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HAL Capable Of Manufacturing Rafale Jets, Says Its Chief

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman R Madhavan Friday said the HAL was capable of producing the Rafale aircraft but suggested that the question of transfer of technology does not arise in the current order of just 36 aircraft. The Congress has alleged that Narendra Modi government

DRDO Developing Multi-Mission Aircraft For Coast Guard

To prevent intrusion into Indian waters by unidentified vessels, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) for the Indian Coast Guards for surveillance. The aircraft will be weaponised to prevent unwanted intruders and will also keep an eye

Tejas Fuel Drop-Tank Put Through Test In Chennai

A team of scientists from the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory and the Advanced Seismic Testing and Research Laboratory, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), Chennai, conducted a crucial qualification test of the fuel drop tank of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The laboratory designed and

Navy Inducts 5th Landing Craft Utility Ship, Will Transport Battle Tanks

The Vice Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P on Wednesday commissioned the indigenously designed and built transport ship LCU L55 into the Indian Navy. LCU L55 is the fifth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian

Indian Army Fast-Tracks Procurement Of Close-Quarter-Battle Carbines; Deal Worth $553.33 mn in Offing

The Indian Army is fast tracking the procurement of 93,895 close-quarter-battle carbines (CQB), a deal worth $553.33 mn. A source confirmed to FE Online that the procedure for the procurement of the CQBs is on track and by the close of the financial year 2018-19,

Parliament Panel Slams DRDO For Procuring Nitrogen Gas Plant For Arjun Tanks And Not Using It For Three Years

A parliamentary panel has slammed the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for procuring a mobile nitrogen gas generator plant and not using it for the intended purpose for more than three years. The report on ‘Avoidable Procurement of a Mobile Nitrogen Gas Generator Plant’,

Indian Army Moots $5Bln Air Defence Guns That Fires Smart Ammunition

In March 2012, the then army chief, General V.K. Singh had warned that the country’s security was at risk as 97 percent of the air defence inventory was “obsolete”. The Indian Army has commenced a defence procurement process for purchasing air defence guns that can

Made in India! Indian Army To Get Indigenous Maneuverable Expendable Aerial Target

For its Air Defence (AD), the Indian Army has given its sanction for prototype development of ‘MEAT’ (Manoeuvrable Expendable Aerial Target) under the `Make II’ Category. According to a senior army officer, “For giving realistic training to the men during annual exercises there is a

Russia Wants Back In On India’s Gun And Missile System Competition

Russia has lodged a protest over India’s decision to disquality its two munitions systems from the $1.6 billion Army program, spurring newfound tensions between the two allies. During a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation in New Delhi Thursday, visiting Russia

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Part Of Hi-Tech Army Warfare Strategy

The 1.3-million strong Indian Army is now sharpening its entire war-fighting strategy, ranging from creation of agile integrated battle groups (IBGs) and expansive cyber warfare capabilities to induction plans for launch-on-demand micro satellites, directed-energy weapons, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the like. India is currently

Rafale Jets a Must-Buy : IAF Chief wrote to Defence Minister

In the first week of November, an apprehensive Indian Air Force (IAF) wrote to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to underline that the political controversy around the Rafale deal should not endanger the purchase of the fighters from France, a senior defence ministry official aware of

Country not ready to see women in body bags: Army Chief on Difficulties of Putting Women In Combat Role

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said there are women officers engaged in exercises like mining and de-mining operations and also manning the air defence system, but cited difficulties in assigning them frontline combat role. He said that in frontline combat there are risks

Nehru Ignored Warning On China Ahead Of 1962 War, Stopped Modernisation Of Military: Maj GD Bakshi

A new documentary by Major General G D Bakshi (retd) on Battle at Rezang La of the 1962 Sino-Indian war is aiming to bring back the focus on the valiant fight of the Indian Army against the Chinese forces in the face of overwhelming odds

India May Cut US Surveillance Drone Deal By Half Due To Fund Crunch

India may prune by half a potential order to import hi-tech unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the United States due to financial constraints, two government officials familiar with the Navy’s modernisation plans said on Sunday. Instead of pursuing the navy’s original requirement of 22 MQ-9B

Can’t Give Women Combat Roles, There Will be Ruckus When Maternity Leave is Denied: Army Chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said women are not ready for combat roles and gave reasons like they have the responsibility of raising kids and a woman officer would feel uncomfortable at the frontline and accuse jawans of peeping as she changes clothes.

HAL Couldn’t Deliver Any Production Standard Trainer Aircraft To Indian Air Force’, Says PAC On Tejas Delivery

The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is an audit watchdog consisting of MPs, released a report on Friday (14 December) lambasting government-owned defence manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), among other entities, for its lacklustre performance in delivering units of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)

India Has 140 Nuclear Warheads – And More Are Coming

India has 130 to 140 nuclear warheads—and more are coming, according to a new report. “India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140,” according to Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda

India’s Supreme Court Smashes Aside Storm Over Rafale Deal

The highest ‘all clear’ was pronounced today in India’s 2016 deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft. Presented with a raft of petitions over the last few months questioning the current Narendra Modi government’s selection process, price negotiations, choice of offsets partner — and directly alleging corruption

Thanks To The US, The Indian Navy Selects EMALS For Its New Carrier

The Indian Navy has selected the US General Atomics EMALS for its second aircraft carrier, IAC II, which should be operational in about 10 years. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba told India Strategic in an interaction that the case for EMALS, or Electromagnetic

IAF Has 13 Percent of Women Officers, Highest Among All Three Forces: MoS Defence

The Air Force has 13.09 per cent of women officers, the highest among all three forces, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Wednesday. The Army has 3.80 per cent of women officers, while the Navy has six per cent of women officers, he

In a First, IAF To Fly Plane With Bio-Fuel Blend

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will make history next week when a Russian-origin AN 32 transport plane will be formally flight tested using a mix of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and bio-fuel. The plane will fly from the IAF base at Chandigarh with a blend

In a First, ISRO Will Make Dead Rocket stage ‘Alive’ In Space For Experiments

Can a dead rocket in space be anything but debris? Isro believes it might actually be useful. Feted for its frugality and tech savvy, the Indian Space Research Organisation is working on a new technology where it will use the last stage of the PSLV

Incentive To Institutes If Their Students Join Defence Services

A grant of Rs 1 lakh would be given to every school, college and educational institute affiliated with the CBSE, PSEB and ICSE, whose students would join the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy or the Officer Training Academy.  Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal

Ashok Leyland & Israel’s Elbit Systems Inks Pact For High Mobility Vehicles

Ashok Leyland, which is one of the largest suppliers of wheeled military vehicles to the Indian Army, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Elbit Systems, an Israel-based international defence electronics company. As part of this agreement, Ashok Leyland will provide High Mobility Vehicles

‘Ceasefire Saved Pakistan Air Force In 1965 War’

Had the 1965 Indo-Pak war continued for some more days, as the then IAF chief, Air Marshal Arjan Singh, thought, India would have completely destroyed Pakistani Air Force as they were not able to sustain their tactical operations. But then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri

Why The 2018 Us-India Air Force Exercises Matter?

In June 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump underlined the central function of India and the USA in sustaining peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific area. Recalling the tenets of the UN Constitution, the 2 leaders emphasised the underlying significance of

Indian Military’s surgical Strikes Unit Should Come With a ‘Handle With Care’ Tag

The former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General (retd) D.S. Hooda’s comments about the “surgical strikes” have triggered another bout of political recrimination. However, the furore over the general’s observations on “overhype” and politicisation of military operations has drowned out his more important points about the

What Happens To The Decommissioned Fighter Aircrafts Of Indian Air Force?

Hello Defence Lovers, On average, an aircraft is operable for about 30 years before it has to be retired and no doubt the amount of money Indian Air Force  invest into their aircraft is mind-boggling that is why IAF is the 4th largest air force in

DRDO Developing An Advanced On-Board Inert Gas Generation Systems For Tejas

The Advanced Life Support System (ALSP) was taken up to match the state-of-the-art systems by employing innovative and advanced technologies for enhancing combat efficiency of pilots flying fighter aircraft and helicopters. Under the project, prototypes have been realised and technologies like On-Board Inert Gas Generation

Former Mujahideen’s son Trains In India To Join Afghan Army

Among the 80 foreign gentleman cadets (FGC), who passed out on Saturday from IMA, there was a 24-year-old Afghan soldier who is eager to carry forward his father’s legacy. Father of Mohammed Raheb Rashid, who was among 49 Afghan gentleman cadets, fought as a Mujahideen