Yearly Archives: 2020

Rafale jet formally inducted in Indian Air Force

Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala: Indian Air Force will formally induct the Rafale aircraft today at Air Force Station, Ambala near India’s border with Pakistan. The fighter jet manufactured by Dassualt Aviation of France will become a part of the IAF’s 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows. Rafale jets will be inducted in the presence of Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and French defence minister Florence Parly and top military leadership of both India and France.

India’s HAL tests Light Utility Helicopter LUH in high Himalayas

India’s state owned aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Wednesday announced completion of the testing process of its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in hot and high weather capabilities in high Himalayas. HAL’s LUH is a new generation helicopter in the 3-ton class helicopters, incorporating the state of the art technology features like a glass cockpit with Multi-Function Displays (MFD).

$13.62 billion business opportunity for Hyderabad defence industry: DRDO Chief

Defence News: With the Modi government’s decision to ban import of 101 weapons, which will be followed by another negative import list soon, the defence and aerospace sector in the country is set to benefit immensely.  According to DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy, the defence and aerospace industries based in Hyderabad region are set to get business opportunities worth $13.62 billion (INR 1 lakh crore) in the next couple of years.

India’s DRDO selects 108 defence equipment for Make in India

Defence Industry in India: India’s apex defence research and development organisation DRDO has identified 108 defence systems and subsystems for design, development and manufacture in the country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s self-reliant India (Atma Nirbhar Bharat) campaign in defence sector. A DRDO delegation Monday called on defence minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him about…

Russian Helicopters showcases Mi-171SH Storm helicopter at Army Forum 2020

Mi-171SH Storm helicopter: The Russian Helicopters holding company (a part of Rostec Corporattion) for the first time presented an upgraded Mi-171SH “Storm” military transport helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. The helicopter, featuring enhanced protection and unique strike capabilities, was manufactured at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The first flying prototype of the helicopter will…

L3Harris wins US Navy’s unmanned surface vehicle contract

US defence company L3Harris Technologies has won a contract from the US Navy for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV) programme. This is US Navy’s first programme for an unmanned surface vehicle to support the Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations strategy. The $35 million initial award is part of a $281 million programme that includes a prototype and options for a total of nine MUSVs.

Make in India: Dedicated defence indigenisation portal SRIJAN launched

In its bid to make India truly self-reliant in defence production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government Friday launched a dedicated defence production portal called Srijan (creation), as a single source for all the information related to defence equipment that can be taken under the government’s indigenisation drive under self-reliant India mission (Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan).

India’s BEML launches heavy trucks, electric excavators and dozers

BEML unveils heavy electrical trucks, excavators: In a big push to manufacture of heavy vehicles in the country, India’s state owned BEML Tuesday launched several heavy vehicles designed and developed in the country. It includes a 150 tonne dump truck BH150E, 180 tonne electrical excavator BE1800E 180, Heli-Portable Dozer called BD50HST, and Medium Bullet Proof Vehicle (MBPV) called GAUR.

Self-reliant India: Home-built missile carrier, anti-material rifle, heavy trucks unveiled

Make in India in Defence: Of these 15 defence equipments, four each have been developed by India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and state owned heavy equipment maker BEML, two products have been developed by public sector electronics major BEL, and one each by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Dynamics Limited, Mazhgaon Dock Limited, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) and GSL.

Indian Air Force: Air Marshal GS Bedi takes charge of Eastern Air Command

Indian Air Force: Air Marshal Gurcharan Singh Bedi Monday took over as Senior Air Staff Officer, of Eastern Air Command (EAC), Indian Air Force (IAF). The Air Marshal was commissioned into Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on Jun 1984 as a Fighter Pilot. He has a flying experience  of more than 3700 hrs including operational flying on MiG 21 and Mirage – 2000 fighter aircraft.

Spain’s Indra, Germany’s Hensoldt join hands for Eurofighter Radar development

Spanish defence contractor Indra will joining German defence electronics and sensor giant Hensoldt for the development of a new radar for the Eurofighter fleet, said the company. In June this year, German parliament approved a contract award to aircraft manufacturer Airbus worth almost US$3 billion for a new version of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, called Captor-E.

Raytheon, Rafael join hands to produce Iron Dome Missile System in U.S.

Raytheon, Rafael Iron Dome: American missile and defence giant Raytheon Missiles & Defense, and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd have signed a joint venture to establish an Iron Dome Weapon System production facility in the United States. The new partnership, called Raytheon RAFAEL Area Protection Systems, anticipates finalizing a site location before the end of the year, said the company.

Five Rafale fighters, 6 pilots and 8,500 kilometer long journey home

IAF Rafale: Indian Air Force Wednesday received five Rafale fighter jets at Ambala airbase located in North India. It was a gruelling test of both men and machine as they covered 8,500-kilometer long journey with the help of Indian and French Air Force refueller tankers. The five Rafale jets left from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac in France on Monday morning and reached India Wednesday afternoon, said Indian Air Force.

Saab begins production of Gripen fighters in Brazil

Saab’s Gripen Fighter: Sweden’s leading defence and aerospace major Saab has for the first time commenced the production of parts of Gripen fighter jets outside the country. The site located in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil started the production of sections of airframe for Gripen E/F fighters, which will be delivered to the final assembly facilities at the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil and also to Saab in Linköping, Sweden, said the company in a statement.

General Atomics to supply radiation monitoring system for Dominion Energy’s Millstone nuclear plant

American nuclear energy equipment manufacturer General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Monday said it has been awarded a contract from Dominion Energy to deliver Radiation Monitoring Systems for the Millstone Power Station, Unit 3 in Waterford CT. GA-EMS will manufacture and deliver a full complement of radiation monitoring systems throughout the Millstone plant.

Megha Engineering (MEIL) will invest Rs 500 crore to set up defence manufacturing unit

Hyderabad based infrastructure giant Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) Monday announced its foray in the country’s defence sector as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government seeks to reduce the country’s dependence on imported weapons by involving private defence companies. MEIL invest Rs 500 crores on new defence manufacturing unit near Hyderabad.

Covid relief to defence industry: India extends delivery deadlines for domestic defence companies

In a major relief to domestic defence industry, India’s defence ministry Friday allowed them four more months time to complete the delivery of weapon systems and services as their supply chains have been affected due to Covid-19 lockdown measures, while also clarifying that any deadline extension request from foreign defence companies will be considered on case by case basis.

OFB Strike: More than 80,000 employees of India’s state owned defence giant threaten strike

OFB Strike: More than 82,000 employees of state owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have threatened an indefinite strike against the Modi government’s decision to corporatize 41 units of the OFB. The three defence employee unions alleged that the present decision of Modi government to corporatize OFB was against the past agreement between them and the defence ministry.