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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.


                  • Indian Navy to launch third Scorpene class submarine 'Karanj' tomorrow

                    The third Scorpene class submarine, Karanj, will be launched in the sea in Mumbai on Wednesday, an official statement said.

                    The submarine will be launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd and Navy Chief Admrial Sunil Lanba will be the chief guest.


                    • Budget 2018: Govt hikes defence budget by 7.81%, but it's just 1.58% of GDP & lowest since 1962

                      NEW DELHI: India's defence budget has been hiked by a measly 7.81% to Rs 2,95,511 crore from Rs 2,74,114 crore last year, once again dashing the hopes for any major jump in military modernization this year despite heightened tensions with both Pakistan and China along the unsettled borders.

                      The defence outlay works out to just about 1.58% of the projected GDP for 2018-19, the lowest such figure since the 1962 war with China. Though this figure has been steadily declining in percentae terms as the economy expands, military experts contend it should be over 2.5% to ensure the armed forces are capable of tackling the "collusive threat" from Pakistan and China.


                      • Trailing China, a new defence deal with France gives India a foothold in Indian Ocean

                        India is all set to firm up a defence logistics agreement with France, just like the LEMOA with the United States. The move will allow India access to French military bases in the Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa, and round off another critical part of enhancing its military presence in these waters to counter China.

                        The agreement, which is expected to be signed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India in early March, was firmed up around the time New Delhi worked out the fine-print with Seychelles to build and operate a military base there.


                        • Originally posted by Darklord View Post
                          Lockheed proposes making custom-built fighter jets in India

                          Considering how long it has taken for India to figure out whether they are buying Rafales, F-18s or whatever... can't imagine how long it will take to figure out if they want to set up a F-35 production facility.


                          • Summary: Boeing Co. is in talks with the Indian Navy to sell its F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a bid to gain a bigger share of the defense market in the South Asian country, the world’s biggest arms importer. A lot of technical evaluation has yet to take place, Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s vice president for defense, space and security, told …

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                            • Jammu army camp attack: 4 militants killed, 5 soldiers martyred as operation continues

                              Security forces have been able to kill the fourth terrorist holed up inside the Sunjwan army camp at Jammu. 5 soldiers have attained martyrdom during the operation which is still ongoing. In addition to that, a civilian death has been reported.

                              The operation is still ongoing even after the death of the 4th terrorist.




                                It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of Hormuz. This may be the first step towards a greater Indian naval presence in the Persian Gulf.