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The Indian Navy has confirmed its ambitious project for the Next-Generation Destroyer (NGD), a massive 10,000-ton warship slated to become the successor to the currently under construction Project-15B program.

Under the leadership of Vice Adm Sanjay Jasjit Singh, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, the NGD program is still in its conceptual stages, but exciting details are emerging, hinting at a transformative future for Indian naval warfare.

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Spanish state-owned defense giant Navantia, in collaboration with Larsen & Toubro (L&T), is set to offer its Juan Carlos I landing platform dock (LPD) to the Indian Navy. The Indian Navy issued a request for information (RFI) for four LPDs in 2021, and Navantia is aiming to provide technology transfer (ToT) to L&T to enable the manufacture of the LPDs in India.

“We are ready to offer our Juan Carlos I LPD to the Indian Navy, and we are confident that it meets the requirements of the Indian Navy,” said José Porto, managing director of Navantia India. “We are also prepared to provide ToT to L&T so that the LPDs can be manufactured in India.”

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MBDA UK is actively pursuing opportunities to collaborate with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and integrate its advanced weaponry into the Indian-developed Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 fighter jets. This collaboration would bring together MBDA’s cutting-edge missile technology with India’s indigenous fighter aircraft capabilities.

MBDA has already offered India its ASRAAM and Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles, and now aims to introduce its next-generation SPEAR and Brimstone missiles. These missiles would provide the Tejas fighter jets with enhanced precision strike capabilities.

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Advanced Weapons & Equipment India Ltd. (AW&EIL) will be showcasing its advanced weaponry and equipment at the 3rd Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX-2023), the largest Defence and Security Exhibition in North Africa, scheduled for December 4-7, 2023.

EDEX-2023 is a crucial platform for AW&EIL to showcase its capabilities and connect with potential customers in the Middle East and Africa. The company will be offering a range of products, including the Dhanush 155mmX45 Calibre Gun and a variety of small arms ammunition, specifically developed and tailored for the Middle East and African markets.

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F-35 bulkheads

Addressing the 77th Annual Technical Meeting of the Indian Institute of Metals and National Metallurgist Awards (IIM-ATM 2023 and NMA) held at KIIT, Bhubaneswar, experts shed light on the challenges and solutions surrounding the production of AMCA titanium bulkheads.

The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program, India’s ambitious fifth-generation fighter jet project, demands the production of large, high-strength titanium bulkheads. However, current infrastructure limitations include the lack of a 50,000-ton machine Currently, only one such machine exists anywhere in the world, that is developed by Arconic Defense which provides F-35 bulkheads, which are manufactured in a single piece by Arconic remarked another expert.

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VL SRSAM Vertical Launch Unit (VLU) is to support and launch eight (8) Canisterised Missiles (CMs) from a floating platform. The VL SRSAM VLU is mounted on the ship deck. The VLU houses the eight (8) Canisterised Missiles (CMS), Plume Deflector, and Plenum.

An Integrated VLU was fitted into the VLU supporting structure at ITR, Balasore and was tested for hangfire condition in May 2022. The hangfire test was successful and found no plume leakage through any part of VLU during the 7 seconds of the Hangfire event. Post this hangfire event, the VLU was sent back to LnT for assessing the post-study.

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Faced with crippling Western sanctions that have severely hampered its arms exports, Russia is seeking to bypass these restrictions by manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones, and other smaller weapon systems in India. This strategic move aims to revive Russia’s flagging weapons export business by utilizing India’s manufacturing capabilities and tapping into its growing defence market.

Russia’s defence industry has been hit hard by Western sanctions imposed in response to its invasion of Ukraine. These sanctions have significantly curtailed Russia’s ability to export its weapons systems, traditionally a major source of revenue for the country’s economy.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) will no longer need to import attack helicopters from abroad as the Prachand Combat helicopter developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be sufficient to meet its requirements for any type of operation, said Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.

The IAF currently operates a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Recently, the Union Defence Ministry approved a proposal to purchase 156 Prachand Combat helicopters. Out of these, 90 will be for the Indian Army and 66 will be for the IAF.

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In a landmark decision, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced plans to establish its own space station, named Bharatiya Antariksha Station, in orbit around Earth. This ambitious project is slated to commence in 2035 and aims to become operational by 2040.

The announcement was made by ISRO chief S Somanath during a recent interview. He emphasized that the upcoming space station will play a pivotal role in India’s space exploration endeavors, enabling long-duration human spaceflight, conducting scientific research, and developing new technologies for space exploration.

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In a significant boost to its offensive capabilities, the Indian Navy has received the green light from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to procure the Medium Range Anti-Ship Missile (MRAShM). The DAC, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of these advanced missiles on November 30, 2023.

The MRAShM is an indigenously developed lightweight Surface-to-Surface Missile that will serve as a primary offensive weapon onboard Indian Naval Ships. It is designed to strike a wide range of targets, including warships, merchant vessels, and coastal fortifications.

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The German air force, also known as the Luftwaffe, is planning to bring three of its most advanced aircraft – the A400M, A330 MRTT, and Eurofighter Typhoon – to India as part of the country’s international Tarang Shakti exercise. If the timing of the exercise does not coincide with the Luftwaffe’s plans, the aircraft may be deployed to India for “local flying” activities instead.

The A400M is a large military transport aircraft capable of carrying a wide range of cargo, including vehicles, troops, and equipment. It is currently on offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF) under an MTA tender that was issued earlier this year.

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In a significant move to modernize its artillery capabilities, the Indian Army has received the green light from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to procure a state-of-the-art Towed Gun System (TGS). The DAC, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of these advanced guns on November 30, 2023.

The new TGS is expected to be lighter, more versatile, and feature-packed compared to the existing artillery systems. This enhanced firepower and precision will significantly bolster the Indian Army’s ability to defend its borders and deter potential adversaries.

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The Indian Army has gained a significant boost in its artillery capabilities with the induction of a new Mounted Gun System (MGS). Developed by the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) in Ahmednagar, the MGS is a self-propelled artillery system based on a solo 8×8 high mobility vehicle. It is equipped with a 152 mm/52 caliber Towed Artillery Gun, which offers accurate target acquisition and destruction of enemies.

Prior to its induction into the Indian Army, the MGS underwent rigorous testing to ensure its performance and reliability. Technical trials were conducted at NCAT (VRDE) and on beaten desert and cross-country tracks at PFFR. Firing trials were also carried out at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges (PFFR), evaluating the system’s range, consistency, arc of fire, and direct firing capabilities.

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Tata Advanced Systems (Tata Aerospace & Defence) will be showcasing a range of armoured mobility vehicles to Indian and International Defence forces at its Chinchwad facility in Pune in the upcoming weeks. The company will be showcasing the Mine Protected Vehicles carrier, which offers NIJ Level 3 protection and features ten gun firing points. It incorporates a special V-shaped hull for blast resistance. The Mine Protected Vehicles carrier has been offered in the export market and has already been inducted into the Indian Army and the Indian Paramilitary Forces.

In addition to the Mine Protected Vehicles carrier, Tata will also be showcasing the Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Vehicle (WHAP), the Infantry Protected Vehicle (IFV), and the Light Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (LAMV). The WHAP is a fully amphibious vehicle that can be used for a variety of missions, including troop transport, reconnaissance, and combat support.

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Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer, is estimating that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to procure 25-30 Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) for which Embraer has offered its C-390M Cargo Transporter. The IAF is facing increasing pressure from China on its north-eastern border, with austere airfields in the region requiring rugged transporters. The C-390M, with its maximum carrying capacity of 26 tonnes, is well-suited for these demanding operations.

“We believe that the C-390M is the perfect solution for the IAF’s MTA requirements,” said a senior Embraer executive. “The aircraft is proven, reliable, and versatile, and it offers the best value for money.”

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