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Postby Bhurishrava » 01 May 2016 11:30

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Indust ... 537838.ece

Reliance Defence has signed an agreement with three Ukrainian state-owned firms — Ukroboronprom, Spetstechno Exports and Antonov — to collaborate on a range of military products including transport aircraft, armoured vehicles, maritime gas turbines and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Postby shiv » 01 May 2016 12:29

Yusuf Unjhawala of DFI giving a talk about "How to make India a great power" with emphasis on military manufacture in the later part.

He has a good grasp of issues that jingos like us discuss - but few of us get to talk to a mango audience. All in all a good talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYQmvoDtpc

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Postby Yusuf » 01 May 2016 13:33

shiv wrote:Yusuf Unjhawala of DFI giving a talk about "How to make India a great power" with emphasis on military manufacture in the later part.

He has a good grasp of issues that jingos like us discuss - but few of us get to talk to a mango audience. All in all a good talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYQmvoDtpc


Thank you for the kind words Shiv Saar.

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Postby member_28108 » 01 May 2016 18:57

Bhurishrava wrote:http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/reliance-defence-inks-pact-with-3-ukrainian-state-firms/article8537838.ece

Reliance Defence has signed an agreement with three Ukrainian state-owned firms — Ukroboronprom, Spetstechno Exports and Antonov — to collaborate on a range of military products including transport aircraft, armoured vehicles, maritime gas turbines and unmanned aerial vehicles.


let us see. We all know how reliance has started so many startups and closed them down.

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Postby Karan M » 01 May 2016 19:06

Reliance by the end of year would have signed a MoU with itself as well having run out companies to sign MoUs with. :mrgreen:

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Postby Karan M » 01 May 2016 19:16

I just love this pic. A true son of India with all the others who came after him.

Kalam sir getting a look at the Brahmos seeker plan.
http://i.imgur.com/ZyIuC7x.jpg?1

Others around him - Mr Pillai (of Brahmos fame), person explaining is Mr Rangarajan (CEO, Datapatterns, the gents making the seeker).

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Postby Karan M » 01 May 2016 21:14

Parliamentary Standing Committees visit to DRDO

http://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/////////Eng ... cLRDE.jsp#

Seriously good stuff. They seem to have got all their weapons from all clusters for the benefit of these folks. But why oh why doesnt DRDO put up the pics of the infoboard for the benefit of the ordinary junta!

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Postby Karan M » 01 May 2016 21:36

http://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/////////Eng ... _visit.jsp

IRDE visit, you can see the coastal surveillance optronics, the CLGM seeker, and the T-90 Commanders Thermal Sight - that's one huge assembly! Check out the size of the seeker. Plus the SEOS (the large optics sight for AFVs etc).

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Postby ramana » 02 May 2016 08:16

Great job Yusuf!
Should give more such talks.

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Postby Austin » 02 May 2016 08:19

“I am quiet clear that the next Indian Army’s platform is going to be Kestrel,” V S Noronha

Tata Motors is betting big on Future Infantry Combat Vehicles or FICVs for the Indian Army even as contenders including L&T, Mahindra and Mahindra, Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd and Titagarh Wagons Ltd are equally sure of the order that could run close to Rs 60,000 crore over the next few years. In an Exclusive Interview to DefenceAviationPost, V S Noronha, Vice President-Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors, spoke in details about his companies plans and strategy on the defence side going forward.

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Postby sum » 02 May 2016 08:21

^^ Read on the net somewhere that the DRDO Aerostat programme "AkashDeep" has been closed as a TD after poor performance and now forces are in the market actively looking for a replacement.
IS this true? Does anyone have any info?

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Postby JayS » 02 May 2016 11:13

A very good step in the right direction. More needs to be done.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/defence-ministry-lists-out-23-projects-for-private-industry/articleshow/52068930.cms?from=mdr

The list, which has recently been drawn up by the ministry in consultation with the three armed forces, for the first time shares details of the requirements in the coming years as well the schedule for acquisition, things that were shrouded in secrecy in the past. The new-found openness is being driven by defence minister Manohar Parrikar who has stepped up outreach and is in regular touch with industry bodies and major companies indulged in military manufacturing.

Among the projects that have been listed out are 125mm smooth bore gun barrel for battle tanks, targets for torpedo firing, advance pilotless target aircraft, mine layers and diesel engines for naval boats. Besides technical specifications of the equipment, the ministry has also specified quantities to make it easier for the industry to plan investments into technology. For example, the IAF has listed its requirement of long-range glide bombs thousand per year and it wants to acquire them at the earliest. Similarly, the Army wants to annually acquire 5 pilotless target aircraft starting next 2-3 years.

"Interested Indian companies are requested to carry out preliminary assessment regarding their technical capability to undertake these projects and economic viability of the project," a ministry of defence concept note reads.

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Postby Yusuf » 02 May 2016 17:54

ramana wrote:Great job Yusuf!
Should give more such talks.


Thank you Ramana!

This was a chance thing. Not a professional. Am just like anybody else who has interest in such issues here and on DFI.

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Postby deejay » 02 May 2016 18:33

Yusuf wrote:
ramana wrote:Great job Yusuf!
Should give more such talks.


Thank you Ramana!

This was a chance thing. Not a professional. Am just like anybody else who has interest in such issues here and on DFI.


For someone not a professional, I liked the way you handled questions posed by the older gents. It was great hearing you and seeing you get "mainstreamed", so to speak.

It is a small step in the right direction. Wish you get many more opportunities. Jai Ho! :)

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Postby Yusuf » 02 May 2016 20:41

deejay wrote:For someone not a professional, I liked the way you handled questions posed by the older gents. It was great hearing you and seeing you get "mainstreamed", so to speak.

It is a small step in the right direction. Wish you get many more opportunities. Jai Ho! :)


Thanks. The old gentleman was persistent and continued over tea after the Q&A. Kind of people who question defence, space and any such "wasteful" expense as they call it.

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Postby Karan M » 02 May 2016 21:17

That old gentleman is lucky he got such a polite individual as Yusuf to respond to his gasbaggery.

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Postby Varoon Shekhar » 02 May 2016 21:55

It was a good and relevant point, how India kept defense expenditure at a minimum between 1947-1962, and look what happened. China swallowed up Tibet, then had a border war with India. While Pakistan was receiving sophisticated arms from the US.

How would that elderly gentleman justify, first of all, China's huge defense expenditure? China has been a poor country for most of the last 70 years, and there is still disparity there. What are his practical suggestions to deal with the challenge of China, merely give China what it wants, and buy peace that way? Forget it.

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Postby Gyan » 02 May 2016 22:32

England conquered India inspite of its economy being 1/10th the size of India. Therefore expenditure on R&D is very important. If politicians want to make money, why foreign Dalals? Just get DRDO product made by Indian Companies and take bribes from such Indians!

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Postby Karan M » 03 May 2016 08:12

I have nothing but the harshest words for such "gentlemen" as in the video.

So when peace is there, don't do anything to build up your forces.
When war comes, expect your bloody soldiers to risk their lives, sacrifice themselves for one's over privileged behind and without the gear that would have helped.

Such idiotic pacifism cost our civilization so heavily and not only that, its a very very selfish position to take whilst disguised in the form of social justice and similar claims.

Yusufs can see this and the issues it can cause. But woolly headed folks for whom idealogy trumps substance, wont.

The amount of resources we lose in corruption alone would solve most of our spending challenges, not skimping on defense at a time when we are under threat.

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Postby rohitvats » 03 May 2016 09:55

Yusuf wrote: <SNIP>Thank you for the kind words Shiv Saar.


Great job! Keep up the good work.

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Postby Gyan » 03 May 2016 14:10

I think in current scenario we need to coin a new slogan to promote Make in India:-

Bribe to Indians only by Indians only for Promoting Indian products!


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Postby Suresh S » 05 May 2016 02:52

Thanks yusuf, terrifc talk. Great the way u handled that idiot I do not think I would have been so nice . Unfortunately like every place we have more than our share of these idiots.Thanks shiv for putting the u tube video

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Postby Karan M » 06 May 2016 05:14

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/YE9hzP ... -year.html

Hyderabad: Astra Microwave Products Ltd, a maker of subsystems used in the defence and telecommunication sectors, is expecting a pair of joint ventures to take off in the next financial year, which will help it earn an additional Rs.1,800 crore in revenue over five years.

One of the ventures is with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd for joint production and supply of tactical radio communication, electronic warfare and signal intelligence systems. This venture is awaiting clearance by the ministry of defence.

The second is with Canada’s Unique Broadband Systems Ltd for ultra high frequency broadcasting, satellite uplinking and medical imaging products.


“The Canadian JV business will start from FY18 onwards and we expect to have at least Rs.300 crore of turnover from this JV in the next five years. Similarly, Rafael JV revenues will start from next fiscal year, if we complete all the formalities this year. So in the next five years, we have the prospects for about Rs.1,500 crore,” M.V. Reddy, director of operations & business development, Astra Microwave, said in a conference call on 30 April.

The company has projected sales of Rs.450 crore this year (FY17) against Rs.500 crore it had earlier hoped to achieve on the back of export targets.

Almost 80% of the company’s orders come from the defence sector. The Indian government’s Make in India programme is meant to encourage manufacturing in the sector, but building capacities and completing projects remains time-consuming.

“So we had planned some sales in this year but because of the delay in the order of the business we had expected, we will be shifting to the next year. So this year we will have only Rs.450 crore in sales,” said B. Malla Reddy, managing director, Astra Microwave, in a 30 April conference call.

The FY18 sales could then be Rs.550 crore. In FY16, the company’s revenue was Rs.420 crore.

The company, along with Bharat Electronics Ltd, is also finalizing the terms of the light combat aircraft project for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO). This involves making AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars.

“In the first phase probably they (DRDO) are planning around close to 100 numbers, so initially we will be doing some 2-2 numbers (half) each; BEL and Astra. This is something which is in the discussion stage, it is not finalized yet,” Malla Reddy said.

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Postby Karan M » 06 May 2016 05:30

Ajai Shukla bats for Tatapower SED.. but in reality as usual its France's Sofradir (which supplies both Sagem and Thales) vs the Israelis for FPAs.

The process seems designed for short term gains. Why was Tonbo not asked to work with DRDO-BEL for a proper RF solution? Why are Tata power & BEL competing for FPA tech when a consolidated order could presumably lead to long term acquisition or development of the tech..

http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 040_1.html
Tata Power scrip's rise anticipates major army order

Ajai Shukla | New Delhi May 4, 2016 Last Updated at 23:48 IST

Bharat Electronics Q3 profit up 9.45% to Rs 297.5 cr Defence allocation remains a mystery Defence related shares gain as government clears new procurement policy Better days ahead for Bharat Electronics India Electronics Week to kick off on January 11 at Bengaluru

The Tata Power scrip perplexed analysts on Tuesday by jumping around four per cent on the BSE. This came a day after the company announced it had won a small order from the Border Security Force (BSF) for "cooled hand held thermal imagers" (HHTIs) that troopers on border outposts will use to watch the border fence, both by day and night.

The order for just 40 units won by the company's strategic engineering division (Tata Power SED) - worth barely Rs 20 crore, at about Rs 50 lakh per piece - hardly explains such euphoria (stock market gains were pared slightly on Wednesday). Nor does an anticipated follow-on order for about 400 more HHTIs, worth Rs 150-200 crore, which the home ministry is processing and is likely to clear by July, say ministry sources.

Business Standard learns that the optimism stems from the company's leap into pole position in the race for the much larger army requirement of 4,000 HHTIs, worth Rs 1,500-2,000 crore, for surveillance of the 776-kilometre line of control (LoC) with Pakistan. Additionally, the army needs HHTIs to enable its heavy armoured vehicles to drive at night without lights.

Army sources say the HHTIs chosen by the BSF are superior to, and significantly cheaper than, the equipment it has been evaluating since 2010. The department of defence production (DDP) has been pushing the army to buy the HHTI offered by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), and built by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), both work under the DDP.

{Well Duh! If trials drag on so long the FPAs will advance. Its but common sense that the FPAs used by the newer TI are ahead of the item stuck in endless trials since 2010. Question should be whether it can get the latest FPAs and what is the performance then! This is the same as claiming Arjun Mk1 had worse FSAPDS rounds than T-90, ignoring the fact that it was in endless trials since 1997 and hence retained the original rounds. Once cleared for production, Mk2 rounds matching the Russian ones were available asap. Our process is clearly broken with trials and fixing taking so long that vendors either leave or some new thing enters the fray and may end up restarting the whole process all over again}


The DRDO-BEL devices use Israeli infra-red (IR) tubes, with a 320 x 280 format, and a 20 um pixel pitch. In comparison, the Tata Power device, which the BSF has selected, uses a 640 x 480 format, with a 15 um pixel pitch. Like common digital cameras, a smaller pixel size enables the more detailed information to be packed into the same size of photograph.

Given this advantage, and standing instructions to support 'Make in India', and the army's inherent need for life-cycle support for its HHTI devices, the generals are veering around towards Tata Power's product. A cooled HHTI consists of two viewing devices: an optical daytime sight, and an IR sight for nighttime. Complex, on-board data fusion equipment amalgamates the images received from both sights for greater clarity. In addition, there is an inbuilt radio transmitter that transmits the final image, in real time, from the border fence where the HHTI is often installed to a command post that could be several kms away.

Tata Power SED sources say their breakthrough stems from indigenising the data fusion algorithm, obtaining sharper, clearer images of the surveillance area.

{While laudable, the data fusion algorithm stuff has been done by both DRDO BEL and Tonbo as well. The key here is the FPA used. It has much better resolution, plain and simple}


In the BSF trials, Tata Power competed against two other offerings. One, by a highly-regarded Indian imaging start-up called Tonbo Imaging, which provided high-quality images but failed on the radio equipment needed to transmit it. The other competitor, BEL, provided adequate radio equipment, since it builds most of the army's requirement of radios, but its HHTI failed to develop a passable image.

A major gap in indigenising cooled HHTIs exists in thermal imaging IR tubes, which Indian companies import. Tata Power's HHTIs incorporate IR tubes from French company, Sofradir.

{These are not IR tubes but Focal Plain Array detectors. Sofradir supplies the TI for many DRDO programs as well, including the Nag seeker}

However, company sources indicate that, if it wins the large army order, there will be a compelling business case for a joint venture with Sofradir to manufacture IR tubes in India. The army has been seeking to mitigate its "night blindness" with two types of sensors: first, thermal-imaging (TI) devices, which create an image of a target using a temperature gradient. The second type are image intensification (II) devices, which magnify ambient light. Earlier, "active infra-red devices" were used, which flashed out an IR beam and viewed the target from the reflected IR light. Active devices are now obsolescent, since they give away one's own position.

{What will be this manufacture? More screwdriver tech under "Make in India"? Why not have Tonbo, BEL, DRDO, Tata all combine resources for a national FPA facility which is anyway in process for seekers? How long will we continue to merely import part of somebody else's technology and then go back to them again and again, for next gen}

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Postby jayasimha » 06 May 2016 19:34

How this is possible ????

http://www.thehindu.com/business/relian ... 547033.ece


Reliance Defence Gets 15 More Permits across Spectrum
With 25 industrial licences in its bag, Reliance Defence has emerged as the private sector firm that
has the highest number of permits across the spectrum.
A subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Limited, the company last week received 15 industrial
licences for making a wide array of high technology equipment ranging from heavy weapons,
armoured vehicles, ammunition, electronic warfare systems, UAVs and directed energy weapon
systems.
Reliance had already got 10 licences before.
Of the 15 new licences given to it, 10 pertain to land systems, three for the naval systems and
remaining two covering niche technologies across the defence spectrum, industry sources said.
The key programmes in these segment have budgetary allocation in excess of Rs 50,000 crore,
though an order is still far away.
Reliance, a new player in the defence sector, will be competing with a host of established
companies like the TATA, L&T, Baba Kalyani Group, Mahindras among others, to get orders.
Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani had during the recently held DefExpo claimed that an
attempt is being made to deny opportunity to new players on grounds of lack of experience, which
he described as a "booby-trap" laid by vested interest to kill competition.
Reliance is eyeing a host of defence deals including Army's plans to spend an additional Rs 50,000
crore over next ten to fifteen years on different combat vehicles, air defence missile systems among
others.
Reliance Defence also intends to address a large potential international market for combat vehicles
in the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Reliance is aiming at developing an Infantry Combat Vehicle which will not only address the
domestic requirement but can also addresses the Global requirements estimated at Rs 350,000 crore
($50 billion), the sources said

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Postby jayasimha » 06 May 2016 19:37

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/eco ... 548106.ece


‘Make in India’ defence projects no more than 1% of sector’s budget
By Nayanima Basu
40% of the 23 identified projects worth ₹20 cr or less
The total value of the 23 Make In India projects identified by the Ministry of Defence for domestic
players is said to be less than 1 per cent of the entire Defence Budget.
While 40 per cent of the projects are valued at ₹20 crore or less, only three projects have an annual
outlay of ₹300 crore, government sources told BusinessLine.
In the current Union Budget ₹2,58,589 crore has been allocated for Defence, excluding pensions. Of
this, ₹78,586 crore has been allocated for capital expenditure.
This compares with ₹2,46,727 crore allocated in the last budget, of which ₹2,33,341 crore was
spent.
Of the 23 projects, 13 have been identified for the Indian Army, six for the Navy and four for the
Air Force. “This is just the first step towards implementing the new Defence Procurement
Procedure (DPP) in which the focus is on Make in India. This is not a confirmed list yet. More such
projects are in the pipeline,” a top official said.
The official also said that the projects have been identified in such a way that all players, be they
big, small or medium enterprises can take part.
Two categories
The Make in India category in the new DPP has been divided into two categories — ‘Buy (Indian)’,
with 40 per cent indigenous content, and ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ having an overall indigenous
content of 50 per cent.
The 23 projects fall under both these categories.
According to the official, some of the items mentioned in the 23 projects have a constant demand,
such as 125mm smooth bore gun barrels, 1,000HP engines, supersonic aerial targets, diesel engines,
ground rockets and glider bombs.
Off the shelf
“These products have steady demand in all the three services. Now, these will be available off the
shelf, which is extremely important,” the official added.
Earlier, the government mostly used to import these items, with some manufactured by defence
public sectors units and ordinance factories.
In the new DPP, which came into effect from April 2, the Ministry of Defence has introduced a new
category of acquisition — Indigenous Design Development and Manufacturing (IDDM). Under this
category, indigenously designed equipment with 40 per cent domestic content or equipment with 60
per cent indigenous content will be considered for acquisition. This category will be the most
preferred acquisition category.

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Postby jayasimha » 06 May 2016 19:39

After reading the above post,,, chew some bubble gum if u are hungry ( to supply India defence)

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 068930.cms

Defence ministry lists out 23 projects for private industry
New Delhi: In a first, the defence ministry has listed out 23 major projects from the three armed
forces— from UAVs, glide bombs to underwater systems and tank engines — it will earmark for
the Indian companies under the Make in India category.
The list, which has recently been drawn up by the ministry in consultation with the three armed
forces, for the first time shares details of the requirements in the coming years as well the schedule
for acquisition, things that were shrouded in secrecy in the past. The new-found openness is being
driven by defence minister Manohar Parrikar who has stepped up outreach and is in regular touch
with industry bodies and major companies indulged in military manufacturing.
Among the projects that have been listed out are 125mm smooth bore gun barrel for battle tanks,
targets for torpedo firing, advance pilotless target aircraft, mine layers and diesel engines for naval
boats. Besides technical specifications of the equipment, the ministry has also specified quantities to
make it easier for the industry to plan investments into technology. For example, the IAF has listed
its requirement of long-range glide bombs thousand per year and it wants to acquire them at the
earliest. Similarly, the Army wants to annually acquire 5 pilotless target aircraft starting next 2-3
years.
"Interested Indian companies are requested to carry out preliminary assessment regarding their
technical capability to undertake these projects and economic viability of the project," a ministry of
defence concept note reads.
The department of defence production, which is leading the project to attract companies under the
Make in India initiative has also said it plans to hold an "interaction seminar shortly with interested
companies so as to finalize the list and progress the proposals further".
While the release of specifics by the ministry has brought some clarity to companies planning to
invest in new technologies and research and development, experts warn that the ministry may need
to help the industry further in terms of assistance in technology acquisitions.
The authorities should offer the requisite technology or else at least help the potential bidders in
getting the same, without which these programs will be challenging to execute for the domestic
private industry," says Ankur Gupta, Vice President Defence at EY India.

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Postby Bhurishrava » 15 May 2016 13:16

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/reliance-defence-plans-to-make-80-seater-passenger-aircraft-with-ukraines-antonov/articleshow/52266270.cms

Reliance defence is planning to make 50-80 seater aircraft with Antonov.
This may also ve implications for defence needs if Reliance pulls it off.
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Postby jayasimha » 22 May 2016 06:51

India Defense and Aerospace Symposium 2016

23 June Bangalore
28june Hyderabad

http://india.ni.com/idas

All are welcome.

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Postby Austin » 22 May 2016 22:28

Interview with MOD Parrikar

We are looking to cut defence imports by 35-40%’

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/eco ... 626685.ece

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Postby Karan M » 23 May 2016 04:11

Respect for the Tejas guys, the people who headed DRDO who put up with vicious attacks on their integrity and for Ratan Tata.

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Postby Karan M » 28 May 2016 22:04

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-68508.html
Bengaluru firm to make more heat pipes for satellites

27-05-2016

Bengaluru, May 26 : Avasarala Technologies Ltd, the city-based tier-1 supplier of critical components to strategic sectors, has secured more orders to supply heat pipes for Indian satellites, a top official said on Thursday.

"We have got additional orders from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to supply heat pipes for satellites it launches for various applications," Avasarala chief executive T.T. Mani told reporters here at an event.

As an import-substitute component, the pipes are used in satellites to collect heat generated by electronic devices and release it in space to keep them cool.

"Made of light-weight aluminium, heat pipes keep spacecraft cool and stabilise inside temperature, as thermal uniformity is critical for orbiting satellites under adverse solar heating," said Mani.

The company handed over its 3,000th heat pipe to ISRO satellite centre director M. Annadurai at its factory here.

Promoted by eight former technocrats of state-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) here over three decades ago, the privately-held company also supplies critical components and subsystems to diverse industries spanning nuclear, defence, aerospace, factory automation and healthcare.

The state-run Indian space agency had used all the 2,986 heat pipes the company supplied since 2003 in 38 satellites launched for communications, broadcasting, remote-sensing and space exploration such as Chandrayaan-1 and Mars orbiter.

"We also make high frequency wave guides that open solar panels of satellites after their deployment in the intended orbits, for converting sunlight into thermal energy and keep their instruments, including transponders charged," Mani said.

The company has also received orders to make subsystems for semi-cryogenic engines the space agency is developing for launching heavy rockets to carry four-tonne and above satellites from its spaceport at Sriharikota, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.


"As ISRO plans to launch heavier satellites into geo-stationary orbits, we are partnering with it to make sub-systems for its semi-cryogenic engines used in a heavy rocket's upper stage for deploying the spacecraft," Mani noted.

The Rs.260-crore company with 650 employees has invested about Rs.200 crore in setting up its two manufacturing facilities in the city and a third assembly unit in Puducherry.

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Postby deejay » 30 May 2016 21:57

http://corruptionindrdo.com/parrikar-protects-whistleblower-and-takes-action-against-his-drdo-harassers/

Parrikar protects whistleblower and takes action against his DRDO harassers
May 30, 2016 By Prabhu

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has been in South Block for just 18 months, but the 61-year-old has taken several strong measures. In a recent order with a far-reaching impact, Parrikar has not only given protection to a whistleblower, but has also ordered action against officials harassing him.

Prakash Singh, a 53-year-old Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official, was sacked on the grounds that he was a “perpetual troublemaker”. In reality, Singh had blown the lid off alleged financial irregularities and malpractices in recruitment procedures in the country’s premier defence research agency.

As his series of complaints led to unease, he was sent on compulsory retirement in 2012.
ParrikarDespite complaining to then defence minister A K Antony, nothing was done. Last year, Singh apprised Parrikar of the root cause of his harassment and held 22 DRDO officials responsible for his persecution. Parrikar then ordered quashing of charges against Singh and action against the officials.
“The case has been examined in the light of advice of CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) and after detailed deliberations, the competent authority has ordered quashing of the charges framed against Prakash Singh,” says a Ministry of Defence order. “Those who trumped up false charges and committed a number of procedural irregularities with the single-minded objective of harassing Prakash Singh need to be identified and taken to task for their malafide action.”

Singh’s complaints of corruption in the agency and 10 DRDO scientists recruiting their family members in the organisation by flouting all norms is being investigated by the CBI.

Prakash Singh’s complaints to CBI, CVC

Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) failed to utilise the pressure recovery system (PRS), a hi-tech equipment imported from Russia for Rs 16.58 crore. Singh alleged that the equipment was burnt in a “mysterious” fire, but DRDO said that the project was successful.

Highlighted nepotism in DRDO recruitment by senior scientists who “recruited their family members by flouting rules”. During a CBI probe, two scientists were asked to leave on the same grounds


While the story shows Shri Parrikar's determined stand and honest dealing, DRDO's black sheeps were brought to book by a DRDO gallant knight who dared to take on the system. A long struggle to get justice and hopefully this time he won't be wronged again.

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Postby Karan M » 30 May 2016 22:25

^^
Positive stuff indeed deejay if they protect a whistleblower and fix issues.


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Postby member_28108 » 31 May 2016 19:57

https://vine.co/v/iVTEWxZUzgb

India's HAL HTT-40 basic trainer took its first flight today.

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Postby Vipul » 01 Jun 2016 06:38

Manohar Parrikar inaugurates submarine assembly workshop at Mazgaon Docks.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who was at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) on Saturday to inaugurate a submarine assembly workshop, said the level of indigenisation in submarine construction should be much higher than the present.

He said, "The overall level of indigenisation in the next line of submarines must be substantially higher." At present, MDL is building six Scorpene class of submarines for the Indian Navy, with around 35% of indigenisation. The minister also emphasised that the defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) should undertake orders to export ships by having a dedicated "export cell".

The newly built Submarine Marine Assembly Workshop is a pre-engineered building structure to handle construction of multiple submarines simultaneously.

Built at a cost of Rs153 crore, it will make it possible to assemble five submarines in the workshop at the same time.

The workshop has features such as rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plan, grey water treatment plant, oily water separator plant for treatment of sewage, grey water and oily water respectively, with zero discharge into the municipal drains.

This facility will enable MDL to go in for a second line of submarines concurrently.

The current construction of Scorpene class submarines is taking place at its East Yard in collaboration with DCNS of France. Kalvari, the first submarine of this class, is expected to join the Indian Navy later in the year.

Talking about MDL's performance, Parrikar said the production value has improved from Rs2,865 crore in the year 2013-14 to Rs4,009 crore in 2015-16, which is around a 40% increase.


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