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All the best for Mahindras to close this deal.


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While I had read about the HTT-40 metal cutting before (most probably in a HAL newsletter) ... news about LUH is completely new

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RWRDC Launches Structure for LUH Project
Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWRDC) recently launched the first assembly of the Bottom Structure and Tail Boom for Ground Test Vehicle of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) project in the presence of Shri M. S. Srinath, Executive Director, Helicopter Complex, Shri B. V. Rao, General Manager (Finance), Helicopter Complex, Shri V. Sadagopan, General Manager, Helicopter Division, Wg Cdr (Retd) Unni Pillai, Chief Test Pilot (Rotary Wing), Dr Vijayakumara, Offg General Manager, RWR&DC, Shri P. Jayapal, Regional Director (Helicopter), RCMA, Shri A. Dhanabalan, Regional Director, DGAQA and other senior executives. This is the first and major step towards realization of the Ground Test Vehicle. The other assembly jigs viz Tail Boom, Cockpit and Transmission Deck are being installed. Coupling and engine deck assembly will be available for assembly by early October 2012.


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A Step Ahead for Light Utility Helicopter
LUH assembly jigs are modular and gaugeless jigs, concurrently designed along with structure design using 3D CAD. There are five assembly jigs and a coupling jig enabling modular and concurrent build- up of the structure. The jigs are built and validated using state-of-the-art CAMS-Computer Aided Measurement System (Laser Tracker) to establish high accuracy and stability. The latest concept of jig design and build has resulted in smooth and flawless 'First off' structure build.


There are pictures of the assembly and the bottom structure in the pdf.


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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2012 23:12 
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Setback for private defence industry. The future of the Future ICV project looks gloomy

This is sad indeed. I don't like to believe in conspiracy theories. But this one seems like a deliberate scuttling effort by vested interests. Lobbies know quite well that private companies can't stay invested for a very long time wihout any returns. By the way, what all places could an import order go to if this "make" effort fails?


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Confidence in building on Dhruv program spawns off LCH/LUH and if people above would have liked it IMRH. Dhruv is a shining example of how indigenization can be implemented and what its benefits could be. The production of LCA will do to fixed wing what the Dhruv did to rotary wing


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HMT eyes Rs 1,000 crore turnover in next 5 years.

Public sector HMT is eyeing a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore in the next five years and plans to foray into aerospace and manufacture of weapons and missile components, a top company official today said.

The machine and tools maker is making components for various weapons prompting it to think of making weapons, mainly guns and rifles of various specifications, company's Managing Director M D Sreekumar told reporters here.

The company's order book was full this year with orders worth Rs 260 crore, he said adding another Rs 200 crore orders were expected by March 31 next year.

Of the Rs 260 crore worth orders, about Rs 90 crore worth orders were from the Defence sector, he said.

The company was also keen to associate with the proposed Kochi Metro project, said Sreekumar, here for the launch of HMT Machine Tools Ltd's SBCNC 80 - Slant Bed CNC Turning Center, considered the highest capacity offered in India by any indigenous machine tool manufacturers.

The first machine was handed over by Sreekumar to P S Veera Raghavan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram, at a function held at HMT Machine Tool's unit at nearby Kalamassery.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangalore-based HMT Ltd, has already bagged orders worth Rs 3.2 crore for the product from BHEL and BEML. The orders will be executed within another 2 months, a release said.

The new machine is designed exclusively for undertaking heavy jobs for heavy engineering industries, power sectors, aerospace and steel industries.

The Kalamassery unit was on the path to achieving a turnover of Rs 75 crores by the end of the current fiscal, targeting a growth of more than 15 per cent, it added.

The unit manufactures conventional and CNC lathes and single/multi-color offset printing machines and caters mainly to defence, Indian Railways and major auto manufacturers and the state governments.


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so, drdo feels bad about tatra vehicle and delays.. what I am saying is essential needs must go through, though plugging the hole of scams and future scams should be on going effort. unfortunate that we have loop hole filled setup, and we love to have corrupted setup.

it is well known about all these, and it is the responsibility of defense sector to understand these loopholes, and make certain % of needs are bare minimum requirements. it should come under project management.

unless, of course i am the lone heart who bleeds for the nation, hearing such issues, i see the vast silence regarding this issue is not at bit surprising and regular chalta hai for everyone.. i think, we need to demand policies for procurement such that no corruption can hinder r&d and delivery, for minimum requirement levels.

so, minimum levels must be specified for all purchase as the basis for any action.


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so, drdo feels bad about tatra vehicle and delays.. what I am saying is essential needs must go through, though plugging the hole of scams and future scams should be on going effort. unfortunate that we have loop hole filled setup, and we love to have corrupted setup.

it is well known about all these, and it is the responsibility of defense sector to understand these loopholes, and make certain % of needs are bare minimum requirements. it should come under project management.

unless, of course i am the lone heart who bleeds for the nation, hearing such issues, i see the vast silence regarding this issue is not at bit surprising and regular chalta hai for everyone.. i think, we need to demand policies for procurement such that no corruption can hinder r&d and delivery, for minimum requirement levels.

so, minimum levels must be specified for all purchase as the basis for any action.

where did this whine come from now? :rotfl:


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Samtel Avionics, Defence Systems bag Rs 500-cr order from UK-based Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions


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Second unit of HAL's strategic electronics factory in a month: Antony
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KASARGOD: Work on second unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) strategic electronics factory, some 46-kms from Mangalore, will start within a month. The first unit which defence minister AK Antony formally dedicated to the nation on Saturday marks entry of Bangalore based HAL into God's own country, and is located on 196-acres of land allocated to it by the Kerala government at KINFRA industrial park, Seethangoli here.

Incidentally Antony who had laid the foundation stone for the factory buildings on August 23, 2008 told the gathering attended by chief minister Oomen Chandy that production has already commenced at the first unit and the inauguration was a mere formality. The second unit will produce advanced state-of-the-art avionics for Su-30 and Jaguar series of fighter aircrafts, Antony said adding the factory will become an important aerospace centre.

Phase I of HAL's factory is into the production of airborne special purpose computers such as mission computer, display processor, radar computers, open architect mission computer for Su-30, LCA, MiG-27 upgrade. The phase II will manufacture avionics for medium multi-role combat aircraft such as automatic electronically scanned array radar, electronic warfare suite, communication and navigation equipments besides under indigenous projects, he said.

The facilities and expertise acquired at this factory for advanced avionics of MMRCA will be used for various upcoming projects such as fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), multirole transport aircraft (MTA), light utility aircraft, light combat helicopter, medium lift helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle, and so on. The workload of the factory is slated for considerable increase in coming years and has trained manpower, he noted.

Setting to douse fires due to his reported comments at Thiruvananthapuram recently about perceived lack of interest on part of UDF government headed by Oomen Chandy in pursuing industrialisation projects, Antony implored all concerned to set aside their personal and party differences and pave the way for Kerala's progress. "There should be no politics in question of development," Antony said urging for cooperation of all in facilitating development.


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Successful trials of DRDO developed AEROSTAT (AKASHDEEP) at IIT,Kanpur, Oct-Nov 2012


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Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant in UK makes new kind of anti-ballistic steel for security forces.

Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant in the UK has developed a new kind of anti-ballistic steel which could transform safety of soldiers and security forces fighting terrorists and extremists.

Super Bainite, the lightweight, super-strength anti-ballistic steel with a lattice form, could be used to armour-plate troop carriers and tanks.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, visited the plant and unveiled a plaque to mark a multi-million pounds project to rebuild a furnace where the new kind of steel is being produced by the Ministry of Defence and the Tatas.

Dozens of British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan by improvised explosive devices buried under roads by Taliban insurgents. "It will give our troops a level of protection they have not had before and which nobody in the world offers. It is unique to the UK," a Tata spokesman said.

Tata Steel announced last month that it planned to restart the furnace in the first quarter of 2013.

According to Tata, the operation has been the largest industrial construction project of 2012 in the UK.

The furnace will be restarted over the Christmas period, before running up to full operation in early 2013. At full capacity it will provide an extra half-million tonnes of liquid iron at the site.

The prince arrived at the steelworks on board the royal train. "It is always an enormous pleasure for me to come back here and visit this incredible place," the prince told a group of senior Tata Steel workers.

"I know just what an extraordinary effort was required to put this project together. Having heard a little about it, I understand that it will become one of the most sophisticated blast furnaces in Europe". The prince, on his arrival, was ushered into a specially erected marquee and was shown a video about the lightweight super-strength steel which could transform safety for British soldiers.


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Would tata be able to leverage that technology for Indian applications?

Can it do the other way around, say using an in house innovation in India from a project in say in its uk project?


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now you see DRDO labs provides much more information than private industries of desh. we have no clue as to the material properties even at 50k feet level. It is all private IPR, so tatas are free to sell it anywhere provided laws pertaining import/export.

tatas would most probably has to field the technology by way of an offer.


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^^^ I don't see your logic here. Govt. and people of India never paid for it. So why do we claim ownership, just because it is an Indian firm?

May be TATA cannot get this tech to India. But whatever tech it can bring is a bonus! Besides, if there is enough business to be done by bringing this tech here, the tech will be got. Such is the nature of business.


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I have a book titled' Steel Man in India" written about the rise of Tata Steel in Jamshedpur by an Amercian general manager. He stated that by WWI, Tata Steel was the largest and most efficient steel plant in British Empire despite all the British attempts to scuttle it.
Its poetic justice to see the Prince praising Tata Steel in UK.


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BEL’s radar warning systems fail to take off

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POOR PERFORMANCE


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Out of the 336 systems developed by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited, only 73 could actually be integrated on aircraft and that too seven years after their procurement
Till 2012, only 73 RWRs were integrated on just four types of aircraft
Out of these 73 systems, the performance of as many as 69 systems was found to be unreliable or unsatisfactory


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Indian OS developed by DRDO likely to be ready in three years

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HYDERABAD: Exhorting the need to have a robust cyber security system in place, DRDO chief V K Saraswat today said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) alongwith other premier institutes is developing India's own operating system (OS), which is likely to be ready in next three years.

"One of the major elements of cyber security is having our own operating system because today we are dependent on all OS systems which are imported whether it is based on Windows, Linux which is likely to be having malicious worms/things and hence it is essential that we have our own OS," the DRDO Director-General said here.

Speaking to newsmen on sidelines of NAVCOM-2012', two-day international conference on Navigation and Communication that began here, Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, said, "We have already started a major programme and are one-and-half-years into that programme. It (Indian OS) is a major effort requiring large number of software engineers working together."

He said 150 engineers were working across the country on creating Indian OS, and added it will take at least three more years for getting the Indian OS ready.

"It is our Indian effort...we are not having any foreign involvement in this," Saraswat pointed out.

Defence researchers and scientists should start working together with industry and DRDO and other scientific departments and bring country's own operating system soon, so that "we are independent from what is coming from outside world," he stressed.


Earlier, speaking at the event, he said cyber security networking was very important today in view of everything being network centric and on Information Technology.

"We are having high speed communication across the nodes and we are passing information which is very very critical for our security, safety and economic security," he said.

Saraswat said, "Cyber security requires two elements of having our own hardware and our own software. Country needs to go in a big way in this regard."

Emphasising the need for Industry, academia and all students to function together for making a defensive cyber security networking system, he said, "We have started a major programme on cyber security ensuring that all the basic elements of the network particularly, the switches and all servers which are presently imported and are vulnerable because of the malware likely to be present are done in our country and lot of work has been done on this front."

Another aspect of cyber security is to stop cyber crimes which can be done through strong laws so that people should not use the web for malicious purpose and "we should be able to punish the unscrupulous elements of the society who use web for such purposes," he said.

Communication amongst the various elements in war fighting centres is very important, however, the hardware aspect in communication was missing in the country with different varieties of radio sets being imported, he said.

Larger bandwidth is also required for our future applications because we will be providing communication among the various armed forces and civilian applications and hence bandwidth improvement and spectrum management becomes very important for communication, Saraswat added.


Don't forget to look at the comments section or you will miss jacka$$e$ discussing about technology and doing "strategic" thinking :lol:


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DRDO to develop new bunkers to tackle psychological issues faced by soldiers

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New Delhi: Soldiers sitting in their bunkers in snow-clad Siachen will get to feel sea waves, chirping of birds and winds passing through forests, as part of a DRDO project to break the monotonous environment and sense of isolation faced by them in the world's highest battlefield. As part of its efforts to provide troops with "enriched environment" at isolated locations, DRDO has started working on 'Project Dhruv' to develop new bunkers to tackle various forms of psychological issues and depression among them.

"Project Dhruv is aimed at environment enrichment within the shelter. This is one of the components for removing his stress in such isolated and forward areas," DRDO Chief Controller, Life Sciences W Selvamurthy told PTI here. Such measures will help jawans cope with the stress induced by their monotonous surroundings and help in creating a lively atmosphere within the bunkers, he said.

The study will be completed in one year and will provide concrete results to move forward, Selvamurthy added. DRDO has taken a slew of measures to tackle depression among soldiers, which in recent past had led to various incidents of suicides and fratricides in the armed forces.

The premier defence research agency is planning to use state-of-art technology for the purpose and will equip the bunkers with some of the most modern amenities to ensure a better living for the jawans. "We are bringing in a lot of technology to bring down the stress among jawans. Environment enrichment in the bunkers is one such effort. How do we create an ambiance which will make it more pleasant and in turn will relieve the stress. Like perching of birds, sounds of the waves of a sea, we are doing an experiment on these to simulate them in a bunker," Selvamurthy said.

Delhi-based Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) has been tasked to develop the necessary technology and conduct researches in a time bound manner. "Particularly for the forward posts where people are in isolation, we can create an enriched environment through technology. DIPR is currently doing the experiments. It is being done initially at forward posts in base camps," he said.

The shelters besides having various modes of simulated environment, will be equipped with green energy in form of solar and wind power units.

The shelters will have its own bio-digester facility to dispose of human waste and will have equipments to take care of altitude sickness and breath problems faced by troops at high mountains. While the initial focus of Project Dhruv is on Army troops, it will be further extended to cater to the needs of naval personnel who go into the seas for long duration and face various forms of sea-sickness and related psychological issues.


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BEL’s radar warning systems fail to take off

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POOR PERFORMANCE


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Out of the 336 systems developed by state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited, only 73 could actually be integrated on aircraft and that too seven years after their procurement
Till 2012, only 73 RWRs were integrated on just four types of aircraft
Out of these 73 systems, the performance of as many as 69 systems was found to be unreliable or unsatisfactory


This was a project that should never have been given to BEL. They simply did not have the culture to handle aviation projects.

Should have gone to HAL Hyderabad the first time and right off the bat too.

Another promising project sunk by politics onlee.


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^^ Does it mean most of our aircraft are now RWR-less?


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Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?


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^^ Does it mean most of our aircraft are now RWR-less?



Just as most our politicians are ball-less. :lol:


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Defence Technology Commission to be setup soon - The Hindu
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The Defence Technology Commission envisaged by the Union government to provide a thrust to indigenous research and development of contemporary and futuristic defence systems is expected to be set up soon, V. K. Saraswat, Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference after launching the DRDO-IIT-M Research and Innovation Centre at the IIT Madras Research Park, Taramani, Mr. Saraswat said the constitution, empowerment and functions of the Commission had reached a stage of finality and “we’re awaiting approval of the government.”

Apart from increasing self-reliance in development of defence systems, the Commission also envisages setting up a commercial arm for the promotion of DRDO products, some of which have civilian applications ranging from Dengue test kits to mosquito repellants. The DRDO has already drafted in FICCI to actively market a broad portfolio of DRDO products, Mr. Saraswat said.

The DRDO chief also offered an overview of several DRDO products that were in final stages of development or under field testing and expected to give a cutting edge to the weaponry of Army, Air Force and Navy by 2013-14.

The DRDO pipeline includes sub-sonic cruise missiles that can be launched across multiple platforms - ground, air and ship - a range of tactical missiles and next generation Future Main Battle Tanks that are more agile, have higher firepower and loaded with stealth factors.

“We have also started a project on National Mission on Development of a Power Plant and Transmission System on the tank,” he said.

According to the DRDO chief, the country had developed robust ballistic missile defence systems and achieved almost 90 per cent indigenisation in product content.

Phase I of the programme involved developing missiles that could engage targets up to a range of 2,000 km and Phase II focused on systems that could achieve precision strikes beyond that range, he said.

On the aeronautical front, indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and its Naval variant were in advanced stage of development while Rustom, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), was likely to take to the skies by 2014-15, Mr. Saraswat said.

On the Research and Innovation Centre set up in collaboration with IIT-Madras, Mr. Saraswat said it would focus on “high-end and directed research” involving DRDO projects. Among the nearly a dozen DRDO projects that have been identified as common ground of interest for DRDO scientists, IIT faculty and research students involve materials, cyber security, image processing and aerospace applications.

IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said the IIT, which had a long history of collaboration with the DRDO, including the recently-trialled submarine-launched K-15 missile, envisaged the joint innovation centre as a tripartite partnership that would also involve regional industry. The facility was set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 47 crore.


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Many hits, a few misses for DRDO.

The successful test of Agni-V drew international attention with India furthering its aspiration to become a superpower and strengthening its efforts to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. (Express photo) 2012 was a year of happenings for the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the premiere brain behind the arsenal of the country’s defence forces. It carried out many successful trials of its indigenously developed missiles including the Long Range Ballistic Missile (LRBM) Agni-V and achieved many milestones in its strategic missile programme.

While the remarkable success of 5000-km range Agni-V’s maiden trial on April 19 paved the way for India to enter into the very exclusive club of nations having inter-continental range ballistic missiles, twin successes of submarine-launched ballistic missile K-15 on March 11 and December 26 and interceptor missiles in both exo and endo atmospheric level on February 10 and November 23 boosted the country’s ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities.

However, the achievement of Agni-V drew international attention with India furthering its aspiration to become a superpower and strengthening its efforts to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council - the club of the most powerful. The nuke-tipped missile has the ability to target all of Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe.

The DRDO and Strategic Forces Command (SFC), a specially raised missile-handling unit of the army this year conducted at least 26 trials of 12 missiles – Agni-I, Agni-II, Agni-III, Agni-IV, Agni-V, Prithvi-II, AAD interceptor, BrahMos, Akash, Astra, Dhanush and K-15. Though they registered many successful trials, the DRDO drew flakes from various quarters for the failures of BrahMos and Akash missiles in July and May and partial success of one of the most proven missiles Prithvi-II on December 20.

DRDO scientists too received appreciations for the successful first user trial of 3000-km range Agni-III and developmental tests of Agni-V and Agni-IV from the integrated test range (ITR) off the Odisha coast. They also scored a success on the historic date 12-12-12 with a user trial of 900-km range Agni-I missile.

Even as in the first and last leg the year the elite defence organization did fabulous, the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6. On July 29, already tested successfully several times the 290-km range BrahMos missile deviated from the pre-designated trajectory during its 32nd trial and fell down into Bay of Bengal after attaining a certain height and covering only nearly 23 km.

DRDO also achieved significantly in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) this year with successful flight trials of pilot-less target aircraft Lakshya II, UAV Nishant and Medium Altitude Long Range (MALE) UAV Rustom-II and Rustom-I. Besides, a mini UAV Netra, especially designed for low intensity conflict operations was also inducted by the CRPF.

India’s defence preparedness got a boost with the induction of new fighter aircrafts, helicopters and ships. While the Mi-17 V5 helicopter was inducted into the Air Force on February 17, Arjun Mk-II, the advanced version of India's first main battle tank Arjun, commenced its user trials this year. Also, the Navy inducted INS Chakra to its under-water fleet on April 4 at Vishakhapatnam and INS Sahyadri, the third of the follow-on class indigenous stealth frigate, was commissioned on July 21 at Mumbai’s Mazagaon Dock Limited. On August 17, India got its first fully modified Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft, built with technological support from Brazil.

Similarly, Talwar-class stealth frigates INS Teg armed with BrahMos missile and Tarkash constructed at Yantar Shipyard in Kalinigrad, Russia, were inducted in the Navy in April and November. Moreover, while Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar was commissioned in July, INS Dweep Rakshak and INS Baaz also were commissioned in Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman Islands respectively.

Notwithstanding the mixed responses of successes and failures, DRDO is required to surge ahead leaving behind the aura of laurels in the New Year keeping the strategic challenges in mind.

The year that was

February 10 – AAD interceptor test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

March 11 – SLBM K-15 test from Vishakhapatanam coast (Successful)

March 28 – BrahMos block-III version test from Chandipur (Successful)

April 19 – Maiden test of Agni-V missile from Wheeler Island (Successful)

May 24, 26 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Successful)

May 28, 30 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Failure)

June 1– Twin trials of Akash missile from Chandipur (Successful)

June 6 – Akash missile test from Chandipur (Failure)

July 13 – Agni-I test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

July 29 – BrahMos test from Chandipur (Failure)

August 9 – Agni-II test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

August 25 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Successful)

September 19 – Agni-IV test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

September 21 – First user trial of Agni-III from Wheeler Island (Successful)

October 4 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Successful)

October 5 – Dhanush test from naval warship off Odisha coast (Successful)

October 7 – BrahMos test from warship off Goa coast (Successful)

November 23 – AAD interceptor test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

December 12 – Agni-I test from Wheeler Island (Successful)

December 20 – Prithvi-II test from Chandipur (Partially Successful)

December 21, 22, 24 – Astra missile tests from Chandipur (Successful)

December 26 – SLBM K-15 test from Vishakhapatanam coast (Successful)


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PostPosted: 01 Jan 2013 01:45 
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Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?

Statement on Rejection of Mahindra-Rafael JV
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The FIPB did not give any reason for this rejection....
Both Mahindra and Rafael are surprised and disappointed at this decision as both are reputed companies which have extensive engagement with the Govt of India on projects related to Defence and Homeland Security.


My guess: the JV would have killed any future Rafael-DRDO cooperation and we can't have that, can we?

Yet another vote against Indian PSUs by a top global company that prefers to tie up with proven Indian private companies instead.


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Victor wrote:
Ravishankar wrote:
Government rejects Mahindra's proposal for Rs 100 crore defence JV with Rafael

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 766273.cms

Wonder Why?

Statement on Rejection of Mahindra-Rafael JV
Quote:
The FIPB did not give any reason for this rejection....
Both Mahindra and Rafael are surprised and disappointed at this decision as both are reputed companies which have extensive engagement with the Govt of India on projects related to Defence and Homeland Security.


My guess: the JV would have killed any future Rafael-DRDO cooperation and we can't have that, can we?

Yet another vote against Indian PSUs by a top global company that prefers to tie up with proven Indian private companies instead.

Rafael-DRDO JV will be co-development JV, the one with Mahindra would be for Manufacture... Both dont infringe each other...


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the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6.

Akash failed 3 times out of 6 last year?


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the middle leg was crucial as three trials of the six-trial series of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash were ended in failures on May 24, 26 and June 6.

Akash failed 3 times out of 6 last year?
DRDO did not label three tests as failures.
wonder where got these from?


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I think he is right. There were a few tests done within a span of 1 week which failed. But the subsequent tests were successful.

Hemant Kumar Rout has insider info, but the quality of his writing is pathetic


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I think he is right. There were a few tests done within a span of 1 week which failed. But the subsequent tests were successful.
That is not how he has laid out... See the seqn of tests... I'll dig up old articles to vLidate this... Almost every test was labelled successful by DRDO, if they have so man failures, they would hVe continued testing later in the year... Even PII was tested umteen times, why not Akash SAM.


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Two reports on the failures on 26th and 30th
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Securi ... 338460200/
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/scienc ... 458794.ece


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Collaborative Research - FRONTLINE
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More on that IIT-Madras & DRDO collaboationThe Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) is a joint initiative of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to do “directed research” in areas relevant to the DRDO’s requirements. It was inaugurated by V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and DRDO Director-General, on December 28, 2012. The RIC has been set up in the Research Park of IIT-Madras in Taramani, Chennai. It will occupy 36,594 square feet in a multi-storeyed building of the Research Park. DRDO engineers and IIT-Madras faculty will do collaborative research in the RIC in cutting-edge technologies such as image-processing, voice recognition, piezo electric devices, silicon nano-photonics, combustion instability in gas turbine engines, cyber security, and nano-aluminium-based solid propellants.

Saraswat said the RIC would basically do application-oriented research relevant to the DRDO’s requirements such as contactless wars which might be the order of the day in the 2040s, and image processing, which would have commercial spin-off in several areas. The DRDO has allotted Rs.47 crore for the RIC, which will have sophisticated equipment for doing “directed research”. The RIC will identify technologies/innovations that have potential for commercial ventures.

Saraswat said he had discussed the setting up of the RIC with M.S. Ananth, former Director of IIT-Madras, three years ago. The idea that the DRDO could do collaborative research with academic institutions originally came from former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when he was the Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad. He had envisaged the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme in 1983. Kalam’s suggestion led to the founding of the Advanced Research Centre, a joint initiative of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the DRDO. From this initiative, the DRDO did 30 to 40 projects relating to image processing, missile guidance, re-entry systems and so on, which produced good results for the DRDO for about 15 years. The Advanced Research Centre worked until recently. “But we learnt our lessons to assess the research requirement relevant to applications”, Saraswat said. “So the RIC was born.”

The RIC would enable physical co-location of DRDO scientists and faculty and students from IIT-Madras and other nearby universities to do intense research, said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras. Co-location would help to cut through various hurdles encountered in the past. “If we are in different locations, we will not be in regular contact. If we are in the same building, the impact will be different,” he said. IIT-Madras has already collaborated with DRDO in the launch of K-15, the missile launched from under water, he said.

The building where the RIC had been set up had 50 Indian companies doing research in areas such as voice-based recognition, wireless communication, and health care, Ramamurthi said. This building formed the first phase of the Research Park; construction of two more buildings will be completed in the second phase in 2014. Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced 2010-20 as the decade of innovation for the country, IIT-Madras has established the Research Park to foster innovation, create infrastructure necessary for competitive research and development, and facilitate networking with professionals for incubate companies.

Image processing was one of the key areas in which research will be undertaken by the RIC, according to Saraswat and Ramamurthi. The technology of image processing had advanced by leaps and bounds, Saraswat said. The DRDO’s interest in image processing began when it started developing the anti-tank missile Nag in the 1980s. In future, the DRDO will depend on image processing in a big way in unmanned aerial vehicles, robots that would fight wars, interceptor missiles, and so on. Image processing has become important in medical applications and material analysis. Image processing is important in an interceptor missile to find the exact position of the the nuclear warhead in an incoming enemy ballistic missile.

Science, innovation and technology will congregate at the RIC, says V. Ramanujachari, Director, RIC. The other areas where the RIC will undertake research are semi-conductor devices, tracked vehicle systems, modelling and simulation of microstructure of materials, chip-design for avionics, and so on.


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