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F-35 comes into View as Indian Navy Eyes 5th Gen. Fighter for its Next Aircraft Carrier

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⏩(The first indigenous aircraft for the Indian Navy is delayed by 8 years delayed and this leaves the Navy with one operational aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the 45,000-tonne carrier bought from Russia, which s expected to go in for repairs very soon.) ⏩With the projected delivery of the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) by the Cochin Shipyard where the IAC is...

Boeing’s Low-Cost Smart Bomb: The Game-changing JDAM

This year marks 20th anniversary of the day in 1998 when Boeing delivered the first production model of the satellite-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition to the US Air Force. JDAM (‘ j-dam’) destined to transform the way in which the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps conducted air strikes against ground targets, because it delivered pinpoint accuracy regardless of...

Akash Vs SPYDER of Israel: UAE will be the first country in the Gulf to get Made in India Akash

At the recently concluded visit by a high-level defence delegation from UAE, `Made in India’ Akash surface-to-air missile system (SAM) was high on the agenda. Sources confirmed to FE Online that the delegation led by UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy is keen on buying this missile which has been indigenously made by...

The US Army Just Purchased This ‘Smart’ Artillery Shell. Here’s What It Can Do

The U.S. Army has ordered a European smart artillery shell with sensor-guided sub-munitions. The BONUS is a 155-millimeter shell by BAE Systems Bofors and France’s Nexter, and produced by a BAE factory in Sweden. BAE describes BONUS as a “fire-and-forget munition capable of successfully combating any armored vehicle. Compatible with the majority of existing artillery guns, BONUS is handled just like a...

Indian Army Looks to Buy Avenger UAV From the US

Now the Indian Army shows interest in the Avenger UAV from the US-based General Atomics. Industry sources confirmed to FE Online that, “During the recent 2+2 India-US Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, the request from the Indian Army for the UAVs was one of the items discussed when the US Secretary of Defence James Mattis met with the Defence...

INDIAN AIR FORCE URGETLY NEED COMBAT ENABLERS

Lost in the din of public discourse about the depleting (fighter) squadron strength of the Indian Air Force, is the equally dire need of combat enablers, without which the IAF would be severely handicapped in bringing force to bear in an optimal manner. While a Flight Refuelling Aircraft (FRA) enhances strike ranges of fighters, an Airborne Warning and Control System...

First Upgraded Gotland Class Submarine Enters Sea Trials

On Friday October 19 His Swedish Majesty Ship (HSwMS) Gotland started its sea trials at the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona, after a comprehensive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) to ensure its operational service to Sweden beyond 2025. HSwMS Gotland is the first of two submarines being upgraded with the mid-life modifications, which consist of upgrades of onboard systems and technology, sustaining the...

Apache gunships to guard China border

In a first, the Indian Air Force is set to deploy its Apache gunships — fully armed helicopters — in the northeast, beefing up security near the disputed Sino-Indian border. As the first batch of the Apaches is slated to arrive by July 2019, IAF has prepared its bases in Jorhat in Assam and Pathankot in Punjab to house the...

Northrop Working On 50-kw Laser to Protect US Soldiers From Helicopters, Drones

Northrop Grumman will offer the U.S. Army a 50-kw laser capable of knocking helicopters and drones from the sky, hoping to satisfy the service's need for a short-range air defense (SHORAD) system. The Army is readying a potential proposal request by the beginning of 2022, company officials said Monday. The company is currently set to deliver the command and control (C2)...

US Clears UK $3-Plus Billion Buy of 16 Chinooks

☝(A CH-47F Chinook helicopter with 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade maneuvers to pick up an M119A3 howitzer during sling load operations on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore) ⏩ The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Kingdom $3.5 billion purchase of 16 H-47 Extended Range Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The U.K....
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