Yearly Archives: 2024

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.