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January 11, 2016

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Saras Headed For Project Cancellation?

Six years after a fatal crash of the second prototype aircraft, the Saras light civil aircraft programme could be headed for closure if sources are to be believed.
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Army Gets Taste of Airbus A400M

The Indian Army is getting its first taste of the Airbus A400M multirole transport aircraft at Jaisalmer air force base, with the French Army contingent for Exercise Shakti 2016...
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Army For New 30mm Ammunition For Infantry Vehicles

In what could be one of the largest recent stock procurements of new generation ammunition, the Army has published fresh interest. As part of a drive to beef up its mechanised forces and infantry...
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Stealthy Push For Non-Stealth Drones At DRDO

With DRDO's Rustom-II MALE UAV still to take to the air, work is currently gathering pace to provide the platform with greater low-observability features. "The main function of the landing gear is safe take-off and landing of UAV under various environmental...
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Terror Spurt Revives Infantry Modernisation Push

The atmosphere of terror threats in the shadow of the Pathankot attack and continued threats along the LoC -- including intermittent ceasefire violations — has heightened awareness of slow progress in infantry modernisation in the country.
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More Teeth For Indian Navy's Il-38 Fleet

With plans to beef up anti-submarine warfare doctrines in the coming year, the Indian Navy, as part of a comprehensive modernisation plan...
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IAF Scouts 8 More Medium Altitude Aerostats

The IAF has expressed interest in 4-8 new medium altitude surveillance/early warning aerostats on a fast track basis. The IAF wants static, mobile or portable systems deployable at altitudes of about 15,000 feet...
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Russia Pushes Skat UCAV to India

While there was plenty on the table when PM Modi visited Russia recently, a prestigious but little spoken of programme is back on the table in earnest.
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No Movement On Army's Hand-launched UAS Push

A routine procurement is now an emergent situation for the Indian Army's Northern Command, with zero movement over three years in the effort to procure up to 50 hand-launched tactical surveillance drones.
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DRDO Reminds Govt About Snow Studies Aircraft Requirement

The DRDO has applied afresh to the government for an urgent requirement of a specialised aircraft to undertake survey missions and data gathering in high altitude snowed out areas.
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New Assault Rifle Push For IAF Garud Squads

The Indian Air Force is learnt to have pegged up interest in its three-year hunt for new assault rifles for its special units (Garud), that should be compact, foldable, easy to carry, handle, operate, simple to maintain and with high range.
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Navy Hydrographers Show Interest In AUV

Kickstarting its hunt in 2014, the Indian Navy's Hydrography Department has revived its interest in a brand new AUV technology. In keeping with the existing effort, it has decided to upgrade its surveying capabilities by acquiring a new AUV that can be deployed...
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November 30, 2015

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Ukraine delivers final batch of upgraded and overhauled An-32RE to India

In big relief to the Indian Air Force after months of uncertainty and assurances, Ukraine earlier this month completed the delivery of the final (and fifth) batch...
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IAF For Indian EW Suite For Mi-17 V5 Fleet

In a commitment towards Indian avionics and electronic technology that have made a global mark in recent years, the Indian Air Force has announced its intention to procure and install electronic warfare (EW) suites comprising Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)...
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Arihant Successfully Executes Weapon Ejection

India's Arihant ballistic missile submarine platform demonstrator has successfully executed a weapon ejection trial in the Bay of Bengal under the aegis of the Indian Navy, BARC and the DRDO.
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DRDO to wrap up Nishant UAV project

It's curtains for the DRDO's Nishant tactical surveillance drone programme, with the Army, the drone's only customer at the moment, deciding against a repeat order of upto 10 units from its maker.
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October 19, 2015

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Indian Navy scopes out Freedom-class Littoral Ship at Malabar 2015

With Exercise Malabar 2015 under way in the Bay of Bengal, Indian Navy personnel have gotten a comprehensive first operational look at Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth
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Life Extension for 4 Indian Navy Kilos

After nearly two years in discussions, the Indian government has finally agreed to push through a long-standing Indian Navy demand for a life extension of at least four of its eight effectively remaining Kilo-class submarines.
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Boeing offers to build full fighters in India

Fresh from the twin victories of the Chinook and Apache deals with the Indian Air Force, and brimming with confidence after becoming the single largest supplier company...
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Major assembly of Chinook & Apache in India?

While aero structures and electrical systems on Boeing's CH-47F Chinook are already sourced in India from a host of private companies, the company has decided to up its 'Make in India' game on the back of the twin Chinook & Apache deals...
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October 12, 2015

What's Inside The AH-64E Apache for India?

The AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopter that India has contracted 22 of is possibly the world's most advanced helicopter of its kind.
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What's Inside The CH-47F Chinook for India?

The CH-47F Chinook being configured to Indian Air Force specifications is all set to be a formidable special heavylift capability helicopter.
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IAF Scouts 60 Armoured Vehicles For Commando Units

In a first, the Indian Air Force is looking to give its commando squads protected mobility during operations on the lines of their counterparts in the Army.
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For EW Boost To Mi-17 V5 Fleet

In a decision that had been expected ever since the IAF threw in its lot with the formidable Mi-17 V5 medium-lift multirole helicopter platform, Air HQ has invited interest in arming...
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Army Beefs Up Mini-UAV Requirement

The Army has a long-standing procurement process on to acquire new mini UAVs, and has just decided it wants a separate additional requirement met by an Indian platform.
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Indian Army For New Silenced Pistol

The Indian Army is scouting an unspecified number of silenced pistols for its special forces and limited number of infantry units.
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Indian Army Gets Going On New Future Tank Platform

Post its major announcement that has had major repercussions for the armoured fleet -- the Indian Army had revealed in August that it is planning to design and develop...
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Indian Army Revives Light BP Vehicle Need

After a series of stops and starts, the Army has got its requirement for light bullet-proof vehicles going again and is hoping it leads to a definite procurement this time.
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More Capable Indo-Israeli LRSAM To Be Tested In India Soon

In one of the most anticipated and significant weapons tests, the India-Israel LR-SAM, a joint development of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India's DRDO...
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April 18, 2015

Apache Exercise With 'Asian' Setting Interests IAF

The Indian Air Force has keenly kept track of a slew of exercises and operations led by U.S. Apache squadrons in the U.S. and outside in the recent past as it prepares for a conclusion to a contract for 22 AH-64E Apache Block III helicopters....
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IAF Keeps Abreast Of Chinook Ops Ahead Of Capability

The Indian Air Force, which is hoping to see a long-pending deal for 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavylift helicopters concluded by June this year, has been keeping keen tabs on Chinook operations around the world as it prepares for operations...
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DRDO Scouts Landing Gear Kit For Panchi UAV

The DRDO is looking for a newly designed landing gear kit for its recently unveiled Panchi UAV, a wheeled version of the in-service Nishant surveillance drone. Panchi is designed take-off and land from a prepared run way like a conventional aircraft...
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CABS for JV to build Operator Workstations For Airborne Plartforms

The Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), currently developing India's AEW&C and AWACS platforms, is scouting a joint venture partner to develop advanced operator workstations for applications in its airborne platforms.
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DRDO scouts vision-assited recovery system for UAVs

With a view to test a vision-assisted take-off and landing system for small size UAVs, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) in Bengaluru has called upon Indian vendors to design and develop necessary navigation...
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HAL Scouts Radar Partner For IAF Requirement

HAL is looking for a technology partner for a tie-up to supply high-power radars (HPRs) to the Indian Air Force to meet a long-standing requirement.
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HAL Powers On LUH Ahead Of First Flight

HAL is powering on with the LUH ahead of a potential first flight in July or August this year. HAL, which has responded to the Indian Army RFI for reconnaissance & surveillance helicopters (RSH) has decided to play its hand aggressively...
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April 17, 2015

Army For New Low Level Radars

The Army is scouting an unspecified number of new Low Level Light Weight Radars Mark-ll for deployment in non-mountainous sectors like desert and plains. The radar needs to be easily transportable and capable of detecting...
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Airbus-Tata Deal Likely To Be Approved By DAC

The sole Airbus-Tata bid to replace 56 of the Indian Air Force's HS748 Avro medium transports with Indian-built C295 twin turboprop aircraft is likely to be pushed...
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Indian Navy confirms EMALS on radar

The Indian Navy has officially confirmed that it is seriously looking at EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) technology, on offer from the U.S...
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Last Chance For More IAF C-17s

With Australian Air Force ordering two more C-17s, the number of white-tail platforms (fully built but unsold) drops to five, giving the Indian government one final opportunity to augment its 10-strong fleet of the heavy transport jet.
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Boeing Extends Validity On Chinook, Apache Bids

Boeing Defense has extended the validity of its commercial bids on expected deals for 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters till June 30, the latest in a long string of extensions requested by the government as it attempts to conclude a deal.
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Parrikar Opens Door To Mini-MRCA

After the recent turbulence over the MMRCA, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has signalled the possibility of a separate single engine fighter jet platform replacing India's MiG-21s in the event that the LCA Tejas is not up to the task.
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HJT-16 Life Extension On Cards

Faced with turbulence in its training regimen, the Indian Air Force may go in for a life extension on its remaining HJT-16 Kiran Stage-II trainer aircraft. With HAL's HJT-36 Sitara intermediate jet trainer failing to surmount design problems...
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April 6, 2015

LCA Tejas

The LCA Tejas has completed hot and high & winter trials, including cold soak starting tests of its engine and ensuing flight performance. The success of the January 2015 tests allows the flight team to heave a sigh of relief...
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Third RSH

After two failed attempts spanning a decade, the Indian military's critical need for new generation light multirole helicopters is finally off on its third big attempt.
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Indian Army & US conduct joint IED clearing drills

Indian and US Army soldiers showcased their engineer operations and systems skills to each other recently at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, U.S.A. During the visit the Indian Army officials discussed and compared...
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Indian Army looking for Ultra-Light Recovery Vehicles

The Indian Army is planning to procure Ultra Light Recovery Vehicles (Short chassis) recovery vehicles to provide repair and recovery cover in mountains to all wheeled vehicles up to a gross vehicle...
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Indian Navy scouts minehunting suites for 12 proposed minesweepers

The Indian Navy has announced interest in procuring 12 sets of Mine Counter Measure (MCM) suites from global vendors for "mine hunting/channel conditioning, mine neutralisation, mine sweeping...
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India, France to get cracking on SR-SAM

India and France are expected to announce forward movement in the long-delayed SR-SAM 'Maitri' joint weapon programme this month when PM Narendra Modi is in France on his first official visit to the country...
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New indigenous Optical Target Locater unveiled

The DRDO's Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC) has unveiled an indigenous Optical Target Locater (OTL), a laser-based portable surveillance device, for detection of passive or active optical threats.
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Saab mulls Indian production of IDAS

Saab, which recently bagged a $78 million follow-on contract from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s...
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Progress on LCA Mk.2 cockpit config

The look and feel of the all-glass cockpit that the LCA Tejas Mk.2 will sport is fructifying with the Aeronautical Development Agency announcing that the main display will involve two 6x8 Smart MFDs and one 5x5 smart MFD...
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Russia offers India 2nd SSN lease

Russia has communicated to India that it is ready to take forward discussions on the ten year lease of a second Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Indian Navy, on the lines of the INS Chakra...
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March 09, 2015

French Rafale on US Navy super-carrier for Anti-ISIS Ops

As the M-MRCA negotiations near finality, the French government has one final chance to show off the Rafale's operational capabilities. French Navy Rafale fighters from Squadron 11F of the Marine Nationale...
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First joint parachute drop by Us Army, Indian Army Parachute Regiment & NSG

On February, right in the middle of Aero India 2015, the U.S. Army teamed up with the Indian Army's 2nd Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)...
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March 07, 2015

Single-bid Situation for Indian AWACS Project

While the Defence Ministry mulls over the next step in the crucial Indian Air Force HS748 Avro replacement programme, the DRDO has been presented with a somewhat similar situation on its Airborne Warning & Control System...
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HAL Light Utility Helicopter first flight in August

HAL's Light Utility Helicopter is all set to undertake its first flight from the HAL Airport in Bengaluru in August this year. A mock-up displayed at last month's Aero India show in Bengaluru has attracted interest from several countries...
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HAL unveils engine for Trainers, Biz Jets

HAL's ambitions of entering the aircraft engine space in a meaningful manner have become clear now. While the development of high performance combat aircraft engines are being left to the DRDO's GTRE...
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MBDA pitches co-development of 5th gen ATGM

European missile firm MBDA has pitched the Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium Range Missile) fifth generation anti-tank missile system for co-development and co-production in India.
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HAL makes big civilian push for Dhruv

HAL will be ramping up efforts to boost sales of the ALH Dhruv helicopter in the civilian market in India and regionally. Sources say HAL's new chairman T. Suvarnaraju has highlighted sales of the civilian configured Dhruv...
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HAL unveils mini-UAV

HAL unveiled its own build of the Elbit Systems Skylark mini-UAS, announcing that it was close to entering negotiations shortly with the Indian Army and CRPF for supply of the hand-launched drone for over-the-hill surveillance...
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Impressed IAF in talks for more Akash Squadrons

Highly impressed with the indigenous missile system. the Indian Air Force is in discussions to acquire more squadrons of the Akash SAM system.
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Dassault-HAL parleys on to beat deadlock

With PM Narendra Modi all set to visit France for the first time as prime minister next month, Dassault and HAL have begun negotiations to hammer out a liability sharing arrangement that could break the final hurdle...
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Russia to partner in AMCA technologies

India has approached Russia to partner it on certain critical technologies for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Top sources tell SP's that the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has asked Russia...
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HAL turns up heat on HTT-40 programme

Dealt a new lease of life after months of friction with the Indian Air Force, HAL's HTT-40 programme has got the necessary boost it needs to move quicker.
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Army VSHORADS contest nears end

With systems trials of sighting systems and sensors for the VSHORADS programme complete recently in Bengaluru and Dehradun, the path is presumably clear for the commercial phase of the massive acquisition...
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Indian Navy inclined towards three more improved Talwar-class frigates

The Indian Navy, which has been offered three or four more 'highly improved' Talwar-class frigates by Russia, has indicated that it may be inclined...
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February 20, 2015

2015: The Year of ‘Made in India’

While the lead time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign is likely to be substantial, the year 2015 is turning out to be potentially golden for what’s already ‘made in India’.
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February 19, 2015

India’s Tejas Era Begins

On display here at Aero India 2015, you couldn’t have missed the static display of the LCA Tejas, India’s light fighter. Unlike the LCA that enthralled Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural flying display yesterday...
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Indo-Brazilian AEW&C to Enter IAF Service

The quietness of this aircraft belies the enormous interest it has evoked in the regional market already. It’s return to Aero India this year is, therefore, no big surprise.
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February 18, 2015

Future Aircraft: Low Observable Progress?

Plenty about the Indian aerospace scene perplexes analysts and observers. Examples are plentiful. One of them is activity in the stealth aircraft area, where India has the distinction -- it's arguable what sort of distinction...
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India awaits the big take-off

They say the passage of time brings clarity. Hindsight brings learnings. As Aero India 2015 begins, there are two parallel sentiments, each contradicting the other.
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