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  • August 19, 2014
    LCA to miss December 2014 FOC deadline

    In yet another slippage, the LCA Tejas is all set to miss its December 2014 deadline for FOC, and will instead achieve the milestone closer to June next year according to top sources on the programme.

  • August 19, 2014
    Grounded Dhruv fleet expected to fly soon

    The ALH Dhruv platform, grounded across the four armed services since July 25 when an IAF Dhruv crashed killing seven personnel on board, is likely to be cleared for flight soon.

  • August 19, 2014
    Modi's visit to close Japan's US-2 plane deal?

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Japan at the end of this month, the second visit by an Indian PM to Tokyo in just over a year, the two countries are close to the historic sale of at least 15 Shinmaywa US-2...

  • August 19, 2014
    HAL reveals new turboshaft engine effort, scouts single crystal tech

    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has revealed that it is developing a new 1000 to 1200 kW turboshaft engine for helicopter applications and plans to use single crystal blades in the high pressure turbine rotor...

  • August 19, 2014
    DRDO scouts long-range sensors for aerostats

    The DRDO is scouting a long range electro-optic (LREO) payload for day & night reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting at long ranges to be mounted on an indigenous aerostat platform, Akashdeep and its variants.

  • August 19, 2014
    HAL for design review of proposed LUH rotor

    Learning from past mistakes that have spelt trouble for the ALH programme, HAL has decided to go in for a critical design review of the rotor system it has developed for the Light Utility Helicopter prototype.

  • August 19, 2014
    DRDO's new embankment blasting device successfully tested

    The DRDO has conducted user-assisted technical trials of the Bund Blasting Device Mk.II, the new improved version of the indigenous man-portable embankment blasting device, designed and developed...

  • August 19, 2014
    Big boost for BrahMos-M

    With the BrahMos Block II missile proving itself well during trials in multiple engagement modes, the focus has shifted to the next variants, with the incoming BrahMos CEO S.K. Mishra signalling that one of his priorities...

  • August 19, 2014
    IAF contests Russian A-50 buy claim

    The Indian Air Force has deflected claims emerging from senior Russian officials at the three-day Oboronexpo 2014 trade show, which ends today, that India is set to order three more A-50 PHALCON AWACS aircraf...

  • August 19, 2014
    DRDO needs smart fuses for air-delivered bombs

    The DRDO's Pune-based armament laboratory has invited expression of interest from Indian development partners or consortia to design, developm and supply a highly reliable electromechanical I electronic impact delay...

  • August 19, 2014
    HAL scouts integrated avionics tester for HTT-40

    New details have emerged throwing light on what the cockpit environment of the in-development HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft (BTA) will be like. HAL is pushing ahead with its HTT-40 propeller trainer effort...

  • August 19, 2014
    Saras ready to take off again

    India's first indigenous civilian aircraft, the 14-seater push-prop SARAS could get back into the air any day now. After a five-year grounding following a devastating March 2009 crash that killed its there-man IAF test crew...

  • August 19, 2014
    BrahMos-A wind tunnel test completed, many firsts

    The Bangalore-based National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) has carried out crucial drop tests of the air-launched BrahMos-A from a Su-30MKI fighter model in a 1.5 m Low Speed Wind Tunnel...

  • August 19, 2014
    NAL-Army co-develop marksmanship training system

    The Indian Army and National Aerospace Laboratory have come together to solve an age-old nuisance: the primitive type of marksmanship training, the manual system which involves the marksman firing shots at a target...

  • August 19, 2014
    5th generation AMCA on backburner

    The Aeronautical Development Agency's concept Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), a stealth fifth generation concept, could be placed on the backburner with the Indian Air Force...

  • August 19, 2014
    IAF to get 1st EMB145I AEW&C jet this year?

    With DRDO chief Dr. Avinash Chander publicly stating that the first EMB145I airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform will be handed over to the Indian Air Force this year for acceptance tests...

  • August 19, 2014
    French & Russians push stopgap submarine sales

    As the wait for Project 75 India gets longer, and as an RFP gets more elusive, both France and Russia are in discussions with the Indian Navy to supply two submarines quickly off the shelf.

  • August 19, 2014
    New defensive aids for MBT Arjun proven in trials

    An advanced laser warning countermeasure system and a mobile camouflage system have recently been tested and proven on the Arjun MBT Mk.II in the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

  • August 19, 2014
    New ammunition for MBT Arjun tested

    Trials of new 120mm penetration-cum-blast ordnance for the Arjun main battle tank have been successfully conducted at the DRDO's Proof and Experimental Establishment in Odisha.

  • July 7, 2014
    HAL For Re-Design Of HJT-36 Sitara IJT

    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has published a request for information announcing a requirement for technical assistance from global aviation firms to reduce the weight and optimise the HJT-36 Sitara intermediate jet trainer...

  • July 7, 2014
    India Navy's Class 209 subs to get Harpoon missiles

    After its P-8Is and Jaguars, India's HDW Class 209 Shishumar-class submarines could soon be armed with US-made Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles.

  • July 7, 2014
    India's INS Sahyadri stars at world's biggest naval wargame

    Indian stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, the first Indian Navy warship to participate in the Rim of The Pacific series of international maritime exercises, has drawn considerable interest at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

  • July 1, 2014
    Private test pilots required for AEW&C programme

    The DRDO is looking for 2 fully qualified test pilots from the private sector to speed up testing on the AEW&C programme. With two aircraft Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft fully fitted with the Indian sensors and mission systems...

  • July 1, 2014
    IAF to launch mobile air combat game Thursday

    The Indian Air Force will be releasing its long-awaited mobile air combat game, titled 'Guardians Of The Skies' on July 3. Touted to be India's first 3D air combat game, GOTS will feature playability across mobile platforms...

  • June 9, 2014
    INS Vikramaditya on operational deployment

    With INS Vikramaditya on operational deployment with the Western Fleet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will board the aircraft carrier for a ceremonial day at sea in mid-June.

  • June 9, 2014
    Official Top 20 'Buyorities' for Indian Armed Forces

    Over the last 10 days, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has been busy receiving a flurry of briefings from the Indian armed forces chiefs as well as senior leadership on the various priorities for each force...

  • June 9, 2014
    DRDO releases offsets wishlist, sets sight on 26 areas, facilities

    With billions of dollars worth of offsets set to flow into the country on the back of high-value armament system purchases, India's Defence R&D Organisation has compiled a list of 26 critical defence technologies and test facilities it would like to harvest for itself through the incoming offset tide.

  • June 5, 2014
    Exercise Garuda-V in Jodhpur

    Garuda-V is witnessing the maiden participation of France's Rafale in an air in Indian airspace. France has deployed four Rafale omnirole jets from the 3/30 Fighter Squadron “Lorraine” to the IAF's Jodhpur Air Force Station...

  • June 2, 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...

  • June 2, 2014
    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...

  • June 2, 2014
    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...

  • June 2, 2014
    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...