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Brazilian Engineers Already Working on the Gripen Fighter Project

While the Brazilian government decides to give another chance for the companies to improve their offers in the bid for the new fighter planes Brazil is buying, the technology transfer for this type of airplane has already begun with at least one of the competitors, Saab. [Led] by Akaer, the companies Friuli, Winnstal, Minoica and Imbra Aerospace sent a team ...

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Indian air force a third of China’s: air force chief

  New Delhi: India’s air force is just a third the size of rival China’s and far short of the aircraft required to meet the security challenges it faces, the country’s air force chief said Wednesday. “Our present aircraft strength is inadequate. Aircraft strength is one third that of China,” said Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik was quoted as saying ...

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Lockheed Begins F-16 Trials for Indian Air Force

BANGALORE, India: US aerospace major Lockheed Martin on Monday began flying its three fighter F-16s here for trials of the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRC) that the Indian Air Force (IAF) wants to buy, to replace its ageing MiG-21 fleet. “The field trials will be conducted in Bangalore, Jaisalmer and Leh till Sep 18 in different conditions. We had the ...

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India defence drive attracts global suppliers

India’s drive to protect itself after last year’s Mumbai attacks is attracting interest from some of the world’s biggest companies who see opportunities in the push for improved homeland security. The government, after shunning the private sector for decades, is embracing it as an ally in the quest for new security strategies and technologies following the Mumbai bloodbath last November ...

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Indian navy grounds Sea Harrier fighter fleet

MOSCOW: The Indian Navy has suspended flights of its fleet of carrier-based Sea Harrier fighter jets following a fatal crash of one of the aircraft off Goa last week, local media reported. “The Sea Harriers have been grounded following the crash that left a fighter pilot dead,” the Times of India newspaper quoted Navy officials as saying. The 10 Sea ...

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Russia to deliver Su-30MK2 fighters to Vietnam

ZHUKOVSKY: Russia will fulfill a contract on the delivery of eight Su-30MK2 fighters to Vietnam in 2010, state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. Russia and Vietnam signed a of $500 million agreement on the sale of eight Su-30MK2 fighters in January 2009. “The contract was signed in January, and we will fulfill it in 2009-2010,” Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general ...

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Structural Fault in MIG-29 Fighter Planes

 Russia has pointed out structural faults in MiG-29 aircraft. There was a MiG-29 accident in Russia in December 2008. RAC-MiG has intimated that corrosion on the fin root ribs has been identified as the cause of crack development. There is no plan to decommission MiG-29 aircraft. The repair scheme and preventive measures are in place and IAF has not encountered ...

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India says satisfied with Su-30 fighter, despite crash

NEW DELHI: India is satisfied with the performance of Russian Su-30MKI fighters, despite a crash in April, and plans to double the number in service with the air force by 2015, the defense minister said on Wednesday. The Indian Air Force originally ordered 50 SU-30MKI aircraft from Russia in 1996-98 and an additional 40 planes in 2007. Hindustani Aeronautics (HAL) ...

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Israel drops Indian jets venture under US pressure: report

Jerusalem: Israel has dropped out of a multi-billion dollar joint venture with a Swedish firm to develop new fighter jets for India because of US pressure, a newspaper reported on Monday. Israel Aerospace Industries was planning to develop a new model of the Swedish-made Gripen fighter jet with its manufacturer, Saab, to compete in a tender to sell the planes ...

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