2011-01-20 The Rs.6000 crore deal for Mid Air Re-fuelers for the Indian Air Force that was previously cancelled is set for a rerun. In the fray we have the Russian Ilyushin along with Airbu Militarys from Europe. The U.S. defense / aerospace major Boeing however has completely withdraw from the race. European aviation company Airbus Military sources said today that they had re-bid for the contract last week after the global tender was issued in September last year.
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2011-01-20 Indian Navy today inducts INS Deepak, a new tanker into its fleet. The tanker is part of a twin, 159 million euro order for tankers awarded to Italian ship designer and construction firm Fincantieri Cantieri Navali. Its sister ship, INS Shakti, will be inducted by the middle of the year, navy officials said. INS Deepak and Shakti join two older fleet tankers, INS Jyoti and INS Aditya, currently being operated by the navy.
2011-01-20 India's first indigenous attack helicopter, the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) developed by HAL and due for induction into the Indian Air Force by 2012-13, will make its first flight during Aero India from February 9 to 13. Its first test flight was in March last year. The second and third flights were in April and May 2010 and as of now, over 20 test flights have checked various parameters. These have paved the way for testing with weapons.
An in-flight incident occurred during a training flight for Airbus Military staff, involving an Australian KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport
(MRTT) aircraft and a Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft.
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The Indian army wants to expand its aviation corps and has asked the government to give it full control over all tactical air assets in the battlefield, including transport, observation and attack flights. The request sets up a potentially explosive roles and missions battle with the Indian air force, which administers both the country’s attack helicopter squadrons and most tactical lift helicopter squadrons. But army officials feel their tactical flexibility is encumbered by this arrangement and are once again appealing to the government to change the balance of power.
(Source: India.gov.in; issued January 20, 2011)
The Indian Navy is all set to add a brand new tanker INS Deepak to its fleet tomorrow enhancing its capabilities as a blue-water navy, AIR correspondent reports. With a sister ship, INS Shakti, due to join in June-July, the additions will add a distinct punch.
January 20th, 2011
South Korea has recently begun consultations with the U.S. over whether to revise their long-standing missile agreement and allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles in order to better safeguard itself, according to a government source.
A Tu-95MS simulating aerial refueling with an Ilyushin Il-78
during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 9 May 2008.
photo by Alex Pereslavtsev
by Dan OakesJanuary 21, 2011
Defence officials have travelled to Britain to inspect a Royal Navy ship destined to be mothballed under savage spending cuts announced by the British government last year. The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, announced this week that Defence is considering buying the RFA Largs Bay, a large ship capable of providing a landing spot for helicopters, and of carrying dozens of vehicles and hundreds of troops.
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NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- India's navy marine commandos start using Israeli-made TAR-21 assault rifles and Galil sniper rifles this month after receiving the $4 million consignment in December
January 15, 2011 http://defense-update.com
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking to buy six new flying tankers to augment its existing aerial refueling capability. The two companies are competing on this tender, expected to cost around 9,000-crore (US$2 billion) include Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and EADS. Both offers include the planes they put forward for the first tender. U.S. aircraft maker Boeing considered its new-generation 767 model as a possible contestant, but missed the January 12 deadline to submit its bid. Boeing cited uncertainty with the U.S. Air Force’s order for 179 aerial tankers as a reason for not entering the competition for the Indian order, which is estimated at $2 billion.
20 January 2011
South Korea is looking to increase its spending on defence contracts with Israel, according to reports in Israeli newspaper Haaretz. South Korea seeks to benefit from Israel's extensive border surveillance and defence experience, while Israel can learn from South Korea's unique position.
By Firdaus Ahmed
The recent headline in a leading national daily, “Indian Army set for its most radical revamp,” is entirely believable. The article informs that “proposals include setting up of a Strategic Command, comprising of Army’s offensive capabilities” which may be implemented as early as March 2010. The reorganization involves the “creation of a Strategic Command, under which the three Strike Corps would be brought together” as “part of the ‘transformation study’ done by a high-level team under Army chief, General VK Singh, when he was heading the Eastern Command.” The article examines this move in relation to India’s Pakistan policy and the inescapable fact of South Asia’s nuclearization.
RAAF A330 MRTT (KC-30A) refuelling F-16 through ARBS
By Craig Hoyle
photo by CAPT Lachlan Simond
Commonwealth of Australia
January 20, 2011
The first batch of the new Tiered Body Armour System (TBAS) for Australian soldiers in Afghanistan has come off the production line at Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) in Bendigo, creating an extra 50 local jobs.
By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI
Published: 19 Jan 2011 13:06
L’Australie pourrait acheter des bâtiments désarmés par la Royal navy à la suite de la revue de défense de l’an dernier. Le ministre australien de la défense, Stephen Smith, a indiqué qu’il discuterait des bâtiments désarmés avec son homologue britannique, Liam Fox, qui se trouve en Australie avec le ministre britannique des affaires étrangères, William Hague.
19 Jan 2011 DEFENCE MINISTERS VISIT ADELAIDE
The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, were today pleased to host the UK Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, on a visit to Defence facilities and defence industry in Adelaide. Mr Smith said, Our visit to BAE today provided the opportunity to highlight the importance of the relationships between BAE Plc and BAE Systems to the Defence Forces of both countries.
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 20, 2011
Military tension between North Korea and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) extends to areas of the Yellow Sea. Now defence experts based in the Republic of Korea have devised improved methods to model underwater warfare, which they believe can aid future decisions about weapons and defence purchases. The details appear in the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, published by SAGE.