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The ambitious Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program is poised to take off following a landmark agreement between India and France to jointly co-develop a new engine for India’s fifth-generation AMCA fighter jet. The breakthrough might soon come when Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) grants clearance for a ?15,000 crore investment in the AMCA program, encompassing prototype development and flight testing.

The engine front had been a key obstacle, and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) was eager to resolve the engine deal before the AMCA program could progress further. With the engine collaboration in sight, the chances of the AMCA receiving CCS clearances are expected to align with the final agreement for engine development, potentially later this year or early next year.

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In a significant development for the future of military aviation, France’s Safran Group is working on a heavily modified M88 engine to power its sixth-generation fighter jet prototypes. The same engine is expected to serve as the base for the development of an Indo-French jet engine for India’s fifth-generation AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) fighter jet program. This collaboration marks a crucial step in advancing the capabilities of both nations’ fighter fleets and strengthening their defence ties.

The M88 engine, which currently powers the Dassault Rafale, is known for its reliability and performance, producing 75kN of wet thrust. However, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) requires an engine capable of generating 75kN of dry thrust and wet thrust of around 110-120kN for the ambitious AMCA program. Safran Group is rising to the challenge, working on a high-thrust engine capable of delivering 125-130kN thrust for France’s sixth-generation fighter jet.

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India’s state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and the Indian Navy have initiated the design work for a new class of Hunter Killer SSK (Diesel-Electric) submarines. The detailed engineering design is expected to be completed by 2028, with construction on the submarines projected to commence from 2032 onwards.

The upcoming submarine will be based on the technology obtained from the Kalvari Class submarines while incorporating approximately 70% indigenous technologies. It will undergo significant upgrades to its propulsion system, batteries, sonar systems, navigation system, communication systems, weapons systems, life support systems, and fire control systems.

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The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is set to design an autonomous ship-based reconnaissance aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This VTOL drone aims to be a runway-independent, cost-efficient aircraft with versatile capabilities, including reconnaissance, intelligence collection, and ship-to-shore logistics support. The innovative drone will possess advanced features and the ability to operate in adverse weather conditions without the need for traditional infrastructure.

The VTOL drone being developed by ADE will be specifically designed to operate from ships, making it highly adaptable and flexible for various naval missions. Its vertical take-off and landing capabilities will eliminate the requirement for conventional runways, enabling it to operate from confined spaces such as ship decks.

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TATA Group has emerged as a leading contender to replace Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group as a partner for the French company Dassault Aviation in their joint venture (JV) known as Dassault Reliance Aerostructure Ltd (DRAL). Recent reports suggest that Dassault Aviation has decided to withdraw from the venture, leading to the dissolution of the partnership.

Dassault Reliance Aerospace, a subsidiary of DRAL, is involved in the supply of aero structure assemblies for Falcon 2000 business jets and components for Rafale aircraft. The company operates within the global supply chain of Dassault Aviation, with its facility located at the Mihan Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

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Safran Aerospace, a leading French aerospace company, has recently reached agreements with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to hand over the complete Transfer of Technology (ToT) for the SHAKTI 1H1 engines. These engines power Indian-made helicopters such as the ALH MKIII (Dhruv), MK IV (Rudra – WSI), and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter). This development marks a significant step forward in India’s indigenization efforts and its goal of manufacturing all components and subsystems domestically.

HAL has already manufactured 500 Shakti engines, but until now, the engines were partly manufactured by HAL under license from Safran. The Shakti engine is a derivative of the Safran Ardiden 1H1, specifically designed for high-altitude operations. India is the only user of the Shakti engines, which have demonstrated their reliability and performance in various operational scenarios.

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Indian Navy officials and representatives from BrahMos Aerospace are engaged in discussions regarding the potential integration of the BrahMos-NG Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) onto the underwing pylons of the P-8I aircraft. These discussions are taking place in anticipation of the developmental trials of the missile system, which are expected to commence by the end of next year, starting with the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft.

Sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that the P-8I aircraft will be capable of carrying four BrahMos-NG missiles under its wings, with each underwing pylon capable of supporting at least 1.3 tons, plus the adapter. However, further studies and evaluations, in collaboration with Boeing, are necessary to confirm the feasibility of effectively integrating the missile system onto the aircraft, taking into account its technical specifications and operational requirements.

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The Indian Navy (IN), along with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) on July 10, 2023. The MoU aims to facilitate the indigenous development and production of various control systems and multifunctional display/control consoles for the IN’s projected fleet of six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs).

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, and Dr Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy. The collaboration seeks to enhance self-reliance and support the indigenous manufacturing of 11 types of control systems, including those used by the 90mWt pressurized water nuclear reactors, which were previously imported from Russia’s JSC Concern Avrora SPA for the IN’s S-2, S-3, and S-4 SSGNs.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company, has recently received a restricted type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its twin-engine Dhruv advanced light helicopter. Building on this achievement, HAL is now set to embark on the EASA certification process for its single-engine LUH (Light Utility Helicopter). This move will enable the civilian variant of the LUH to be marketed and sold in the European market.

The LUH is a cutting-edge helicopter in the 3-ton class, boasting state-of-the-art technology features such as a glass cockpit with multi-function displays (MFD). Powered by a single turboshaft engine with ample power margin to handle demanding high-altitude missions, the LUH is designed to meet the evolving needs of this class of helicopters in the coming decades.

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French Aerospace Engine manufacturer Safran has emerged as a key player in the development of advanced engines for India’s next-generation fighter jets. Safran has offered to co-develop a new after-burning turbofan engine for India’s 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet. What sets this engine apart is Safran’s claim that it can be upgraded for future platforms without requiring significant changes to the core of the engine.

One of the major advantages of Safran’s proposed engine is its compatibility with future technologies. The company plans to integrate cutting-edge technologies into the engine that would allow for seamless upgrades without the need for extensive modifications to the core structure. This ensures that the engine remains adaptable and can be incorporated into future fighter jet platforms.

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The Indian Army began taking deliveries of the locally developed upgraded Dhanush howitzer last year, marking a significant milestone in the country’s artillery modernization efforts. The Dhanush howitzer is based on the Transfer of Technology acquired for the Bofors howitzers.

In 2019, Advance Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) delivered six Dhanush 155×45 mm howitzers. However, the guns were subsequently flagged for quality issues, leading to a four-year halt in production. During this time, technical issues were rectified, and improvements were made to the workmanship of the guns. Following rigorous retesting and clearance last year, deliveries of the remaining 114 guns, ordered as replacements for the original Bofors howitzers procured in the mid-1980s, resumed.

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The Technology Development Fund of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is actively seeking collaboration with Indian private sector companies to develop a Wireless Aircraft Flight Data Recorder (FDR) system. This system is designed to wirelessly transmit and receive data from the aircraft’s data recorder to a ground station, eliminating the need for manual data transfer.

The Flight Data Recorder is a critical component that stores crucial parameters captured by various sensors during a flight. These parameters include data on vibrations, engine performance, and control surface status, among others. The aircraft recording and monitoring system encompasses the storage and processing of data collected from these embedded systems and sensors. In modern fighter aircraft, three flight data recorders are typically installed at different locations within the aircraft.

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BrahMos Aerospace is making significant strides in the development of its next-generation air-launched cruise missile, BrahMos NG. Having completed the preliminary design phase, the organization is now poised to commence the metal-cutting exercise, marking the beginning of manufacturing the first units of the missile. These units will be utilized for developmental trials and further testing.

Atul Dinkar Rane, CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace confirmed that BrahMos NG will be specifically developed as an air-launched cruise missile. The Su-30MKI aircraft, which has already been integrated with the larger BrahMos-A ALCM variant, will serve as the platform for testing BrahMos NG. This decision leverages the existing capabilities of the Su-30MKI and facilitates the smooth transition to the next-generation missile.

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India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Prachand, a domestically developed attack helicopter, is set to be equipped with the Integrated Defence Aids Suite (IDAS) system, developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The IDAS system plays a crucial role in enhancing the survivability of the platform in challenging threat environments. Saab’s IDAS system has already been integrated into 200 Indian Army and Air Force versions of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv.

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The Indian Army has made a crucial decision to upgrade its fleet of 1,400 T-72 M1 (CI Ajeya) tanks by equipping them with the state-of-the-art Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) Mk-II. This upgrade aims to provide enhanced protection against modern anti-tank guided missiles, as well as High Explosive Anti Tank (HEAT) and Kinetic Energy ammunition. 1,400 T-72 M1 are currently equipped with the ERA Mk-I.

The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), in collaboration with the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and the Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), has successfully developed the ERA Mk-II for adaptation to the T-72 tanks and the upcoming Arjun MBT Mk-II.

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