||Rustom-2 UAV akka “Desi Baaz”||

Defence Research Development Organisation  successfully tested its heavy duty, medium altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle RUSTOM 2 or TAPAS-BH-201(Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201) from its test facility center at Challakere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district on 25 February 2018. DRDO chairman S Christopher, its Director General of Aeronautical System CP Ramanarayanan, DG Electronics and Communication … Read more ||Rustom-2 UAV akka “Desi Baaz”||

IAF’s wait for own satellite gets longer

The Indian Air Force’s wait for its own satellite is getting longer because of a delay in obtaining a dedicated frequency band from the international regulatory body. Like any other communication satellite, the IAF’s GSAT-7A, too, has to operate within a specific frequency band. The bands are allocated by the International Telecommunication Union. Sources in … Read more IAF’s wait for own satellite gets longer

100 warships will be delivered to Indian Navy in 2017, says Kolkata-based manufacturer

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) will deliver 100 warships to the Navy in February-March 2017 and become the first shipbuilding yard of the country to do so, a top official said today. “Next year in February-March, we will deliver our 100 warships. This is a rare distinction for a shipbuilding yard as we … Read more 100 warships will be delivered to Indian Navy in 2017, says Kolkata-based manufacturer

Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha brushes aside Chinese reaction to Agni-V launch

Brushing aside Chinese reaction on the test firing of long-range nuclear capable missile Agni-V, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Wednesday said India should carry on with its task of building deterrence capability. In an apparent swipe at China, he said one should not talk about someone else doing something unless it is … Read more Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha brushes aside Chinese reaction to Agni-V launch

Indian Army Will Soon Have NBC Protection Suits To Counter Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapon

Keeping an eye on Pakistan’s nuclear tipped non-strategic battle-field missile, India will soon acquire 1500 advanced Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) protection suits for its Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC). An APC – carrying about 10 fully armed soldiers- is an offensive platform. It is used to carry troops in and to the battlefront. India has … Read more Indian Army Will Soon Have NBC Protection Suits To Counter Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapon

Indian Air Force to induct DRDO AEW&CS Aircraft on Dec 23 at Chitradurga Range in Karnataka

After a delay, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would help in enhancing Indian Air Force’s capability to snoop and detect activities of Pakistani and Chinese air force as it is planning to induct the indigenously-developed snooping plane later this month. “The plan is to induct the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft … Read more Indian Air Force to induct DRDO AEW&CS Aircraft on Dec 23 at Chitradurga Range in Karnataka

INS Chennai, among the largest indigenous destroyers, to be commissioned into Navy

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to commission the ship ‘INS Chennai’, an indigenously designed and constructed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer, into the Indian Navy. INS Chennai is among the largest destroyers constructed in India and has been built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. Following the commissioning, INS Chennai will be placed under … Read more INS Chennai, among the largest indigenous destroyers, to be commissioned into Navy

DRDO to deliver four naval systems to Indian Navy

In a major fillip towards indigenization, defence research agency DRDO will deliver four naval systems to navy today. Four systems include Abhay – Compact Hull Mounted SONAR for Shallow Water Crafts, Humsa UG – Upgrade for the Humsa SONAR System, NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System, and AIDSS – Advanced Indigenous Distress SONAR System for … Read more DRDO to deliver four naval systems to Indian Navy

Army seeks industry help for lighter bulletproof jackets

The Indian Army has only 3,86,000 bullet proof jackets for 1.3 million soldiers. This is because the existing jackets are too heavy and the Army is in the process of procuring ones that are lighter. The process is also on to procure a Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV). “We would like to issue bullet proof … Read more Army seeks industry help for lighter bulletproof jackets

Indian Army To Induct Excalibur Assault Rifles till the time a new rifle joins the force.

Faced with a huge delay in acquiring world-class rifles for its soldiers, the Army is now reluctantly planning to induct the indigenously developed Excalibur, an assault rifle it had initially rejected, though in limited numbers. The fully automatic rifle, which fires 5.56mm ammunition built by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), is an upgraded version of … Read more Indian Army To Induct Excalibur Assault Rifles till the time a new rifle joins the force.

Brazilian Aerospace Major Embraer bribed and used middlemen to secure contracts for three Embraer Aircraft ordered by the DRDO for building an indigenous AWACS

India has asked an explanation from the Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer following media reports of an international investigation into the alleged payment of bribes to secure an aircraft deal in 2008. Embraer is alleged to have used bribes and involved middlemen to secure contracts in India and Saudi Arabia. In India’s case, the payoff was made … Read more Brazilian Aerospace Major Embraer bribed and used middlemen to secure contracts for three Embraer Aircraft ordered by the DRDO for building an indigenous AWACS

Indian Army sets up design bureau to promote production of home-grown weapons

In an effort to conceive and support homegrown mission, the Indian Army has set up the Army Design Bureau. About 50 years after Indian Navy established its Naval Design Bureau; the Indian Army has recently announced about setting up of the Army Design Bureau (ADB). The design bureau will boost production of weapons that would … Read more Indian Army sets up design bureau to promote production of home-grown weapons

HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter to take its First Flight Soon

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is looking to test fly Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) this week in Bengaluru, after overcoming a software issue that held back its first flight. “We are now ready to take the chopper in the air. All hurdles have been crossed and now it is only a matter of the right day … Read more HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter to take its First Flight Soon

Three squadrons of Sukhoi-30 MKI with BrahMos missiles may join ranks in early 2017

Su 30 MKI with bramhos

Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) multirole fighters integrated with Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles are expected to go into service of the Indian Air Force in the first four months of 2017. Three squadrons of such aircraft are set to join the ranks of the Indian army, according to the source. “There are plans to deploy and … Read more Three squadrons of Sukhoi-30 MKI with BrahMos missiles may join ranks in early 2017

India Will No Longer Require Israel’s Heron or US Predator Drones

Rustom Drone

India’s defense forces will require more than 5,000 UAVs in the coming ten years. If successful, the soon-to-be-tested Rustom II will eliminate the need for India to import UAVs from the US and Israel. India’s homemade medium altitude long endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Rustom II is due for its first test flight by the … Read more India Will No Longer Require Israel’s Heron or US Predator Drones

Bad coordination delayed Tejas by a decade: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

The production of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was delayed for eight to 10 years because of “shoddy coordination” between the Defence Ministry’s agencies involved and lack of required support, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. “In 2001, when Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, the plane (Tejas) took its maiden flight and … Read more Bad coordination delayed Tejas by a decade: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar