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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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The 3rd NETRA Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) that is owned by DRDO but operated with help of IAF crew and used as a Technology demonstrator (TD) for the Program might be on its way to officially being transferred to the IAF in the coming months, later will see induction into service fleet. The IAF currently operates two indigenously-built Netra and three Israeli-Russian-made PHALCON early warning aircraft as part of its arsenal.

NETRA 2.0 AWACS will, reportedly, be fitted on modified Airbus A320 jets operated by the national carrier, Air India. According to informed sources close to idrw.org, work on the Netra TD is almost over, as the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), now shifts its focus on the development of the NETRA 2.0 AWACS program that was officially approved last year.

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Air Commodore (retd) Kaiser Tufail, who was the Director of Operations of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) during the Kargil war, in his blog last month, recounted PAF military operation codenamed Operation Swift Retort that was conducted in retaliation to the Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrike in Balakot, in the process also debunked Pakistan Air Force’s claim that it had shot down an Indian Sukhoi-30MKI Call sign ” Avenger1 ” by a PAF F-16 aircraft with an AIM-120 missile that was Piloted by Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui.

Tufail in his blog writes ” Meanwhile, the pair of patrolling Su-30s were completely shocked when they were targeted by an F-16 with an AIM-120 missile at long range. Narrowly surviving an apparent proximity hit, both Su-30s scampered out of the area, leaving the field to the Mirage 2000 pair. “

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is aggressive looking at 3D-printing technology for the production of hard-to-find spare parts for legacy equipment and according to recent tenders issued to the Indian vendors who have pioneered in 3D-printing technology in defense sectors and were keen on entering components, manufacturing will start the supply of a set of components that air force regularly requires but presently imports it’s from OEMs at a hefty cost.

When an OEM Country air force starts retiring jet it has supplied to its export market, then it becomes very difficult to keep the supply of spares and components intact when the supply chain for the same jet has moved on to manufacturing other programs, said the former air force engineer to idrw.org. he also added that sometimes they agree to restart manufacturing only if IAF agrees for minimum order quantity that sometimes tends to be a costly affair. It becomes more difficult when IAF is the sole operator of the platform world over like in the case of Jaguar Strike aircraft.

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State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has given go-ahead for the development of a seaplane variant of Dornier 228 twin-turboprop utility aircraft as per recent media reports. Transport Aircraft Division at Kanpur will be in charge of the program and it is expected that the prototype will be ready in the next 3-4 years to commence flight trials.

HAL had displayed a scale model of the proposed seaplane variant of Dornier 228 aircraft at recently concluded Aero India 2021 and now the Top management has given go-ahead for the proposed variant of the aircraft. idrw.org has been informed that is an internal company-funded program but has seen interests from both military and civilian operators.

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DRDO has started tendering process for a Truck based mobile mast system that will incorporate an elevated radar antenna that is gonna be part of the XRSAM (eXtra Long Range Surface to Air Missile) Air defense Weapon system. As per tender documents details obtained by idrw.org, Skid based Telescopic Mast system will be 30 m when expanded and should weigh around 27.5 tons with its 530kg payload.

A 5m reflector antenna or a dish antenna will be mounted on the base pillar. The mobile mast system will use a rigid base support frame built as a semi-trailer, which mounts the elevating mast. Elevating a radar antenna by using a mast will directly increase the useful range against a low altitude target. It also aids in the detection of high flying targets at much longer ranges, by reducing the necessary depression angle of the antenna boresight required to see such targets.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi while attending Combined Commanders’ Conference at Kevadia in Gujarat, was showcased some of the locally developed weapon systems that were developed by Army and Air Force Workshops where most of the systems were often designed and engineered by engineers and soldiers. Modi was seen with SAMAR (Surface to Air Missile for Assured Retaliation) which is unique since it was developed by Army and Air Force workshops in joint development between both the force as informed to the idrw.org.

SAMAR at a glance seems to be Russian developed Vympel R-73, a short-range infrared-guided (heat-seeking) air-to-air missile mounted on a vintage Ural-4320 6×6 Army Truck that has been reconfigured for surface-to-air defense roles. SAMAR also seems to be equipped with a basic Twin-electro-optical (EO) sensor that can be seen in the image providing a basic target positioning and the inbuilt passive infrared homing seeker and the radar proximity target sensor in the missile system does the job, post-launch of the missile, thus requiring minimal ecosystem of Identification, friend or foe (IFF) is a radar-based identification system, surveillance and tracking radars that are often required for a full-fledged air defense system like Akash or MRSAM.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to equip its Airforce and Army variants of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) with one set of engine option and Navy with another engine option so that helicopter variants can meet the operational requirements of each user and they also have options to chose between two engines. HAL has invited bids from International aerospace engine makers who manufacture turboshaft engines for helicopters in the 13ton category.

HAL has confirmed that it has received offers from the USA, France, and Russia who have developed heavy-duty turboshaft engines in the 2500 horsepower range that will be license manufactured locally in India once they are finalized by the users. All Three Tri-service have been given the option to go with one engine or with two engines for their requirements. While HAL is tightlipped about engines on offer, an informed source close to idrw.org has confirmed three engines offered to India, but only two might be selected and offered as options for Airforce/Army and Navy variants.

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Head-up Display (HUD) video of the Sukhoi-Su30MKI call sign ” Avenger-1″ that was attacked by Pakistani F-16 Block-20 jet post-Balakot airstrikes with a barrage of 4 AIM-C120-5 AMRAAM has been accessed by Russian Agencies who were keen to study how it was able to defeat modern American beyond visual range air to air missile. idrw.org has been told that a small classified HUD Video from the ” Avenger-1″ also has been shown to many former top-ranking Indian air force personals to debunk false attempts by the Pakistan air force that had awarded it’s pilot a Su-30 kill based on his testament.

Small Classified HUD footage of Avenger-1 might go public but nobody knows when. People who have watched small declassified HUD Video have confirmed that Avenger-1 did try to chase 8 F-16s in the sector and saw AIM-C120-5 AMRAAM launches at DMAX-1 but since PAF F-16 Pilot soon went cold before it could further guide the missile mid-air due to which at least 3 missile went dud before even coming close to the aircraft itself.

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According to a report prepared by the live fist defence, India is going ahead and inking a long-pending deal for the purchase of two ISTAR aircraft under a government-to-government deal for the Raytheon system that will mount a Gulfstream platform by end of this year. The ISTAR program has been delayed by more than 5 years now “due to a dispute between DRDO and IAF over the issue of being designated as a prime evaluating authority. IAF had said DRDO is incapable and does not have the expertise to evaluate the aircraft; therefore, the service should be the technical evaluator as the aircraft will be operated by them.”

DRDO also has proposed the development of indigenous ISTAR aircraft to be mounted on a Gulfstream or Bombardier platform for the Indian Air Force and National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) and scale models of which were also showcased at Aero India 2021 and also at DefExpo 2020. IAF has agreed to procure 3 ISTAR aircraft from DRDO and one will be procured by NTRO and developmental work has also started with a new team at the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) that has developed some of the systems for the ISTAR aircraft already.

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The Chilean Navy Ship Janequeo, built by Indian company Larsen and Toubro Ltd has sailed into the base port of Valparaíso Harbour on 23 February 2021, after it departed from its last port call at wellington in Newzeland on January 28. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) were awarded a contract worth USD11.5 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on March 4, 2020, on behalf of the government of Chile for an existing twin-screw Anchor Handling, Towing, Supply, and Standby Vessel (ATV).

The ATF-65 Janequeo is 70 meters long, 19 meters wide, and a maximum draft of 6.2 meters. It displaces 2,500 tons and has a static or Bollard Pull capacity of 150 tons. It can transport 38 crew members and 22 passengers.

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