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The current designs of India’s fifth-generation AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) fighter jet suggest the inclusion of an internal cannon. However, the necessity of having a gun on every jet and its relevance in dogfighting scenarios are being carefully examined.

According to sources familiar with the matter, told idrw that the impact of the internal cannon on the aircraft’s performance will be thoroughly studied before deciding on its inclusion in the final production variant. This cautious approach is due to the concerns raised by various stealth programs worldwide, which have opted to exclude cannons to avoid potential damage to the fuselage, which often affects the aircraft’s stealth characteristics unless the damage is repaired or repainted leading to downtime of the jet.

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South Korea has extended an offer to India for its advanced KSS-III Batch-II submarine, presenting a potential procurement opportunity. The KSS-III Batch-II represents a significant advancement over its predecessor, incorporating enhancements in combat management systems, sonar capabilities, and firepower.

This offer arrives at a time when Germany is also competing for India’s submarine acquisition program, known as Project-75I. The KSS-III Batch-II’s improved features, including an increased number of Vertical Launching System (VLS) cells, offer enhanced operational capabilities, particularly with Submarine Launched Cruise Missiles (SLCMs).

South Korea’s emphasis on domestically developed and sourced components in the KSS-III Batch II submarine presents several advantages for Export customers like India since it enhances the submarine’s operational reliability by reducing potential vulnerabilities associated with relying on foreign suppliers.

KSS-III, a 3,000-tonne class of submarine is the lone bid in Project-75I that meets all the technical requirements set by the Indian Navy but Germany is trying to secure a deal through a Government to Government (G2G ) contract since Germany has issues with liability clauses in the Project-75I tender.

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A Bangalore-based drone startup has made a groundbreaking announcement, unveiling the development of a swarm of drones with autonomous capabilities for forest penetration. These innovative drones, equipped with GPS-denied abilities, are set to revolutionize complex military and civilian missions.

Acting as pathfinders and scouts, they will play a crucial role in tasks such as counter-insurgency operations (COIN), humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief (HADR). These advanced agents merge cutting-edge localization, AI-based navigation, cooperative mission autonomy, object detection, and sense/avoid techniques.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently inaugurated a new production facility in Nashik, aimed at bolstering the manufacturing capacity of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. While HAL already has two manufacturing facilities for LCA Tejas in Bengaluru, with a combined capacity of 16 jets per year, the Nasik facility is expected to further augment the production with an additional capacity of up to 24 jets annually.

However, according to sources at idrw, the Nasik facility is not yet ready to commence production of LCA-Tejas Mk1A jets. The staff at the facility are currently undergoing training, and the procurement of necessary equipment for the assembly of LCA-Tejas is still underway. HAL officials have confirmed that the Nasik facility has the potential to accommodate the production of more than 8 jets, but achieving this installed capacity is contingent upon securing a fresh contract for the Tejas.

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The Indian Navy Chief recently confirmed that the Second Vikrant-class aircraft carrier, IAC-II, will undergo minor redesigns to enable the seamless operation of MALE/HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). The Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau is already actively involved in this endeavour.

According to sources at idrw, individuals familiar with the matter have affirmed that IAC-II will feature Dedicated Ground Control Stations (GCS) to facilitate drone pilots, along with other essential sensors and satellite terminals for long-range connectivity.

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is eagerly awaiting a sanction order from the Indian Navy to commence the development of a new Utility Helicopter (Marine) based on the Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. This initiative aims to fulfil the warship requirements of the Indian Navy, with a projected demand of 50 units. HAL estimates a development timeframe of 2-3 years for the UH Marine.

The upcoming UH Marine helicopter will incorporate foldable rotor technology, which has been successfully demonstrated to the Indian Navy. This feature, combined with other modifications, will enable the helicopters to carry out reconnaissance, surveillance, and other essential operations as per the fleet’s requirements.

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German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is scheduled to visit India next month, during which he will present detailed proposed plans for the sale of six next-generation electric-diesel submarines. The deal, valued at 50,000 crores, will be conducted under a Government-to-Government (G2G) arrangement if cleared by India.

India’s procurement plans for the six next-generation electric-diesel submarines, part of Project-75I (India), have encountered obstacles due to a single vendor situation. Currently, the only standing offer is from Korea, with its KSS-III submarine, also known as the Dosan Ahn Changho-class submarine. Germany declined to bid for the project due to concerns related to liabilities clauses but offered a separate G2G deal for submarines earlier this year.

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India’s BrahMos Aerospace has initiated discussions with the Russian side to secure the Transfer of Technology (ToT) for the liquid-fueled ramjet sustainer motor used in the Indo-Russian BrahMos Supersonic cruise missile. The objective is to enable local assembly of the motor within the country.

While India already manufactures the indigenous solid propellant boost motor for the BrahMos along with many other systems that has put 78% indigenous system in each BrahMos missile , the liquid-fueled ramjet sustainer motor is currently sourced from Russia. However, due to ongoing economic and military sanctions imposed on Russia, procuring weapons and spares for Russian-origin systems has become challenging. To mitigate this dependency and ensure a reliable supply chain, BrahMos Aerospace aims to localize the production of the ramjet sustainer motor.

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According to recent media reports, the indigenous Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is set to undergo its final round of user trials next month. The successful completion of these trials will mark the conclusion of both the developmental phase and the user phase of the project.

Earlier this year, in an interview with CNBC TV, Cmde Siddharth Mishra (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), confirmed that the Indian Army would conduct further user trials of the DRDO-developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) later in the year. These trials are expected to continue until the end of the year, with the company anticipating orders from the Indian Army by the end of 2024.

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The Indian Army has undertaken a significant revision of the parameters for the upcoming Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) tank, which is slated for local manufacturing starting in 2030. This revision comes as a response to the evolving threat landscape and takes into account the new level of challenges observed during the Russia-Ukraine war. As a result, the FRCV has shifted towards a heavier-weight 55-57ton tank configuration, signifying a substantial change in tank design and capabilities.

The lessons learned from recent conflicts have underscored the importance of enhanced protection and firepower capabilities for modern tanks. The Russia-Ukraine war, in particular, has provided valuable insights into the nature of contemporary warfare and the threats faced by armoured vehicles on the battlefield. The Indian Army has recognized the need to adapt to these evolving challenges and has consequently adjusted the parameters of the FRCV to meet the new requirements.

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The Indian Navy’s sixth and final Kalvari-class submarine, Vaghsheer, has embarked on its crucial sea trials. This significant milestone marks an important step in the Indian Navy’s quest to enhance its maritime capabilities. Looking ahead, the Indian Navy has proposed the procurement of three additional Kalvari-class submarines with a greater emphasis on indigenous content. These submarines will be manufactured by the State-owned Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL), the same entity that produced the previous six submarines under license from the renowned French Naval Group.

While the prospect of acquiring more indigenous submarines is promising, the follow-up order does come with a potential cost increase. Considering inflation and various other factors, it is estimated that the cost of each submarine in the follow-up order may experience a significant 46 per cent surge. This cost adjustment reflects the evolving economic landscape and the intricacies involved in the production of advanced naval vessels.

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As per a report in Jane’s Defence News, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), a leading Indian shipyard, revealed its state-of-the-art Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Swarm System during the Lima 2023 defence exhibition.

In a coordinated swarm configuration, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) will consist of three integral units. Serving as the central hub, the first AUV will assume the role of the master, while the other two will function as slaved systems.

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General Electric (GE) has presented a proposal to India, offering a derivative of their F414 engine with a thrust of 116 kN as a baseline for the development of a new F414 variant. This engine variant is intended to power India’s fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and is designed with the crucial objectives of achieving supercruise capabilities and reducing thermal signature.

According to GE officials, the company has already developed a technological concept for upgrading the present 98 kN thrust F414 engines to achieve a 1% improvement in fuel consumption, thereby enabling the thrust enhancement to 116 kN. However, considering that further thrust enhancements will be required, GE has extended an offer to India to utilize their ceramic matrix composite engine core parts, which require 20% less cooling air.

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India and the United States are currently engaged in discussions regarding the development of a next-generation, long-range family of artillery precision-guided projectiles. The aim is to create munitions with enhanced lethality capable of defeating long-range targets. Both countries are exploring the possibility of developing multiple families of artillery projectiles that can be seamlessly used with existing 155mm artillery guns, requiring no modifications.

While specific details about the program have not been disclosed yet, concepts such as cannon-launched precision-guided munitions (PGMs) and Extended Range Hypervelocity Projectiles (HVP-ER) are being considered for potential joint ventures and subsequent production.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to witness a significant advancement in its training capabilities with the introduction of the Military Metaverse innovation framework. Developed by a company under the NewSpace Research and Technologies group, this groundbreaking framework promises to revolutionize large-force engagement (LFE) air combat training through the integration of next-generation technologies.

At the heart of this innovation is a proprietary high-fidelity virtual environment that offers an unparalleled level of realism. Meticulously designed, it combines cutting-edge physics-based aircraft performance mapping, comprehensive cockpit content creation, and meticulous avionics and weapon systems modelling. This results in an immersive training experience that closely mirrors real-world scenarios.

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