The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to release Phase II of its 3D Mobile Air Combat game, ‘Guardians of the Skies’ (GOTS) on the android, iOS and windows mobile app stores on December 11, 2014 at the Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park. GOTS takes the player to a simulated world, wherein the player becomes the part of Air Force engaging in air combat operations against a fictitious country called Zaruzia. The player undergoes flying training and subsequently gets engaged in combat missions in various aircraft types of the IAF fighters including Sukhoi 30 and MiG 29 as well as transport and helicopters. Many of the missions featured in the game will be seen for the first time on a mobile based game anywhere in the world. The game will also have a multiplayer feature in which players will be able to carry out simulated combat against each other using their mobiles and WiFi network. IAF has vastly focused on getting a realistic portrayal of its flying operations, which is also a first of its kind effort by any Air Force in the world on a mobile based platform. The game is optimized to run on devices with as less as 512 MB RAM. The first phase of the game with the two ‘teaser’ missions was released in July, this year. The game received an enthusiastic response from gamers in the age group of fifteen to twenty five years and has been acclaimed for its realistic graphics and game play.
The Indian Ministry of Defense has signed a contract with Atlas Elektronik for the delivery of six active towed array sonar systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approximately 40 million Euros
The Indian Navy has selected Sikorsky's S-70B Seahawk helicopter to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). The Navy is planning to procure 16 S-70B Seahawk helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program
Major deals for defense co-operation between Moscow and New Delhi are likely to be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putins visit to India, Russias ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin said in an interview with Sputnik Saturday. Putin is expected to visit India on December 10-11 for the 15th Annual India-Russia Summit
Money allocated for modernization of the Indian Armed Forces has fallen short of requirement during fiscal 2014-15. According to figures presented before the Indian parliament earlier this week, the projections for the army, navy and air force are INR 33,167
In his first meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the MMRCA deal with Dassault and said it would be "resolved in a fast-tracked manner". This is the second visit to India by the French defense minister in the past six months and the first since Manohar Parrikar became the defense minister
Indias top criminal investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, has closed its investigation into alleged irregularities in a $92 million contract awarded Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to produce the Akash missile system citing lack of evidence. The CBI began its probe last May after allegations surfaced that the then Chief Managing Director Maj Gen (retd) Ravi Khetarpal, and other senior officials were involved in the irregularities in the contract
Ilyushin-76s, C-130Js and C-17s have proved the prudence of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in their acquisitions, especially during the ongoing rescue and relief operations in Nepal. Three days after the first big magnitude tremor on 25 April was felt, the Indian Army has set up a 45-bed hospital at a location just outside Kathmandu
Indias guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata will fire a long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) in 2015, The Hindu reported Saturday. “The vertical launch units of the LR-SAM, also called Barak 8, have been built into the vessel and the MF-STAR (multifunction surveillance and threat alert radar) is in place for missile guidance
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to invite Russia to partake in the $3 billion light-utility helicopters project while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. The helicopters are meant not only for the use of the Indian Armed Forces but also for export
The Indian Army has asked its personnel to stop using the highly popular messaging app, WhatsApp after a number of unsigned messages showed up on social media sites following the Uri encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. According to national news network NDTV, these messages are thought to have been widely circulated on WhatsApp by serving officers, possibly an indicator of discontentment with PM Modi's remarks on Monday where he is accused by the opposition of politicising the Budgam shootout where two innocent young men had been shot dead by the Army
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