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In a bid to cut costs and boost its efficiency, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to go in for massive indigenisation and experts feel if indigenisation becomes a policy, then 70 to 80 per cent of defence products will be indigenised in the next decade.

The IAF has already tied up with MRF in this venture and the tyre manufacturer has already made tyres for the Air Force’s Sukhoi 30 range of aircraft. Till now, the tyres of IAF aircraft are being procured from abroad at a high cost. “Usually, IAF spends `1 lakh to buy a tyre from abroad but now we are offering them better quality at an affordable cost — 35 to 40 per cent lower that what they are purchasing at now. We are offering each tyre at a cost of `56,000,” said MRF Chairman and Managing Director, K M Mammen. Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Navy (IN) will attend the international fleet review hosted by China in the northeastern port of Qingdao to mark the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) 65th anniversary on 23 April.

IN officials told IHS Jane’s on 14 April that it is fielding its stealth frigate, INS Shivalik , for the PLAN fleet review and two-day maritime exercises that will also feature the Pakistan Navy. Continue reading


Armoured vehicles bearing Russian flags rolled through a flashpoint town in eastern Ukraine today, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the country was on the brink of civil war.

Tensions continued to mount ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the Ukraine crisis in Geneva tomorrow after Kiev sent in troops to oust pro-Moscow separatists from the east.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Lockheed Martin PR

The Lockheed Martin  F-35 Lightning II fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone for the program.

“Flying 15,000 hours itself demonstrates that the program is maturing, but what I think is even more impressive is the fact that operational F-35s accounted for more than half of those flight hours,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “While the fleet continues to train, we are actively flight testing the software and mission systems that will enable the Marine Corps to declare Initial Operational Capability (IOC) next year as planned.” Continue reading


Women are to be allowed to serve on nuclear submarines in the French Navy from 2017, the French Minister of Defence announced today.The first three candidates will begin training next year, and if the experience is successful the job will be opened up to women, explained Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday.

Until now, women in the French Navy have been barred from submarine duty, which involves two and a half months without interruption under water, twice a year. Continue reading


Attacking the incumbent Manmohan Singh government over signing a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement with China, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said if voted to power, his party would review the agreement and asserted they would give a “befitting reply” to any neighbouring country which tries to intimidate India along the border. Continue reading


Undeterred by the earlier failure of Saras, India has set in motion plans to build its first indigenous civilian aircraft. Saras, a locally made 14-seater plane that took over two decades to develop, is yet to win local certification.

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), the country’s sole maker of military aircraft, is forming a 50:50 special purpose vehicle with state-owned plane designer National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to design and develop a turboprop aircraft, capable of carrying 70-10 people, by 2020. Continue reading


Vice Admiral R K Dhowan may be the next Navy chief as the Defence Ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the post which has been lying vacant for nearly two months since D K Joshi quit suddenly in the wake of a series of mishaps.

Dhowan, who has been the Acting Navy Chief since Joshi’s exit, was in contention for the top job along with Western Navy Commander Shekhar Sinha and Eastern Commander Anil Chopra. Continue reading


Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked China’s air force to speed up its transformation to emerge as a strong power by integrating its air and space capability on the same lines as the US.

During an inspection visit to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force headquarters here, Xi who is also the chief of China’s 2.3 million-strong military said the air force plays a decisive role in national security as well as military strategy and called for a balanced strength in defensive and offensive operations, PLA Daily reported.  Continue reading


The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a $470 million contract with the MiG corporation for the delivery of 16 advanced MiG-29 SMT fighters, the ministry said Tuesday.

The company had earlier confirmed the deal in an interview with RIA Novosti, but did not specify its value. Continue reading


A fire broke out aboard a US Navy guided missile destroyer as it was crossing the Atlantic, but no one was injured in the blaze, the Pentagon said today.

Flames erupted yesterday in one of the USS Hue City’s gas turbine generators, and later spread to other decks of the ship, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed to procure 12 surplus Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA light attack and training aircraft from the Czech Republic for approximately USD200 million.

The preliminary agreement was signed on 6 April by representatives of the Iraqi MoD and Aero Vodochody’s senior management, which is acting as an intermediary on behalf of the Czech MoD, the current owner of the aircraft. Continue reading


Signalling bonhomie among troops on the two sides, a delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army played a friendly volleyball match with Indian jawans along the Nathu La pass in Sikkim, officials said today.

A special border personnel meeting was held with a PLA delegation at Nathu La on Monday to celebrate the Indian harvest festival. Continue reading

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