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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Indian Armed Forces formulating QRs for Predator-B

Indian Armed Forces are formulating the Qualitative Requirements (QRs) for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drones, namely, the MQ-9 Reaper or Predator-B, built by General Atomics, 10 for each Service. The pricing and availability (P&A) data has been obtained from the US through FMS. Each fully armed drone with sensors and weapons is...

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RFI for Loitering Munition Systems

Indian Army has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to procure 100 Loitering Munition systems on March 6. The Loiter Munition should be man-portable, weigh less than 20 kg, flight endurance of at least 30 minutes, range of 15 km (Line of Sight), ability to operate up to an altitude of 4500 m...

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L&T bags FMS contract for Special Naval Vessel for Chile

The Pentagon has awarded Larsen and Toubro (L&T) a USD 11.5 Million contract to build a specialized Supply Vessel for the Chilean Navy under FMS program. The contract is in the support of the Government of Chile for a twin-screw Anchor Handling, Towing, Supply and Standby Vessel (AHTSSV) with hybrid propulsion and dynamic...

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IAF to get two self-protection suites from US

India has inked a USD 190 Million (Rs 1300 Crores) deal with the US under FMS for two self-protection suites (SPS), which will be retrofitted on the two custom-built Boeing-777 aircraft earlier acquired for Indian Air Force (IAF) for VVIP travel. The two wide-bodied B-777s, with their fully-integrated advanced missile approach warning sensors,...

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Daimler India Plans to Supply to Defence

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles is planning to make engines for off-the-highway vehicles, supply trucks for defence and also venture into freight aggregation sector. The companies produces six cylinder and four cylinder engines and are looking at supplying 4x4 trucks to Indian defence sector.

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India, US signs contract for 24 MH-60R Helicopters

India has signed a contract with US for procurement of 24 MH-60 Romeo’ anti-submarine fourth-generation helicopters through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in a deal worth USD 2.6 Billion for the Indian Navy to be inducted over five years and envisaging 30 percent offsets contract. The choppers, manufactured by the Lockheed Martin, can...

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155 mm Guns – Field Artillery

The Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan, drawn in 1999, is aimed at acquiring 2800-3000 155 mm guns, the projection includes 814 truck-mounted guns, 1580 towed guns, 100 tracked self-propelled guns, and 180 wheeled self-propelled guns by 2027. Some progress in the segment:-

  • 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers are already on order from...
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Third Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy

The proposed third aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy INS Vishal had remained stalled since 2017, with Ministry of Defence (MoD) reluctant to grant financial clearance over its exorbitant cost. While cost estimates for the Indian program were reduced considerably after plans to blend a nuclear propulsion system were scrapped, the warship’s development...

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Indigenous Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH)

HAL has requested the Government for permissions to go ahead on the 'risk sharing' model to develop an Indigenous Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH). The IMRH plan, project costs is expected to be worth Rs 10000 Crores and will have several unique aspects, including a design that will allow it to operate with two different engines...
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US-India Defence Deals in Pipeline

India's defence purchases from the United States have reached USD 17 Billion since 2007 from surveillance planes to Apache and Chinook helicopters, as proof of India's willingness to tighten strategic ties and indication of pivoting away from traditional supplier Russia. These soon-to-be-inked deals will take the total value of Indian defence contracts bagged...

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