The reason behind the delay in the upgrade of India's fleet of An-32 aircraft is the strained relationship between Russia and Ukraine, the two countries that supply components of the aircraft.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently admitted in the Parliament that one of the reasons for slow upgrade of An-32 fleet has been the procurement of spares which was hampered because of strained relations between Russia and Ukraine, IANS reported Saturday.
Several tenders have been floated recently for spares like pilot parachutes and harness for Su-30s to electric motors and fueling panels for An-32.
Apart from acquiring spare parts for the Antonov aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also invited bids from the vendors for spares which will go into the maintenance of ageing MiG-21s, newer Mirage-2000s, Su-30s, IL-76s and Mi-17 helicopters.
Lockheed Martin signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three Indian start-ups — Terero Mobility, Sastra Robotics, and NoPo Nanotechnologies on Friday. The US firm will work with Terero Mobility to work on the design, development, test and qualification of a cargo ground buildup system (CGBS), which will handle cargo delivered by air force transport aircraft at remote locations without ground handling facilities, Business Standard reported Friday
Israel Aerospace Industries has a $50 million to provide the Indian Navy and MDL Shipyard with complementary Naval MRSAM (Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile) systems worth $50 million. Under the contract, IAI will provide a range of maintenance and other services for various sub-systems of IAIs advanced MSRAM air defence system (ADS)
Pakistan has reopened its airspace to civil aviation with immediate effect the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan announced in a statement Tuesday. “With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,” according to a notice to airmen (NOTAMS) published on the authoritys website
Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) test launched “Topol” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Kapustin Yar rocket launch and development site located in the western part of Russia on Friday, defense ministry has announced. "On July 26, 2019, a combat unit of the strategic missile forces conducted a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile of the Topol mobile ground-based missile system from the Kapustin Yar state central practice range in the Astrakhan region," the ministry said
The Indian military is set to kick-start the countrys first-ever edition of simulated space warfare exercise dubbed “IndSpaceEx” on 25 July. The tri-Service Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) is organizing the two-day drill in order to draft a joint military space doctrine to secure outer space assets
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)s newly built “Tripoli” amphibious assault ship (LHA 7) has completed builders trials, the company announced Monday. The second ship in the America-class spent four days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, testing the ships main propulsion, combat and other systems before returning to HIIs Ingalls Shipbuilding division
The United States (US) has accused a Venezuelan Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter of “aggressively” shadowing its naval forces Lockheed EP-3 Aries II reconnaissance plane over international airspace on Friday. On Sunday, the US military said in a statement that the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an “unsafe distance” in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, “endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission
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