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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

U.S. and India to Provide Logistics Support to Each Other for Defense Purposes

During U.S. defense secretary Ashton Carter’s recent visit to India, in a joint press conference along with India’s  defense minister Manohar Parrikar it was agreed “in principle” to conclude a defense agreement that involves providing each other’s militaries with logistic support covering fuel, spares and repairs on a reimbursable or barter basis.

Carter and Parrikar reaffirmed their desire to expeditiously conclude a “white shipping” technical arrangement to improve data sharing on commercial shipping traffic and agreed to commence navy-to-navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare, reports Defense World. 60 per cent of the U.S. fleet will be in the Pacific-Indian Ocean area, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement.

Because the Indian peninsula is situated in a crucial sea-link between the Middle East and south-east Asia, a substantial number of U.S. naval ships and submarines transit through Indian ports which stand to gain more revenue.

 International Container Transshipment Terminal in Kochi, India

International Container Transshipment Terminal in Kochi, India

Carter and Parrikar reaffirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the region, including in the South China Sea.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments

Ashton Carter express Readiness to Share Technology for India’s Aircraft Carriers

During his recent visit to India, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke to reporters about the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System  that will replace the steam catapults used on older U.S. carriers for launching and landing systems.

“We are working with the Indian Navy on technology for their next generation of aircraft carrier,” he said on the first day of his two-day visit to India to strengthen defense ties with New Delhi.

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton "Ash" Carter

U.S. Defense Secy. Ashton “Ash” Carter

“India would like to migrate on flat deck design” in construction of its next carrier, Carter said, and the systems being installed on the USS Gerald R. Ford have “some advantages in terms of weight of the aircraft and others.” He said “we are more than willing to share it with India,” reports Defense Tech.

“The U.S. approach to this region is not to confront,” Carter said. “We have to do what we have been doing for 70 years, that is to keep the stability and peace that has allowed economic and social miracle in modern India and China.”

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

India to Acquire 6 Additional C-130J Aircraft in 2017

Lockheed Martin will deliver the next batch of C-130J transport military aircraft to the Indian Air Force in 2017, Abhay Paranjape, Business Development Director of C-130 said at a press conference on the side lines of DefExpo 2016, the ninth in the series of biennial Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibitions, and a very important event in India, that was held in Goa recently.

C-130J Aircraft

C-130J Aircraft

The company is also in discussion with the India Meteorological Department for specially configured C-130J aircraft that fly into  hurricanes to obtain information about major storms far more detailed than is provided by weather satellites, reports Defense World.

Panagarh, an air force base in the eastern state of West Bengal, will be the Indian Air Force’s second hub for these new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.  The air force will start operating the Super Hercules aircraft beginning May this year and from March 2017 a permanent unit will start.

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April 4, 2016   No Comments

Saab, Ashok Leyland of India to Manufacture Truck Simulators

Sweden’s Saab and Chennai-based Ashok Leyland have teamed up to manufacture truck simulators in India for defense applications.

The 4K computer graphic visualization simulator will be integrated into the Ashok Leyland Stallion 4×4 vehicle, the most widely used in the armed forces and paramilitary forces. The simulator will help improve driving skills, as it will enable the driver to operate the Ashok Stallion vehicle in different terrain, weather conditions and under all types of  day-to-day challenges, reports Defense News.

The instructor operating station enables the instructor to observe and interact with the trainee in real time, take over controls in emergency situations, and give the trainee feedback on his performance.

“Simulator-based training is the best way to develop handling skills without putting the vehicle fleet, trainees or environment at risk. With the agreement between Saab and Ashok Leyland this is now available also for the Ashok Leyland Stallion”, said Jan Widerström, chairman, Saab India Technologies.

“We are extremely happy to join hands with Saab for the truck driving simulator under the “Make in India” concept. Given the potential in India and with our customers abroad, we expect this partnership to grow stronger in the days to come”, said Nitin Seth, president, Defense Systems, Ashok Leyland.

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April 4, 2016   No Comments