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  • Rs 50,000 crore: Indian Air Force orders 83 Tejas aircraft from HAL

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed orders for 83 Tejas fighter jets with HAL, Bangalore, taking the total order of indigenous fighters to 123 aircraft. The 83 aircraft will be of Mark-1 configuration, an improved version of the single-engine fighter being inducted into the IAF.


    • HAL gets order for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

      Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Friday received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 limited series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army.


      • With last-minute approval, India set to snap up world’s last available C-17 Globemaster

        New Delhi: India is now set to snap up the world’s last available C-17 heavy transport aircraft after a last-minute approval by the defence ministry last week, two years after a special request was made to Washington to reserve the plane.

        A meeting of the defence acquisition committee (DAC) headed by minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared the procurement that will take the total number of the transport aircraft in the Indian Air Force to 11.


        • India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile

          NEW DELHI: India on Thursday took another step forward towards developing its two-tiered ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield, which has been long in the making, by testing a supersonic interceptor missile to destroy an incoming ballistic missile over the Bay of Bengal on Thursday.

          The experimental two-tier BMD system is supposed to track and destroy nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth's atmosphere. The Phase-I of this BMD system, with interceptors flying at 4.5 Mach high-supersonic speeds to intercept enemy missiles, is meant to tackle hostile missiles with a 2,000-km strike range.


          • 2 of Indian Air Force's most popular fighter jets grounded, Air Chief flies final sortie

            This afternoon, the Type-96-Mig-21, once the backbone and workhorse of the Air Force, swiftly took off from Nal Airbase in Bikaner, Rajasthan in what would be its last sortie.

            The glorious 108 Squadron of the Indian Air Force, comprising the Type 96 -MiG-21 will be "number-plated" or decommissioned.
            On Thursday, the last of the original Mig-27 fighter-bombers of the decorated 22 Squadron, roared for the last time over the forward airbase in Hasimara.


            • Pre-induction test of 5000-km range Agni-V missile successful

              BHUBANESWAR: India on Thursday successfully conducted the pre-induction test of the country’s longest-range nuke-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-V from a defence base off the Odisha coast.



                On 19 January 2018 India formally became the 43rd member of the Australia Group (AG), the cooperative and voluntary group of countries working to counter the spread of materials, equipment and technologies that could contribute to the development or acquisition of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) by states or terrorist groups.

                There was very strong support expressed for India’s membership at the 26-30 June 2017 Australia Group Plenary, after which consensus was reached intersessionally. India then reaffirmed its intention to join the Group.


                • Lockheed proposes making custom-built fighter jets in India

                  American aerospace and defence major Lockheed Martin has proposed to manufacture custom-built F-35 fighter jets in India, which its officials say will give Indian industry a unique opportunity to become part of the world's largest fighter aircraft ecosystem.

                  "We plan to introduce two new words into the lexicon of international fighter aircraft manufacturing: 'India' and 'exclusive'," Vivek Lall, vice president, strategy and business development, at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics told PTI in an interview.