The indigenously upgraded artillery gun Dhanush has successfully completed final user trials and is ready for induction into the Army. Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured by India in the mid-1980s. This was the third and final phase of user exploitation firings in which six Dhanush guns were fired in battery formation at the Pokhran field firing range.
India is planning to gift a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles and explore trilateral cooperation involving France that will safeguard its strategic interests in the backdrop of President Danny Faure’s announcement to cancel the project to jointly develop a naval base on Assumption Island ahead of his June 25 Delhi visit. India plans to gift Seychelles a Dornier aircraft this month second such aircraft that could be gifted to the Indian Ocean Region, said people aware of the matter.
The U.S. State Department approved the sale of equipment including Hellfire and Stinger missiles, supporting a proposed direct commercial sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The total estimated program cost is $930 million. India requested a range of equipment including 14 General Electric engines, four AN/APG-78 fire control radars and other radar equipment, seven of the Apache’s Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems and 14 Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems.
At a time when the Russians have offered to sell 40 more Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft to India, it seems that the Air Force is not keen to add more of these heavy weight and expensive to maintain fighter jets in its inventory. The Indian Air Force (IAF) already has more than 220 of these Russian planes in its fleet and has plans of inducting all the 272 planes ordered by it over the years by the end of 2020.
After successfully upgrading a Russian-made 130-mm artillery gun to 155-mm capability, the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata is close to bagging an order from the Army to improve these imported weapons in bulk to augment the country's firepower. We are eagerly waiting the order from the Army to upgrade the Russian 130-mm M-46 guns to 155-mm ones with 45-mm calibre. The OFB is hopeful of getting the order, which is at a final stage, to improve these field guns imported between 1950s and 1970s," S K Singh, Senior General Manager of Jabalur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF).
The long range ballistic missile Agni 5 is successfully flight tested from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island). All the Radars, Electro Optical Tracking Stations and Telemetry Stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory. All the mission objectives have been achieved. Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has congratulated all the DRDO Scientists, Staff, Armed Forces and Industries for the success of A5 Mission.
Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL) announced the delivery of the first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage from its Hyderabad facility. The fuselage, which has been delivered ahead of the scheduled time, will now be transported to the US aviation major's AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa (Arizona) for integration into the final assembly line, the company said in a release. This delivery also comes within a year of the aerospace joint venture facility becoming operational. The delivery of the fuselage within a year of the facility being operational is a huge boost to indigenous manufacturing.
India has expanded its search for high tech assault rifles, carbines and small arms for its frontline soldiers, but has excluded its traditional ally, Russia, from the list of five countries that the Army-led procurement team plans to visit mid-June. The team is set to visit gun manufacturers in the US, Israel and South Korea, and even countries from where India has never bought military equipment. The shortlisted manufacturers include Colt and Sig Sauer of the US and Israel Weapon Industries.