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Sikorsky Offers M-70 B Sea Hawk Chopper to the Navy, Plans Production Hub in Hyderabad
The US aerospace major Sikorsky has offered to make the naval variant of the Black Hawk helicopter in India once the Indian Navy decides to buy it for its fleet. The M-70B Sea Hawk will be the naval variant which, according to Boeing, can be co-produced in India with significant transfer of technology and manufacturing capability. Currently, the Indian Navy already has a tender for 16 helicopters with an option of eight more twin-engine, 12.5 tonne category helicopters.
IAF Grounds Entire Mirage Fleet after the Recent Crash, Orders Inquiry
With a Mirage-2000 fighter plane of the IAF crashing earlier this week in Rajasthan, the IAF has decided to ground the entire fleet of Mirage planes and conduct preliminary checks. This is the second mishap in the gap of 11 days involving the Mirage-2000 fighter raising questions about the credibility of the fighters and security concerns in the force. As for the accident involving the Mirage fighter, it occurred soon after the aircraft took off from an airbase in Gwalior. The crash took place near Jaipur but both IAF pilots ejected safely and there was no damage to life or civilian property.
Singapore Technologies has rejected allegations against bidding for Indian military contract
A day after it was debarred from any business dealings in
sector for ten years, Singapore Technologies has rejected allegations that it used bribes in bidding for an Indian military contract and vowed to "vigorously" defend its reputation. Defence Ministry had blacklisted six firms including four foreign companies for their alleged roles in the Indian Ordnance Factory Board scam in 2009. With this latest ruling by the (ministry of defence), we will seek legal advice and we intend to vigorously take appropriate actions.
MDL-Pipavav Joint Venture Gets Indian Defence Ministry Nod
With the Indian cabinet approving the new guidelines for joint ventures (JVs) between defence public sector undertakings and private sector on February 9 this year, the defence ministry has given a go-ahead to the Mumbai-based Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) and Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited that was put on hold in September 2011. The guidelines for public-private defence joint ventures are in place and hence, the nod for MDL-Pipavav.
Indo-Us Wargames Called Yudh-Abhyas 2011-12 Begin In Rajasthan
The Indo-US war exercise called Yudh Abhyas 2011-12 has started in the deserts of Rajasthan and the joint drills will feature troops from both nations engaging each other in a series of counter-terror activities and urban warfare training. While the US Army was represented by troops from 25 Infantry Division, the Indian side consists of troops from Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and Mechanised Infantry. While the US team consisting of 170 members is being led by Colonel Thomas J Roth, Commander of 2nd Engineer Brigade.
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