer of Technology through a follow-on agreement. The Indian air force purchased Israel Aerospace Industries’ Harop loitering munition system way back in 2010. Indian startup is working on its smart loitering munition and the program is already backed by the Indian Army and Indian air force.

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

CONCEPT IMAGE OF FSS

Larsen & Toubro, an Indian-based conglomerate with a shipbuilding arm, is one of the four consortia of companies that have been awarded to build three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the British Royal Navy. FSS will provide the Navy’s aircraft carriers with equipment, ammunition, and food so they can stay at sea for extended periods.

Four consortia of companies also include Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen and Serco, the UK-listed outsourcer, which has contracts supporting the Royal Navy; Team UK, whose leading members include British defence heavyweights Babcock and BAE Systems which have extensive domestic shipbuilding facilities; Team Resolute, which includes British marine engineer and Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff are other three companies who will be part of the FSS Program for the Royal Navy.

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

SWiFT, 1-ton All Up Weight (AUW) Technological Demonstrator for India’s upcoming Unmanned Stealth Bomber has completed series of low-speed taxi trials and high-speed taxi trials and has been cleared for the first flight that likely will take place by end of this year. idrw.org has been told that the DRDO test personnel monitored the aircraft’s performance and instrumentation from a ground control station to verify the functionality while the vehicle reached accelerated speeds over the last three months ground testing phase where SWiFT underwent low, medium, and high-speed taxi testing.

SWiFT has been powered by a Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine, that will be later replaced by GTRE’s Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE). SWiFT will be used to collect data on the controllability of flying wing configuration and autonomous take-off and landing technology, retractable landing gear system, flying-wing design, and low radar signature data of the aircraft that will be used for further improvements.

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

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh speaking to the Indian media justified procurement of conventional attack submarine (SSK) from a foreign country under Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement for the last time under Project-75I so that Public-Private sector ecosystem in the country for the development of local SSK will be created when Directorate of Naval Design (Submarine Design Group) comes up with its design capabilities.

Singh also said that the Navy is yet to master some of the niche techs in subsystem development and level design capabilities that are required for the development of an indigenous SSK program that the Navy plans to achieve after executing the P-75I program for the development of six next-generation conventional attack submarine (SSK).

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

Indian Navy recently issued Request for Information (RFI) to procure Four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs), what raised many eyebrows were RFI had called for at least 02 Heavy Lift Helicopters that would be parked on the deck in blade folded configuration. RFI called for helicopter spot to be strengthened to operate a Heavy Lift Helicopter, with a max All Up Weight of 40 Tons.

In 2010, the Indian Air Force showed interest in the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell and Boeing first, soon in 2013 Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard were also given technical briefings. Indian Navy was impressed by the demonstrated capabilities of V-22 but talks never wandered around the purchase of the assets due to controversial technical issues surrounding its tiltrotor technology.

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

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport At Army-2021 has offered its Palma Shipborne automated anti-aircraft artillery system with a sosna-r surface-to-air missile system that is designed for protection against anti-ship missiles, anti-radar missiles, guided aerial bombs, aircraft, and helicopters as well as for engagement of small-displacement vessels and small-size sea and ground targets to India.

Palma can engage aerial targets at distances between 0.2 km and 4 km, while the SAMs are capable of engaging aerial targets at a range of up to 10 km. The Palma’s ammunition load integrates 1,000 30 mm cartridges and eight ready-use missiles. The station’s reaction time reaches 3-5 seconds. A combat module of the Palma weighs 6,900 kg and can be mounted on small surface ships.

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

The Russian company Aerosve has completed the installation of light-signaling equipment on India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, INS Vikrant. Navigation Lights Shapes and Sounds (NLSS) signaling system developed by the Aerosve utilizes state-of-the-art LED technology to ensure that it is night vision-friendly.

NLSS solution is used for the navigation and signal lights plus control of ships audible signaling equipment since the flight deck is a noisy environment.

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

India’s LCA-Tejas, produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and the FA-50 Golden Eagle, made by South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries. one of the two could likely emerge as a winner to the tender floated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to fulfill a light combat aircraft requirement, which already got a response from 7 other contenders said Defense analyst Ben Ho.

Ben Ho, an analyst with the Military Studies Programme at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, says that the General Electric F404 engine used in the FA-50 Golden Eagle and LCA-Tejas gives its clear advantage over the Chinese-Pakistan offer of the JF-17 that is powered by a Russian Klimov RD-93 engine that due to serviceability issues with the related engine of Malaysia’s MiG-29s won’t be preferred.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flew a Tejas single-seater light combat aircraft during his visit to IAF and other aircraft manufacturing establishments in Bengaluru yesterday. Bhadauria  who was extensively involved in the flights of the LCA Tejas’ initial prototypes and has over 4,250 hours of 26 different fighter and transport aircraft.

Bhadauria is also an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor who was commanding the Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment, and being the Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project.

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Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently cleared the deal for 99 with GE Aviation for F404-GE-IN20 engines and Private sector companies in India who were involved in the LCA-Tejas program from its initial stage in the supply of aircraft fuselage, tail section, and wings are looking forward to massive orders that will come after IAF earlier this year contracted deal for 73 Tejas Mk1A and 10 Tejas Trainers. idrw.org spoke to one of the Indian private players who supply components to the LCA-Tejas program on the condition of anonymity.

” We joined the LCA-Tejas program as our initiative without considering about profits since orders from HAL were even below bare minimum requirement then what foreign OEMS could place. We joined when biggies (Private sector) were not keen on joining, HAL wanted private sector companies to invest in the expansion of our facilities even when IAF was not so keen on placing fresh orders,” he added, ” with fresh orders and stable requirements in place, we are looking in contributing in the development of a stable LCA-Tejas ecosystem “.

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

The State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be submitting its bids by the third week of September, in response to a tender floated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force under its Light Combat Aircraft/Fighter Lead-In-Trainer (LCA/FLIT) program for 18 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to replace their aging Hawk 208 light-attack/lead-in trainer aircraft said R Madhavan, chairman of HAL to The Indian Express recently.

Madhavan said the LCA stands a good chance of being bought by foreign air forces on account of fourth-generation fighters are still being relevant and added that “Regions which have exhibited an interest in the LCA Mk- 1A are East Europe, South Asia, West Asia, and South America. We see whether there is a demand from those countries and if they are trying to upgrade their Air Forces. Malaysia was in the process of upgrading its capabilities. We have been in business with them for the last two years,” the HAL chairman said.

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

Indian Air force will soon be clearing procurement of the DARE’s state-of-the-art Digital Radar Warning Receiver DR118 for the entire Sukhoi-30 platform after successful completion of the program onboard the upgraded Mig-29UPG fleet. Integration of the Digital DR-118 radar warning receiver was planned under the ‘Super Su-30 project’ that was planned to reinforce the current capabilities of the aircraft without making any changes to the airframe and would be executed by HAL in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation and Sukhoi Aviation Company.

With no headway in the ‘Super Sukhoi’ program, IAF has decided to go and head and replace the older 3rd Gen Analog Indigenous Radar Warning Receiver with a New Six-Channel Digital Radar Warning Receiver that not only offers a wide dynamic range and large bandwidth but also offers very good sensitivity, selectivity, and wideband instantaneous bandwidth at the same time.

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

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully carried out Ground Run and Low-Speed Taxi Trials of Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft on 15-August for DGCA Type Certification. The Transport Aircraft Division at Kanpur has ventured into manufacturing the Hindustan-228 for launch under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

Hindustan-228 to meet DGCA requirement had to reduce its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) from 6200kg to 5700kg. Hindustan-228 will also be equipped with a digital cockpit to ensure more accurate readings, precise information, and ergonomic data displays with feedback loops and the capability for self-check to alert pilots in emergencies.

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