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January 20, 2014

INS Vikramaditya shines in tropics conditions

One of the chief concerns for Commodore Suraj Berry and his crew when they sailed into Indian waters this month, was that their 44,500-ton vessel would have problems adapting to the dramatically different climate...
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IAF to sign missile deal with MBDA shortly

The Indian Air Force is expected to shortly close a deal with European missile company MBDA for 384 ASRAAM imaging infrared homing air-to-air missile as the new close combat missile for the Jaguar, replacing the now obsolete...
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Chinook & Apache final, but signatures likely in FY14

Boeing Defense is closely monitoring two major deals with the Indian Air Force that have reached finality in negotiations, though contract signature could slip into the next financial year...
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IAF proposes to build Pilatus trainers by itself

In a dramatic new episode to the 'trainer wars' as they should probably be known now given the weekly intrigue surrounding the IAF-HAL battle over basic trainer aircraft, the Indian Air Force has pitched a proposal...
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World's largest chopper competition delayed

It has been confirmed that delays have once again cast uncertainty over the Indian Navy's RFP for the highly anticipated naval multirole helicopter (NMRH) requirement, envisaging 120 multirole helicopters for the navy...
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Flight trials for Indian Coast Guard CSAR chopper set to begin

Airbus Helicopters is gearing up for flight trials of the EC725 Caracal to meet the Indian Coast Guard's requirement of 14 shore-based combat search and rescue and multirole helicopters.
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Indian Navy's new-gen ships face 'gun' uncertainty

A single vendor situation could throw the Indian Navy's effort to zero in on a primary deck gun for its new generation indigenous frontline warships: specifically the seven Project 17 Alpha (follow-on Shivalik class)...
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India set to become largest operator of Heron UAS

With the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security clearing a deal for 15 additional IAI-Malat HERON-I medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the MoD is likely to sign a contract with Israel...
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Airbus MRTT contract signature afoot

A long-fought contract award could be in sight for EADS, now in its spanking new avatar Airbus Group, with the Indian government likely to sign on the dotted like, finally, for six A330 multirole tanker transports (MRTT)...
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Saab to field biggest team yet at Defexpo 2014

Swedish firm Saab, fresh after the delight of winning a major fighter competition in Brazil, will be fielding its largest yet team and display this year at Defexpo 2014.
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DRDO may unveil 130mm Arjun Catapult at Defexpo 2014

After successfully demonstrating the first prototype of the Arjun Catapuly system to the Indian Army during automotive and firing trials in 2012, the DRDO is now all set to unveil the system for the first time at DEFEXPO 2014.
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Tata motors to unveil 'WhAP' at Defexpo 2014

Tata Motors will be unveiling a brand new specialty vehicle, the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defexpo 2014 next month. The vehicle platform, developed jointly with the DRDO's Vehicle Research...
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January 13, 2014

INS Vikramaditya to sail to Mumbai & Vizag, Operational training from January 16

With INS Vikramaditya settling in at home-base Karwar, it will soon be time for the crew, led by Commodore Suraj Berry, to set out to sea again.
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Glimmer of hope for 197 RSH competition

Indicating possible positive movement in the interminably stalled reconnaissance and surveillance helicopter (RSH) acquisition programme, the two finalist vendors Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopter) and Kamov...
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Five years grounded, Saras revs up to fly again

The Indian Air Force's premier testing facility, the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) has begun ground trials of the PT1N modified and souped-up first prototype.
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January 08, 2014

France offers India 2 stop-gap Scorpene submarines

As the already delayed Project 75I request for proposal for six new conventional attack submarines continues to hang fire, the Indian Navy is studying a list of emergency measures to possibly shore up force levels...
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Indian Navy hydrographers want new AUV

The Indian Navy's Hydrography Department has decided to upgrade its surveying capabilities by acquiring a new autonomous underwater vehicle that can be deployed off its existing and new hydrography survey vessels.
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December 30, 2013

Breaking News:
India signs deal for 6 more C-130J Super Hercules

The Indian Government has finally signed on the dotted line for six more Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules special mission transport aircraft.
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December 21, 2013

Tejas team on top gear for full capability clearance

With the successful completion of initial operational clearance (IOC), that officially sees the LCA Tejas released for service with the IAF, Team Tejas Mk.1 is now gunning for another, far more important milestone line...
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Astra carriage trials successfully in progress

While the Tejas team gets set to test the Derby BVRAAM as part of the FOC regime, a team in Pune is ticking off performance points on the indigenous Astra indigenous BVRAAM.
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Finally, Cabinet approves deal for 6 more C-130Js

More than two years after the Indian Air Force was offered six additional C-130J Super Hercules transports, the Cabinet Committee on Security has finally cleared the deal.
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Army strike formation validates new assault concepts

The Army's 36 Reorganised Army Plains Division (RAPID), part of the Bhopal-based 21 Strike Corps has successfully validated a slew of new warfighting concepts in Exercise Shahbaaz Ajay in the Thar Desert.
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November 19, 2013

Navy to exercise INS Vikramaditya in 2014

As the Indian Navy works on sailing its newest acquisition back home, it has already decided that the INS Vikramaditya will be part of preliminary internal exercises in the Arabian Sea in 2014...
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November 12, 2013

AgustaWestland to meet MoD on November 20

After seeking an opportunity to meet with the MoD and represent its case at a formal meeting for the last nine months, the company has finally been accorded the opportunity on November 20 at South Block.
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Army, Navy 'disappointed' as MoD defers crucial missile buys

The Army and Navy, which had anticipated a tough decision at November 11's meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, were left disappointed with sensitivities forcing Defence Minister AK Antony to err on the side of caution.
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Tender out for Rustom-II's SATCOM Antenna

With its first flight scheduled for February 2014, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has floated a global tender to acquire a SATCOM Airborne Antenna Assembly System (SAAAS)...
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November 11, 2013

US Army lady officer qualifies

In a remarkable sign that interoperability is moving forward meaningfully in critical areas between the armies of the US and India, a young lady officer has passed the Indian Army's rigorous Heavy Drop Course in Agra...
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IAF's 2nd Vintage Legend to fly soon

With its restored de Havilland Tiger Moth painting the skies yellow for over a year now as part of the ambitious Vintage Flight programme, the Indian Air Force is looking forward to seeing its restored North American T-6 Harvard...
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Indo-French 'Maitri' missile program to take off

Could there finally be some seriously good news for MBDA in the Indian market? It could go down as one of the longest, most protracted set of negotiations in the history of weapons partnerships...
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Indo-US Naval Exercise Malabar 2013

Crew on board US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell, currently off the coast of Chennai for the Malabar 2013 joint exercise, spent many hours in the Tamil Nadu capital conducting community service projects...
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LCA back at Jamnagar for weapons trials

After the Tejas LSP-7 successfully completed several weapons release test points at Jamnagar in July this year, three more limited series airframes (LSP-3, LSP-5 and LSP-8) are now in Jamnagar to bolster the gains made...
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LCA-Navy ready to fly again shortly

The LCA Navy, which hasn't flown for over a year now, is likely to fly again soon by early next year, top sources tell SP's. After a first flight in April last year, followed by three more development flights...
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DRDO inaugurates torpedo integration centre

The DRDO has inaugurated Talvar, its brand new Electrical Heavyweight Torpedo Integration Centre at Visakhapatnam, to cater to the specific needs of the Varunastra heavyweight torpedo for the navy...
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Indian Customs to float significant small-arms requirement

The Indian Customs has decided to replace over 6,000 of its old and obsolete hand weapons deployed in anti-smuggling and engagement operations.
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IAF prepares for A330 MRTT operations

The Indian Air Force anticipates a contract award to Airbus Military for the A330 MRTT before the end of the financial year, top sources tell SP's. The contract for six A330 MRTT flight refuelling aircraft...
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Atlas Elektronik to upgrade Indian Navy torpedoes

German advanced systems firm Atlas Elektronik has been selected by the Indian Navy to upgrade 64 German-built AEG SUT-66 Mod.1 heavyweight torpedoes deployed on the HDW Class 209 submarines...
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Bharat Forge-Elbit JV to focus on gun, vehicle programmes

The newly cleared Bharat Forge and Elbit Systems joint venture—BF Elbit Advanced Systems Ltd-- will intially focus on the Army's artillery requirements before expanding into more advanced equipment for all three services.
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Contract for Army's new MBRL carriers soon

A Rs 100 crore contract for the Army's new BM21 multibarrel rocket launcher vehicles is likely to be awarded shortly to the Ashok Leyland-L&T consortium that was declared lowest bidder in the competition earlier this year.
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India, Vietnam discuss military hardware cooperation

India and Vietnam are bolstering friendly ties in the Indian Ocean region. The two countries last week held delegation level parleys as part of the 8th Vietnam-India Strategic Defence Dialogue on military hardware cooperation.
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India to export sonars to Myanmar

In an unprecedented move signalling heightened cooperation with neighbours, India will export indigenously developed sonar systems to Myanmar, for use by its navy.
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Russia to offer Skat UCAV tech to India?

After BAE Systems, EADS, Saab and Dassault, the latest contractor now apparently ready to cooperate with India in UCAV technology is RAC-MiG. The company's discontinued Skat unmanned combat air system...
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BAE Systems to develop next-gen guided projectile for US Navy

In a significant award, BAE Systems has won a $33.6 million contract from the US Navy to develop and demonstrate a Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP), a next-generation, guided projectile capable...
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