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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed fuel cell-based Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) for Indian Naval Submarines recently crossed several milestones in technology maturity and as per report prepared by Business Standard, INS Kalvari the first of the Scorpene submarine already inducted in the Indian Navy will be getting AIP systems in 2024-25 when it is due for mid-life refit.

All Six submarines will get DRDO developed AIP system from 2024 onwards which will have a force multiplier effect on the lethality of a diesel-electric submarine as it enhances the submerged endurance of the boat, several folds. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After the consistent and reliable performance of the indigenous Akash Surface to Air Missile (SAM) System, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to place an order for seven more squadrons of the Akash SAM System over six squadrons which were ordered in 2010 but just when DRDO, BDL, and BEL are on verge of getting the biggest order for the missile system, program has been hit by a report which shows missile system in really bad light especially on the units which have been procured by the IAF and those which allegedly are positioned near China border.

As per the report, the missile system remained dysfunctional during 90 percent of the time since their date of commissioning but has per number of missiles fired in Ex- Vayu Shakti 2019 and in Crossbow-18 the report says that Akash Missile System refused to take off in one launch but forgets to mention that it also successfully intercepted and destroyed unmanned aerial targets every time when tested in 11-day Combined Guided Weapon Firing exercise it surpassed all expectations and was judged better than imported SAM missile system also proved its performance capability and reliability while report says ‘Akash missile system can’t be trusted during war’ so can we trust imported SAMs which didn’t perform well too ? Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to the latest media reports Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has backed the induction of more ‘NETRA’ Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) in the fleet. IAF already operates Two `Netra’ early warning aircraft mounted on the ERJ 145 airframe and the third one is currently with DRDO which likely will be transferred to IAF after being used as a Technological demonstrator for the AWACS India program.

Air Chief is pushing for induction of 5 more Netra AEW&CS system, which is likely to be mounted on the Airbus C-295 airframe in the same two radiating planar arrays assembled back-to-back and mounted on top of the fuselage to provide 240° coverage. At the Aero India 2019 DRDO’s had showcased its C295 AEW&C concept for the first time and had revealed its plans to integrate the same radar on the new platform. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Special Protection Group (SPG) which is in charge of providing security to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will now sport a new weapon in their long list of arsenals. SPG which carried out trials on the DRDO developed but OFB produced Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) has reportedly cleared all trials of the SPG and now will be inducted into the Elite Special force.

CRPF already has placed orders for 10000 JVPCs and the first lot was handed over to CRPF in 2017. JVPC also has been ordered by State police from Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Meghalaya as well while it waits orders from the Indian Army for which it was developed. Continue reading

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  ORIGINAL ADA CONCEPT FOR 4.5 GEN MCA FIGHTER JET FOR AIR FORCE

Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program for the Indian Navy aims to provide a 24-tonne Twin-engine fighter aircraft which will replace the Mig-29K fleet in the Indian Navy. Navy has asked ADA for TEDBF to be better than the Russian Supplied Mig-29K fighter jets which currently operates on the deck of INS Vikramaditya. Indian Navy joined the LCA-Navy Mk1 program a little late in 2004-5 fully knowing that it won’t be able to meet its operational requirements, initial funding was to develop technologies required to develop an Mk2 fighter jet which can operate from the deck of the aircraft carrier.

In 2016, Indian Navy was having second thoughts on the development of the single-engined medium role Naval Mk2 fighter jet and had informed ADA that it could rather invest in a Twin engined 5th generation stealth aircraft over a single-engined Naval Mk2 and soon it was decided that Naval Mk2 program will be abandoned and ADA will start clean slate 4.5 generation fighter jet program for the Indian Navy . Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The government-run aerospace laboratory National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) is looking to mass-produce Saras Mk-II, a 19-seater multi-role light transport aircraft, by 2025 for the civilian market and also offer it has an ideal replacement to the Dornier Do 228 twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Kanpur in operations with Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Coast guard.

NAL plans to develop two developmental models to be certified for military followed by civil under FAR23 and to be manufactured by HAL in Kanpur facility where currently Dornier Do 228 are been manufactured under license from Dornier GmbH from 1983 onwards for the Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

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Dr. Girish Deodhare program Director of ADA speaking to Business Standard for the first time has confirmed that Aeronautical Development Agency is indeed working on the development of a carrier-based Twin engine Mark-2 Program for the Indian Navy, while it prepares to demonstrate landing and take-off capabilities of single-engined Naval-LCA from the Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya by March 2020.

ADA earlier this year at Aero India 2019 had showcased a Navy-LCA Mk2 with Max takeoff weight (MTOW) of around 16.5 tonnes powered by a single-engine supplied by US engine-maker General Electric (GE) F414IN engine generating 98 kN thrust class but it was rejected by the Indian Navy due to Thrust to weight ratio and Navy also wanted safety of the second engine for smooth carrier deck operations. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After India’s apparent U-Turn on a tender for 321 ATGM launchers and 8,356 missiles worth an estimated $500 million from the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) in 2018, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in an apparent dig at India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its ongoing Man-Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) program said that “With confidence in the Spike missile established, the Indian Army may need to revisit their plans on DRDO program”.

In 2018, a $500-million purchase of Spike LR missiles from Rafael was canceled by India to favor the indigenous MPATGM program developed by the DRDO but due to ongoing tension with Pakistan at the border, Indian Army was allowed to procure a limited quantity of Spike LR missiles, to meet the urgent operational requirement. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is working on developing its 90-seater aircraft with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) being lead in charge of the program, details of the upcoming new Gen Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA 90-NG) were recently shared by the NAL and its road map to develop them. RTA 90-NG will have both turboprop and turbofan variant and NAL has proposed to construct a total of seven developmental models in a different configuration and different vendor engines to attract different civilian operators in India.

idrw.org has been informed that NAL also planned a Large Cargo Door Freighter variant to be used for Cargo service operators and even a military variant has been planned for troop transportation duties. NAL is reportedly in discussions with global engine manufacturers such as Pratt & Whitney of Canada and General Electric of US and avionics firms like Rockwell Collins and Diehl Aerospace for the supply of off the shelf critical components for the program. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In April this year (Indian Army wants ” Desi BM-21-Grad ” Multiple Rocket Launcher for Mountain terrain), idrw.org was first to break cover on the development of a Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments to replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory on request of the Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army.

DRDO has showcased a full-scale model of the upcoming 120mm Rocket along with the Pinaka MBRL family. MRPKS has been developed specifically for mountainous terrain where lighter 4×4 Trucks are easier to move then Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles. According to details revealed, MRPKS will be mounted on current in-service Trucks and can carry a minimum of 24 rockets each and has a range of at least 25km and accuracy of two meters at the target end. The Army has asked for a vertical launcher that has 360-degree deployment capability so that it has no crest clearance issues in hills. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Deep state has hanged Two individuals for spying for the American CIA. According to media reports, Pakistan Army’s Brigadier Raja Rizwan (retd) along with lead missile Scientist named Wasim Akram of the land-based Shaheen-II and Shaheen-III surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile who worked for Islamabad-based National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) which itself has been based on China supplied M-18 [DF-15].

According to media reports, Wasim Akram who was a metallurgical engineer played a crucial role in the local production of the Chinese M-18 ballistic missile in the county and was also vital in matting of the Pakistani nuclear weapons in the weapon system. He was recruited by Central Intelligence Agency to provide crucial details of both the missile system including details of its classified payload and range. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

MBDA Missile Systems announced that Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) will be integrated into the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) future KF-X fighter aircraft. MBDA has been awarded the contract for integration and trials campaign by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) which is a nodal agency for the development of a 5th generation fighter jet in Blocks over the years.

According to Hanwha Thales, a local defense firm which won the preferential bidder for the radar development in 2016, announced in 2017 that Israeli firm Elta will be its consultant in the testing of the indigenous radar developed by Hanwha Thales but insisted that ELTA will be limited to provide support to the sophisticated technology to test an AESA radar system and integrate it with aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by the Delhi Defence Review (DDR), Russian Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon gun which is locally manufactured by Ordnance Factories Board in India will be going through integration trials onboard LSP-7 LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft from early 2020 after gap of 5 years of the first initial ground trials, which were carried out in Nashik in 2015.

DDR reports say that apparently due to lack of ammunition of the gun. trials onboard aircraft was held up which now has been procured by the ADA but other reports had hinted that IAF and ADA had jointly agreed to keep certification of GSh-23 autocannon gun out of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) phase due to time consuming flight trials which need to be carried out for its certification. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to recorded bird strike data, nearly 75% of bird strikes with an aircraft happens at or below 500 feet above ground level (AGL) and therefore within the airport environment. For every 1,000-foot gain in height above 500 feet AGL, the number of strikes declined by 33% With the airport environment being suspect in the majority of wildlife strikes, this becomes logical to invest in Aircraft Bird strike Avoidance Radar system for real-time detection, tracking and alerting of hazardous bird activity at commercial airports, military airfields, and military training and bombing ranges.

When a Mig-29KUB took off at speed of 400kmp from INS Hansa Naval base, It was hit by a flock of birds at a really low level while it tried to gain height. While Mig-29KUB is a Twin-engine aircraft and could have carried out emergency landing back in the base but to its bad luck it was hit on both the engines and aircraft was rapidly losing altitude before it crashed on Verna plateau near the base. Continue reading

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

A Twitter user (sarab@sarabpal_singh) has posted an image of a scale model displayed by the DRDO at a local exhibition which could be the first instance of proof of the existence of the 90’s Mythical Surya Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) each with multiple nuclear warheads. CIA in its report on India’s ballistic missile development for the first time had mentioned that India plans to use the lower stage of its PSLV Satttleite launch vehicle to develop an ICBM that will be capable to hit a target over 8000 km in the mid-’90s.

DRDO never confirmed or denied the existence of such ICBM but the Surya ICBM due to media coverage attended mythical status even though over the years Agni missile family created long-range missile which was capable of hitting both target deep in Pakistan and China. Continue reading