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The last Dassault Rafale jet meant for the Indian Air Force with 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE) has been handed over to IAF officials in France as Dassault has completed orders for 36 jets that India has placed by the Inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for €7.87 billion for 36 multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition was inked in 2016.

35 Rafale jets are already in India but the last one is held back in France to carry out the last round of testing of customized 13 ISE features requested by the IAF that will be later incorporated into other 35 jets in India by HAL and Dassault.

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Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has put a technical hold on the purchase of 30 MQ-9 Reaper from US-based General Atomics which could have cost the state-exchequer upward of $3 billion and instead has told Indian Tri-service to consider two Israeli MALE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that are on offer to India. idrw.org has been told that Elbit-Adani developed Made in India Hermes 900 UAS that has a take-off weight of 1.2 tons with a max payload of 350kg has been offered to the Indian Armed forces.

Hermes 900 UAS is made in India by the Adani Group for the Export market and has 60% Indian-made components. Hermes 900 UAS is in the same as an MQ-1 Predator class UAS. Hermes 900 UAS Armed version on offer can use a Modular 250kg installation bay that has a length of 2.5 meters to carry two 125kg weapons like Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) or be equipped with short-range air-to-ground laser-guided bombs on wings weighing up to 350kgs. Hermes 900 can fly up to 30,000ft and has an endurance of 36hours.

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India’s upcoming Air Launched Cruise missile (ALCM) Hunter is jointly developed by the Indian State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with Bengaluru-based startup NewSpace Research and Technologies will be optimized for high altitude and will be capable of twisting, turning, and skimming the landscape much better than other conventional cruise missiles.

Hunter ALCM which is under development has a range of 200km that can carry out deep penetration strikes and will be the first ALCM that is capable of being recovered in case it is unable to find its target by a parachute that can be later refueled and relaunched from the jet again.

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Speaking at a press conference on indigenization in the Navy, Naval Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade said Our aim is indigenization and the Navy is ready to buy local weapons and products even if meet only 95% of our requirements. Ghormade also said that the Navy encourages the procurement of local systems over imports and the idea is that we develop some capabilities here and build capabilities for indigenization in the future.

The Navy is interacting with many private defense startups to come up with local products in robotics and drones which might be an interest of the Navy and many recent orders to private sector companies back this claim. Sources close to idrw.org have informed us that the Navy has deputed a small batch of officers who regularly interact and monitor many of the private sector products that are under development and even chip in with their expertise to get products that the Navy wants from them.

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According to ” Express News Service” report, Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is close to clinching a deal for 67 Surveillance Drone tenders that were floated by the Indian Army earlier this year in April after it cleared the aural signature, high temperature, and damp tests impressing Army officials in the demonstration trials.

While the report doesn’t mention which Rotary-winged drones were on offer but it seems it was WanderB-VTOL Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Electric Mini-UAV developed by BlueBird Aero Systems, an unmanned aerial systems manufacturer based in Israel but promoted by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is only one that fits the criteria.

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On the morning of July 13th, Residents of Man Ang Town, Rakhine State, Myanmar, found a torpedo on Min Ma Kyaw Beach, which was later confirmed to be an LWT-XP light torpedo developed by India. India had delivered the first batch of Shyena advanced lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar as part of a USD37.9 million deal that New Delhi signed with Naypyitaw in early 2017.

Inducted into the Indian Navy in early 2012. Myanmar Navy stated receiving this Torpedo from 2019 onwards, but as per delivery pictures paint scheme was black and red and one seen in the picture is an old paint scheme that likely might be a Training Torpedo that some way lost and never recovered by the Myanmar Navy.

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Indian space startups Rockets that are under Development

A Pakistani Think Tank known to be close to the Pakistani Military establishment in its latest report has raised alarms over the rise in Indian space startups which they believe will give Indian private sector companies capabilities to boost the development of missiles and other systems including the production of existing missiles developed by state-owned companies like DRDO in the long run.

The report also noted that Indian space startups will be able to launch Nano Satellites or smallsat for imaginary and to establish communication in quick time in case of full-scale war and will be able to provide 5G capable network in even the remotest area in support of Indian Military.

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HAL CMD, R Madhavan launched the ‘Metal Cutting for Titanium Bulkhead of AMCA aircraft’ as part of technology development at Aircraft Manufacturing Division, Nashik in the presence of Dr. A K Ghosh, PD(AMCA) ADA, senior officers from DMRL, ADA and other Government agencies.

Bulkheads are a critical structure that is entirely one piece made of titanium but usually Bulkheads before going into aircraft are ground tests in the durability testing to test its structural limits so that issues and corrective actions can be identified before it enters mass production.

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Chairman and managing director Baba Kalyani of Bharat Forge speaking in an interview with Sansad TV for the first time revealed that the company is working to develop a rocket-assisted projectile (RAP) artillery round for 155-millimeter cannon that can take out targets at 120 kilometers away.

Kalyani claimed Bharat Forge is doing in-house design of this artillery round that is incorporated with a rocket motor for independent propulsion to give the projectiles greater speed and range than a non-assisted ballistic shell.

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Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) and Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) developed a new Armored driver cabin for Mounting Artillery Gun System (MGS) system was seen in the Bharat-Forge facility. BEML-VRDE are using Tatra T815 27ET96 28 300 8×8 terrain vehicle has a base for mounting a Kalyani developed 155mm/52cal caliber gun system.

Last year Kalyani Group developed an Indigenous, Truck-mounted all-steel Mountain Artillery Gun (MArG) 155 mm / 39 caliber Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH ) called TC-20 that was handed over to the Indian Army for High Altitude trials to further enhance India’s mountain artillery firepower in near future.

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HAL chief R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has confirmed that the company has handed over 30 single-seater out of 32 that were ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF), and one aircraft is currently waiting for the customer (IAF) to pick it up and another is also ready and will be handed over next month after carrying out mandated OEM flight trials.

LCA-Division (Production line) already has switched to manufacturing 18 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft that were ordered by the IAF. HAL plans to deliver four Trainer aircraft this year and the rest by 2024.

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With the buzz of Embraer reportedly in talks with the Indian airforce, offering the C-390 Millennium to reinforce the medium/heavy transport capability, Airbus Military has begun a quiet campaign and has hinted at the possibility of India being offered an A400M airlifter to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Both Airbus Military and Embraer have plans to position the A400M and C-390 between Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and Boeing C-17 Globe masters fleet in IAF. State-owned HAL is also trying to squeeze in and is willing to work on an indigenous design for a tactical airlifter that can carry cargo in a range of 20-30tons.

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Boeing recently confirmed that it has a backlog for production of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will keep the production line running till 2025 and with no fresh order being cracked this year from new or existing customers it will be difficult to maintain the current production line in Renton, Washington outside of Seattle for the aircraft beyond 2025.

Germany was the last customer that placed orders in 2021 and the aircraft destined for Germany will be ready in 2024 and delivered in 2025. Talks are ongoing with Canada and India for fresh orders, Canada being a new customer, India’s plans to procure Six more P-8s over 12 that are already delivered was canceled last year due to preference now being given to DRDO developed MMMR Suite designed for Coastguard and Navy.

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Hyderabad-based defense contractor VEM Technologies that is making the central fuselage for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1A program on behalf of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) speaking to the media said that company is also interested in being part of the supply chain not only for the LCA-Tejas program but also for the Tejas mk2 and AMCA program.

Last year VEM Technologies handed over the first Centre Fuselage for LCA made by the company after being trained by HAL to carry out the assembly of the Centre Fuselage with 1595 parts of Mechanical and Composite structures that were later certified by HAL QC and DGAQA.

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1500HP Bharat Power pack

Indian Public Sector Undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has inaugurated the Engine Design and Developmental Center in its existing facility in Mysore in the State of Karnata that will be involved in further development of 1500HP Bharat Power pack engines that Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) has developed for ext Generation Main Battle Tank (NGMBT) program.

The facility will also be used to manufacture Bharat Power pack engines when it enters production as it currently undergoing internal developmental trials onboard an Arjun Mk1 tank. 1500 HP Bharat Power Pack is under development as a national mission mode project involving DRDO and industry will power the NGMBT.

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