SP's Exclusive

  • February 8, 2014
    World Waits For 2 New Frontline Indian Warships

    The world is waiting and watching closely. After delays, come March-April, the Indian Navy will induct two deeply anticipated surface combatants, both carrying on their decks a world of expectation and indigenous toil.

  • February 8, 2014
    Indian Boomer in Service This Year?

    India’s home-built nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Arihant is all set to enter service with the Indian Navy by the end of this year, DRDO chief Dr Avinash Chander said on Day 2 of Defexpo.

  • February 8, 2014
    For Indian Navy, No Place Like Home

    The arrival of INS Vikramaditya in January has ushered in a special new era for the Indian Navy. Not in 16 years has it been in a position to deploy two aircraft carriers. The formidable 44,500-tonne refurbished Soviet-era aviation cruiser...

  • February 8, 2014
    Indo-Israeli LR-SAM Naval Test This Year

    Delayed by over four years, but this one is truly better late than never. In what will be a significant boost to the Indian Navy’s quest for a credible air defence system deployable on its frontline vessels and aircraft carriers...

  • February 8, 2014
    Coast Guard Sea Hunter Aircraft Bid to Kick Off

    Apart from the Indian Navy’s medium range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) competition, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is officially looking for nine multi-mission maritime aircraft (six initially, with options for three more).

  • February 6, 2014
    Defexpo arrives, with cautious optimism

    As Defexpo 2014 opens, the atmosphere in Delhi's early spring air is unmissable. In a country that has had a difficult relationship with military procurement, these are particularly testing times.

  • February 6, 2014
    Indian submarine arm in endless dive

    Nearly four years after the Indian Navy first scouted information to support its acquisition of six new-generation diesel-electric attack submarines as part of Project 75 India, a request for proposal (RFP) remains tantalisingly elusive.

  • January 20, 2014
    INS Vikramaditya shines in tropics conditions

    One of the chief concerns for Commodore Suraj Berry and his crew when they sailed into Indian waters this month, was that their 44,500-ton vessel would have problems adapting to the dramatically different climate...

  • January 20, 2014
    World's largest chopper competition delayed

    It has been confirmed that delays have once again cast uncertainty over the Indian Navy's RFP for the highly anticipated naval multirole helicopter (NMRH) requirement, envisaging 120 multirole helicopters for the navy...

  • January 20, 2014
    Flight trials for Indian Coast Guard CSAR chopper set to begin

    Airbus Helicopters is gearing up for flight trials of the EC725 Caracal to meet the Indian Coast Guard's requirement of 14 shore-based combat search...

  • January 20, 2014
    Indian Navy's new-gen ships face 'gun' uncertainty

    A single vendor situation could throw the Indian Navy's effort to zero in on a primary deck gun for its new generation indigenous frontline warships...

  • January 20, 2014
    India set to become largest operator of Heron UAS

    With the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security clearing a deal for 15 additional IAI-Malat HERON-I medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the MoD is likely to sign a contract with Israel...

  • January 13, 2014
    INS Vikramaditya to sail to Mumbai & Vizag, Operational training from January 16

    With INS Vikramaditya settling in at home-base Karwar, it will soon be time for the crew, led by Commodore Suraj Berry, to set out to sea again.

  • January 8, 2014
    France offers India 2 stop-gap Scorpene submarines

    As the already delayed Project 75I request for proposal for six new conventional attack submarines continues to hang fire, the Indian Navy is studying a list...

  • January 8, 2014
    Indian Navy hydrographers want new AUV

    The Indian Navy's Hydrography Department has decided to upgrade its surveying capabilities by acquiring a new autonomous underwater vehicle that can be deployed off its existing and new hydrography survey vessels.

  • November 19, 2013
    Navy to exercise INS Vikramaditya in 2014

    As the Indian Navy works on sailing its newest acquisition back home, it has already decided that the INS Vikramaditya will be part of preliminary internal exercises in the Arabian Sea in 2014...

  • November 12, 2013
    Army, Navy 'disappointed' as MoD defers crucial missile buys

    The Army and Navy, which had anticipated a tough decision at November 11's meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council, were left disappointed...

  • November 11, 2013
    Indo-US Naval Exercise Malabar 2013

    Crew on board US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell, currently off the coast of Chennai for the Malabar 2013 joint exercise, spent many hours in the Tamil Nadu capital conducting community service projects...

  • November 11, 2013
    LCA-Navy ready to fly again shortly

    The LCA Navy, which hasn't flown for over a year now, is likely to fly again soon by early next year, top sources tell SP's. After a first flight in April last year, followed by three more development flights...

  • November 11, 2013
    DRDO inaugurates torpedo integration centre

    The DRDO has inaugurated Talvar, its brand new Electrical Heavyweight Torpedo Integration Centre at Visakhapatnam, to cater to the specific needs of the Varunastra heavyweight torpedo for the navy as well as future...

  • November 11, 2013
    Atlas Elektronik to upgrade Indian Navy torpedoes

    German advanced systems firm Atlas Elektronik has been selected by the Indian Navy to upgrade 64 German-built AEG SUT-66 Mod.1 heavyweight...

  • November 11, 2013
    India, Vietnam discuss military hardware cooperation

    India and Vietnam are bolstering friendly ties in the Indian Ocean region. The two countries last week held delegation level parleys...

  • November 11, 2013
    India to export sonars to Myanmar

    In an unprecedented move signalling heightened cooperation with neighbours, India will export indigenously developed sonar systems to Myanmar, for use by its navy.

  • November 11, 2013
    BAE Systems to develop next-gen guided projectile for US Navy

    In a significant award, BAE Systems has won a $33.6 million contract from the US Navy to develop and demonstrate a Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP), a next-generation, guided projectile capable of completing multiple missions for the Electromagnetic Railgun, as well as existing 5-inch and 155-mm gun systems...

  • November 7, 2013
    Indian Coast Guard chopper competition moves forward

    Woefully short of aviation assets, the Indian Coast Guard finally has reason to cheer, with the technical bids from three vendors to support...

  • November 6, 2013
    Pipavav bags Rs 920 crore Coast Guard order

    After being declared lowerst bidder last week, private shipbuilder Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd is poised to win a Rs 920 crore deal to supply design and build 14 new generation fast patrol vessels...

  • November 6, 2013
    Indo-US Naval Exercise Malabar 2013 begins

    The next edition of the Indo-US naval joint exercise series 'Malabar' has kicked off in the Bay of Bengal. Participants from the US Navy include the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85)...

  • November 6, 2013
    Antony to convey FGFA concerns this month

    Concerns over disparities between India's investment in the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and its substantive workshare in the programme will be raised by Defence Minister A.K. Antony when he visits Moscow...

  • November 6, 2013
    India to order 8 minesweepers from Korea

    The Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) is looking to commission a one meter diameter hypersonic wind tunnel to meet R&D requirements to support the design of futuristic hypersonic missiles...

  • October 28, 2013
    Indo-UK Naval Exercise Konkan 2013

    The ninth edition of the Indo-UK naval exercise 'Konkan' was conducted successfully off the West coast of India earlier this month, with two frontline surface combatants from the two navies participating.

  • October 28, 2013
    Indian, PLA warships conduct tactical exercise

    On September 30, the Indian Navy and PLA Navy crossed a major milestone in military cooperation when Indian frigate INS Sahyadri and Chinese detroyer Qingdao participated in a marine security exercise...

  • October 28, 2013
    US Marines-Indian Army amphibious staff exercise

    The US Marines 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and troops from the Indian Army's 91 Brigade conducted a joint amphibious staff exercise...

  • October 28, 2013
    Golden 2013 for ALH Dhruv

    2013 has been a blessed year for the indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopter. Following the handing over the first weaponised Dhruv variant, christened 'Rudra' to the Indian Army earlier this year...

  • October 28, 2013
    Vikramaditya to be commissioned on November 16

    The erstwhile Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier enters a new phase of its extended life on November 16 at Severodvinsk, Russia, when it is commissioned into the Indian Navy.

  • October 28, 2013
    ADA for Telemetry setup at INS Hansa

    In preparation for the LCA Navy getting back into the skies, perhaps by early next year, the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADA) is looking to fast-track the setting up of a shore-based telemetry facility...

  • October 28, 2013
    Crucial EW trials on Tejas next month

    Following successful weapon release trials in Jamnagar in July, the Tejas programme is speeding towards another crucial milestone with electronic warfare trials to take place in November.

  • October 28, 2013
    Indian Navy for 15 coastal-defence missile systems

    The Indian Navy has announced interest in 15 mobile missile coastal battery (MMCB) systems for deployment at various locations along the country's coast to protect Naval bases and ships.

  • September 9, 2013
    DRDO announces tender for Indian Coast Guard

    Given the small number of aviation assets at the Indian Coast Guard's disposal, there's finally some movement towards fleet accretion over and above the 35+ Dornier Do-228 tactical reconnaissance aircraft in service.

  • September 9, 2013
    Indian warships on goodwill visit to Gulf

    On Tuesday, September 10, the Indian Navy's stealth frigate INS Tabar and fleet replenishment tanker INS Aditya, will dock in Doha, Qatar on a four-day diplomatic goodwill visit.

  • September 9, 2013
    Navy floats tender for Sindhurakshak salvage

    The Indian Navy has called for professional help to salvage the INS Sindhurakshak submarine, which sank in its berth at the Mumbai dockyard on the intervening night of August 13 and 14.