$5.31 billion deal for 83 Tejas jets, puts 114 jet prog on backburner

IDD explainer India’s decision to procure an additional 83 single-engined indigenous Tejas fighter jets for Rs 38,800 crore ($ 5.31 Biillion), indicates a slowing down of the existing programme inviting  global biggies to make another 114 fighter jets. On March 18, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Defence Acquisition Council headed by Minister

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2nd squadron of Tejas jet by May; Upgraded version ready

IDD Bureau By the end of May, this year, India is slated to raise the second squadron of the Light Combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas. It shall comprise the upgraded version of the Tejas having enhanced war fighting abilities, over the first twenty of the jets produced so far. The first series production plane of the

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HAL seeks $ 1.4 Billion & foreign OEM for developing new copter

500 copters needed of 10-12 tonne class IDD Exclusive In an emerging business opportunity for foreign helicopter makers, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is now looking to produce a ‘medium weight’ multi-role copter in the 10-12 tonne class, by forging a partnership with a company with experience of making such copters. HAL aims to position

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India Russia to sign roadmap on Kamov 226T

Def-expo 2020 IDD Bureau India and Russia are all set to take a step forward in the long pending deal to manufacture the Kamov Ka-226T helicopters. The Indo Russian Helicopter Private Ltd. (IRHL) is expected to announce a ‘road-map’ for the project at the def-expo-2020 ( Feb 5 to Feb 9) at Lucknow. This road

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83 Tejas this year, work to be outsourced. RFP for 114 foreign jets soon

IDD Bureau As India struggles to maintain the desired number of fighter jets for its air force, a fresh contract to procure 83 more jets of the next version of the light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is expected to be inked this year. Part of the production work is expected  to be outsourced. The 83

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Indian Public sector companies have orders of $ 33 Billion

IDD Bureau Key to India’s defence manufacturing abilities  are its nine public sector companies which now collectively have orders of US $ 33.1 Billion to make equipment like warships, planes, helicopters, tanks, cockpit displays and missiles, among other items. The Ministry of Defence owns these companies which ae otherwise run and operated like corporate entities

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India needs second production line for fighter jets

IDD Bureau India immediately needs a second assembly line to produce fighter jets. The existing production line at the Ministry Defence owned public sector giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) may not be enough to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force which has projected the need for more than 300 India-made jets over the

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France offers to end India’s hunt for jet engines

IDD Bureau Safran, the French engine maker, which has an existing partnership to make engines for helicopters in India,  has proposed a path-breaking technology transfer to power fighter jets in India and as  per India’s requirements. The proposal includes options for engines for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), that is New Delhi’s version of

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