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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 .

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

After IAF placed orders worth $2.5 billion with Airbus-TATA for the procurement of 56 C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has started work on upgrading company-owned AVRO aircraft often called by its nickname ” ‘Subroto'” with its internal funds after it got the cold shoulder from IAF on its proposed Avro upgrade program for 50 odd aircraft that still have 60-70% of its airframe (Technical) life left.

idrw.org has been told that Subroto in Phase-I will be getting a new ‘glass cockpit’ that will replace all analog systems in the aircraft with the added addition of new sensors. Subroto will get a reworked avionics suite that includes the following new systems: integrated standby instruments, a dual flight management system (FMS), a dual-engine data concentrator unit, a dual attitude and heading reference system, a dual digital air data computer, and an engine indication and crew alerting system. Optional equipment will include a surveillance/weather radar, forward-looking infrared, and video cameras.

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The 116 Helicopter Unit, which is equipped with the Advanced Light Helicopter (Mark IV) Rudra has been lauded for its superior offensive operations at a high-altitude airfield in the Ladakh area after the Galwan Valley clashes between Indian and Chinese troops by the Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary on Friday who awarded ‘unit citation’ to three squadrons of the Indian Air Force for their role in boosting India’s military presence in eastern Ladakh last year following the military standoff with China in the region.

On the other side, the Army aviation brigade under the PLA had deployed Z-10 attack helicopters across Line of Actual Control (LAC) but it seems the latter’s WZ-9 turboshaft engine, which reportedly prevented the Z-10 from carrying its maximum weapons payload during military operations but also failed to perform even with minimum loads from the high-altitude airfield as expected by PLA and availability of the fleet to remained below 35% largely due to other engine troubles.

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Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) along with its strategic partners BAE Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have successfully completed trials for Indian Air Force (IAF). The Request for Proposal (RFP) issued under “Buy and Make (Indian)” category in Dec 2017 is for procurement of a new-generation Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).

CIWS will be used in the terminal defence of IAF airbases against hostile precision-guided munition (PGM), laser guided bomb (LGB), sub-sonic cruise missiles, and low flying aerial targets including RPAs/ UAVs. IAF plans to induct 244 air defence guns, 122/ 61 fire control/ search radars and ammunition (includes smart ammunition) under a $ 1.5 billion program.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Lt Gen AK Suri, DG & Colonel Commandant Army Aviation, visited Aviation Squadrons in Leh & forward areas, where he flew a test sortie in the Light Utility Helicopter & High-Altitude trials for the same has been completed. idrw.org a few days back had reported that the fourth Prototype of Indigenous light utility helicopter (LUH) is back at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip near China to demonstrate its high altitude operations capacity this time with an extended Tail Rotor.

Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be hand over 12 LUH ( Six each ) next year to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Indian Army Aviation will biggest operator of the LUH and has shown intent to procure 126 units to replace license-built Cheetah and Chetak Helicopters in service with the Indian Army.

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to test long-troubled Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM), a derivative of Nirbhay Cruise Missile with the indigenously developed Manik engine for the first time for a range of 750km from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) tomorrow if weather permits even though launch window has been kept open from October 6th to 8th.

ITCM is an all-weather, subsonic cruise missile that was earlier called Nirbhay that has been under development for the last decade and saw limited success and were inducted in limited numbers due to warlike situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last year with China.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The fourth Prototype of Indigenous light utility helicopter (LUH) is back at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) airstrip near China to demonstrate its high altitude operations capacity this time with an extended Tail Rotor that will inch it towards the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) after it received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) from the Indian Army earlier this year.

Army Aviation Corps had requested HAL for an extended Tail Rotor for the Army version in the FOC variant that will go under production soon and delivery planned by end of next year, HAL plans to deliver 6 LUH each for Army and Air force by end of 2022.

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ADA-Navy has defined the Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) out of which two configurations for the upcoming indigenous Twin Engine Carrier-Based Deck Fighter (TEBDF) had emerged and now it has been confirmed that the Navy has settled for the Scale model that was displayed at the Aero India 2021 for which Wind tunnel studies also have been concluded and the design is presently going through further improvements and optimization before the design is frozen after consultation with Navy.

idrw.org has been told that the progress of the program is on track and with major challenges being identified that includes a wing folding mechanism that needs to be developed along with a new landing gear system that can handle 26-ton deck based take-off and landings for which teams had worked for the LCA-Navy along with HAL engineers have been engaged for their development.

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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 06 – 08 Oct 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. DRDO also had issued same defined area for NOTAM in 23-25 June 2021 earlier this year but no Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) test had taken place after initial confusion over some media section reporting successfully trial, which idrw.org had contradicted after getting clarifications from DRDO .

If indeed, DRDO plans to test Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile, it will be fitted with the indigenous 450 kgf thrust class Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE). Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2020 had carried out fresh trials for the first time with the STFE engine but decided to abort the trial a few minutes later due to problems in the booster stage.

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PPC6-7410 PowerPC Single Board Computer

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has issued fresh tenders for the supply of PowerPC 7410-DP0405 Single Board Computer board (SBC) for the Open Architecture Computer (OAC) for the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fleet after facing a high rate of failures with the present PPC4B PowerPC Single Board Computer board (SBC) that could cause issues with the Head-Up Display (HUD).

idrw.org has been told that the PPC4B SBC is a nearly 20-year-old tech and fresh tender is to address technical obsolescence and also to reduce dependency on the SBC that has a high rate of failure. Tender documents which idrw.org has gone through are for 70+50 units of PowerPC 7410- DP0405 SBC that will be gradually replaced on all the Present LSP/IOC/FOC Tejas Mk1 fleet.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Scale model of an Unknown Missile was recently sported at the office of the G. Satheesh Reddy Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation while giving a video message for the upcoming TECH4SEVA for the Second Virtual International Summit that drew the attention of the Indian OSNIT community since it didn’t match any of the external dimensions of the Indian Ballistic missile programs nor of any upcoming missiles under development and what was more curious was ” Veda ” that was mentioned on the missile its self indicating it was a new project

Veda is a Sanskrit word for knowledge and officially there is no official missile named after it but there do exist Project Veda that indicate that the program is of significant importance for the DRDO and also for the country, maybe even experimental to gain knowledge of next-generation missile technology.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL) indigenously designed, developed and manufactured The Garuda 105: Go-Anywhere Gun. This stands true to its name as it is an ultra-light, light-weight mobile gun system to reinstall the peace at the Battlefield. Garuda 105 is a Make in India game-changer in the realm of the weapon system have the following salient features: – 105mm 37 Cal Mobile Weapon System with 360 Degree firing capability – Ultra-lightweight gun system: Under 5.5 Ton.

Garuda 105 Mounted on 4X4 wheeled chassis enabled all-terrain maneuverability including High Altitude – Gradeability: 30 Degree (Go-Anywhere Gun) Adaptable for fitting on any in-service vehicle – Quicker emplacement, onboard fire control panel, electrically controlled elevation and traverse.

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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notification for a surface to surface missile launch at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands for the period from 26 – 28 Oct 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. Danger Zone mentioned is similar to what was notified last year for the land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that was tested in islands.

Indian Army along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation-developed Missile system has been testing and validating BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles with an extended range of 450km in the last few years and it seems to the ongoing trial of the Land and Anti-ship version of the BrahMos that has seen range extended from 390km to 450km.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Israeli company Aeronautics has won a $200 million contract to supply unknown units of the maritime version of the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Indian Navy as claimed in Israeli media. Orbiter 4  runway-free aircraft suits all operational needs and is capable of being launched and recovered from small warships and was first offered to Indian Navy in 2018.

The Orbiter 4 is an advanced multi-mission platform that features an open architecture configuration and has been designed to carry and operate two different payloads simultaneously.

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The public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bengaluru-based start-up Newspace and the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) proposed High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) dubbed as Infinity as part of a drone warfare program for the defense forces will be cleared soon by the government of India at the estimated cost of over Rs 700 crore.

Initial seed money of around 50 crores is likely to be cleared in the next few days which HAL plans to use for advance design and research work of HAPS and 700 crores will be needed in phases in the next 3-4 years to start a developmental trial of the prototype.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKI was recently snapped at Chabua Air Force Station located in the state of Assam, close to the China border with Israeli Spice 2000 guidance kit-enabled bombs on board coming as major boosts to the offensive capabilities of the jet. This is the second non-Russian and non-indigenous weapon to be integrated on the Su30 MKI after British Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile (ASRAAM).

This picture was tweeted by National Security Analyst, Nitin A. Gokhale thus confirming successfully integration of the Spice 2000 after IAF in 2019 took decision to equip them also on the Su30 MKI fleet after IAF had used the five Spice 2000 bombs to successfully strike a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in 2019 from Mirage-2000 jets.

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