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    January 11, 2016


    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...

  • January 11, 2016
    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...

  • January 11, 2016
    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.

  • January 11, 2016
    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.

  • January 11, 2016
    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.

  • January 11, 2016
    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • October 12, 2015
    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.

  • October 12, 2015
    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...

  • October 12, 2015
    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.

  • October 12, 2015
    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...

  • 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...

  • April 18, 2015
    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...

  • April 18, 2015
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • April 6, 2015
    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.

  • April 6, 2015
    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.

  • April 6, 2015
    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.

  • April 6, 2015
    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • March 7, 2015
    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.

  • March 7, 2015
    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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • February 2, 2015
    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...

  • February 2, 2015
    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.