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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today approved proposals worth Rs 4,444 crore, including the purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crore, but deferrred a decision on a joint bid of Tata Sons Ltd and Airbus for replacing IAF's Avro transport fleet. Besides giving its go-ahead to…

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Mercury Systems, Inc., a leading high-tech commercial provider of more affordable secure and sensor processing subsystems powering today's critical defense and intelligence applications, announced it received a $3.6 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for advanced radio frequency (RF) products for a naval electronic warfare (EW) application. The…

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday. Japan and Australia will be responsible for heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions. Australia will be the center of…

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Raytheon Company and Bell Helicopter completed two successful launches of the Griffin B missile from a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey multi-mission aircraft at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. As an industry funded effort with Bell's Xworx, Raytheon demonstrated the simplicity of integrating the Griffin B missile onto the V-22 platform. "This…

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India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) completed development of its 214 mm Pinaka Mk II unguided rocket with trials at the Chandipur range in Odisha from 9-12 December. The development of the Mk II version is being run by the DRDO's Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) and the…

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South Korea will export 120 self-propelled howitzers developed by Samsung Techwin to Poland, officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Techwin said on Tuesday. Samsung Techwin will sign a contract on Wednesday here with Poland’s state-funded defense manufacturer HSW. The contract is valued at roughly US $320 million,…

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The Nigerian Defense Ministry has ordered 1,000 assault rifles from Polish firearms maker Fabryka Broni Lucznik. The 5.56mm Beryl rifles will be supplied to Nigeria’s Army in January, and senior company representatives say they expect the country’s Defense Ministry to order a further 5,000 weapons next year, reports local news…

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Indian Space agency ISRO will begin the launch rehearsal of the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (LVM3 X mission) on Sunday night, a top official said. "The rehearsal for the launch of GSLV Mark III will begin tonight," ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan told reporters at the airport here today. ISRO…

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Sales by Russian manufacturers grew by 20 per cent as they enjoyed a bumper 2013 despite a global 2 per cent market drop, according to an annual survey of the world’s 100 biggest defence contractors carried out by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. In marked contrast, many Western defence firms…

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Following the completion of the design phase, existing torpedoes will be upgraded by BAE Systems at its Broad Oak facility in Portsmouth to the new design with initial deliveries in 2020 continuing until 2024. The contract secures 100 skilled engineering jobs for BAE Systems’ Maritime Services business at Broad Oak,…