Category Archives: Defence

Rafale Jet induction on fast track


India’s negotiations with French aviation major Dassault for 126 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for USD 20 billion “are progressing well” and the contract is likely “sooner than later in the current financial year (2014-15)” a top military commander has said.

The number of Su-30MKI aircraft is also steadily… Read More

Border infra gets Rs 2,250 outlay


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allocated Rs 2,250 crore for the modernisation of India’s border infrastructure, besides allocating Rs 990 crore for the socio-economic development of the villages along the borders, in his Budget proposals. This will benefit the villages in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan. The border modernisation includes … Read More

BrahMos missile orders exceeded record $6 billion in India


Total orders for different versions of the winged supersonic missile BrahMos by the Indian navy and armed forces have exceeded $6 billion, the president of the Russian-Indian missile developer and producer Sivathanu Pillai told journalists on Monday.

Joint Russia-India BrahMos Aerospace has requested the Indian government for permission to export the… Read More

BrahMos cruise missile successfully test-fired


India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on Tuesday from a defence base in Odisha, an official said. It has a range of 290 km and can carry conventional warhead of up to 300 kg.

The missile was launched from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in BalasoreBSE 1.63 % district, about 230 km from here.

“The test was successful.… Read More

India close to finalizing Chinook and Apache chopper deals


India is now close to inking major deals worth over $2.5 billion for two iconic American helicopters, the Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift choppers, which thrashed their Russian rivals both technically and commercially earlier.

Defence ministry sources on Monday said the around $1.4 billion deal for 22 AH-64D Apache Longbow gunships, armed with deadly… Read More

Pentagon announces Harpoon missiles sales to India


The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of USD 200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-US strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner.

The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes a dozen odd UGM-84L Harpoon Block II… Read More

UK ministers push for Eurofighter on first India visit after NDA win


Two of Britain’s most senior government ministers begin a two-day visit to India on Monday hoping to open up opportunities in the defence and infrastructure sectors, the first such trip since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s May election win.

The arrival of George Osborne, Britain’s finance minister, and Foreign Secretary William Hague, is the latest in a … Read More

Rafale deal is on ,just a little delayed


India’s most awaited defence deal for 126 combat planes, expected to be worth nearly `1 lakh crore, may take longer than expected to materialize.

Just over a month after the Modi government got into the saddle, it has now emerged that the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender for which India selected the French Rafale aircraft from the Dassault Aviation… Read More

Radars & Sensors to check China intrusion

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The Centre has initiated a major move to give security infrastructure along the strategically critical India-China border a significant boost. As part of the plan, the government has agreed in principle to put in place state-of-the-art powerful radars and high intensity thermal sensors to check Chinese intrusion both by air and land routes.

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Arun Jaitley says armed forces’ demands for more funds to be accepted in Union Budget

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The “slow pace” of acquisition of weapon systems is a matter of concern and the new government will work towards “expediting” the procurement process to meet the requirements of the armed forces, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said here today.
After attending the Naval Commanders’ Conference, he hinted that demand of the armed forces for more funds in the Union… Read More

MOD raises concerns over the cost escalation in jet deal

Rafale fighter

As the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius met Indian political leadership, including prime minister Narendra Modi, pressing for sealing the multi-billion Rafale combat aircraft deal, New Delhi has raised serious concerns over the cost escalation of the fighter jet deal. Struggling to pay the heavy cost of the deal, the ministry of defence (MoD) is considering… Read More