Joint Military Exercise to be held later this year between RSAF and IAF
The 11th edition of the Joint Military Exercise (JMT) between the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be held at Kalaikunda Air Force station between October to December 2021. RSAF’s F-16C/D fighter aircraft is expected to take part in this exercise and work in coordination with IAF’s Sukhoi-30 MkI and the Rafale F3R fighter jet.
This exercise will mainly focus on Air Combat Operations and Mission Oriented Training. Airmen of both the air forces will get a chance to refine their combat skills and interoperability through this exercise. RSAF and IAF are planning to practice beyond visual range dogfights by carrying out long-range air to air combat operations.
The French and Indian Air Force attempted this practice in the recently concluded joint exercise by launching their Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM).
Pakistan Air Force and RSAF both possess F-16C/D aircraft. In the previous edition of JMT, RSAF trained Indian Airmen how to deal with the AMRAAMs, which helped IAF during the dogfight in 2019 when PAF’s F-16 failed to shoot down IAF’s Sukhoi-30 MkI.
French Stealth Cruise Missile, SCALP, arrives in India
‘Scalp,’ the first deep strike missile of the Indian Air Force, reached Indian Air Space for the first time, mounted on an Indian Rafale Fighter Jet (BS004). It is manufactured by MBDA, a Europe based Defence Consortium.
The Scalp, which is designed in France, is an air-launched cruise missile. Weighing around 1,300 kg, it can hit a target up to a range of 250 km. It is capable of avoiding Radar Detection as it can fly at very low altitudes. Also, its air intakes cannot be exposed or traced easily, as it has a ‘low observability’ design.
The recently inducted Rafale Fighter Jet is capable of carrying two scalp missiles and three large fuel tanks at once. Indian Air Defence System will definitely be strengthened after this missile joins the fleet.
Russia unveils first look of Su-57
The first glimpse of the fifth-generation multirole fighter jet Su-57 was shown to the world when Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) released video footage of its production and first flight.
The aircraft has completed the production stage and is now ready to be handed over to the ministry of defense, which had earlier signed a deal for the shipment of 76 such planes.
Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, which has been assigned the task for production of Su-57, assured that the corporation is intending to increase the production rate of this aircraft.
Indian Ambassador visits French Naval Base
As an initiative to ensure and enhance strong trust and confidence between India and France, Jawed Ashraf, the Indian Ambassador to France, visited the Front Naval Assets of the French Navy in Toulon. He discussed some new strategies with the French Naval Action Force Commander and Aircraft Carrier Strike Group Commander.
He was shown the advanced capabilities of the submarine, underwater vehicles, ships, and weapon systems.
Toulon is considered to be the world’s largest naval base.
He expressed his gratitude to the French Navy for being a prime partner of India in submarines and naval technology systems.
Indigenous products to be the area of focus in this year’s Aero India
This year’s Aero India starting from February 3, will feature more indigenous aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft and modern weapon systems of other countries will also be displayed. It includes Supersonic Heavy Bomber of the US Air Force, The B-1B, which can carry loads of guided and unguided missiles. The Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and LCA Navy will be showcased by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Flying display of Sukhoi 30 MkI, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be done by HAL. HAL is planning a special formation known as ‘Atmanirbhar Formation Flight,’ which will feature LCA Trainer (LIFT Trainer), Advanced Hawk Mk 132, Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40), and Civil Do-228. The customers at Aero India can opt for Demonstration Flights of these aircraft. The Combat Air Teaming system (CATS) consisting of TEJAS-MAX cockpit will also be displayed along with the scaled models of IMRH, ALH, LUH, and LCH.
The DRDO will be displaying the Nirbhay Missile system, P-16 Heavy Drop System, RF Seeker, IIR Seeker, and PINAKA Guidance Kit.
Negev LMG, procured from Israel, arrives in India
Indian Army received the first consignment of Six Thousand Light Machine Guns (LMG), named the Negev, at Mumbai. This deal is a part of the contract signed between India and Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March 2020. India will get a total of 16,479 LMGs under fast track procedure through this contract. Through this contract, India’s long demand for a modern and upgraded LMG was fulfilled.
These guns will add more power to the troops deployed at the frontline borders of China and Pakistan. Negev is a 7.62 X 51 mm light machine gun used by many countries all over the world. These guns have been procured at the cost of Rs. 880 crores.
These guns are currently undergoing inspections at Jabalpur, where the Field Evaluation Trial (FET) is scheduled. The rest of the guns are expected to arrive by March 2021.
India may get an upgraded Rafale Jet soon
A deal has been signed between the French Government and Dassault Aviation to manufacture Rafale’s F4 Standard at € 2 Billion. The French Government is trying to secure more orders of Rafale’s upgraded variant while looking at Indian Air Force (IAF) to be the first customer of it. Dassault Aviation between 2027 and 2030 will deliver these aircraft.
Rafale’s F4 standard comes with upgraded sensors and front sector optronics, satellite communication, and software-defined radio. It also supports Helmet Mounted Display System. Currently, India is operating the F3-R variant of Rafale with enhancements done in India.
A Tranche based order pattern for fighter jets has been suggested by the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat. According to this pattern, small orders must be placed for fighter jets so that they can be upgraded according to the needs. Thus, each order can be renegotiated, and cost inflations can be adjusted.
Dassault will be offering 70% of the assembly line under the “Make in India” initiative. Dassault Rafale Aerospace Limited (DRAL) will be responsible for the assembly of 78 Jets at Mihan Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Nagpur.
Dassault Aviation will also be offering its technical support to develop the 5.5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet under the AMCA program.
Boeing offers new aircraft to the Indian Navy and Air Force
Indian Navy may be getting Super Hornet’s services – F/A – 18 Block III, a modern aircraft manufactured by Boeing. This aircraft provides operational flexibility and can integrate with future technologies. The aircraft was recently pitched to the Indian Navy by Boeing. It also pitched F-15EX to the Indian Air Force. F-15EX is said to be the most advanced variant of the F-15 series of aircraft.
Both these aircraft will be future-ready and will provide multi-role solutions to the Indian Armed Forces.
Boeing India Repair Development and Sustainment (BIRDS), an initiative announced by Boeing, will ensure a hub for engineering, maintenance, skill, and repair services for commercial and defense aircraft in India. Boeing had earlier committed to supporting Indian Aerospace and Defence capabilities. It paves the way for skill development programs and more employment opportunities for the youth of the country.
Indians to get “Made in India” Revolvers soon
Webley and Scott, a renowned British Firm famous for manufacturing firearms, will be manufacturing revolvers under the ‘Make in India ‘ initiative of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The revolvers will be manufactured in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, will launch this project next month.
Webley and Scott have signed an agreement with an Indian Firm Sial Manufacturers, for the production of Firearms. Webley and Scott have a partnership stake of 49%, while Sial Manufacturers have a stake of 51%. Sial Manufacturers has a unit at Sandila, located 55 kilometers to the west of Lucknow. After the launch, the models of the firearm have been placed at the Sandila and Kanpur units of the company for people to see and gather curiosity about it. The models are just for display, and they won’t be sold. The revolvers have been tested by the Ordnance Factory, Kanpur, and gave the required permissions to the Sandila unit to start the production.
Webley and Scott was found in Birmingham and is specialized in making shotguns and handguns since 1834. The commercial sale of shotguns was started by the company in 2010. The revolver that the company is planning to manufacture will cost approximately 1.55 lakhs per unit.
Indigenous Kaveri Dry Engine prototype to be displayed at the Aero India Summit
The upcoming edition of Aero India 2021 will feature Kaveri Dry Engine Prototype for the first time. It is the derivative developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for India’s Unmanned Stealth Combat Aircraft program. This engine will be functional without the afterburner section. The most advanced feature that is being used for this program will be the integration of gas turbine blades.
The Initial ground Testing of the Kaveri Engine has been completed, and the first prototype has been tested. The engine has a dry thrust of about 11,700 lb (52 kN). The fluidic thrust vectoring exhaust nozzle that will be used for this program has been developed.
The data of flight dynamics will be collected by DRDO, which will test a Stealth Wing Flying Testbed (SWiFT) that is powered by an NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine. It is expected that the final variant of the Kaveri dry engine prototype that can be used on a testbed aircraft will be developed 3-4 years from now.