Archive For October, 2018

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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ISRO Plans Its First Overseas Ground Base At North Pole

Two years after China opened a ground station at the North Pole, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has drawn up plans to set up what will be its first overseas ground station in the region, primarily to augment the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) operations that are crucial not just for civilian needs like disaster […]

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CECRI’s research draws Boeing, global players

The Central Electro-Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, one of the 38 Government-owned research laboratories under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is getting assignments from a marquee customer — Boeing. Boeing approached CECRI four years ago after seeing a research paper by S Mohan, chief scientist. The aircraft manufacturer asked […]

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ISRO developing vehicle to launch small satellites

IT has been a steady climb up the rungs of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the low-profile Dr K Sivan, who took over from Mr A.S. Kiran Kumar as its Chairman on January 12. Dr K Sivan was earlier Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. He first came into the limelight on […]

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ISRO opens first of its six planned incubation centres: eyes import substitution in key electronic components

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) opened the first of its six planned Technology Incubation Centres at Agartala, a strategic move aimed at leveraging the huge untapped potential of academia-industry partnerships. The space agency will allocate Rs 2 crore to build the necessary facilities for the incubation centre, to be set up at the National […]

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Indigenously developed Air-to-Air Missile Astra successfully test fired

A pre-induction trial of India’s indigenously developed beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) ‘Astra’ was successfully conducted over Bay of Bengal near Chandipur in Odisha, defence sources said. The missile was fired from a fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force in the afternoon and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle ‘Banshi’ which it successfully engaged, […]

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