Monthly Archives: January 2015

IAF to get first Tejas soon

Indian Air force is likely to get the first indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), this month. The LCA is being handed over to the Air Force after Initial Operational Clearance-II signifying the airworthiness of aircraft in different conditions. The Initial Operational Clearance-I was granted to the aircraft being built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics...

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DRDO to test canister version of Agni-5 soon

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to test launch the canister version of the 5,000-km range Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) shortly. The test is scheduled to be held in the first week of February, this year. The canister version, in which the 17.5 meter tall, 50-tonne missile is...

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IN Likely to buy US-2i amphibious aircraft

Indian Navy (IN) is moving ahead with the proposal of acquiring US-2i aircraft from the Japanese company ShinMaywa. The US-2i is a large Japanese Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) amphibious aircraft which could significantly boost the air-sea rescue capability. Under the Buy and Make (global) category, Navy is interested to buy 12...

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HAL delivered first overhauled Su-30 MKI

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI aircraft to the Indian Air Force. The overhaul is done for aircraft completing 10 years or 1,500 flying hours and the Sukhoi had completed both. Now, the aircraft will fly for another 10 years or 1,500 hours before it returns...

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Indigenous Rustom-2 UCAV programme

The Indian government has invited the private defence companies to participate in the development of India’s first indigenous unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), similar to the Predator drone built by US-based General Atomics. The state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will fund 80 percent of the development and prototype cost for the...

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BHEL, Midhani and HSL – to jointly bid for IN submarine project

India’s state-owned company Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has entered into a partnership with Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Midhani) and Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) to bid for the P-75 I submarine project of the Indian Navy. Project-75 India (P-75 I) aims at building six submarines for the Indian Navy, at estimated cost of...

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New policy to legalize middleman for defence deals

Indian government is soon likely to legalize agents for defence firms. These agents will be able to participate in meetings to help the company they represent, since it may not be possible for official representatives to attend all meetings in India. The norms are to be decided by mid next month. Source: Read more