India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

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Postby JayS » 12 Dec 2019 00:06

Jaysimha, thanks for posting all these updates. Really cool.

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Postby jaysimha » 12 Dec 2019 11:22

JayS wrote:Jaysimha, thanks for posting all these updates. Really cool.


Welcome Sir, My pleasure..

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Postby jaysimha » 12 Dec 2019 17:15

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SEMINAR ON AUTONOMOUS AIR VEHICLES – TECHNOLOGIES & APPLICATIONS
8th, 9th & 10th January 2020
Venue : Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Sameekhsa Auditorium,Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), Suranjan Das Road, Bangalore - 560075



https://www.drdo.gov.in/aav-2020

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Postby Prem Kumar » 12 Dec 2019 20:11



This is really cool stuff! Can be used in space stations too. Possibly carried as emergency packs in ships, subs, cruise-liners etc. And for hikers, mountaineers.

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Postby Haridas » 12 Dec 2019 23:04

abhik wrote:
jaysimha wrote:Image
2nd Indian Conference on Antennas & Propagation (InCAP2019) December 19-22, 2019 | Ahmedabad, India


https://www.incap2019.org/

What's the satellite on the top right with the flat panel antenna?


RISAT radar antenna.

The images are beautiful context of RF propagation.
Lion cubs - reflection + arrey
Minars - loaded strip & directional beam steering arrey
Large tall bodies - LF
Nakkashi - Fractal wide band antenna
Medivial facade - conformal cavity antenna
Temple - wide band beam steering in 3D (aka antenna of TES RISAT & RESOURCESAT

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Postby Indranil » 12 Dec 2019 23:40

Haridas ji,

That is GSAT 6A antenna.

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Postby Kakarat » 13 Dec 2019 01:29

Indranil wrote:Haridas ji,

That is GSAT 6A antenna.


I think he is talking about the other one Risat-1

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Postby Indranil » 13 Dec 2019 01:34

Mea culpa!

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Postby srai » 13 Dec 2019 03:11

jaysimha wrote:We might have missed this one

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https://www.drdo.gov.in/sites/default/files/technology-focus-documrnt/TF_Dec_2019_Web.pdf
DRDO Technology focus
VOL 27 ISSUE 6 December 2019
ISSN No. 0971-4413
ARTILLERY ROCKET SYSTEMS

Good stuff! Everything one needs to know about Pinaka system.

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Postby Vips » 14 Dec 2019 03:43

Reliance arm buys 51.78% stake in Asteria Aerospace.

Reliance Industries on Friday said its wholly-owned subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) has acquired over 51 per cent stake in Asteria Aerospace for Rs 23.12 crore.

"RSBVL has acquired equity shares of Asteria Aerospace for a cash consideration of Rs 23,12,49,584. The said investment represents 51.78 per cent holding in the equity share capital of Asteria," Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) said in a BSE filing.

The investment will further enable the group's initiatives in emerging technology, it added. RSBVL proposes to make a further investment of up to Rs 125 crore, subject to Asteria achieving agreed milestones, and is expected to be completed by December 2021, it said.

"Post the further investment, the shareholding of RSBVL will increase to 87.3 per cent of the equity share capital of Asteria," it added. On Thursday, RSBVL had said it has picked up 85 per cent stake in NowFloats Technologies for a cash consideration of Rs 141.63 crore.

Asteria, incorporated in India in June 2011, is a full-stack drone technology company with in-house drone manufacturing capabilities, and also offers software solutions to provide actionable insights from aerial data, intending to deliver "drone-as-a-service" digital platform.

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Postby kit » 14 Dec 2019 16:44

Sorry to spoil the party !

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/during-kargil-foreign-nations-fleeced-india-sold-old-sat-pics-arms/articleshow/72570657.cms

There are people who want fully-baked solutions to what the armed forces require, rather than take what can be made at present and get involved in a better iteration, the Navy is the best example of what can be done ( LCA for eg)

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Postby jaysimha » 26 Dec 2019 08:41

107th Indian Science Congress will be held at University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bangalore, Karnataka from 3-7th January, 2020
Focal Theme - Science & Technology : Rural Development

http://sciencecongress.nic.in/science_c ... events.php
https://www.isc2020uasb.com/


http://www.iscexpo.in/pdf/107th-ISC-Brochure.pdf
Pride of India - Mega Science Expo

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Postby jaysimha » 26 Dec 2019 12:58

The Sixth EW International Conference India (EWCI 2020)
National Science Seminar Complex (NSSC) Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Dates:
Tutorials : 17 Feb 2020
Conference : 18-20 Feb 2020
Exhibition : 18-20 Feb 2020

http://www.aoc-india.org/

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Final Announcement
http://www.aoc-india.org/2020/Final%20Announcement%20EWCI-2020.pdf

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Postby jaysimha » 26 Dec 2019 16:34

National Design Research Forum (NDRF) National Space Challenge 2020

Launch Date 19th January 2020

http://ndrf.res.in/doc/Brochure-NDRF-NSC2020.pdf

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Postby jaysimha » 28 Dec 2019 17:47

Although bit late, dint see here [MBD-if-RP]

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Homegrown BEL system to ring death knell for rogue drones...
https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2019/06/01/bel-death-knell-rogue-drones.html

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Postby Thakur_B » 28 Dec 2019 18:17

^^ From the link, Akash NG begins testing next year.

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Postby nam » 29 Dec 2019 18:35

Just figured out that OFB does not even list 125/120 MM Sabot rounds under it's products list! Fundamentally no production of sabots..

Looks like an entire unit (HAPP) is sitting on it's backside.. enjoying holidays.

The screw ups done by OFB in sabot production, coupled with our armor boys disinterest has created a royal mess.

All sabots seems to be imports.


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Postby jaysimha » 31 Dec 2019 11:13

surprise...

http://www.bhel.com/index.php/eoi_tenders

05-Dec-2019 Expression of Interest (EoI) with regard to Technology tie-up for Light Weight Body Armours (Bullet Proof Jackets) for personnel protection


http://www.bhel.com//assets/downloads/5dea1b203476aEoI_for_Technology_Tie-up_for_Light_Weight_Body_Armours_(Bullet_Proof_Jackets)_for_personnel_protection.pdf

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Postby Thakur_B » 31 Dec 2019 16:24

^^ DRDO has already tied up with mku and SMPP is doing it's designing on its own. BARC has tied up with OFB. Who is going to get them what they want?

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Postby Vips » 31 Dec 2019 19:50

So all these years when armed forces were crying for BPJ's no one could produce a decent one and we had to resort to imports and now in the next 12-18 months we will have problem of plenty.

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Postby Vips » 31 Dec 2019 20:18

Bharat Forge increases stake in defense tech supplier Aeron Systems.

Automotive and defense supplier Bharat Forge on Monday increased its stake in aerospace and defense technology supplier Aeron Systems in its bid to increase its know-how in the defense technology.

Aeron Systems manufactures technology products for sectors like aerospace and defense, automotive, renewable energy and industry 4.0. In May this year, Bharat Forge had announced its interest in the company to gain access to technologies in the defense and aerospace sectors.

The company has so far invested around Rs 8 crore in Aeron to acquire 78,000 shares. It will further invest around Rs 2 crore to acquire an eventual 26% stake.

Bharat Forge has also invested in companies like UK-based Tevva and Pune-based electric motorcycle startup Tork Motors, which is yet to sell its maiden product, to acquire new-age technologies.

In an interview with ET, Baba Kalyani, chairman of Bharat Forge, had said that the company is doing considerable work in the areas of defense, electric vehicles, nanotechnology and composites, including carbon composites.(Indicates plans to get into new areas of military equipment business)

The industry is moving away from being centred around metals towards other materials and electronics, for which the company is gearing up, Kalyani had said.

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Postby Thakur_B » 01 Jan 2020 09:20

Vips wrote:So all these years when armed forces were crying for BPJ's no one could produce a decent one and we had to resort to imports and now in the next 12-18 months we will have problem of plenty.


The armed forces set pretty restrictive standard in 2013 RFP. I read an interview of SMPP owner where one size of their three sizes of jacket failed on 395th round being fired at it. The army cut off was 397 rounds. Most manufacturers couldn't make it past 20 bullets. That process resulted in zero bidders qualifying.

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Postby Prem Kumar » 01 Jan 2020 09:35

Because we don't have a BPJ that can withstand the 397th bullet,
We will not induct any BPJ, that can withstand 20 bullets,
But I will get on my high horse and proclaim: "We will fight with what we have", while letting my boys die

We had decades like these. Just wow!

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Postby Zynda » 01 Jan 2020 20:47

PM to dedicate Five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation
Posting in fulll...

In a boost to indigenous research capabilities in the defence sector, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate Five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation on Thursday January 2, 2020.

The event shall be organised at the Aeronautical Development Establishment, DRDO at Bengaluru. Prime Minister shall unveil a plaque to mark the dedication, and address the Scientists.

DRDO will also showcase some of its innovative products to the Prime Minister at an Exhibition on the occasion.

Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa and DRDO Chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy will be present on the occasion.

It may be recalled that in 2014, addressing a distinguished gathering of senior and eminent defence scientists, and senior officers of the armed forces, after giving away the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) awards, the Prime Minister had suggested that at least five DRDO labs should be identified exclusively for innovation from young scientists upto the age of 35 years.

On that occasion, the Prime Minister had also called for involving youth in defence research related activities in a big way, to ensure that India remained abreast of global technological advancements in the field.


I heard (might be rumors) that NaMo is scheduled to visit Tumkur on Jan 3rd related to some HAL activity. Could get an announcement regarding Ka-226 assy plant...have to wait and see

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Postby Vips » 02 Jan 2020 19:13

Defence PSUs have unfair advantage: SIDM

Issues over a level playing field with government-owned enterprises still remain, according to the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), which has expressed concern over increasing military imports and declining modernisation budget for the armed forces.

SIDM president Jayant D Patil told ETthat it would be impossible for the private industry to compete with public sector units (PSUs), which have access to low interest capital, fixed infrastructure and manpower. He said government investments in PSUs should be taken into account and added to the cost of a product for competitive bids. “The fact is that government-owned assets provided to PSUs have to be at some point taken to book. A sizeable amount of money has gone into creating these enterprises; this has to be measured. The moment it is brought to book, the PSUs will need to provide the extra cost (while bidding),” said Patil, who is also a Larsen and Toubro board member.

He said that unless the costs are accounted for, private industry will not be able to compete against government-owned units like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited that have been getting nominated orders from the forces for decades.

Patil, who recently took over as the SIDM president, raised concern over an increase in imports of defence equipment over the past few years which had reduced the share in the pie for the Indian industry. “We saw that through policy changes, the domination of imports had started reducing.

However, over the last two years or so, imports are increasing again,” said Patil. “The situation we had been getting used to was that 60-70% orders were placed with PSUs and 30-35% with overseas companies. But what we have now seen is that 65%of contracts actually signed were with foreign companies.” He said the actual import percentage could be even higher as the domestic products too could have components and parts that have to be sourced from abroad.

Patil said there has been concern in the industry over a deficient defence modernisation budget that could impact procurement plans. “Earlier, the spending on defence was 2.8% or more of the GDP. Today we are down to 1.6%. We can say that the GDP has grown, but the fact is that the cost of equipment has also gone up,” he said.

The industry has shared its concerns with the parliamentary standing committee on defence, which has expressed shock over a lack of funds being allocated to the forces and said that the international image of the country can come under question if committed liabilities are not paid off due to the inadequate budget.

“The committee finds the shortage baffling, as these are the payments towards procurements already done in previous years. The committee feel that making the country defaulter in payment will not go well in the international markets, therefore, they recommend that allocation as promised should be disbursed for committed liabilities,” said a report of the standing committee tabled in Parliament last month.

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Postby putnanja » 03 Jan 2020 11:55

Wipro, HAL in pact to make 3D-printed aircraft parts

Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and WiproNSE 1.47 % 3D, the metaladditive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, have partnered to develop 3D-printed components that could potentially be used on aircraft manufactured by state-run HALNSE -0.05 %.

Wipro 3D is the first Indian company to locally develop an industry-grade metal-additive 3D-printing machine, jointly with the Indian Institution of Science. As part of the memorandum of understanding, HAL and Wipro 3D will jointly design, develop, prove out, manufacture and repair aerospace components using metal 3D- printing technology.

“This initiative between HAL and Wipro 3D will create a unique synergy of capabilities that can accelerate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing in aerospace in India. Qualification of parts for aerospace is challenging as it would require prove out and extensive testing followed by certification by regulatory authorities which may also include flight testing.
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Postby ramana » 10 Jan 2020 00:34

An old patent for a intense light source.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US862 ... oq=8621999

A version could be used to disrupt laser guided munitions for important target like hangers etc.
A sensor could be programmed to initiate this when it senses a laser from hostile aircraft.
Basically its an anti-laser ERW type defensive measure.

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Postby lakshmanM » 11 Jan 2020 16:49

Another missile tracking ship pops up! Spotted a radar frame on the TDV-
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With Vikrant getting all the attention, the TDV was conveniently ignored. I received these pics today and I was surprised to see a weird structure (pointed by a red arrow). It's clearly a support structure of a radar array i.e. this is where the antenna of radar goes. It's significantly larger than the two similar structures present on the Vikrant, also visible in both pictures. While it's clear that it's a radar ship, the presence of A-frame indicates that this ship could be stationed downrange to assist debris recovery. Dr.Y.Srinivasa Rao is the project director of 'Ship No. 20', he is scientist-G at Research Centre Immarath, DRDO, Hyderabad. He is also associated with Program AD (PGAD) i.e. Indian BMD.

https://mark20x.blogspot.com/2018/07/technology-demonstration-vessel-or-atv.html

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Postby kit » 11 Jan 2020 17:04

"All is Not Well ..Not Yet "


From Janes.,


An enduring resource crunch and increasingly complex acquisition procedures have curtailed India’s long-delayed military modernisation as its armed forces face pressure in their immediate neighbourhood. Rahul Bedi reports India’s senior service officers say that acute platform, ordnance and munitions shortages are hurting the military’s operational deployment on counter-insurgency (COIN) operations along the disputed borders with China and Pakistan, as well as hampering preparations for potential conflict
with either or both of those nuclear rivals. Contracts for urgently needed combat, transport, basic trainer, and tanker aircraft; helicopters; submarines; minesweepers; main battle tanks (MBTs); infantry combat vehicles (ICVs); various small arms; and other equipment are either pending or have been scrapped after extended evaluations, trials, and price negotiations. The Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) continuing fiscal crisis is also leading to postponed payments to materiel vendors for previously obtained and underacquisition equipment, according to industry sources, and in late December a parliamentary defence committee criticised the government for defaulting on payments.

“Delayed procurement of warfighting equipment has weakened [India] operationally and compromised our strategic independence,” said military analyst Lieutenant General (retd) P R
Shankar. Over the past five years India has prioritised indigenous development and manufacturing of military equipment by involving private manufacturers under its ‘Make in India’ initiative, aiming to reduce materiel imports. However, progress has been dismal, with imports still accounting for 60–65% of all Indian military acquisitions. The MoD informed parliament in November 2019 that India had imported defence equipment and services worth INR1.62 trillion (USD23 billion) in 2014–19. Defence officials said these imports,
primarily from France and the United States, included 22 Apache AH-64E(I) Guardian attack helicopters and 15 Chinook CH-47F heavylift helicopters from Boeing for USD3.12 billion and 36 Rafale fighters for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.8 billion) from Dassault for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Other major imports included four Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multimission aircraft for USD1.1 billion for the Indian Navy (IN) and 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39 cal lightweight howitzers costing USD737 million for the Indian Army (IA). Several deals were also being signed with Israel and Russia or were in advanced stages of negotiation, officials said. However, senior defence planners contend that a large proportion of these purchases via the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process, along with an intergovernmental agreement with France, were “haphazard and ad hoc”. According to Amit Cowshish, a former MoD financial advisor for acquisitions, it was unclear whether the ministry had augmented the country’s defence capability by securing those purchases and guarded against default on future purchases and contractual payments

Many programmes to design platforms and equipment under the government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have been jeopardised by budget cuts, delays, technical challenges, and cost overruns. Private-sector involvement in expanding India’s defenceindustrial base has also been limited, with the MoD continuing to favour the country’s nine defence public sector units (DPSUs) and 41 state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) entities in awarding tenders.
The MoD also told parliament in late 2019 that between 2014 and September 2019 its Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved 218 acceptances of necessity (AoN) proposals worth more than INR4 trillion to promote domestic manufacturing, without providing further details. Industry officials told Jane’s that over the years almost all these AoN clearances lapsed, since no tenders had been issued for any of them within 6 and 12 months of approval, as stipulated by successive editions of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) manual. “A large proportion of AoNs routinely fade into oblivion, with just a handful being subsequently revived,” said a two-star Indian Army (IA) officer, declining to be identified. Securing AoNs, he said, is no more than a “bureaucratic manoeuvre” by the MoD to show its intent.
Analysts said steadily declining defence budgets have compelled all three services to limit their equipment requirements, rationalise expenditure, and retain platforms such as the MiG-21 and MiG-27 variant fighters and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) licence-built Chetak (Aerospatiale Alouette III) and Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA 315B) light utility helicopters (LUHs) in service well beyond their official lifespans.
The situation has also led to India’s Cabinet Committee on Security, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, deferring final acquisition and financial authorisations for several MoDapproved procurements in recent months. Military sources said these included the INR135 billion acquisition of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk multirole naval helicopters and 30 armed multimission General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for about USD2 billion through the FMS process.

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Postby Karan M » 11 Jan 2020 17:14

Great find LakshmanM.

Hopefully a desi radar system. Have you found any indications if its a LRDE or local pvt firm, designed unit?

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Postby csaurabh » 11 Jan 2020 21:08

I have just submitted my application to this year's IDEX DISC-3 challenge. Keeping fingers crossed.

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Postby Vips » 11 Jan 2020 21:13

Smart bombs, futuristic combat vehicle in pipeline: OFB head.

Ordnance factories were also planning to manufacture `smart bombs' or guided artillery ammunition rounds of 81mm, 51mm, 120mm and 130mm caliber, he informed.


A "Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle" for the Indian Army was also in the works, he added.

"OFB started manufacturing Armoured Personal Carriers for the army from 1983-84. But now the OFB has developed its own Futuristic Infantry Combat (FIC) Vehicle for the army," he said.

"It is almost 85 percent ready. In coming months the FIC will be fully ready and exhibited in the next Defence exhibition," Mohan added.

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Postby Thakur_B » 11 Jan 2020 22:50

By next defence exhbiting did they imply 2020 or 2022 ? :rotfl:

Also why 130 mm guidance kit ? others appear to be mortars.

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Postby Karan M » 12 Jan 2020 02:15

2022, is my guess.

Simple way to figure out the guidance kit stuff is to see if a similar portfolio exists for some Euro or Yahudi or Russkie firm. That's likely the source of TOT. Until and unless I am badly mistaken and they have a tie up with ARDE to make something similar locally.

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Postby nam » 12 Jan 2020 03:53

OFB participating in FICV is such a nonsense. If OFB is in the fray, the private companies cannot get orders. What is the point of participating?

If a private company prototype is chosen, will they allow OFB to built it?

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Postby Karan M » 12 Jan 2020 07:48

Everyone gets to participate. Winner gets to build its design. Sounds fair.

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Postby Karan M » 12 Jan 2020 09:14

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-sout ... 1001262450

South Korea is to buy two more Green Pine early warning missile defense radar systems from Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) unit ELTA, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) procurement agency has reported. The deal is worth $292 million.

The improved Block C radar systems have a detection range of up to 800 kilometers compared with the 600 kilometer detection range of the systems deployed by the South Korean military back in 2009. Reports from South Korea say that the new systems will be delivered and deployed in the early 2020s.

The new system will be able to, "identify and track ballistic missiles from a remote distance shortly after launch," the DAPA said.


Assuming target RCS is the same as mentioned for the LRTR, this indicates the original desi LRTR variant was roughly equal to the improved Green Pine Block B aka Super Green Pine introduced by Israel only in 2012-13. And the current improved LRTR, is analogous to the Block-C.


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