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August 19, 2013

LR-SAM's big test this month

The Indian Navy is waiting with baited breath for this system, and finally there could be good news.
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LCA Tejas requires a new radome

As the Tejas speeds towards IOC-II, it appears that a crucial hurdle may slow it down, the platform needs a new radome.
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HAL conducting R&D on AESA radar

In what would mean two separate active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar efforts in country, it has now been learnt that HAL's Strategic Electronic Research Design Centre (SLRDC) in Hyderabad...
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HAL pushes HTT-40 as light attack platform

While the Defence Ministry ponders over the IAF's recommendation that the HTT-40 basic trainer project be foreclosed, HAL is fighting back.
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More captive flight tests of ASTRA BVRAAM on Su-30MKI

The indigenous Astra beyond visual-range air-to-air missile has been captive flight tested again on the Su-30MKI, following successful tests in April this year as earlier reported by SP's.
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Tejas weapon trials at Jamnagar

Towards achieving initial operational clearance (IOC-II) by the end of this year, the LCA Tejas was deployed last month to Jamnagar Air Force Station for weapons trials, which included missile firing and release of bombs.
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Navy's Year of Indigenisation to end on a high

With the theme 'Maritime security through self reliance' in 2013, the Indian Navy won't be acquitting itself badly this year. In fact, if the INS Sindhurakshak tragedy hadn't happened, this was likely a golden year...
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IAF impressed with Airbus A400M

In February this year, Airbus Military began a quiet campaign to showcase the A400M airlifter to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The company knew this was a difficult proposition, given that the IAF already has its resources...
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Navy issues RFP for 9 MRMR aircraft

Following approval from the Defence Acquisition Council in February this year, the Indian Navy has sent out a long anticipated RfP to vendors across the world for nine medium-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
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India, US ready to sign deal for 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers

History may be around the corner for the Indian Army's artillery regiment, with the first ever acquisition deal for howitzer guns since the Bofors Scam in the 1980s.
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Navy for 2 simulators for Scorpene personnel

The Indian Navy has put out a requirement for two combat systems simulators for crew who will operate the Project 75 Scorpene attack submarines once deliveries begin in 2016.
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Indian Army for SIMFIRE shooting simulators for battle tanks & ICVs

In an effort to hone up firing skills among its mechanised forces, the Indian Army is looking to economise on ammunition and move largely...
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Sindhurakshak accident casts shadow on submarine force levels

The disaster onboard INS Sindhurakshak (S-63) has ominous implications for the Indian Navy, which has been working against huge odds to keep its fleet available and serviceable in the face of downward trend in force levels.
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LoC tension spurs concerns over infantry modernisation

The high degree of ceasefire violations on the line of control (LoC) has heightened awareness of slow progress in infantry modernisation in the country.
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HAL for modernisation of IAF Avro fleet

While an request for proposal (RFP) on the replacement of 59 HS748 Avro transports is currently under evaluation by potential vendors, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced that it is looking...
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Vikramaditya trials successfully progressing

After a series of unfortunate delays, the Indian Navy has expressed cautious optimism over the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, currently in the middle of final sea trials in the White Sea.
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IAF for combat videogame to attract youth

In a first for the armed forces, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to create a realistic high-end air combat videogame with an overt IAF theme, with the intention to attract youth to flying operations in the Air Force.
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HAL seeks air ambulance modification for Dhruv

In a strong indication that HAL has fresh orders for the Dhruv in hand, it has called for a speedy outsources project to modify the civilian variant of the advanced light helicopter (ALH) for air ambulance operations.
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Defence Secretary leads team to Russia

A delegation representing all three armed services and led by Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur will be on an official visit to Moscow, to review bilateral defence projects and speed up decisions.
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Arihant to sail out by November

With its 83MW pressure water reactor going critical, India's first SSBN, the Arihant is all set for sea acceptance trials that will sea it stretch its legs at depths for the first time in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam.
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France cuts Rafale orders, pushes for MMRCA

While negotiations for the MMRCA trudge on in what France is hoping will be the final leg leading to a contract, the country has whittled down orders on the Dassault Rafale amidst pressure on public spending.
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Big US deals to be cleared

The final days of the fiscal could have a marked American flavour, with a few of the US deals in the pipeline for conclusion. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is understood to be in the final stage of negotiations...
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July 20, 2013

MiG-21 in safety spotlight once again

The MiG-21, the backbone of the Indian Air Force's fighter fleet, is back in the headlines. Shortly after a young IAF pilot, Flt Lt Shikhar Kulshreshtha, was killed in a crash at Uttarlai...
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July 19, 2013

Cabinet clears new Mountain Strike Corps

After six years, the Army has finally obtained approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security to begin setting up a brand new mountain strike corps in the northeast as a principal formation against the Chinese.
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July 06, 2013

Technology Perspective & Capability Roadmap 2013

The Integrated Defence Staff has released an updated Technology Perspective & Capability Roadmap 2013, the second in two years, that covers the expansive wish-list of technologies and capabilities...
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Indian Army's 15-year land warfare capability roadmap

The Indian Army will see a multi-dimensional modernisation effort going forward, with asset accretion giving it wings, rotors and unprecedented land presence in terms of fresh assets on wheels, tracks.
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Indian Air Force's 15-year land warfare capability roadmap

In Operation Rahat, the flood relief mission in Uttarakhand, the IAF got the opportunity to put one of its new acquisitions, the C-130J Super Hercules, to the test. In the coming years, the Indian Air Force will be the most visible...
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Indian Navy and Coast Guard's 15-year land warfare capability roadmap

Lead time for naval platforms is by far the maximum among the three services, necessitating far greater foresight for asset accretion.
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India, China discuss joint exercise for October 2013

India and China are in the process of finalising the modalities of their first military joint exercise since 2008 during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister A.K. Antony to Beijing.
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Arihant heads for sea trials this year

India's first nuclear submarine, the Arihant, will enter a phase of sea trials this year, the DRDO's new chief Dr Avinash Chander has said, expressing confidence that there would be no more delays in the landmark effort.
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India, Russia to discuss 2nd N-sub lease

India and Russia are to shortly begin negotiations on the least of a second nuclear attack submarine for the Indian Navy. In April last year, the Navy welcomed the INS Chakra into service in Visakhapatnam...
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MAV Aerodynamics Research Tunnel Being Established

With a slew of micro air vehicle development programmes under way at the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), academic institutions and private industry...
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Indian firm to build parts for Boeing's Chinook

Indian firm Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) has been awarded a first supplier contract in the country to manufacture the aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for Boeing’s model CH-47F Chinook...
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DRDO to expedite production of 16 Nishant UAVs for CRPF

With the Army clearing the indigenous Nishant UAV for an extended 4.5 hour surveillance sortie and things progressing well in the final stages of operationalisation for army operations at the battalion level...
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MBDA's futuristic artillery system, CVS302 HOPLITE unveiled

Drawing a great degree of attention and interest at the Paris Air Show 2013 was MBDA's in-development CVS302 HOPLITE, an indirect precision attack (IPA) capability for land and naval artillery for forces operating in 2035...
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Vikramaditya sets sail on final trials

In what is hoped will be the beleaguered Vikramaditya aircraft carrier's final set of trials before it is handed to the Indian Navy, the much refurbished vessel, formerly Admiral Gorshkov, is now in the White Sea.
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Astra missile to be fired, two variants revealed

With successful captive trials completed in April, and a fully reconfigured missile now ready for the next phase of development testing, India's indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is set...
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India's BMD to work against 5,000 km range missiles too

India's ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, a multi-layered missile system that is capable of intercepting enemy ballistic missiles up to to ranges of 2,000 km, is now steeped in two things...
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AMCA to be developed in 12-15 years

While the DRDO puts its full weight behind priority delivery of the LCA Tejas to the Indian Air Force (IAF), its new Chief Dr Avinash Chander has made an ambitious claim: that the stealth fifth generation AMCA...
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Agni IV and V to be inducted in two years

In a first for India's strategic deterrent programme, the DRDO will be working hard to test, operationalise and induct the Agni-IV and Agni-V in to service within the next 24 months.
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July 01, 2013

Indian Army announces mounted gun competition

Following a generic request for information (RFI) issued in August last year, the Indian Army has announced a fresh and more specific request for information to meet the Army's requirement of 814 mounted gun systems...
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HAL & Dassault set aside differences

After a brief period of turbulence over the MMRCA, in which both HAL and Dassault almost publicly expressed grievances over the stipulations in the procurement RFP and the manner in which technology transfer...
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140 hours till LCA achieves IOC-2

By September, the LCA Tejas will achieve initial operation clearance 2 (IOC-2) and begin moving towards production, according to DRDO Chief Avinash Chander. Revealing that approximately 140 hours of test-flying...
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INS Trikand stealth frigate commissioned

With the commissioning of the INS Trikand stealth frigate, the follow-on Talwar class acquisition is complete. The Trikand was commissioned into the Navy in Kaliningrad, Russia by Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan...
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Maiden all-women flight in Indian Coast Guard

Women have nothing to prove in flight operations, and have always been supremely on par with their male counterparts, receiving as they do the same training and facilities.
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HAL, Sagem to cooperate

Bolstering existing cooperation with the Safran group, which includes several areas, HAL has entered into contract with Safran group company Sagem to set up manufacturing and depot level maintenance facilities...
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HAL's Dhruv proves mettle in flood operation

Proving its mettle as a supremely flexible and agile platform for humanitarian operations, the indigenous Dhruv helicopter was deployed with a remarkable degree of confidence by the Army Aviation Corps and IAF in Uttarakhand.
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Stealth programmes for specialised software

As the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) progresses on two key stealth platforms, the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) and unmanned strike air vehicle (USAV)...
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NAL commissions new bird-strike test facility

In what could become one of the largest facilities in the world to study the effect of bird-strikes on aircraft, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has commissioned a crash sled as part of an integrated impact...
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Mi-17 proves itself in Uttarakhand operations

The June 26 crash of a brand new Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter during a rescue mission in Uttarakhand cast a pall of gloom over the force, especially the 157 Helicopter Unit in Barrackpore under the EAC.
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June 24, 2013

Uttarakhand operations puts spotlight on heavy-lift chopper requirement

The Indian Air Force currently has 45 aircraft, both helicopter and fixed-wing, committed to flood relief operations in monsoon ravaged Uttarakhand.
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IAF Mi-26 joins flood relief operation

As the IAF awaits procedures that will conclude a contract for 15 heavy-lift CH-47 Chinook helicopters that would have been extremely useful in situations like the Uttarakhand flood rescue and relief operation...
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June 13, 2013

Despite IAF, HAL moves ahead on with HTT-40

Despite the IAF's serious concerns over the prospective cost of the HTT-40 and recommendation that the project be shelved, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is powering on with the programme.
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HAL's LUH making progress

With the choice of engine locked (Turbomeca Ardiden 1U Shakti), HAL is moving forward with other aspects of the light utility helicopter for the three services. HAL has begun procurement processes...
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Indian Navy flotilla in Philippines

As maritime tensions intensify between China and Philippines, four Indian warships are now on a goodwill visit to the latter nation in what is being interpreted as a subtle message to Beijing.
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First C-17 takes off for India

Flown by an Indian crew, the first IAF C-17 Globemaster III heavylift transport jet is now on its way to India. Following a ceremony at Long Beach, California, the aircraft—the largest ever operated by the IAF...
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June 11, 2013

India to get its 1st C-17 in a week

Next Monday, the Hindon Air Force Station will receive its first Boeing Defense C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft. The aircraft will be followed by two more by August at which time a formal commissioning...
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June 10, 2013

Breaking News:
New DRDO Chief pushes emergency button on Project Tejas

The DRDO's new Director General, Dr Avinash Chander, has activated Code Red on Project Tejas, and has called for an immediate emergency plan...
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India & Japan home in on US-2

On May 29 in Tokyo, India and Japan decided to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) to explore modality for the cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft. The landmark agreement, which sees Japan for the first time agree...
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Indian Navy for bomb displosal robots

The Indian Navy has announced interest in procuring four remotely-operated vehicles for explosive ordnance displosal purposes. Declaring its interest, the Navy has said it requires these EOD ROVs...
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Indian Navy for heavy torpedoes for new ASW ships

The Indian Navy is in the market for new heavyweight torpedoes with "state-of-the-art technology, of calibre 534.4mm and length not exceeding 7,800mm, to be fired from existing torpedo tubes of ships".
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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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May 20, 2013

RFP out for major Avro-replacement programme

After an abortive attempt to make it an indigenously-led modernisation effort that could set an example for future procurements, the Indian MoD has finally released its request for proposal for 56 medium-lift transport aircraft...
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Project Nirdesh moves ahead

The country's indigenous shipbuilding infrastructure and know-how will be consolidated soon, with the Nirdesh project moving swiftly ahead. Tenders have been floated for the masterplan and detailed project report...
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Priority re-think on Project AMCA

Major and ongoing delays in the light combat aircraft programme have finally reached a point where the Defence Ministry has put a dam on the AMCA fifth generation fighter effort, calling upon the DRDO labs involved...
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Turbomeca to power HAL's light copter

After a protracted effort to identify a suitable engine for the in-development light utility helicopter, HAL has finally chosen the Turbomeca 1U Ariden, a close variant of the 1H1 Shakti that powers the ALH Dhruv and LCH.
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First C-17 to arrive in India shortly

The Indian Navy isn't the only service that gets the bask in the glow of a brand new American-built bird. The IAF will soon welcome to India its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster-III heavy-lift transport aircraft, due to arrive shortly.
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Newly expanded fighter base in South India

On May 27, Defence Minister A.K. Antony will inaugurate a newly expanded and enhanced Air Force base at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The holy town will house what will become one of the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) most important bases in the south, likely to house squadrons of Su-30MKI...
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Second Nirbhay missile test likely by November

Following the partial success of the Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile on its March 12 debut test, the development team has managed to identify the glitch in the inertial naviation system (INS) that forced them to push...
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HAL and BrahMos agree to forge partnership

With synergies simply waiting to be exploited between the two aerospace majors, and with the hypersonic BrahMos-2 speeding up on the drawing board, Hindustan Aeronauitcs Limited (HAL) and BrahMos...
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Rs 8,000 crore ICV upgrade plan on

The proposed ambitious upgrade of the Indian Army's entire fleet of infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) was fleshed out by Defence Minister A.K. Antony in Parliament recently.
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May 18, 2013

Seagull Squadron gets its first P-8I

The Indian Navy has proudly welcomed its newest beast: a gleaming Boeing P-8I (unofficially designated Neptune, but yet to receive its official Indian name), the first of eight aircraft that will be the frontline of the Navy's eyes...
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MiG-21: 50-year journey

The venerable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 continues to be the backbone of the Indian Air Force's air defence force, since its arrival in 1963. Sprinkled across squadrons mostly in the West and South West...
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IAF for 6 more C-130Js, type crosses million flight hours globally

The Indian Air Force (IAF) cannot wait to get its next six Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules medium transport aircraft, a deal that is in its final stages of confirmation. Coming as a boost to C-130J customers worldwide...
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IAF for new assault rifle

The Indian Air Force is looking for a modern assault rifle for its special units (Garud), that should be compact, foldable, easy to carry, handle, operate, simple to maintain and with high range.
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IAF for shoulder-fired weapon simulator

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is scouting for an indigenously developed and built shoulder-fired weapon simulator for the in-service 9K38 IGLA for training purposes.
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Indian Army for SR-UAV

In an effort to augment its fleet of tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Indian Army is on the lookout for an unspecified number of short range UAV (SR-UAV).
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Indian Navy for 5 new Fleet Support Ships

In line with expanding responsibilities, a sharp increase in number of vessels over the next few years, and a larger mandate in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy has announced an effort to acquire five new fleet support...
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May 15, 2013

Breaking News:
Indian Navy's first P-8I to land at Arakkonam today

The Indian Navy's first P-8I, manned by an Indian Navy flight crew, lands in Arakkonam today. The first of eight Boeing Defense P-8Is...
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May 13, 2013

Indian Navy MiG-29K Squadron commissioned

Three years after they began arriving in the country, the Indian Navy's MiG-29K/KUB shipborne multi-role fighters finally have a home squadron: INAS 303 'Black Panthers' at INS Hansa, Dabolim..
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May 06, 2013

Breaking News:
MMRCA negotiations "back on track"

After weeks of being stalled, commercial negotiations for the MMRCA are back on track and in full flow, top sources confirm.
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March 12, 2013

Breaking News:
Mixed success: Nirbhay maiden test stars well, ends with abort

The much anticipated maiden test of India's long-range cruise missile, Nirbhay, ended mostly in disappointment today, with the programme...
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March 06, 2013

HAL to present UAV vision to Home Secretary

HAL will shortly be making a presentation to Home Secretary R.K. Singh on a proposed national plan on UAVs for internal security threats and cross-border terrorism. HAL recently carved out a separate UAV wing...
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Missile export push by DRDO?

After Defence Minister A.K. Antony's push for the BrahMos to be inducted by the Russian armed services, India's DRDO has renewed efforts to draw up a robust export plan for some of its systems...
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DRDO to outsource SATCOM data-link for Rustom-II

In an effort to speed up the Rustom-II MALE UAV programme, the Dehradun-based Defence Electronics Application Establishment (DEAL) has called for quotations on the development of a SATCOM datalink...
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IAF for more Embraer Legacy jets

The Indian Air Force is in the process of drawing up a requirement for additional Embraer ECJ135 Legacy jets for VVIP transport. In addition to the four already in service with the Delhi-based Communication Squadron...
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Home Ministry for drones for anti-Naxal ops

The Home Ministry is expected shortly to float a requirement for surveillance UAVs specifically for anti-Naxal operations. While a requirement already exists, sources indicate that a fresh qualitative requirement...
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M777 deal to be signed soon

A long-delayed deal for 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers is to be signed shortly between New Delhi and Washington. India first expressed interest in the BAE Systems gun over 7 years ago in January 2006.
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Mahindra-Telephonics pitches OceanEye radar for MRH

The new Mahindra-Telephonics joint venture company is pitching the APS-143C(V)3 OceanEye maritime surveillance radar for the Indian Navy's Multirole Helicopter (MRH) in the event that the Sikorsky S-70B Sea Hawk...
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LCA Navy may fly again by mid-year

The LCA Navy, which has been on the ground for many months now since a short spate of just four flights starting in April last year, could take to the skies again later this year with major modifications underway...
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March 05, 2013

Breaking News:
As losses mount, Russia to revamp rotorcraft strategy in India

Once a dominant force in the Indian military helicopter space, Russia is a dwindling force now. With a series of crucial defeats...
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Breaking News:
Nirbhay cruise missile to be tested on March 10?

The secretive Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile could be tested for the first time on March 10 at the Integrated Test Range off Odisha's coast.
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Army, CPMF, Police forces evince interest in NAL SlyBird MAV

While the ADE Imperial Eagle gets set for customer trials, a corresponding development, the SlyBird MAV by the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) has already garnered a reputation for itself as a field ready platform...
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