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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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The biggest export operator of the JF-17 fighter jet, Myanmar Air Force has grounded the majority of its 16 JF-17 fighter jets due to a lack of spares and technical issues due to which Pakistani Air force Transport aircraft was rushed to Mingaladon Air Force Station in Yangon with spares last month and a team of 15 technical experts of the Pakistan Air Force is scheduled to visit Myanmar soon.

PAF team will also be setting up a JF-17 simulator for training pilots of the Myanmar Air Force, PAF team will also be helping the ground crew of the Myanmar Air Force to get back in air some of the jets that were grounded due to technical issues with the airframe of the aircraft. China’s CAIG’s production facility at Chengdu-Huangtianba where this JF-17s were built recently requested PAF to send their ground crew after Chinese administration denied them for travel.

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HTT 40 on Monday received its airworthiness clearance certificate from the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC). The project set a record as the fastest to reach certification from the first flight. HTT 40 is designed as per Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) issued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and FAR 23 certification standards.

The indigenous training aircraft HTT-40, designed and built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) last August had completed spin certification flight testing. The State-run behemoth then had confirmed that it has already demonstrated ten turn spins and is ready for operational clearance.

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Indian Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for interested partners for Co-Production and Supply of Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV) to be processed under the Buy Indian category as per Para 9 of chapter I of DAP-2020. On 25 March, the Indian Army issued an RFP for 18 articulated all-terrain vehicles (AATV) suitable for operations ‘over varied terrain like snow, desert, and slush’ at altitudes up to 18,000ft.

The Indian Army will operate them in both mountainous and marshy areas. This can be deducted from the fact that the RFP requires 12 vehicles to be delivered to Nimu in mountainous Ladakh near the China border.

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The Financial Express in its latest report has claimed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) categorically has dismissed some media reports that it is planning to cut down on its fighter requirements under Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) from 114 units to 57 units. Last year former Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria had revealed that the Indian Air Force was planning to procure 450 fighter aircraft for deployment on the borders of Pakistan and China in the next decade and the fighter that is to be brought under the MRFA program will play a crucial role and can’t be cut back or it will not be able to meet its requirements.

IAF is yet to float its RFP (Request for Proposal) in the MRFA tender but the report claims that present Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has instructed air force officials to fast track the framing of the RFP so that the long-delayed process is finally in motion after getting responses to the RFI issued in April 2018.

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Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after sanctioning targeted killings of Hindus in the Valley due to its fear of demographic changes going in Indian favor has activated its Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), a Pakistan based news agency to deflect blame and is making similar claims that were last heard in the 90s when Kashmiri Pandits killings were planned for taking over of Kashmir that led to an exodus of nearly 7 lacks Kashmir Hindus from the Valley.

APP in the latest article has blamed the Indian government for this migration and has claimed that once the valley is free from Hindu Pandits, a plan of Muslim genocide would be implemented. APP also claimed that atrocities on Hindu Pandits in the valley are nothing but mere lies and propaganda and the claims of targeting Pandits were also incorrect to defame so-called Kashmiri freedom fighters.

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has commenced work on the development of Nag Mk II anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) to be integrated into Main Battle Tanks in a Twin launcher configuration with each launcher holding one missile.

idrw.org has been informed that Nag Mk II is an improved lightweight ATGM with performance improvement and a minor range bump. Nag Mk II likely will also adopt some of the technologies from the Helina program (Helicopter borne ATGM) like the new jet vane control system (JVC) into it.

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Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development, told the media that India is looking at private companies in India for the development of the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) and the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) projects.

The Indian Army is on the verge of taking a big leap for its armored formations and mechanized forces with these two projects and already has issued EoI and RFI for the same. The FICV program is to replace the aging four-decade-old fleet of BMP-I and BMPII that are in service with the Indian Army and these infantry combat vehicles and are still manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board.

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Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development, told the media that India soon will have State-of-the-art Early Warning and long-range search and track radar Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar that has a range of 1000km.

idrw.org has been told that fabrication of the first production-ready units of the radar is already underway and the first unit might be ready for trials and testing sometime in 2024. AESA-based ground-based surveillance radar will be a transportable land-based radar system that can detect and track simultaneously airborne targets at a very long range. 

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India has issued two more Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 10-11 June & 15-16 June 2022 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. The designated area for the first NOTAM is 390 km in length which indicates it might be a test of the Prithvi Ballistic Missile due to a similar designated area indicating user trial by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).

Second NOTAM has a designated area of 350km in length which indicates it might be a possibility of the Rudram-2 which is an air-launched standoff air to surface missile.

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Public-sector company Bharat Dynamics Limited is showcasing an armed Quadcopter at the ongoing Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 that is being held in New Delhi. The quadcopter is Capable of carrying a variety of payloads, the quadcopter can be used for a wide range of military and tactical missions, including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, detection, and tracking of ground targets.

The quadcopter can be armed with an Anti-Armour missile that has a range of 1km or with the Quadcopter launched a 1kg or 3.5kg class bomb to target areas that have enemy troop concentration or soft-skinned vehicles.

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Noida-based start-up Raphe mPhibr Pvt. Ltd. showcased its range of products at the Drone Mahotsav, one that caught the eye of many visitors was the Ambulance drone that the company claims can be used for casevac in HADR-like scenarios while monitoring vitals and administering first aid. idrw.org has been told that the Ambulance drone has been developed in collaboration with DRDO. The payload capacity of the Ambulance drone is 120kg and is equipped with medical equipment such as an oxygen cylinder, spo2, and blood pressure monitor which is used to monitor the vitals of the patient while in transit.

The ambulance drone will have safety measures to ensure the highest safety of the patient while in transit. Ambulance drones can be used at high altitudes and cold areas where the use of heliborne evacuation is not possible due to terrain.

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Indian Army has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for indigenously designed, developed, and manufactured Software Defined Radios (SDR) for secure military communication. High-Frequency Manpacks SDR project that will be executed under Make-II of the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 that requires 50% indigenous content in them.

4 units needs to be supplied at the Prototype phase and 300 units will be procured at the procurement phase within 24 months from the date of awarding of the contract.

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DefExpo 2022 which was postponed due to logistics problems experienced by participants earlier this year in March now has been scheduled to take place at Gandhinagar in October for which invites are likely to be sent out in the first week of June. The Russia-Ukraine war had made it difficult for a large number of foreign participants to arrive with their equipment in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating a five-day exhibition, where thousands of companies, including the world’s biggest defense manufacturers, are likely to take part in the event.

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In 2020, MoD had placed orders for 250 indigenously designed Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual range air to air missiles for the air force and navy after IAF had already placed an initial order for 50 Astra-Mk1 missiles in Limited production batches. With the production line of the missile system now becoming stable and pre-production batches now operational with two squadrons of the frontline Su-30MKI fleet, MoD and IAF are looking to scale up the intake of the Astra missiles as more Su-30MKI squadrons are being enabled to fire the missile .

100 units of Astra Mk1 will be procured per year after the upgradation of the missile system with the new AESA Seeker likely from 2023 onwards with plans afoot to enable the locally developed air to air missiles also on the Mig-29UPG type next. HAL and IAF are also working on enabling four more Su-30MKI squadrons that will clear them to be equipped with the Astra Mk1 BVRAAMs by end of 2023.

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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 from 01-03 June 2022 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. The designated area is 330 km in length which indicates it might be a test of an Air launched Rudram-2 missile.

DRDO has been fabricating Rudram-2 missiles for fresh trials of the missiles. Rudram-2 (350-km range) is air to ground missile system that is designed for suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) from longer stand-off ranges to allow IAF strike aircraft to carry out their bombing missions without hindrance.

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