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Indian Air Force (IAF) that preferred using Airbus A330 platforms for the procurement of the next generation Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) for the fleet is looking at the Commerical civilian aviation market to scout for surplus aircraft from the owners and lessors who have largely parked their surplus A330 in anticipation of better times, after failing to procure them over the years due to high procurement costs.

IAF recently procured Six A319 from the Air India fleet to be used for mounting Netra MkII AEW&CS suite and was keen to procure Six A330 MRTT from Airbus for Dry Lease but also had offers from the French Air Force to procure their A330 MRTT but strategic assets like AWACS can’t be procured at dry lease due to strategic reasons that include high cost of external modifications to the aircraft which no lessor will agree to, which had forced IAF to look at the surplus market.

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

The Zorya-Mashproekt plant fell under the bombing and received serious damage as a result of the fresh attack by the Russian forces. Zorya-Mashproekt plant is where gas turbine engines for ships are manufactured and India was supposed to get two gas turbine engines (GTA) M7N.2 later this year and two more in 2023 to power new multi-purpose Talwar class frigates that are at advanced stages of production in India which likely will be delayed.

Earlier this year Zorya-Mashproekt supplied M7N.2 gas turbine engines to India that were later handed over to Russia for installation on Admiral Grigorovich-type frigates. idrw.org has been informed that the launch and induction of INS Tushil and INS Tamala first two lead ships that are currently going through assembly and fittings at Yantar Shipyard in Russia will be ready in the latter part of 2022 and 2023 but two warships under manufacturing at Goa Shipyard might be delayed.

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

ISRO successfully carried out the ground testing of the newly developed solid booster stage (SS1) for its new launch vehicle Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, at 1205 hrs.

Today’s successful testing has given sufficient confidence to proceed with the first developmental flight of SSLV (SSLV-D1). The remaining stages of SSLV (SS2 & SS3) have successfully undergone necessary ground tests and are ready for integration.

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

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Secretary R&D and DRDO Chairman Dr. Sateesh Reddy speaking to the BW Businessworld confirmed that the light tank for the Indian Army is under development that is based on the design provided by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) and it will be ready soon.

Indian Private sector company, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) along with CVRDE are working together to develop the prototype for which it has already started procuring armor steel and other systems and tools for the program. The light tank in development will be fitted with a High Altitude Operable Powerpack (Engine + Transmission) of 1000hp and will be capable of firing multiple ammunition.

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

The indigenous Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) development program by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crossed another key milestone when Rustom- II demonstrated its flight altitude above 27,500 feet with an endurance of 18 hours recently, Secretary R&D and DRDO Chairman Dr. Sateesh Reddy said to the BW Businessworld.

In December 2021, Rustom- II had reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and had achieved an endurance of 10 hours, and with new flight altitude and endurance demonstrated it is moving closer to demonstrate at an altitude of 30,000 feet and 18 hours endurance that will meet the requirements set by the Services.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Accidental firing of a training round of Brahmos missile deep inside Pakistan for over 120km might be the only time it was over hostile air space but utter lack of failure of Pakistani air defense system which not only failed to shoot it down but also failed to track Mach 3 capable missile for straight three minutes also shows that the 20-year-old missile that was first launched in 2001, still got the element of surprise that it was designed for.

In June of 2001, when India and Russia announced a successful test of PJ-10 that achieved near Mach 3 speed before taking down its targets 290km away it was noticed not only in the region but as far as in Washington of amazing capabilities of the new cruise missile. In the pre-Hypersonic missile era, the Brahmos missile was the only cruise missile that could cruise at Mach 2.4 to 2.8 at its terminal phase making it near impossible to be intercepted by any air defense systems, and even pretty much even today no air defense manufacturer is confident to make claims that their system can take out Mach 3 projectile that is flying within the atmosphere.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian this week said that it has identified 18 Make-I categories of weapons that will be taken up with Priave sector companies and one of them is the development of a 300-kilowatt directed-energy weapon (DEW) that will represent a lead-head in capability for air and missile defenses and come as an instrumental next-generation technology that will be useful in neutralizing future weapons systems.

A Ground-based 300-kilowatt DEW can take down missiles, in addition to drones, cruise missiles, helicopters, and even airplanes. DEW development world over is progressing at a brisk pace but not many have developed and demonstrated 300-kilowatt DEW but land-based laser mounted on a flatbed truck will also mean it does need to carry ammunition in difficult terrain nor rely on a supply truck for it to be engaged.

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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia has lost 353 tanks, as well as 60 tanker trucks and 1,165 armored vehicles but conservative estimates made by neutral observers estimate that Russian forces might have lost nearly 20-25% of the 1,200 tanks that were seen before the invasion in various sectors across the border with Ukraine.

Russian Military is relying mostly on older T-72 main tanks especially A, B, B3 variants that make up for the majority of the chuck of tank losses suffered by the Russian forces in the Ukraine invasion, there are some two dozen losses recorded also of the more modern T-90A tanks but neutral observers have also sported them quite less as part of strike corps which could be one of the reasons why little less has been seen of them.

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

Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a statement said that Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) and high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) projects will be developed under the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model. India’s 5th generation AMCA fighter jet program, IMRH, and HALE UAV program will build by companies where private players have a majority stake so that it does not become a full government entity.

90% of the funding will come from the Government of India for this project while the rest of the funds will come for setting up of production line by the selected private sector companies for each program with a majority stake in the to-be-formed companies.

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

Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a statement said that it has identified the development of the Electric Propulsion for Warships Project under the ‘Make-I’ sub-category where Government funding of 90%, will be released in a phased manner and based on the progress.

The Electrical propulsion system has got a lot of advantages over the conventional engine-driven propulsion system, like Environmental benefits from lower fuel consumption and emissions, Minimal standstill time for maintenance and service, Availability of maximum torque across the entire speed range at the propeller, Reduced space requirements in the engine room.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s AMCA 5th generation fighter jet will require an engine that is capable of generating 110kN of Wet thrust with 75kN Dry thrusts but it seems DRDO/ADA has decided that they instead will now settle for a 125kN of Wet thrust that will be used to power both 25-ton AMCA and 26-ton TEDBF Programs.

The development of the 125kN Jet engine was always on the minds of the DRDO/ADA so that it can cater to future power requirements of AMCA, TEDBF, and 6th Generation platform but going for 125kN Jet engine instead of 110kN engine seems to be more to cater to future weapons rather than a platform.

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

At a function for commencement of manufacturing activities of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in the background, LCA-Navy Mk1 NP5 Trainer going through final stages of the assembly was sported, which will be third LCA-Navy Mk1 aircraft that will be used as a Technology Demonstrator project for the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program.

R Madhavan, Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited last year in an interview had said that the NP5 will be ready for its first flight by March 2022, but looking at the level of assembly that has taken place in the pictures it seems it will take few more weeks before it is ready for the inaugural flight.

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

HAL in association with ADA has started manufacturing activities of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) tweeted the Public sector company on its Twitter timeline. HAL will be manufacturing Two Next-Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) aircraft by 2025-26 that will be used extensively for developmental flight trials of the aircraft.

The structure shown in the Picture seems to be the leading-edge flap, last year ADA had showcased a set of actuators, stabilizers, air brake servo control modules that were manufactured for the AMCA program that included a few Line Replaceable Units (LRU).

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

Dhanush artillery guns have completed second-line firing trials at the Pokhran firing range. Gun Carriage Factory (CGF) in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur had supplied two guns for fresh second line firing trials where each gun fired 45 rounds without any fault and then both the gun were moved to a distance of 25km by road before it again fired another 45 rounds.

2 Guns fired 90 rounds each ( including 35 rounds with Zone 6) flawlessly and will clear much anticipated large-scale induction of the Dhanush artillery guns into the Indian Army after suffering production quality concerns by the Indian Army.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Colonel Oleksandr “Grey Wolf” Oksanchenko, a Ukrainian Air Force Flanker pilot lost his life when his Su-27 was shot down in Kyiv by Russian forces but the Air defense system in question was an S-400 system that was deployed in the Belarus southern border in Gomel Region near the Ukrainian border but it is estimated that the missiles could have covered nearly 150km before knocking down the Su-27 over Kyiv.

S-400 system consists of 400 km (40N6E missile) 250 km (48N6 missile) 120 km (9M96E2 missile) 40 km (9M96E missile) Interceptor missiles family and Russia had not deployed its 40N6E missile batteries and rather it was 48N6 missile that might have played a role in taking down Su-27 that was over 150km, confirming first kill for the S-400 system in the battle.

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