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February 09, 2015

Israeli Defence Minister to attend Aero India for first time

Given the quantum of defence business that flies from Israel to India, it's something of a surprise that this will be the first year that an Israeli defence minister will grace an Aero India.
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Textron offers Scorpion jet to IAF

The Indian Air Force, which receives pitches both solicited and unsolicited, has received one of its most interesting in recent times. Faced with a training void in the intermediate jet trainer space....
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LCA Navy NP2 heads to Goa next month

The first LCA Navy single-seat fighter prototype that made its debut flight yesterday, will join the existing carrier compatibility test schedule at INS Hansa, Goa from next month.
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BAE Systems begins negotiations for 20 more Hawks

BAE Systems, now comfortably in the Indian fixed wing space with its Hawk advanced jet trainer, has begun negotiations with HAL to transfer equipment to support the license build of 20 more Hawks...
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DRDO develops new coatings for Combat Aircraft

Importing the special paint coating for combat aircraft for decades, the Indian armed forces will soon have an indigenously developed special coating...
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Navy announces requirement 50 Shipborne UAS

In its largest stated requirement for unmanned aerial systems so far, the Indian Navy has announced that it is looking to procure at least 50 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS)....
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Indian Navy announces ambitious missile corvette requirement

The Indian Navy has announced a brand new requirement of six stealthy next generation missile vessels to augment its surface warfare strength and add to a fleet of 25 existing missile corvettes of Indian and Russian origin.
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February 02, 2015

PM's 1st Defence Show, To Pump 'Make In India': Modi's 'Defence Manufacturing Panchsheel'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had multiple trysts with the armed forces since he took office in May 2014, showing an unprecedented interest...
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BrahMos Anti-Ship/Land Attack Test From INS Kolkata

The country's most potent warship, the INS Kolkata stealth destroyer, deployed in the Arabian Sea has been put through the motions towards the end of 2014, with the first glimpses of its operational prowess now visible.
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Three Rafales Returning To Aero India, Good News In Store?

Three Armée de l'Air Rafale multirole fighters will be making a return to Aero India this year, just seven months since their last dash into the country for the Indo-French Garuda-V joint air exercise in Jodhpur.
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Arjun Mk.II Tank Clears All Army Trials, Service Next Year

The Arjun Mk.II main battle tank has cleared all user trials with the Indian Army successfully and now awaits a maintenance evaluation by the Army and, crucially, a detailed evaluation by the DGQA.
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Crucial to India, US-Afganistan meet at Khyber

As the effects of the U.S. draw down and impending force rationalisation in Afghanistan become more apparent, the US Train, Advise, Assist Command operating in Afghanistan takes on a crucial new role.
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Indian Navy shows interest in US Marine ops

The Indian Navy and Indian Army have for long desired the capability to transport an independent brigade group, 5,000 strong, as part of a fully amphibious force modelled on the US Marines.
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ISIS threat in mind, biggest US air exercise begins

The world's largest multilateral air exercise is under way. The Red Flag Nellis air exercise over the skies of Southern Nevada, U.S.A., began on Jan 26 and continues till Feb 13.
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1st time at Aero India - Wingwalkers!

If breathtaking stunts in the cockpit are your cup of tea, you've probably loved a lot of what's up on show at successive Aero India shows. This year, the stunts will be up in the air as usual, but not all of it inside a cockpit.
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BrahMos Targets $10-Billion Orders By 2020

BrahMos Corp. is targeting orders of $10 billion by 2010. It currently holds orders amounting to $6 billion, which involves supplies to the Indian Army and Indian Navy.
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Chinook, Apache Deals Costlier After March

The visit of U.S. President Barack Obama definitely provided a push to pending Indo-US defence deals, but time may be of essence for two crucial contracts of the Indian Air Force.
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India Keen On Japan Bidding In P75I

As the Indian MoD is all set to send out documents that will kickstart the long-awaited P75 India submarine-building programme, India has approached Japan to gauge its interest in competing for the contract...
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India chooses OTO Melara guns for Shivaliks

The Indian government has selected OTO Melara to supply 13 primary deck guns for the Shivalik-class and Kolkata-class warships, though the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will have to approve the selection...
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US-2i aircraft plan moves forward

The Indian Navy is progressing its effort to acquire 12 Japanese-built Shimaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft. The $1.65 billion deal for a dozen specialised jets is being progressed as part of the SCAP for 2015...
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India's Dhanush Undergoes 1st Night Test

Kept under wraps so far, it is now known that the Indian Navy successfully test-fired the indigenously developed ship launched ballistic missile Dhanush on Nov 14 last year for the first time during the night from a warship...
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Varunastra tests prove torpedo, more soon

The DRDO's user evaluation trials of the Varunastra heavy weight torpedo (UET-09, UET-10 & UET-11) that were conducted in Nov 2014 went off successfully, but an intended second round of immediate tests was stalled...
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Army still awaits 'cornershot' weapon capability for pistols

The Indian Army, which made known its requirement for a corner-shot capability that allows it to mount in-service 9mm pistols for firing from around a corner, a capability widespread...
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Para (SF) Urgently Require General Purpose Machine Gun

The Para (SF) units of the Indian Army require an unspecified number of General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) on a fast-track basis for which an RFI is expected shortly.
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Indian Navy & Coast Guard for briefing on Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

Top sources indicate the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have asked for technical briefings on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell & Boeing.
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Indian Navy impressed with DRDO's Underwater Robotic Vehicle

The Indian Navy has been impressed by the DRDO's AUV that has undergone user demonstrations and has already elicited deep interest from the maritime forces following navigation trials at sea.
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Army revives interest in Light Specialist Vehicle

Unable to bring to fruition a 6 year quest for a light specialist vehicle, the Army plans to announce afresh its interest in procuring an undisclosed number of a common Light Specialist Vehicle...
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Indian Army for Heavy Recovery Vehicle

The Indian Army is looking to procure an unspecified number of heavy recovery vehicles to recover stalled, overturned or broken down heavy or armoured vehicles of the forces.
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Agni V Enters Service This Year

The Agni V ballistic missile, India's longest range nuclear delivery system, enters service by the end of this year. At this stage, top sources say development test routines are complete...
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January 28, 2015

Raven UAV to be pushed under Indo-US DTTI

Considered one of the most combat-proven tactical surveillance mini drones in current operations, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is not new to the Indian armed forces.
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IAF required full-mission simulators for An-32 RE

The Indian Air Force has announced its intention to procure two full mission simulators for the upgraded AN-32 RE aircraft. The full mission simulator is intended to be used for flying and mission training of pilots on all roles...
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IAF for Geospatial Information System software

In an effort to enhance the aeronautical data processing prowess of the Indian Air Force, the government intends to procure Geospatial Information System (GIS) related aeronautical software...
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Indian Army for large-scale mapping project

The Indian Army's Military Survey (GSGS) is planning to map certain areas of the country on large scale. As a test bed three areas have been selected for large scale mapping.
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DRDO successfully tests Pinaka Mk.II rocket

In service and well-respected as a successful and potent indigenous weapon, the new and improved Pinaka Mk.II rocket, developed by the DRDO's Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE)...
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DRDO for partnership to develop active protection systems

The DRDO's Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment (CVRDE) near Chennai is looking for a partner to co-develop active protection systems for armoured fighting vehicles developed and under development...
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HAL draws up priority project plan

As part of its effort to gear up for a higher-tempo role in defence production, a total of 111 technology projects have been identified by HAL in the areas of design, manufacture, avionics and material to support indigenisation...
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AMCA announcement at Aero India 2015?

Hectic activity at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru suggests that there could be news to share on the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fifth generation multirole stealth fighter...
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Aero India spotlight on LCA Tejas Mk.2

With the first production series LCA Tejas Mk.1 handed over to the IAF, and with more in the pipeline this year for squadron service first in Bengaluru and then Sulur in Tamil Nadu, this year's Aero India will fix the spotlight...
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HAL's LCH speeds towards September IOC target

HAL's Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) aims at initial operational clearance by September this year, and will be one of the star attractions at Aero India this year where at least two technology demonstrators...
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DRDO's new wheeled UAV to star at Aero India

The DRDO is hoping to show off its new wheeled UAV 'Panchi' at Aero India. The newest variant of the in-service Nishant surveillance drone, the Panchi has been developed with joint Indian Air Force and Army requirements...
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Navy wants comprehensive Aviation Management System, calls for consultancy

The Indian Navy has announced interest in engaging consultants from India to help create a comprehensive naval aviation management system...
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Indian Navy for modernisation of dockyards

With an expanding fleet and berthing requirements, the Indian Navy is looking to modernise its dockyards in a big way to take on the additional burden coming its way in terms of logistics, placing...
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Indian Navy for two new 500 ton water barges

The Indian Navy urgently requires two 500 ton water barges and has announced interest in procuring them on a fast-track basis. The self propelled water barge capable of replenishing water for ships...
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Army for Night Sight for Automatic Grenade Launcher systems

The Indian Army is looking to procure Thermal Imaging Sights for its in-service 30 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL-17)/Automatic Grenade System (AGS-30) systems.
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Army to make MMGs night-capable

The Indian Army is looking to procure thermal imaging sights for its 7.62mm medium machine guns in service. The Army has stipulated that, "The Thermal Imaging Sight desired by the Infantry...
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November 24, 2014

MoD Clears Proposal For 814 Mounted 155mm Guns

Following a fresh request for information in July last year, the MoD has cleared the Indian Army's proposal to tender for 814 truck-mounted self-propelled 155mm gun systems at a cost of approximately...
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Parrikar To Revamp How DAC Works

The MoD's apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), usually the last MoD stop proposals or deals pass through before clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Security, could function very differently in the future.
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Obama Coming, Indo-US Copter Deals Imminent?

U.S. President Barack Obama's consent to be chief guest at India's Republic Day 2015 celebrations has sparked word that some pending Indo-US defence deals could be cleared before his arrival in New Delhi.
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Akash Blasts Through Training User Tests

The indigenous Akash SAM system, already in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Army, has just completed a high-tempo series of training user trials with a high degree of success and satisfaction to the end user.
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Indian Navy for 9 New Tugs

The Indian Navy is looking to procure nine new 25 ton Bollard Pull Tugs to assist naval ships and submarines in berthing and unberthing, turning and manoeuvring in confined waters and harbours.
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MDL To Leverage Modern Infra For P17A Warship Line

In order to bring substantive improvements to its next line of stealth frigates, the P17A line for seven ships as a follow-on to the Shivalik-class, India's premier builder of large warships and submarines Mazagon Docks Ltd...
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Goa Shipyard Targets Latin America For Exports

After notching up successes in Mauritius and Myanmar, DPSU Goa Shipyard Ltd will be focusing on bagging supply orders for patrol vessels and fast attack craft from Latin American countries, including Brazil and Chile.
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GRSE Readies For P17A Build Programme

Alongside other DPSU shipyards undergoing internal upgrades to take on more complex shipbuilding work, Kolkata's Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) is in the process of transforming...
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Bharat Dynamics Prepares For Big Leap

India's only manufacturer of missiles, Bharat Dynamics Ltd, has scouted two new locations to set up new units with upgraded infrastructure in preparation for new contracts...
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BEML Launches All-Out Effort To Turn Tide In Defence Biz

With its defence business severely affected by the 'extraordinary' situation surrounding the Tatra Trucks controversy, BEML has launched...
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BEL Awaits Offsets Windfall

With a modest $42 million in exports in 2013-14, Bharat Electronics Ltd is anticipating big export orders on account of offsets arising from forthcoming defence contracts with foreign OEMs.
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MIDHANI Scouts Govt support for new steel hub

Keeping China's growing prowess and massive appetite for steel in mind, Defence PSU Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (Midhani) has approached the MoD's Department of Defence Production to seek...
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November 18, 2014

Special Report:
Minister Parrikar 'Deals' A New Mantra

Transparency, efficiency and accountability are the stated touchstones for defence procurement under India's new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
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November 15, 2014

LCH TD3 first flight

With the first two technology demonstrators of the indigenous LCH logging about 388 flights and 285 hours, and with the third technology demonstrator taking to the air, HAL will be speeding towards getting the TD4 ready.
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November 03, 2014

Fresh 197 light RSH chopper bids invited

Will the Indian Army and IAF finally get the light helicopters they so desperately need, to augment and replace their obsolescent fleet of Cheetah and Chetak LUHs?
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IAF floats tender for 32,000 assault rifles

The Indian Air Force has floated a tender for the procurement of 32,000 assault rifles under the Buy & Make (Indian) route using an Indian partner.
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Indian Army for upgrade of 2,600 BMPs

The Indian Army has declared interest in undertaking a comprehensive upgrade of its BMP-2/2K that effects mobility, fire power and survivability upgrade.
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Indian Navy scouts four MPVs

The Indian Navy has declared interest in acquiring four multipurpose support vessels (MPVs), not more than 110 metres in length and with displacement in excess of 3,500 tons capable of towing navy ships, launch & recovery of torpedoes and launch of various types of targets...
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October 27, 2014

India to sign $525 million deal for Israeli SPIKE System

Ending a procurement effort that has meandered for years, India will shortly sign a $525 million deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. to procure 8,300 SPIKE MR missiles and over 300 launchers.
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'Make In India' Project 75 India begins

India's massively delayed effort to create a second new generation conventional attack submarine production line in the country has finally lifted off, though several years adrift.
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Indian sisters in US Army help bridge the gap

Last month, when units of the Indian and US armies joined forces for a combat exercise in the lower Himalayas, a pair of Indian-born sisters served as a perfect bridge between the two sides.
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