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    Big shout-out to Adux
    Dear All,

    I thought instead of flooding the forums with various threads, we could have single thread where one could post general news of military and strategic importance coming out of India under one thread. Do post and contribute.

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    Indian Navy’s new destroyer INS Visakhapatnam launched

    Mumbai: Indian Navy's new destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, with enhanced capability to operate in nuclear, biological and chemical atmosphere, was launched in Mumbai on Monday.

    The ship is the first of the four follow follow-up order of the Kolkata class warships and will give a major flip to India's maritime capabilities when it is inducted in 2018.


    • #3
      The Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army to turn 200

      One of the fiercest fighters and a class of soldiers who have made a name for themselves throughout the world for their courage, the Gorkhas, will complete 200 years of soldiering in India under the British, and, later, the Indian flag, on April 24.

      It was on April 24, 1815 that the first organised body of Gorkha soldiers took to arms under the British East India Company at Subathu in Himachal Pradesh. The unit that was raised on that day still serves with the Indian Army and is today known as the First Battalion, The First Gorkha Rifles or 1/1 GR for short.


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        Stealth frigate: GRSE bags Rs 20,000 cr order from Navy

        Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd has bagged its biggest order of building three advanced stealth frigates for Rs 20,000 crore from the Indian Navy.

        "This is the highest-ever order which GRSE has got. This shows how much trust the government and the Navy has on us. It is a big shot in the arm for us," GRSE's Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral A K Verma told reporters here today.


        • #5
          IAF's first two upgraded Mirage 2000 fighters land in Gwalior

          Gwalior: The first two upgraded Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 aircraft with advanced navigational, radar and missile system landed at Gwalior Air Force Base at 2 PM on April 24. These aircraft were flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots from France to India via Greece, Egypt and Qatar over a period of seven days.

          On the arrival, the two aircrafts were accorded the traditional 'Water Cannon Salute'. The leader of the team, Captain M Minocha, was welcomed by the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Gwalior, Air Commodore HS Basra. The leader also handed over the aircraft documents to the Air Officer Commanding. The twin-seater was flown in by Wing Commander Vivek Sharma and Squadron Leader K Suryanarayanan.


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            The Indian Armed Forces are the federal military forces of the Union of Republic of India. It consists of four professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Navy , Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. Additionally, the Indian Armed Forces are supported by two paramilitary organisations ,The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Armed Forces are under the management of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which is led by the Union Cabinet Minister of Defence. With strength of over 1.3 million active personnel, it is world's 3rd largest military force and the worlds 2nd largest volunteer military.the Indian Armed Forces has a reported strength of 1.3 million active personnel and 2.1 million reserve personnel. In addition, there are approximately 1.3 million paramilitary personnel, making it one of the world's largest military forces.


            The thread purpose is to post latest development in Indian Armed forces and discuses it, New members here must read forum rules before posting on this threads ..

            Cheers !


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              Ishapore rifle factory design Rifle goes into mass production

              KOLKATA: Rifle Factory, Ishapore, one of the oldest ordnance factories in the country, has successfully designed an assault rifle on the lines of the AK-47.Sources in the Ordnance Factory Board said the prototype of this weapon had successfully cleared field trials by the Army, the Indian Air Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal. The Ishapore factory [U]will soon start production of 50,000 units of this rifle in the first phase.
              Source :

              India Develops AK-47 Variant
              Ishapore factory develops Indian variant of AK-47 |
              Ishapore factory develops Indian variant of AK-47 - The Times of India


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                Desi Bofors howitzer undergoes final trials in major boost to indigenization

                Both the Army and OFB, in fact, are "quite excited" about Dhanush, which performs "20-25% better" than the original Bofors gun in virtually all parameters like range, accuracy, consistency, low and high angle of fire and shoot-and-scoot ability. "It outclassed the Bofors during the trials in Sikkim at sub-zero temperatures at 11,500 feet altitude," said an official.
                Source : Desi Bofors howitzer undergoes final trials in major boost to indigenization - The Times of India


                As per the plan, OFB will manufacture 18 howitzers in this financial year, followed by 50 in the next, and 100 per year thereafter," said the official. Based on the current production plan, it will take around 6 years (2020) to produce all 414 Dhanush guns. As of June 2014 ..


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                  How India is helping earthquake-hit Nepal



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                    Indo-French naval drill launched off Goa coast

                    VASCO: India and France commenced the 14th edition of their joint naval exercise ‘Varuna’ off the coast of Goa on April 23. The event, which will last for ten days, is conducted to strengthen Indo-French cooperation, coordination, and other bilateral ties.


                    • #11
                      I already opened a thread here >


                      • #12
                        This one is older and more in line with continuity from, I guess.

                        Lets trust the mods to take a fair call on this one, shall we?
                        Last edited by Darklord; 26-04-2015, 09:32 PM.


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                          Indian Army Everest Team Pulls Out Bodies of 19 Foreign Climbers

                          New Delhi: An Indian Army Everest Expedition team has helped pull out the bodies of 19 foreign climbers from the Everest camp. The team was training at the Base Camp at Everest when a massive temblor hit Nepal on Saturday, triggering an avalanche that buried their equipment. The Indian Army team is safe.

                          The team also brought to safety 61 injured people.

                          300 personnel, four aircrafts, a mobile hospital: What India is doing to help quake-hit Nepal

                          "India is moving in massive amount of rescue and relief material, equipment and specialists the second day (Sunday)," said Sitanshu Kar, the spokesperson for the defence ministry.

                          "Ten flights were planned for Kathmandu on Sunday. These would be airlifting army's forward hospitals, engineering task forces, water, food, National Disaster Response Force teams, medical personnel and equipment, blankets and tents."


                          • #14
                            India claims it has built an improved version of the original 155mm howitzer the Army bought in 1987 by upgrading the barrel from 39mm to 45mm.

                            Read on ...


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Eric79 View Post
                              India claims it has built an improved version of the original 155mm howitzer the Army bought in 1987 by upgrading the barrel from 39mm to 45mm.

                              Read on ...
                              Reporting fail. lol

                              The indigenously designed and manufactured 155mm x 45mm caliber artillery gun...
                              That case is a wee bit short.

                              On a serious note , the Indian authorities have really made a laughing stock of their artillery procurement process and could have had a 52 calibre system in use years ago.