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December 2007 - India Special Weapons News

  • Russian-Indian BrahMos JV buys plant to double missile production RIA Novosti 31 Dec 2007 -- The Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos has bought a manufacturing plant in south India to double production of its supersonic cruise missiles, a company spokesman said on Monday.
  • India to review situation following assassination of Benazir IRNA 28 Dec 2007 -- In the wake of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting with political leaders Friday to discuss the situation in Pakistan.
  • India expresses shock over Benazir's assassination IRNA 27 Dec 2007 -- Expressing shock over the brutal assassination of Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, India Thursday described Benazir as an 'outstanding woman leader of the subcontinent'.
  • Indian Air Force decides to induct Akash missile IRNA 27 Dec 2007 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday decided for induction of indigenous surface-to-air Akash missile.
  • India, China Conclude Joint Military Exercises VOA 25 Dec 2007 -- India and China have wrapped up five days of joint military exercises, the first such drill involving the the world's two largest armies.
  • India, France working on nuclear cooperation agreement IRNA 24 Dec 2007 -- Visiting France Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner Monday said India and France are working on a proposed civil nuclear agreement.
  • Indian navy's aircraft crashes, pilot safe IRNA 24 Dec 2007 -- Indian navy's single seater "Sea Harrier" fighter aircraft crashed at Dabolim airport, Goa, Monday morning.
  • CPM won't let Indo-US nuke deal be implemented IRNA 22 Dec 2007 -- The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) in its Central Committee meeting on Saturday made clear that it will not let the Indo-US nuclear deal be implemented, irrespective of the consultations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Indian Air Force plane crashes in Orissa IRNA 22 Dec 2007 -- An Indian Air Force plane caught fire and crashed during take off at the Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar, capital city of Orissa state today but its pilot escaped with minor burns.
  • India's defence import to be dlrs 30 billion by 2012: Report IRNA 22 Dec 2007 -- India's imports of military hardware and software are expected to reach a whooping ceiling of dlrs 30 billion by 2012 as its armed forces comprising army, airforce and defence are expected to ink defence deals for multi role fighter jets, 1.55mm howitzers, a variety of copters and long range maritime spy aircraft.
  • India's Akash missile hit UAV in flight trial IRNA 22 Dec 2007 -- The Akash Missile has successfully hit the bull's eye for the fifth time in a row in the last ten days at test range in Balasore, Orissa.
  • India-PGCC joint naval exercise to be conduced in near future IRNA 22 Dec 2007 -- Indian Navy has proposed holding multilateral
  • France expresses interest in forging civil N-cooperation with India IRNA 21 Dec 2007 -- Expressing interest in forging civil nuclear cooperation with India, France Friday said it would await the outcome of talks between New Delhi and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a safeguards agreement.
  • India holds strategic dialogue with China IRNA 21 Dec 2007 -- India's Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon who left for Beijing Thursday on a two-day visit to hold strategic dialogue with the Chinese leadership and to firm up the agenda for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to China next month.
  • India test fires 'Akash' nuke missile for third day IRNA 15 Dec 2007 -- India Saturday successfully test fired the indigenously developed surface-to-air nuclear capable 'Akash' missile, for the third consecutive day, from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore in eastern province of Orissa.
  • India plans to develop 6,000-km range Agni-IV missile IRNA 13 Dec 2007 -- In what could provide India greater strategic depth, the government announced its plan to develop 6,000-km range Agni-IV missile which will be capable of destroying targets deep in China.
  • India test fires Nuclear-capable Akash missile IRNA 13 Dec 2007 -- On the heels of conducting trials of interceptor missiles, India on Thursday revived its surface-to-air nuclear-capable Akash missile programme by carrying out its fresh test firing near Balasore, Orissa.
  • India Plans Missile Shield by 2010 VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- Indian defense officials say the country will have a shield in place by 2010 to protect India from incoming missile that could be fired by Pakistan or China
  • India to speed up negotiations with IAEA IRNA 12 Dec 2007 -- India will speed up negotiations with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on country-specific safeguards but will ensure that it is done satisfactorily, chairman atomic energy commission, Anil Kakodkar said in Mumbai on Wednesday on the concluding day of the second round of talks by Indian negotiators with the global atomic watchdog at Vienna.
  • Indian armed forces joint exercises 'Dakshin Prahar' conclude IRNA 11 Dec 2007 -- The Indian Air Force along with Coast Guard and Navy have concluded the first ever combat war games to test their reactions in the event of any armed threats to the southern region of the country.
  • Russia in talks with India on contracts for military helicopters RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2007 -- State-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport is negotiating with India over deliveries of Russia's Mi-17 multirole military helicopters, the general director of the Moscow Mil helicopter plant said on Monday.
  • Analysis: India's Northern Exposure cfr.org 05 Dec 2007 -- India's appetite for Afghan nuts and Kabul's love for Bollywood may be reframing the geopolitics of the region
  • BrahMos to increase production of Russian-Indian cruise missiles RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- The Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos will buy a manufacturing plant in southwestern India to increase production of its supersonic cruise missiles, an Indian military source said Thursday.
  • India tests hypersonic interceptor missile RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- India successfully tested on Thursday a hypersonic Advanced Air Defense (AAD-02) interceptor missile, part of the future multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, national media reported.
  • India-Nuke Deal-Yechury Indo-US nuclear deal a threat to sovereignty IRNA 04 Dec 2007 -- To articulate its reservations on the India-US nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has said the agreement would aversely impact India's long term interests and threaten the country's national sovereignty.

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