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    July 20, 2013
    MiG-21 in safety spotlight once again

    The MiG-21, the backbone of the Indian Air Force's fighter fleet, is back in the headlines. Shortly after a young IAF pilot, Flt Lt Shikhar Kulshreshtha, was killed in a crash at Uttarlai, a pilot who survived an earlier MiG-21 accident in 2005...

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    July 19, 2013
    Cabinet clears new Mountain Strike Corps

    After six years, the Army has finally obtained approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security to begin setting up a brand new mountain strike corps in the northeast as a principal formation against the Chinese.

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    July 6, 2013
    Technology Perspective & Capability Roadmap 2013

    The Integrated Defence Staff has released an updated Technology Perspective & Capability Roadmap 2013, the second in two years, that covers the expansive wish-list of technologies and capabilities that the armed forces intend to acquire either indigenously or from abroad in the course of the next 15 years.

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    July 6, 2013
    Indian Air Force's 15-year land warfare capability roadmap

    In Operation Rahat, the flood relief mission in Uttarakhand, the IAF got the opportunity to put one of its new acquisitions, the C-130J Super Hercules, to the test. In the coming years, the Indian Air Force will be the most visible face...

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    July 6, 2013
    India, China discuss joint exercise for October 2013

    India and China are in the process of finalising the modalities of their first military joint exercise since 2008 during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister A.K. Antony to Beijing. Both sides have decided to hold a joint exercise in China in October 2013.

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    July 6, 2013
    MAV Aerodynamics Research Tunnel Being Established

    With a slew of micro air vehicle development programmes under way at the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), academic institutions and private industry, a new advanced research tunnel is being established in Bangalore to speed up testing and development work.

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    July 6, 2013
    Indian firm to build parts for Boeing's Chinook

    Indian firm Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) has been awarded a first supplier contract in the country to manufacture the aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for Boeing’s model CH-47F Chinook, a platform that the IAF will be ordering 15 of shortly.

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    July 6, 2013
    DRDO to expedite production of 16 Nishant UAVs for CRPF

    With the Army clearing the indigenous Nishant UAV for an extended 4.5 hour surveillance sortie and things progressing well in the final stages of operationalisation for army operations at the battalion level, the DRDO is now focusing on meeting...

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    July 6, 2013
    India's National Civil Aircraft nears pull-back

    India's ambitious national civil aircraft (NCAD) is making steady strides forward. Top sources say that the government will shortly provide sanction for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to carry the project forward on a corporate basis.

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    July 6, 2013
    Astra missile to be fired, two variants revealed

    With successful captive trials completed in April, and a fully reconfigured missile now ready for the next phase of development testing, India's indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is set for its debut firing from an aircraft by the end of this year.

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    July 6, 2013
    India's BMD to work against 5,000 km range missiles too

    India's ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, a multi-layered missile system that is capable of intercepting enemy ballistic missiles up to to ranges of 2,000 km, is now steeped in two things: operationalising the existing PAD/AAD interceptor configuration for deployment in the near term, and adding a capability...

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    July 6, 2013
    AMCA to be developed in 12-15 years

    While the DRDO puts its full weight behind priority delivery of the LCA Tejas to the Indian Air Force (IAF), its new Chief Dr Avinash Chander has made an ambitious claim: that the stealth fifth generation advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) will be delivered in 12-15 years.

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    July 6, 2013
    Agni IV and V to be inducted in two years

    In a first for India's strategic deterrent programme, the DRDO will be working hard to test, operationalise and induct the Agni-IV and Agni-V in to service within the next 24 months. Never before have two missiles with a combined range in excess of 10,000 km been slated for entry into service together with the country's Strategic Forces Command.

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    July 1, 2013
    HAL & Dassault set aside differences

    After a brief period of turbulence over the MMRCA, in which both HAL and Dassault almost publicly expressed grievances over the stipulations in the procurement RFP and the manner in which technology transfer would take place contractually, HAL and Dassault made sure to give out a positive signal at the Paris Air Show recently.

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    July 1, 2013
    140 hours till LCA achieves IOC-2

    By September, the LCA Tejas will achieve initial operation clearance 2 (IOC-2) and begin moving towards production, according to DRDO Chief Avinash Chander. Revealing that approximately 140 hours of test-flying remained to sort out...

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    July 1, 2013
    HAL, Sagem to cooperate

    Bolstering existing cooperation with the Safran group, which includes several areas, HAL has entered into contract with Safran group company Sagem to set up manufacturing and depot level maintenance facilities for automatic flight control system (AFCS) line replaceable units (LRUs) including sensors at HAL, Hyderabad...

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    July 1, 2013
    HAL's Dhruv proves mettle in flood operation

    Proving its mettle as a supremely flexible and agile platform for humanitarian operations, the indigenous Dhruv helicopter was deployed with a remarkable degree of confidence by the Army Aviation Corps and IAF in Uttarakhand.

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    July 1, 2013
    Stealth programmes for specialised software

    As the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) progresses on two key stealth platforms, the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) and unmanned strike air vehicle (USAV), it has identified a need for specialised new software to help the process.

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    July 1, 2013
    NAL commissions new bird-strike test facility

    In what could become one of the largest facilities in the world to study the effect of bird-strikes on aircraft, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has commissioned a crash sled as part of an integrated impact and crash worthiness research facility. According to NAL, the ICRF has been developed as a high technology facility...

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    July 1, 2013
    Mi-17 proves itself in Uttarakhand operations

    The June 26 crash of a brand new Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter during a rescue mission in Uttarakhand cast a pall of gloom over the force, especially the 157 Helicopter Unit in Barrackpore under the EAC.

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    June 24, 2013
    Uttarakhand operations puts spotlight on heavy-lift chopper requirement

    The Indian Air Force currently has 45 aircraft, both helicopter and fixed-wing, committed to flood relief operations in monsoon ravaged Uttarakhand.

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    June 24, 2013
    IAF Mi-26 joins flood relief operation

    As the IAF awaits procedures that will conclude a contract for 15 heavy-lift CH-47 Chinook helicopters that would have been extremely useful in situations like the Uttarakhand flood rescue and relief operation, the IAF has pressed into service its single serviceable Mi-26 from the Chandigarh air force base to ferry Army...

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    June 13, 2013
    Despite IAF, HAL moves ahead on with HTT-40

    Despite the IAF's serious concerns over the prospective cost of the HTT-40 and recommendation that the project be shelved, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is powering on with the programme.

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    June 13, 2013
    HAL's LUH making progress

    With the choice of engine locked (Turbomeca Ardiden 1U Shakti), HAL is moving forward with other aspects of the light utility helicopter for the three services. HAL has begun procurement processes to acquire an active flight control system, inertial navigation system, passive vibration isolation system (PVIS), emergency locator...

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    June 13, 2013
    First C-17 takes off for India

    Flown by an Indian crew, the first IAF C-17 Globemaster III heavylift transport jet is now on its way to India. Following a ceremony at Long Beach, California, the aircraft-the largest ever operated by the Indian Air Force-will make several stops before landing on the morning of June 17 at Hindon on Delhi's outskirts...

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    June 11, 2013
    India to get its 1st C-17 in a week

    Next Monday, the Hindon Air Force Station will receive its first Boeing Defense C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft. The aircraft will be followed by two more by August at which time a formal commissioning ceremony will be held for the squadron.

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    June 10, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    New DRDO Chief pushes emergency button on Project Tejas

    The DRDO's new Director General, Dr Avinash Chander, has activated Code Red...

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    May 20, 2013
    RFP out for major Avro-replacement programme

    After an abortive attempt to make it an indigenously-led modernisation effort that could set an example for future procurements, the Indian MoD has finally released its request for proposal for 56 medium-lift transport aircraft that will replace...

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    May 20, 2013
    Priority re-think on Project AMCA

    Major and ongoing delays in the light combat aircraft programme have finally reached a point where the Defence Ministry has put a dam on the AMCA fifth generation fighter effort, calling upon the DRDO labs involved to direct every last bit of energy into ensuring that there are no further slippages in the Tejas programme.

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    May 20, 2013
    Turbomeca to power HAL's light copter

    After a protracted effort to identify a suitable engine for the in-development light utility helicopter, HAL has finally chosen the Turbomeca 1U Ariden, a close variant of the 1H1 Shakti that powers the ALH Dhruv and light combat helicopter. The Shakti beats out the Honeywell-Rolls Royce LHTEC CTS-800 that was also in contention.

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    May 20, 2013
    First C-17 to arrive in India shortly

    The Indian Navy isn't the only service that gets the bask in the glow of a brand new American-built bird. The IAF will soon welcome to India its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster-III heavy-lift transport aircraft, due to arrive shortly.

  • May 20, 2013
    Newly expanded fighter base in South India

    On May 27, Defence Minister A.K. Antony will inaugurate a newly expanded and enhanced Air Force base at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The holy town will house what will become one of the IAF's most important bases in the south...

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    May 20, 2013
    Second Nirbhay missile test likely by November

    Following the partial success of the Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile on its March 12 debut test, the development team has managed to identify the glitch in the inertial naviation system (INS) that forced them to push the kill button 17 minutes into the flight, following a perfect launch sequence.

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    May 20, 2013
    HAL and BrahMos agree to forge partnership

    With synergies simply waiting to be exploited between the two aerospace majors, and with the hypersonic BrahMos-2 speeding up on the drawing board, Hindustan Aeronauitcs Limited (HAL) and BrahMos have forged a partnership for long-term support towards all variants of BrahMos programmes.

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    May 18, 2013
    MiG-21: 50-year journey

    The venerable Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 continues to be the backbone of the Indian Air Force's air defence force, since its arrival in 1963. Sprinkled across squadrons mostly in the West and South West, the MiG-21 is expected to receive a two-year...

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    May 18, 2013
    IAF for 6 more C-130Js, type crosses million flight hours globally

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) cannot wait to get its next six Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules medium transport aircraft, a deal that is in its final stages of confirmation.

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    May 18, 2013
    IAF for new assault rifle

    The Indian Air Force is looking for a modern assault rifle for its special units (Garud), that should be compact, foldable, easy to carry, handle, operate, simple to maintain and with high range.

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    May 18, 2013
    IAF for shoulder-fired weapon simulator

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is scouting for an indigenously developed and built shoulder-fired weapon simulator for the in-service 9K38 IGLA for training purposes. The system needs to include a hardware/software system as well as the combat equipment simulator itself.

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    May 18, 2013
    Indian Army for SR-UAV

    In an effort to augment its fleet of tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Indian Army is on the lookout for an unspecified number of short range UAV (SR-UAV).

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    May 15, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    Indian Navy's first P-8I to land at Arakkonam today

    The Indian Navy's first P-8I, manned by an Indian Navy flight crew, lands in Arakkonam today.

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    May 13, 2013
    Indian Navy MiG-29K Squadron commissioned

    Three years after they began arriving in the country, the Indian Navy's MiG-29K/KUB shipborne multi-role fighters finally have a home squadron: INAS 303 'Black Panthers' at INS Hansa, Dabolim.

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    May 06, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    MMRCA negotiations "back on track"

    After weeks of being stalled, commercial negotiations for the MMRCA are back on track and in full flow, top sources confirm.