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Monthly Archives: July 2020

‘AK-47 Protected’ Helmets

The Indian Army has begun the process to acquire 100,000 ‘AK-47 protected’ helmets to enhance the personal protection of its soldiers. A Request for Information (RFI) to acquire 100,000 ‘AK-47 protected’ helmets has been issued in June 2020 to Indian and global helmet manufacturers. The Request for Proposals will be issued in February...

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Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle

Mahindra Defence Systems has made a 'Mine Resistant Ambush Protected' vehicle which will be used by United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Forces in their operations. It is a heavily armoured mine-resistant vehicle, which means it is capable of taking a hit and is suitable for conflict zones. The specialty vehicle also gets interrogation arms...

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Rifle Factory Amethi

The Defence Ministry has set up a costing committee to resolve the standstill over starting the Amethi rifle factory to manufacture 6,71,427 AK-203 assault rifle. This is owing to the fact that Indian Ordnance Factory Board and its Russian partner Kalashnikov till date are not able to present a reasonable pricing plan. The...

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GSL to build 2 pollution control vessels for ICG

Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has emerged as the front runner to build two pollution control vessels for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for approximately Rs 600 Crores. GSL is already executing a follow-on order for five offshore patrol vessels for the Coast Guard, the first of which was commissioned on 15 May 2020.

Spin Recovery Parachute integrated with HJT-36 Sitara IJT

DPSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully integrated the Spin Recovery Parachute with the HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). This will pave way for restarting of crucial spin trials slated later this month. HJT-36 Sitara has gone through a major modification to the airframe which has resulted in much-improved manoeuvrability at all...

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RFI for ABW on GOCO model

Indian Army issued a RFI on 13 May 2020 to outsource repair and maintenance of its Russian-origin tank fleet of T-72 and T-90 tanks to private companies to undertake operations of Delhi-based 505 Army Base Workshop (ABW) on “Government Owned Corporate Operated” (GOCO) model.

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Indian Army gets 718 Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

Maruti Suzuki has delivered 718 units of the Gypsy to the Indian Army in June 2020. Powering the Gypsy is a BS IV compliant 1.3-litre petrol engine that puts out 80 hp of max power and 103 Nm of peak torque.

The gypsy comes with a four-wheel-drive setup as standard,...

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DRDO, IIT-Hyderabad Ties Up

DRDO and IIT-Hyderabad has tied-up as part of efforts to develop critical technology indigenously. The DRDO-IITH research cell will undertake basic and applied research programmes in identified technology areas.

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BDL inks license agreement for Akash Missile with DRDO

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed a License Agreement and Transfer of Technology (LAToT) with DRDO for Akash missile weapon system (Indian Army variant). The missile is developed by the DRDO while the DPSU is the lead integrator for the Akash weapon system.

Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile...

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WhAP Armoured Vehicle Undergoes High Altitude Testing

The Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) developed jointly with the DRDO's Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) and Tata Motors is undergoing the trial phase including high-altitude and floating tests. Notably, Tata Motors is the first private company in India which has developed WhAP with India’s R&D organization DRDO.

WhAP basically...

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