BrahMos Aerospace has used this expo to unveil a scale-model of the hypersonic BrahMos-2 multi-role cruise missile. Also being shown for the first time is a full-scale model of the launch pylon for air-launched BrahMos-1.
Above is a graphic displaying all the Indian vendors involved in the BrahMos-1 series-production programme. The slides below depict the proposals by two competitors--Alpha Technologies Pvt Ltd and Data Patterns Pvt Ltd--for developing and producing an indigenous X-band terminal guidance sensor for the BrahMos-1.Also being showcased (below) is a mock-up of the Tejas Mk1 MRCA shown with RAFAEL-supplied Derby BVRAAM and Python-5 BVRAAM.
Also being shown for the very first time is a full-scale mock-up of the Astra Mk1 BVRAAM.
The DRDO’s DARE has already completed all R & D work on installing MSWS and countermeasures dispensers suites on both the IAF’s Mil family of helicopters and the An-32B tactical transport aircraft. Also posted below is the DARE-designed EW suite for the Tejas Mk1 MRCA.
Posted below is the latest design configuration of the Rustom-2 MALE-UAV.
ISRO’s booth, which is much better this time when compared to its pathetic showing two years ago at Aero India 2011 (but is still a far cry from being labelled as a space pavilion as claimed earlier), for the very first time displayed posters of the GAGAN GPS-based airborne navigation system, as well as that of the IRNSS constellation of GPS navigation satellites.
And then there is this bizarre poster being displayed at the booth of Bharat Dynamics Ltd that shows a BDL-built Varunastra heavyweight torpedo zeroing in on an Akula-2 SSGN (presumably the INS Chakra)!!!
Although Aero India is an aerospace exhibition, this did not prevent companies like the MoD-owned Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) from exhibiting its products and services. It can now be confirmed that user’s sea trials of the first of three Project 15A DDGs will get underway at last this March, and its commissioning ceremony will take place anytime between this May and August. Meanwhile, bulk-fabrication of modules for the first of four Project 15B DDGs is now well underway.
Below is the definitive design configuration of the Indian Navy’s GSAT-7 fleet communications satellite, which is expected to be launched before this June by Arianespace.
Below are two posters from TATA Power SED regarding its air-defence artillery business successes.
Although the ‘Swathi’ weapons locating radar (below) has successfully completed its user-trials, BEL has yet to receive a formal production contract for 28 units, since the Indian Army now wants to mount this WLR on a new 8 x 8 truck, instead of the existing TATRA 8 x 8.
Posted below is the DRDO’s integrated radar-cum-EW systems testing range at Chitraguda.
Posted below is all relevant data on the WRCE engine for futuristic DRDO-developed UAVs.
Below is the antenna-array design of the Ashwin AESA-based low-level ‘gapfiller’ radar now being developed by LRDE. This radar will be used in conjunction with the SR-SAM that will be co-developed by the DRDO and MBDA.
Below is the cannisterised twin-launcher meant for the MBDA-built PARS-3LR ATGM, which has been designed and fabricated indigenously by an India-based SME. This launcher, if selected, will go on board the Rudra helicopter-gunship.
Below is the panoramic commander’s sight meant for use by the NAMICA vehicle. The sight has been designed and developed by VEM Industries Pvt Ltd. VEM has also fabricated the PDV exo-atmospheric interceptor’s Ka-band RF seeker (see below).
Meanwhile, Bharat Forge Ltd, the flagship company, of India’s Kalyani Group, and Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd, on February 7, 2013 announced a strategic cooperation under which a new Joint Venture Company (JVC) will be established, to address India’s Ministry of Defence and other potential Indian government customers’ requirements for the most advanced artillery and mortars systems solutions. The JVC will offer solutions in the field artillery howitzer and mortars segment based on Elbit Systems’ cutting edge technologically advanced products operationally used worldwide, such as the ATHOS 155/52 Towed Gun System, the ATMOS 155/52 Mounted Gun System and the upgraded 130mm M-46 to a 155/45 howitzer (Project KARAN). The JVC will also role out a range of futuristic products like the Advanced Indian Gun System. The JVC will bring together Elbit Systems’ cutting edge technology and system integration capabilities and Bharat Forge’s advanced capabilities in the areas of design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and validation. “The Strategic Cooperation between Elbit Systems and Bharat Forge, and specifically the JVC, will address Indian defence requirements with operationally proven systems from Elbit Systems that have been customised and adapted for Indian conditions and manufactured at the world-class manufacturing facility for end-to–end solutions for artillery systems and armoured vehicles upgrades established by Bharat Forge recently in India,” said Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Ltd. Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems’ Executive Vice President – President and CEO Designee, and formerly General Manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I Division, noted: “We are proud to combine Bharat Forge’s systems integration and manufacturing expertise with Elbit Systems’ proven technology. We believe that offering innovative solutions, based on our combined vast operational experience and technological capabilities will position the JVC as a leading supplier to India’s Ministry of Defence and other potential Indian government customers".
Shown below is the full-scale mock-up of the gearbox for the LUH. The gearbox was designed within an 18-month period. Critical components of the gearbox, however, will be imported.
Data Patterns Pvt Ltd is offering an IIR sensor (below) developed by SELEX ES for the HELINA ATGM.
Posted below are other brief updates:
1) The HTT-40 basic turboprop trainer’s (BTT), full-scale mock-up that is being displayed by HAL has tandem-seat glass cockpits supplied by HALBIT Avionics and HAL intends to use the Pratt & Whitney Canada-built PT6 engine. However, the CAS of the IAF this afternoon publicly stated that the IAF has no need or requirement for the HTT-40.
2) The SR-SAM project, although running behind schedule by six years (due to the DRDO’s pool of scientists and engineers being pre-occupied with the Barak-2 LR-SAM project since 2006), is expected to gain some steam later this year. The SR-SAM will have a maximum range of 25km.
3) Selection of vendors for supplying various EW sub-systems for the Tejas Mk2 MRCA will take place by this October.<!--[endif]-->
4) Powerplant for the HAL-developed LUH will be the Turbomeca-developed Ardiden-1U.
5) The IAF’s procurement contracts inked since 2005 have to date generated US$3 billion in terms of direct/indirect industrial offsets, a figure that is set to rise further after the outstanding 14 contracts are inked in future.
6) Preliminary design phase of the FGFA/PMF will be completed next month, and now the product development phase is commencing. During this phase, three airworthy FGFAs will be shipped from Russia to HAL between 2015 and 2018 to enable the DRDO and HAL to commence mission avionics/sensors installation and their integration. Following this, the three FGFAs will be flight-tested by the IAF to determine the aircraft’s performance parameters and its optimum weapons load. If all this works out as planned, series-production of the FGFA/PMF will commence in India by 2022.
7) Despite the IAF’s snub, HAL continues to claim that there is a role to be played by its proposed HTT-40 BTT, stating that since the PC-7 Mk2s cannot be armed (as per Swiss regulations, although countries like Myanmar have successfully skirted such rules), the HTT-40 can be employed for light attack-related flying training. The IAF and the IN on the other hand have asserted that their respective flying training curriculums have no room for such a flying training regimen.
8) The HJT-36 IJT has completed its sea-level and night-flying trials. Thus far, it has completed 647 developmental test-flights, inclusive of 180 being completed last year and 25 last month.
9) The two LCH technology demonstrators have each logged in more than 85 test-flights. TD-3 will feature a shorter crew cabin and fuselage, while the THL-20 gun-turret will be relocated slightly backwards. All three TDs feature imported glass cockpit avionics and automatic flight-control systems, but the projected two LSP models of the LCH will have indigenous substitutes.
10) Textron Systems has lent a few demonstration units of its Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) to both the BSF and CRPF for field trials.
11) Hyderabad-based TATA-Lockheed Martin Aerostructures had begun fabricating C-130 empennage structures and centre-wing box structures as part of Lockheed Martin’s 30% offsets obligations that are related to the IAF’s acquisition of its first six C-130J-30 Super Hercules transports.
12) The Indian Navy had last June requested information from Bell Boeing about the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor’s ability to fly non-stop from shore-based establishments to the Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar island chains with aerial refuelling. The V-22 is capable of flying out to 1,600km while cruising at a speed of 282 Knots.
13) The first prototype of the Rudra helicopter-gunship meant for the IA’s Aviation Corps, which was formally handed over to the Indian Army today, will now be used for weapons qualification and certification over the next two years, following which CEMILAC will grant it an airworthiness certificate. Between now and 2015 the Indian Army will provide valuable feedback to HAL to further fine-tune the Rudra’s performance while cruising at high altitude. Interestingly, the Rudra incorporates a pintle-mounted 7.62mm medium-machine gun. The Indian Army will use the Rudras for the following 10 years in order to acquire the necessary skills, expertise and ground-based support infrastructure that are required for acquiring integral and effective attack helicopter capabilities. Only after this will the IAF-owned attack helicopters be handed over to the Army. The Indian Army presently owns and operates about 270 helicopters, and is staffed by 280 officers and other ranks.
14) Annual production of the Dhruv ALH is now stabilised at 24 units per annum, with this figure set to rise to 30 in future.
15) Although the IAF had planned for a 12-unit AEW & C fleet by the end of the 12th Plan (1012-2017), it will receive only eight units (five A-50I PHALCON AEW & CS and three EMB-145Is) by 2017.
16) The IAF is in the process of installing a Su-30MKI fixed-base full-mission simulator at each of its existing and projected air bases that house/will house the Su-30MKIs.
17) By next moth the 512 Sensor-Fuzed Munitions built by Textron Systems will begin arriving in India. Raytheon meanwhile has already begun installing 126 Munitions Control Units on the IAF’s Jaguar IS interdictors. The MCU is a small interface device that easily fits into an aircraft’s avionics bay and utilises the existing weapons-related wiring to communicate with the SFWs.
18) The six Airbus A330-200 MRTTs will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofans.
19) All 80 Mi-17V-5s on order for the IAF will be delivered by the year’s end, while deliveries of an additional 71 Mi-17V-5s (ordered in December 2012) will commence in April 2014.
20) Both the first of eight P-8I LRMR/ASW aircraft and 10 C-17A Globemaster III strategic transporters will be delivered to the Indian Navy and IAF by the first quarter of this year. Five C-17As will be delivered to the IAF this year, while the remaining five will follow in 2014. A total of three P-8Is will be delivered to the Indian Navy this year.
21) The Indian Coast Guard has a requirement for procuring 16 shipborne light/medium-twin helicopters and 14 shore-based medium-lift helicopters, for which Eurocopter is proposing its AS.565MBE Naval Panther and the EC-725 Cougar.
22) THALES Avionics has been selected by HAL for supplying the autopilots for 86 SEPECAT/HAL Jaguars that will be subjected to the DARIN-3 avionics suite upgrade programme.
23) Deliveries of all 12 AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP transport helicopters will be completed by July 2013.
24) By this July, the IAF will have received 14 of its 75 PC-7 Mk2 BTTs on order, with the remaining following and continuing through to 2014. The IAF, whose annual intake of pilots is 450 at present, will be increasing this figure to 750 in the near future.
25) The 40 Hawk Mk132 advanced jet trainers on order for the IAF will be based at Kalaikunda AFS.