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Former fighter pilot named Canadian military chief


August 28th, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
Ottawa, Aug 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Lieutenant-General Thomas Lawson has been appointed Canada's new chief of the defence staff, the country's top military post.Lawson, who ... Read more...

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Indonesia says ‘no, thanks’ to Russia’s Sukhoi jets


August 9th, 2012 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Indonesia will buy no more Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, opting instead for US F-16s, an Indonesian official said Thursday.The Indonesian Air Force has ... Read more...

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Manmohan, Hollande talk India’s $20-bn plane deal


June 20th, 2012 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, June 20 (IANS) The just-concluded G20 summit in Los Cabos may have focused on the global economic crisis, but when French President Francois Hollande met ... Read more...

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IAF flies commando plane fleet, displays operational fitness


June 19th, 2012 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) In a display of its operational readiness and air power, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has flown six of its planes meant for inserting commandos ... Read more...

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Why Russia is losing out in the Indian defence market (Comment)


June 14th, 2012 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS
Anatoly Isaikin, head of Rosoboronexport, Russia's state arms exporter, was once again forced to address the string of setbacks plaguing Russian arms manufacturers in India over the past 12 months. ... Read more...

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Technology firms awarded for innovation


March 29th, 2012 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) in association with Lockheed Martin Corporation Thursday announced 30 awards for innovations in technology.The winners were selected from ... Read more...

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India to induct Akash missiles, holds war game in northeast (Lead)


March 1st, 2012 - 11:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Conscious of threats from China from the northeastern borders, India is inducting its indigenous Akash missiles in the region, even as its air force ... Read more...

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Three Indian entities among world’s top 100 arms manufacturers


February 27th, 2012 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Two Indian companies - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Bharat Electronics (BEL) - and one entity - the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) - figure in ... Read more...

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`Lockheed Martin world’s largest arms producer’


February 27th, 2012 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, Feb 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) US military hardware major Lockheed Martin was the biggest arms vendor in 2010 with sales totalling $35.7 billion, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says.Only three ... Read more...

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Sukhoi to remain top combat aircraft seller till 2015


February 25th, 2012 - 12:30 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Sukhoi aircraft maker will remain among the top three exporters of fighter jets until at least 2015, the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of World ... Read more...

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US, Japan discuss purchase of F-35 fighters


February 24th, 2012 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) US and Japanese officials have discussed Japan's plan to upgrade its air force with the purchase of 42 F-35 fighter jets, US State Department said Thursday.The ... Read more...

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The twists and turns of India’s biggest defence deal


January 31st, 2012 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) This is how India's biggest defence deal -- a $10.4-billion tender for 126 combat aircraft -- panned out:* 2000: Indian Air Force (IAF) conveys to ... Read more...

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French bag India’s largest defence order for fighter jets (Lead)


January 31st, 2012 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) India's largest ever defence deal, a $10.4 billion (Rs.52,000 crore) order for 126 fighter jets for the air force, has gone to France's Dassault ... Read more...

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Agni-IV, C-130J, IAF woman officer among firsts at R-Day


January 26th, 2012 - 2:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The latest nuclear capable Agni-IV missile, its C-130J special operations plane, and a woman officer leading the IAF unit on Rajpath were among the firsts ... Read more...

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C-130J makes debut at Republic Day


January 26th, 2012 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) The Indian Air Force's (IAF) latest acquisition, the US Lockheed Martin C-130J transporter, made its debut at the 63rd Republic Day parade here Thursday.The plane, ... Read more...

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Camera captures comet’s fiery end as it grazes sun


January 21st, 2012 - 1:04 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 20 (IANS) NASA's solar observatory caught for the very first time on camera a comet's fiery end as it flew too close to the sun's blazing surface. The ... Read more...

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New British jets can’t land on aircraft carriers


January 16th, 2012 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 16 (IANS) Fifty new fighter jets bought by Britain from US at a cost of five billion pounds (over $7 billion) cannot land on aircraft carriers because of ... Read more...

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Defence modernisation: Critical deals materialised, others faced time overruns (2011 in retrospect)


December 27th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) India's quest to modernise its armed forces into a lean, mean fighting machine continued in 2011, with a few critical deals materialising and several ... Read more...

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Defence modernisation in 2011: What’s done & what’s not (With Defence modernisation: Critical deals materialised, others faced time overruns)


December 27th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Here's the lowdown on what India accomplished in its defence modernisation and procurement plans in 2011 and what it could not complete.What Was Done:* Deal ... Read more...

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US delivers last Super Hercules cargo plane this weekend


December 23rd, 2011 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) India is all set to induct the last of the six C-130J Super Hercules cargo plane for its Special Forces this weekend, with the US ... Read more...

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Japan picks F-35 as next-generation fighter jet


December 20th, 2011 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
Tokyo, Dec 20 (IANS) Japan Tuesday chose the F-35 stealth jet, which is being developed by the US and eight other countries, as the country's next-generation fighter.The Security Council of ... Read more...

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Governments monitoring email, China sucked out CBI’s mails: Assange


December 3rd, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Saturday said governments the world over were curbing personal liberty and individual privacy by continuous monitoring of phone calls and emails ... Read more...

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No NATO missile defence offer to India


November 30th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday informed parliament that India has not received any offer from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) for either a missile ... Read more...

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Eurofighter, Rafle extend dogfight from India to UAE


November 21st, 2011 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
Abu Dhabi, Nov 21 (IANS) Eurofighter and Rafale, the two finalists in the fray for India's big combat jet order, have extended their dogfight to the UAE to win ... Read more...

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India to pick combat fighter by mid-December


November 18th, 2011 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Nov 18 (IANS) India will pick by mid-December a Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in a multi-billion dollar deal, the Indian Air Force chief, Air Marshal Norman Anil ... Read more...

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US hopes India will pick its military choppers


November 11th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 11 (IANS) After losing out to European competitors in the deal to supply India 126 multi-role combat jets, the United States has evinced strong interest in participating ... Read more...

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India’s military purchases: Only the best should do (Comment)


November 10th, 2011 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
The US has reiterated a 2005 offer to share hi-tech in defence with India, although this time it appears to be more meaningful and realistic of India's futuristic requirements.For instance, the ... Read more...

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IAF requests US for 6 more C-130J airlifters


October 28th, 2011 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Washington, Oct 28 (IANS) India has asked the United States for another six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft under a government-to-government foreign military sales (FMS) deal. The ... Read more...

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IAF selects Boeing’s Apache Longbow combat chopper


October 26th, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) has selected Boeing?s Apache Longbow advanced attack helicopter for its combat chopper tender.RIA Novosti news agency reported from Moscow Tuesday ... Read more...

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India to open tender for 126-plus combat jet in November


October 25th, 2011 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) India will open the tender for the world's single biggest combat jet deal yet for 126 to 189 planes in the first week ... Read more...

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India among C-130 plane operators at Lockheed meet


October 18th, 2011 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India, among the new operators of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules cargo planes, is attending a three-day conference being hosted by the American major company in ... Read more...

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IAF will induct its C-17 airlifters from 2013


October 10th, 2011 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct in June 2013 the first of the 10 C-17 Globemaster-III heavy airlifters it has purchased from the US, ... Read more...

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IAF to seal combat plane deal in November


October 8th, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Hindon (Ghaziabad), Oct 8 (IANS) The winner of India's $10.4-billion tender for 126 combat aircraft is expected to be announced in November, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief ... Read more...

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India set to pick $10.4-bn combat plane deal winner


October 7th, 2011 - 11:12 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) India is all set to finalise later this month the winner of a $10.4 billion contract for 126 combat planes for its air force ... Read more...

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Six additional C-130J airliftes to be based in Orissa


October 3rd, 2011 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon place a follow-on order for six more C-130J Super Hercules medium-lift transporters and these will be based in ... Read more...

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