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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.

Indian Defence Ministry is planning to cancel many Request for Information (RFI), Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Expression of Interest (EoI) floated over the last few years in response to stop the further import of defence equipment as now the government plans to give first preference would be given to the acquisition of Indian Developed Designed and Manufactured (IDDM) products.

Some of the projects that will be shelved are procurement of 5000 Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) Missile Systems from Russia but Army will take deliveries of contracted orders for a small number of Igla-S systems from Russia under emergency procurement, but the preference will be given to the DRDO developed Man-Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) that is under development and five units are presently under fabrication to be used for its developmental trials soon.

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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 19-21 January 2022 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. the designated area is 780km that indicates it might be a test of the Extended range variant of BrahMos-ER.

But the designated area does seems to be quite similar to what was issued in September 2020 when the HSTDV cruise vehicle mounted on a solid rocket motor was tested. Defence Ministry already had asked DRDO to fast track Hypersonic missile program and it is expected that this time HSTDV will be tested without the shield. HSTDV program will be followed by Two separate hypersonic cruise missile programs under ” Project Vishnu”.

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European missile firm MBDA is currently offering the Indian Navy its New Long-Range Anti-ship Missile System With Land Attack Capability ” TESEO MK2/E “, which the company claims has a range of 350km at very low altitude against all classes of warship and land targets, that relies on an advanced mission planning system that allows it to operate in congested and cluttered scenarios.

TESEO MK2/E is Low radar signature, High subsonic cruise missile that weighs only 700kgs which supports Salvo firing and has a two-way data link system, for target update/reassignment mid air.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari speaking to Vayu Aerospace has confirmed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to procure more CH-47 Chinook Helicopters for which it has started the process to get it cleared from the Cabinet Committee on Security later this year.

India had finalized a multi-billion dollar contract with Boeing to procure 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks for the IAF in September 2015. The original contract had provision for follow-on orders of 6 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that were cleared in 2019 but this time it will be operated by the Indian Army’s Aviation Corps (AAC). IAF likely will press for 7 follow-on orders of CH-47 Chinook Helicopters that are part of the original contract but idrw.org has been told CCS might clear only 4-5 units due to the high procurement cost of these Boeing built helicopters.

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ADE Director Dr. S Venugopal speaking to Dr. Anantha Krishnan Tarmak Media House has said that Rustam-1 SR ( Short range)-UAV that was developed to be a testbed for the bigger MALE Class Rustam-2 is an excellent UAV, to begin with, and it was later decided that the DRDO developed air to surface missile system for the UAV Class will be integrated into the UAV that is now been called Archer.

Venugopal said that the advantage of Archer and Rustam-2 is that both use the same avionics and systems including LRUs and Ground stations that can operate both UAVs with a switch of software that will reduce maintenance and logistics issues for the squadron that will be operating both classes of drones from its base.

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South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP) that keep track of military and paramilitary casualties in the South Asian countries said in its latest report that Pakistan armed forces are taking more casualties than their bigger Indian counterpart in the last three years and fatalities are only rising and last year alone Pakistani armed force suffered over double the casualties then India.

According to SATP Data, In 2019 Pakistan had 137 casualties while India had 132, but 2020 saw a rise in Pakistani casualties that jumped to 178 while in India it went down to 106. 2021 in the backdrop of Taliban take over Afghanistan and TTP increasing frequency of its attacks on Pakistani forces it suffered 226 casualties while Indian casualties were the same as the previous year at 104.

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CEO and MD BrahMos Aerospace Atul Dinkar Rane speaking to DD said that the Joint development of the BrahMos-NG (Next Generation ) has commenced with Russia and it will take nearly four years before the missile is ready for developmental trials. Rane said both countries are trying to achieve speeds that are nearly 1 1/2 times more than the existing missile variant of BrahMos.

BrahMos-NG will weigh around 1.5 tons which is nearly half the weight when compares to the existing BrahMos that is close to 3tons. BrahMos-NG is primarily been designed as an Air-Launched Cruise Missile Program that can be used for Anti-Ship missile (AShM) or as Anti-surface missile (ASM) against high-value targets.

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

Retd. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar (Mao) who headed LCA Navy flight test units peaking to Dr. Anantha Krishnan Tarmak Media House gave his opinion on the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) said that the aircraft that will come out in 2030 has to be better than aircraft that came out 30 years ago (Rafale M) not only in terms of technology but also leap in technologies that are currently underway in fighter aircraft development world over.

Mao said even though TEDBF is a 4th Gen fighter aircraft program it has to incorporate technologies that leap over existing technologies even if aircraft is of the same generation and supported incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will not only help pilots in aerial combats but also in executing weapon-carrying drones towards its target.

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

The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has awarded a contract for the fabrication of 2 composite Radome to a British-based Meggitt Aerospace Limited. Composite Radome supplied by the company will be used on the first and second pre-production Tejas Mk2 jets, while efforts are being made by ADA to fabricate and develop technologies indigenously that will be used in production variants of the aircraft when it enters service in 2028.

Composite Radome maintain low observability to the enemy and Meggitt Aerospace Limited are specialists in the design, testing, manufacturing, and service of Advanced Composite Radome in the US and UK. According to ADA, Tejas Mk2 will feature 10% smaller Radome to incorporate an infrared search and track (IRST) system when compared to the dimensions of nose cone seen on the Tejas Mk1/1A.

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Dr. S Venugopal, Project Director for the Astra Program speaking to Dr. Anantha Krishnan Tarmak Media House has confirmed trials of the Astra Mk2 that will have a range of 160km will be tested in 2022 this is the first official confirmation coming from the DRDO. Venugopal also confirmed that Astra Mk1 integration into LCA-Tejas Mk1 is nearly completed and trials can happen any time in the coming weeks.

Astra Mk2 will be comparable in range to the American AIM-120D, the latest variant coming out of the AMRAAM family that has been reported to have a range of 161km. Astra Mk2 uses a double-pulse solid rocket motor to improve its range. Astra Mk2 will weigh around 175kgs that is little more than the AIM-120D that weighs only 161kgs but a lot lesser than Chinese PL-15E that is around 200kgs and has a range of 145km.

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

MTU MT 881 Ka-500 V8 water-cooled diesel engine that Offers a power range of 735 kW (1000hp) at 2700 rpm has been chosen to be the powerpack for the upcoming Light tank that DRDO’s Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE) and Private sector company Larsen & Toubro are developing that will be ready for trials sometime in early 2023.

Ka-500 V8 Utilizes a single-stage turbocharger and Features a common rail or pump-line injection method that allows it to Operate under ambient temperature conditions of -46 C, under -20 C. Ka-500 V8 engine is also used on the K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 caliber tracked self-propelled howitzers that are inducted by the Indian Army .

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NORTH GRUMAN Unmanned Fighter Aircraft Concept

India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has floated a tender for vendors who can supply wind tunnel model that can be tested at National Tunnel Test Facility (NWTF) at IIT Kanpur, wind tunnel model is of Futuristic Unmanned Fighter Aircraft (FUFA) program that seems to be new Stealth Wing Flying concept in works over Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV).

Tender documents hint why it is not ISUAV, for starters, it has split rudder control surface deflection that is not seen in the ISUAV design, and second is its ability to demonstrate low supersonic speeds that are usually not found in sub-sonic Unmanned Strike aircraft.

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

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has offered to export its RAWL-03, L-Band 3D Air Surveillance Radar with an instrumentation range of 400km has been offered to the export market. RAWL-03 developed by BEL and Swedish SAAB has exhibited an interest from international clients include France, Germany, the UK, Canada, Sweden, and developing markets in Africa and South America.

RAWL-03 can be used to detect air targets that include missiles, helicopters, and aircraft and primarily can be used on warships and also can be accommodated on wheeled vehicles for detection and tracking of Sea Surface and air targets.

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Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy speaking to Vayu Aerospace Review, said that the initial proposal of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was for 3 separate variants of IMRH, that can be used for Special Operations, Anti Surface Warfare + Anti-Submarine Warfare but the Navy has rejected this proposal.

Navy has asked HAL to submit a fresh PPR for the development of a common multi-role helicopter with both ASW & ASuW capability that can also be used for Special Operations / Search & Rescue (SAR), Utility / Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), and airborne mine countermeasures. HAL has agreed to work on Naval-specific IMRH that will have different design features so it can perform diverse missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, combat search and rescue, vertical replenishment, and airborne mine countermeasures. HAL acknowledges that Naval IMRH will be a much more complex and challenging project than the IMRH Variant that it plans to develop for Army and Air Force variants that are mostly will be replacing Mi-8/Mi-17 Helicopters to be used for Troop Transportation and SAR missions.

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Dr. S Venugopal, Project Director for the Astra Program speaking to Dr. Anantha Krishnan Tarmak Media House revealed that Astra Mk1 took down a Banshee target drone in head-on mode when it was about 87km away from the launch platform. This is a significant demonstration of the capability of the missile since target drones usually have very low Radar cross-section (RCS) due to the small size of the drones making it very difficult to take down at long range.

idrw.org who spoke to Defence Expert Ranesh Rajan said that the Banshee target drone that has an RCS value with a probability of 0.5m2 to 1.4m2 is designed to imitate remote-controlled aircraft, cruise missiles, and subsonic tactical aircraft during combat training and testing of air defense missiles and demonstration of such long-ranges against a target that has such low RCS value will come handy against aircraft with frontal stealth profiles.

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