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BEML Offers 155mm, Artillery Gun To Army

BEML has reportedly offered a 155mm, 52-caliber state-of-the-art artillery gun.  The Bangalore-based defence public sector undertaking is ready with the wheeled gun and field trials have already started at its testing tracks in the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), Karnataka. This development comes in the backdrop of the fact that the artillery has not purchased a long-range gun in about 20 ...

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SAAB Optimistic About MMRCA

As India’s biggest defence contract of $ 10 billion to acquire 126 (MMRCA) nears final stages, the lone Swedish contender is optimistic of making it to the downlist.      Expressing optimism, SAAB executives said that their India campaign was enthusing them to enter the lucrative fighter market in the Asian region where many other nations are planning major acquisitions. ...

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Osprey-Class Minehunter Coastal ships For India.

The US Senate has approved the transfer of two Osprey-class minehunter coastal ships to India. The two minehunter ships are Kingfisher (MHC-56) and Cormorant (MHC-57). Both were decommissioned in 2007 and now awaiting it’s to India. Osprey-class coastal minehunters are designed to find, classify, and destroy moored and bottom naval mines from vital waterways. They use sonar and video systems, ...

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Indian Navy Submarine strategy

India’s emphasis on undersea warfare is growing, but too slowly for many experts. Today, the Indian navy’s submarine fleet – India’s “silent service” – is beset with numerous problems and delays.  In China, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) shows no sign of backing off its plans to gradually increase its presence in the Indian Ocean. This influx of Chinese ...

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Boeing To Modernize B-52 Fighter Bombers

The Pentagon on Wednesday awarded Boeing a 12 billion dollar contract Sept. 29 to help modernize B-52 weapons systems over eight years. “The contract provides for the acquisition and sustainment activities needed to support B-52 weapon system modernization,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.

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India is expanding its defense ties with Japan

 India is expanding its defense ties with Japan, a newfound strategic partner in the region, said a senior Defence Ministry official here. The chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal P.V. Naik, left Sept. 28 for Japan to participate in the first military-to-military talks between the two countries. Naik’s visit to Tokyo comes three months ahead of a visit ...

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Cross-Border Strikes By NATO Helicopters In Pakistan

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Sept. 28 said recent cross-border strikes by NATO helicopters in Pakistan were marked by “communication breakdowns,” as allied officers were not able to contact their Pakistani counterparts about the operation until afterward. Pakistan on Sept. 27 denounced last week’s helicopter air strikes as flouting the country’s sovereignty, but the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ...

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Iran nuclear plant staff computers targeted by Stuxnet worm

A complex computer worm has infected the personal computers of staff at Iran’s first nuclear power station, the official IRNA news agency reported. However, the operating system at the Bushehr plant – due to go online in a few weeks – has not been harmed, project manager Mahmoud Jafari said. The Stuxnet worm is capable of seizing control of industrial ...

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MBDA Settles FREMM Frigate Missile Specifications

French industry has locked down the missile specifications of an air defense model of the FREMM multimission frigate in talks with Greece and is embarking on negotiations on industrial cooperation, industry executives said. Despite the budgetary crisis assailing Athens, industry executives hope the Greek Navy will sign for the FREMM warship in 2012. Talks have centered on an order for ...

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