ISRO Beams in Private Firm to Make Two Satellites for Navigation

Alpha Design Technologies, the private company which will build the satellites, is an INR 4 billion defense equipment supplier. This is part of the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) strategy to expand and augment private sector participation in the multi-billion dollar satellite industry. In the short term, private sector participation is expected to lessen the…

Army starts process to purchase 1500 anti-materiel rifles

The army has started the long-delayed process to procure around 1,500 anti-materiel lightweight rifles capable of damaging targets like battle tanks, low-flying helicopters and bunkers. The rifles are being procured to strengthen the army’s overall infantry and will particularly help it in operations in Jammu and Kashmir. A Request for Information (RFI) for purchasing the…

India Doesn’t Require F-16s When it has the LCA Tejas

PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US to meet President Donald J Trump is now on the front burner, with an emphasis on ‘deliverables’. If Delhi is keen on easing the H1B visa regime for Indian techies, Washington is eager that Modi sign up for the fourth generation F-16, a deal seen as ‘open sesame’…

Indian army chief arrives in Dhaka

A special Indian aircraft carrying him reached Dhaka airport Friday. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has arrived in Dhaka on a three-day visit. General Rawat is leading a four-member delegation, including his wife, and reached the capital on a special aircraft from India on Friday. Major General Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan, Logistic Area Commander…

BHEL seeks ISRO as partner in aerospace foray

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) plans to collaborate with Isro for manufacturing space grade solar cells and partner for satellite launches. State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) is planning to enter the aerospace sector. India’s largest power generation equipment maker plans to collaborate with Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) for manufacturing space grade solar cells…

India, Russia make progress toward Ka-226T helicopter production

India and Russia have drawn the road map for the joint production of Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters in the South Asian country, kick-starting the $1 billion program. “With the road map now in place, the production of Kamov 226T helicopters has formally taken off,” said a top executive of the state enterprise Hindustan Aeronautics…