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DRDO’s LRDE at “DefEXpo 2022” that had showcased the Uttam AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) Fire Control Radar (FCR) with a 912 TR module and it was confirmed it was an upgraded variant of the Uttam AESA FCR. DRDO-HAL originally planned to incorporate Uttam FCR with 780 TR modules from 21st Tejas Mk1A but now the plan might be changed to incorporate upgraded FCR with 912 TR but it might be seen from later batches.

ELM 2052 Radar that HAL has locally manufactured in collaboration with Israeli ELTA under the Transfer of Technology deal might be procured more than 20 units for the Tejas Mk1A and later units will come with Uttam FCR with 912 TR modules.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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In 2021, The Ministry of Defence of India and the U.S. Department of Defense concluded a Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI). idrw.org has been told that the first Indo-US collaboration on defense programs will see the development of an Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) that can be launched from Transporters like C-130 and C-17 to be used for electronic support jamming missions.

ALUAV once deployed will be able to provide Wide angular coverage for electronic support jamming missions with network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities even before manned and unmanned aircraft enter airspace for their missions.

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Red Tape might have kept four Soveri-Era Mi-26 Heavy Transport Helicopter fleet grounded which allowed Boeing to pitch for the sale of more CH-47 Chinook multi-mission heavy-lift transport helicopters and as per the latest media reports, India is indeed in talks with Boeing for the purchase of 11 more CH-47 Chinooks as Mi-26 fleet rust way quietly.

In 2019, the Indian Air Force acquired Chinook helicopters from the US for their induction into the service. Currently, it is operating a fleet of 15 Boeing-made Chinook helicopters.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) is expected to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to interested vendors and OEMs under its tender for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) by late 2023 or early 2024. RFP will likely see proposals being submitted from Lockheed Martin’s F-21, Boeing’s F-15EX and F-15EX, Dassault’s Rafale, Saab’s Gripen JAS-39 E/F, Russian MiG-35, and SU-35, and Eurofighter Typhoon.

idrw.org has been told that the Vetting process alone for all RFP received might take another year or more and after that, a short technical evaluation round that has been planned for bidders that will be shortlisted might take another year or so and it is likely winner might be announced by late 2025 and deal might be concluded after price and ToT negotiation by late 2026 if there are no further delays in negotiation round with the winning OEM.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with be working closely with the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard to develop a derivative of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) to replace both aging HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters in the Indian Navy and ICG fleet.

Indian Navy needs 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and the Indian Navy is looking to procure variants of the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) modified for ship-based operations.

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With Japan opening up its defense industry to close nit of countries that includes India, the first possible sale of military equipment between both countries might be the sale of a Naval stealth antenna called unicorn under the Transfer of Technology arrangement to be integrated into next-gen Indian warships but India is more interested in Japanese advancements in its submarine technology.

idrw.org has been told that India is keen on acquiring expertise in some of the conventional submarine technology that Japan has developed for its indigenous submarine fleet which is often considered as best in the Diesel-Attack submarine programs in the entire world.

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William Blair, India Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin in an interview said that the company is hopeful that a Request for Proposal for the fighter aircraft under Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition (MRFA) might be issued by the Indian Air Force and claimed that if selected will manufacture F-21 (F-16V) in India with high indigenous content.

Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited displayed at (the) DefExpo just a couple of weeks ago F-16 wings that were made in India as part of the Global supply chain that had 70% indigenous content in the first wing that was produced.

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US-headquartered aircraft engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is now keen to focus on Indian military programs as it has been losing ground in the commercial marketplace towards its arch-rival CMF. The top brass of P&W was in India last week and are keen to focus more on the Indian military segment after it recently won contracts for the supply of engines for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 to power C-295 medium tactical transport aircraft that was recently ordered by the Indian Air Force.

Pratt & Whitney already has been supplying spares and support to the F117-PW-100 turbofan engines that are powering the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III fleet of the Indian Air Force. General Electric its rival in the military space has been focusing on the Indian defense sector for decades now and soon will be locally manufacturing its F-414 engines in the country.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Officials of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) at the recently concluded DefExpo in Gujrat have confirmed to idrw.org that they have no plans to develop an Air force version of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) that the organization is developing for the Indian Navy for its requirements for a Deck based fighter jet to operate from the Indian Aircraft carrier.

26-ton aircraft is designed around requirements set by the Indian Navy and Air Force has not shown any interest in its requirement as its backing the development of 25-ton AMCA and 17.5-ton Tejas MkII fighter jets to meet its requirement for its combat fleet for the next 15-20 years.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bengaluru-based technology start-up NewSpace Research and Technologies (NRT) after concluding recent trials of the sub-scale prototype version of the proposed high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) with an 8-meter wingspan is now planning to develop bigger sub-scale prototype with 16-meter wingspan and 24-meter wingspan HAPS before fabricating HAPS with 59-meter wingspan.

idrw.org has been told that the expected timeline to fly the full-scale solar-powered prototype, with an endurance of three months at 60,000ft, will be four years, while it plans to build two more sub-scale prototype version with a 16-meter wingspan and 24-meter wingspan in the next 18 months.

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Failure to complete the review of LCA-Tejas and F-16 A/B MLU on time has forced Argentine Air Force to delay its plans to announce the winner of the competition in December this year to next year. The Argentine Air Force’s Director of Plans, Programs, and Budget Brigadier Diego García told local media that the technical teams and specialists are still in the process of analyzing and evaluating the proposals from China, India, and Denmark.

An Argentine mission is in Denmark to study used F-16 A/B MLU that are on offer at $15 million per unit. Argentina sent a team of technical specialists last month to India to evaluate the LCA-Tejas fighter jet that was on offer from India.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is planning to offer Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) to all Su-30MKI/MKM, MKA, and SM operators as Russian OEM continues to face economic sanctions as operators of the fleet struggle to pay off the supply of spares and equipment due to lack of open banking channels.

HAL will seek Russian permission to take over as OEM role in providing overhauls and other facilities to existing customers of Su-30s that are largely built on baseline Su-30MKI that is operated by India. Many of the current operators do not have the facility to carry out major overhauls or mandated checks by the OEMs locally that have to be sent to Russia.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) located at Avadi in Chennai will commence upgrades on the original batch of T-90 Bhishma Main Battle Tank (MBT) that had come from Russia in Completely Knocked Down (CKD) / Semi Knocked Down (SKD) condition that is up for a complete overhaul. Automatic target tracker (ATT), digital ballistic computer, and auxiliary power unit (APU) are some of the main systems that will be upgraded.

ATT and APU will be upgraded to an indigenous system that will now also include see-through-armour. commander’s panoramic sight and driver’s night sight already have been developed for the Arjun MBT program and will now will replacing older systems in T-90MBTs.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After maiden trials of the AD-1 Interceptor missile, which is part of India’s Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence Shield, DRDO has commenced work on the fabrication of the AD-2 Interceptor missile that can intercept IRBM (Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile) targets with a range between 3000 to 5500 kilometers.

AD-2 will start trials sometime in late 2023 or in early 2024 as confirmed by Dr. Samir Kamat, Chairman of the DRDO. By 2025, DRDO wants both the Interceptor missiles to be tested and validated including new long-range radars with a scanning capability of over 1,500 km.

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Indian Tri-Service will be issuing Trial clearance certification to Private sector companies that had offered their weapons systems for user trials so that they can offer this weapon to the export market even if this weapon is not procured by Indian Armed Forces.

idrw.org has been told that many Private sector companies bid and offer trials of their weapon systems and the Indian Armed Forces after lengthy trials may which may not procure them immediately due to various reasons that often effects export chances of the weapon systems. Trial clearance certification will be only given to companies whose weapons or products that were offered for trials cleared the Internal evaluation of the Indian Armed Forces.

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