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  • February 2, 2015
    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...

  • February 2, 2015
    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...

  • February 2, 2015
    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...

  • February 2, 2015
    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.

  • February 2, 2015
    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...

  • February 2, 2015
    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.

  • 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.

  • January 28, 2015
    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.

  • January 28, 2015
    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...

  • January 28, 2015
    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...

  • January 28, 2015
    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.

  • January 28, 2015
    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.

  • January 28, 2015
    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.

  • 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.

  • November 24, 2014
    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.

  • November 24, 2014
    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.

  • November 24, 2014
    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.

  • November 24, 2014
    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...

  • November 24, 2014
    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.

  • November 24, 2014
    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.

  • 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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    November 3, 2014
    Fresh 197 light RSH chopper bids invited

    Will the Indian Army and IAF finally get the light helicopters they so desperately need, to augment and replace their obsolescent fleet of Cheetah and Chetak LUHs? After cancelling the Reconnaissance & Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) helicopter procurement process during the final lap earlier this year...

  • November 3, 2014
    Indian Army for upgrade of 2,600 BMPs

    The Indian Army has declared interest in undertaking a comprehensive upgrade of its BMP-2/2K that effects mobility, fire power and survivability upgrade. The upgrades are to be incorporated in both the existing fleet of BMPs and the ones which are likely to be produced in future.

  • October 27, 2014
    India to sign $525 million deal for Israeli SPIKE System

    Ending a procurement effort that has meandered for years, India will shortly sign a $525 million deal with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. to procure 8,300 SPIKE MR missiles and over 300 launchers.

  • October 27, 2014
    Indian sisters in US Army help bridge the gap

    Last month, when units of the Indian and US armies joined forces for a combat exercise in the lower Himalayas, a pair of Indian-born sisters served as a perfect bridge between the two sides.

  • October 20, 2014
    Nirbhay success catches world attention

    The remarkable success of the Nirbhay long range ground-launched cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Friday has been watched keenly around the world, but especially in the region. The largely indigenous missile, sporting a fully Indian inertial navigation system (INS) based guidance system...

  • October 20, 2014
    NAL mini UAVs demonstrated to CRPF & NSG

    The CRPF and National Security Guard have expressed interest in NAL's SlyBird and Pushpak micro air vehicles for over-the-hill surveillance and intelligence gathering. Starting November 2013, Bangalore-based NAL has conducted flight demonstrations in simulated operational settings in Manesar...

  • October 20, 2014
    DRDO's new target: No missile imports from 2022

    The success of the Nirbhay has instilled fresh confidence in the DRDO to set an ambitious new target. DRDO chief, and therefore the country's seniormost missile scientist, Dr Avinash Chander said on Saturday at the IIT Bhubaneshwar where he was chief guest for a convocation ceremony...

  • October 6, 2014
    New Indo-US Defence Trade Task Force Soon

    On the back of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the United States where a joint decision was taken renew for ten more years the 2005 Framework for the U.S.-India Defence Relationship...

  • October 6, 2014
    Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2014

    The latest edition of the Yudh Abhyas series of combat exercises has just been completed in the hills of Uttarakhand. US Army Soldiers from 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and the Indian Army participated in this U.S. Army...

  • September 15, 2014
    Breakthrough in indigenous E/O sensor tech

    A heartening new indigenous development could take care of India's over-dependence on foreign suppliers for critical electro-optical sensors for surface payloads. The DRDO's Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) in Dehradun has developed a SEOS...

  • September 1, 2014
    Indian Army orders 118 Arjun Mk.II tanks

    An air of cautious relief will pervade the Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment (CVRDE), the DRDO's tank development laboratory on Chennai's outskirts. The Indian Army has been cleared to place an order for 118 Arjun Mk.II main battle tanks.

  • September 1, 2014
    Indian Army operating from CH-47F Chinook

    The Indian Air Force is keenly looking forward to operating the Boeing CH-47F Chinook. The MoD has cleared the decks for a contract for 15 helicopters, though an internal assessment suggests the IAF may ultimately looking to order another 15.

  • August 30, 2014
    India identifying requirement for small arms fire detection system

    The last 18 months along the Line of Control and specifically the last few weeks on the International Border has forced the Army and BSF to begin an exercise to construct a requirement for small arms fire detection systems for forward posts...

  • August 29, 2014
    Javelin or Spike ATGM for Indian Army megadeal?

    The Indian Army is looking to the government for a swift decision on whether to move forward with the Pentagon's recent proposal for co-development and co-production of the modified version of the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin...

  • August 29, 2014

    Breaking News

    40 Arjun Catapult systems for Indian Army

    Starved of artillery for nearly three decades, the Indian Army's howitzer jinx is all set for an irony that no foreign vendor may have anticipated...

  • August 19, 2014
    Indian Army scouts 'Smart' artillery shells

    The Indian Army is looking to procure 155mm Trajectory Correctable Munitions (Course Correctable Fuze) for its 155mm artillery guns, and to include 39/45/52 calibre equipment.

  • August 19, 2014
    Nirbhay cruise missile test before Diwali

    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...

  • August 19, 2014
    DRDO's new embankment blasting device successfully tested

    The DRDO has conducted user-assisted technical trials of the Bund Blasting Device Mk.II, the new improved version of the indigenous man-portable embankment blasting device, designed and developed by the Terminal...

  • August 19, 2014
    NAL-Army co-develop marksmanship training system

    The Indian Army and National Aerospace Laboratory have come together to solve an age-old nuisance: the primitive type of marksmanship training, the manual system which involves the marksman firing shots at a target and then having...

  • August 19, 2014
    New defensive aids for MBT Arjun proven in trials

    An advanced laser warning countermeasure system and a mobile camouflage system have recently been tested and proven on the Arjun MBT Mk.II in the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

  • August 19, 2014
    New ammunition for MBT Arjun tested

    Trials of new 120mm penetration-cum-blast ordnance for the Arjun main battle tank have been successfully conducted at the DRDO's Proof and Experimental Establishment in Odisha.

  • June 9, 2014
    Official Top 20 'Buyorities' for Indian Armed Forces

    Over the last 10 days, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has been busy receiving a flurry of briefings from the Indian armed forces chiefs as well as senior leadership on the various priorities for each force, and the guidance they require from the new man in the hot seat.

  • June 9, 2014
    DRDO releases offsets wishlist, sets sight on 26 areas, facilities

    With billions of dollars worth of offsets set to flow into the country on the back of high-value armament system purchases, India's Defence R&D Organisation has compiled a list of 26 critical defence technologies and test facilities it would like to harvest for itself through the incoming offset tide.

  • May 31, 2014
    Indian Army for new 9mm pistols

    The Army's Infantry Directorate has announced interest in acquiring an unspecified number of 9mm pistols for regular troops. The proposed weapon is to be used as a secondary weapon both during conventional and sub conventional operations.

  • March 31, 2014
    DRDO for portable radar simulator

    The DRDO is in the market for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) portable radar simulator to simulate radar threat situations through generated radar emissions to test the efficacy of in-development sensor/warning systems under the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL).

  • March 31, 2014
    Indian Army wants combat flame-throwers

    The Indian Army's Directorate of Infantry has announced its intention to procure an unspecified number of combat disposable-type flame-throwers for fighting units deployed in counter-insurgency areas. The Army has revealed the flame throwers will be used during conventional and sub conventional operations against...

  • March 31, 2014
    Indian Army for night sights for AK-47 & 7.62mm LMG

    The Indian Army is looking to arm its frontline infantry weapons with new-generation night sights to boost operations after dark. It is specifically in the market now for Uncooled Thermal Imaging Sights for its 7.62mm LMG...