Russia can supply 250 modernized Mi-8 transport helicopters to India if requested.
“Our capabilities are widely known: we can deliver up to 250 of just the Mi-8 helicopters a year,” Andrey Shibitov, Deputy Head of Russian Helicopters design and manufacturing company was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti last Thursday.
India’s fleet of Russian-made Mi-8s is in need of replacement.“We are prepared to offer the next upgraded version. I think this will interest the Indian side, so we hope to continue cooperating,” Shibitov said speaking during the sixth international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015 in Yekaterinburg.
India currently has 300 Mi-8 and export designed Mi-17 in service with the Air Force. Russia has supplied about 121 Mi-17V-5 to Indian Air Force over the past five years.
India will issue request for proposals (RFP) for Mirage application simulators and 100 micro-light aircraft for the National Cadet Corps (NCC). The Defense Acquisition Council meeting headed by defense minister Manohar Parrikar today made a decision to issue the RFPs
Indian Defense Acquisition Council has approved upgrading of Delhi and Talwar Class warships including weapons and sensors for INR 2990 crores (US $472 million). The Indian Navy is eyeing to increase its capability
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has approved additional Boeing P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft for INR 4832 crore (US $762 million) for the Indian Navy today. The DAC headed by defense minister Manohar Parrikar has approved the negotiations
India is considering making use of local chips mandatory for defense, space and atomic energy sectors. According to a report by Economic Times, “the Make in India campaign is set to make the sectors source chips from local vendors to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing business and also meet the national security standards
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) is likely to take up clearance of Boeing Apache, Chinook helicopters and P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft tomorrow. Boeing earlier this week had agreed to extend the price deadline for Apache and Chinook procurement by three months after the earlier deadline ended June 30
The phasing out ceremony of the Indian Air Force (IAF) MI-8 Helicopters also known as the “PRATAP” was held on Sunday at the IAF station in Bengalore. The MI-8 helicopters arrived in India in the year 1971 at Bombay and were formally inducted in the Indian Air Force helicopter inventory in the year 1972
Russia has received seven new warplanes and six helicopters and overall 4,500 pieces of military equipment in the second quarter of 2015. According to the defense ministry, “The overall share of modern equipment and weapons in Russian Armed Force has increased with the figure ranging from 30
Russia has put eight intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) into service in its Strategic Missile Forces in the second quarter of 2015. “The Russian SMF have also received seven mobile launchers and would carry out six space launches for military purposes by the end of the year,” Yuriy Borisov, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense was quoted as saying by Sputnik Thursday
The Russian government has chosen Pipavav shipyard as their partner for Indias more than $3 billion warship building project. After an evaluation of several Indian shipyards, Russian government has formally informed the Indian defense ministry that it has selected Pipavav as its Indian partner for the project
The Indian Navy is planning to increase its capability to 200-ship fleet from the existing 137 ships and submarines under its command by 2027. According to a maritime capability perspective plan, a certain number of ships have to be built by a particular timeline
The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved an INR 16,900 Crore (US $2.6 billion) proposal to acquire an initial 428 air defense guns to replace Swedish-made L-70 and Zu-23mm artillery guns for the Indian Army
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