Jio ties up with Samsung for 5G trial as others go with Huawei

Reliance Jio Infocomm, India’s largest telecom operator, said it tied up with Korea-based Samsung Electronics to demonstrate 5G technology at India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019, even as rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have sought DoT nod to demo with China-based Huawei. The choice of vendors could turn out to be more crucial in coming […]

India’s water position vulnerable vs China: Brahma Chellaney

China’s use of water as an “unconventional weapon” of warfare against India is a major geopolitical and environmental concern for New Delhi, strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney warned, as he recalled how Beijing’s refusal to provide New Delhi with hydrological data in 2017 had caused “preventable deaths.” “As an upper-stream state, China is obliged to […]

MoD denies any plan to admit girls to Sainik Schools

Shripad Naik, junior minister of defence with Government of India, has denied that his ministry has any plans to admit girls to Sainik Schools, contrary to claims made by predecessor Subhash Bhamre last year. “Presently there is no proposal to admit girls in Sainik Schools,” Naik said today in parliament. Sainik Schools were established in […]

Tata Power delivers Combat Management System for Indian Navy’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division reported that it has delivered the Combat Management System for the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier being built for the Indian Navy . It was developed by Tata Power SED in collaboration with Indian Ministry of Defence’s Weapon and Electronics System Engineering Establishment and Russia’s NPO MARS. Typical functions of the CMS […]

BEL in deal with Israel’s ELOP to make advanced target-finding system

Public sector company Bharat Electronics Ltd said it will manufacture and export $33 million (Rs 230 cr) worth of optical and infrared imaging systems to Israel’s Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd (ELOP). The systems are being manufactured under license from, and using the technology supplied by, the Israeli company. “With this, BEL is in a […]

India’s Kaiga nuclear plant sets world record in operation

The Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Karnataka, developed using Indian technology, has set the world record for the longest uninterrupted operation. The 220 megawatt unit, operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, has produced power continuously for 941 days, breaking the world record of 940 days held by Heysham-Unit 2 of the United Kingdom. The record is […]

Sterlite Tech gets Rs 3,500 cr order for Indian Navy’s digital network

Sterlite Tech said it has got the confirmed order to build and manage a pan-India digital network to enable communication for the Indian Navy. Typically, such projects are won by multinational companies. However, given that the network will be used for defence purposes, the Navy seems to have preferred an Indian vendor. Nevertheless, it will […]

Mahindra Defence, BEL ink MoU for long-term partnership

Mahindra Defence Systems said it has entered into a long-term partnership with Government of India-controlled defence electronics manufacturer Bharat Electronics Ltd “to jointly address emerging opportunities in the domestic market”. The two will address opportunities created by policy initiatives of the Government of India, like ‘Make in India’ and the ‘Export Promotion Policy’ of the […]

Punj Lloyd, Adani tie up with Rave Gears USA to manufacture helicopter parts

Punj Lloyd, Rave Gears (USA) and Adani Group said they will set up a joint venture to manufacture helicopter parts. The collaboration will use the manufacturing base in India for exports to global OEMs, both in the military and civil aerospace domain, Adani Defence & Aerospace said. The JV will design, manufacture and assemble high […]

Israeli company to supply tactical drones to India under JV with Cyient

Cyient, formerly known as Infotech Enterprises, said it will form a joint venture with Israel-based BlueBird Aero Systems to manufacture drones for security use in India. The joint venture will be called Cyient Solutions & Systems Private Limited and will have 51% shareholding by Cyient. BlueBird Aero Systems, said the Indian company, is a specialist […]

Rafale deal makes no mention of Reliance Defence: Sitharaman

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India’s deal to acquire 36 Rafale jets was inked with the government of France, and that the deal does not require the French supplier to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence. Sitharaman was answering a question raised by Congress MP Sanjay Singh about whether Dassault Aviation entered into a joint […]

India scraps mega Israeli deal for anti-tank missiles in favor of DRDO product

The government of India has canceled Rs 3,300 cr order for 8,356 Spike anti-tank missiles that was to be produced in India by Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a government of India enterprise, in association with an Israeli company. The anti-tank missiles were supposed to be have been produced with transfer of technology from Israel-based Spike. Preliminary […]

Reliance Infrastructure starts Rs 5,440 cr arbitration against Pipavav founders

Anil Ambani Group controlled Reliance Infrastructure said it has issued a notice of arbitration against the founders of Pipavav Defence and Engineering Limited seeking Rs 5,440 cr for “breach of warranties”. Reliance Infrastructure emerged as the biggest shareholder in Pipavav Defence and Engineering Limited in 2015, and subsequently renamed it to Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited. […]

Indian Navy chooses Sterlite Tech for Rs 3,500 cr defence network

Sterlite Tech, India’s biggest fiber cable maker, said it won a Rs 3500-crore order to design, build and manage a communications network for the Indian Navy. The advance purchase order requires Sterlite Tech to design, build and manage the communications network for over a decade. The project includes the creation of a high-capacity IP-MPLS (Internet […]

China has not restarted construction in Doklam area – Sushma Swaraj

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday denied reports that China has restarted construction activity at or near the site of a stand-off between the two countries earlier this year. “Since the disengagement of Indian and Chinese border personnel in the Doklam area on 28 August 2017, there have been no new developments at […]

India’s nuclear weapons program to get a boost as uranium output to increase 10x by 2031-32

India has plans to increase the output of uranium — the key fuel used in its nuclear weapons program — by ten times by 2031-32 and achieve self-sufficiency, the Department of Atomic Energy said. India is estimated to have 232,315 tons of uranium contained in deposits of 273,956 tons of tiiuranium octoxide. Even though the […]