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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Fighter Aircraft

The Indian Government may strike a deal for another 36 Rafale fighter jets, by early 2020. The Indian Air Force has recently been handed over its first Rafale aircraft from France. The purchase of another 36 Rafale fighter jets will take the fleet to 72. 

The project under SP model for 114 fighter...

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Naval Shipbuilding

Recently MoD issued four shipbuilding Requests for Proposal (RFP) worth Rs 15000 Crores to Indian shipyards, namely, 06 Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs), 08 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and 08 Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. Also, in pipeline is a mega Rs 60000 Crores 'Make in India' project named...

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Project-75I Development

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipbuilder South Korean is the new contestant for Project 75I while the Swedish company SAAB has pulled out. The other contenders are Naval Group (France), TKMS (Germany), Rosoboronexport (ROE) Rubin Design Bureau, Russia and Navantia (Spain) to build six conventional submarines in India. Amongst these, expert feels that only Rubin, TKMS and Naval...

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Procurement of T-90 Tanks

The Ministry of Defence has placed an order for procurement of 464 T-90 Main-Battle Tanks (MBTs), worth 20000 Crores with the Heavy Vehicles Factory Avadi. With the production capability of about 120 tanks a year, it could take over four years for it to deliver all 464. The 46.5-tonne tank is powered by a 1,000HP engine and...

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IAF to buy additional Sukhois, Mig-29 fighter jets

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to procure 12 Su-30 MKI to replace the number of aircraft lost in different accidents and 21 Mig-29 fighter jets from Russia. The procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighters from Russia is expected to cost around USD 847 Million (approximately $40 Million per aircraft). The 21 MiG-29 jets are expected to...

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MH-60R Seahawks Multi-Role Helicopters

The Indian Navy has placed an order for 24 Sikorsky MH-60R maritime helicopters worth USD 2.6 Billion from US under Direct Government Sale. As of now, the LOR (letter of request) and LOA (letter of acceptance) procedures are on, with the deal expected to be signed by the 2019-end with the induction of these heavy-duty choppers is...

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Spares for Pilatus

India, in 2012, signed a deal with Pilatus for 75 PC-7 MK-II Basic Trainer Aircraft worth Rs 4000 Crores for Indian Air Force (IAF) with deliveries being completed by 2015-end. However, later on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) suspended all business dealings with Pilatus over allegations of corruption. In view of the fact that the IAF needs...

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Procurement of Spike Missiles

The Army has begun to induct a limited number of Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to meet immediate operational requirements till the indigenous man-portable ATGM being developed by DRDO are ready for induction. It is said the “first lot” of the 210 Spike missiles, with a dozen launchers, worth around Rs 280 Crores have been received as...

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Army Requires Drones

The Army's list of equipment that are required on urgent basis include Drones that can be used to carry loads of up to 50 kg above 10,000 feet and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which double up as missiles to shoot down other drones. The Loitering munitions drones have the capability to be used as missiles while they...

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Indian Navy to buy SRSAM

The OEMs such as MBDA, SAAB, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Samsung and Rosboronexport have responded to the Indian Navy's bid for Short-Range Surface-To-Air Missile (SRSAM) systems under Buy (Global) Category. These are required urgently to replace 150 odd existing Barak-1 air defence systems which is onboard the Kamorta class corvettes of the Indian Navy. Each SRSAM system will...

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