Yearly Archives: 2022

India’s HAL conducts first flight of hanger based Advanced Light Helicopter

Advanced Light Helicopter flight with 2-segment Main Rotor Blades: The first flight of Advanced Light Helicopter (wheeled version) with segmented Main Rotor Blades (MRBs) and Main Rotor Head (MRH) in pre-cone configuration was carried out in Bengaluru according to an official statement issued by India’s state owned aircraft and helicopter manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Thursday.

Indian Army testfires locally developed laser guided anti-tank guided missile from Arjun MBT

India’s Laser Guided ATGM: AIndian Army and India’s apex defence research body (DRDO) Tuesday successfully testfired indigenously-developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from India’s locally developed Main Battle Tank Arjun MBT at KK Range in Ahmednagar in western state of Maharashtra. The test was carried out with the support of Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S).

Indian Army orders 6 Swathi Weapon Locating Radars for mountain warfare

BEL Swathi Mark II Weapon Locating Radar: Indian Army has placed orders for six units of Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar with state owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The order is estimated at around  $ 51 million (INR 400 crores). Swathi Mark-II WLR is optimised for high altitude warfare and it has been cleared after going through a fresh round of trials in the mountain terrain.

Rheinmetall unveils KF51 Panther MBT equipped with bigger 130mm gun at Eurosatory

Rheinmetall KF51 Tank: German defence company Rheinmetall Monday unveiled its futuristic KF51 Panther main battle tank (MBT), which has a 130 mm main gun and is being described as better than Russia’s latest main battle tank Armata, at French defence exhibition Eurosatory. The KF51 Panther main battle tank is equipped with several futuristic features which includes protection against killer drones that have demonstrated their lethality against Russian armored vehicles in the war with Ukraine.

Indian Army will soon induct a new locally developed surface-to-air missile

Indian Army Akash Prime Missile Regiment: The Indian Army will get two regiments a new and improved version of the locally designed and developed Akash Missile system, known as Akash Prime, to shoot down enemy aircraft and drones in high altitude area. According to people familiar with the matter, the proposal is at an advanced stage before the government and will help in further strengthening the air defence of the country against aerial attacks from both the Chinese and the Pakistani sides.

Leonardo wins $29 million contract for supply of AW119K helicopters to Israel

Leonardo AW119K Helicopter for Israel: Italy based helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has been awarded a $29 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for supply of new AW119Kx aircraft to Israel under the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS), with the U.S. Army Contracting Command as the contracting activity. The aircraft will be fully produced at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pratt & Whitney, NAAEE announce $250,000 funding for environmental education

Pratt & Whitney environmental education funding: The US based aviation engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney  Wednesday announced E-STEM Awards in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The awards will grant a total of $250,000 to support innovative E-STEM education programs around the world that build the skills and capacity for students ages 11-18 to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to address environmental challenges.

Lt Gen Manoj Pande becomes first officer from Corps of Engineers to be appointed Army Chief

Lt General Manoj Pande appointed army chief: A meeting of Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday cleared the name Lt General Manoj Pande for the appointment as Chief of Army Staff, succeeding General MM Naravane who retires at the month end.  Pande, who is Vice Chief of Army Staff and would be first officer from the Corps of Engineers, will take over as the 29th Chief of Army Staff of 1.3 million strong Indian Army.

Iron Beam: Israel’s Rafael concludes testing of laser air defence system

Rafael Iron Beam Laser Air Defense System: Israel’s leading defence technology company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Thursday announced completion of a series of ground-breaking tests with a high-power laser interception system Iron Beam against steep-track threats. These tests were conducted in collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), demonstrating successful interception of UAVs, mortars, rockets, and anti-tank missiles in various scenarios.

India’s Tata Group delivers locally developed infantry combat vehicles to Indian Army

Indian Army Infantry Combat Vehicle: India’s salt-software conglomerate, the Tata Group, Tuesday delivered first lot of the locally designed and developed Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicles (IPMVs) to Indian Army. Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), a Tata Group company, handed over these infantry vehicles to Indian Army in a private ceremony in Pune in Maharashtra. The event, which was organized at Bombay Engineers Group campus in Pune, was attended by Indian Army Chief General Manoj Naravane and Vice Army Chief Lt General Manoj Pandey.

British Army orders 100 more Boxer armoured vehicles

British Army Boxer Armoured Vehicles: The British government has signed a contract with a consortium of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for supply of an additional 100 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles to the British Army. The contract, which is signed between the European procurement organization OCCAR and ARTEC, entails supply of three previously ordered variants of the Boxer: the infantry carrier, the command vehicle and the field ambulance.

India’s DRDO tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet technology

DRDO’s Solid Fued Ducted Ramjet Missile: India’s apex defence research organization, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Thursday successfully flight tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster technology at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha in eastern India. The test successfully demonstrated the reliable functioning of all critical components involved in the complex missile system and met all the mission objectives, said the ministry of defence.

India releases third negative list to curb defence imports

India’s third negative list for defence imports: In a major decision to support domestic defence industry, India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh Thursday released the third indigenization list of 101 products. The defence systems and sub-systems listed in the third negative list are fairly complex in nature and it shows the growing confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in the domestic defence industry for their development and manufacture in the country.

Germany’s Rheinmetall unveils new radar Oerlikon AMMR

Rheinmetall Oerlikon AESA AMMR Radar: German defence and high technology company Rheinmetall Monday unveiled the Oerlikon AMMR, the Group’s latest radar system. The Oerlikon AESA Multi-Mission Radar (AMMR) was developed entirely at Rheinmetall Italia in Rome, underscoring once again the subsidiary’s role as Rheinmetall’s radar centre of excellence. Rheinmetall says the new radar is now ready for series production.

India’s defence electronics manufacturer BEL achieves a record turnover of $2 billion

BEL’s Financial Results FY 2021-22: India’s state owned defence electronics manufacturer Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)  achieved a turnover of about Rs 15,000 crore  ($1.98 billion), during the Financial Year 2021-22 that began in April last year and ended in March this year. “As per the provisional and unaudited results, this is an increase of 8.55% against the previous year’s turnover of Rs 13,818 crore, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and global semiconductors shortage,“ said the company.

Israel’s IAI and India’s DRDO complete testfiring of MRSAM missile

MRSAM Missile: Israel’s state owned defence company IAI and India’s apex defence research organization DRDO Thursday announced successful completion of a series of testfiring of MRSAM air and missile defense system trials in India. The trials included a series of four MRSAM interceptions – two by the land-based MRSAM system, and two by the naval-based MRSAM system, operated from Indian Navy ships.

Pratt & Whitney begins setting up new Capabilities Center in Bengaluru

Pratt & Whitney Bengaluru Capability Centre: Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Thursday announced its plans to open a new global supply chain support center in India’s IT capital Bengaluru. The India Capability Center (ICC) in Bengaluru in southern state of Karnataka will employ hundreds of analysts and data scientists to augment Pratt & Whitney’s global supply chain, focused on digital capabilities, said the company.

Israel’s IAI and British firm MCL win UK MoD’s project Thesus contract

United Kingdom’s Project Theseus: British defence company Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) and its technology partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have been awarded a contract to deliver demonstrations of their highly-automated ground and air resupply network, providing innovative capability based on the latest autonomous technology as part of Projec Theseus, IAI said on Monday.

Israel Navy ship conducts first interception using C-Dome missile system

Rafael C-Dome Missile System: Israeli defence giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate for Defense R&D of the Israel Ministry of Defense, and the IDF have completed a successful series of live-fire tests of the ‘C-Dome’ system – an advanced naval configuration of the Iron Dome defense system, the company announced on Tuesday.

India’s Andaman and Nicobar Command inducts HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopters

ALH Mark III inducted in Andaman & Nicobar Command: In a major boost to India’s maritime security, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III, which has been locally designed and developed by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was formally inducted at INS Utkrosh by Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) Lieutenant General Ajai Singh at Port Blair on Friday.

German Navy Chief resigns over remarks on Ukraine during India visit

German Navy Chief Resigns: The German Navy Chief vice admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach Saturday after his comments on Ukraine and Russia during India visit sparked controversy back in German as Ukraine strongly protested his comments that Ukraine was perhaps never going to get back Crimea peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and Russian President Vladimir Putin was seeking and deserved respect. He said both Germany and India needed Russia against China.