The high speed interceptor boats deployed by the Indian Coast Guard for intercepting the Pakistani boat and capturing a dozen odd crew members, were built by Larsen and Toubro Limited at its Hazira shipyard. L&T has already delivered 28 interceptor boats and these are put in operations by the ICG. Order for 54 interceptor boats was placed by ICG on the company. The Pakistani boat along with 9 crew members was caught by ICG off the Gujarat coast on October 2nd.
‘Tigers’ the first squadron of Indian Air Force, successfully fired the recently acquired long range ‘Beyond Visual Range’ Air-to-Air MICA missile on a manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade aircraft. The missile achieved a Direct Hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at low altitude. The target was destroyed on missile impact
With the deal for 36 Rafale jets in kitty, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier today said the French company is game for the ‘Make in India’ initiative and open to manufacturing the fighter aircraft in India if the plane is shortlisted for a bigger order
Rafale is an exceptional fighter and has everything to qualify as fifth generation aircraft minus the stealth. Its radar and BVR capabilities are the best in the world (so experts call it a 4.5 generation). Rafale was chosen after lot of indepth studies and testing by the IAF that included Swedish Grippen, American F16 and F18, Russian MiG35, Eurofighter Typhoon and French Rafale.
If India has not bought a single piece of artillery for over 28 years, the story is as dismal for the fleet of combat jets. No new fighter planes have been procured by the Indian Air Force (IAF) since the beginning of this century. That long wait for a new fighter plane to replace the ageing Mig-21s and beef up the depleting combat fleet, about to get over on Friday
An India ministerial panel is said to have approved the purchase of 36 new fighter jets made by France’s Dassault Aviation SA, concluding a major step in its decade-long quest to modernize the country’s air force.
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Anil Ambani promoted Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has emerged a winner in a competitive bidding process to build 14 Fast Patrol Vessels( FPVs); contract value of Rs. 920 Crores.
French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is set to arrive here on September 22 along with CEOs of Dassault Aviation, Thales and MBDA to seal the 7.87 billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
As India gets into the final stages of sealing the agreement with France for the 36 Rafale fighters, sources said IAFs Rafale will come equipped with the Meteor, arguably the worlds most advanced air to air missile.The Meteors are designed to knock out Enemy aircrafts and cruise missiles more than 100 kms away.The move is seen as a game changer for India as neither China nor Pak possess a weapon of this class
Another big defence corruption probe is set to hit India. This time it’s a joint US Brazil investigation into bribery charges against Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer that has now been expanded to include the sales made to India. While Embraer has also sold VVIP executive jets to the Indian Air Force, the deal likely to come under probe is a $210-million contract inked in 2008 with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a project to develop a new range of early warning and control aircraft