India working on 1500 km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
India has started working on extending the range of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. It is looking for 1500 km range version that can be launched from land, air, or water.
It is currently has a range of 290-km, and the Army has carried out the first missile test in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Moreover, speed is vital when it comes to the new generation of the missile. The BrahMos missile has the maximum speed of 2.8 Mach.
The BrahMos missile is the product of a joint venture between Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation. It is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine.
BrahMos block III deployed along LAC with China
India has started deploying BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with the precision-strike capabilities in eastern Ladakh to confront with the military of China.
The government had approved the deployment of Block-III version of the BrahMos missile for its top attack capability. It was done in Arunachal Pradesh for mountain warfare earlier.
India’s proposed Venus mission attracting International payload proposals
The Indian Space Research Organisation has shortlisted 20 Indian and International space-based experimental payload proposals for its proposed Venus mission “Shukrayaan”. The mission is to study the planet for more than 4 years.
The proposals are the collaborative contributions from France, Russia, Sweden, and Germany that are under the review. The selected one is France’s VIRAL instrument.
The payload capability is likely to be of 175 kg having 500W of power. It is a satellite plan to be on board GSLV Mk II rocket.
Venus is described as the “twin sister” of the Earth for its similarities. Both planets have the same density, size, mass, composition, and gravity. Also, they share a common origin.
New IJT replacing the iconic Kiran aircraft
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s New indigenous intermediate Jet trainer would soon replace the Kiran aircraft.
The Kiran aircraft of the HAL has been the mainstay of the Arabic show at many Aero India’s nuts. It has been the key craft to help the train pilots of the IAF.
The spin testing procedure has started, which is vital before the replacement and making the trainer craft.
Talks on nuclear disarmament between India and the European Union
India and the European Union held talks to cover the development in the areas of chemical, nuclear, and biological disarmament and the issues related to export control regimes and outer space. The discussion took place under the sixth round of consultations on disarmament and non-proliferation. The consultations aimed at enhancing mutual understanding.
Grant of permanent commission to women officers
The Supreme Court said that the centre had implemented its verdict of granting permanent commission to women officers in the Army. All women officers serving Short Service Commission would be granted with the permanent commission no matter they have service for 14 or 20 years.
70% of women have received the permanent commission. Woman officers have occupied 1,653 posts out of 50,266 posts sanctioned by the Indian Army. 14,825 have been settled and there is a shortage of 9,441 officers.
IJT begins with spin flight testing
The indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has commenced spin flight testing in Bangalore. It is to replace Kiran aircraft fleet of the IAF.
The testing would progress to assess the behaviour of the aircraft till 6 turn spin.
HAL has redesigned the aircraft for the spin test. The changes have been incorporated with the involvement and clearance from certification agencies. The changes have been done in two aircraft. Now, they are with the necessary safety devices (Anti-Spin Parachute Systems).
CEO HAL, Helicopter Complex: Dhruv Civil variant IN 2021
Atul Chandra and S Anbuvelan, CEO HAL, Helicopter Complex met in an interview and shared the information regarding the latest developments of Indian rotorcraft.
The status of current orders for Dhruv is the delivery of a total of 72 helicopters for the IAF and ICG. 40 Dhruv MkIII helicopters are for the Indian Army, 16 Dhruv MkIII helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN), and 16 for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). 38 helicopters have been completed, and 34 will be done in the middle of 2022-2023.
HAL is expecting more orders for Dhruv for its good performance. It is likely to order 9 additional helicopters from ICG, 23 from IA and repeat from IN.
HAL is working on the civilian variant of Dhruv. It will present the demonstrator of 1 helicopter through ground runs. Dhruv Civil variant will need to undergo 50 hours of flight testing.
The indigenous content on Dhruv MKIII helicopter is 60%. Aircraft manufacturers are trying to source Line Replaceable Units. Till now, many vendors have been developed and HAL outsources 80% of components for Dhruv helicopter.