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
A series of donations worth Rs 21 crore by a French arms company — the key weapons provider to Scorpene submarine and Rafale jets — to an Indian NGO have come under the scanner after income-tax raids on a New Delhi-based consultant in June. The donations, earmarked for mobile medical units in Punjab and Rajasthan, were apparently
India’s chief of Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh on Wednesday launched the Army Design Bureau (ADB), the interface of the Indian Army that will provide a better understanding of the Army’s requirements to the academia, research organisations and the industry for developing high tech defence products. Gen Singh said the setting up of ADB comes in the wake of rapid changes in technology and consequent changes in war fighting techniques that requires the ultimate user—the Indian Army to be constantly involved at every stage from conceptualisation to design to development trails and production to sustenance.
The air assets demonstration included AN-32 aircraft involved in airlifting relief material and as Air Ambulance and 2 Mi17 heavy lift helicopters of the Indian Air Force, in addition to Dornier, Seaking, UH3H and Chetak helicopters of the Indian Navy.
Demonstration inside Naval Dockyard included IN Ships Jalashwa and Gharial loading/unloading of HADR relief material while INS Nirupak demonstrated the role of an Hospital Ship.
In what is seen as the first of its kind set up between leading private firms in India’s defence sector, a weapons integration facility to manufacture Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is all set to come up in Andhra Pradesh.
In honor of Russian Aerospace Force Day, the Russian Ministry of Defense has released its first official footage of the fifth-generation stealth aircraft