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Monthly Archives: October 2014

IA begins Assault Rifle trials

The Indian Army (IA) has begun the trial to select a 5.56 mm multi-calibre assault rifle. The trials are expected to last several months. Four contenders competing for rifles tender are Beretta's ARX160 (Italy), Colt's Colt Combat Rifle (United States), the Czech Republic's CZ 805 BREN, and the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) ACE...

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Promotion of Defence Exports

In order to boost India’s defence exports, the government is planning to set up a separate export promotion body “Defence Exports Steering Committee (DESC)“ for defence equipment and indigenously developed sensitive platforms. The strategy also includes streamlining the process of issuing NOC/clearance for export of defence related items. The DESC will be headed...

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PM US Visit

Under Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI), the US has proposed to the MoD, offering to co-manufacture and co-develop modern defence equipment with India. The “U.S.-India Defence Relationship” has been extended for next 10 years till 2025 which seeks collaborations in 13 specific areas, including: participation in multinational operations; expanding two-way defence trade; expanding...

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Naval LCA Prototype

India’s indigenously made carrier-borne fighter aircraft Naval Prototype-2 is likely to take its first flight within a month, while the final induction will still take some years. Currently it is undergoing ground testing. The programme was sanctioned in 2003 to develop one trainer and one fighter (NP-1 and NP-2) along with the shore...

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Private co. may be permitted to make defence UAVs

The Indian Government is planning to permit and issue licences to private players to manufacture unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for defence purpose. Some of the licenses are expected to be issued soon. These  being Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technology, Ashok Leyland, Taneja Aerospace & Aviation, Avaana Software & Services, Basant Aerospace, SasMos HET Tech, Swallow...

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