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March 04, 2013

Breaking News:
DRDO weighs unmanned rotorcraft development

Despite deep interest in unmanned rotorcraft for several different kinds of operations—from maritime operations off a ship's deck to urban...
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Defence Budget cuts could impact modernisation?

The nominal hike of just five per cent in the Indian defence budget to Rs. 2,03,672 crore brings the country's defence budget to its lowest percentage of GDP in the last three decades...
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IMRH parameters to be frozen by 2014

HAL has its hands full, as a result of which the all-important Indian Mult-irole Helicopter (IMRH) programme has taken a back-seat. However, with conceptual development between HAL and...
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Imperial Eagle MAV ready for user trials

The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has unveiled the hand-launched fixed-wing mini UAV Imperial Eagle, and invited potential users to give the platform a test.
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Beretta PX4 and ARX-160 on offer to Indian Army

The legendary Beretta of Italy is expanding its presence in the Indian market in a big way, and demonstrated this with a sizeable presence at the recent Aero India show in Bangalore.
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Indian interest in V-22 Osprey intensifies

The Indian armed forces appear ready to consider the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey as a possible future platform. What began as a preliminary interest in the world's only operational tilt-rotor aircraft...
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The Rs 12,000 crore Avro replacement programme will be a 2-horse race?

Waiting in the wings for an urgent replacement are the IAF's vintage HS-748 Avro transports, built under license by HAL's transport...
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Iron Fist 2013

Among a sombre national mood following the twin blasts in Hyderabad that killed 16 people, the Indian Government put on display the country's might over Pokhran in a fire power demonstration designated 'Iron Fist'.
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Delayed IJT irks Air Force

A storm may be brewing over HAL's intermediate jet trainer, with the IAF and HAL in stark divergence over the state of the troubled programme. The HJT-36 Sitara is to achieve initial operational clearance (IOC)...
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After 4 year lull, Saras to fly again

After the tragic crash of its second prototype in March 2009, in which the three-member IAF test crew was killed, the NAL Saras light transport aircraft, is expected to take to the air again this month.
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Rustom-H first flight in 11 months

With the Rustom-1 firmly in flight test towards proving itself as a tactical surveillance drone, the higher performance Rustom-H long-endurance surveillance platform is now close to being ready for a first flight.
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IIT's Unmanned Mini-Copter Matures

IIT Kanpur has long been a institution of excellence when it comes to aerospace engineering. The institute's facilities and faculty are involved in several programmes of national importance—from aircraft to missile...
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Eurofighter fights to re-enter MMRCA competition

While respecting the Indian Government's decision to eliminate the Typhoon and progress negotiations with Dassault Aviation for the Rafale, the Eurofighter consortium is staying on the sidelines prepared...
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Pinaka MBRL test-fired

An advanced version of the operational Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher system (MBRLS) has been tested a number of times over the last few weeks on the country's east coast ranges.
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Fourth UK-built Hovercraft joins Indian Coast Guard

H-190, the fourth dozen air cushion vehicles (ACVs) or hovercraft designed and built by UK's Griffon Hoverwork Limited (GHL), has joined service with the Indian Coast Guard, and was commissioned...
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HAL flags MMRCA tech transfer challenges

It has always been known that the MMRCA would provide one of the most complex technology transfers in Indian defence contracting history in terms of the scope of transfer and what the vendor is required to provide.
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Astra test-firing from Su-30MKI this year

2013 has been christened 'Astra Year' by DRDO in light of expectations that the Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile will finally see a flight test firing from an IAF aircraft.
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BrahMos-A final integration this year

After years in integration, the BrahMos-A air-launched version, will complete integration with an IAF Su-30MKI this year in time for a first test-firing by December 2013 or early 2014.
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IAF Su-30MKIs in trouble?

The Iron Fist fire power demonstration over the Thar Desert last month has spelt bad news for the Su-30MKI. Things started off on a bad note on February 19 when a Su-30MKI crashed during a night bombing and...
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Finally, Indo-French SR-SAM programme takes off

After years in discussions, the Indo-French 'Maitri' short-range surface-to-air missile (SR-SAM) programme is ready to be concluded. During the recent visit of French President Francois Hollande...
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Light Copter Buy Delayed?

One of India's most crucial purchases—197 reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters (RSH)—for the Army and IAF is likely to be delayed indefinitely according to reports.
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Critical Review of LCA Tejas

The LCA Tejas showed off some of its operational prowess at the recent Iron Fist fire power demonstration over the Thar Desert—the platform was fielded after the IAF expressed keenness in seeing the aircraft perform...
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In a first, Army orders 20 Cheetal copters

After years of diffidence, the Indian Army has ordered 20 Cheetal helicopters from HAL in a deal worth Rs. 418 crore. The choppers will be delivered over the next four years. "HAL will also provide training to the pilots and...
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Committee to supervise VVIP copter probe

A 30-member committee comprising members of the two houses of Indian Parliament will look into the AgustaWestland AW101 VVIP helicopter deal, even as the CBI begins a full-fledged investigation into the acquisition...
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AgustaWestland fall-out over other deals?

The VVIP helicopter controversy could impact or delay other ongoing acquisition programmes of the Indian armed forces, already nervous by the potential repercussions. It so happens that the Indian Navy...
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February 08, 2013

Fifth-Gen flavour at Aero India

At Aero India 2013, it’s hard to miss the fifth generation flavour in the air. They may not be big jets on the flightline, not yet at least, but they finally have a shape and form.
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Unmanned: The Future of Air Wars

Extensive global experience shows that reconnaissance and observation helicopters need to be capable of fulfilling various roles – personnel transport, escort and armed missions, casualty evacuation and observation.
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India To Be Offered US Navy’s Future UAS?

Northrop Grumman will for the first time highlight the MQ-4C Triton long endurance unmanned air system at Aero India 2013. The underdevelopment system is being created under the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance...
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February 07, 2013

India: Rotorcraft Central

In case you didn’t notice, Aero India 2013 isn’t really a fighter show. Then again, all comparisons with the 2011 show are unfair considering that the MMRCA competition is no longer technically, a competition.
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The IAF’s ‘Generation’ Dream

Four years ago, in February 2009, the world got its first glimpse of India’s secretive next-generation fighter aircraft effort. Typically christened with the anodyne ‘Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft’ (AMCA) working title...
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Ahead of fire demo, Tejas breezes through icy test

Ahead of the Iron Fist fire power demonstration in Rajasthan shortly where the LCA Tejas will be seen breathing fire for the first time as part of a cooperative exercise with other aircraft in IAF inventory...
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February 06, 2013

Aerospace sector key enabler of economic growth

As Aero India 2013 dawns, there is a general sense that the tumult and buzz of the show's last two iterations just won't be there. This would perhaps be true if the only indication of a show's success was the number of fighter jet...
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February 03, 2013

Breaking News:
IAF gets first lot of brand new Pilatus trainers

In a major fillip to strained training regimes, the IAF has just received the first lot of its brand new Pilatus PC-7 MkII basic stage-1 trainer aircraft.
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February 01, 2013

Rolls-Royce pitches engine for HAL's Light Copter

While Aero India 2011 was tinged with turmoil for Rolls-Royce—it had decided shortly after the show to withdraw from a competition to re-engine the IAF's Jaguar strike aircraft—it is back at Aero India 2013...
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Breaking News:
India gifts Do-228 aircraft to Seychelles

Days ahead of Aero India, in a sign of increasing regional cooperation and power projection, the Indian government today handed over...
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January 31, 2013

Lockheed Martin to focus on C-130J at Aero India

With a deal for six additional C-130J Super Hercules nearly concluded, Lockheed Martin keeping its focus almost solely on the platform at Aero India 2013. An IAF C-130J will be on display at the show this year.
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Boeing debuts ScanEagle UAV at Aero India

While Boeing will have the largest aircraft once again at Aero India 2013, with a USAF C-17 Globemaster III—the first C-17 for the IAF entered flight test earlier in January—it will be debuting a smaller aircraft...
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January 30, 2013

Combat-proven Iron Dome to debut at Aero India 2013

Israel's participation at Aero India 2013 will be underscored by an outside display for the first time by missile house Rafael Advances Defense Systems Ltd. The heart of the display will be the Iron Dome system...
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Honeywell at Aero India 2013

Honeywell, which was issued an RFP in October last year for the much-anticipated Jaguar re-engining contract, will be at Aero India in a big way this year as well.
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EADS on a high for Aero India 2013

With the Airbus A330 MRTT win in India's tanker competition, EADS will be riding into Aero India with a long-missed feel good factor coursing through its veins—the win comes after a string of disappointments in India...
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January 28, 2013

Hermes 900 at Aero India 2013

Israel's Elbit Systems has announced that it will display its new generation Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol UAS at Aero India 2013. The Indian Navy, as is well known, is in the global market for maritime medium altitude long...
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Russian Helicopters banks on 197 copter deal

On the back of two significant losses in the Indian defence space—the IAF's heavylift and attack helicopter competitions—Russian Helicopters Co. will be focusing all its energies at Aero India 2013...
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MBDA back with a bang at Aero India 2013

European missile house MBDA has always had a solid presence at Aero India, and this year it's back with full force once again. The company says, "At Aero India 2013, MBDA will again demonstrate its unique status...
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Breaking News:
India conducts 11th test of K-15 subsurface weapon

In a significant milestone towards technology maturity, the DRDO today conducted its 11th successful test of the K-15 subsurface launched...
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Highlights of aircraft line-up at Aero India 2013

Bills itself as the "world's greatest single", and continues to be one of the most popular single-engine business aircraft in the world today. With roles that include executive transport, cargo, air ambulance, airline, and...
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Display teams to dominate Aero India 2013

With the Medium Multirole Fighter Aircraft (MMRCA) bid making its way towards a contract award, Aero India this year will bear a more resigned visage, at least as far as the roar of fighter engines is concerned.
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Indian 5th Gen fighter model to debut at Aero India

The aerospace community will get its first ever glimpse of what the modified Indian version of the Russian PAK FA looks like at Aero India, with HAL planning to unveil a model of the Prospective Multirole Fighter...
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Certified and ready, Indian Army to receive 1st weaponised Dhruv

In a significant milestone for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, the first Dhruv (Weapon Systems Integrated)—Dhruv-WSI or Rudra as it has been christened—will be certified and ready for handing over...
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January 21, 2013

Breaking News: INS Saryu enters service

The first of four naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPV) built by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), INS Saryu (P54), enters service with the Indian Navy today at Goa.
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January 19, 2013

Post-deliveries Textron looks forward to Aero India

As reported by SP's earlier, the Indian Air Force recently began taking delivery of Textron Defense CBU-105 sensor fuzed munitions for its Jaguar jets. The company has announced its participation in Aero India 2013...
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January 08, 2013

Breaking News: Airbus Military A330 MRTT selected by Indian Government

As reported earlier by SP's M.A.I., Airbus Military has emerged victorious in the Indian Air Force's mid-air refuelling tanker bid.
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December 27, 2012

Breaking News:
INS Tarkash joins Western fleet

The second of the three follow-on Talwar-class frigates, INS Tarkash (F50), arrived in Mumbai today and is now part of the sword-arm Western Fleet.
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Breaking News:
Arihant's missile tested, near ready for integration

The Defence Research & Development Lab (DRDL) yesterday quietly tested the K-15, the submarine-launched version of the land-based...
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December 26, 2012

HAL signs contract for 42 more Su-30MKIs

On course for a while now, HAL signed a contract for 42 more license-built Su-30MKI air dominance fighters with the Ministry of Defence and Rosoboronexport in Delhi during the visit of Russian President...
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December 05, 2012

Indian Navy RFP: Effort for new submarine line surfaces

It is perhaps the most important acquisition the Navy has planned for, and is finally ready to get off the ground. The Project 75 India conventional attack submarine line has had an extended gestation period...
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November 26, 2012

LoR for supply of 145 BAE M777 guns issued

After multiple twists and turns, the Indian MoD has finally dispatched a letter of request (LoR) to the Pentagon for the supply of 145 BAE Systems M777 ultra-light howitzer (ULH) guns.
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November 03, 2012

Airbus Military wins Indian mid-air refueller tender

In yet another loss to Moscow in a big-ticket Indian military tender, EADS/Airbus Military has emerged as the winner in the Indian Air Force's tender for six new generation flight refuelling aircraft (RFA).
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November 01, 2012

AH-64D Apache the most potent attack helicopter

The avatar of the venerable Apache that the Indian Air Force has chosen—the AH-64D Apache Block III—as the winner in its 22 copter bid, is perhaps the most potent attack helicopter in the world today.
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October 29, 2012

Breaking News:
Chinook wins Indian heavy-lift chopper competition

It has been a close fight, but a winner has finally emerged. The US-built Boeing CH-47F Chinook has emerged as the most competitive offering...
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Octcober 25, 2012

IAF Vintage Squadron comes to life!

The Indian Air Force's Vintage Flight (VF) has revved to life in style, with the first of a list of venerable old aircraft taking to the skies. A refurbished 1930s de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane was the darling...
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Octcober 15, 2012

Russia interested in Yak-130 for India

With the JSC IRKUT Corporation recently handing over an initial batch of six Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air force, the company is weighing interest from India in the trainer that's being moulded...
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Octcober 11, 2012

Three year slip in FGFA

The Indian Air Force officially expects to begin inducting the Indo-Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) by 2017, but there's disappointment there. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said in Delhi...
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Octcober 01, 2012

Flanker turns 10 in Indian Service

The venerable Su-30MKI, the definitive variant of the iconic Russian air dominance fighter, has turned ten in the service of the Indian Air Force — one of the largest Flanker operators in the world today.
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September 24, 2012

Indian VSHORADS competition progresses

The massive $6 billion Indian Army very short-range air-defence system (VSHORADS) competition, which looks to contract nearly 1,000 launcher systems and over 6,000 missiles...
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New generation Su-30 unveiled

The brand new Su-30SM, the latest variant of the Su-30 series, developed by JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau and designed for the Russian Ministry of Defence, made its debut flight at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant...
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September 15, 2012

EADS-BAE proposed consortium to be the largest ever merger

It will be one the largest ever acts of consolidation in the arms and aerospace industry ever, certainly the biggest in Europe. The under-discussion merger of defence and aerospace giants EADS & BAE Systems...
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September 14, 2012

Breaking News:
RFP to BAE Systems for 20 more Hawks for IAF aerobatics team

In addition to the 123 Hawks already ordered, some of which are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), the IAF's aerobatics display team...
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August 16, 2012

First Indian carrier not before 2017

In another major delay dogging India's most ambitious shipbuilding effort, the country's debut home-built aircraft carrier of the new Vikrant class will not be commissioned into service with the Indian Navy before 2017...
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August 08, 2012

Breaking News:
Indian Navy floats tender for 56 utility helicopters

After inviting information in 2010, the Indian Navy has floated a tender for 56 naval utility helicopters (NUH) from global vendors.
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August 03, 2012

Boeing to brief India on AH-6i light armed utility helicopter

In the final stages of setting up a line for the AH-6 light armed utility helicopter, Boeing plans to weigh interest in India through briefings to the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) later this year.
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India's first C-17 Globemaster-III takes shape

The fruit of India's single largest defence contract yet with Washington took shape this week at Boeing's big military aircraft facility in Long Beach, California, with tail section, fuselage and...
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July 02, 2012

Current IAF modernisation to be completed by 2022

Signalling a push to modernisation of air power asserts and shoring up of dwindling squadron strength, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said today that the current spate of IAF modernisation would be complet...
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India's own AMCA fighter

With so much attention paid to India's LCA Tejas and the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA - but officially designated Prospective Multi-role Fighter or PMF) programme...
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India's unmanned stealth bomber

It is finally clear what India's hush-hush stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) will look like, with images emerging from the project's design and definition stage finally providing a definite picture.
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June 25, 2012

Breaking News:
Govt clears procurement effort of QR-SAMs for 8 Army air defence regiments

The MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared a Rs. 12,000-crore acquisition of quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles...
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June 07, 2012

US Secretary of Defence Panetta in India

On the back of a slew of high value defence deals with the US, India has conveyed that it is no longer interested in remaining in a buyer-seller relationship, and will exercise its rights as a customer...
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June 04, 2012

Indian Air Force looks for all-terrain light strike vehicles for special ops

After the Army expressed interest in similar equipment a few months ago, the Indian Air Force is looking to procure an undisclosed number of all terrain...
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May 22, 2012

Six LCA Squadrons by 2022

Has the Ministry of Defence (MoD) put a cap on the induction of LCA Tejas? In a surprise assertion, it has been revealed that the Indian forces...
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May 10, 2012

Govt clears Pilatus basic trainer deal

After a delay that made the Indian Air Force jittery, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has accorded formal approval to a deal with Swiss firm Pilatus for 75 PC-7 Mk.2 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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May 09, 2012

Exercise Shoorveer Ends

The Indian Army and Air Force have just completed one of their most complex integrated theatre battle concept exercises in the deserts of Rajasthan, Exercise Shoorveer.
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April 21, 2012

Indo-US naval war games in Indian Ocean

The Indian and U.S. navies have completed another round of the Malabar series of joint exercises, off India's Eastern seaboard.
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April 20, 2012

IAF scouts for nine new COMJAM/SIGINT aircraft

The Indian Air Force has announced its intention to acquire nine new aircraft for survey, target towing, COMJAM and Airborne SIGINT. The announcement comes after a long gestation period that has seen hectic activity...
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April 05, 2012

INS Chakra joins Indian Navy, Govt considers lease of 2nd submarine

The 8,140-ton Russian Akula-II class nuclear powered attack submarine (SSN) INS Chakra joined the Indian Navy today, pushing the service back...
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March 20, 2012

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2012

The Indo-US land forces engagement has progressed substantively. Starting at the first Yudh Abhyas exercise seven years ago at the basic platoon level, the exercise held this year has evolved into an advanced command post...
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February 21, 2012

Will India ever operate the F-35?

When the Dassault Rafale was declared the lowest bidder in the highly anticipated MMRCA competition, the U.S. government signaled that it was still "willing to share information" with India on the F-35 Lightning II...
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February 13, 2012

Rafale, Eurofighter have one more war left in India

Technically, the MMRCA battle isn't over just yet, though Eurofighter is still working on a counter strategy to break back into the reckoning.
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February 07, 2012

Eurojet's final hope in India rests with naval Typhoon?

Eurojet GmbH, the cooperative entity that builds the EJ200 turbofan engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon faces the prospect of never doing direct business with India...
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February 06, 2012

Outlook for EADS in India post MMRCA loss

Losing out to Dassault in the massive Indian MMRCA competition has undoubtedly been a blow to the rival European conglomerate, and comes as only the latest in a long list of sharp disappointments...
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February 01, 2012

French Rafale wins the MMRCA race

Fifty-four months after the Indian government floated what was without a doubt its largest, most ambitious acquisition effort for combat aircraft ever, it chose the French Rafale...
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Will AMCA Be India's Last Manned Fighter Jet Programme?

With the amount of energy and focus the government has invested, and continues to invest, in the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, some crucial evolutionary efforts get blindsided.
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January 11, 2012

Israel signs $1.1-billion deal with India

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has notified the Tel Aviv stock exchange of a $1.1-billion defence contract with an Asian customer for "intelligence gathering systems, anti-missile defence platforms...
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January 09, 2012

MICA missile for upgraded Mirage 2000

After getting stuck at the Finance Ministry for months, the weapons package for India's upgraded Mirage 2000s was finally cleared last week, with the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)...
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January 06, 2012

India's depleting submarine arm

The Indian Navy's submarine arm is in a precarious situation. As the navy labours to keep its operational fleet seaworthy and fighting fit, the numbers game is beginning to get worrisome.
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December 26, 2011

Decade later, hope for INS Vikrant

The INS Vikrant aircraft carrier was decommissioned 14 years ago, and remains an unmissable presence at the Naval dockyard in Mumbai.
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