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DRDO conducts successful flight test of ABHYAS drone

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) drone, from Interim Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Chandipur.  “The flight test was tracked by various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode,” the DRDO said in […]

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India Faces Hard Choice: US THAAD v/s. Russian S-400 Triumf

US has suggested that Delhi choose Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) and Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) anti-aircraft missile systems over Russia’s S-400s, the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times reports. If India went ahead with the purchase, it could face sanctions from the US under a 2017 federal law that targeted Russia (as well as North […]

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MWF Tejas :-Why Tejas Mk2 (MWF) Will Be Important

With the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) MMRCA program getting serially delayed and recast more than once, there was a feeling in various quarters that the Tejas Mk2 design should perhaps evolve further than what was initially envisaged to provide an indigenous option for the IAF’s requirements. Thus, the IAF and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) […]

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Indian Navy Demonstrates ‘MRSAM ‘Cooperative Engagement’ capability

The Indian Navy announced that it had achieved a “significant milestone” in its anti-air warfare capabilities by having one of its warships control missiles fired from two ships . The Indian Navy announced that, with the test of this cooperative engagement system, “it has become a part of a select group of navies that have […]

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INS ‘Vishal’ – India’s Next Aircraft Carrier

Reports in media indicate UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier on the lines of Britain’s HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ as part of ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotiations. The report says that talks are underway for the Indian Navy to ‘buy’ detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship […]

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India space debris may have doubled after Mission Shakti

NASA warns of risk to International Space Station The amount of Indian space debris may have almost doubled in the aftermath of the Mission Shakti anti-satellite strike but this is still significantly less than the existing space debris generated by China, Russia and the United States. Data from SPACE-TRACK.org, a public access repository maintained by […]

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A-SAT space debris means no harm to ISS or anyone

Using an interceptor ballistic missile without an explosive warhead and targeting a satellite at low earth orbit of less than 300 Km, ensured that space debris caused by India’s March 27 anti-satellite (A-SAT) experiment, named Mission Shakti, may not be as harmful as it is being made out to be. The debris causing ‘serious danger’ […]

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STARTING MAY, ISRO TO LAUNCH A STRING OF ‘DEFENCE’ SATELLITES

Between now and early 2020, the space above India looks set to see an unprecedented rush of satellites meant solely or mainly for the country’s military. Starting May, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to send up at least eight earth observation (EO) satellites of varied hues and at the rate of almost one […]

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Lander glitch benches Chandrayaan-2

Vikram, the lander on India’s ambitious mission that envisages a probe on the Moon, suffered minor damage in two of its four legs during a test late February, putting Chandrayaan-2 on the bench until May. Finding a suitable launch window could see the mission take off only in the second half of the year. A […]

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India’s leap in the space

It remains to be seen whether political will sustains subsequent steps crucial to consolidate this momentum. Prior to the televised 10-minute address in Hindi shortly after noon on March 27 by Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, few had expected that he would be announcing the beginning of a new space age for India. Mr Modi […]

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