Monthly Archives: April 2016

Akash Missile User Trials

Indian Army recently conducted a user trial of indigenously developed Medium Range Supersonic Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Akash from a defence base off the Odisha coast. The missile was fired targeting a pilot-less target aircraft (PTA).There has been reports that Army was not happy with the performance. Akash is a medium-range surface-to-air missile and...

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MoD to help financially stressed private shipyards

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be signing a MoU with Shipping Ministry to allow and help financially stressed private shipyards that are undergoing Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) to take up defence contracts. The plan is aimed at offering debt-ridden private shipbuilders a helping hand by channeling projects worth Rs 50000 Crores through...

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Adani signs pact with Alpha, Elbit for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Adani Aero Defence, a fully-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises has signed a statement of intent with Alpha Design Technologies and Israel’s Elbit-ISTAR to work in the field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in India. The companies plan to create a tiered vendor base for supporting, indigenisation and localisation requirements and seeks to set...

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BEL-Thales to develop PHAROS fire control radar

BEL-Thales Systems Limited (BTSL), the joint venture company of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and France’s Thales, has signed a partnership agreement for the joint development of the PHAROS fire control radar for both gun and missile systems. PHAROS provides defence against small, fast moving and highly manoeuvrable air and surface targets that may...

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India considering Boeing’s offer for F/A-18 fighter for IAF

India is showing keen interest in considering the United States offer to supply Boeing’s twin-engine F/A-18 "Super Hornet" fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF), over the Lockheed Martin’s offer to supply single-engine F-16s. Both the offers are under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Boeing's proposal involves significant transfer of technology with a...

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Army likely to float tender for 1.36 Lakh BPJs

Indian Army will soon float the tender for the procurement of 1.36 lakh Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs). Previously, a tender floated in 2009 for procurement of over 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets for the Army was cancelled in October 2015 after the items fielded by the vendors failed the trials. The Government had first...

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Indian Army orders additional 619 units of 6X6 HMV’s

Indian Army has signed a follow-on contract with Tata Motors to supply 619 units of its 6X6 HMV (high-mobility vehicle) multi-axle truck. This is in addition to an earlier order awarded by the Army to Tata Motors for 1,239 units of the 6X6 HMV.  Built with a material handling crane, the Tata 6X6...

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India-US Defence Agreements

There are seen deliberations over three foundational defence agreements with the United States and Indian MoD is having some reservations over signing them. These are:
  • Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA)
  • Logistics Support Agreement (LSA)
  • Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for geospatial intelligence.

The US has signed these agreements with most of...

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