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Indian Army to Procure GPS Navigational Aid for Its Choppers
In order to avoid future mishaps in various army operations, India has decided to procure modern navigational equipment for its choppers. Exercising exclusive rights and financial powers, the Northern Army Commander has issued a tender to procure 80 GPS advanced navigation systems for the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. The need for advanced navigational systems on helicopters has become imperative to avoid the repetition of stray incidents that have occurred in the past by the Indian Army’s chopper pilots.
Finalization of Defence Offset Policy by Defence Ministry
The Offset Policy introduced in Defence Procurement Policies (2005-2006), required a foreign vendor to invest a minimum of 30% of the contracted value in the Indian Defence Industry. The capability of the industry to absorb the same was a topic of debate and under consideration in the Defence Ministry. The Defence Acquisition Council of the MoD is likely to address the issues and finalize an amended Offset Policy. It is reliably learnt that the same will not afford a more proactive and meaningful role to the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) but will also factor in suggestions of the vendors.
Eurocopter Writes To Army Chief for Delays in 197 Chopper Deal
Expressing "concern" over delays in finalising the deal for procuring 197 light helicopters for the defence forces, European defence major Eurocopter has written a letter to Army chief Gen V K Singh in that regard. The European Eurocopter AS 350 Fennec is competing with Russian Kamov 226 'Sergei' for supplying these choppers to the Indian Army and Air Force in a project expected to be worth over $1.5 billion. The choppers will be used by the Army and the IAF to replace their aging fleet of vintage Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.
Russia Flies High As IAF Plans 71 Additional Mi-17 Choppers and Ka-226 T Overshadows Eurocopter's 550 C3 for Army
After having recently inducted the first Mi-17 V5 chopper into the fleet, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced that it is planning to procure 71 more Mi-17 V5 helicopters. Out of these 71 choppers, 59 would be provided to the IAF for replacing its old Mi-8 and Mi-17IV choppers and six would go to the Border Security Force.
India to Induct Advanced Electronic Warfare Systems in Existing and New Platforms
India’s Electronic Warfare (EW) systems on drones, satellites and aircraft are slated to become more advanced and precise in terms of range for surveillance in enemy territories. Mr.R.Sree Hari Rao, Chief Controller, Research and Development (Electronics and Computer Sciences) of DRDO said the latest breed of EW systems on UAVs and aircraft will give India a 400-500 kms range capability and those on satellites a much longer range. Chief Controller Sree Hari Rao indicated that India’s current EW system.
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