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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and French engine-maker, Safran Helicopter Engines more or less have agreed to develop a customized engine based on the Makila 2B engine for India’s 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter, (DBMRH) program.

Makila 2B features a new combustion chamber and high-power turbine blades that will permit take-off of a significant increase of MTOW in CAT A conditions Reducing maintenance costs and providing an increased TBO of 4,000 hours. Makila 2B engines are used on the newest Airbus Helicopters EC225e and H225M Caracal.

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Indian Navy was the first export customer and presently is the second-biggest operator of the Boeing P-8, An American maritime patrol, and reconnaissance aircraft along with the Royal Australian Air Force and recently halted plans to procure six additional P-8I aircraft that were cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for the Indian Navy in 2019 for locally developed maritime patrol, and reconnaissance aircraft program.

But Boeing and Pentagon officials are still pursuing New Delhi to change its mind and place orders for six more P-8I aircraft that was in pipeline and almost seemed like a done deal. Pentagon officials speaking to ” Business Standard” said that ” India will eventually buy 25-35 Poseidon’s, given the growing need for “maritime domain awareness” over the Indian Ocean, where the Indian Navy plays the role of regional gatekeeper.”

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ATAGS KALYANI (left) VS ATAGS TATA (right)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy speaking to the media has said that the indigenously developed 155 mm/52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army has completed all major trials and it is ready to enter production after Indian Army selects the best gun.

Private Firms Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bharat Forge have developed two different variants of the ATAGS based on the design developed by the DRDO and both guns have been tested extensively and meet the Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) set by the Indian Army.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd R Madhavan have said that as far as LCA is concerned there are no Russian parts as such except one part which comes from Ukraine that we have an alternative source available also for us, so it should not affect the LCA production line so other than there is nothing Russian in LCA, so that should not be a matter of concern for us.

Madhavan confirmed that the LCA-Tejas Mk1A delivery kicks in only from 2024 onwards and will be concluded in the next six years. He also said that 5% of the profits are now put into design and indigenization activities so that lot of items that come from abroad for LCA-Tejas can be indigenized every year so to meet indigenization targets and to be less dependent on foreign sources for any of these materials.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air Missile Astra MK-I developed by DRDO, based on the staff requirements issued by the IAF catering for BVR will be integrated with MiG 29K fighter aircraft by end of this year. HAL is in charge of the program and integration work already has begun with CAD-based simulation being used for validating carriage and separation simulations before actual trials begin.

After Su-30MKI, LCA-Tejas Mk1 has completed carriage and separation trials and the missile will be tested from the aircraft soon as the Transfer of Technology (ToT) from DRDO to BDL for bulk production of the Astra MK-I missile along with all associated systems has been completed that will lead to integration with other fighter aircraft in a phased manner including Mig-29UPG.

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Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already started manufacturing LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft in FOC configuration, will deliver the first batch of 4 aircraft this year, and has plans to complete deliveries of 14 more by end of FY2023. IAF in Three batches had placed orders for 4 IOC config LCA-Trainer, and 14 FOC config Trainer but all 18 will be in the final configuration as decided.

While the development of LCA-LIFT will be based on the LCA-Trainer aircraft, the rollout might happen sometime in late 2025 that will be used for demonstration and trials to meet the requirements of the Indian Air force, Royal Australian Air force, and Egyptian Air force.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Indian Air Force’s long-pending plans to upgrade its IL-76MD heavy-lift aircraft with new communication and navigation suites, avionics, and engine upgrades have been doldrums due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict but as per the latest media reports, IAF has dropped plans of upgrading them indefinitely since it is unlikely both countries can’t come together to work or are in a position to undertake the work while the conflict continues.

IAF operates a fleet of 14 IL-76MD and 6 IL-78MKI, IL-76MD that were procured from 1985 onwards are in dire need of upgrades due to advanced age, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict that has disturbed the supply chain already has grounded some of the aircraft. 6 IL-78MKI that are used as a mid-air refueller configuration are also facing issues with the refueling hydrants and the need for servicing of refueling pods due to which it might be grounded if course correction does not happen.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) developed Stealth Wing Flying Testbed (SWiFT) recently completed its first flight that will validate many of the technology that will be used in near future for the development of an Indian Strike Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ISUAV). ADE plans 10 more test flights of the SWiFT some without the tail that was seen in the first flight to validate many of the technologies.

ADE plans to windup all flight tests planned for SWiFT and start preparing a detailed proposal for the development of ISUAV that will be powered by Dry Kaveri engine generating 46kN class of Thrust that GTRE plans to complete certification by 2024 and enter production in 2026 onwards.

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India had offered to supply 35 LCA-LIFT, built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Royal Australian Air Force last year in a government-to-government (G2G) defense deal but the Australian Government has not agreed to it and wants to keep the tender open said the latest report by ” New Indian Express”.

The Royal Australian Air Force wants to procure LIFT aircraft for the replacement of its existing trainers. Boeing has offered its T-7A Red Hawk, BAE Systems has offered its upgraded Hawk AJT, Leonardo has offered M-346 trainers, Korea Aerospace Industries has offered its T-50 advanced jet trainer, while Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd had offered its LCA-LIFT aircraft.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force has committed to sending SU-30MKI aircraft to the Royal Australian hosted Exercise Pitch Black exercise that will see participation from France with Rafale, Germany with Typhoon, Japan with F2, Singapore with F15SG and F-16, and Indonesia with F16A and USAF with F-15C.

India last participated in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 edition when the IAF contingent consisted of 145 air warriors including the Garud team, 04 X Su-30 MKI, 01 X C-130, and 01 X C-17. Exercise Pitch Black aim is to undertake simulated air combat exercises in a controlled environment and mutual exchange of best practices towards enhancing operational capability.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

2022 marks the 45th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Su-27 fighter prototype developed by the Sukhoi Experimental Design Bureau, which marked the birth of the famed family of Su-27/Su-30 fighter jets. On the sidelines of the celebration that is taking place, Rosoboronexport head pointed out that is ready within the framework of the Make in India program to supply additional completely knocked down kits for the assembly of the Su-30MKI and carry out joint work on their modernization, including the integration of the latest air weapons, avionics, etc.

Rosoboronexport also added that one of the most notable foreign operators of Su-30 fighters is India where the program of licensed production of Su-30MKI jets, which make up the backbone of the country’s Air Force, has been successfully implemented.

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Air Marshal Mohamed Abbas Helmy, Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Air Force (EAF) will be visiting India in the next couple of weeks to discuss defense collaboration between both countries with specific agenda to seek help in maintaining the Russian military arsenal in its fleet. The Russian supply chain has been crippled by sanctions and other factors since Feb. 24 has affected the Egyptian air force operated 50 MiG-29M/M2 Fulcrums and 60+ Mil Mi-17 helicopter fleet is facing supply chain issues that are affecting their service availability.

EAF till now has resisted western pressure to transfer Egyptian Fulcrums to Ukraine but to the predominantly Western-supplied air force fleet it will not be long before disrupted Russian supply chain and maintenance issues caused by the Ukraine war will start affecting its current fleet of Russian jets.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

What seems like a marketing strategy that has been pulled out of the US playbook, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), R Madhavan, told PTI in an interview that countries that will procure Tejas Mk1A will also have an access to alternative availability in Tejas Mark 2 and they can even think of AMCA when they enter production.

Malaysia and Egypt are two countries that have been offered Tejas Mk1A with talks also have been held with Argentina, looking at Malaysian media reports, the winner of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) tender for the supply of 18 light combat aircraft (LCA) might be announced in August.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued fresh tenders for the construction of new hangars that can accommodate Tejas Mk2 pre-production aircraft that are under fabrication near its Bangalore facility. HAL has plans to manufacture at least 5 pre-production Tejas Mk2 that will be used extensively for development flight trials and a hangar facility to be under construction will be used to accommodate them.

HAL is planning to roll out the first Tejas Mk2 aircraft by year-end and idrw.org has been told that the first flight might be preponed and might happen in August 2023 if Low speed and High-Speed Taxi Trials are concluded by June next year.

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Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar speaking to “Financial Express ” said that the recently concluded deal with Airbus for the supply of 56 C-295 tactical aircraft out of these, 40 aircraft will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium in India where more than 125 MSMEs have been roped in to supply 13200 detailed parts, 4600 sub-assemblies and all seven major component assemblies like outer wings, center wings, box, nose fuselage, center fuselage, appendages, and doors.

Kumar said that ninety-six percent is the level of indigenization that will be achieved for the Made in India C-295 aircraft that will also make current Indian MSMEs as suppliers for the global supply chain. Assemblies of aerostructure, including the subassemblies, will also be all done in India.

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