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Indian Army: Bharat Forge wins $24.6 million order to supply Kalyani M4 Armored Vehicles

Bharat Forge Kalyani M4 Armored Vehicle: A day after its announcement of entering into an agreement with global aerospace and technology firm Paramount Group to manufacture armoured vehicles, Pune-based Indian private sector conglomerate Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) has received an order worth Rs 177.95 crores ($24.6 million) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for supply…

Defence Exhibition Athens DEFEA 2021 postponed by two months

DEFEA 2021 new dates: In view of the prevaling Covid situtation in Europe, organisers of prestigious European defence exhibition, Defence Exhibition Athens (DEFEA) have rescheduled the event to July this year. According to the earlier revised schedule, the DEFEA was to be organised in May this year but as per the new revised schedule, the DEFEA defence exhibition will now be organised from July 13 to July 15, 2021 in Athens.

India’s HAL, Israel’s Elbit Systems sign agreement for HUD helmets

HAL-Elbit Systems HUD Display System: India’s state owned aircraft manufacturing giant HAL has signed an  agreement with Israel’s high technology defence company Elbit Systems for supply of Digital Overhead Head Up Display Systems (DOHS) during the recently concluded Aero India-2021, the company announced on Monday. The agreement for supply of HUD display has been signed between HAL and Elbit Systems Electro Optics Elop Ltd.

Indian, Chinese troops clash in Naku La, Sikkim

India-China Naku La Sikkim Clash: In a clear sign that the ongoing tense stand-off between the two Asian giants is not going to resolve anytime soon, Indian Army and Chinese PLA soldiers once again clashed in the border area last week. In the violent clash that took place on Wednesday (20 January), both sides sustained injuries. Though the Chinese side remained silent on the issue, Indian Army officially confirmed on Monday that both sides clashed in Naku La area in North Sikkim, saying that the face-off was resolved at local commanders’ level.   

India Army, SIDM sign MoU to reduce reliance on foreign defence companies

Indian Army SIDM MoU: An MoU was signed between the Indian Army and the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) on Thursday to provide further impetus to indigenisation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (a self-reliant India in defence) and to achieve strategic independence by reducing dependence on foreign origin equipment.

Aero India: Thales to display Talios pod, AirMaster radar, StarStreak missiles

Aero India 2021: Paris based European defence giant Thales will display its latest family of Airmaster C airborne surveillance radars, Talios Pod and Starstreak missiles among other arms and armaments such as counter drone technology at India’s prestigious defence and aerospace exhibition Aero India, said the company, adding that this year the focus will on its Make in India initiatives.

Brothers in Arms: India-France begin Desert Knight exercise

The French side has fielded its own Rafale fighter combat jets, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and nearly 175 air warriors of French Air Force. The Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft participating in the exercise include newly inducted Rafale which the force inducted last year, Mirage 2000 which is also of French origin, Russian origin Sukhoi-30MKI air superiority fighters.

India clears $6.25 billion deal to acquire 83 LCA Tejas combat jets

LCA Tejas News: In a major boost to domestic defence industry, India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today approved the largest ever indigenous defence purchase of 83 combat jets manufactured by the state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in Indian defence manufacturing, said the defence minister.

 Rafael-Leonardo complete delivery of Trophy Active Protection Systems to US Army

Rafael’s Trophy Active Protection System: US defence company Leonardo DRS, Inc. and Israel’s defence major Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Wednesday confirmed that they have completed the delivery of Trophy Active Protection Systems (APS) ordered by the U.S. Army for installation on Abrams main battle tanks. This marks a major milestone in the Army’s efforts to…

India, France to conduct Skyros military exercise in western India

In the SKYROS military exercise, Indian Air Force will field its front line Russian origin Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters and Rafale fighters recently acquired from French defence giant Dassault Aviation while the French Air Force will field its own Rafale jets against Indian Sukhois and Rafale combat jets. This is the first military exercise of IAF Rafale fighter jets with a foreign air force.

India-Japan discuss security as an aggressive China hangs heavy in the air

India-Japan defence cooperation: In a strong message to an assertive China, Indian and Japanese leaders Tuesday strongly opposed any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by use of force as it will escalate the tensions in the region. Issues relating to the regional situation figured during a telephonic conversation between India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi.

Indian Army recalibrating strike corps to fight two front war

Till recently, the thrust of Indian Army’s main fighting formations was mainly towards the Pakistan border as the Line of Actual Control with China was not considered to be very active. The balance of the operational preparedness is heavily tilted towards the Western border can be seen from the fact that there are three Strike Corps deployed for offensive there while only one offensive Mountain Strike Corps has been created for the Northern borders.

DRDO ready to supply 200 made in India howitzer guns to Indian Army in 2 years

India DRDO ATAGS Howitzer: India’s apex Defence Research and Development Organisation – DRDO is ready to supply over 200 Made in India Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) howitzers to Indian Army within 18-24 months of placement of the order. DRDO’s offer comes in the backdrop of a choice between an indigenous and foreign option to fulfill Indian Army’s requirement for over 400 howitzers.

Eyes in the sky: Indian Navy leases 2 predator drones from General Atomics

Indian Navy Predator Drone: In a significant step to reduce the high upfront cost of acquiring latest weapon platforms, Indian Navy this month inducted two MQ-9B Sea Guardian drones manufactured by the US defence major General Atomics on lease. These unarmed Sea Guardian drones, a variant of Predator drones, will be used in conducting long range surveillance operations in the Indian Ocean region but can also be deployed in Ladakh on China border, said people familiar with the matter.

Russia ready for technology transfer to support India’s defence industry

In a boost to India’s defence industry, Russia’s top defence export body Rosoboronexport has expressed its readiness to give India technology for production of defence equipment. Joint production of Kalashnikov AK203 assault rifles by the specially established Indo Russia Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) rifle manufacturing facility in Korwa, Amethi is the next key focus of both sides.

L&T begins delivery of last K-9 Vajra-T guns to Indian Army

India’s defence and engineering major Larsen & Toubro Tuesday delivered the 81st K-9 Vajra-T howitzer gun to the Indian Army. With this delivery, L&T Defence is on track to deliver all 100 guns within the delivery schedule of 42 months as permitted under the relaxed criteria following the outbreak of Covid-19 global pandemic that hit the defence industry like any other sector of the economy.

Firepower: India’s DRDO testfires long range Pinaka rocket system

“Development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to an earlier design with a reduced length,” the defence ministry said. The design and development of this advanced version of Pinaka rocket system has been carried out by Pune based DRDO laboratories, namely  Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).

Malabar Exercise: Quad nations to kick-start naval exercise in Bay of Bengal

Malabar Naval Exercise 2020: Indian Navy will begin its flagship Malabar 2020 Naval Exercise off the Visakhapatnam coast in the Bay of Bengal from November 3. Navies from four friendly countries, India, Australia, the US and Japan will commence the first phase of four-day war games on Tuesday, which is seen as a strong signal of the Quad nations to defend the freedom of navigation and peace in Indo-Pacific region.  

Italy’s Fincantieri joins hands with Cochin Shipyard for expansion of India business

Fincantieri-CSL MoU: Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India’s state owned leading shipbuilder Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). Fincantieri said it aims to enhance its presence in the country, providing further momentum to the long-standing partnership with the state owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

Indian Navy cancels Reliance Naval’s Rs 2,500 crore offshore patrol vessel contract: Report

The contract to build five warships for the Indian Navy was signed with the company in 2011, much before the Reliance Group took over the Gujarat-based shipyard from its erstwhile owner Nikhil Gandhi. Anil Ambani led Reliance ADAG Group took over Pipavav Defence And Offshore Engineering Ltd in 2015 and later renamed the entity as Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd (RNEL).

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems: Latvia installs new Spike missiles team trainer

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems: Latvian National Armed Forces have completed the installation of a new state-of-the-art Team Trainer for SPIKE Missiles to train its soldiers in using Spike LR2 and Spike SR anti-tank missiles, said Israel’s defence major Rafael Advances Defense Systems. The new system will train Latvian forces to use Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’…

US Navy: General Atomics’ EMALS, AAG systems reach crucial milestone aboard CVN-78

GA-EMS: The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system designed and developed by General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) reached an important milestone of nearly 4,500 catapult launch and arrested landings aboard US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-18), the company said on Wednesday. “CVN 78 passed the half-way mark…

Elbit Systems bags $35 million order to support US Navy’s V-22 Osprey aircraft

The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft utilizing tilt-rotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

Alpha Design Technologies wins Rs 591 crore contract for missile, radar upgrade

The upgradation will have large number of Indigenously developed equipment, such as Radar Transmitter, Thermal Imager-based Electro Optical System, communication equipment, upgradation of drive chain, Control Cabin, Shelters, Cables, etc., The upgradation project is in the true spirit of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission of the Ministry of Defence towards making the concept of ‘Make in India’ a success.

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