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IAF contingent arrives in Australia for Exercise Pitch Black 2024

Indian Air Force Exercise Pitch Black 2024: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed a contingent to Darwin, Australia, to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2024, the largest iteration of the multinational drill in its 43-year history. The biennial exercise, hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), will be held from July 12 to August 2 and will see the participation of 20 countries, over 140 aircraft, and 4,400 military personnel.

DRDO awards multiple contracts to Indian defence startups

DRDO awards 7 new projects to Indian startups: India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has awarded seven new defence projects to private Indian companies, with a particular focus on nurturing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and startups. These projects have been awarded to Indian defence startups spread across the country, from Delhi-NCR to Maharashtra to southern state of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. These startups are active in defence engineering and innovation and the seven projects have been awarded by the DRDO under the Defence Ministry’s Technology Development Fund (TDF).

Saudi Arabia orders 4 more Airbus A330 MRTT Aircraft

Saudi Arabia Airbus 1330 MRTT: Getafe, Spain – July 11, 2024-  The Royal Saudi Arabia Air Force (RSAF) has significantly bolstered its aerial refueling and transport capabilities by ordering four additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. This marks the third contract between Airbus and Saudi Arabia for the A330 MRTT, solidifying the RSAF’s position as a leading operator of this versatile aircraft globally.

Hanwha bags $1 billion Romania order for K9 SPH

Hanwha Aerospace Romania K9-self-propelled howitzers: Hanwha Aerospace, a South Korean defense contractor, has secured a $1 billion contract to provide Romania with K9 self-propelled howitzers and K10 ammunition resupply vehicles. The deal, signed on July 9th, also includes ammunition and various support vehicles. This agreement marks Romania as the 10th member of the K9 user club, solidifying the K9’s position as a dominant force in the global self-propelled howitzer market with over 50% market share.

Diehl Defence bags largest ammunition order in company history

Diehl Defence BAAINBw Ammunition Order: Coblenz, Germany – July 11, 2024: Diehl Defence, a leading German defence contractor, has secured a landmark agreement with the German Armed Forces for the production and delivery of 155mm artillery projectiles. This marks the largest ever ammunition order for Diehl Defence, solidifying their position as a key supplier for the German military and its allies.

Leonardo, Rheinmetall will codevelop Italian Army’s MBTs, infantry fighting vehicles

Rheinmetall-Leonardo Battle Tank Cooperation: Rome/Düsseldorf, July 3, 2024 – In a move that significantly bolsters European defense capabilities, Italian defense giant Leonardo and German counterpart Rheinmetall Wednesday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a 50-50 joint venture. This venture will spearhead the development of cutting-edge land defense systems, with a focus on the Italian Army’s needs and ambitions for international export.

Dassault Aviation to Build MRO Facility near Delhi

Dassault Avisation SA MRO facility India: French aviation giant Dassault Aviation is setting up a foothold in India with plans for a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility near Jewar International Airport near national capital Delhi. This move paves the way for potential local manufacturing of the latest Rafale fighter jets, fulfilling India’s long-standing requirement for new warplanes.

German Military Orders 6,500 Trucks from Rheinmetall in Record Deal

Rheinmetall wins record order for military trucks: German defense company Rheinmetall signed a landmark contract with the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) for the delivery of up to 6,500 military trucks, valued at €3.5 billion (including VAT). This marks the largest order in Rheinmetall’s history for logistic vehicles. The agreement comes after the German Parliament approved funding in June 2024. The initial call-off includes over 610 vehicles worth €312 million, with 250 scheduled for delivery this year. Financing for this initial portion comes primarily from the Bundeswehr’s special funds.

Indian Army’s new Chief of Staff takes charge

General Upendra Dwivedi takes charge: The new Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Upendra Dwivedi, has operational experience along the frontiers with China and Pakistan. He has also served as Vice Chief of the Army and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command. General Dwivedi, who has vast operational experience along the frontiers with China and Pakistan, was serving as the Vice Chief of the Army.

India defence startup SpacePixxel bags MoD order for miniaturized satellites

SpacePixxel gets contract for IAF’s miniaturized satellites: India’s ministry of defence Tuesday signed a contract with SpacePixxel Technologies Pvt Ltd. for the design and development of a miniaturized satellite capable of carrying multiple advanced payloads weighing up to 150 kilograms. This project is specifically led by the Indian Air Force, highlighting the importance of this technology for national defence.

Rheinmetall wins historic $9.6 billion Bundeswehr ammunition order

Bundeswehr awards record €8.5 billion ammunition order to Rheinmetall: In a landmark deal, German defense company Rheinmetall has secured the largest order in its history – a $9.6 billon (€8.5 billion) framework contract to supply the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) with 155mm artillery ammunition. Signed on June 20th, 2024, the agreement significantly expands upon an existing framework and aims to replenish ammunition stocks for Germany, its allies, and Ukraine’s ongoing defense efforts.

LCH Prachand: India to buy 156 locally made combat helicopters

HAL to supply 156 LCH Prachand Combat Helicopters: India’s quest for self-reliance in defense manufacturing takes a significant leap forward with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for a staggering 156 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) christened “Prachand.” This large-scale order marks the culmination of a long-standing program aimed at developing a potent attack helicopter specifically designed for the nation’s demanding high-altitude borders.

United against drone threat: Rheinmetall, Anduril to build advanced anti-drone system

Rheinmetall-Anduril to build Europe’s most advanced C-UAS: In a move to combat the growing threat of drone warfare, German defense company Rheinmetall and American defense technology firm Anduril Industries announced a partnership at the Eurosatory trade show. Their goal: to develop the most sophisticated Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS) defense system specifically for European militaries.

Nagastra Loitering Munition gives Indian Army massive offensive boost

EEL’s Nagastra Loitering Munitions: In a significant step towards self-reliance in defense technology, the Indian Army recently received its first batch of Nagastra loitering munitions. This delivery marks a crucial milestone in the nation’s efforts to equip its armed forces with cutting-edge, domestically produced weaponry. The Nagastra, developed by Solar Industries’ subsidiary Economics Explosives Limited (EEL), is a testament to India’s growing prowess in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  This loitering munition, also known as a “suicide drone,” offers a potent offensive capability for the Indian Army, particularly in high-altitude border regions.

Kelly Horan Succeeds Kim Kinsley as President of IAE International Aero Engines

Kelly Horan Succeeds Kim Kinsley at IAE International Aero Engines: EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (June 13, 2024) – IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE), a multinational consortium comprised of shareholders including RTX’s Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation, and MTU Aero Engines AG, has announced the appointment of Kelly Horan as its new president. Horan succeeds Kim Kinsley, who held the position since June 2023.

US awards $73 million contract to UVision, Mistral for Hero-120SF loitering munitions

ARLINGTON, VA (June 10, 2024) – In a move to bolster its capabilities, the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded a $73.5 million contract to UVision Inc. and Mistral Inc. for the procurement of Hero-120SF Loitering Munitions. The contract encompasses not just the munitions themselves, but also spare parts, engineering modifications, training for new equipment, and the conversion process to integrate these loitering munitions into medium-range precision strike systems.

India’s GRSE bags $16.6 million Bangladesh order for Advanced Dredger

GRSE wins Advanced Dredger order from Bangladesh: India’s leading public sector defence shipyard, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, has secured a $16.6 Million Contract for Advanced Dredger from Bangladesh. The advanced dredgeder to be built by the GRSE will be supplied to the Bangladesh Inland Waterways Transport Authority (BIWTA). The contract, signed on June 2nd in Dhaka, Bangladesh, marks another milestone for GRSE’s commitment to fostering international cooperation and delivering high-quality maritime solutions.

Rheinmetall, SES join hands for aircraft maintenance

Bremen, Germany – June 6, 2024 – Rheinmetall Aviation Services GmbH (RAS) and Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES) have joined forces to provide comprehensive maintenance, repair, and modification services for military helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft across Europe. This new alliance will offer a wide range of solutions, from routine maintenance to complex modifications.

Israel’s Elbit Systems wins $37 million Iron Fist APS order for US Army’s Bradley IFVs

Iron Fist APS for US Army’s Bradley IFVs: Haifa, Israel – May 5, 2024 – In a move that significantly bolsters the defensive capabilities of the U.S. Army’s Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESLT) has secured a $37 million contract to supply its Iron Fist Active Protection Systems (APS). The 24-month contract involves furnishing General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) with the Iron Fist APS, integrating this next-generation technology into the M2A4E1 variant of the Bradley IFV.

India’s DRDO testfires supersonic missile-assisted Smart Torpedo

India DRDO’s Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested a new missile system designed to revolutionize the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system was launched from a ground-based mobile launcher off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday (May 1, 2024).

Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan takes charge as Vice Chief of Naval Staff

Indian Navy Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan: Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, a distinguished officer with over 35 years of experience, officially assumed the position of Vice Chief of Naval Staff on Wednesday (May 1, 2024). A specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare, Admiral Swaminathan has a decorated career marked by numerous leadership roles and prestigious awards, said the MoD.

Air Marshal Nagesh Kapoor takes charge of IAF’s training command

Air Marshal Nagesh Kapoor assumed the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Training Command (TC) of the world’s fourth largest air force, the Indian Air Force, on Wednesday (01 May 2024). Air Marshal N Kapoor was commissioned into the Fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on 06 December 1986. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. A Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader, he has more than 3400 hours of flying experience.

Israel’s Elbit Systems wins $50 million order for Red Sky Air Defense System

Elbit Systems’ Red Sky Air Defense System: Elbit Systems, a leading Israeli defense technology company, has been awarded a $50 million contract for its innovative air defense system, “Red Sky.” This Tactical Very Short-range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system is designed to specifically counter low-altitude aerial threats, offering a comprehensive solution for border and strategic asset defense. The Red Sky system incorporates both electronic warfare (EW) and hard-kill defense capabilities, providing a multi-layered approach to aerial threat neutralization.

The US Air Force Gears Up for Next-Gen Air Combat with GA-ASI and Anduril

US Air Force’s Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) project: The future of air combat took a significant step forward with the US Air Force’s selection of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) and Anduril to develop and manufacture Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) prototypes. This program aims to revolutionize aerial warfare by deploying fleets of low-cost, modular, and highly autonomous unmanned aircraft alongside manned fighter jets.

Anduril Industries soars into the future of warfare, selected for USAF’s CCA project

Anduril Industries USAF’s CCA Programme: The US Air Force (USAF) has taken a bold step towards the future of aerial combat with the selection of Anduril, a non-traditional defense company, to participate in the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program. Announced on April 24, 2024, this selection marks a significant shift in the defense industry landscape and opens doors for innovative approaches to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

GA-ASI selected for USAF’s Collaborative Combat Aircraft programme

GA-ASI selected for USAF’s CCA programme: San Diego, CA – April 24, 2024 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) to build production representative flight test articles for the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program. This decision comes after a successful initial six-month phase that culminated in a positive preliminary design review (PDR) of GA-ASI’s CCA concept earlier this year.

Saab delivers fourth Global Eye aircraft to the UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 25, 2024 – Saab, a Swedish defense and security company, has delivered its fourth GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This marks the completion of the fourth aircraft out of a total order of five within just four years. The handover ceremony took place on April 18, 2024, at Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi. This latest addition strengthens the UAE Air Force’s aerial surveillance capabilities.

Kongsberg unveils world’s first long-range AUV, HUGIN Endurance

The HUGIN Endurance enters the market at a time when unmanned undersea vehicles are playing an increasingly vital role in oceanographic research, defense applications, and commercial operations. Compared to other AUVs, the HUGIN Endurance boasts unmatched range and endurance. With a full battery pack, it can operate for up to 15 days at sea, traveling an impressive 2,200 kilometers (1,200 nautical miles). This extended reach allows for comprehensive exploration of vast underwater areas, previously unimaginable with traditional AUVs.

Rheinmetall bags €400 mn order for Bundeswehr’s radio systems

Rheinmetall German Military’s Tactical Communication System Contract: In a significant win for the German defense company Rheinmetall, a leading manufacturer of military equipment, the company has secured a framework contract with the Bundeswehr, the German Armed Forces, valued at around €400 million (US$446 million). This contract marks a major step forward in modernizing the Bundeswehr’s tactical communication capabilities.

Embraer’s backlog hits record high in first quarter

Embraer Q1 2024 Financial Results: Embraer delivered a total of 25 jets in Q1 2024, a remarkable 67% jump compared to the 15 aircraft delivered in the same period last year. This marks the highest number of deliveries for the first quarter in the past eight years. The growth was driven by a surge in Executive Aviation deliveries, which more than doubled year-over-year, reaching 18 jets from just 8 in Q1 2023. Commercial Aviation deliveries remained flat year-over-year at 7 aircraft.

India tests long-range Nirbhay cruise missile with domestic engine

Nirbhay Cruise Missile with Indian Engine: India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Nirbhay cruise missile on Thursday, marking a significant step towards bolstering its long-range precision strike capabilities. Launched from Chandipur in Odisha, the Nirbhay missile boasts a range of 1,000 kilometers and is designed for conventional (non-nuclear) attacks. This time Nirbhay missile has been tested with an indigenous engine, reducing the country’s reliance on foreign vendors and partners.

Indian Air Force’s enduring role in Operation Meghdoot

Operation Meghdoot and Indian Air Force: Operation Meghdoot, launched in 1984, stands as a testament to the remarkable collaboration between the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) in securing the strategically vital Siachen Glacier. This unforgiving terrain, known as the world’s highest battlefield, has witnessed decades of unwavering commitment from the IAF in ensuring India’s dominance in the region.

Indian Navy: Top MoD official attends steel cutting ceremony of fleet support ships

Indian Navy Fleet Support Ships: The Indian Navy is poised for a significant boost in its operational capabilities with the commencement of construction on a new fleet of Fleet Support Ships (FSS).  A ceremony held on April 10, 2024, at Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Visakhapatnam marked the official steel cutting of the first vessel, signifying the beginning of this crucial project.

Tejas Mk1A: India conducts maiden flight of upgraded version of indigenous fighter jet

Maiden flight of Tejas Mk1A: India Thursday conducted successful maiden flight of an upgraded version of indigenous fighter jet LCA Tejas Mk1A. On March 28, an upgraded variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1, took to the skies for its maiden flight from the state owned aircraft manufacturer HAL’s facility in Bengaluru in Southern India. This successful 18-minute sortie marked a significant leap forward in the country’s quest for self-reliance in fighter jet production.

Mission Divyastra: India testfires long-range MIRVed Agni-5 missile

Mission Divyastra – India’s Agni 5 ICBM with MIRV Technology: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday (March 11) announced successful test-firing of India’s Agni-5 missile with advanced MIRV technology which makes India’s nuclear deterrence more potent as it is difficult for an adversary to intercept multiple warheads. With successful test-firing of Agni-5 missile with MIRV capability, India’s strategic missile program took a significant step forward with Multiple Independently Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology. This marked a crucial advancement in India’s indigenous missile development and deterrence capabilities.

American Rheinmetall conducts live-fire of Mission Master UGVs for US Marines

Rheinmetall Mission Master SP Unmanned Ground Vehicle: American Rheinmetall Vehicles, in collaboration with Rheinmetall Canada, has successfully conducted a live-fire capability demonstration for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) at Fort Clinton, Ohio. The demonstration showcased the unique capabilities of the Rheinmetall Mission Master SP autonomous, unmanned ground vehicle (A-UGV) paired with the Fieldranger Remotely Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).

Saab’s new factory in India: A step towards self-reliance in defence

Saab’s defence factory in Jhajjar, Haryana: Saab, a Swedish aerospace and defense company, has been a trusted supplier for India’s defence and security forces for over four decades. In a significant move, Saab, after receiving approval for 100% foreign direct investment, has established a new company, Saab FFVO India Pvt Ltd. This company will fully own a new manufacturing facility and produce the Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon.

India awards defence contracts worth $469.5 million to local defence companies

Self-reliance in defence: In a significant boost to the local defence and aerospace companies under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed five major capital acquisition contracts worth $469.5 million on Friday (March 1, 2024) in New Delhi. The contracts were exchanged in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane.

India’s Adani Group opens new ammunition and missile factory in Kanpur

Adani Group’s missile-ammunition factory Kanpur: The Adani Group, a prominent infrastructure conglomerate in India, Monday inaugurated a state-of-the-art integrated missile and ammunition manufacturing complex in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The opening of this facility coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Balakot air strike, a significant event when the Indian Air Force targeted terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan. Adani Defence and Aerospace said that the facility consists of two mega facilities dedicated to the production of ammunition and missiles in Kanpur.

LCA Tejas: Indigenous Digital Flight Control Computer tested successfully

Indigenous Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control System for Tejas: In a major step towards achieving self-reliance in defence sector, Indian scientists and engineers have successfully integrated indigenously developed Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer (DFCC) in prototype LSP7 on Monday (February 19, 2024). The digital fly-by-wire flight control computer has been indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru for the Tejas Mark-1A fighter jet.

Sweden’s Saab and French MBDA join hands for anti-tank, air defence weapons

Saab-MBDA join hands for anti-tank, air defence weapons: Two leading major European powers France and Sweden have decided to strengthen their defence co-operation under a new strategic partnership signed on 30 January as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Sweden. According to a press statement issued by Swedish defence company Saab, Anti-tank and air defence have been identified as priority areas for co-operation.

India’s steelmaker giant JSW Group forays into defence sector

JSW Defence and Aerospace: India’s steel maker giant JSW Group has entered into the country’s growing defence manufacturing space which has seen a large number of lucrative defence contracts awarded to private and state owned defence companies since the launch of ambitious self-reliant India programme (Atm Nirbhar Bharat) initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2020 to reduce the country’s dependence on imports in critical sector, including defence sector.

Rheinmetall-Diehl-Hensoldt bag Germany’s short range air defence contract

German Military’s Air Defence System for Short and Very Short-Range (LVS NNbS): Germany’s military procurement agency, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), Thursday signed a development contract with the Short- and Very Short-Range Air Defence System Consortium (ARGE NNbS) for the “Air Defence System, Short- and Very Short-Range”, or LVS NNbS.

Rheinmetall’s Boxer IFV begins validation trials for UK Army

Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicle begins user trials for UK Army: Boxer Infantry Vehicle produced by German defence company Rheinmetall has started customer verification and validation trials for the UK Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. These trials are taking place at Millbrook Proving Ground at Bedford in United Kingdom. These trials will qualify the design against the MIV technical requirements, demonstrating the Boxer vehicle’s capability and performance for the British Army, said the company.

Germany’s Rheinmetall will co-develop next-generation battle tank for Hungary

Germany’s Panther KF51 MBT: The Hungarian government has joined forces with Rheinmetall to develop the Panther KF51 through to production maturity. A contract to this effect has now been signed in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. The development contract is worth around €288 million. A demonstrator vehicle will be constructed and qualified, paving the way to full-scale production, said the German defence giant on Friday.

India’s DRDO conducts flight trial of Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator

DRDO Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator: India’s apex defence research body, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Friday successfully conducted the flight trial of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, an indigenously designed and developed flying wing UAV, at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga district in southern state Karnataka.

India clears purchase of hundreds of Tejas combat jets, Prachand attack helicopters

India Defence News: India’s apex defence procurement body, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Thursday cleared the procurement of indigenously designed and developed 97 Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Mk 1A and 156 Light Combat Helicopters from state owned aircraft and helicopter manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The approvals also involve other major defence procurements and upgrades entailing an expenditure of around $27 billion (Rs 2.23 lakh crore).

India begins loading fuel in home-built 700 MW n-power plant at Kakrapar

India NPCIL Nuclear Power Plant: India’s nuclear power operator NPCIL on Friday said it has started loading fuel in the second indigenously-built 700 MW atomic power station at Kakrapar in Gujarat. “Loading of nuclear fuel for the first time, termed as Initial Fuel Loading (IFL). commenced today in NPCIL’s Kakrapar Atomic Power Project Unit-4 (KAPP 4-700 MWe), after receipt of permission from the regulatory authority, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB),” the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) said in a statement.

India’s space startup Skyroot Aerospace signs MoU with French firms for satellite launch

Skyroot Aerospace MoU with French firms for Vikram Mission: Two French companies on Tuesday inked pacts with India’s space start-up Skyroot Aerospace to launch their constellation of satellites onboard its indigenously-developed Vikram-I rocket early next year. France-based Promethee Earth Intelligence signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skyroot for satellite launch services onboard Vikram rockets for the Japetus earth observation constellation, a Skyroot statement said.

LCA Tejas: Indian Air Force gets first twin-seater trainer version of Tejas

IAF gets first twin-seater version of LCA Tejas: In a momentous event for India’s aviation history, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first Tejas twin-seater trainer version aircraft on Wednesday (October 4). This significant milestone marks the handover of the first Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) twin-seater trainer version aircraft to the IAF by India’s state owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Designed with the strategic intent of transitioning budding pilots into fighter pilots, the LCA Tejas Twin Seater is a remarkable achievement. This delivery is part of the Tejas contract between HAL and the IAF, with a requirement for eight twin-seater trainer aircraft.

RTX-Boeing join hands for NASA’s X-66A Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project

NASA’s X-66A Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project: In a groundbreaking partnership, the US defence and aerospace company RTX has been selected by Boeing to collaborate on the X-66A flight demonstrator as part of NASA’s Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project. This initiative is dedicated to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions for commercial aviation. With the support of RTX business units Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace, Boeing aims to develop the next-generation single-aisle aircraft with improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

India formally inducts Airbus C-295 MW transport aircraft in IAF fleet

Indian Air Force C-295 MW Aicraft: India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh Monday formally inducted a new medium transport aircraft manufactured by the European defence company Airbus Defence and Space into the service of Indian Air Force. This is first of the 56 Airbus C-295 MW aircraft on order by India. While 16 aircraft will be delivered to India in the flyaway condition, a joint consortium of Airbus and India’s Tata Group will manufacture remaining 40 C-295 MW aircraft in Vadodara in western state of Gujarat.

GDELS, Rheinmetall offer Anaconda HX 8×8 wheeled tactical bridge

GDELS-Rheinmetall Anaconda tactical bridge: General Dynamics European Land Systems – Bridge Systems and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles have presented for the first time the ANACONDA tactical bridge-laying system mounted on a high-mobility 8×8 HX2 carrier vehicle at the 5th User Forum Armament and Utilization – RÜ.NET 2023 conference held on August 30 – 31 in Koblenz. The bridge, the laying mechanism and vehicle together provide a dry-gap bridge capability for medium- and heavyweight forces, said the company.  

Australia orders Rheinmetall’s smart sea mines

Rheinmetall will supply smart sea mines to Australian Navy: Australian government has ordered a significant quantity of smart sea mines produced by German defence company Rheinmetall’s wholly owned Italian subsidiary RWM Istalia SPA. According to Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure of low three-digit million-euro range with potential growth in the coming years.

Australia orders Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles

Australia orders Rafael’s Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missiles: Australia has finalized a finalised a substantial acquisition contract with Israel’s Rafael’s Australian subsidiary Rafael Australia for supply of the Rafael’s Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missiles to Australian Defence Forces (ADF) under the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) systems programme, Rafael Australia said on Tuesday.

ReDrone: Elbit Systems wins $55 million contract from Netherlands for anti-drone weapons

Elbit Systems’ ReDrone Counter-UAS: Israel’s leading defence company Elbit Systems Limited Monday (August 21) said that it has won a contract worth approximately $55 million to supply multi-layered ReDrone Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) to the Netherlands. The contract will be performed over a period of four years. As part of the contract, Elbit Systems will supply several mobile, stationary and deployed configurations of the ReDrone integrated Counter-UAS solution along with a logistic support package and training.

Lynx IFV: Germany’s Rheinmetall opens manufacturing plant in Hungary

Rheinmetall’s Lynx IFV plant in Hungary: German defence company Rheinmetall officially opened its new factory in Zalaegerszeg in Hungary on Friday (August 18).  The new plant marks a major milestone for Rheinmetall and underscores the Group’s commitment to the country. Rheinmetall said this cutting-edge facility will produce the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle, the world’s most advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). 

Elbit Systems’ partner Hanwha selected for Australian Army’s Land 400 project

Hanwha Defence selected for Australian Army’s Land 400 project: Israeli defence company Elbit Systems Wednesday (August 16) announced that its partner in the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 project, Hanwha Defense Australia has been downselected by the Australian Government, as the preferred tenderer for the project, with final Government approval to be sought at the conclusion of contract negotiations. Hanwha further reported that Elbit Systems is a key partner to Hanwa to deliver the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) under the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 Project.

Israel’s Rafael wins $30 million maintenance support contract from an Asian Navy

Rafael wins maintenance contract from Asian Navy: Israeli defence company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is announcing that it has won a new contract with an Asian nation to provide comprehensive maintenance support services for operational systems employed by its navy, the company announced on Wednesday (August 9). The multi-year agreement is estimated at 100 million Shekels (30 million dollars) and will include maintenance services for the navy’s TYPHOON and MINI-TYPHOON remotely-controlled naval weapon stations, Naval SPIKE ER and NLOS missile systems, EO surveillance systems, as well as EW Integrated Decoy Systems (IDS).

Theatre Commands: India Parliament’s lower house clears Inter-Services Organisation Bill

The ISO Bill 2023 for Theatre Commands: The lower house of Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, Friday cleared the Inter-Services Organisation (Command, Control and Discipline) Bill, 2023 that seeks to empower the Commander-in-Chief and Officer-in Command of Inter-Services Organisations with all disciplinary and administrative powers with respect to personnel serving in or attached to such organisations, a Defence Ministry statement said. Once passed by the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s bicameral Parliament, the law will pave the way for providing rules and regulation for Indian military’s theaterization.

MoD clears first military drone testing centre in South India

India’s first military drone testing centre in Tamil Nadu: India’s ministry of defence has the country’s first ever testing centre for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) under the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) will be established on five acres of land at Vallam Vadagal in Kancheepuram district in southern state of Tamil Nadu. The Rs 50 crore ($6 million) facility was granted approval by the Ministry of Defence after a bid was submitted by Keltron-led consortium in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO).

Elbit Systems completes sea trials for Israeli Navy’s new EW Counter Measure System

The Israeli Navy and Elbit Systems have successfully completed a series of sea trials for the DESEAVER MK-4 Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) onboard Israeli Navy vessels. The trials tested the capability of the new maritime Electronic Warfare (EW) system to effectively respond to complex missile attack scenarios, including launching decoy rounds from several launchers…

Rheinmetall acquires Spain’s ammunition manufacturer Expal Systems

Rheinmetall acquires Expal Systems: German defence company Rheinmetall AG has completed its takeover of all shares in Expal Systems S.A.U. of Madrid. First announced last November, the acquisition follows final approval by the relevant authorities. The transfer of Expal S.A.U.’s business activities to Rheinmetall took place on 1 August 2023, the company said on Tuesday (August 1).  

Italy: Fincantieri-Naval Group JV bags mid-life upgrade contract for Horizon class frigates

Naviris bags contract for mid-life upgrade of Horizon class destroyers: OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) has awarded Naviris and eurosam a contract for the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) of the French and Italian Horizon frigates. The two co-contractors, Naviris and eurosam, will work in close relationship with their shareholders, Fincantieri and Naval Group for the frigate, MBDA Italia, MBDA France and Thales for the new generation of Principal Anti-Air Missile System & Long-Range Radar (PAAMS & LRR), Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said in a statement on Monday (July 31).

India’s ISRO launches seven satellites for Singapore in PSLV-C56 mission

ISRO’s PSLV-C56 launches 7 satellites in space: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched seven satellites for Singapore in its PSLV-C56 mission on Sunday. The launch took place at 6.30 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. The primary satellite, DS-SAR, is a Radar Imaging Earth Observation satellite developed by Singapore’s DSTA and ST Engineering. It will be used for various applications such as disaster management, urban planning, and environmental monitoring.

Leonardo bags 18 research projects under European Defence Fund

Leonardo bags 18 research and development project under EDF: Leonardo, a leading global high-tech company in Aerospace Defence and Security, has been awarded 18 research and development projects (R&D), including ten capacitive development and eight research projects, under the European Defence Fund (EDF) WP22 (Work Program 2022). The EDF is the European Commission’s flagship for promoting defence cooperation through competitive and collaborative projects that cover the entire R&D cycle.

INS Kirpan: India hands over fully loaded warship to Vietnam Navy

India gifts INS Kirpan warship to Vietnam Navy: In a significant move to enhance its strategic and military relations in China’s backyard, India Saturday handed over a fully operational warship of Indian Navy to its close military ally Vietnam. This is for the first time when India offered a fully operational missile corvette to Vietnam as Indian Navy first decommissioned INS Kirpan and handed it over to Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN).

Italy: Fincantieri wins 500 million euro order for 3rd U212 Near Future Submarine

Italian Navy’s U212 NFS Near Future Submarine: The International Arms Cooperation Organization (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement or OCCAR) has exercised the option for the construction of the third next-generation submarine related to the U212NFS (Near Future Submarine) programme for the Italian Navy to the domestic shipbuilder Fincantieri. The order has a value of over 500 million euros, including its integrated logistic support, and the third U212NFS submarine will be delivered to Italian Navy in 2030.

Italy: Fincantieri-Leonardo bag maintenance contract for Cavour, Horizon class destroyers

Fincantieri-Leonardo bag major ship maintenance contract from Italian Navy: Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (OSN), a joint venture company owned by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Leonardo has signed an agreement with the Directorate of Naval Armaments of the Secretariat General of Defence / National Armaments Directorate for the maintenance of Italian Navy’s Cavour aircraft carrier and Horizon class destroyers.

Indian Army: Ashok Leyland wins Rs 800 crore order for supply of military vehicles

Ashok Leyland Military Vehicles: Ashok Leyland, a company of Hinduja Group and the largest supplier of logistics vehicles to the Indian Army, Monday (July 17) announced significant order win valued at Rs 800 crores ($97.57 million) in the Defence Sector. The contracts awarded also include the procurement of the Field Artillery Tractor (FAT 4×4) and the Gun Towing Vehicle (GTV 6×6).

India clears purchase of 26 Rafale fighters, 3 Scorpene submarines

India clears 26 Rafale-M for Navy: In a major decision to boost its naval power, India Thursday approved procurement of 26 Rafale fighter jets manufactured by French defence company Dassault Aviation and procurement of 3 Scorpene class submarines that are being built in India under licence from French shipbuilder the Naval Group. The proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting attended by Defence Minister Rajanth Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan

Rheinmetall will supply 14 German Leopard MBTs to Ukraine

German Leopard tanks for Ukraine army: German defence company Rheinmetall will supply 14 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks to Ukraine military that has been engaged in brutal war with Russia since February 2022.  In order to defend Ukraine against Russian attack, the United States of America and its Nato allies have been providing massive military aids worth billions of dollars to Ukraine, mainly long range artillery, protected vehicles which has now included main battle tanks.

Rheinmetall supplies 20 more Marder IFVs to Ukraine

Rheinmetall’s Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicle for Ukraine: German defence company Rheinmetall is supplying another 20 Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to Ukrainian Army as per a direction from the German government, the company said on Saturday. The contract for these 20 Marder IFVs was awarded last month while the value of the order has been estimated in the lower-two-digit million-euro range. The Marders are due to be delivered this summer.

Pratt & Whitney bags orders for 800 GTF engines this year

Pratt & Whitney GTF Engine: American aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has bagged orders and commitments for supply of 800 GTF engines so far in this year. The order book also includes spare engines. Airlines and lessors who have announced orders include Azorra, CALC, Carlyle Aviation Partners, Binter, Croatia Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, United Airlines and Volaris, it said.

India test-fires advanced version of Agni Prime ballistic missile

India DRDO Agni Prime Missile: The first pre-induction night launch of the missile with a strike range of 1,000 to 2,000 km was carried out on Wednesday by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the elite strategic forces command, officials said. The defence ministry said the test-firing met all the desired objectives and that it paved the way for induction of the system into the armed forces.

Germany orders 57 Rheinmetall military tractors worth over €50 million

Rheinmetall said the current order was the last call-off from a framework contract signed in 2018 for the delivery of up to 137 SaZgM 70t mil trucks. Under the framework agreement, which had a 7-year lifetime, eighty tractor units have already been ordered and delivered to the Bundeswehr. Since 2018, Rheinmetall has supplied the Bundeswehr with over 4,000 military trucks. Together with the UTF and WLS, the SaZgM 70t tractor unit forms the logistic backbone of the Bundeswehr.

India-US to finalise fighter jet engine deal during PM Modi’s visit

India-US GE Fighter Jet Engine Deal: Indian and US authorities are working to finalise a fighter jet manufacturing deal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. The deal involving US figher get manufacturer General Electric (GE) will be a government to government deal as GE is already supplying its F-404(IN) engines for India’s home grown light combat aircraft LCA Tejas manufactured by the state owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

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