Category — Defense/ Security

India to Purchase Stinger Missiles from Raytheon

The Indian Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to acquire Stinger air-to-air missiles made by Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon. The $3.1 billion deal with the U.S. includes 245 Stinger air-to-air missiles, along with launchers and engineering support, combat helicopters, weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites.

Stinger Missiles

Stinger Missiles

“India joins nations around the globe who recognize that air-to-air Stinger can be a key component of attack and light attack helicopter mission configurations,” said Duane Gooden, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “Stinger significantly improves the ability of the aircraft to successfully perform today’s missions while countering existing threats.”

Stinger has more than 270 fixed- and rotary-wing intercepts, and is deployed in 19 nations. It not only has a surface-to-air capability from land and sea, but also an air-to-air capability that can be integrated into most fixed- or rotary-wing platforms, reports Defense-Aerospace.

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May 22, 2016   No Comments

Rockwell Collins Outfits India’s Military Radios

Rockwell Collins, Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has received a contract from state-owned Electronics Corporation of India Ltd., for communications and navigation components that are used in the digital V/UHF radios manufactured by Electronics Corporation, reports ASD News. These communication devices are IP-enabled state-of-the-art transceivers for ship to ship, ship to shore and ground to air communications, said Rockwell Collins in a news release.

V-UHF Transceiver

V-UHF Transceiver

“The recent award is part of a long-term agreement signed with ECIL in 2010. To date, Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 1,000 units to ECIL” said Sunil Raina, managing director, India, for Rockwell Collins.

 

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May 22, 2016   No Comments

India’s Navy Seeks Cutting-Edge Technology

India’s Navy has crafted a plan to acquire 100 cutting-edge technologies in the next 15 years to build its war-fighting capabilities, including naval missiles and guns, propulsion and power generation, surveillance and detection systems, torpedoes and directed energy weapons, submarines and anti-submarine warfare systems, naval aviation, network-centric warfare and combat management systems, reports Defense World.

Indian Navy

Indian Navy

Rear Admiral Dinesh Tripathi, the Indian Navy’s assistant chief of naval staff for policy and plans said, “By 2027, we want 200 warships and around 600 aerial assets, hypersonic and loitering missiles, and laser weapons.

“In addition, we need to reduce import content for our sensors and weapons and need a high-range of hypersonic and loitering missiles and laser and directed energy weapons.”

The existing electronic warfare suites, including Ajanta, Ellora and Porpoise, designed to detect the presence of enemy combatants without disclosing one’s position or identity, as also the Indian Navy’s family of advanced underwater-sensors, including Advanced Panoramic Sonar Hull mounted (APSOH), Hullmounted Sonar Advanced (HUMSA) and USHUS are successful assets.

“In the future, high-definition radars, sonars, infra-red seeker and electronic warfare suites will be required,” said Birinder Singh Randhawa, retired Indian Navy vice admiral said.

“Immediately, larger-caliber guns, 127mm and anti-missile guns (Vulcan Phalanx type), extended range and guided munitions would also be required. To start with these would need to be built under license.” Randhawa said.

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May 5, 2016   No Comments

Lockheed, Northrop JV to Supply Fire Control Radar Systems to India

Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Maryland, and Virginia-based Northrop Grumman, will supply fire control radar (FCR) systems with advanced air and ground targeting capabilities for India’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, making India its 11th international customer, reports DefenseNews.

Under this contract, $57.1 million is obligated to Longbow LLC with a total value of  of up to $116.7 million. The contract covers the production of 12 Longbow FCR systems and spares for India. Production will extend through early 2019 at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando and Ocala, Florida, facilities and at Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore facility.

Longbow FCR

Longbow FCR

“With Longbow FCR, the Indian Air Force will receive a rapid all-weather targeting capability,” Jim Messina, Longbow LLC’s president and director of Longbow programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a statement. “The FCR’s air over-watch mode provides aircrews with 360-degree situational awareness, improving survivability and mission success,” he added.

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May 3, 2016   No Comments

India to Launch an Earth Observation Satellite in May

India will launch its new Earth observation satellite, Cartosat-2C, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in south India in May, to boost the country’s military reconnaissance and surveillance capability.

Aviation Week reports that according to an official at the Indian Space and Research Organization, the observatory will be placed in a Sun-synchronous polar orbit with a perigee of 124 miles and an apogee of 745.6 miles above the Earth’s surface. Cartosat-2C will be a dual-use satellite, performing disaster monitoring as well as surveying enemy missile sites.

Cloud Cover over India

Cloud Cover over India

The 1,520 pound satellite is equipped with a panchromatic camera and a high-resolution multi-spectral instrument, which has a resolution of 2.1 feet. (0.65 meters) The camera can capture not only high-resolution images of the country’s border and coastal areas, but also record videos of crucial targets from space and transmit compressed versions to the ground.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments