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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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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart S Jaishankar have laid the groundwork for PM Narendra Modi’s summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin that has been planned for later this year in India and it is expected that two countries will clear pending deal for the purchase of 33 Russian made fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to procure 12 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI that will be supplied in the assembly kit form to be later assembled in Nashik by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Production of 140 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from Raw material stages is over after HAL handed over the last two Sukhoi-Su-30MKI to IAF earlier this year. HAL and Russia’s Irkut have started formal price negotiation for the deliveries of 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI assembly kits to India and a deal will likely be concluded when President Vladimir Putin visits India.

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Indian Air Force Museum at the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi has been opened to the visitors after being closed due to the CCP Virus pandemic in the country and some of the visitors were surprised to see a Pakistani Air Force operated F-86 Sabre fighter jets that were supplied by the United States was getting ready for its restoration work.

Earlier this year, while commemorating 50 years of defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria was gifted a legacy F-86 Sabre aircraft as a return gift from Dhaka. F-86 Sabre that arrived came with Bangladeshi markings and will be restored to its original paint scheme of the PAF by the staff of the Museum that is overlooking the restoration work.

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A new biography on former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that was penned down by Nitin Gokhale has said that the initial push for procurement of Dassault Rafale on urgency bases and had suggested off the shelf purchase rather than delaying and spend time in contract negotiation with Dassault for local manufacturing of the jet that was stuck due Quality assurance of the jet and the price, that was to be made by the HAL in India.

“Manohar Parrikar – Brilliant Mind, Simple Life (Bloomsbury)” has a Rafale chapter with details giving out interesting details, on how the process of Rafale procurement was carried out and one of the interesting revelation was that former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recommended off the shelf purchase of 63 Dassault Rafale from France directly but with no clarity on how and why the number was later reduced to just 36.

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Dhanush 155/ 52 Calibre Mounted Gun System

Indian Army along with the Ministry of Defence has issued Request For Information (RFI) for procurement of 155 mm/ 52 Calibre Mounted Gun System that can be employed in plains, mountains, high altitude area, semi-desert, and desert terrain along the Northern and Western Borders of the country for the execution of Artillery tasks. RFI that idrw.org has gone through has laid down some of the requirements like that 155/ 52 Calibre Gun System should be able to fire all in-service ammunition at the time of trials and precision ammunition under procurement.

The vehicle of 155/ 52 Calibre Mounted Gun System should have the capability to operate in existing road and track network existing and created in mountain and desert terrain in own Northern and western Borders. 155 mm/ 52 Calibre Gun System should have an Inertial Navigation System based sight system with the capability to orient and fixing the location of the Gun System. The FCS should also have the capability to provide day and night direct and indirect firing. FCS should be compatible with Project SHAKTI.

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 3 Rafale fighter jets took off from France’s Istres airbase on Wednesday and will be covering a total distance of close to 7,000 km between India and France. “These 3 include two single-seater and one twin-seater aircraft. The aircraft are likely to arrive at Air Force Station, Ambala, on April 1, The Indian Embassy in Paris said in a statement.

Further 7 batches of Rafale will make its onward journey next month . Delivery of all 36 aircraft would be completed as per schedule by end 2021. The first batch of five Rafales arrived in India on July 28 2020 and was officially inducted in September at Ambala Air Base in Haryana on September 10 2020 by the central government.

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The South Korean defence minister Suh Wook’s on his visit to New Delhi to bolster bilateral defence cooperation has offered to co-develop a light battle tank for the Indian Army, that is suitable for high altitude operations. Korean company Hanwha defense has developed K21-105, a Light Tank that has a 105mm turret mounted on a proven K21 chassis for the Korean Army, but India is looking at using the hull of the K9 Vajra 155mm/52 caliber Tracked Self-Propelled Howitzer as a base to mate it with an indigenous gun to be used as a Light Tank.

Indian Army is looking to operate a Light Tank that will weigh around 30+ tons that technically puts it in the Medium Class of Tank category. Indian Army is considering equipping it with either a 105 mm or even 120 mm gun that will be fitted with High Altitude Operable Powerpack (Engine + Transmission) of 1000hp that will be fine-tuned by the DRDO.

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Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) operated Rustom 1, a medium-altitude and long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was carrying out demonstration trials for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at the base station in Jagdalpur, that is located 15km away from Naxal infested Bastar region while coming in for a landing yesterday crashed into outer perimeter wall.

The strategic technical command center of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), has been shifted to the Naxal hotbed of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, to provide security forces enhanced aerial surveillance to conduct anti-Maoist operations, Due to which CRPF has been at the lookout for inducting some UAVs in support of its operations.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) yesterday conducted the maiden test flight of SP-21, the fifth FOC-Standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet, and SP-22, the sixth FOC-Standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet successfully. SP-21 was Piloted by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) Rajeev Joshi (retired). SP-22 aircraft was piloted by the Unknown HAL Test Pilot that idrw.org couldn’t verify at the point of filing this report. HAL is working hard to get SP-23 to conduct its maiden flight by end of this month as the financial year targets mounts, but the aircraft most probably will be ready only next month.

SP-21 and SP-22 were seen flying in its primer due to march-end woes to meet its target but the aircraft will soon be moving to the paint shop where it takes usually takes around 5-7 days for it to get IAF livery before it can be handed over to the second Squadron by end of next month. SP-21 completed its maiden fight in the early morning, while SP-22 completed its maiden flight in the afternoon. Both had approx. 35-40 min sorties and carried out basic pre-delivery inflight checks before they safely landed back.

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After developing Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo, or SMART, State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation has started work on developing an add-on kit for the Advanced Light Torpedo Shyena that will enable the weapon to glide through the air from altitudes as high as 20,000 feet and enable the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet to attack enemy submarines from long ranges.

DRDO Glider Assisted Torpedo program is to turn advanced Light Torpedo Shyena into a glide weapon that jettisons wings and other air-control controls and activates its parachute before it’s near to hit the water. The glider kit will be able to glide for seven to 10 minutes that’s around 25-30km before entering the water and travel further 20km before hitting its intended target.

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Python-5 a fifth-generation air-to-air missile (AAM) manufactured by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will now not be part of either upgraded Tejas Mk1A or the Tejas Mk2 fighter jet after Rafael failed to demonstrate and correct inflight vibrations and the instability issues that had cropped up while the missile was undergoing carriage trials. Israel’s Rafael has not officially commented on why it was not able to carry out design changes to rectify the issue, but IAF sources close to idrw.org confirmed that the Close Combat Missile (CCM) that was to supplement the Russian R-73 Within Visual Range (WVR) missile on Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 fighter fleet is now dropped completely.

Python-5 missiles are widely used as a missile that is part of the SPYDER air defense system which is operational with India, the Philippines, and Georgia. Python-5 was the natural choice of the Indian Air Force (IAF), due to the easy availability of the missile in IAF Arsenal and also since Python-5 is a Dual-use missile system that can be used as an Interceptor as part of SPYDER air defense system and also has a standalone Close Combat Missile (CCM) on a fighter jet.

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SP20. IMAGE COUTERSY @ GAURAV SHETTY

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently conducted a maiden test flight of SP-20, the fourth FOC-Standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet. The first flight was made a few days back that was piloted by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) Rajeev Joshi (retired). this is the second FOC Tejas MK1 flight that made its maiden test flight this year and HAL plans to complete the first maiden flight of two more FOC-certified SP-21 and SP-22 by end of this financial year after facing delays due to CCP Virus.

SP-20 becomes the only third aircraft that has completed its maiden flight for FY2020-21 and SP-21 and SP-22 will make the total count further to 5 aircraft if HAL manages to stick to its March-end commitments for this fiscal, while the target was for 8 FOC-Standard Tejas Mk1 fighter jet for FY2020-21.

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The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has received a repeat order to supply intermediate cartridge bullets to the United States. The bullets will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Varangaon in the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. The OFB said in a tweet, “The OFB has received a repeat order for cartridge 5.56*45 mm NATO ammunition from the USA”.

The supply of ammunition is for the civilian market in the US. The 5.56*45 mm NATO MI93 Ball ammunition is an intermediate cartridge bullet, which means it is shorter than battle rifle cartridges but still has a higher length than civilian or personal weapon cartridges.

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The US Air Force (USAF) officially accepted the first F-15EX fighter on 10 March at Boeing’s St Louis production facility in Missouri and race has begun to find a second customer for the latest avatar of the American Eagle with India being on the radar of not only of the Boeing but also of key officials in the Pentagon. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit India later this month and will stress two major offers that Pentagon has been offering India for quite a time now.

Pentagon is keen that India scraps S400 air defense system deal with Russia and instead has offered to co-develop long-range air defense system in the line of S-400 with India or India could be part of the American-Israeli system under development, second on offer is local manufacturing of the F-15EX with weapons package unmatched in Asia.

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Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has confirmed that the last of the production aircraft has rolled out of the assembly line at HAL MiG complex in Nashik. the 222nd Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft has been flight tested and now waits delivery to the Indian Air Force (IAF). HAL received three contracts for license production. These involved a contract for 140 aircraft in December 2000, 40 in March 2007, and 42 in December 2012. The first HAL-assembled SU-30MKI was delivered to the air force in November 2004.

The last Sukhoi-30mki is modified to carry the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and now HAL waits for a final order of 12 aircraft that has been cleared by MOD but the contract is yet to be inked due to price negotiation with Russia. HAL has proposed to develop 12 additional with Super-Sukhoi upgrade kits that HAL has developed along with its partners in DRDO. First, two aircraft will be technology demonstrator aircraft to integrate and test all the proposed upgrades to the aircraft including Indian-made AESA radar and avionics along with an indigenous weapons system.

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Pakistan Air Force’s plans to acquire 36 retired Mirage V jets that were retired from service by the Egyptian Air Force long ago to be later upgraded, so that it can be re-inducted into PAF received a massive jolt when Dassault, makers of the jet refused to upgrade them on direct orders from the French Defence ministry. The relationship between Paris and Islamabad has been on the downward trend after Pakistani politicians due to their self-appointed role as leader of the Islamic world started talking about French policies of its Muslim population after a spate of attacks in the country.

PAF’s Mirage fleet consists of 90 Mirage-III and 90 Mirage-V aircraft for interceptor and attack roles respectively. Pakistani Air Force has been operating Mirage combat jets for the last 50 years now and has no plans to retire them as it continues to procure retired and scraped jets from former operators. PAF despite the induction of the JF-17, continues to trust a 50-year-old aircraft over its locally produced Chinese JF-17 due to the absence of better weapon-carrying capacity of the Mirage fleet.

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