Scindia Pitches E-VTOL, AWEIL Tests 155×52 calibre ordnance, West Offer Su Upgrade

Scindia pitches E-VTOL planes to India

The government is exploring the possibility of bringing electric vertical take off and landing (E-VTOL) aircraft manufacturers to the Indian market and setting up a manufacturing base for such aircraft. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has asked Beta Technologies, which has a partnership with Blade Group, to explore the Indian market for E-VTOL Planes.

E-VTOL are being deployed by the US Air Force and the Canadian Air Force. Scindia, who recently visited the US and Canada, where he discussed the prospects of the Indian aviation sector with various entities, said on Wednesday that he has asked some entities to explore the market in India for setting up a manufacturing base in India to export to rest of Asia and rest of the world and also look at service routes in India.

Scindia also said that he has asked Airbus, Boeing and some others to set up MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operation) facilities in the country as a large number of aircraft are being added.

AWEIL tests 155×52 calibre ordnance

New government defense company Advance Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) has successfully proof fired 155×52 calibre ordnance at CPE Itarsi, proving its capabilities to manufacture 52 caliber artillery firepower. Dhanush 155x52mm gun seen in the picture was mounted on a howitzer carriage that seems to have been borrowed from the ATAGS program.

Formed out of the erstwhile Ordnance Factory Board’s Gun Carriage Factory, which is based in Jabalpur, the AWEIL recently bagged orders from a European firm for major subassemblies of artillery guns. Dhanush 155x45mm gun has been cleared to resume production after it cleared user trials, after it faced some teething issues in the first batch of 18 guns that were supplied to the Indian Army.

Can West help India to rejuvenate the Sukhoi-30MKI fleet?

HAL had proposed to equip the upgraded Sukhoi-30MKI with a new cockpit layout with a new improved touch based, Voice activated system and also upgrade its Digital Missile warning receiver and EW systems. HAL also had proposed it to be equipped with an upgrade Mission computer so that it can cater to the new modern AESA radar, that it plans to integrate it with.

Some of the Line replacement units and other systems were to come from Russia along with some improvements to the avionics but since this won’t be happening, India will have to rely on the DRDO and HAL supplied components and equipment but it can’t be called as a major upgrade since most the technology is still under testing and might be upgraded periodically over the years in small batches.

This is where western countries that are keen that India stops the purchase of Russian equipment and cut its ties, need to come in and offer some of the systems in communication and navigation so that the Indian Air force is not stuck with obsolete equipment at hand.

Dassault Aviation, Boeing, and Elbit all default on offset commitments

The Defence Acquisition Council, which is the apex body of the Ministry of Defence will be meeting at end of this month and will decide the course of action for the companies that have practically defaulted from their offset commitments after bagging multi million dollar military contracts from India.

Russian Aircraft Corporation, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Boeing, BAE Systems, Elbit Systems along with Dassault Aviation, Safran, and Thales will be given last and final warning, that if they do not deliver on their offset promise, the government would be forced to ban them from any future bidding.

All these companies have $13 billion offset commitments but have executed contracts worth only $2.4 billion in the last 15 years. Over the years, multiple warnings and show cause notices have been issued and some have lost their bank guarantees and deposits, yet many foreign original equipment manufacturers have not honoured their commitments.

Pakistan’s ISI sets up drone centres to send arms, drugs into India, Army sounds alert

On the other side of the International Border in Punjab, the ISI has made the drone centres operational with the help of smugglers and terrorists. Pakistan is using ‘dummy drones’ for weapons, drugs and explosives. Across the border near Khemkaran, smugglers fly drones with the help of Pak Rangers.

Terrorists and smugglers are loading explosives, arms and ammunitions in these dummy drones to evade Indian security forces and transport the contraband into border states like Punjab. The BSF has sounded an alert regarding drone activity from the Pakistani side of the fence. It is also installing anti drone systems at specific, sensitive points on the Punjab border. ‘Drone hunting teams’ have been deployed to shoot down enemy UAVs.

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