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IAF to Deploy Six Mid-Air Refueling Planes in West Bengal, Heighten Su-30 MKIS Strike Range along China Border
In order to strengthen the might of the Indian Air Force along the Indo-China border, six mid-air refueling tanker aircraft are planned to be stationed at Panagarh air base in West Bengal. The deployment of these tanker aircraft will significantly increase the striking range of the Su-30 MKI fighters at the IAF bases in Assam. The contract for the procurement of six mid-air refueling tanker planes will soon be awarded by the IAF and the Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 and European A-330 MRTT are in the race. The deal to supply these six tankers deal is likely to be to the tune of $ 2 billion.
Brahmos to Launch Submarine Version of the Missile, Hike Up Speed to Mach 7 for Hypersonic Version
The Indo-Russian aerospace joint venture BrahMos Aerospace has announced that it has ventured into the project to develop a hypersonic BrahMos cruise missile. The CEO of BrahMos Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai, has indicated that the target is to reach a speed of Mach 7 with the hypersonic missile. Besides the hypersonic missile, the BrahMos family of missiles will soon launch a submarine version as well. Speaking during a lecture on Self-reliance in Aerospace Technologies, BrahMos CEO Sivathanu Pillai stated that aerospace is venturing into the hypersonic world where speed is power and the BrahMos hypersonic missile aims to reach a speed of Mach 7.
IAF to Acquire 56 Aircraft from Global Vendors, Private Sector Preferred Over Hal
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has taken a bold decision on Monday which tilts in the favour of the private sector players in the Defence sector. The DAC has decided to issue a global tender worth roughly $ 2.4 billion for 56 aircraft which will replace the ageing fleet Of Avro aircraft with the IAF. The decision will enable foreign vendors to enter into a tie-up with a private or public sector company in India. The current decision by DAC has definitely sidelined traditional PSU’s like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and is seen as a bold move. As for the international vendor who wins the tender, it will be working with a private sector Indian firm company, thereby ruling out state-run HAL as a contender.
Indian Army Participates In Two Separate Wargames with Russia and Mongolia Starting Today
The Indian Army will be participating in two separate wargames starting today with Russia as well as Mongolia. The military exercise with Russia will start tomorrow at a training range in Republic of Buryatia in South East of Russia, while the other exercise, codenamed ‘Nomadic Elephant’, with Mongolia will start today in Belgaum in Karnataka. While the army-to-army exercise with Russia will focus on counter-terrorism, the one with Mongolia will sharpen counter insurgency skills and enhance training infrastructure for UN peacekeeping missions.
Induct BrahMos in your Navy, India to Russia
India has asked Russia to start induct the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in its naval fleet to further strengthen the joint venture between the two countries. The two sides had formed the joint venture to produce the supersonic cruise missiles in 1998 and since then, all three wings of the Indian armed forces have ordered BrahMos for their inventory but the Russian side is yet to do so. In India, the Navy and the Army have already inducted the BrahMos missiles and work is on to develop an air-launched version of the missile to be equipped on the SU-30MKI aircraft.
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