Monthly Archives: April 2015

India launches the first indigenously-built Scorpene sub

After years of prolonged delays, India finally launched the first indigenously-built Scorpene submarine, built under Project 75, at the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai. While the submarine is to undergo extensive harbor and sea trials, it is expected to be commissioned in September 2016. The next five submarines will be rolled out...

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India to buy 36 Dassault Rafale jets in ready to fly condition

India will now negotiate direct purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France in ready to fly condition, through a government-to-government deal worth around $4 billion. Both the countries have agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by Dassault Aviation as part...

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India to buy Maitri SRSAM from Europe

Indian government has approved the purchase of nine Maitri short range surface to air missile (SAM) systems from the European arms major MBDA for Indian warships. The Defence Acquisition Council, therefore, instructed the DRDO to engage with MBDA for co-development of these missiles with a range of approximately 25 km for the Navy....

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DAC approves to build two AWACS

The Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) has cleared the DRDO project to build two next-generation AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control Systems), which can detect incoming aerial threats like hostile fighters, drones and cruise missiles from 400-km away. The eventual plan is to induct eight such aircraft under the "Awacs-India" project. It will take at...

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Delhi, Mumbai to get Nuclear Missile Shield

Indian Government has favored the plan to give a nuclear missile shield security cover to the India's capital city, Delhi. Two long-range missile-tracking radars have been placed in the national capital region. When completed, the shield will be able to intercept missiles fired from as far as 5,000 km away. The next Indian...

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Defence buys approved by DAC

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the projects close to Rs 8,341 crore. The proposal includes:
  • Procurement of two Airbus A330 planes for Rs. 5,113 crore for the Indian Air Force. The radar for which will come from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • 1,512 mines plough for T90 tanks worth Rs. 710 crore.
  • 30 weapon-locating...
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Saab to supply Electronic Warfare for Dhruv helicopters

India’s Hindustan Aeronautic Limited has awarded Saab a contract modification for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Air Force and Army's Dhruv advanced light helicopter. A $78 Million contract also covers supply of IDAS ground support and test equipment for the advanced light helicopter programme.

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