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    January 11, 2016
    More Teeth For Indian Navy's Il-38 Fleet

    With plans to beef up anti-submarine warfare doctrines in the coming year, the Indian Navy, as part of a comprehensive modernisation plan, has decided to draw in all platforms for an rapid ramp-up in capabilities.

  • January 11, 2016
    Navy Hydrographers Show Interest In AUV

    Kickstarting its hunt in 2014, the Indian Navy's Hydrography Department has revived its interest in a brand new AUV technology. In keeping with the existing effort, it has decided to upgrade its surveying capabilities...

  • November 30, 2015
    Arihant Successfully Executes Weapon Ejection

    India's Arihant ballistic missile submarine platform demonstrator has successfully executed a weapon ejection trial in the Bay of Bengal under the aegis of the Indian Navy, BARC and the DRDO.

  • October 19, 2015
    Special: Indian Navy scopes out Freedom-class Littoral Ship at Malabar 2015

    With Exercise Malabar 2015 under way in the Bay of Bengal...

  • October 19, 2015
    Life Extension for 4 Indian Navy Kilos

    After nearly two years in discussions, the Indian government has finally agreed to push through a long-standing Indian Navy demand for a life extension of at least four of its eight effectively remaining Kilo-class submarines.

  • October 12, 2015
    More Capable Indo-Israeli LRSAM To Be Tested In India Soon

    In one of the most anticipated and significant weapons tests, the India-Israel LR-SAM, a joint development of the Israel Aerospace Industries...

  • April 17, 2015
    Indian Navy confirms EMALS on radar

    The Indian Navy has officially confirmed that it is seriously looking at EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) technology, on offer from the U.S., for its next aircraft carrier platform.

  • April 6, 2015
    Indian Navy scouts minehunting suites for 12 proposed minesweepers

    The Indian Navy has announced interest in procuring 12 sets of Mine Counter Measure (MCM) suites from global vendors for "mine hunting/channel conditioning, mine neutralisation, mine sweeping, route survey...

  • April 6, 2015
    India, France to get cracking on SR-SAM

    India and France are expected to announce forward movement in the long-delayed SR-SAM 'Maitri' joint weapon programme this month when PM Narendra Modi is in France on his first official visit to the country...

  • April 6, 2015
    Russia offers India 2nd SSN lease

    Russia has communicated to India that it is ready to take forward discussions on the ten year lease of a second Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Indian Navy...

  • March 9, 2015
    French Rafale on US Navy super-carrier for Anti-ISIS Ops

    As the M-MRCA negotiations near finality, the French government has one final chance to show off the Rafale's operational capabilities.

  • March 7, 2015
    Indian Navy inclined towards three more improved Talwar-class frigates

    The Indian Navy, which has been offered three or four more 'highly improved' Talwar-class frigates by Russia, has indicated that it may be inclined...

  • February 18, 2015
    India awaits the big take-off

    They say the passage of time brings clarity. Hindsight brings learnings. As Aero India 2015 begins, there are two parallel sentiments, each contradicting the other. The first is of hope.

  • February 9, 2015
    LCA Navy NP2 heads to Goa next month

    The first LCA Navy single-seat fighter prototype that made its debut flight yesterday, will join the existing carrier compatibility test schedule at INS Hansa, Goa from next month.

  • February 9, 2015
    DRDO develops new coatings for Combat Aircraft

    Importing the special paint coating for combat aircraft for decades, the Indian armed forces will soon have an indigenously developed special coating...

  • February 9, 2015
    Navy announces requirement 50 Shipborne UAS

    In its largest stated requirement for unmanned aerial systems so far, the Indian Navy has announced that it is looking to procure at least 50 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS) for ISR...

  • February 9, 2015
    Indian Navy Announces Ambitious Missile Corvette Requirement

    The Indian Navy has announced a brand new requirement of six stealthy next generation missile vessels (NGMVs) to augment its surface warfare strength...

  • February 2, 2015
    PM's 1st Defence Show, To Pump 'Make In India': Modi's 'Defence Manufacturing Panchsheel'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had multiple trysts with the armed forces since he took office in May 2014...

  • February 2, 2015
    BrahMos Anti-Ship/Land Attack Test From INS Kolkata

    The country's most potent warship, the INS Kolkata stealth destroyer, deployed in the Arabian Sea has been put through the motions towards the end of 2014...

  • February 2, 2015
    Indian Navy shows interest in US Marine ops

    The Indian Navy and Indian Army have for long desired the capability to transport an independent brigade group, 5,000 strong, as part of a fully amphibious force modelled on the US Marines.

  • February 2, 2015
    BrahMos Targets $10-Billion Orders By 2020

    BrahMos Corp. is targeting orders of $10 billion by 2010. It currently holds orders amounting to $6 billion, which involves supplies to the Indian Army and Indian Navy.

  • February 2, 2015
    India Keen On Japan Bidding In P75I

    As the Indian MoD is all set to send out documents that will kickstart the long-awaited P75 India submarine-building programme, India has approached Japan to gauge its interest in competing for the contract...

  • February 2, 2015
    India chooses OTO Melara guns for Shivaliks

    The Indian government has selected OTO Melara to supply 13 primary deck guns for the Shivalik-class and Kolkata-class warships, though the MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will have to approve the selection...

  • February 2, 2015
    US-2i aircraft plan moves forward

    The Indian Navy is progressing its effort to acquire 12 Japanese-built Shimaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft. The $1.65 billion deal for a dozen specialised jets is being progressed as part of the Services Capital Acquisition Plan...

  • February 2, 2015
    India's Dhanush Undergoes 1st Night Test

    Kept under wraps so far, it is now known that the Indian Navy successfully test-fired the indigenously developed ship launched ballistic missile Dhanush on Nov 14 last year for the first time during the night from a warship...

  • February 2, 2015
    Varunastra tests prove torpedo, more soon

    The DRDO's user evaluation trials of the Varunastra heavy weight torpedo (UET-09, UET-10 & UET-11) that were conducted in Nov 2014 went off successfully, but an intended second round of immediate tests...

  • February 2, 2015
    Indian Navy & Coast Guard for briefing on Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

    Top sources indicate the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have asked for technical briefings on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell and Boeing.

  • February 2, 2015
    Indian Navy impressed with DRDO's Underwater Robotic Vehicle

    The Indian Navy has been impressed by the DRDO's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that has undergone user demonstrations...

  • January 28, 2015
    Navy wants comprehensive Aviation Management System, calls for consultancy

    The Indian Navy has announced interest in engaging consultants from India to help create a comprehensive naval aviation management system (NAMS)...

  • January 28, 2015
    Indian Navy for modernisation of dockyards

    With an expanding fleet and berthing requirements, the Indian Navy is looking to modernise its dockyards in a big way to take on the additional burden coming its way in terms of logistics, placing and repair of vessels on both sea-boards.

  • January 28, 2015
    Indian Navy for two new 500 ton water barges

    The Indian Navy urgently requires two 500 ton water barges and has announced interest in procuring them on a fast-track basis. The self propelled water barge capable of replenishing water for ships in harbour and at anchorage. The vessel should be able to sustain itself at sea for 5 days while transiting...

  • November 24, 2014
    Parrikar To Revamp How DAC Works

    The MoD's apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), usually the last MoD stop proposals or deals pass through before clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Security, could function very differently in the future.

  • November 24, 2014
    MDL To Leverage Modern Infra For P17A Warship Line

    In order to bring substantive improvements to its next line of stealth frigates, the P17A line for seven ships as a follow-on to the Shivalik-class...

  • November 24, 2014
    Goa Shipyard Targets Latin America For Exports

    After notching up successes in Mauritius and Myanmar, DPSU Goa Shipyard Ltd will be focusing on bagging supply orders for patrol vessels and fast attack craft from Latin American countries, including Brazil and Chile.

  • November 24, 2014
    GRSE Readies For P17A Build Programme

    Alongside other DPSU shipyards undergoing internal upgrades to take on more complex shipbuilding work, Kolkata's Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) is in the process of transforming its infrastructure to adopt Integrated...

  • November 24, 2014
    Bharat Dynamics Prepares For Big Leap

    India's only manufacturer of missiles, Bharat Dynamics Ltd, has scouted two new locations to set up new units with upgraded infrastructure in preparation for new contracts — these include prospective manufacture of the Indo-Israeli...

  • November 24, 2014
    Indian Navy for 9 New Tugs

    The Indian Navy is looking to procure nine new 25 ton Bollard Pull Tugs to assist naval ships and submarines in berthing and unberthing, turning and manoeuvring in confined waters and harbours.

  • November 18, 2014
    Special Report: Minister Parrikar 'Deals' A New Mantra

    Transparency, efficiency and accountability are the stated touchstones for defence procurement under India's new Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

  • November 3, 2014
    Indian Navy scouts four MPVs

    The Indian Navy has declared interest in acquiring four multipurpose support vessels (MPVs), not more than 110 metres in length and with displacement in excess of 3,500 tons capable of towing navy ships...

  • October 27, 2014
    'Make In India' Project 75 India begins

    India's massively delayed effort to create a second new generation conventional attack submarine production line in the country has finally lifted off, though several years adrift.

  • October 20, 2014
    Naval utility helicopter tender scrapped, made bigger

    Following the recent cancellation of the 197 reconnaissance & surveillance helicopter (RSH) competition...

  • October 20, 2014
    Basic India-UAE Navy exercise complete

    Its gaze fixed on anti-piracy operations, securing seal lanes and strengthening linkages with countries in the Indian Ocean region (IOR), the Indian Navy is upping the tempo in deployments in the Indian Ocean.

  • October 6, 2014
    Second LCA Navy Prototype Ready To Fly

    The second prototype of the LCA Navy Mk.1, currently in ground and taxi tests, is ready for its first flight and could take to the air just after Diwali...

  • September 15, 2014
    Breakthrough in indigenous E/O sensor tech

    A heartening new indigenous development could take care of India's over-dependence on foreign suppliers for critical electro-optical sensors for surface payloads.

  • August 30, 2014
    Crucial to IAF plans, all eyes on LCA Tejas Mk.2

    With the Indian Air Force all but officially writing off the LCA Tejas Mk.1 as a fast jet trainer with limited offensive capabilities, all eyes are now on the LCA Mk.2 that will sport a more powerful engine and an upgraded flight envelope.

  • August 30, 2014
    Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police express interest in Israeli USVs

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which unveiled its Katana unmanned surface vessel (USV) at Defexpo this year, has received feelers from the Indian...

  • August 30, 2014
    Lessons learnt, MoD clears ASW gear for P15B & P17A ships

    With clear lessons from the commissioning of INS Kolkata and INS Kamorta without their integral anti-submarine warfare suites, the MoD...

  • August 30, 2014
    TCAS cleared for Indian Navy special aircraft

    The government has cleared the purchase and integration of Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) on the Indian Navy's Tu-142, Dornier Do-228 and Il-38SD aircraft fleets, in a crucial move to shore up flight safety...

  • August 29, 2014
    Breaking News:
    Six Indian Navy subs to be upgraded

    In major relief for the Indian Navy, the government has approved a medium refit and life extension programme for six of its conventional attack submarines.

  • August 29, 2014
    Breaking News:
    Bids in Indian Navy MRH to be opened

    The Indian Navy has breathed a sigh of relief with the MoD deciding to open bids in the delayed multirole helicopter (MRH) competition.

  • August 19, 2014
    Defence Minister to commission 1st P28 corvette in Vizag

    Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will commission the first indigenous P28 anti-submarine warfare corvette Kamorta into the Indian Navy on August 23...

  • August 19, 2014
    Kolkata commissioned, focus shifts to P15 Bravo

    With the first P15A destroyer INS Kolkata finally in service after several slippages, and Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) expected to follow through with the deliveries of the INS Chennai and INS Kochi on time...

  • August 19, 2014
    Malabar Tri-Navy Exercise 2014

    The successful Malabar 2014 trilateral maritime exercise involving the navies of India, the U.S. and Japan was completed successfully between July 24-30, with all three nations declaring the exercise a stellar success...

  • August 19, 2014
    INS Kolkata commissioned into service

    The Indian Navy's first P15A guided missile stealth destroyer INS Kolkata was commissioned into service by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Mumbai. The vessel, with a crest bearing the iconic Royal Bengal Tiger and Howrah...

  • August 19, 2014
    Navy scouts submarine-hunting Sonobuoys for Il-38 fleet

    The Indian Navy intends to procure 1,000 Passive Directional Sonobuoy systems to hunt submarines for its Il-38SD maritime surveillance...

  • August 19, 2014
    Navy reiterates interest in SR-SAM procurement

    The Indian Navy has published its interest in procuring Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SR-SAM) systems for its surface platforms, including new generation of warships entering service.

  • August 19, 2014
    Navy wants distress beacons for submarines

    Addressing safety concerns on its submarine fleet, the Indian Navy is looking to procure 30 Submarine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (SEPIRB) systems along with suitable SSE sleeves.

  • August 19, 2014
    Modi's visit to close Japan's US-2 plane deal?

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Japan at the end of this month, the second visit by an Indian PM to Tokyo in just over a year, the two countries are close to the historic sale of at least 15 Shinmaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft...

  • August 19, 2014
    French & Russians push stopgap submarine sales

    As the wait for Project 75 India gets longer, and as an RFP gets more elusive, both France and Russia are in discussions with the Indian Navy to supply two submarines quickly off the shelf.

  • July 7, 2014
    India Navy's Class 209 subs to get Harpoon missiles

    After its P-8Is and Jaguars, India's HDW Class 209 Shishumar-class submarines could soon be armed with US-made Harpoon Block II anti-ship...

  • July 7, 2014
    India's INS Sahyadri stars at world's biggest naval wargame

    Indian stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, the first Indian Navy warship to participate in the Rim Of The Pacific (RIMPAC) series of international maritime exercises...

  • June 9, 2014
    INS Vikramaditya on operational deployment

    With INS Vikramaditya on operational deployment with the Western Fleet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will board the aircraft carrier for a ceremonial day at sea in mid-June.

  • June 9, 2014
    Official Top 20 'Buyorities' for Indian Armed Forces

    Over the last 10 days, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has been busy receiving a flurry of briefings from the Indian armed forces chiefs as well...

  • June 9, 2014
    DRDO releases offsets wishlist, sets sight on 26 areas, facilities

    With billions of dollars worth of offsets set to flow into the country on the back of high-value armament system purchases, India's Defence R&D Organisation has compiled a list of 26 critical defence technologies and test facilities it would like to harvest for itself through the incoming offset tide.

  • June 2, 2014
    Crucial discussions on extending Russian support to INS Vikramaditya

    The Indian government has proposed that Russia continue to extend support to maintain the INS Vikramaditya even after the one-year warranty period...

  • June 2, 2014
    MiG-29K service centre for Indian Navy next year

    The Indian Navy can expect a full service centre for its fleet of MiG-29Ks next year as part of contract provisions. Last year, RAC-MiG signed offset agreements with Indian private firm Basant Aerospace worth $55 million...

  • June 2, 2014
    LCA Navy back in the air after 2 years

    India's first indigenous naval fighter jet for aircraft carrier operations, the LCA Navy, is back in the air and has notched up 20 flights in its log book. After its maiden flight in April 2012 and quick routine of four flights...

  • June 2, 2014
    Country's most potent indigenous warship joins service this month

    The honour of first warship to be commissioned into service under the new government will fall on INS Kolkata.

  • May 31, 2014
    Indian Navy for 25 new CIWS for warships

    The Indian Navy has opened a competition to acquire 25 new 25-30mm close in weapon systems (CIWS) for its new warships, including the INS Vikramaditya. The navy has announced that it is looking for a system...

  • March 31, 2014
    >Indian Navy pleased with P-8I performance on first op deployment

    It was to scout the site of a tragedy that the Indian Navy had been enlisted for, but it also happened to be the first live operational deployment of its P-8I...

  • February 17, 2014
    L&T pioneers torpedo-tube AUV, Navy interested

    The Indian Navy is now keenly tracking an advanced programme unveiled at the recently concluded Defexpo event: the Adamya autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) developed and built in-house by L&T Heavy Engineering.

  • February 17, 2014
    Black Shark sinks, advantage Atlas?

    With a deal for 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes built by Finmeccanica subsidiary WASS virtually dead in the water in the aftermath of the AgustaWestland episode, the Indian Navy is weighing other options.

  • February 10, 2014
    Navy MRH programme in 27 month limbo, and counting

    NH Industries and Sikorsky have extended the validity of their commercial bids in the Indian Navy's multirole helicopter (MRH) competition till March 2014...