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Grad bm 21 upgrad


The vehicle platform for Grad BM21 Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) is an all-wheel drive, high mobility platform built for the Grad BM21 launcher.

Key features:

  • Automatic transmission with effective cross-country mobility
  • Redundant power source with advanced power distribution system for powering the launcher
  • Suspension lock system to stabilize the platform during rocket firing
 

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Various Aerospace systems manufacturing by TATA.

Sikorsky S92 Helicopter Cabin Assembly.

First article delivered and accepted by customer.In series production and volume ramp-up.120+ S92 Helicopter cabin assemblies delivered


Lockheed Martin C-130J Empennage & Center Wing-Box Assembly.

Managing complex assemblies for critical control-surfaces. 44+ C130 J Empennage and 28 Center Wing Box already delivered to Lockheed Martin


Detailed part manufacturing for S92 cabin.

TASL - Sikorsky JV has established aerospace manufacturing capabilities.
Vast range of in-house processes makes it the most advanced private sector unit in India.

Pilatus PC -12 Green Aircraft.

Cobham – Refuelling Pod Structures
Air to Air refuelling pod assembly.

Boeing 777 Structures.Contract awarded to TASL in 2015 and first delivery to Boeing within 7 months from the award of the contract. 30+ shipsets already delivered with 100% Quality and On-Time Delivery.

Rolls Royce Engines Parts:- Tata Advanced Systems have partnered with Rolls – Royce for precision manufacturing and supply chain for the TRENT and BR700 engine programs. Dedicated facility set up within 6 months from award of contract and more than 100,000 precision parts delivered to Rolls- Royce. Won the "Trusted to Deliver Excellence" Award and was nominated for the "Best New Supplier" Award at the Rolls Royce Aerospace Global Supplier Conference 2016 in Berlin.

Boeing – AH 6i Vertical Stabilizer Assembly:- Successfully Delivered 11 Shipsets On and Ahead of Schedule with meeting 100% quality standards


Boeing AH64 Apache Fuselage:- TATA and Boeing have entered into a Joint Venture to fabricate and assemble the fuselage for the AH64 Apache helicopter.

Boeing AH64 Apache Secondary Structures:- TATA Advanced Systems have also been contracted for the AH64 Apache secondary structures.

Boeing CH47 ChinookAft. Fuselage Panels:- TATA Advanced Systems have been contracted to deliver the Aft Fuselage Panels for Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopter.

GE LEAP Engines Parts:- TATA Advanced Systems have been contracted for Precision Manufacturing, supply chain for LEAP engine Program for GE
 

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Halt all acquisitions, armed forces told as Covid-19 threatens budget
The Department of Military Affairs has asked the Army, Navy and Air Force to put on hold their capital acquisitions in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic.

Anticipating budget cuts, the armed forces have been asked to put on hold their acquisition cases to modernise their weaponry in view of the prevailing situation in the country, sources in the Defence Ministry told India Today.

The armed forces are in different stages of acquiring multiple platforms for modernising their arsenal. The Indian Air Force, for instance, is in the process of making payments for the 36 Rafale combat aircraft from France and S-400 air defence weapon system from Russia.

The Indian Army is also acquiring tanks, artillery guns and assault rifles from different countries, including America and Russia while the Navy recently signed the deal for 24 multirole choppers from the US.
 

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Indian Increasing Defense Budget and Military Modernization: Security threats for Pakistan
Indian federal government has announced $66.9 billion defence budget for fiscal year 2020/21 which represents a 9.4 percent increase in MoD’s overall allocation as compared to the allocation for the previous fiscal year 2019. According to the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB), the defence budget accounted for 15.49 percent of the federal government’s total expenditure for the upcoming fiscal year. During recent visit of President Trump to India in February 2020, both President Trump and PM Modi agreed to sign military deals worth more than $3 billion. Furthermore, President Trump stated that “We make the greatest weapons ever made. Airplanes, Missiles, Rockets, Ships. We make best and we’re dealing now with India. But this includes advanced air-defence systems and armed and unarmed aerial vehicles”. In 2018, India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia for purchasing of Russian S-400 surface to air missile systems. In addition, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) in the previous year revealed that India has ordered $14.5 billion of Russian-made weapons which made it the largest buyer of Russian military hardware. Moreover, the Indian foreign secretary said that Delhi and Moscow wanted to increase their annual trade to $30 billion by 2025.

Previously, India’s cabinet cleared $2.6 billion purchase from Lockheed Martin Corporation of 24 multi-role MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to Indian navy. In addition, Lockheed Martin and Boeing (Global Defence Companies) are bidding for a contract to supply the air force 114 combat planes in a deal estimated at $15 billion. Furthermore, a report published in Live Mint on 9 September 2019, which explained that the official document by India showed the government would spend $130 billion for fleet modernization in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces. Moreover, Delhi approved purchase of arms from the U.S worth $1.8 billion in which air-defence radars and missiles, rifles, and other equipment are included. India is the world’s second-largest arms importer after Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimated that Delhi alone accounted for 9.5% of global weapons import. Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in February 2019, during a federal budget announcement in parliament told that “Defence is our major spending and we give it as much as the budget allows”. Moreover, according to the New York Times and Live Mint, the recent Indian Budget speech is the longest ever delivered by any Indian Finance Minister since February 1860.

As far as the Indian domestic industry with regard to Make-in-India drive is concerned, PM Modi led Indian government has been putting in massive efforts to increase its domestic production and military modernization. PM Narendra Modi has also announced to appoint a chief of defence staff (CDS) to increase coordination among all forces who would act as head of Indian Air Force, Army, and Navy. Along with this, India keeps the world’s second-largest military after China therefore Indian FM Nirmala stated that we have to increase our defence budget which will help us in our military modernization. India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and now accounts for 46 percent of Israel’s arms exports that raises many questions over Indian military buildup along with regional security threats particularly security concerns for Pakistan. A large part of the Indian Army is deployed on the border with traditional foe Pakistan. In addition, there is high demand among the Indian forces for sophisticated weapon to fight against Islamabad, the arms such as assault rifles, surveillance drones, and body armour etc. Furthermore, the demands of Indian Airforce are also rising which request for the hundreds of sophisticated and latest combat planes and helicopters to replace the old ones. While the Indian Navy has been planning for dozens of submarines to counter the expanding presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. This portrays a dangerous situation for Pakistan in wake of increasing Indian military modernization.


When the whole world grappling with the Coronavirus employing all their abilities, skills, money and efforts to fight off the pandemic, India still prefers Arms over Masks. PM Narendra Modi’s policies and actions are becoming worrisome not only for Pakistan but also for the whole South Asian region. For instance, PM Modi recently agreed to buy light machine guns from Israel instead of buying masks and other medical equipment to effectively face the growing threat of Covid-19. Though PM Modi’s is vehemently being criticized by activists and human right groups, he still went ahead with an arms deal with Israel worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The Indian government released a statement about supply of 16,479 light machine guns worth $116 million by Israel. In this regard, leader of the left-wing Communist Party of India CPI-ML, Kavita Krishnan said that “Why is the government of India choosing to spend massively on a military purchase instead of prioritizing a corona relief package, medical infrastructure, free healthcare and testing for all?”. This move of buying arms is not only criticized within India by various writers and activists but also by other South Asian states especially Pakistan. This shows the intensions and extremist as well as hawkish policies of PM Modi that could cause severe threats for the security of Pakistan. Indian government’s policies and actions show undiplomatic behaviour that mostly aims at threatening Pakistan. A professor at the University of Delhi, Apoorvanand, said that “Modi is taking India on the course of demagoguery, and this is all it has to offer the people”.
 

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Govt has no money to buy Make in India defence products.. Major contracts either are on hold or they hv been cancelled....

 

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India will export FPV to Seychelles Coast Guard

The fourth ship in the series of FPVs is earmarked for export delivery to the Seychelles Coast Guard and is likely to be delivered shortly after completing the related formalities, GRSE said.

Lead ship of the class.


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This order has been won against the other competitive brand SUVs and this has been the first key order from the Bangladesh Army. The superior performance of the Tata Hexa, better comfort features and widely available service and spares in Bangladesh made it the most preferred brand for the army
 

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Modi govt eyes export of defence products in Indian Ocean region and Africa

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The Narendra Modi government is looking at countries in the Indian Ocean region and in Africa to push for the export of indigenous defence systems.

The defence ministry is already working on country-wise profiles for possible military exports from India, and Defence Attaches will facilitate the export of indigenous products in the countries they are posted in, ThePrint has learnt.

Sources in the defence and security establishment told ThePrint that a consolidated list of items for possible exports, both from the government and private sector, is being made.

Along with this, a country-wise profile is being prepared to understand what each country needs and how Indian products can be pushed.

Sources also said that regular interaction between the Defence Attaches and industry is also being planned so that both are aware of the requirements and potential sales.

These are among the steps that are being taken to reach the government’s target of Rs 35,000 crore (USD 5 billion) export in aerospace, and defence goods and services in the next five years.

This is part of the turnover of Rs 1.75 lakh crore (USD 25 billion) in defence manufacturing by 2025 that the government is aiming to achieve.

“We have already introduced a negative import list, which will give a push to domestic production. This list will be expanded over time and more products will be added. Other steps are being taken to ensure that exports take place too,” a source in the defence ministry said.

Another source said that there are a number of countries that are looking at various military systems and not all of them have the capability to procure from western countries, which are global defence exporters.

“The first focus would be India-friendly countries and those in the Indian Ocean region. The African market is also huge,” the source said, pointing out that during the DefExpo in Lucknow held earlier this year, the first-ever India-African Defence Ministers’ conclave was held.

The source underlined that while defence exports would also entail sourcing being done by foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers, the focus is on export of products manufactured by Indian firms.


 

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The Akash SAM system is a good system. But certain doubts remain regarding its export.
1.Only a degraded version should be exported. All exporting countries reserve the best version for their own use and supply second grade versions of the weapons to other buyers. This doesn't mean that it will not work. It will be adequate enough for the needs of the buyer but also protect the core technology for the seller.

2.I strongly advocate its export only when the Akash mk2/Akash NG version is fully developed and ready for induction into our services. I am sure that the intelligence agencies of China will have their agents in the Vietnamese and Philippines Armed Forces. Leakage of technology of the Akash system cannot be ruled out.

Anyway one must take reports on exports with a fair degree of cynicism. There have been many reports of export of Brahmos and Akash missile systems to half a dozen countries during the last decade but nothing actually happened.

So question is - will it be different this time.
 

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The Akash SAM system is a good system. But certain doubts remain regarding its export.
1.Only a degraded version should be exported. All exporting countries reserve the best version for their own use and supply second grade versions of the weapons to other buyers. This doesn't mean that it will not work. It will be adequate enough for the needs of the buyer but also protect the core technology for the seller.

2.I strongly advocate its export only when the Akash mk2/Akash NG version is fully developed and ready for induction into our services. I am sure that the intelligence agencies of China will have their agents in the Vietnamese and Philippines Armed Forces. Leakage of technology of the Akash system cannot be ruled out.

Anyway one must take reports on exports with a fair degree of cynicism. There have been many reports of export of Brahmos and Akash missile systems to half a dozen countries during the last decade but nothing actually happened.

So question is - will it be different this time.
Akash is degraded enough in its current form. It is a command guided missile which makes it prone to jamming and the buyer wold need extensive training before using it. But the version we are pitching for sale is 1S with seeker. So on that front we can't degrade it.
Second come its flight envelope. As a point defence system, we can't degrade its existing flight envelope as it would mean that no one would be vying for a missile which could attain 10k mtr altitude or with a range of 20-25km.
So exporting a degraded version in any form is not going to happen.

As far as bleeding of tech is concerned, the tech of Akash is decades old with Chinese having enough knowledge of the missile in form of 2K12 Kub. So it is not a matter of concern basically. We could at best export a missile with lower seeker range or degraded RADAR. But nothing more then that is economically feasible for buyer.

Akash-NG is in advance state of development with test possible happening in 21 itself. So at this time, exort of 1S version is the best bet for us.
 

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Akash is degraded enough in its current form. It is a command guided missile which makes it prone to jamming and the buyer wold need extensive training before using it. But the version we are pitching for sale is 1S with seeker. So on that front we can't degrade it.
Second come its flight envelope. As a point defence system, we can't degrade its existing flight envelope as it would mean that no one would be vying for a missile which could attain 10k mtr altitude or with a range of 20-25km.
So exporting a degraded version in any form is not going to happen.

As far as bleeding of tech is concerned, the tech of Akash is decades old with Chinese having enough knowledge of the missile in form of 2K12 Kub. So it is not a matter of concern basically. We could at best export a missile with lower seeker range or degraded RADAR. But nothing more then that is economically feasible for buyer.

Akash-NG is in advance state of development with test possible happening in 21 itself. So at this time, exort of 1S version is the best bet for us.
Point taken. But I was considering the algorithms developed by us which would be unique.

By the picture you have painted it should be easy enough for the Chinese to jam the Akash missile. Question remains then- what would be its utility for the user if their main enemy knows almost everything about the missile. The Vietnamese and the Philippinese would be buying it for countering Chinese fighter aircraft and drones.
 

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Point taken. But I was considering the algorithms developed by us which would be unique.

By the picture you have painted it should be easy enough for the Chinese to jam the Akash missile. Question remains then- what would be its utility for the user if their main enemy knows almost everything about the missile. The Vietnamese and the Philippinese would be buying it for countering Chinese fighter aircraft and drones.
Our algorithm is based on network centric warfare and network fusion. Akash is been designed to work in conjuncture with existing SAM or AD system of ours. Same is true for every other AD system in our arsenal.

Now in a tier system of AD, it would differ from customer to customer depending on their need. You can't duplicate the entire tier system of one country based on a single system. On top of that, Akash is not even the front line system of ours.

The real danger is decoding the signal of RADAR. But here too, Akash system as a standalone version uses Rajendra RADAR. Even if Chinese do decode its signal and come to know about its range, it would not be easy for them to know about each and every RADAR capability we deploy in our air defence system. Rather then degrading the missile itself, its the RADAR which which would be modified as per user need.
 

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Our algorithm is based on network centric warfare and network fusion. Akash is been designed to work in conjuncture with existing SAM or AD system of ours. Same is true for every other AD system in our arsenal.

Now in a tier system of AD, it would differ from customer to customer depending on their need. You can't duplicate the entire tier system of one country based on a single system. On top of that, Akash is not even the front line system of ours.

The real danger is decoding the signal of RADAR. But here too, Akash system as a standalone version uses Rajendra RADAR. Even if Chinese do decode its signal and come to know about its range, it would not be easy for them to know about each and every RADAR capability we deploy in our air defence system. Rather then degrading the missile itself, its the RADAR which which would be modified as per user need.
I was trying to draw your attention to the Chinese getting access to the Akash system and its computers and deciphering the coding done by us.

Now as we all know the missile itself does not have a brain. It only follows the commands and instructions given by the software. There are various sensors like accelerometers, gyroscopes, altimeter, IR sensors etc. The job of the main system computer is to take in all the readings from the various sensors and then choose a course of action. In a manned aircraft the pilot takes the decisions on what the aircraft should do by using the control surfaces on the plane. Using the human brain.

But in an unmanned missile the laws of flight are written down by the designers. The missile will do exactly as programmed by the designers. If the Chinese know how the Akash SAM will behave in various flight situations /conditions then they may know how to fool the missile.

Now consider if the Russians or the Chinese get their hands on the best American Aam the 120D missile. The Americans would have written down thousands or even millions of lines of coding to make the Aim120D what it is. Will it be impossible for the Chinese or Russians to decipher the code and then use that knowledge to devise counter measures for the Aim120D.

Countries strongly protect the algorithms used in their weapons.

Anyway let's see if we actually export the Akash and the Brahmos.
 

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