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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) owned Ex-Air India, Airbus A319 (VT-SCO) that was recently snapped at the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) facility in New Delhi has now been transferred to the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) facility in Bengaluru recently. DRDO’s has named Flying Testbed as ” Anusandhan ” which translates into “Search”.

The Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) is a laboratory of the Department of Defence R&D, DRDO, that expertises in the country for the development of Airborne Electronic Force Multiplier (AEFM) Systems focusing on systems development of the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)/Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).

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The joint Russian-Indian venture BrahMos Aerospace will re-arm the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters with its cruise missiles in two or three years from now, Alexander Maksichev, the company’s co-director, told Sputnik. BrahMos-A will significantly enhance the IAF’s strategic capacity to eliminate long-range targets in the Indian Ocean said the official.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that originally manufactured Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters in India at its Nashik Plant already has developed Pair of Su-30MKI fighter jets that were used for developmental trials and now missile and aircraft have been cleared for the operational role and soon BrahMos-A Air launched Cruise missile (ALCM) will be enabled in more aircraft in next 2-3 years.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had first revealed the development of a man-portable air-defense system last year when it issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the supply of 5 optical components for the MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) and at the Aero India 2021 event, it was clear that the state-owned aerospace and defense company Bharat Electronics (BEL) has started the process of fabrication of first 5 prototypes, that are likely to be tested in coming days as per information provided by an industrial sources close to idrw.org.

DRDO’s MPDMS is the most advanced MANPAD under development in the world and Hyderabad-based Grene Robotics is developing an Autonomous MANPAD Data Link (ADML) system, which will bring isolated man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) operators into a networked environment. AMDL is a state-of-the-art data link system, which exploits AI to provide a comprehensive air defense solution. India will be the first country in the world to deploy such technology on MANPADS that are forward-deployed Air Defence Systems widely used across the world.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

United Aircraft is pitching its single-engined Su-75 to export markets as an affordable, fifth-generation type that shares characteristics with Sukhoi’s Su-57, and the company went further to confirm that the first flight has been planned for 2023 and it will be ready to enter production in 2026 as most of the system including its avionics and AL-41FI engine is already in production. what raised several eyebrows was when Rostec claimed that the unit price of Checkmate will be around $25 to $30 million, which is not even half the cost of the American F-35A that has a flyaway cost of $78 million.

Russian 5th generation Su-75 Checkmate fighter jet could work out to be cheaper than India’s Tejas Mk1A that has a flyaway unit cost of $41 million and China’s JF-17 Block-III that has a flyaway cost of $32 million per unit. Su-75 will beat if not all but most of the legacy 4th generation fighter jets that are still under production in terms of flyaway cost, but how did Russians manage to offer a 5th generation jet at a price of 4th generation that was manufactured in the 90s?.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully flight-tested the next-generation Akash surface-to-air missile (Akash- NG) system from the Integrated Test Range off the Odisha coast.

The Akash-NG flight trial was conducted at 12.45 pm from a land-based platform, with all weapon system elements such as multifunction radars, command, control & comm systems, etc. “The missile demonstrated high maneuverability required for neutralizing fast & agile aerial threats,” said DRDO officials said in a statement.

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Russia’s first single-engine supersonic low observable light tactical fighter aircraft was unveiled at the MAKS show by Rostec that identifies several countries by name including India, Argentina, and Vietnam, as well as some elements suggestive of Middle Eastern states as its potential export customers. Rostec also confirmed that what was unveiled was an actual prototype and not a mock-up and the first flight has been planned for 2023. Rostec presentation also confirmed that stealth at a much lower price point is the ultimate goal of the company and many takers will do emerge even when the flyaway unit cost of the F-35A has now fallen under $80 million but it has failed to keep its operating cost per hour same as that of the legacy type of the F-16, EA-18G, and F-15E.

Indian Air Force (IAF) back home has committed to procure as much as 170-201 units of the Tejas Mk-II fighter jet that will have also have its first flight sometime in 2023 and will enter production in 2027-28 if HAL and other DRDO associate labs can stick to the schedule-timeline that has been shared by the company. Back home many have criticized need for a 4.5+ Gen fighter aircraft when India can join 5th gen bandwagon by fast tracking its AMCA program. IAF Chief in past has hinted that this number mutually agreed with the DRDO and IAF verbally might change if the aircraft is not able to stick to the schedule, as IAF’s fighter fleet already is at its lowest point and will further slide due to retirements of Mig-21s by 2024, IAF chief has hinted that it will be open to procuring fighter jets from elsewhere to make up the number if indigenous programs face delays.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

At the ongoing MAKS-2021 air show in Moscow, Russia’s Mig Corporation showcased a scale model of the Advanced ship-borne multirole fighter concept that is on offer to the Russian Navy to replace its present deck-based Mig-29K fighter jets on the next supercarrier under project Project 23000E designed by the Krylov State Research Center for the Russian Navy and people were amazed at the design similarities with India’s Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) that is under development for India’s deck-based fighter jet requirements.

Migs canard delta wing, twin-engine, Advanced ship-borne multirole fighter concept also highlights its two internal weapons bays with four weapons stations. TEDBF with a frontal section that is geometrically optimized for the reduced radar cross-section and pretty clean design has the potential to be classified as 5 Minus fighter jet and a few months back I had written how the inclusion of the Internal weapons bay (IWB) on the TEDBF design in future variants was very much doable and should be pursued.

(Can TEDBF Block-2 variant incorporate Stealth and Internal Weapons Bay? )

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A Middle East based magazine Breaking Defense has reported that Egypt is now eying additional orders of Rafale F4 and are looking to increase the number to 72 or 100 units by 2030, depending on Egypt’s financial capacity in next few years . Egyptian Air Force also operates 5 Russian Su-35 fighter jets and has placed orders for 21 more and according to the Breaking Defense, it claims that Egyptian Air Force are mighty impressed with the Rafale after Russian Su-35s radar failed repeatedly when the Su-35 played a role of aggressor against Rafale F3R.

Rafale’s powerful Spectra Electronic warfare suite not only attacked but also jammed Su-35 BAR phased array radar successfully multiple times, rendering Su-35 blind in the sky, later following it up being shot down by the Rafale in mock Beyond visual range dogfights.

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Naval LCA Ceremonial rollout held on July 2010

India will celebrate 75th Independence day in 2022 and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) wants to mark this event with the rollout of the first assembled LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jet around the Independence day event next August even though the program has suffered a loss of few months due to the second wave of the CCP virus in the country.

Industrial sources close to idrw.org have said that high profile Ceremonial rollout of the LCA-AF Mk2 has been planned that will be attended by the bigwigs of the present government including Prime minister Modi, Defence Minister, and other members of the Union cabinet along with the Indian Air force Chief and other heads of the military branches.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Rostec State Corporation a few days ago teased the existence of “The Checkmate’, A day before the official reveal, the first picture of the aircraft had hit the internet and people can’t keep claim about it. Sukhoi-75 (unofficial name) is a new single-engine light tactical plane with a take-off weight of up to 18 tons, that can achieve speeds of Mach 2 and is equipped with the new Izdeliye 30 engine.

Sukhoi-75 will be targeted at the export market that includes Argentina, India, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as seen in the promotional teaser video. Sukhoi-75 is considered to be the Russian counterpart to the American F-35 Lightning II program but Sukhoi-75 is 10-12 tons lighter than F-35, which is lighter by only 4 tons to Su-57 in its MTOW, comparing two aircraft won’t be fair. Sukhoi-75 eventually will replace all the Russian air force’s MiG-29 and Su-27 fourth-generation aircraft and the countries operating them seems to be the first target customer.

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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has procured an Ex-Air India, Airbus A319 (VT-SCO) to be used as an Inhouse flying Testbed aircraft for various Airborne Radar programs for the Indian military and the first picture of the DRDO’s Flying Test Bed has now going viral on the social media sphere where it was sported with Tipnis gray scheme and DRDO’s Logo on it.

As reported earlier by idrw.org, Airbus A319 Flight Testbed aircraft will be used to carry out developmental trials of the locally developed Uttam Fire Control Radar, EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red) systems, Synthetic aperture radar (SAR), Side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) systems for the Indian Air force’s A319 based AEW&C program and Navy’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) program to be based on C-295 aircraft.

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After suffering three months of delays due to the Second wave of CCP Virus in the country, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is said to be readying four Final Operational Configuration LCA-Tejas Mk1 that will be handed over to IAF by end of this month as per their Q1 obligations of the FY2021-22. HAL Chairman recently claimed that 10 more will be handed over by Q4 in March 2022 but with restricted production capacities, CCP virus delays and disturbed supplied chain means, deliveries might not happen in March of 10 jets.

idrw.org has been informed that HAL is working overtime to recover lost man-hours but instead has managed only manufacturing SP-21 and SP-22. SP-19 and SP-20 were manufactured in the Previous FY2020-21. SP-17 and SP-18 already have been handed over to the IAF. Delivery of SP-23 to SP-32 by March 2022 will be too heavy of a task.

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On Thursday, Amrullah Saleh, the Vice President of Afghanistan, alleged that the Pakistan Air Force was providing close air support to the Taliban, he tweeted that the Pakistan air force has issued an official warning to the Afghan Army and Air Force that any move to dislodge the Taliban from Spin Boldak area will be faced and repelled by the Pakistan Air Force. Pak air force is now providing close air support to Taliban in certain areas.”.

He added that Pakistan had warned Afghanistan aircraft to stay away from Spin Boldak or risk getting shot down. In 80’s Pakistan Air force several times could fly into afghan airspace and shoot down Soviet/Afghan attack aircraft and choppers that were usually attacking Afghan Mujahideen’s position. Pakistani fighter F-16 jets were usually seen roaming in Afghan airspace, harassing strike fighter jets like Su-22 that we’re incapable of having dogfights with the F-16s.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

IMAGE CREDIT TO RESPECTED OWNER

Russia’s famed Sukhoi Design Bureau in 2017 had announced that it will be working on developing an 18-ton fifth-generation lightweight stealth fighter powered by a single Izdeliye 30 after burning turbofan engine that is used on the twin-engined Su-57 fighter jet. leaked images of the 18-ton jet that will be soon be displayed at the MAKS Air Show seem to feature two vertical stabilizers and raised composite air inlet ducts that mated with Izdeliye 30 engine will help it achieve Mach 2 speeds.

Thrust vectoring nozzles are likely to be a standard feature on the Izdeliye 30 engine that provides aircraft with super maneuverability and will also shorten the fighter’s takeoff distance due to additional power. the Izdeliye 30 engine also seems to have been fine-tuned for single-engine jet operations with additional safety features.

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The Indian Navy has finally decided to come onboard the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) proposed development of the 10ton Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) medium-lift helicopter program. HAL has assured the Navy that the Naval-IMRH will have a different engine as requested by the Navy and will have design changes that are optimized for sea level operations including longer range and payload capacity than the Army/Airforce variants.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to equip Airforce / Army variants of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) with one set of engine options and Navy with another engine option. idrw.org was first to confirm that HAL received bids from France for its Aneto turboshaft engine family, from Russia on its VK-2500PS-03 helicopter turboshaft engine that are used on Mi-17V in service with IAF, and America’s GE Aviation has offered its T700-401C/-701C engines that are also used on the Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk .

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