According to the latest report, India and US have signed the contract for 6 Apache helicopters for the Indian army and deliveries are expected to begin in 2023. The Deal has been signed under a follow on contract for 22 helicopter order by the Indian airforce in 2015 out Of which 17 helicopters have already been delivered and the remaining five will be delivered to Indian air force by the end of March 2020. India has also signed the agreement for the procurement of 24 MH60R sea hawk helicopter and naval receive first 5 MH60R helicopters within a year. Top officials have also said that the three billion dollar deal for the purchased of 30 armed drones will be signed before 31 March and they will have different configurations as the payload required by each service is going to be different.
Artificial Intelligence in Latest Cockpit Design of SU-30 Mki
In a major development, Hindustan Aeronautics has developed a new artificial intelligence in new cockpit fo SU- 30 fighter jet which can be operated on voice commands. The project had begun in November in 2019, and the voice-activated controller system uses artificial intelligence to understand verbal commands if the pilot presses the button and says altitude and position the artificial intelligence system would verbally inform him about the current altitude and position.
Slow Pace Of Naval Construction- INS Vishal
Top experts have said that the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant has been under construction from 2009 and it will be ready for induction in 2022. Which means it took 13 years to development test to 45 thousand tonnes aircraft carrier. The pace of Indian naval construction is pretty slow when compared to world standard. While China has developed 65 thousand tonne aircraft carrier in just 4 years. The Indian Navy recently took the delivery of INS Kavaratti anti-submarine corvette and this 30300 tonnes vessel was constructed in 6 years and still won’t come with 16 Barak missiles surface to air system initially, and has no anti-ship system. not a radar sonar system and can’t operate anti-submarine choppers like MH-60R sea-hawk helicopter. India’s third aircraft carrier is supposed to be heavier by 20 thousand tonnes as compared to INS Vikrant and the American electro-magnetic aircraft launch system will coast for 1 billion dollars in procurement coast and would require active health from US navy to certified all the aircraft for operations, Additional funds would be required for procuring fighter jets and support ships for the third carrier which could be dealing with many critical programmes of Indian Airforce and Indian Army.
Focus on Local Supply Chain Spare Parts, Rather Than Assembly
Top experts have said that India has placed an order for 114 fighter jet under the MMRCA tender. Additional funding would be required for creating manufacturing facilities and after adjusting material cost and inflation. The coast of these locally built fighter jets will always be higher than the ones directly imported from France. They also said that instead of focusing on the assembly of these fighters jets India should focus on building local spares and supply chain ecosystem of the winning fighter jet and it should encourage private companies to take part in indigenous fighter jet programmes like medium weight fighter and AMCA instead of wasting their time by being a part of a foreign manufacturer.