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IAF Chief Expresses Need for Core Technology like Indigenous Aircraft Engine and AESA Radars
The Indian Air Chief Marshal N.A.K.Browne has urged the state-run Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to develop an indigenous military aircraft engine at the earliest. While the ‘Kaveri’ engine development programme has not been fruitful yet, India desperately needs a powerful aircraft engine soon to enhance its military capabilities. The need for AESA radars for IAF was also pointed out by the IAF Chief.
CVRDE to Develop Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle for Indian Army
In order to aid the Indian Army during its combat missions and operations, a new Armoured Repair and Recovery vehicle is being developed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE). This new Armoured vehicle will be a variant of the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) and its concept and configuration has already been finalised and the detailed design initiated.
India’s Arjun MBT Mark II Ready for a Second Trial with the Lahat Missile and Other Upgrades
After having successfully conducted the desert trials of indigenous Arjun Mark II Main Battle Tank (MBT), the state-run Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has announced that the upgraded version will be tested along with its missile by January 2012. The Indian Army has ordered for 142 Arjun Mark II MBT and the final trials by the Indian Army will occur in June 2012.
India Conducts Successful Flight Tests of Shaurya and Prithvi-II Missiles
India has successfully carried out the flight tests of two crucial missiles, the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile and the hypersonic medium range Shaurya missile, in the span of two days. While the Shaurya tactical missile was successfully tested on 24th September, the Prithvi-II was tested successfully two days later from the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, Orissa. The Prithvi-II is the first indigenous surface-to-surface strategic missile which can attack targets at a range of 350 kilometeres.
‘Tejas’ LCA Undergoes Weapons Trials in Rajasthan for Final Clearance
The induction of the ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with complete features and capabilities into the Indian Air force (IAF) is drawing nearer as weapon trials of the LCA are being conducted in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. While the ‘Tejas’ LCA inducted into the IAF in the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration this year, the final operational clearance (FOC) from the IAF by end of this year after successful trials.
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