Monthly Archives: August, 2020

$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.