Reasons for the failure of the Nirbhay test
Nirbhay, the two-stage missile, was first time fitted with Small Turbofan Engine Propulsion System developed indigenously by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE). It was successfully lifted off in the first trial. But after the second stage engine ignition, the engine suddenly went off, and the missile falls into the sea. The reason arising is the untested STFE Propulsion System, developed by GTRE, a DRDO lab. There could not be other reasons since other major issues were already fixed.
Meanwhile, as an interim measure of 300 missiles, Russian made NPA Saturn 36MT mini turbofan engines would be used.
HAL going to build Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is going to build next-generation fighter trainer Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft to make it India’s first leading fighter trainer in 2023-24. It will be built on Tejas Trainer platform, the light combat aircraft for the IAF.
The SPORT will be fully combat-capable. IAS is likely to look for 40-50 SPORT after the prototype is evaluated. If Stage-3 trainer aircraft is passed, the order will be increased to 100 crafts requiring new trainee pilots.
18 Tejas trainers will have the prototype of sport Lift Trainer.
Effect of the Losses of Exported Air Defence Missiles in combat on Future Russian Arms Sales
Russia is likely to market its S-300 and S-400 air defence missiles with claims of being superior, cost-effective, and better than the western counterparts. But there are doubts regarding the credibility of claims as weapon systems exhibit losses in combat. Although the capabilities are impressive on paper as claiming it the area denial bubbles, it does not have combat experience.
The Prithvi-2 ballistic missile successfully test-fired
India has successfully test-fired Prithvi-2 ballistic missile with over 250 km range off the coast of Balasore in Odisha. It has already been included in the Strategic Forces Command. The missile test will come after a week.
India preparing for winter deployment from the US amid China standoff
The South Asian Nation is preparing to buy winter gear from the US for extending winter deployment to resolve border tensions with China. India and the U.S. use an agreement that allows both militaries for logistical assistance. It is expected to reduce the tensions along the LAC. The second-highest-ranking General in the Indian Army SK Saini is going on a scheduled visit to the U.S. to discuss some emergency purchases with the Army Pacific Command.