Daily Archives: April 9, 2016

India opened talks with U.S. for the purchase of Avenger drones

Published: Friday, 08 April 2016

According to Reuters, India expressed interest in purchasing a first batch of 40 US-made Predator C “Avanger” unmanned aerial vehicles. The Indian Navy could purchase the unarmed Predator XP for ISR missions, while the Indian Air Force shown interest for the armed Predator C, said officials.

In 2015, India gave the green light for the acquisition of Heron TP UAVs, produced by Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft was acquired to monitor Kashmir’s mountains, a region disputed with Pakistan and China.

The U.S. government last year cleared General Atomics’ proposal to market the unarmed Predator XP in India, said Reuters, but neither India nor US gave additional details about the future delivery of the drones.

The Indian Air Force reportedly asked US about the acquisition of about 100 armed Predator C Avenger UAVs. But this would need approval from the Missile Technology Control Regime group as well as from the US Congress before any transfer of armed Predators could happen, Reuters said, quoting officials.

The General Atomics Avenger, or formerly Predator C, is a developmental unmanned combat air vehicle built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the U.S. military. The Avenger is powered by a sole Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545B turbofan. It reaches a maximum speed of 740 km/h and has a service ceiling of 15,240 m. It has an endurance of 18 hours.



Predator C “Avanger” unmanned aerial vehicle


Avenger is designed to perform high-speed, long-endurance, multi-mission Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and precision-strike missions over land or sea. Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545 jet, the aircraft has a 13.41 m’ (44-foot) long fuselage, a 20.11 m’ (66-foot) wingspan, is capable of flying at airspeed of over 740 km/h (400 KTAS), and has an endurance of over 16 hours. The aircraft can support a wide array of sensors and weapons loads and has been designed to carry an all-weather GA-ASI Lynx Multi-mode Radar, an Electro-optical/ Infrared (EO/IR) sensor.

Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545 jet @mtu.de

Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545

Thrust Class*
Thrust Class*
PW545 Series 4,700 4,100 47 32 68


Avenger can carry up to 3,500 lb internally and its wing hard points are capable of carrying weapons ranging from the 500 lb class to the 2,000 lb class. For example, with the 2,000 lb Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) the Avenger will be able to deliver an optimal balance of long loiter ISR and precision-strike capability. @defense-update.com


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated the command of the Predator C Avenger stealth drone from a new, Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station’s (GCS).

“Advanced Cockpit’s wrap-around visual display and multi-dimensional moving map dramatically increases situational awareness, while the integrated digital checklist decreases pilot workload,”

The Advanced Cockpit GCS features intuitive interfaces designed to make hazardous situations easier to identify, enhancing safety and improving the pilot’s reaction time and decision-making processes. Its ergonomic human-machine interface significantly improves situational awareness and reduces workload so the pilot can more effectively and efficiently accomplish his or her mission. @defense-update.com



Russian MiG-31BM Takes Longest Non-Stop Flight in History

Intercept This! Russian MiG-31BM Takes Longest Non-Stop Flight in History

08.04.2016(updated 16:13 08.04.2016)

Russian pilots managed to break the record for the longest non-stop flight of a MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, according to Russian Central Military District spokesman Yaroslav Rashchupkin.

Spending seven hours and four minutes in the sky, Russian pilots broke the new record for the longest non-stop flight of a MiG-31BM supersonic interceptor, RIA Novosti quoted Russian Central Military District spokesman Yaroslav Rashchupkin as saying.

He said that the record was set during drills in which the crews of the MiG-31BMs, stationed in eastern Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, covered almost 8,000 kilometers to reach their new destination in southern Russia’s Astrakhan region.

“Currently, the crews of the 14th Aerospace Forces army and Air Defense Force of the Central Military District are the only ones who perform long-distance flights on board the MiG-31 with three air refueling operations,” Roshupkin said.

Mig-31Mig-31 © Flickr/ Pavel Vanka @sputniknews.com

One of the crewmembers, described the latest flight as the “longest in the entire 36-year operating history of the MiG-31BMs”.

The MiG-31, one of the world’s fastest fighter-interceptors in service, has been the subject of a comprehensive upgrade to the MiG-31BM standard.

It is a long-range supersonic interceptor jet designed to intercept and destroy airborne targets at extremely low, medium and high altitudes.

The two-seater plane can intercept targets up to 320 kilometers away and simultaneously engage up to six targets thanks to its advanced radar and long-range missiles. It can operate efficiently in all weather conditions and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital avionics.

Original post sputniknews.com


MiG-35: Details 

Boeing wins a $922mn US Army contract for 117 AH-64E Guardian helicopters

Published: Friday, 08 April 2016

The US Army has awarded Boeing for of AH-64E Guardian attack helicopters production, the United States Department of Defense announced. “Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922.6 million… contract for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters,” the announcement stated on Thursday

Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018, the US DoD added.

In March, the Defense Department announced that the US Army had awarded Boeing an earlier nearly $185 million contract to produce an undisclosed additional number of heavily-armored Apache AH-64E attack helicopters.

The AH-64E features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), full IFR capability, and improved landing gear.

New composite rotor blades, which successfully completed testing in 2004, increase cruise speed, climb rate, and payload capacity.



T700-701D engines


T700-401C/701C T700-701D
SHP 1,940 2,000
Length (Inches) 46 46
Nominal Diameter (Inches) 15.6 15.6
Weight (lbs) 458 / 456 456

See details of AH-64 attack helicopters: HERE


India’s industrial giants set sights on defense sector

Nikkei Asian Review

April 9, 2016 TAKAFUMI HOTTA, Nikkei staff writer

Larsen & Toubro’s display at Defexpo India 2016.

MUMBAI — Major Indian conglomerates are teaming with overseas arms makers and defense companies to produce next-generation military technology at home, pulled by the country’s industrial deregulation efforts and soaring defense budget.

Growing interest

This year’s Defexpo India, a four-day defense exhibition that ran through March 31 in the southern state of Goa, was the largest yet, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said proudly. The event drew more than 1,000 companies from India and abroad — 60% more than in 2014, when the expo was last held.

Private-sector Indian companies, which doubled their number to more than 500, were this year’s standouts. Reliance group member Reliance ADA Group announced it would form a joint venture with an Israeli arms maker to produce missiles and other weapons in India. The enterprise is seen generating around 3,000 jobs, and will involve an initial investment of more than 13 billion rupees ($195 million).

India’s government unveiled at the expo its new defense procurement policy prioritizing equipment designed and produced domestically. “These steps are going to help Indian industry build the much-needed defense and aerospace industrial base,” said Jayant Patil, head of defense and aerospace for engineering company Larsen & Toubro. The company is considering new joint ventures with foreign enterprises as it targets defense orders worth $7 billion three years from now. That figure is more than twice the level forecast for fiscal 2016.

A member of the Tata group, India’s largest conglomerate, is set to produce equipment such as military helicopter fuselages through a joint venture with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.

The defense sector was the first of India’s core manufacturing fields to experience widespread deregulation under the “Make in India” initiative pushed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. New Delhi is actively issuing licenses to private companies for the manufacture of defense equipment, and in August 2014 lifted the cap on foreign investment in defense companies from 26% to 49%.

Seeking new faces

A handful of state-owned enterprises currently control 90% of military equipment production in India. But their ability to develop innovative weaponry incorporating new technologies is limited, Sameer Patil of international-relations think tank Gateway House noted.

India therefore relies on imports for 60% of its arms — a key factor in the country’s chronic trade deficit. The government is working to change that by putting development of the defense industry, with the help of foreign technology, in the hands of deep-pocketed companies. China’s increasing naval activity in the Indian Ocean is also pushing India to strengthen its defense capacity.

Overseas defense companies view India as a promising market. The country was the world’s seventh-highest military spender as of 2014. Fiscal 2016 outlays are expected to hit around 2.5 trillion rupees, twice the fiscal 2008 level. An executive at Russia’s state-run arms exporter noted that the market is attractive not only as a buyer of weaponry but also as a base for exports.

Yet hurdles to outsiders remain. The 49% cap on foreign interest in defense companies could deter enterprises from bringing cutting-edge technology and large product lines to India, President Pierre de Bausset of Airbus Group India said. “We need to have levels of control that are appropriate for the risk we are taking,” he said. Gaurav Mehndiratta, an analyst at accounting giant KPMG, called the investment limit clearly insufficient.

A framework to prevent leakage of valuable technology is a must for foreign companies deeply involved in the Indian market. Yet the defense sector is also tightly linked to national security, making it tough for the government to trim regulations too far.

New Delhi has hatched a measure to allow foreign companies bringing state-of-the-art technology into India to invest up to 100% in a company there. But that framework remains unused. The tug-of-war between Indian government and industry on one hand and foreign players on the other may grow only more intense as the defense market expands.



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