The Indian MoD's plan to purchase 110 fighter jets may be its costliest fighter jet buy ever with the entire deal pegged at US$18 billion despite 85% of the aircraft to be manufactured in India. With the date for response to the Request for information (RFI) drawing near, several foreign aircraft suppliers are gearing up to participate in the estimated $20 billion program, billed as one of the biggest in the world and the costliest fighter jet purchase in India
Indias plans of integrating the MBDAs meteor missile on its LCA Tejas and Su-30MKI aircraft may not happen due to a reported reluctance on the part of MBDA to mount the missile on any Russian and Israeli platforms. An Indian media source reported last week quoting an unnamed IAF official as saying, “The European manufacturers have told Air Force that they would not integrate the Meteor missile on either Russian platforms or with the Israeli equipment which can create issues but efforts are on to find a way out on the issue
The most-read stories on the defenseworld.net news portal included Thailand terminating its tanks contract with Ukraine, Canadas plans to buy Boeing Hornets, Turkeys S-400 missile deal with Russia and the THAAD missile issue in South Korea and the submarine markets around the world
One of the most interesting exhibits at the Dubai Air show 2017 occupies a corner in the Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) stand. It is a circular-looking vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone called ‘Hawk-1
The rising demand for low-cost, combat-capable aircraft that is able to perform a range of missions in an unchallenged environment, as an alternative to costlier fighter jets will keep armed turboprops in demand. Turboprops are an extension of basic military trainers or civilian-use planes and are growing in popularity as they are affordable and can perform major missions delivering more power and efficiency at slower flying speeds and costing a fraction that of fighter jets
Amid the proliferation of real-time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a way to deliver a wealth and variety of mission-critical data to today's warfare. The big data techniques used by businesses to mine databases are being adopted by the military to glean more information from many different types of data it collects—from drones, automated cybersecurity systems, terrorist databases and many other sources
Military activity in various hotspots of the world has increased the demand for ballistic protection that includes headgear, bulletproof vests, shields, armoured cars and missiles. The global ballistic protective equipment market is anticipated to reach USD 5
Autonomous helicopters-that offer both manned and unmanned flights- have expanded the mission profile of airborne systems, enabling missions that could not be performed safely or economically by manned aircraft. Experts predict that by 2025, as the number of defense firms working on developing path-breaking technologies for automonous helicopters increase, utility of these helicopters is bound to increase several folds
While investigators in India are following up on the money trial in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter scandal, the leads as to how a British corporate entity could so easily appoints agents and sanction millions of pounds to bribe Indian officials may lie in the UK. Aside of smacking of lax corporate governance, the AgustaWestland affair shows the close relationship between the defence industry and UK government officials, who often use their capacity to influence local and international defence procurement
Faced with the prospect of its combatants shying away from battle for fear that they would not go ‘haven if killed by women, the Islamic State (IS) has issued a new directive that they would still be considered ‘martyrs if felled by women soldiers bullets. News of the new directive surfaced in the Syrian and Russian media last week, reportedly issued by the self-proclaimed Caliph of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after his fighters refused to confront armed women soldiers of the Syrian Army and women members of militias in Iraq and Syria
Defense and aerospace firms around the world are investing on the development of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars to replace mechanically-scanned radar systems in fighter and attack aircraft. Defenseworld
Helmets for pilots and ground troops do much more than stopping bullets. Night vision, data display and secure communication are among the features incorporated in specialist helmets which have evolved to become the most technologically advanced and expensive personal gear
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Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
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US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...