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In 1996, the Indian Armed forces got hands-on Israeli developed searcher, a multi-mission tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS) used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery adjustment, and damage assessment later in 2000 it went for upgraded Searcher Mk II UAS, now Indian Army is planning to procure an Indigenous Searcher Class UAVs for High Altitude Area operation for which it has selected a local Indian Private player to design and develop a UAS that will be first coming from the private sector company.

New UAS will have high-quality real-time intelligence gathering and transmission capabilities while operating at a distance from the mission region. Electro-Optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) along with Communications Intelligence, Global System Mobile (GSM), and Electronic Support Measures are some of the systems and payloads that the Army is seeking.

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Dr. Tessy Thomas, Director General (Aeronautical Systems), DRDO speaking to Dr. Anantha Krishnan of Tarmak media said that the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) is just a Technological demonstrator program for the testing and validating the Manik Engine / Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) in a way ending speculation that the subsonic cruise missile program is an active missile program that will eventually enter production.

India’s troubled Nirbhay Cruise missile entered service in limited number after facing years of delays in the developmental trials phase where the missile had a high rate of failures and had received two program extensions before it was closed. Later it was revealed that ITCM is a successor to the Nirbhay program that will further increase and validate indigenous content in the missile system including its 4.25 kN thrust turbofan engine that has been under trial. But is now clear ITCM is just a Testbed program that is using Nirbhay airframes to test and validate the STFE engine that was planned for the sub-sonic flight of the missile and the missile will not enter production.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing at an industry chamber said that France has agreed to make an ‘engine’ in India under the strategic partnership (SP) model. Singh confirmed that in meeting with visiting French Defence Minister Florence Parly both countries have decided to make an engine in India under the SP model.

Since much of the details is yet to be officially confirmed, But a new consortium of companies made up of DRDO-HAL-Private Sector companies along with French Safran might be announced soon as India’s 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Program is all set to take off when the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meets next.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility Aircraft Upgrade Research & Design Centre (AURDC) has started the MiG-29K upgrade program under which indigenous weapons like Astra air to air missiles, SAAW, and general-purpose bombs will be integrated. AURDC will also take up the integration of the indigenous mission computers and laser pods.

Navy had approached HAL to upgrade the MiG-29K fleet but the aircraft had Russian systems that prevented the integration of the indigenous weapons system due to which extensive modifications were planned due to which now it will feature indigenous mission computers.

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State-funded Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has started work on the design and development of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) a 13-ton medium-lift helicopter that will eventually replace the Mi-17 fleet from the Indian Armed forces starting from 2032 onwards but HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan confirmed that the company is also looking to work on 20-24 ton helicopter that will put it in the league of heavy-lift transport helicopter class.

Madhavan speaking to BUSINESSWORLD confirmed that beyond IMRH, HAL will discuss with armed forces before the configuration of the new helicopter class is confirmed but these new helicopters will be placed above IMRH but in the same class of Boeing CH-47 Chinook but below Mi-26 fleet of Heavy helicopters in the hierarchy.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited plans to take up the design and development of the 13-tonne category medium-lift helicopter named Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) suitable for tactical troop movement, combat search, and rescue, combat logistics support, casualty evacuation, etc. a spin-off Armed variant of the IMRH might become a reality but HAL has No plans to make an attack helicopter in the Apache Class confirmed HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan.

Madhavan speaking to BUSINESSWORLD said that the performance of the LCH at high altitudes has been exceptional. Handling and take-off capability exceed that of even the Apache at such high altitudes and the market for Apache Class helicopter in the armed forces in India are limited as the bulk of attack helicopters will be made up of light combat helicopters (LCHs).

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Public sector Company, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has designed and developed a Hexacopter that can carry an electro-optic payload to provide long detection ranges and is powered by wire cables that enable it to fly for six hours to provide non stop aerial reconnaissance and intelligence gathering to secure Indian air force base against aerial intrusions by UAVs and Drones.

BEL says that the company has developed the Hexacopter Drone in less than 9 months and the drone also has provisions for internal batteries in case of power failure that will allow it to land back safely. After six hours of continuous operation, Hexacopter can resume operations after 1-hour break that is done to cool off its motors. But commercially their exists Tethered Drones that can operate for 24 hours without break.

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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 for 16-17, 22-24 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. the designated area for first NOTAM is 739 km that indicates that it will probably will be test of cruise missile and second designated area for NOTAM is for 1272km that probably will be for a Ballistic missiles.

For the month of December, DRDO already has tested Pinaka Enhanced Rockets, SANT Anti-Tank Missiles, Supersonic Missile Assisted Torpedo (SMART), BrahMos-A and VL-SRAAM missile. Experts believe that due to prolonged monsoon season and frequent cyclones and depressions near the Chandipur test range this year many of the missile tests that are experimental in nature and carried highest risk factors were kept pending and now are being cleared to meet program deadlines.

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CANCELLED MTA

After being left out of the C295 program that now will be executed for the first time by a private sector company, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) with Airbus and termination of the joint venture with Russia for the development of an MTA (Military Transport Aircraft) program to replace aging An-32 fleet, HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan said that ” he is confident about the maturity level of indigenous capabilities in the aerospace sector along with private sector partners, India can come up with indigenous offerings not only for military transport aircraft but also for the complete spectrum of civil aircraft “.

Madhavan speaking to BUSINESSWORLD also said that he is not very happy with the progress of the proposed 90-seater aircraft program that is being led by NAL and said the grant from the government is yet to come and the more we delay the more we cede market share to foreign companies. HAL Chief said that the company is ready to lead and develop a Transport aircraft that can also be converted to a passenger jet so that it can cater to both the markets.

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10 Russian Kamov-28 submarine-hunting helicopters with the Indian Navy will start getting IAI’s Skimmer Naval Helicopter Package that will include advanced mission systems, sensors, and avionics such as Radar, Electronic Warfare Support Measures (ESM), Electro-Optic Payloads, Datalink, Communication Intelligence (COMINT), Sonar, Sonics, Mission and Management, and Monitoring Systems.

In 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Russian manufacturer Rosoboronexport had signed an agreement where it was decided that the helicopters will be first sent to Kumertau in Russia at the facility of Russian Helicopters where they will undergo a technical overhaul to enhance the aircraft’s life and performance.

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NewSpace Research & Technologies Pvt Ltd (NRT) and SpiceXpress a cargo division of Spicejet have signed an MoU to develop a new line up of ‘SpiceXpress’ Drone Delivery Service to Expand its Logistics Platform. NRT will develop an HL-150 UAV that can carry a 150kg payload over a distance of 150km.

Sameer Joshi, CEO, New Space Research and Technology said that ” MOU explores the opportunity for middle-mile logistics, a nonexistent area in India. The hardware would be evolved in the months ahead.” HL-150 UAVs likely have Vertical Takeoff and Land (VTOL) capacity and for easier logistical reasons will have a gasoline engine.

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A200XT

Asteria Aerospace demonstrates India’s first micro category drone for comprehensive surveillance applications at Gwalior Drone Mela at MITS Campus, Gwalior, M.P. Asteria Aerospace said that A200XT will be India’s first indigenous micro category drone that can fly for over 40min with a 10x optical zoom camera as well as a swappable thermal camera for day and night surveillance.

A200XT weighs less than 3kgs and can operate at a 120m Altitude and as an Automated operation from takeoff to landing. A200XT is ideal for quick deployment for local surveillance and the ultimate in portability and easy to carry.

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After concluding a mega-deal with France for 80 Rafale F4 jets and still working to procure American F-35 jets that are presently on hold by the Biden administration, the United Arab Emirates now plans to offer its 59 Mirage-2000 Dash 9 and 7 Mirage-2000 Reconnaissance variants to Egypt, Morocco, and India at a heavily discounted price as it plans to retire them from its airforce from 2027 onwards.

India and Egypt still operate Mirage-2000 Dash 5 variants in their airforce and the Moroccan air force operate older Mirage-F1 jets. Media reports indicate that Morocco might be offered some of these jets at Free of cost by UAE and Egypt at a friendly price, it is not clear at this point of time if India will be offered jets at a regular price or a friendly price but some reports are hinting that some older Mirage-2000 jets that are kept in storage might be given to India for free.

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India and Egypt have held talks on the sidelines of the EDEX 2021, Egypt’s leading tri-service defense and security exhibition on the possible sale of Mach 3 capable Supersonic Brahmos cruise missiles from India claimed a report by DefenseArabia.com.

Key officials from the Egyptian Armed force visited the BrahMos Aerospace pavilion at EDEX 2021 and were seen discussing the missile system with senior officials of BrahMos Aerospace. Egypt showed interest in the BrahMos system Way back in 2016 first and initial talks were held but it couldn’t conclude into a deal.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) will start user trials cum evaluation of the indigenously developed Uttam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar later this month which has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE). Uttam has 95% indigenous content that can track 50 targets in the sky at a range above 100km and engage four of them simultaneously said a report by Hindustan Times.

Once cleared for production, Uttam Radar will be mounted on the 16th LCA-Tejas Mk1A aircraft onwards and eventually on all 123 jets, and derivatives of the radar will be used on the entire Su-30 MKI fleet as well as on the carrier-based MiG-29K fighter fleet for which HAL has started development of new Mission Computers and same also has been offered to be equipped on the IAF’s 60 Mig-29UPG fleet.

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