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India’s first indigenously developed fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam may achieve criticality in 2019

The country’s first indigenously developed 500-megawatt (mw) prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu is expected to achieve criticality next year, a senior official said. The project, which was earlier expected to be commissioned in 2012, has missed several deadlines. “Our indigenously developed prototype fast breeder reactor of 500 mw is now undergoing […]

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21 Nuclear Reactors By 2030- Plan Well “On Track”: Atomic Energy Agency

India’s plan to build 21 nuclear reactors by 2030 by using different technologies is on track, Atomic Energy Department Secretary Mr Sekhar Basu said. The Secretary was speaking at the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosted by Austria, an official release said. “During the last general conference we talked about […]

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Government may clear purchase of two more AWACS for around $800 million

India is finally back on track to acquire two more airborne warning and control systems (AWACS), which are potent force-multipliers as “eyes in the sky”, for around $800 million in a tripartite venture with Israel and Russia after price wrangling kept the acquisition derailed for several years. Defence ministry sources said a fresh procurement case for the two […]

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Tejas Mk1, Mk1A, and Mk2 will be the mainstay of IAF’s inventory

With the number of the Indian Air Force’s fighter squadrons expected to decrease quickly from the present 31 as the current fleet ages, there has been a decisive endeavor to accelerate the recapitalization of the fighter fleet. The majority of the new fighters are to bear the “Make in India” label. By 2032, the Indian […]

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India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials

Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship by the first week of October. The keel of the ship, which was laid on June 30, 2014, is […]

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New copters to enable tech transfer

The Defence Ministry is shortly expected to release project-specific implementation guidelines for the 111 naval utility helicopters to be procured under the Strategic Partnership (SP) model. However, foreign companies say there is still some clarity required on crucial legal, liability and technology transfer issues. “There are two important issues that need clarity. One is legal. […]

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In a first, LCA naval variant lands on warship deck

The Light Combat Aircraft’s (LCA) naval variant landed on the deck of warship INS Hansa in Goa, said its maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). “LCA Navy (NP2) undertakes maiden taxi-in engagement to prove arrestor hook system of aircraft at sea-bed test facility Goa,” tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “This is the first of a series of engagements planned to prove the arrestor […]

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Defence Ministry throws 11 challenges at start-ups

Defence Minister Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the Defence India Startup Challenge, an initiative to tap startups for finding safe and futuristic Indian solutions to critical needs of the three Armed Forces. Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman released a list of 11 technologies that the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force need, to begin with. They included […]

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Bengaluru: HAL chief flies LCA

HAL CMD T. Suvarna Raju flew the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas from the HAL Airport on. The twin-seat variant of LCA (PV5) was piloted by Group Captain K.K. Venugopal, HAL’s Chief Test Pilot. In a thrilling set of manoeuvres, the aircraft climbed to 30,000 feet and accelerated to supersonic speed of 1.1 Mach. This […]

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We averted a possible debacle: ISRO chairman

Indian Space Research Organisation could have faced a ?1200-crore debacle in space had it not brought GSAT-11 back from the Guiana launch port in late April, its Chairman K. Sivan said .Speaking for the first time on issues raised about the 5,700-kg high throughput satellite, he justified ISRO’s unprecedented decision to recall the satellite midway […]

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