On November 30, 2016, an Indian Army Cheetah helicopter crashed at Sukhna in West Bengal, killing three officers and injuring a soldier.
In a startling saga of compromises made on the safety and capability of India’s frontline fighter aircraft besides posing danger to the life of pilots,
Defence Innovation Organistaion (DIO) is to be launched as a non-profit company later this month to foster technology development and innovative products with commercial potential for the defence sector, informed sources said.
The government has cleared a proposal worth around ₹8,000 crore to acquire 32 Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALH) to boost the maritime capabilities of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. A draft proposal tabled by former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to buy the indigenously developed ALH from the government-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security. Both the Navy and the Coast Guard would get 16 choppers each.
State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has finalised a major plan to manufacture nearly 1,000 military helicopters and over a hundred planes, in tune with government’s focus on speeding up defence indigenisation.
State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.
The contracts India signed with Russia for long-term maintenance of the Su-30 MKI fleet increase the serviceability of the frontline fighter jet fleet, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chief T. Suvarna Raju said on Monday.
In August 2016, the Sri Lankan government made the announcement that it was seeking to procure between eight and 12 combat aircraft to replace its ageing air force assets.