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    January 19, 2013
    Post-deliveries Textron looks forward to Aero India

    As reported by SP's earlier, the Indian Air Force recently began taking delivery of Textron Defense CBU-105 sensor fuzed munitions for its Jaguar jets.

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    January 19, 2013
    France wants Indian to exercise Rafale options immediately

    During a two-day official visit to Paris earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was apprised of the French Government's keenness that India exercise options for 63 additional Dassault Aviation Rafale fighters alongside the primary under-negotiation contract for 126 jets under the MMRCA competition.

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    January 08, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    Airbus Military A330 MRTT selected by Indian Government

    As reported earlier by SP's Aviation, Airbus Military has emerged victorious in the Indian Air Force's mid-air refuelling tanker bid.

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    December 29, 2012
    Threat to HTT-40, HAL moves post-haste to recover

    Faced with the reported prospect of the HTT-40 basic trainer programme being cancelled even before the aircraft is built, HAL is moving post-haste to move forward on the programme.

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    December 29, 2012
    LCA Tejas LSP-8 finally ready for flight

    After months of delays that have afflicted the programme at large, the crucial LSP-8 of HAL's Tejas programme is ready for flight by early next year.

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    December 26, 2012
    HAL signs contract for 42 more Su-30MKIs

    On course for a while now, HAL signed a contract for 42 more license-built Su-30MKI air dominance fighters with the Ministry of Defence and Rosoboronexport in Delhi during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    December 24, 2012
    DRDO's Astra successfully tested

    India's Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) has been ground-tested for the second time after 2008. The missile, being developed by DRDO for use on the LCA Tejas primarily, but also all other fighter aircraft in inventory, met all mission parameters, in its full configuration on December 22 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odisha.

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    December 24, 2012
    HTT-40 project rejected?

    In what is being reported to be an advantage for Swiss airplane maker Pilatus, the Minsitry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly shot down HAL's HTT-40 basic trainer project on the grounds that it is too costly and will end up wholly uneconomical to the IAF.

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    December 14, 2012
    IAF's massive show of strength in February-March 2013

    Starting off with a firepower demonstration at the Pokhran range in Rajasthan in February, the Indian Air Force will rev up to one of its largest ever exercises codenamed Livewire in March 2013.

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    December 14, 2012
    Fourth Sukhoi T-50 prototype enters flight test

    The fourth prototype of Russia's Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter programme (of which India is a financial and variant design partner) took to the skies on December 12 at Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

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    December 11, 2012
    India affirms Apache victory in Parliament

    Close on the heels of declaring Boeing Defense's Chinook for the Indian Air Force, the Defence Ministry has not formally announced another victory—that of the AH-64D Apache Block III in the parallel attack helicopter bid.

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    December 4, 2012
    IAF to receive CBU-105 next month

    Shortly after appointing its new President and Managing Director in India, Inderjit Sial, Textron Inc. will through its subsidiary Textron Defense begin supplying the Indian Air Force with 512 CBU-105 sensor fuzed munitions next month.

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    November 3, 2012
    Airbus Military wins Indian mid-air refueller tender

    In yet another loss to Moscow in a big-ticket Indian military tender, EADS/Airbus Military has emerged as the winner in the Indian Air Force's tender for six new generation flight refuelling aircraft (RFA).

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    November 1, 2012
    AH-64D Apache the most potent attack helicopter

    The avatar of the venerable Apache that the Indian Air Force has chosen—the AH-64D Apache Block III—as the winner in its 22 copter bid, is perhaps the most potent attack helicopter in the world today.

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    October 29, 2012

    BREAKING NEWS

    Chinook wins Indian heavy-lift chopper competition

    It has been a close fight, but a winner has finally emerged.

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    October 25, 2012
    IAF Vintage Squadron comes to life!

    The Indian Air Force's Vintage Flight (VF) has revved to life in style, with the first of a list of venerable old aircraft taking to the skies. A refurbished 1930s de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane was the darling at the IAF's 80th Air Force Day celebrations...

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    October 15, 2012
    Russia interested in Yak-130 for India

    With the JSC IRKUT Corporation recently handing over an initial batch of six Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air force, the company is weighing interest from India in the trainer that's being moulded into a light-weight fighter.

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    October 11, 2012
    Three year slip in FGFA

    The Indian Air Force officially expects to begin inducting the Indo-Russian FGFA by 2017, but there's disappointment there. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said in Delhi that the aircraft will be fully certified and ready for induction by 2020—three years later than the IAF has been planning for.

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    October 6, 2012
    Boeing's Apache will be IAF's new attack copter

    Boeing's AH-64D Apache Block III has officially been declared to be the winner in the Indian Air Force's attack helicopter competition. The MoD will shortly begin contract negotiations with the Pentagon for a government-to-government contract. The Apache programme is administered by the US Army.

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    October 6, 2012
    RFP to Honeywell for Jaguar re-engine this month

    The MoD is expected to send out an RFP to Honeywell this month for the F125 IN turbofan engine for the IAF's Jaguar fleet, IAF Chief N.A.K. Browne has revealed. The F125 IN engine emerged last year as the only suitable powerplant to re-engine the Jaguar and replace its Rolls-Royce Adour Mk811 turbofans.

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    October 6, 2012
    MMRCA well on track, says IAF Chief

    Discrediting rumours of a competition abort or re-tender—or even that negotiations could be taking place with other companies—IAF Chief N.A.K. Browne has stressed that the MMRCA contract negotiations with Dassault Aviation for the Rafale...

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    October 1, 2012
    Flanker turns 10 in Indian Service

    The venerable Su-30MKI, the definitive variant of the iconic Russian air dominance fighter, has turned ten in the service of the Indian Air Force — one of the largest Flanker operators in the world today.

  • October 1, 2012
    Raytheon ties up with MCG for Indian focus

    Aimed at the Indian security market, US defence major Raytheon has entered into a distribution agreement with the Washington-based Monument Capital Group (MCG), as part of which the latter will engage potential Indian partners...

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    September 24, 2012
    New generation Su-30 unveiled

    The brand new Su-30SM, the latest variant of the Su-30 series, developed by JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau and designed for the Russian Ministry of Defence, made its debut flight at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Russia.

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    September 15, 2012
    EADS-BAE proposed consortium to be the largest ever merger

    It will be one the largest ever acts of consolidation in the arms and aerospace industry ever, certainly the biggest in Europe. The under-discussion merger of defence and aerospace giants EADS and BAE Systems, in discussions at the highest levels since earlier this year, has a distinct Indian connection.

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    September 14, 2012

    BREAKING NEWS

    RFP to BAE Systems for 20 more Hawks for IAF

    In addition to the 123 Hawks already ordered, some of which are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), the IAF's aerobatics display team...

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    August 27, 2012
    India, Russia firm up R&D phase for FGFA

    India and Russia have finalised a $10 billion contract that will herald the most crucial phase of the joint fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project. With three single-seater Sukhoi T-50 prototypes already flying, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne had an opportunity to inspect the aircraft and receive briefings on progress.

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    August 8, 2012

    BREAKING NEWS

    Indian Navy floats tender for 56 utility helicopters

    After inviting information in 2010, the Indian Navy has floated a tender for 56 naval utility helicopters (NUH) from global vendors.

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    August 3, 2012
    Boeing to brief India on AH-6i light armed utility helicopter

    In the final stages of setting up a line for the AH-6 light armed utility helicopter, Boeing plans to weigh interest in India through briefings to the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) later this year.

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    August 3, 2012
    India's first C-17 Globemaster-III takes shape

    The fruit of India's single largest defence contract yet with Washington took shape this week at Boeing's big military aircraft facility in Long Beach, California, with tail section, fuselage and forward section of the first C-17 Globemaster III for the Indian Air Force ceremonially riveted together in the presence of senior diplomats, politicians and Boeing brass.

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    July 2, 2012
    Current IAF modernisation to be completed by 2022

    Signalling a push to modernisation of air power asserts and shoring up of dwindling squadron strength, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said today that the current spate of IAF modernisation would be complete by 2022.

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    July 2, 2012
    India's own AMCA fighter

    With so much attention paid to India's LCA Tejas and the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA - but officially designated Prospective Multi-role Fighter or PMF) programme, it is important to remember that the DRDO is also...

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    July 2, 2012
    India's unmanned stealth bomber

    It is finally clear what India's hush-hush stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) will look like, with images emerging from the project's design and definition stage finally providing a definite picture.

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    June 7, 2012
    US Secretary of Defence Panetta in India

    On the back of a slew of high value defence deals with the US, India has conveyed that it is no longer interested in remaining in a buyer-seller relationship, and will exercise its rights as a customer to get the technologies that it needs.

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    June 4, 2012
    Indian Air Force looks for all-terrain light strike vehicles for special ops

    After the Army expressed interest in similar equipment a few months ago, the Indian Air Force is looking to procure an undisclosed number of all terrain light strike vehicles (ATLSVs) to operate as "offensive weapon platforms in all terrain configurations...

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    May 30, 2012
    HAL signs tripartite contract for MTA project

    Following criticism of delays, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has signed a tripartite General Contract with United Aircraft Corporation -Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA), their Russian partner and their JV, Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) for the Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) project.

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    May 28, 2012
    IAF signs basic trainer deal

    The monumental fourth-generation MMRCA fighter deal may still be a while away, but its a season of cheer for the Indian Air Force. On May 24, after more than one scare of an abort, the government signed on the dotted line for 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop trainer aircraft from Swiss firm Pilatus—the company's single largest contract ever.

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    May 22, 2012
    Six LCA Squadrons by 2022

    Has the Ministry of Defence (MoD) put a cap on the induction of LCA Tejas? In a surprise assertion, it has been revealed that the Indian forces will induct six squadrons of the indigenous LCA Tejas by 2022—or the end of the Thirteenth Plan period.

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    May 10, 2012
    Govt clears Pilatus basic trainer deal

    After a delay that made the Indian Air Force jittery, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has accorded formal approval to a deal with Swiss firm Pilatus for 75 PC-7 Mk.2 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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    May 9, 2012
    Exercise Shoorveer Ends

    The Indian Army and Air Force have just completed one of their most complex integrated theatre battle concept exercises in the deserts of Rajasthan, Exercise Shoorveer.

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    February 21, 2012
    Will India ever operate the F-35?

    When the Dassault Rafale was declared the lowest bidder in the highly anticipated MMRCA competition, the U.S. government signaled that it was still "willing to share information" with India on the F-35 Lightning II, the centrepiece of America's single largest military hardware programme ever.

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    February 21, 2012
    India to order 71 more Mi-17 V5 medium lift helicopters

    The significantly delayed seventh limited series production unit of the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas (LSP-7) is expected to make its first flight "any day now" according to members of the programme team.

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    February 7, 2012
    Eurojet's final hope in India rests with naval Typhoon?

    Eurojet GmbH, the cooperative entity that builds the EJ200 turbofan engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon faces the prospect of never doing direct business with India, considering that the MMRCA was its second and final chance to have the EJ200 power an aircraft for India.