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June 02, 2014

LCA Tejas in winter trials

The LCA Tejas has had an excellent 2014 so far, most recently with three platforms completing a rigorous round of weapons trials in Jamnagar. Equally crucial are ongoing weather trials and performance trials...
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Crucial discussions on extending Russian support to INS Vikramaditya

The Indian government has proposed that Russia continue to extend support to maintain the INS Vikramaditya even after the one-year warranty period...
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MiG-29K service centre for Indian Navy next year

The Indian Navy can expect a full service centre for its fleet of MiG-29Ks next year as part of contract provisions. Last year, RAC-MiG signed offset agreements with Indian private firm Basant Aerospace worth $55 million...
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Indo-French air exercise Garuda-5 kicks off tomorrow

Four Armée de l'Air Rafale fighters will square off against Indian fighters, including Su-30MKIs, MiG-27s and MiG-21s over the Thar Desert in Garuda-5, the fifth iteration of the high-level India-France joint combat...
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NAL-IMD deal to joint-produce Dhrishti runway aid

The National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) have entered into deal to joint produce the NAL Drishti system, a sophisticated transmissometer...
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LCA Navy back in the air after 2 years

India's first indigenous naval fighter jet for aircraft carrier operations, the LCA Navy, is back in the air and has notched up 20 flights in its log book. After its maiden flight in April 2012 and quick routine of four flights...
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Country's most potent indigenous warship joint service this month

The honour of first warship to be commissioned into service under the new government will fall on INS Kolkata.
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May 31, 2014

Indian Navy for 25 new CIWS for warships

The Indian Navy has opened a competition to acquire 25 new 25-30mm close in weapon systems (CIWS) for its new warships, including the INS Vikramaditya.
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IAF for 3 spatial disorientation simulators for rookie pilots

With spatial disorientation continuing to be a serious concern for flight safety and cockpit effectiveness, the Indian Air Force has called for information to procure three new spatial disorientation simulators for young pilots.
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Indian Army for new 9mm pistols

The Army's Infantry Directorate has announced interest in acquiring an unspecified number of 9mm pistols for regular troops. The proposed weapon is to be used as a secondary weapon both during conventional...
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March 31, 2014

IAF stunned by C-130J Super Hercules crash, L-M & USG offer help

The Indian Air Force has been stunned by the March 28 crash of a C-130J, the third aircraft to be delivered in a fleet of six that began arriving in 2011.
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Indian Navy pleased with P-8I performance on first op deployment

It was to scout the site of a tragedy that the Indian Navy had been enlisted for, but it also happened to be the first live operational deployment...
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DRDO announces aircraft competition for AWACS programme

With its three-aircraft AEW&C programme progressing satisfactorily, the DRDO has formally announced the re-launch of its AWACS programme and has called for vendor interest for the supply of six suitably modified aircraft.
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DRDO revs up for UAV testing season, requires test hardware

The DRDO is in the market for specialised flight line hardware to support the testing of UAVs later this year, including the Rustom-2 medium altitude...
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DRDO for portable radar simulator

The DRDO is in the market for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) portable radar simulator to simulate radar threat situations through generated radar emissions to test the efficacy of in-development sensor/warning systems under the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL).
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Indian Army wants combat flame-throwers

The Indian Army's Directorate of Infantry has announced its intention to procure an unspecified number of combat disposable-type flame-throwers for fighting units deployed in counter-insurgency areas.
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Indian Army for night sights for AK-47 & 7.62mm LMG

The Indian Army is looking to arm its frontline infantry weapons with new-generation night sights to boost operations after dark.
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IAF floats tender to 'buy/make' PC-7 in country

The battle for basic trainers just went to the next level. While HAL has fought hard to keep its HTT-40 propeller trainer on the table for the Indian Air Force's basic training requirement...
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IAF floats RFI on intermediate trainer

The inevitable has happened. With the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd HJT-36 intermediate jet trainer delayed beyond the IAF's planned induction schedule, a global RFI has been floated requesting global OEMs...
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February 24, 2014

IIT Bombay's 'Chaturpaksha' makes waves

A mini quad-rotor drone developed and built by a team of students at IIT Bombay is making waves, standing out in a national competition held by the Ministry of Science & Technology.
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Team Tejas for Mobile Telemetry System

Racing towards final operational clearance (FOC) by the end of this year for the LCA Tejas Mk.1, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is looking for a fully integrated mobile telemetry system (MTS)...
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February 17, 2014

L&T pioneers torpedo-tube AUV, Navy interested

The Indian Navy is now keenly tracking an advanced programme unveiled at the recently concluded Defexpo event: the Adamya autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) developed and built in-house by L&T Heavy Engineering.
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Black Shark sinks, advantage Atlas?

With a deal for 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes built by Finmeccanica subsidiary WASS virtually dead in the water in the aftermath of the AgustaWestland episode, the Indian Navy is weighing other options.
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Kalyani Group's 'big gun' plans forge ahead

The Baba N. Kalyani-promoted Kalyani Group has managed to grab the attention of the Indian Army in a big way following its showing at the recent Defexpo show.
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February 10, 2014

India chooses Litening G4 for combat aircraft fleet

Israel's Rafael Advanced Systems entered DefExpo 2014 on a high, after reportedly bagging a massive contract for over 150 LITENING targeting pods for the Indian Air Force's combat aircraft fleet.
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Navy MRH programme in 27 month limbo, and counting

NH Industries and Sikorsky have extended the validity of their commercial bids in the Indian Navy's multirole helicopter (MRH) competition till March 2014 at the request of the MoD.
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February 08, 2014


If there's one word that typifies everything that could be wrong about the defence modernisation process in India, few would argue that it's ‘artillery’. At Defexpo 2012, cautious optimism had replaced cynicism following...
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World Waits For 2 New Frontline Indian Warships

The world is waiting and watching closely. After delays, come March-April, the Indian Navy will induct two deeply anticipated surface combatants, both carrying on their decks a world of expectation and indigenous toil.
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Indian Boomer in Service This Year?

India’s home-built nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Arihant is all set to enter service with the Indian Navy by the end of this year, DRDO chief Dr Avinash Chander said on Day 2 of Defexpo.
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For Indian Navy, No Place Like Home

The arrival of INS Vikramaditya in January has ushered in a special new era for the Indian Navy. Not in 16 years has it been in a position to deploy two aircraft carriers.
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Indo-Israeli LR-SAM Naval Test This Year

Delayed by over four years, but this one is truly better late than never. In what will be a significant boost to the Indian Navy’s quest for a credible air defence system deployable on its frontline vessels and aircraft carriers...
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Coast Guard Sea Hunter Aircraft Bid to Kick Off

Apart from the Indian Navy’s medium range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) competition, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is officially looking for nine multi-mission maritime aircraft (six initially, with options for three more).
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February 07, 2014

VSHORADS Decision This Year?

In the heady vapour trail of India's medium multi-role combat aircraft (M-MRCA) bid, it's easy to lose sight of some of the most important land forces requirements still being fought over in the country.
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February 06, 2014

Defexpo arrives, with cautious optimism

As Defexpo 2014 opens, the atmosphere in Delhi's early spring air is unmissable. In a country that has had a difficult relationship with military procurement, these are particularly testing times.
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Indian submarine arm in endless dive

Nearly four years after the Indian Navy first scouted information to support its acquisition of six new-generation diesel-electric attack submarines as part of Project 75 India, a request for proposal (RFP) remains tantalisingly elusive.
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