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Indian Defence Spending Amounts to Over $ 98.35 Billion in the Past Decade
Indian Defence Minister A.K.Antony has announced in the Parliament that India has spent over $ 98.35 billion on procurement of defence equipment in the last ten years. Defence Minister stated that this defence expenditure consists of equipment for the Indian Armed Forces from local and foreign firms. This defence expenditure was incurred during 2001-02 till 2010-11. Defence Minister indicated that the upgradation of the Indian Armed Forces has been the key force behind the defence expenditure.
Hal Bags Orders to the Tune of $ 18.61 Billion in the Current Year
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has revealed that its order-book position in the current financial year has been very healthy since around $ 18.61 billion worth of orders have already been received. In its annual report, HAL indicated that the orders include Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJTs) as well as other aircraft and aerospace products. In its annual report, HAL’s healthy order-book consists of deals for new aircraft and choppers including Sukhoi-30 MKI, Hawk, Dornier, LCA, Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak helicopters.
Indian Navy Awaits the Debut Flight Of Naval LCA Tejas this Month, Finalizes Deployment of UAVs In South
The on-going modernization, indigenous development and crucial acquisitions have put Indian Navy on the forefront as it readies to deploy various advanced warships, submarines and drones. The latest naval inclusion will be the deployment of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the southern peninsula at a naval station in Tamil Nadu by next year. Besides this, India’s first homegrown carrier-borne naval fighter aircraft, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, will take to the skies for its maiden flight by end of this year.
India Invests In Radars for Greater Surveillance Capability of Armed Forces
The Indian Armed Forces are expected to induct radars worth over $ 8.5 billion in the next decade as a host of defence public sector units as well as local and international private sector contribute to its growing demand. According to Director (R&D) of state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Mr. I.V. Sharma, the current phase is the golden age for radars in India as various indigenous developmental projects for radars and associated equipment as well as international acquisitions are taking place.
Contracts with Russia, France and Ukraine Help IAF Military Aircraft Upkeep
The Indian Defence Minister has recently made an announcement in the Parliament regarding the various contracts signed as part of the maintenance and capability-building exercises for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Defence Minister A.K.Antony indicated that crucial contracts that have been signed include the ones with RAC MiG Russia for upgradation of MiG-29 aircraft, Spets Techno Export from Ukraine for upgradation of An-32 aircraft and with the French firm Thales.
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