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    • India clears $13 Billion for new submarines, missiles, aircraft and armored vehicles Oct 25, 2014 Scorpène class submarine. Photo: DCNSIndia has cleared today a bulk of defense projects worth $13 billion in a bid to boost the country’s national defense preparedness, the Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) said. The biggest ticket item is the construction of six new submarine, to be undertaken by domestic shipbuilders based on foreign designs. The program is expected to span over a decade and cost about $8 billion. Following the decision India’s defense ministry is expected to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a study to seek potential contractors that would have the capacity and manpower to build all six submarines or part of the six. The submarines will be Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) capable that will enable them to stay underwater for longer than a conventional submarine besides having enhanced stealth features. The DAC also cleared the procurement of Israeli Spike MR missiles and launchers under a $525 million plan to field more than 8000 missiles replacing the current Milan in the Army service. Another important acquisition will be the procurement of 12 upgraded Dornier DO-228 surveillance aircraft with for the coast guard, for about $300 million. Those aircraft will carry improved sensors for maritime surveillance. Additionally, the Army will receive 362 infantry fighting vehicle from the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) as well as new lorries , both produced by domestic manufacturers from the private sector. The DAC meeting in New Delhi was chaired by Defense Minister Arun Jaitley. Defense Secretary RK Mathur, the chiefs of three All India Services and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Director General Avinash Chander, also attended. Modernization of India’s military assets is long overdue. Indian experts have repeatedly complained about the country’s deteriorating military prowess, saying Indian defense infrastructure is age-old and has become obsolete. Beefing up the country’s border security and defense, through expediting the long delayed defense modernization plans were among the priorities of ...
    • Indian Army opts to buy Israeli Spike multi-purpose missiles Oct 25, 2014 spikeLRThe Indian army announced today its decision to buy 321 missile launchers and 8,356 Spike anti-tank guided missile from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, as part of a procurement deal that could reach half billion US$. Rafael was the sole bidder for the Army program, facing a US offer to sell the Javelin missile produced by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS)  scheme. This sale was offered under  Government-to Government (G2G) by the US, bypasding the Army bidding process . The main issue of concern for the Indians was technology transfer and local manufacturing rights. Although both were promissed by the US, India did not receive access to the technology and the level of cooperation on the missile’s manufacturing and development remained vague. Israel, on the other hand, has already sold the missiles to more than 20 customers worldwide, and had implemented successful local manufacturing and support peograms in several key markets, including Germany, Poland and Singapore. The selection of the Israeli proposal was made back in 2010 but the actual decision to proceed with the contract was delayed due to the US pressure, which could continue now, untill a formal contract is signed. The recent decision was taken following a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, that lasted for over two hours with Defence Secretary, the Chiefs of all three services, DRDO Chief and other senior officials attending it. The new missiles are needed to replace the Milan 2 missiles locally produced in India under French license. India has also produced the Russian AT-4 missiles, both considered second generation weapons. The Israeli Spike is  a fourth generation missile, as it provides users both ‘fire and forget’, enabled with the Javelin, and ‘fire and update’ options, particularly useful in engagements in complex, ...
    • China’s newest stealth fighter could fly at Zuhai Airshow next month Oct 25, 2014 J-31 is expected to show for the first time at the 2014 Zuhai air show in China.The upcoming Zuhai airshow taking place in China next month will provide an opportunity to get first impressions of the new stealth jets and modernized fighter aircraft currently under development or recently delivered to the People’s Republic of China Army, Air Force, Navy. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Turkey, US to modify the SOM cruise missile for use with F-35 Oct 24, 2014 The SOM-J will de designed to fit into the internal weapons bay of the F-35 JSF.Lockheed Martin and Rocketsan will collaborate on modifying the Turkish SOM cruise missile to fit into the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The Turkish Air Force currently uses the SOM cruise missiles with its F-4E and F-16 fighters. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Keeping the Tigers Flying Oct 23, 2014 A pilot of the Royal Thai Air Force preparing for a mission in an upgraded F-5T, wearing a DASH helmet. Note the Python IV missile on the wingtip.Israel’s Elbit Systems announced yesterday that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates Oct 22, 2014 INS Mumbai (D62)Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates – the type designated ‘Talwar class’ by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Lockheed Martin to supply $1 billion worth of SCOUT SV turrets Oct 22, 2014 scout_sv-mockup-gdukLockheed martin UK will deliver 245 turrets for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) under a $1 billion contract awarded October 2014. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift Oct 22, 2014 KC-390-hangarEmbraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Continued strikes in Syria draw coalition air power from Iraq Oct 21, 2014 Coalition air strikes in the Syrian town of Ein al Arab (Kobane) were clearly visible across the Turkish border.Fierce fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces again battered the Syrian town of Kobani, as coalition forces continue their strikes in support of the Kurds. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket
    • Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Oct 21, 2014 ITS_Giuseppe_Garibaldi_(C_551)The Italian Navy said on Friday, October 17, that work on the carrier is now slated to be complete at the Taranto Arsenal, a Navy shipyard and base, on Nov. 10, instead of March of next year, when the ship completes post-refit sea trials. Share this:SharePrintEmailStumbleUponRedditTumblrTwitterPocket

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