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Yearly Archives: 2021

Navy to Buy Shipborne Drones

Indian Navy plans to acquire 10 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial Systems under the 'Buy Global' category. IN already has two a from the US on lease and is working separately on a project to acquire Sea Guardian drones from the United States for expanding its surveillance in the country's areas of interest.

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10 LYNX U2 Fire Control Systems

Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for procurement of Indigenously Developed 10 Lynx U2 Fire Control systems to acquire, track and engage targets amidst sea clutter, for frontline warships of Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 1,355 crore under Buy (Indian) category, to be delivered...

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Indigenously Developed Laser Dazzlers

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to supply indigenously developed 20 Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazzlers (Laser Dazzlers) to Indian Navy. It is a portable, shoulder-operated, non-lethal method for warning and stopping suspicious vehicles/boats/aircraft/UAVs/pirates, etc. from approaching secured areas during both day and night.

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Drones

India leased two MQ-9B SeaGuardian drones from the US for maritime surveillance in the Indian Ocean. These drones were leased even as the Ministry of Defence was discussing the procurement of 30 armed drones from the US, 10 each for the air force, navy and the army.

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AK-203 Rifle

India and Russia had signed a deal to manufacture the AK-203 Rifle in February 2019 at the facility in Amethi’s Korwa. The Indian Army plans to induct around seven lakh AK-203 rifles.

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Fighters for Indian Navy

Indian Navy had launched a programme to acquire 36 fighters for its current and future aircraft carriers in 2017 besides Indian Air Force’s plan to acquire 110 multi-role combat aircraft.

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Project 75I Submarines

Project 75I, under which India plans to acquire six diesel-electric submarine equipped with AIP for increased endurance and survivability and will be capable of launching BrahMos cruise missile under Strategic partnership. In January 2020, the Ministry of Defence had shortlisted two Indian shipyards and five foreign submarine manufacturers for the project.

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Tejas Mark-1A

In March 20, the Ministry of Defence had cleared the purchase of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in the Mk1A configuration. Deal is yet to be signed. HAL plans to manufacture about16 LCA fighters per year.

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Helicopter Programs

The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is India’s first indigenous dedicated attack helicopter. Over 150 LCHs are planned to be inducted by the Air Force and Army. Indian defence ministry approved initial lot of 15 LCHs in 2016 (10 for Air Force and 5 for Army). Price negotiations for indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)...

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