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  • March 7, 2015
    HAL makes big civilian push for Dhruv

    HAL will be ramping up efforts to boost sales of the ALH Dhruv helicopter in the civilian market in India and regionally. Sources say HAL's new chairman T. Suvarnaraju has highlighted sales of the civilian configured Dhruv...

  • March 7, 2015
    HAL unveils mini-UAV

    HAL unveiled its own build of the Elbit Systems Skylark mini-UAS, announcing that it was close to entering negotiations shortly with the Indian Army and CRPF for supply of the hand-launched drone for over-the-hill surveillance...

  • March 7, 2015
    Impressed IAF in talks for more Akash Squadrons

    Highly impressed with the indigenous missile system. the Indian Air Force is in discussions to acquire more squadrons of the Akash SAM system.

  • March 7, 2015
    Dassault-HAL parleys on to beat deadlock

    With PM Narendra Modi all set to visit France for the first time as prime minister next month, Dassault and HAL have begun negotiations to hammer out a liability sharing arrangement that could break the final hurdle...

  • March 7, 2015
    Russia to partner in AMCA technologies

    India has approached Russia to partner it on certain critical technologies for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Top sources tell SP's that the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has asked Russia...

  • March 7, 2015
    HAL turns up heat on HTT-40 programme

    Dealt a new lease of life after months of friction with the Indian Air Force, HAL's HTT-40 programme has got the necessary boost it needs to move quicker.

  • March 7, 2015
    Army VSHORADS contest nears end

    With systems trials of sighting systems and sensors for the VSHORADS programme complete recently in Bengaluru and Dehradun, the path is presumably clear for the commercial phase of the massive acquisition...

  • March 7, 2015
    Indian Navy inclined towards three more improved Talwar-class frigates

    The Indian Navy, which has been offered three or four more 'highly improved' Talwar-class frigates by Russia, has indicated that it may be inclined...

  • February 20, 2015
    2015: The Year of ‘Made in India’

    While the lead time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign is likely to be substantial, the year 2015 is turning out to be potentially golden for what’s already ‘made in India’.

  • February 19, 2015
    India’s Tejas Era Begins

    On display here at Aero India 2015, you couldn’t have missed the static display of the LCA Tejas, India’s light fighter. Unlike the LCA that enthralled Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural flying display yesterday...

  • February 19, 2015
    Indo-Brazilian AEW&C to Enter IAF Service

    The quietness of this aircraft belies the enormous interest it has evoked in the regional market already. It’s return to Aero India this year is, therefore, no big surprise.

  • February 18, 2015
    Future Aircraft: Low Observable Progress?

    Plenty about the Indian aerospace scene perplexes analysts and observers. Examples are plentiful. One of them is activity in the stealth aircraft area, where India has the distinction -- it's arguable what sort of distinction...

  • February 18, 2015
    India awaits the big take-off

    They say the passage of time brings clarity. Hindsight brings learnings. As Aero India 2015 begins, there are two parallel sentiments, each contradicting the other.

  • February 9, 2015
    Israeli Defence Minister to attend Aero India for first time

    Given the quantum of defence business that flies from Israel to India, it's something of a surprise that this will be the first year that an Israeli defence minister will grace an Aero India.

  • February 9, 2015
    Textron offers Scorpion jet to IAF

    The Indian Air Force, which receives pitches both solicited and unsolicited, has received one of its most interesting in recent times. Faced with a training void in the intermediate jet trainer space....

  • February 9, 2015
    LCA Navy NP2 heads to Goa next month

    The first LCA Navy single-seat fighter prototype that made its debut flight yesterday, will join the existing carrier compatibility test schedule at INS Hansa, Goa from next month.

  • February 9, 2015
    BAE Systems begins negotiations for 20 more Hawks

    BAE Systems, now comfortably in the Indian fixed wing space with its Hawk advanced jet trainer, has begun negotiations with HAL to transfer equipment to support the license build of 20 more Hawks...

  • February 9, 2015
    DRDO develops new coatings for Combat Aircraft

    Importing the special paint coating for combat aircraft for decades, the Indian armed forces will soon have an indigenously developed special coating...

  • February 9, 2015
    Navy announces requirement 50 Shipborne UAS

    In its largest stated requirement for unmanned aerial systems so far, the Indian Navy has announced that it is looking to procure at least 50 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS)....

  • February 9, 2015
    Indian Navy announces ambitious missile corvette requirement

    The Indian Navy has announced a brand new requirement of six stealthy next generation missile vessels to augment its surface warfare strength and add to a fleet of 25 existing missile corvettes of Indian and Russian origin.

  • February 2, 2015
    PM's 1st Defence Show, To Pump 'Make In India': Modi's 'Defence Manufacturing Panchsheel'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had multiple trysts with the armed forces since he took office in May 2014, showing an unprecedented interest...

  • February 2, 2015
    BrahMos Anti-Ship/Land Attack Test From INS Kolkata

    The country's most potent warship, the INS Kolkata stealth destroyer, deployed in the Arabian Sea has been put through the motions towards the end of 2014, with the first glimpses of its operational prowess now visible.

  • February 2, 2015
    Three Rafales Returning To Aero India, Good News In Store?

    Three Armée de l'Air Rafale multirole fighters will be making a return to Aero India this year, just seven months since their last dash into the country for the Indo-French Garuda-V joint air exercise in Jodhpur.

  • February 2, 2015
    Arjun Mk.II Tank Clears All Army Trials, Service Next Year

    The Arjun Mk.II main battle tank has cleared all user trials with the Indian Army successfully and now awaits a maintenance evaluation by the Army and, crucially, a detailed evaluation by the DGQA.

  • February 2, 2015
    Crucial to India, US-Afganistan meet at Khyber

    As the effects of the U.S. draw down and impending force rationalisation in Afghanistan become more apparent, the US Train, Advise, Assist Command operating in Afghanistan takes on a crucial new role.

  • February 2, 2015
    Indian Navy shows interest in US Marine ops

    The Indian Navy and Indian Army have for long desired the capability to transport an independent brigade group, 5,000 strong, as part of a fully amphibious force modelled on the US Marines.

  • February 2, 2015
    ISIS threat in mind, biggest US air exercise begins

    The world's largest multilateral air exercise is under way. The Red Flag Nellis air exercise over the skies of Southern Nevada, U.S.A., began on Jan 26 and continues till Feb 13.

  • February 2, 2015
    1st time at Aero India - Wingwalkers!

    If breathtaking stunts in the cockpit are your cup of tea, you've probably loved a lot of what's up on show at successive Aero India shows. This year, the stunts will be up in the air as usual, but not all of it inside a cockpit.

  • February 2, 2015
    BrahMos Targets $10-Billion Orders By 2020

    BrahMos Corp. is targeting orders of $10 billion by 2010. It currently holds orders amounting to $6 billion, which involves supplies to the Indian Army and Indian Navy.

  • February 2, 2015
    Chinook, Apache Deals Costlier After March

    The visit of U.S. President Barack Obama definitely provided a push to pending Indo-US defence deals, but time may be of essence for two crucial contracts of the Indian Air Force.

  • February 2, 2015
    India Keen On Japan Bidding In P75I

    As the Indian MoD is all set to send out documents that will kickstart the long-awaited P75 India submarine-building programme, India has approached Japan to gauge its interest in competing for the contract...

  • February 2, 2015
    India chooses OTO Melara guns for Shivaliks

    The Indian government has selected OTO Melara to supply 13 primary deck guns for the Shivalik-class and Kolkata-class warships, though the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will have to approve the selection...

  • February 2, 2015
    US-2i aircraft plan moves forward

    The Indian Navy is progressing its effort to acquire 12 Japanese-built Shimaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft. The $1.65 billion deal for a dozen specialised jets is being progressed as part of the SCAP for 2015...