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November 07, 2013

Indian Coast Guard chopper competition moves forward

Woefully short of aviation assets, the Indian Coast Guard finally has reason to cheer, with the technical bids from three vendors to support a sale of 14 shore-based twin engine multirole helicopters is complete...
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Agni missile family's month out

The Agni family of strategic ballistic missiles, barring the under trial Agni-V, will be tested in a rapid series of launches starting this month. The in-service Agni-I, Agni-II and Agni-III will be tested as part of an exercise...
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IAF to spend $150-billion till 2028

Strapped into a phase of deep modernisation, underscored by the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal and several other high-value acquisitions, the Indian Air Force is all set to procure equipment and platforms worth $150 billion over the next 15 years...
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November 06, 2013

Pipavav bags Rs 920-crore Coastguard order

After being declared lowerst bidder last week, private shipbuilder Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd is poised to win a Rs 920 crore deal to supply design and build 14 new generation fast patrol vessels...
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Indo-US Naval Exercise Malabar 2013 Begins

The next edition of the Indo-US naval joint exercise series 'Malabar' has kicked off in the Bay of Bengal. Participants from the US Navy include the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85)...
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Russia open to arming Indian Rafale

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) sets its highest hopes on the MMRCA contract being signed this financial year amidst receding chances, Russia, maker of one of the five defeated aircraft in the competition...
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Antony to convey FGFA concerns this month

Concerns over disparities between India's investment in the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and its substantive workshare in the programme will be raised by Defence Minister A.K. Antony when he visits Moscow later...
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Sikorsky looks to supply S-92 VVIP copter

Sikorsky, whose S-92 Superhawk lost the Indian Air Force contract for 12 VVIP helicopters to rival AgustaWestland, has revived its pitch to supply its platform to the Indian Air Force...
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India to order 8 minesweepers from Korea

In what has brought relief to the Indian Navy, the Indian Government is now poised to sign a $1.2 billion deal with South Korea's Kangnam Corporation for eight mine counter measure vessels (MCMV).
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DRDO wants new wind tunnel for hypersonic weapons

The Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) is looking to commission a one meter diameter hypersonic wind tunnel to meet R&D requirements to support the design of futuristic hypersonic missiles and re-entry vehicles that require generation...
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October 28, 2013

IAF May Day for MMRCA

Twenty one months since the Rafale was downselected in the MMRCA fighter competition, a measure of despondency has set in over timelines making the Indian Air Force (IAF) nervous for the first time that there's a good chance...
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HAL scouts partner for new UAV family

With its order books full across manned platforms, including fighters and helicopters, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has decided to take the big plunge into unmanned air systems...
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Indo-Russia Military Exercise Indra 2013

Taking military-to-military relations to the next level, the first combat group level exercise between India and Russia, Indra-13, has been conducted successfully in the Thar Desert, with both sides satisfied...
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Indo-UK Naval Exercise Konkan 2013

The ninth edition of the Indo-UK naval exercise 'Konkan' was conducted successfully off the West coast of India earlier this month, with two frontline surface combatants from the two navies participating.
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Indian, PLA warships conduct tactical exercise

On September 30, the Indian Navy and PLA Navy crossed a major milestone in military cooperation when Indian frigate INS Sahyadri and Chinese detroyer Qingdao participated in a marine security exercise...
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US Marines-Indian Army amphibious staff exercise

The US Marines 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and troops from the Indian Army's 91 Brigade conducted a joint amphibious staff exercise Shatrujeet 13 this month in Kochi...
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Golden 2013 for ALH Dhruv

2013 has been a blessed year for the indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopter. Following the handing over the first weaponised Dhruv variant, christened 'Rudra' to the Indian Army earlier this year...
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Vikramaditya to be commissioned on November 16

The erstwhile Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier enters a new phase of its extended life on November 16 at Severodvinsk, Russia, when it is commissioned into the Indian Navy.
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Army for 49 hand-launched UAS

The Indian Army is looking for 49 man-portable hand launched unmanned air systems specifically designed for tactical surveillance in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir.
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IAF receives fourth Boeing C-17

The IAF has received its fourth of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavylift transports, joining the first three already operational at the 81 Squadron 'Skylords' at Hindon Air Force Station on Delhi's outskirts.
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DRDO wants special aircraft for snow studies

The Defence Ministry's Snow & Avalance Studies Establishment (SASE) has floated a tender for a specialised aircraft to undertake survey missions and data gathering.
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IAF, RAFO wargame Jaguar together, grow closer

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) have just completed Exercise Eastern Bridge (Al Jisr Al Sharqi) 2013, the third in their series of joint air exercises centred around strike profiles.
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Avro replacement competition to be delayed?

The Indian Air Force has provided a two month extension on responses to the request for information (RFI) on its ambitious Rs 12,000 crore Avro replacement programme that envisages the acquisition of 56 aircraft...
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New national mini-UAV competition

Overcoming planning delays that saw the programme cancelled this year, India's National Programme on Micro Air Vehicle (NPMICAV), a Department of Science and Defence Research and Develoment Organisation (DRDO)...
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ADA for Telemetry setup at INS Hansa

In preparation for the LCA Navy getting back into the skies, perhaps by early next year, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADA) is looking to fast-track the setting up of a shore-based telemetry facility...
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First upgraded IAF Mirage 2000 flies

Amidst delays and nervousness over delays in other fighter programmes, the IAF has breathed a sigh of relief over the successful debut flight of its first upgraded Mirage 2000 multi-role fighter at the Istres-Le Tubé air base...
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DRDO to unveil export variant of Prahaar missile in Korea

Pragati, a modified only-for-export variant of the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) newest tactical surface-to-surface battlefield missile Prahaar, will be unveiled at the International Aerospace...
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HAL for displays, pilot cam & engine alert system for HTT-40

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is accelerating on the HTT-40 programme and has now floated tenders for the proposed aircraft's primary flight display system and the engine instrument crew alert system.
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Boeing-Lockheed partnership to compete for new US bomber

In a big announcement that has the US' aerospace industry sitting up and taking notice, Boeing has announced that it will be teaming up with arch rival Lockheed-Martin to compete for the United States Air Force's long-range...
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Crucial EW trials on Tejas next month

Following successful weapon release trials in Jamnagar in July, the Tejas programme is speeding towards another crucial milestone with electronic warfare trials to take place in November.
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HAL's IJT delayed again

HAL's intermediate jet trainer, the HJT-36, has slipped again and will not meet its December 2013 target for initial operational clearance (IOC), sources involved with the programme have informed SP's.
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Indian Navy for 15 coastal-defence missile systems

The Indian Navy has announced interest in 15 mobile missile coastal battery (MMCB) systems for deployment at various locations along the country's coast to protect Naval bases and ships.
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October 07, 2013

IAF's first upgraded Mirage 2000 takes off

Over two years after the $2.9-billion deal was signed, the IAF's first upgraded Mirage 2000 multirole fighter made its debut flight in its new avatar on October 5 at the Istres air base in France.
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DRDO hunts for retractable landing gear for UAVs

In an effort to make its future UAVs more stealthy, the DRDO is looking for a development partner for a retractable landing gear that could be fitted on the Rustom-H and stealth USAV.
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Death of acquisitions man makes system nervous

The tragic death of MoD Joint Secretary (Acquisitions) Arun Kumar Bal last week has been unanimously mourned as a deep loss to the Defence Ministry.
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September 16, 2013

DAC approves 6 more C-130Js for IAF

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony has finally approved the purchase of six additional C-130J Super Hercules special mission transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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September 09, 2013

DRDO announces tender for Indian Coast Guard

Given the small number of aviation assets at the Indian Coast Guard's disposal, there's finally some movement towards fleet accretion over and above the 35+ Dornier Do-228 tactical reconnaissance aircraft in service.
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IAF keen on six more C-17s

With a successful induction of three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavylift transports into Hindon's 81 Squadron 'Skylords' last week, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now hoping for an early conclusion of a follow-on deal...
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Indian warships on goodwill visit to Gulf

On Tuesday, September 10, the Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Tabar and fleet replenishment tanker INS Aditya, will dock in Doha, Qatar on a four-day diplomatic goodwill visit.
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Navy floats tender for Sindhurakshak salvage

The Indian Navy has called for professional help to salvage the INS Sindhurakshak submarine, which sank in its berth at the Mumbai dockyard on the intervening night of August 13 and 14.
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August 21, 2013

Breaking News:
IAF lands C-130J-30 Super Hercules at Daulat Beg Oldie

In a significant capability demonstration move by the Indian Air Force (IAF), a Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft was landed...
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Arjun Mk.II begins user trial-by-fire

It's the most crucial phase for Project Arjun. The new and improved Arjun Mk.II has begun user trials in the deserts of Rajasthan, an exercise that hopefully confirm its usefulness to the Indian Army.
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One year of Akash SAM in service

The indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) has completed a year in deployed service with the Indian Air Force. With two active squadrons now in Gwalior and Lohegaon and two more coming up in forward areas...
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IUSAV to be powered by 'dry' Kaveri: Antony

A 'dry' version of the Kaveri turbofan engine will power the Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV). Defence Minister A.K. Antony has informed Parliament about a variant of the Kaveri devoid of reheat/afterburner.
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Fresh Nag ATGM trials successful

After major setbacks a year ago, the Nag anti-tank guided missile project has bounced back, with a series of successes at the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan in recent trials, where the missile was tested...
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Chinese UAV debuts at AUVSI

As the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) scene heats up, this year's Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in Washington saw participation from India and China...
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India at Russian chopper conference this month

India will participate in the third International Russian Helicopters Operators Conference (IRHOC-2013) during the MAKS 2013 air show and exhibition from August 26-28 in Moscow.
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Two new Russian helicopters to be unveiled at MAKS 2013

The MAKS 2013 show will be an exciting time in the rotorcraft space. Russian Helicopters is all set to showcase prototypes of its latest models including the Mi-171A2, the Mi-28UB and Ka-62.
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Northrop Grumman nose arrays on Indian Navy's MK54 torpedoes

The Indian Navy's brand new Raytheon MK54 light anti-submarine torpedoes—contracted last year, yet to be delivered—will sport Northrop Grumman...
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Raytheon continues Patriot push in India

A decade after Raytheon first began its big push of the Patriot PAC-3 integrated air and missile defence system to India, the company remains committed to India as a potential customer.
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Army orders more INVAR for T-90S

In a big relief coming in for the Mechanised Forces, the Indian Army has finally managed to conclude a long-awaited Rs 3,000-crore deal for additional INVAR anti-tank guided missiles license built by Bharat Dynamics Ltd with Russian technology.
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DRDO's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in sea trials

The indigenous autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) under development by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is currently in sea trials, where it is reported to be functioning close...
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First LCA Tejas Mk.II prototype next year?

The first prototype of the LCA Tejas Mk.2 could be rolled out in 2014, it has been revealed. In an exercise to locate and certify line-replaceable units for the evolved Mk.II jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has revealed...
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