Category — Defense/ Security

India starts receving P-8i surveillance aircraft

According to Aviation Week, India’s first delivery of an ‘in-country’  Boeing P8-i aircraft this month will be followed by two further aircraft in the third and fourth quarters of the year. India has eight P-8Is on firm order and Boeing is optimistic that options on a further four could be taken up later in 2013, or early 2014.

The Indian Navy became the first  international customer for the P-8, which is a modified Boeing 737, in the wake of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.  Besides surveillance, the airplane is also delivered with anti-submarine missiles.

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May 28, 2013   No Comments

Despite stated intent, India Defense buys foreign

According to AviationWeek.com, India’s armed services continue to gravitate toward foreign defense equipment.

The Air Force, for example, is about to issue a request for proposals for 56 military transports to replace its fleet of aging Hawker Siddeley HS 748 Turboprops. The contenders include the Italian-made Alenia C-27J and the Airbus Military C295.

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May 10, 2013   No Comments

Comparing India – China – USA Military

From the charts below, we can see that the United States spend a lot more money on armed forces compared to China and India. The country has spent $160bn in 2011 whereas India only spent $38.5bn. Those charts, made by Amritt, used figures from the FDi report 2013

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April 29, 2013   No Comments

Indian Army plans simulators

According to Ibnlive, the Indian Army is currently working on a $ 7.35 million plan which will allow a modernization of the infrastructure of two of its main field firing ranges.

The enhancement of the infrastructure at the ranges would make the training there more realistic and provide a “close-to-real battlefield scenario for troops”. Up to now, the Army has 66 field firing ranges but, according to Defense Minister AK Antony, 15 are currently de-notified by various state governments.

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April 25, 2013   No Comments

India Tests Sea-Based Missile

According to an Indian defense source, a highly-maneuverable version of a sea-based Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was successfully tested by the Indian Navy .

India has updated BrahMos missiles by installing the advanced satellite navigation systems from Russia’s Kh-555 and Kh-101 strategic long-range cruise missiles, adding GPS-GLONASS technology to the existing doppler-inertial platform.

The BrahMos missile has a range of 180 miles and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 660 lbs. It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 30 feet and has a top speed of Mach 2.8.  The Indian Air Force is planning to arm 40 Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters with BrahMos missiles. Moreover, Russia and India recently agreed to develop hypersonic BrahMos 2 missile capable of flying at speeds of Mach 5-Mach 7.

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April 25, 2013   No Comments