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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to magnify the role of its industry partners by starting joint ventures with them and readying them to do entire tasks like satellite launches, its Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar has said.

The agency has sounded out its commercial arm, Antrix Corporation, to explore such opportunities for specific projects. Internal teams are being formed to draft a plan, he told The Hindu in a recent interview. For one, Antrix might form ventures with public or private entities that had already been supplying for the space programme. The extent of financing and equity would be decided later. “We hope to have a clear picture in about a year. We have asked Antrix to identify industries and requirements and have initiated discussions internally,” said Mr. Kiran Kumar, who is also Secretary of the Department of Space. Continue reading


S Christopher, an eminent scientist known to be the man behind the indigenous Airborne Early Warning & Control system (AEW&C), was on Thursday appointed the Director General of DRDO. Christopher was presently Distinguished Scientist and Programme Director (airborne early warning and control system) and Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems in the DRDO.

Christopher obtained his BE (Hons) in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Madras and M.Tech in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined IIT Madras, as Project Associate in 1980, and carried out research in Microwave Antenna Design and Near-field Measurement Techniques. He then obtained PhD in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT, Madras. Continue reading


Radar specialist S. Christopher took charge as the new director general of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its secretary at on Friday morning, with the appointment being welcomed by defence scientists and officials.

Christopher was on Thursday night appointed chief of the premier defence research agency for two years by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Continue reading


Even as the ghost of Bofors, a major political scandal that rocked Congress party in 1987, refuses to die down, President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Sweden next week will  put its shadow behind, by exploring robust defence cooperation between the two countries. For long, the scandal had put a stop on defence imports from Sweden. But coinciding Kargil war, then NDA-led government had partially  lifted its blacklist on BAE Systems, new owners of Bofors, for want of spares which was followed by signing of an MoU on defence cooperation by  in 2009. Continue reading

SOURCE : Ajai Shukla|


German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, who talked up her country’s submarine building capability during her Tuesday meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, kept silent on the Eurofighter Typhoon, although Germany had led the campaign to sell it to the Indian Air Force (IAF) the Typhoon.

The 2007 tender for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) was scrapped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Paris in April, when he requested French President Francois Hollande for 36 Rafale fighters in flyaway condition, in a government-to-government deal. Continue reading


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday “surge in the aggressive designs of India” had forced Paki-stan to conduct nuclear tests in 1998.

In his message on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer, celebrated to mark Pakistan’s nuclear tests, Mr Sharif reminded the nation about the “historic background of the event”. “On May 11, 1998, India’s nuclear tests had disturbed the balance of power in the South Asian region. There was a surge in the aggressive designs of India as it not only showed its intentions of sending armed forces to (Pakistan-occupied) Kashmir with converging of the Army on the Line of Control but its defence minister also announced that the Indian Army would be armed with nuclear weapons,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE : Bharat Karnad


The American defence secretary Ashton Carter drops into Delhi next week bearing ideas for joint military projects and things to sell in government-to-government (G2G) deals—Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in Pentagonese. The apparent absence of middlemen and corruption makes G2G/FMS the politically safe method of purchasing arms.

Seeking to enlarge its scope as defence supplier, the US has apparently settled on a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, it is offering the manifestly cutting-edge electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) to equip the new generation indigenous aircraft carriers. This offer is impractical but symbolically potent, meant to still Indian criticism about the US not parting with advanced technologies. FMS of traditional hardware constitute the other prong, and the M-777 ultra-light howitzer (ULH) tops the list. Let’s briefly examine these two offers. Continue reading


IAF’s Jaguar seen above with Sea Eagle Anti ship missiles which are been replaced by anti-ship Harpoon missile

The Indian Air Force launched an anti-ship Harpoon missile from a fighter plane for the first time at a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea last week. The missile, built by US defence giant Boeing, was launched on May 22 from a Jaguar maritime strike fighter that flew 200 nautical miles off the west coast to carry out the mission, a source said.

The fighter belonged to the IAF’s maritime strike squadron based at the Lohegaon airbase outside Pune. The Jaguar was refuelled midair during the mission, the source added. Continue reading


India expects to bring into service its first domestically made aircraft carrier by 2018 as it looks to counter China’s expanding military capabilities in the region.The diesel-powered, 40,000-ton INS Vikrant will be ready within three years, Indian Navy Chief R.K. Dhowan told reporters in New Delhi today. It’s under construction at a shipyard in the southern port city of Kochi. Continue reading

SOURCE : Ajai Shukla |

The Indian Air Force (IAF), facing a severe shortage of fighter aircraft, will have the opportunity to boost its combat strength with an unusual asset – fitting guns and rockets on Hawk trainer aircraft, bought for training IAF pilots before they entered the cockpits of high performance fighters like the MiG-21.

On Tuesday, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and UK-headquartered BAE Systems (BAE), agreed to explore the development of a “Combat Hawk” which could even be exported to friendly foreign countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: Dr Anantha Krishnan M / ONE INDIA NEWS

While launching the Drona School of Engineering Practice, spearheaded by aerospace veteran G Raj Narayan of Radel Group in Bengaluru recently, experts shared some crucial facts.Expert members at the launch of Drona School of Engineering Practice in Bengaluru Some of the facts have been mentioned here: Continue reading

SOURCE : OneIndia News

Admiral R K Dhowan on Thursday reiterated Indian Navy’s commitment towards inducting home-grown systems and platforms. Chairing the last session of bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference, Admiral Dhowan stressed the need for indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), public industry, private sector and in-house efforts.

While emphasising that the roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain anchored on self-reliance and indigenization, the Navy Chief wanted his designers and technical officers to work in close coordination with DRDO so as to develop niche technologies for the future Navy. Continue reading


India sucks at making weapons. The history of arms development in India is littered with the debris of numerous failed projects. The Light Combat Aircraft project is 30 years late; the jet combat trainer has been shot down by the air force; the army is not thrilled with the Arjun tank; we can’t even make a decent rifle for our armed forces.

In this backdrop, how did India buck the trend with the BrahMos – the world’s most powerful cruise missile? Continue reading


A recent statement by a “foreign country’s defence minister” was enough to prove who is harbouring terrorism in Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said today.

“Islam is a religion of peace and harmony but few people using it for violence and we have to frustrate design of the enemies of the country,” Khan said while addressing attestation parade of the Frontier Constabulary here at Shabqadar Fort. Continue reading


Indigenisation, building infrastructure in sync with the Indian Navy’s perspective plans, and strengthening human resources were in focus as top commanders of force met in the national capital on Thursday.The conference, which was chaired by the Indian Navy chief, Admiral RK Dhowan, discussed myriad issues, including enhancing the operational readiness of the commands, infrastructure development, managing human resources, coastal security, cyber security and foreign cooperation initiatives, amongst others.

The conference that started Monday, concluded on Thursday. Continue reading


Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan on Thursday downplayed China’s white paper on defence that focused on a larger role for the communist country’s navy, by saying that such vision documents were there for every navy.

Admiral Dhowan also reiterated that India was closely monitoring the activities of China in the Indian ocean.”Every navy makes out its plan as to what it is supposed to do what kind of operations it will engage in,” Dhowan said in response to a question on the white paper. Continue reading

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