Monthly Archives: December 2017

UP invites investments in A&D sector

The Uttar Pradesh government is keen to invite companies to invest in the aerospace and defence sectors and is organizing Investors Summit to be held in Lucknow on February 21-22, 2018. The state Industrial Investment and Employment Policy, 2017 aims at facilitating ease of doing business to derive the maximum benefits of the...

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Overhaul of IAF’s Ilyushin-78 tankers

The Indian Air Force’s mid-air refuellers Ilyushin-78 tankers are all set to go for an overhaul, next year. The fleet of six IL-78 aircraft bought from Russia in 2003-04 at a cost of Rs 132 crore and riddled with problems, only two or three planes from the tanker squadron are available for missions...

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Army Ordered Ammunition Worth Rs. 11,000 Crores

Indian Army has recently finalised the 19 contracts worth Rs 11,739 crore in a bid to boost its capabilities. The ammunition for tanks and artillery for sustaining superior firepower was in the most critical state. Also the Army assessments have revealed that immediate procurement of ammunition and spare parts for weapons and military...

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83 Additional Tejas Fighter Jets

The Indian Air Force has asked the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to submit its proposal for making 83 additional Tejas fighter jets as approved by DAC in a meeting on 07 Nov 2016. Of these, 73 will be the upgraded version called the ‘Mark-1A’ and 10 will be the trainer version — a twin seat version. Read more

Mi-8 Helicopters Phased-out

Indian Air Force has phased-out its Soviet era Multi-Utility Medium Lift Mi-8 Helicopters. MI-8, called Pratap, the twin-turbine copter was mostly used for air-lifting warriors, troops and goods to remote and inaccessible areas, including the mountain ranges. These choppers were formally inducted into service in the year 1972 and till 1988, 107 were...

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India likely to buy more Mi-17 helicopters from Russia

India and Russia are most likely to ink a deal to procure 48 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), worth around US$ 1.1 billion.  Currently, the negotiations have been completed. Earlier, India has bought 151 helicopters, 80 in the year 2008 and then another 71 under three follow-on contracts. The Defence...

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Technology Acquisition and Development Fund

The Defence Minister indicated a major review of the Ordnance Factories was on the anvil factoring in their integration and scope of work. Defence Research & Development Organisation need to identify the patentable products that could be commercially used. Under Technology Acquisition and Development Fund, eight projects have almost fructified and were about...

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Russian Helicopters Keen in NUH Programme

Russian Helicopters is keen to offer its Kamov-226T, for the $3-billion Light Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) programme of the Indian Navy. The RFI issued under the ‘Strategic Partnership’ Policy for 100 numbers, out of which -16 choppers will be bought off the shelf, while the remaining 95 will be built in India. Also...

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