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Two major weapons manufacturers exit Indian army’s small arms tender

Two major weapons manufacturers exit Indian army’s small arms tender May 12,2018

he Indian army quest to equip its soldiers with modern rifle and carbines suffered a setback this week when two major weapons manufacturers, US gunmaker Colt and Italys Beretta, pulled out of the contest. Both Colt and Beretta were offering weapons for the 7.62x51 mm battle rifle and the 5.56x45 mm carbine requirements. The two companies were not among the dozen-odd firms which had responded to the Indian armys Request for Proposals (RFP) by May 7. While the exact reasons for the pullout are

Army to get first batch of ‘Made in Gujarat’ Howitzer guns in June

Army to get first batch of ‘Made in Gujarat’ Howitzer guns in June May 12,2018

In a boost to the “Make in India” programme for the Indian defence forces, the first batch of “Made in Gujarat”, Howitzer artillery guns, christened “K9 Vajra-T”, is ready to be delivered to the Indian Army next month, official said on Friday. “In Hazira, where I head the manufacturing unit, we are building the K9 Vajra which is a 155 millimetre/52 calibre Howitzer,” Sanjiv Mulgaonkar, head of the Larsen & Toubro Limited’s (L&T)

Colt and Beretta weapons manufacturers exit Indian army’s small arms tender

Colt and Beretta weapons manufacturers exit Indian army’s small arms tender May 12,2018

The Indian army quest to equip its soldiers with modern rifle and carbines suffered a setback this week when two major weapons manufacturers, US gunmaker Colt and Italys Beretta, pulled out of the contest. Both Colt and Beretta were offering weapons for the 7.62×51 mm battle rifle and the 5.56×45 mm carbine requirements. The two companies were not among the dozen-odd firms which had responded to the Indian armys Request for Proposals (RFP) by May 7. While the exact reasons for the pullout

India to buy 25 BMP-2 fitted with NAG Antitank Guided Missiles

India to buy 25 BMP-2 fitted with NAG Antitank Guided Missiles May 12,2018

India`s military is planning to acquire 25 Nag BMP-2-based self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) systems under a US$70 million contract, according to the Economic Times newspaper. “Reports claim that the Indian Ministry of Defense [MoD] has cleared the procurement of 300 Nag [anti-tank] missiles and 25 modified NAMICA BMP-2-based carrier vehicles,” the newspaper says. In a statementon April 28, the MoD said, “In a boost to indigenisation and in realisation of India’s

Indian Army buys Force Gurkha 4×4 based Light Strike Vehicles

Indian Army buys Force Gurkha 4×4 based Light Strike Vehicles May 10,2018

Through a tendering process and winning against other competitors, Pune based Force Motors had bagged an order for the supply of Light Strike Vehicles to the Indian Army to be used for defence purposes. These vehicles are developed indigenously by Force Motors and are based on the tough character of Force Gurkha 4×4. Force Motors Traveller and Trax range of vehicles are already in service with most para military organizations in the country. Now, these new vehicles will be added. These Light

1,86,000 More Bullet-Proof Jackets For Indian Army

1,86,000 More Bullet-Proof Jackets For Indian Army May 08,2018

The Indian Defence Ministry has ordered expeditious clearance of pending proposals for acquisition of arms and ammunition for the Indian Army. Following scathing criticism by a parliamentary panel, the Defence Ministry is “taking action over many critical acquisitions for the army, including bullet-proof jackets and latest weapons,” said official sources. Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (Midhani), a DPSU under the Department of Defence Production, had developed bullet-proof jackets made of steel.

L&T to deliver first lot of 25 K9 VAJRA-T guns by the end of May

L&T to deliver first lot of 25 K9 VAJRA-T guns by the end of May May 08,2018

The first lot of 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun system, K9 VAJRA-T, developed by the Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Defence will be handed over to the Indian Army by the end of this month. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) had given a contract to the company to supply 100 guns for Rs 4,500 crore. A total of 25 guns will be delivered now. Jayant Patil, whole-time Director (Defence) of L&T, told Sakal Times, “We have already developed the gun and are ready to deliver. We have developed 25

Army Air Defence College moves towards modernisation; Akash missile all set to be test fired from its range

Army Air Defence College moves towards modernisation; Akash missile all set to be test fired from its range May 08,2018

Indian Army’s Air Defence College is ushering in a new era of technologically-advanced equipment. . Six months down the line, the Army Air Defence College, Gopalpur based out of Odisha will fire India’s indigenous Surface-to-Air missile, ‘Akash’ from its unique 75-km long seaward facing firing range. Sources in the military institution that boasts of the state-of-the-art training facilities say that a new facility will be made to fire the Akash missile. “Firstly, we have the Akash

With eye on China, Army to acquire land in Pantnagar to set up UAV base

With eye on China, Army to acquire land in Pantnagar to set up UAV base May 06,2018

The Indian Army is in the process of acquiring 60 acres of land in Pantnagar in Kumaon to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) there – a move which is expected to improve surveillance of the India-China border. The district administration of Udham Singh Nagar which is currently evaluating a proposal for acquisition of the land confirmed the development. “We cannot divulge any further details regarding the project except that this is being executed keeping the strategic

Foreign rifles trump ‘Make in India’; Army shutting down high-tech project

Foreign rifles trump ‘Make in India’; Army shutting down high-tech project May 05,2018

The ministry of defence (MoD) is shutting down the high-tech indigenous project to develop a Battlefield Management System (BMS) — a 21st century digital network that interconnects combat soldiers on the frontline, giving them all a common picture of the battlefield and greatly reducing the “fog of war”. Business Standard has learnt the army wants to save the Rs 50 billion needed to develop the revolutionary BMS, in order to buy foreign rifles and carbines — weaponry in

Army to get ‘enhanced’ Akash missiles

Army to get ‘enhanced’ Akash missiles May 05,2018

The Akash surface-to-air missile defence system is once again in the news with the Army looking to order another batch, despite having previously discarded the idea in favour of Israel’s quick-reaction surface-to-air missiles (QR-SAMs). Confirming that a new order is in the works, a Defence Ministry official said the missiles would be “greatly enhanced” to perform to their fullest capability. Capabilities “Akash can fly at supersonic speeds, ranging from Mach 2.8 to

Army-spec Tata Safari Storme soft-top breaks cover

Army-spec Tata Safari Storme soft-top breaks cover May 03,2018

Tata Motors revealed a soft-top version of the Safari Storme at the recently concluded Defence Expo in Chennai. The model is based on the Army-spec Safari Storme GS800 which has a standard five-door, hard-top body style. The GS800 (General Service 800) follows the basic criteria for an Army vehicle with a hard-top, air conditioning and a minimum payload of 800kg. The three-door, soft-top Safari Storme boasts an 825kg payload capability with seating for up to five troops, in a 2+3

History TV18’s new series puts the spotlight on the Indian Army’s weaponry

History TV18’s new series puts the spotlight on the Indian Army’s weaponry May 02,2018

History TV18’s upcoming original series, ‘Firepower: Defending India’ puts the spotlight on the Indian Army’s weaponry, logistics, technology, training, and tactics. The show, airing 7 May onwards, is also a tribute to those who put themselves in the line of fire, to defend the motherland. This is a part of History TV18’s military sub-genre. The weekly series shall unfold over six thematic half-hour episodes, featuring spectacular battlefield recreations in a variety of combat

Duel in India: Kalashnikov Vs. Israeli Tavor Assault Rifle

Duel in India: Kalashnikov Vs. Israeli Tavor Assault Rifle Apr 29,2018

In a new boost to India’s defense industry, Russia’s state-owned Rosoboronexport has offered to set up a facility in India to produce modern weapons and future Kalashnikov’s designs. Will the Kalashnikov assault rifle compete with the Israeli Tavor assault rifle, already manufactured in India, on this vast market? The offer was made during an Indian delegation’s industrial visit to the Kalashnikov Group facility in Izhevsk. Apurva Chandra, Director General Acquisition of the Ministry

DAC APPROVES ACQUISITION OF NAG ATGM FOR RS. 524 CRORE

DAC APPROVES ACQUISITION OF NAG ATGM FOR RS. 524 CRORE Apr 28,2018

The Defence Acquisition Council led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here today cleared capital acquisition proposals worth over Rs 3,687 crore, which primarily includes the Defence Research and Development Organisation developed NAG missile system, comprising a third generation anti-tank guided missile, the defence ministry said. "In a boost to indigenisation, the DAC approved the procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524

Indian Army needs more snipers

Indian Army needs more snipers Apr 27,2018

Reports have surfaced recently about the Indian Army starting the process of importing 5,000-6,000 modern sniper rifles for ?982 crore to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle that is in service currently. It may take three to five years for the import/manufacture to fructify. There were also reports of long-range sniper ‘kills’ being achieved by Western armies, with a Canadian sniper team having achieved an astounding 3540-metre ‘kill’ in Iraq. Both reports evinced a lot of public

Mega boost to India’s firepower likely as army looks to seal Israel missile deal

Mega boost to India’s firepower likely as army looks to seal Israel missile deal Apr 27,2018

A mid ongoing efforts to further boost ties between India and Israel, the defence ministry on Friday will decide on an army proposal worth over Rs 2,000 crore to buy around 5,000 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Tel Aviv, which will meet the urgent requirement of these missiles for the force. “To meet the immediate requirements of the infantry battalions of the army, a high-level meeting of the defence ministry chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to discuss the

All about the AK-103 assault rifle, the weapon India Army is keen to lay its hands on

All about the AK-103 assault rifle, the weapon India Army is keen to lay its hands on Apr 22,2018

The legendary AK-47 assault rifle (Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947) has been the backbone of many modern armies and it famed for its simple design, ruggedness, ease of use and maintenance. The AK series of rifles have proven their worth in all weather conditions and terrain. It has been one of the standard weapons of the Indian soldier too. Now, the Indian Army is planning to go for the AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for its soldiers. The Army needs over 7,68,000 assault rifles for its