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Russia has agreed to supply Current “Standard” version of Su-35 combat aircraft to china. While Russians have told their own media news agencies that China really is interested only in NIIP Irbis-E Radar and 117S engine of Su-35 which could help them fix issues with J-20 Stealth aircraft which china is developing.

Chinese J-20 currently is powered by 2 × Saturn AL-31F engines which produce 123 kN thrust, while 117S engine will generate 142 kN thrust which will be ideal for J-20 Heavy class fighter jet. China has been working on developing Xian WS-15 engine which was supposed to produce 179.9 kN thrust, But according to Chinese media WS-15 engine is still far from entering production and chinese have been scouting for higher thrust engines for J-20 since AL-31F was found insufficient . Continue reading


The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) wants the Centre to purchase used mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) from the US, which have already been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A message has been delivered to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), highlighting that the ever-growing sophistication in combat tactics of Maoists calls for urgent modernisation of the forces. The CRPF has recommended to the home ministry that purchasing these used MRAPs will be far less expensive than making new purchases.  Continue reading


Even as the trials of a series of Akash missiles conducted recently were claimed to be a success, two of the nine rounds had, in fact, failed much to the embarrassment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that had developed the weapon system.

Defence sources said a total of nine rounds of indigenously built surface-to-air nuclear capable missile, Akash, were test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast by the Air Force in five days between November 17 and November 21. Continue reading


Thales has sold 19 GS100 radars to the Indian air force, and entered a joint venture with Bharat Electronics

Indian defense ground radar requirements have driven the creation of a new Franco-Indian joint venture between Thales and Bharat Electronics (BEL), after a two-year delay. BEL-Thales Systems will enable the French company to meet Indian offset and technology transfer commitments associated with an Indian Air Force (IAF) order for 19 radars.

Thales holds 26 percent of the new company, and state-owned Bharat Electronics the other 74 percent. It has been created to design, develop, market, supply and support ground-based civilian and military radars. While Thales’s main strengths are in systems engineering, integration and testing, BEL has manufactured radars for the military. Continue reading


The Union government has given the go-ahead to Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the construction of all eight mine countermeasure vessels, or MCMVs, for the Indian Navy, with the option of additional vessels, chairman and managing director of GSL Shekhar Mital said on Wednesday during the launch of the first of a series of six offshore patrol vessels, or OPVs, designed by GSL.

Nearly two weeks ago, Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar, during his visit to GSL, had said that the decision on acquiring eight minesweepers for the Indian Navy would be taken soon. Parrikar had dropped hints that the central government was thinking of giving orders to GSL and would like the PSU to go into technical collaboration. Continue reading


As India draws closer and buys more military hardware from Israel, questions are raised about what that will mean to traditional key defense suppliers, the US and Russia, as well as New Delhi’s relations with Palestine. Global powers including France, the UK, Japan, the US and Israel have been keenly courting India – the world’s largest arms importer – in their quest to bag some lucrative deals as New Delhi begins an ambitious defense upgrade plan with an estimated budget of $100 billion.

But it is Israel that seems to be stealing most of the show, with two mega-deals already closed with New Delhi. The first is 262 Barak-I air defense missiles for the Indian Navy. The second for 8,356 Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles and 321 launchers is more significant as it was on a faceoff with America’s Javelin missile. Continue reading


Pune has emerged as the “third option” for the Indian Army to hold such exercises in future, said senior officers of the Southern Command with a hint of pride following the successful completion of the fourth India-China joint training exercise — Hand in Hand — that went on for 12 days. “In order to conduct such an exercise, we need ample space, availability of required establishments and suitable weather conditions. And, Pune has all three. With this new option, the army can accommodate more such exercises in the near future,” said a senior officer of the Southern Command, which has its headquarters in Pune, a defence town in its own right, who did not wish to reveal his identity.

The exercise was held at Aundh Military Camp and College of Military Engineering. Continue reading


French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India on a three-day visit later this month to hold talks with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar during which the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale combat aircraft is likely to come up. He will arrive in India on November 30 and hold a series of meetings with top defence and government officials the next day.

Defence sources said the meeting with Parrikar will take place at the Army Battle Honour Mess rather than at the South Block. This will be Parrikar’s first meeting with a foreign dignitary after he took charge of the Defence Ministry earlier this month. Continue reading


India’s largest and most costly warship, the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, is likely to visit Mumbai in the next fortnight, according to sources in the Indian Navy. While Naval officials remained tight-lipped on the decision, sources indicated that the purpose of the visit is to conduct trials to check its operability from Mumbai and an undisclosed set of tasks. Continue reading


Laser walls may soon be used to stop infiltration from Pakistan. This is one solution BSF is exploring to implement more effective border checks. The laser wall will ensure that anyone approaching the border or breaking the beam in an unfenced zone sets off an alarm.
Other than laser walls in unfenced areas, the force is considering anti-tunnel ground sensors and thermal sensors in the fenced stretches. Such technologies, sources said, are already in use in countries such as Israel.

“We’re constantly modernizing our weaponry and upgrading defences according to the new challenges facing us. We have looked at some of these technologies and have found them suitable,” BSF director general DK Pathak said. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on building a robust indigenous defence industry base, ramping up the military’s capabilities and stitching up alliances to expand strategic cooperation regionally and globally during the last six months.

The defence manufacturing sector looks poised for growth, with the government deciding to contract out major projects to the domestic industry in line with his ‘Make in India’ pitch. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Seven naval officers have been indicted for culpability in the INS Sindhuratna fire that left two officers dead and several injured on February 26 last. The fire tragedy came after a series of mishaps involving the Navy’s assets. Then Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi had resigned soon after, owning moral responsibility. The Navy had said human miscalculation led to the fire that broke out in the cables of the submarine. The probe had mentioned a deviation from standard operating procedure. Smoke had engulfed the Russian-made submarine off the Mumbai coast when it was at sea for routine training and inspection. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday informed Parliament that administrative action was being taken by the Navy against officers found guilty of acts of commission now that the inquiry is complete. Continue reading


Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar might just have given a glimpse into the future when it showed the film’s protagonist chasing down an Indian-made drone. Although the country is yet to manufacture large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) like the ones used by the US in military combat, the first steps are being taken by both the industry and Government.

Om UAV Systems, a company started about a year ago, is one of those aiming for a head start in the business. As one of the companies to get a licence for manufacturing UAVs in India from the Telecom Ministry — spectrum is needed for flying the UAVs — the company has attracted investor interest. The company’s licence is for producing 100 drones. Continue reading

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