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March 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- India to Purchase of 100 Self-Propelled Howitzers With 50 Percent Localization Sputnik 31 Mar 2017 -- The Indian government has approved a $ 631 million self-propelled howitzer deal under the Make in India program. Indian firm L&T will make a variant of a South Korean howitzer locally.
- Indian Navy, Coast Guard to Receive Advanced Helicopters Sputnik 31 Mar 2017 -- The Narendra Modi government has cleared a $1.2Bln proposal to purchase 32 Dhruv helicopters from government-owned HAL. The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard will get 16 choppers each.
- Indian Navy Retires Soviet Tu-142 Maritime Patrol Jets After Decades in Service Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- A fleet of Soviet-made Tu-142M maritime patrol aircraft was retired Wednesday at a ceremony in India, after almost three decades of impeccable service, the Indian Navy has announced.
- Multi-Billion Deal for Purchase of T-90 Tanks Between India & Russia Gather Pace Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- India has expedited negotiations with Russia to buy 464 advanced T-90 tanks and upgrade 850 existing T-90 tanks. The tank purchase will cost US$ 2.1 billion. The purchase and upgradation deal were discussed at the two-day India-Russia Military Industrial Conference held in New Delhi.
- India Commissions Amphibious Landing Craft Near Malacca Straits Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Navy commissioned the first of its eight landing craft utility (LCU) at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, close to the Malacca Strait. LCUs are meant to transport military equipment like tanks, armored vehicles and troops.
- Indian Navy Air Station Gets High-Tech Weather Sensors Sputnik 29 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Navy has installed state-of-the-art meteorological sensors at INS Rajali, one of its nine naval air stations. The forecasts made by the sensors will be broadcast to other air stations and Air Traffic Control towers automatically.
- Iran Navy flotilla berths at India's Cochin port Press TV 27 Mar 2017 -- An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at India's Port of Cochin in line with the Islamic Republic's policy of expanding its naval presence in high seas.
- 'Hostage' No More: India to Buy $1 Billion in Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles Sputnik 27 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has circumvented conventional policy to ink a deal with Israeli state-owned Rafael Defense Company for thousands of new missiles.
- India Notches $1 Million FDI in Defense Sector Since 2013 Sputnik 25 Mar 2017 -- New Delhi's aggressive efforts to raise foreign direct investment haven't borne fruit, despite the push for Make In India scheme, a pet favorite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- India Conducts Maiden Firing of Israeli Barak Missile From Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 25 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden trial-firing of a newly installed surface-to-air missile system from its Russian-origin aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
- After Almost 30 Years in Service, Indian Navy Tupolevs to Retire Sputnik 25 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Navy's three Tupolev Tu-142M aircraft will be decommissioned on March 29. The aircraft will be converted into a museum in collaboration with an Indian state.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense JIm Mattis' Meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval DoD 24 Mar 2017
- Remarks by Secretary Mattis and Indian National Security Adviser Doval at the Pentagon DoD 24 Mar 2017 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval
- Russia, India in Talks on Creating New Models of BrahMos Missiles - Putin's Aide Sputnik 23 Mar 2017 -- Russia and India are in talks on creating new models of missiles at the BrahMos Aerospace joint enterprise, Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said Thursday.
- Indian Air Force Pushes for Terrain Warning System on Super Hercules Aircraft Sputnik 22 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Air Force has ordered terrain warning awareness system for its six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft due this year to avoid accidents in Himalayan terrain. The aircraft will be based with the mountain strike corps being raised on the Line of Actual Control with China.
- Pakistan, India Revive Talks on Indian Hydropower Plants VOA 20 Mar 2017 -- Pakistan and India, after a gap of nearly two years, have revived talks on a World Bank-mediated treaty that regulates sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries between the nuclear-armed rivals.
- Indian Security Forces Get Home-Grown AK-47 Clone Sputnik 20 Mar 2017 -- The government factory-made AK-47 clone will see action with security forces against Maoist rebels in the hinterland. After the failure of the INSAS rifle, much hope is being placed on the AK-47 clone as the rifle for security forces.
- Russia, India Finalizing Agreement on Fighter Jet Development Work - Minister Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- Russian-Indian agreement on separation of research and development work on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is on its final stage, Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov said Friday, adding that India would have equal rights over aircraft in case it invested money into the project.
- India Signs Spares' Supply Pact With Russia for Sukhoi Fleet Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Air Force has been grappling with the non-availability of its frontline fighter Su-30 MKI due to delays in the import of critical spares from Russia.
- India, Russia Sign Agreement on Sukhoi-30MKI Aircraft After-Sales Service Sputnik 17 Mar 2017 -- India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) company has signed an agreement with Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and United Engine Corporation (UEC) for the long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Friday.
- India Slams Pakistan Bid to Make Disputed Gilgit-Baltistan Area Its Province Sputnik 16 Mar 2017 -- India has reacted strongly to Pakistan's decision to convert Gilgit-Baltistan area of India's state of Kashmir into its fifth province, stating that this is a very serious matter concerning India's sovereignty and integrity.
- Indian Prime Minister Modi Recasts Image as Pro-poor Leader VOA 15 Mar 2017 -- After sealing a landslide victory for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to usher in a "New India" by 2022 by enhancing opportunities for poor people.
- Indian Navy Can Be a Sitting Duck For Mines From Next Year Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Indian Navy needs at least 24 mine counter-measure vehicles to plug the shortfall. China has more than 100 such minesweepers and mine counter-measure vehicles.
- Officials warn of Daesh expansion after train blast in India Press TV 08 Mar 2017 -- A recent blast on a passenger train in central India and the subsequent confrontation with a gunman have raised suspicions that the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group may be expanding its footprint across the South Asian country.
- Indian Navy Gets Jet Attack Craft to Take On Maritime Terrorists, Pirates Sputnik 09 Mar 2017 -- The increasing number of armed robberies in the Gulf of Aden and Daesh attempts to enter Indian waters through the Rann of Kutch prompted the Navy to beef up maritime surveillance in Indian Ocean Region.
- India to Develop 5th-Generation Jet With Russia Only if Gets Technologies Sputnik 09 Mar 2017 -- India will participate in a joint development of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) in cooperation with Russia, only if technologies are transferred to New Delhi, The Times of India reported Thursday citing sources in the Indian Defense Ministry.
- Indian Navy to Retire Its Reconnaissance Tupolev-142M After Almost 30 Years Sputnik 08 Mar 2017 -- The Indian Navy's three Tupolev-142M aircraft have been in service for maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine operations since 1988.
- BrahMos Aerospace to Be Indian DRDO's Commercial Wing Abroad Sputnik 07 Mar 2017 -- The Indo-Russian company is being chosen after DRDO found that government-owned defense firms were not committed to increasing exports.
- India To Purchase New Army Assault Rifle Sputnik 06 Mar 2017 -- Indian Army has not inducted modern assault rifles for long due to failure in developing local made rifles as per the requirement of army.
- Pakistan Plans to Play Terror Card by Prosecuting Alleged Indian Spy Sputnik 04 Mar 2017 -- Pakistan detains Indian citizen which it claimed was Indian RAW agent arrested in Balochistan last year.
- Indian Officials to Meet Dalai Lama Despite Chinese Warning Sputnik 03 Mar 2017 -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will meet with Indian federal government officials at a disputed border area claimed by China but currently under New Delhi control. China has warned India that the visit could cause "severe damage" to already-strained relations between the two countries.
- Russian Aerostats Radar to be Backbone of Indian Border Defense Sputnik 03 Mar 2017 -- Russian Aerostats radar will be fitted with Israeli SPYDER missiles to give India an edge on the border with Pakistan
- Indian Army Gets Electric Eye to Locate Advanced Artillery Weapons Sputnik 03 Mar 2017 -- India to explore export potential of passive array radar which can track any advanced artillery guns within a 50-km range.
- India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- ISRO boss AS Kiran Kumar says the second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 is making good progress; it is scheduled for launch next year. But critics question why should India get into the manned spaceflight race when the US and Russia have scaled back.
- Indian Navy All Smiles After Testing Anti-Ship Missile From Submarine Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- The first two French Scorpene-class submarines are not equipped with torpedoes, a submarine's primary weapon. The Indian government has put on hold the acquisition of 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes due to a bribery scandal that erupted last year.
- Indian Navy to Set Up Met Facilities for Myanmar Navy Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- In recent past, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are playing the China card to get best techno-commercial defense deals from India.
- Indian Navy Puts Out Request For Short Range SAMs Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- SRSAM systems will replace Israeli Barak-1 and its ageing Russian close-in weapon systems. French firm MBDA had agreed to transfer technology to India's DRDO for vertical launch SRSAM.
- Indian Army To Invest $2.5B in Israeli Missile System Sputnik 02 Mar 2017 -- In a sign that Israel and India are strengthening ties, the two nations have agreed to a huge weapons deal to jointly expand India's aerial defense systems.
- India Green Lights Commercial Production of Light Steel for Armored Vehicles Sputnik 01 Mar 2017 -- This will cut down the delays in armament projects as the lightweight steel will be made in the country as opposed to relying on imports earlier.
- India Test-Fires Low Altitude Advanced Air Defense Interceptor Missile Sputnik 01 Mar 2017 -- India is in the process of inducting two layered Ballistic Missile Defense into its armed forces. Last month it had successfully test-fired the Prithvi Air Defense (PAD) missile for exo-atmospheric ranges and on Wednesday morning its Advanced Air Defense (AAD) missile hits directly to incoming missile at a lower altitude.
- Anemic Indian Navy Plans To Rule Indian Ocean By 2020 Sputnik 01 Mar 2017 -- As part of the new war doctrine, the Navy has proposed dominating the Ocean by 2020 but with demand for allocations being successively ignored, how will it counter growing Chinese presence in its backyard and that too with limited capability?
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