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China hikes defence budget to $115.7 billion while India allocates $37.4 billion

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PTI China today hiked its defence budget by 10.7 percent to $115.7 billion well above this year’s Indian defence spending of $37.4 billion. The hike in defence spending was announced as the Chinese legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) opened its annual session, which this year also marks its once-in-a-decade power transfer. As per the [...]

India says contract on French Rafale fighter jets being fine-tuned

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PTI India is fine-tuning a contract to buy 126 French-made Rafale fighter jets, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said today, adding that Paris would have to “wait a little” to pop the bubbly. India last year selected Dassault Aviation as its preferred bidder in a USD 10 billion (7.6 billion euro) contract to equip its air [...]

Russian fifth-generation jet fighter takes off

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Indrus The decision to introduce the new fighter is long overdue: the United State launched it seven years ago and China is also trying to keep pace. The Russian Armed Forces will soon put into service the fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA jet fighter (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation). The decision to introduce the new [...]

Airbus eyeing Rs 12,000 crore IAF deal for medium-lift transport planes

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PTI Close on the heels of clinching the IAF contract for supply of mid-air refuellers, European consortium Airbus will now bid for the Rs 12,000 crore global tender to be floated by India for procuring 56 medium-lift transport aircraft to replace its vintage Avro planes. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by defence minister A [...]

India may have to look at options: IAF chief on Pak violations

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PTI Asserting that repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan are “unacceptable”, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne on Saturday warned that India may have to look at “some other options for compliance” if such incidents continue. “We have a Line of Control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain structures and mechanisms which are [...]

Russian Navy plans further expansion

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RBTH The Russian submarine, Yuri Dolgorukiy, was passed into service during its inauguration at the Sevmash shipbuilding company in Severodvinsk, Archangelsk Region on Jan. 10. This indicates that Russia is finally aware of the need for a powerful and effective navy. Two landmark events took place during the final days of 2012 and in the [...]

China sends J-10 fighters to counter Japanese F-15 aircraft

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IANS China sent two J-10 fighters to the East China Sea after the country’s Y-8 aircraft was closely followed by two Japanese F-15 fighters, a defence ministry official said Friday. The ministry of national defence denounced the Japanese military aircraft disrupting the routine patrol of Chinese administrative aircraft, Xinhua reported. The official said China’s Y-8 [...]

New hardware for Russian forces

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Voice of Russia Multi-purpose chassis, a medium-range bomber the size of a fighter jet and over-the-horizon radar are some of the new inventions that the Russian Armed forces are looking forward to receiving. One of the main features of contemporary arms is the standardisation of weapons and interchangeability of components. This aim was rather difficult [...]

4 trillion rubles to be assigned for Russian Navy modernization – Putin

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Voice of Russia, Interfax Some 4 trillion rubles will be assigned for acquiring ships for the Russian Navy before 2020, President Vladimir Putin said in a video conference with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Severomorsk. “Modernization of the Navy is a major priority of our strengthening of the Armed Forces. The state armament program for [...]

Latest-generation sub enters service with Russian Navy

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Voice of Russia, Interfax The state-of-the-art fourth-generation nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky is entering service with the Russian Navy. The official ceremony is due Thursday in Severodvinsk, on the White Sea coast, where the submarine has been built. The Yuri Dolgoruky is the first of the four nuclear-powered strategic missile submarines that has been built at [...]

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