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IAF to participate in air combat exercise in Israel with 7 other countries
Soon after PM Narendra Modi visits Tel Aviv in July, the first-ever by an Indian PM since bilateral diplomatic relations were established in 1992, the Indian Air Force will be participating in a top-notch air combat exercise in Israel.
In the first such exercise to be held with Israel, India will be among the seven nations taking part in the “Blue Flag” exercise, which will witness almost 100 fighters and other aircraft undertake extensive combat manoeuvres for two weeks, said sources.
The other six nations are the United States, Greece, Poland, France, Germany and Italy.
The Blue Flag exercise till now used to involve the US, Greece and Poland, apart from of course Israel.
Though India and Israel share expansive defence ties, ever since Tel Aviv rushed emergency weapon supplies to New Delhi during 1999 Kargil conflict, the relationship has largely been kept under wraps due to domestic political sensitivities.
The NDA government has firmly brought them out of the closet now. Israel is among the top three arms suppliers to India, notching up sales worth almost $1 billion every year.
The acquisitions range from Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) and Searcher, Heron and Harop UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to Aerostat and Green Pine radars, Barak anti-missile defence systems and several types of missiles & laser-guided bombs.
Indian Armed Forces is 1.42 million strong now
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Bharathi Mohan R.Kin Lok Sabha
The details of personnel in the defence services are as under:-
Officers (as on 1.7.2016)
JCOs/ORs (as on 1.7.2016)
Officers (as on 31.1.2017)
Sailors(as on 31.1.2017)
Officers (as on 1.3.2017)
Airmen (as on 1.3.2017)
Russia, India Likely To Sign Deal This Year For 48 Mi-17V-5 Helicopters
Russia is likely to sign an agreement on deliveries of 48 Mi-17B-5 helicopters to India this year.
“I am sure that this year the deal on delivery of 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India will be signed,” Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of Russia’s Rostec State Corporation Victor Kladov said Wednesday.
Russia is also engaged in dialogue with countries of the Middle East and North Africa on delivery of Su-35 fighters, Kladov was quoted as saying by Sputnik news at Langkawi exhibition.
“Countries from North Africa and the Middle East region can be the next to acquire Su-35 fighters, the negotiations with them are being conducted,” Kladov told, without specifying the countries.
Kladov also said that Russia will sign an agreement in 2017 for delivery and manufacturing in India of four project 11356 frigates.
“I am sure that this year the deal on the manufacturing of two frigates under the license in India and the delivery from Russia of two frigates of this project will be signed,” Kladov told journalists.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATE GUNS TO FIRE WITH MADE IN INDIA SHELLS
After importing the Bofors guns over 30 years ago, India is now looking forward to exporting the ammunition required for the weapon. The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is close to bagging an order to make 155mm shells, which are used in Bofors-type artillery guns, for the United Arab Emirate
The ordnance factories’ exports will multiply 10 times once the Rs235 crore order is finalized. “At present, exports are within Rs20-25 crore,” said sources.
The shells will be made in the Ordnance Factories in Vidarbha located at Nagpur, Chandrapur, and Bhandara. All three are mainly engaged in making high caliber ammunition like the 155mm shells.
The deal is a part of recent firming up of ties between India and UAE. Similar cooperation is being proposed in other sectors too. The crown prince of Abu Dabhi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayeed Ali Nahyan was India’s guest during the Republic Day celebrations.
Sources privy to the development said that the proposal came up during the last week of February when an Indian delegation visited UAE. The offer came from UAE to which India responded quickly. “The contract has been signed by India and now the UAE’s stamp is awaited on the documents,” said sources.
This will be the first ever major defense contract with UAE. “The 155mm shells which are used in Bofors type guns with a range of over 35km will be exported by India for the first time,” said a source in the Ordnance Factory.
OFB will be making the 155mm extended bore full range shells of boat-tail version for UAE. The shells mainly come in boat-tail and base-bleed versions. The OFB makes both versions. The boat-tail version is older and the factories have established the expertise in making the shell.
Even as the guns of 155×39 caliber were imported from Sweden in the 80s, the Ordnance Factories had long back begun making