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Indian firm to supply heavy vehicles to Army

Indian firm to supply heavy vehicles to Army Jul 31,2018

For the first time, an Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the Army’s Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL) as well to carry strategic missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In April, Ashok Leyland was awarded a ?100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles by the Army to replace the Russian vehicles which currently carry the Smerch launchers. “The delivery will start in

Russia’s new self-propelled anti-tank gun to begin state trials in October — source

Russia’s new self-propelled anti-tank gun to begin state trials in October — source Jul 18,2018

State trials of Russia’s amphibious self-propelled tank destroyer, Sprut-SDM1, are to begin in October, a defense industry source has told TASS. “State trials of Sprut-SDM1 are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018,” the source said.Russia’s state corporation Rostec did not comment on the timeframe, saying only that “trial models of Sprut-SDM1 are ready for testing, the customer is still interested in the project.” The Sprut-SDM1 self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) has been

Army to resume M777 trials

Army to resume M777 trials Jul 17,2018

The Army will resume the trials of the U.S.-made M777 Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) in Pokhran firing range. The trials were suspended last September after barrel of a gun burst during firing. A defence official said they had received four guns for the trials. “Firing will resume this month and continue in August. Local ammunition will be used and tentatively 100-150 rounds will be fired,” the official said. In November 2016, India signed a deal with the U.S. government under the Foreign

Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution

Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution Jul 15,2018

Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static weaponry, are at their best only when their key attributes are in sync. Their entire story, which dates from much before they first trundled on to the battlefield in World War I — as this book shows — hinges on the development and

Indian Army to get 464 new T-90 MBTs

Indian Army to get 464 new T-90 MBTs Jul 14,2018

Almost 18 months after the Ministry of Defence gave the nod to get 464 new tanks of the T-90 series, the deal is set to be finalised and an order to be placed for making these tanks in India.The T-90 is a Russian tank manufactured at Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Some parts of this war-machine will come from Russia to be integrated here. The Rs 3,500-crore project to add these 464 tanks has been sent for formal approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by

While Indian Army globetrots in search of a modern rifle, a hi-tech one is made in Chambal

While Indian Army globetrots in search of a modern rifle, a hi-tech one is made in Chambal Jul 11,2018

In two weeks from now a factory near the Chambal ravines in Madhya Pradesh will fashion a bullpup. A bullpup is a rifle with a short barrel, its magazine located behind the pistol grip. In the same time, a team of nine officers from the Indian Army will be globe-trotting in search of a rifle, from the US to Australia. Guns being made in the Chambal, notorious through the 1970s and the 1980s for dacoits wielding country-made firearms, kattas, is old hat. Yet, when the Tavor X95

Ashok Leyland to expand its defence mobility and LCV business

Ashok Leyland to expand its defence mobility and LCV business Jul 09,2018

Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland is gearing up to expand its light commercial vehicle business, international operations and defence mobility segment, according to company Chairman Dheeraj G Hinduja. For the electric vehicle (EV) segment, Ashok Leyland is also looking to tap the proven success of its Optare bus range in the United Kingdom, for other locations as well. Addressing shareholders in the company’s Annual Report 2017-18, Hinduja said there would be a greater focus on

Israeli military-grade radio used in Thai rescue is part of Indian special forces gear

Israeli military-grade radio used in Thai rescue is part of Indian special forces gear Jul 07,2018

Seventeen radios shipped from Israel are at the core of the cave rescue saga in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. For close to 10 days now, an international rescue team has been racing against time—and, literally, tide—to extract 12 boys and their teacher from a flooded cave network. The Tham Luang Nang Non (Great Cave of the Sleeping Lady) cave network is reportedly 10km long, with tight, winding and submerged passages connecting spacious chambers. The chamber in which the children have

Indian Army to soon get armed drones from Israel

Indian Army to soon get armed drones from Israel Jul 04,2018

Indian Army would soon have armed drones in its inventory. During the annual joint working group discussion between India and Israel held in South Block on Tuesday, both sides moved forward to finalise the deal to provide 10 Heron TP armed drones for Indian Army. The deal worth $400 million had been pending for over three years. The drones, to be acquired under 'Project Cheetah', will help the force hit target (enemy) with air-to-ground missiles after tracking it down. Till date, Indian

Indian team goes abroad to scout for assault rifles, carbines for armed forces

Indian team goes abroad to scout for assault rifles, carbines for armed forces Jul 03,2018

The government has dispatched a nine-member “empowered committee”, headed by an Army brigadier, to the US, Australia, South Korea, Israel and UAE to scout for new assault rifles and close-quarter battle carbines for the armed forces. The defence ministry in March had finally set the ball rolling for the acquisition of 72,400 assault rifles, 93,895 CQB carbines, which were promised for infantry soldiers deployed on the borders with China and Pakistan under the fast-track procedure (FTP), by

Israel Is On the Verge of Selling India 4,500 Spike Tank-Killer Missiles

Israel Is On the Verge of Selling India 4,500 Spike Tank-Killer Missiles Jul 02,2018

Israel is on the verge of selling India new anti-tank missiles. The news was reported by both Indian and Israeli media outlets. “India is on the verge of finalizing a $500 million deal with Israel for the government-to-government purchase of around 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles,” The Hindustan Times reported on June 26, citing India and Israel officials. The deal could be finalized as early as Israel defense official Udi Adam's trip to New Delhi on July 2-3. The deal has been a

Is caliber change pouring water on army’s firepower

Is caliber change pouring water on army’s firepower Jun 30,2018

Mitigation of inadequacies in the military inventory is one of the much-publicised commitments of the Central government. The ‘Make in India’ initiative, launched with great fanfare,’ was expected to result in the modernisation of the defence inventory. It had the stated intend of giving a fillip to indigenous defence production too. High-value acquisitions The government also initiated a number of high-value acquisition proposals. One such proposal was the ‘procurement of assault

Indian Army’s Tata Safari Storme spied on test in Lucknow

Indian Army’s Tata Safari Storme spied on test in Lucknow Jun 23,2018

First deliveries of a total of 3,192 units of the Tata Safari Storme have commenced to the Indian Armed Forces. Offered through a tender process wherein Tata Motor’s Safari Storme beat Mahindra’s Scorpio, the Safari Storme GS800 is being presented for use by the Indian Army in a 5 door body style with a hard top body. Showcased at Def Expo 2018 in Chennai, Tata Safari Storme is built specially for the Indian Army and complies with their demands in style and stance. Recently, it was spied

Ex-Army general explains why India-US Apache attack chopper deal won’t go wrong

Ex-Army general explains why India-US Apache attack chopper deal won’t go wrong Jun 20,2018

The US government has formally cleared the sale of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for $930 million to India for the Indian Army. In addition to the aircraft, the deal includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and Hellfire anti-armor and Stinger air-to-air missiles. Virtually, even before the ink has dried, questions are being raised about this deal and its cost-effectiveness. They clearly insinuate that the government of India is paying far more for the Apaches than the cost of

BSF laser wall to plug riverine gaps ready

BSF laser wall to plug riverine gaps ready Jun 20,2018

About four years after the concept was mooted, the Border Security Force is ready to install the first “laser wall” along the India-Pakistan border that is intended to plug gaps in riverine areas where installation of a conventional fence is not feasible.Sources in the BSF said the pilot project to develop the laser wall prototype was complete and was expected to be implemented along the western border shortly. The BSF, however, is keeping the location of the project under wraps. A large

Dhanush artillery Cleared , Check the Production plans

Dhanush artillery Cleared , Check the Production plans Jun 19,2018

The indigenously upgraded artillery gun Dhanush has successfully completed final user trials and is ready for induction into the Army. Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured by India in the mid-1980s. “This was the third and final phase of user exploitation firings in which six Dhanush guns were fired in battery formation from May 31 to June 7, 2018 at the Pokhran field firing range. A total of 301 rounds were fired from the six guns, including burst fire,” said

Why Apaches for Army, ask critics

Why Apaches for Army, ask critics Jun 16,2018

The Indian Army is a step closer to operating its own attack helicopters, with the U.S. State Department approving the sale of six Apache helicopters. For the Army, it is a long-held ambition, but critics say it is an illogical move. Early this week, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of six additional AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to India for the Army. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the deal would be worth $930 million. Right now, the Army operates only

DRDO turns Pinaka rocket system into guided missile, developmental trials soon

DRDO turns Pinaka rocket system into guided missile, developmental trials soon Jun 15,2018

THE indigenous Pinaka rocket system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), known for firing a salvo of 12 rockets in just 44 seconds, is being evolved into a precision-guided missile, with enhanced range and accuracy to hit its targets. The missile, which has completed the initial trial, will undergo developmental trials next month and is expected to be delivered to the Army in two years, said senior DRDO scientists. The initial version of the Pinaka rocket was further

India needs to find a solution to its arms and ammo shortages

India needs to find a solution to its arms and ammo shortages Jun 15,2018

Army marches on its stomach, but needs an uninterrupted supply of small arms and ammunition to fight. Besides the army, seven paramilitary organisations, and innumerable state police forces, as also military special forces and in the states, have to be equipped. Some two million pieces, ranging from 5.56mm to 12mm, and hundreds of thousands of tons of matching ammunition, are required every year by all armed forces in India. The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) seems incapable of meeting this

Army may launch summer trials of ATAGS

Army may launch summer trials of ATAGS Jun 15,2018

The Army, which has been looking for an Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), is likely to take a decision soon on whether to conduct summer trials on the ATAGS offered by the Kalyani group, sources close to the development said Thursday. The Pune-based Kalyani group, whose flagship is Bharat Forge, had developed the ATAGS in association with the Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), which is a part of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). According to