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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Indian Aero market

Thales has expressed desire to enter Indian defence market, in collaboration with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).  On the other hand, Airbus Helicopter is also keen on associating with HAL’s multi-role helicopters, including the naval version and has offered to play a greater role in building the Indian chopper market, which holds huge...

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Tata to produce aircraft equipment for Cobham

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) has entered in to a contract-manufacturing tie-up with UK-based Cobham to make the latter’s air-to-air refuelling equipment for aircrafts in India. TASL provides integrated solutions for aerospace defence and homeland security markets in India and makes equipment for radar systems and night-vision devices and unmanned aerial systems; whereas Cobham...

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Indian Navy inducts OPV INS Sumitra

Indian Navy got the delivery of largest indigenously developed offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra. The vessel is developed by Indian state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited. The vessel is the fourth in the series of 105-metre vessels built by the shipyard for the Navy. It is equipped with large number of state-of-the-art indigenous electronic, communication...

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OPVs for Coast Guard

Goa Shipyard Ltd is in the process of construction of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for Indian Coast Guard. The first OPV will be ready for delivery as per schedule by October 2015 and all six vessels will be delivered to Indian Coast Guard by November 2017. Till now, GSL has delivered total of 15...
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India’s FDI in defence increased to 49%

Indian Government and Defence Ministry has increased the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit up to 49% from the previous 26%. The current FDI in Defence sector is also subject to the condition that the management of Applicant Company / partnership should be in Indian hands with majority representation on the Board as well...

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Russian Navy to get four Minesweepers

The Russian Navy is planning to acquire four new naval minesweepers, designed by state-owned Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The first ship “Alexandrit-class vessels” scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the remaining three from 2016 to 2018. The ships weigh 890 tons, are 61 meters long and 10 meters wide. The...

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Upgradation of Brazilian Helos

The Brazilian Navy's is going for upgradation of its eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters by AgustaWestland. The worth of the deal is around $160 million and first helicopter is scheduled to return in the second half of 2017. The upgrade includes replacement of helicopter Rolls-Royce Gem engines with the LHTEC's CTS800-4N. Also an avionics...

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Boeing completes MSA systems testbed trials

US based manufacturer Boeing has recently completed missions systems and sensor installation of the Bombardier Challenger 604 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) test bed, ahead of ground and flight trials which in turn will lead onto customer demonstrations. The MSA is basically for those operators looking for a maritime surveillance platform but without the...

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Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin bags CSAR Helicopter Contract

The United States Air Force (USAF) recently awarded Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin team a $1.3 billion contract for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program. The deal includes 112 Sikorsky Black Hawks outfitted with Lockheed mission equipment which are to replace HH-60G combat search-and-rescue helicopters that are being currently used by the USAF. The contract awarded Thursday...

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