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January 11, 2016

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Army Gets Taste of Airbus A400M

The Indian Army is getting its first taste of the Airbus A400M multirole transport aircraft at Jaisalmer air force base, with the French Army contingent for Exercise Shakti 2016 arriving in one of type.
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Army For New 30mm Ammunition For Infantry Vehicles

In what could be one of the largest recent stock procurements of new generation ammunition, the Army has published fresh interest. As part of a drive to beef up its mechanised forces and infantry, the Indian Army is planning to undertake...
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Stealthy Push For Non-Stealth Drones At DRDO

With DRDO's Rustom-II MALE UAV still to take to the air, work is currently gathering pace to provide the platform with greater low-observability features. "The main function of the landing gear is safe take-off and landing of UAV under various environmental and operational scenarios with the support of external pilot.
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Terror Spurt Revives Infantry Modernisation Push

The atmosphere of terror threats in the shadow of the Pathankot attack and continued threats along the LoC — including intermittent ceasefire violations — has heightened awareness of slow progress in infantry modernisation in the country.
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No Movement On Army's Hand-launched UAS Push

It's curtains for the DRDO's Nishant tactical surveillance drone programme, with the Army, the drone's only customer at the moment, deciding against a repeat order of upto 10 units from its maker.
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New Assault Rifle Push For IAF Garud Squads

The Indian Air Force is learnt to have pegged up interest in its three-year hunt for new assault rifles for its special units (Garud), that should be compact, foldable, easy to carry, handle, operate, simple to maintain and with high range. The requirement joins a raft of tenders already active for other weapons...
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November 30, 2015

DRDO to wrap up Nishant UAV project

It's curtains for the DRDO's Nishant tactical surveillance drone programme, with the Army, the drone's only customer at the moment, deciding against a repeat order of upto 10 units from its maker.
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October 12, 2015

Army Beefs Up Mini-UAV Requirement

The Army has a long-standing procurement process on to acquire new mini UAVs, and has just decided it wants a separate additional requirement met by an Indian platform.
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Indian Army For New Silenced Pistol

The Indian Army is scouting an unspecified number of silenced pistols for its special forces and limited number of infantry units. The new RFI makes it clear that the Army is looking for a new platform along with the suppressor/silencer add-on.
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Indian Army Gets Going On New Future Tank Platform

Post its major announcement that has had major repercussions for the armoured fleet -- the Indian Army had revealed in August that it is planning to design and develop a new generation, state-of-the-art combat vehicle platform...
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Indian Army Revives Light BP Vehicle Need

After a series of stops and starts, the Army has got its requirement for light bullet-proof vehicles going again and is hoping it leads to a definite procurement this time. While the Army has never specifically mentioned numbers, it is understood to be around 100-120 vehicles as part of a final order.
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More Capable Indo-Israeli LRSAM To Be Tested In India Soon

After a series of stops and starts, the Army has got its requirement for light bullet-proof vehicles going again and is hoping it leads to a definite procurement this time. While the Army has never specifically mentioned numbers...
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April 18, 2015

DRDO Scouts Landing Gear Kit For Panchi UAV

The DRDO is looking for a newly designed landing gear kit for its recently unveiled Panchi UAV, a wheeled version of the in-service Nishant surveillance drone. Panchi is designed take-off and land from a prepared run way like a conventional aircraft, has a nose landing gear (NLG) and a main landing gear...
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DRDO scouts vision-assited recovery system for UAVs

With a view to test a vision-assisted take-off and landing system for small size UAVs, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) in Bengaluru has called upon Indian vendors to design and develop necessary navigation algorithms, putt them in target hardware, interface with the onboard sensors...
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HAL Powers On LUH Ahead Of First Flight

HAL is powering on with the LUH ahead of a potential first flight in July or August this year. HAL, which has responded to the Indian Army RFI for reconnaissance & surveillance helicopters (RSH) has decided to play its hand aggressively in the 'Make in India' environment sweeping the country's defence procurement.
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April 17, 2015

Army For New Low Level Radars

The Army is scouting an unspecified number of new Low Level Light Weight Radars Mark-ll for deployment in non-mountainous sectors like desert and plains. The radar needs to be easily transportable and capable of detecting even small, low-RCS entities like UAVs.
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April 6, 2015

Third RSH

After two failed attempts spanning a decade, the Indian military's critical need for new generation light multirole helicopters is finally off on its third big attempt. The much touted programme, being seen as a vanguard for the 'Made in India' thrust, envisages a fully Indian production line set up by an Indian firm...
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Indian Army & US conduct joint IED clearing drills

Indian and US Army soldiers showcased their engineer operations and systems skills to each other recently at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, U.S.A. During the visit the Indian Army officials discussed and compared route-clearing procedures and received other engineer training classes.
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Indian Army looking for Ultra-Light Recovery Vehicles

The Indian Army is planning to procure Ultra Light Recovery Vehicles (Short chassis) recovery vehicles to provide repair and recovery cover in mountains to all wheeled vehicles up to a gross vehicle weight of 6 tons.
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New Indigenous Optical Target Locater Unveiled

The DRDO's Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC) has unveiled an indigenous Optical Target Locater (OTL), a laser-based portable surveillance device, for detection of passive or active optical threats.
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Saab Mulls Indian Production of IDAS

Saab, which recently bagged a $78 million follow-on contract from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv...
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March 9, 2015

First joint parachute drop by US Army, Indian Army Parachute Regiment & NSG

On February, right in the middle of Aero India 2015, the U.S. Army teamed up with the Indian Army's 2nd Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) for a parachute demonstration from a C-17 Globemaster III.
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March 7, 2015

MBDA pitches co-development of 5th gen ATGM

European missile firm MBDA has pitched the Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium Range Missile) fifth generation anti-tank missile system for co-development and co-production in India. The company has opened preliminary discussions with the Indian Army and DRDO to pursue the pitch.
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HAL unveils mini-UAV

HAL unveiled its own build of the Elbit Systems Skylark mini-UAS, announcing that it was close to entering negotiations shortly with the Indian Army and CRPF for supply of the hand-launched drone for over-the-hill surveillance and intelligence gathering.
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Army VSHORADS contest nears end

With systems trials of sighting systems and sensors for the VSHORADS programme complete recently in Bengaluru and Dehradun, the path is presumably clear for the commercial phase of the massive acquisition programme.
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February 18, 2015

India awaits the big take-off

They say the passage of time brings clarity. Hindsight brings learnings. As Aero India 2015 begins, there are two parallel sentiments, each contradicting the other. The first is of hope. Fuelled by the new government’s promise of quick decisions, unprecedented attention to the Indian warfighter...
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February 9, 2015

Israeli Defence Minister to attend Aero India for first time

Given the quantum of defence business that flies from Israel to India, it's something of a surprise that this will be the first year that an Israeli defence minister will grace an Aero India.
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February 2, 2015

PM's 1st Defence Show, To Pump 'Make In India': Modi's 'Defence Manufacturing Panchsheel'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had multiple trysts with the armed forces since he took office in May 2014, showing an unprecedented interest in matters military and showing a willingness to be physically present with the forces.
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Crucial to India, US-Afganistan meet at Khyber

As the effects of the U.S. draw down and impending force rationalisation in Afghanistan become more apparent, the US Train, Advise, Assist Command operating in Afghanistan takes on a crucial new role. US training of Afghan forces in preparation for primary security responsibilities...
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Arjun Mk.II Tank Clears All Army Trials, Service Next Year

The Arjun Mk.II main battle tank has cleared all user trials with the Indian Army successfully and now awaits a maintenance evaluation by the Army and, crucially, a detailed evaluation by the Director General of Quality Assurance.
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BrahMos Targets $10-Billion Orders By 2020

BrahMos Corp. is targeting orders of $10 billion by 2010. It currently holds orders amounting to $6 billion, which involves supplies to the Indian Army and Indian Navy. BrahMos CEO & MD Sudhir Mishra, who recently attended the Vibrant Gujarat summit, made a presentation detailing the company's plans moving...
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Army still awaits 'cornershot' weapon capability for pistols

The Indian Army, which made known its requirement for a corner-shot capability that allows it to mount in-service 9mm pistols for firing from around a corner, a capability widespread with tactical special units in the US and Israel...
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Para (SF) Urgently Require General Purpose Machine Gun

The Para (SF) units of the Indian Army require an unspecified number of General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) on a fast-track basis for which an RFI is expected shortly. The new general purpose machine guns will be for its Parachute (Special Forces) battalions to augment...
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Army revives interest in Light Specialist Vehicle

Unable to bring to fruition a 6 year quest for a light specialist vehicle, the Army plans to announce afresh its interest in procuring an undisclosed number of a common Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV) for all arms in a 3,500-kg unladen weight class category with a payload capacity of 900-1200 kg.
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Indian Army for Heavy Recovery Vehicle

The Indian Army is looking to procure an unspecified number of heavy recovery vehicles to recover stalled, overturned or broken down heavy or armoured vehicles of the forces. The Army is looking for a vehicle capable of providing recovery cover for vehicles over 15 tons in all terrain...
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Agni V Enters Service This Year

The Agni V ballistic missile, India's longest range nuclear delivery system, enters service by the end of this year. At this stage, top sources say development test routines are complete, with the system to be handed over to the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) to populate deterrent units in the country.
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January 28, 2015

Raven UAV to be pushed under Indo-US DTTI

Considered one of the most combat-proven tactical surveillance mini drones in current operations, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is not new to the Indian armed forces. In 2009, during the Yudh Abhyas at Babina in Uttar Pradesh, the Indian Army got a first hand look at Raven operations in a combat scenario.
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Indian Army for large-scale mapping project

The Indian Army's Military Survey (GSGS) is planning to map certain areas of the country on large scale. As a test bed three areas have been selected for large scale mapping. All the areas are required to be mapped using latest digital mapping techniques, including GIS creation.
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DRDO successfully tests Pinaka Mk.II rocket

In service and well-respected as a successful and potent indigenous weapon, the new and improved Pinaka Mk.II rocket, developed by the DRDO's Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune, was successfully test fired last month at the Proof and Experimental Establishment...
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DRDO for partnership to develop active protection systems

The DRDO's Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment (CVRDE) near Chennai is looking for a partner to co-develop active protection systems for armoured fighting vehicles developed and under development to provide the best posible...
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DRDO's new wheeled UAV to star at Aero India

The DRDO is hoping to show off its new wheeled UAV 'Panchi' at Aero India. The newest variant of the in-service Nishant surveillance drone, the Panchi has been developed with joint Indian Air Force and Army requirements in mind.
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Army for Night Sight for Automatic Grenade Launcher systems

The Indian Army is looking to procure Thermal Imaging Sights for its in-service 30 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL-17)/Automatic Grenade System (AGS-30) systems.
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Army to make MMGs night-capable

The Indian Army is looking to procure thermal imaging sights for its 7.62mm medium machine guns in service.
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November 24, 2014

MoD Clears Proposal For 814 Mounted 155mm Guns

Following a fresh request for information in July last year, the MoD has cleared the Indian Army's proposal to tender for 814 truck-mounted self-propelled 155mm gun systems at a cost of approximately Rs. 15,000 crore.
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Parrikar To Revamp How DAC Works

The MoD's apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), usually the last MoD stop proposals or deals pass through before clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Security, could function very differently in the future.
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Obama Coming, Indo-US Copter Deals Imminent?

U.S. President Barack Obama's consent to be chief guest at India's Republic Day 2015 celebrations has sparked word that some pending Indo-US defence deals could be cleared before his arrival in New Delhi.
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Akash Blasts Through Training User Tests

The indigenous Akash SAM system, already in service with the Indian Air Force and Indian Army, has just completed a high-tempo series of training user trials with a high degree of success and satisfaction to the end user.
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Bharat Dynamics Prepares For Big Leap

India's only manufacturer of missiles, Bharat Dynamics Ltd, has scouted two new locations to set up new units with upgraded infrastructure in preparation for new contracts – these include prospective manufacture of the Indo-Israeli LRSAM & MRSAM, a likely SRSAM and the VSHORADS system currently...
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BEML Launches All-Out Effort To Turn Tide In Defence Biz

With its defence business severely affected by the 'extraordinary' situation surrounding the Tatra Trucks controversy, BEML has launched a vigorous effort to breathe life into it.
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BEL Awaits Offsets Windfall

With a modest $42 million in exports in 2013-14, Bharat Electronics Ltd is anticipating big export orders on account of offsets arising from forthcoming defence contracts with foreign OEMs.
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November 18, 2014

Special Report:
Minister Parrikar 'Deals' A New Mantra

Transparency, efficiency and accountability are the stated touchstones for defence procurement under India's new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
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