Category Archives: Defence

Rafale ..almost there

Unruffled by the last-ditch bids being made by countries like the US, UK, Germany and Sweden to wade into the “mother of all defence deals”, India is quietly continuing its final negotiations for acquiring 126 French Rafale fighters in the almost $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project.

Defence ministry sources on Monday… Read More

IAF Tavor-21 assault rifles ammunition contract goes to BAE systems

The Indian Air Force (IAF) acquired 1.41 million rounds of 5.56 mm L15 NATO ammunition from BAE Systems for USD 744, 400 in June for the Israeli Tavor-21 assault rifles used by its Garud Special Forces. BAE Systems was competing against Israel Weapon Industries, Italy’s Fiocchi Munizious, Spain’s Expal, and US firm BEL Trading & Consulting… Read More

General Suhag takes over as new Army Chief

Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over as the next Chief of Army Staff here on Thursday, succeeding outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh. Lt. Gen Suhag, 59, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation in Sri Lanka, will formally assume office on August 1.

He will have a tenure of 30 months… Read More

India Boosts Defence Budget by 12.5%

India boosted defence spending by 12.5 percent in 2014-15 over the previous year in the budget currently presented  and further opened the domestic weapons industry to foreign investment to help rebuild the military and narrow the gap with China.

India has been the world’s top arms buyer for the last three years, trying to replace an ageing Soviet-eraRead More

Jaitley Clears Rs 34,260 Crore Military Deals at One Stroke

Two months after Narendra Modi took charge as Prime Minister, his pre-poll promise of quicker decisions on arms purchases was put into action, with Finance-cum-Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday chairing his first military acquisition meeting that cleared procurement, cumulatively worth Rs. 34,260 crore, at one go.

And the Defence Acquisition… Read More

Technology transfer from Dassault Aviation to be fully compliant

The proposal submitted by French firm Dassault Aviation in the multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal for Transfer of Technology has been found to be fully compliant to the requirements specified in the tender, Rajya Sabha was informed today.“The Request for Proposal for procurement of MMRCA is included in a full section on ToT requirements. TheRead More

General Bikram Singh visits Western Command

General Bikram Singh, Chief of Army Staff visited Headquarter Western Command on 20 and 21 July 2014. The COAS was received by Lieutenant General Philip Campose, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command. He was briefed on operational aspects pertaining to the Command area of responsibility. 

The COAS, who is superannuating at the end of thisRead More

PM visits BARC

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, paid his first visit to Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Mumbai today. He was briefed by Dr. R.K. Sinha, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and other top officials and scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on Indias atomic energy programme; DAEs extensive research and development and education programmes;Read More

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