Milan Exercise, FC-31 Export, Pralay Can Dodge Air Defence System, Three MH-60R Arrival

First batch of 3 MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters to arrive in mid July

The first batch of three MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters contracted by the Navy from the United States are scheduled to arrive in India by mid-July, according to defence officials. And a case for procurement of six Kamov-31 early warning helicopters is under progress.

The three helicopters were handed over to the Indian Navy last July in the US and are being used for training Indian pilots at Pensacola, Florida and San Diego. This will the first major induction of helicopters by the Navy in decades for deployment on ships. The helicopters were scheduled to arrive in India between mid June and mid July and likely to be based in Kochi.

The MH-60R helicopters are a replacement of the Sea King 42/42A helicopters already decommissioned in the 1990s, and are envisaged to operate from frontline ships and aircraft carriers providing them the critical attributes of flexibility of operation, enhanced surveillance and attacking capability.

Can China Market its New FC-31 Stealth Fighter For Export: New Office Set Up to Promote F-35 fighter jets Rival

A new office in China has been established for the purpose of promoting the FC-31 stealth fighter in foreign markets, indicating that the aircraft is considered ready for serial production if not that production may have already begun.

The FC-31 program for a lighter medium weight stealth fighter appears to have seen less interest from the PLA. Although it has been used as the basis for developing a carrier based fighter, ground based variants of the aircraft has long been speculated to be aimed at export markets capitalising on the fact that the higher end J-20 is reserved for domestic use only by the PLA.

The FC-31 is the only medium weight fifth generation fighter to have flown, and will complete with the lighter single engine American F-35 on foreign markets. The F-35 and J-20 are currently the only fifth generation fighters in the world in production and fielded at squadron level strength.

The Pralay SRBM Is Capable of Dodging Air Defence Systems

DRDO successfully conducted it second flight test of indigenously developed conventional Surface to Surface missile ‘Pralay’ on 22nd December 2021, providing a boost to India’s tactical combat strategy.

A quasi ballistic missile has a low trajectory and can manoeuvre in flight while primarily ballistic. Pralay will be able to hit a target as far as 400 kilometres away with a 500 kilogram payload. Pralay was created to counter the Chinese Army’s deployment of the DF-12 short range tactical ballistic missile along India’s border. The Dongfeng 12 (DF-12) is believed to have a range of 100 to 250 kilometres, with a maximum range of 400 kilometres.

The Pralay missile will be a key component of the forthcoming Rocket Force, India’s fourth arm of the armed forces, which will be raised soon. Because of its non parabolic trajectory, Pralay (havoc, devastation) will be able to strike rapidly and hit valuable targets inside the enemy camp while also evading the air defence system.

Pralay can fly depressed trajectories and vary its flight in the terminal phase because of its jet vane control system and tandem fins. Any modern dedicated anti-ballistic missile defence system, as well as any air defence system, will find it nearly hard to intercept a ballistic missile that flies like a subsonic cruise missile inside the atmosphere but at near hypersonic speeds.

Pralay will also be equipped with an inertial navigation system and a warhead that weighs less than 800 kilograms and has a circular error probable of fewer than 10 metres. Pralay will also have an unusual flight profile and the capacity to change directions, making it more unpredictable and increasing the challenge level for Air Defence Systems. The launch platforms mobility also makes it difficult to halt a launch.

Indian Navy To Showcase Its Might At Milan From February 25

Indian Navy is getting set to showcase its technological prowess and indigenization forays at Milan, the high profile international naval exercises beginning both onshore and offshore here from February 25 to March 4.

On display, among others, will be the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle developed by DRDO’s NSTL, Visakhapatnam, torpedoes, mines and other equipment, which were mostly indigenously developed.

The Autonomous Underwater Vehicles will be used for reconnaissance and collection of data from the seabed. AUVs will also sense, track, identify, target and destroy an enemy vessel. It will condition the monitoring of underwater assets and pave the way for sustainable ocean resource exploration and ocean environment monitoring.

The Navy may also showcase its Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel capabilities meant to rescue submarines in distress. India is one of the few countries in the region that possesses this capability.

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