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Monthly Archives: December 2014

India’s indigenous submarines program

The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the proposal to indigenously build six conventional diesel electric submarines. Further, the DAC has also approved the constitution of a 'Core Committee' to identify suitable Indian shipyards to bid for construction of six submarines.  The cost of the project is Rs.18798 crore (2005 cost) and...

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Indigenous overhaul of 50 Rolls Royce engine at Kochi Yard

The Naval Aircraft Yard- Kochi, India (NAY-K) has recently rolled out the 50th Rolls Royce Pegasus engine, post overhaul. The Rolls Royce Pegasus engine powers fighter aircraft Sea Harrier, the fighter aircraft of the Indian Naval air arm. Earlier the Pegasus engines had to be sent to the United Kingdom to be overhauled...

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Successful First Flight of UAV Panchi

India’s DRDO developed wheeled-version of UAV Panchi, has successfully made its maiden flight.  Panchi UAV can be used for intelligence gathering missions over hostile territory, reconnaissance, target designation, surveillance besides others. It is designed for battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, target tracking and localisation besides artillery fire correction. Also, the next generation unmanned aerial...

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FDI proposals received since June 2014

In order to attract more foreign defence OEMs to manufacture in India under its “Make in India” campaign, Government of India has raised the FDI limit to 49% from earlier 26%.  The initiative covers manufacturing of all kinds of defence items / equipment. FDI proposals received from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) since...

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LCH TD-3 successful maiden flight

India’s indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 has made its successful maiden flight. LCH is an indigenous attack helicopter development by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). As of now, HAL has already developed two prototypes of the LCH - the Technology Demonstrator (TD1) and the TD2. The main features of LCH are,...

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IAF to get Tejas fighter in March 2015

Indian Air Force will finally get its first indigenously being developed Tejas fighter in March 2015. The first of IOC standard aircraft has been built and successfully completed its maiden flight on September 30 this year. The first 20 aircrafts will be built by 2017-2018. The fighter's final operational clearance (FOC) to make...

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DRDO successfully tested precision-guided bomb

Indian has successfully tested the one ton indigenously-developed glide bomb. The precision-guided by its on board navigation system, glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with great precision. Glide bombs rely on small control surfaces which direct the weapon towards a target as it progressively loses altitude after being released from...

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DAC approves proposals worth Rs 4,444 crore

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has recently cleared proposals worth Rs. 4,444 crores. The proposal includes: •    Purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crores •    Upgradation of the mobile integrated electronic warfare system, Samyukta, at a cost of Rs 1,682 crores •    Purchase of P-7 Heavy Drop Platform, to be used for military logistics...
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Russia’s “Make in India” chopper offer

Russia has offered India to manufacture light-utility helicopters in line with the “Make in India” campaign and has offered its Kamov-226T helicopters. Understood the order could be for 384 helicopters, which could later be increased to 600 to replace the ailing Cheetah/Chetak fleet used by the Indian Army and Air Force. The size...

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“Make in India” key to Indian private sector participation

India’s “Make in India” campaign has opened the market for Indian private defence manufacturers in India. It has marked the $20 billion market opportunity for private sector for over the next five years. Deals which are already signed includes - India’s L&T is building hull for a nuclear submarine, bullet proof jackets for...

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