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With the almost $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project for 126 Rafale fighters stuck in the final stages, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will be holding talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar next week in a bid to resolve the imbroglio.
 
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on building a robust indigenous defence industry base, ramping up the military’s capabilities and stitching up alliances to expand strategic cooperation regionally and globally during the last six months.
 
 
 
Thales holds 26 percent of the new company, and state-owned Bharat Electronics the other 74 percent. It has been created to design, develop, market, supply and support ground-based civilian and military radars.
 
 
 
As India draws closer and buys more military hardware from Israel, questions are raised about what that will mean to traditional key defense suppliers, the US and Russia, as well as New Delhi’s relations with Palestine.
 
 
 
NEW DELHI: Laser walls may soon be used to stop infiltration from Pakistan. This is one solution BSF is exploring to implement more effective border checks.
 
 
 
The Union government has given the go-ahead to Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the construction of all eight mine countermeasure vessels, or MCMVs, for the Indian Navy, with the option of additional vessels.
 
 
 
Will India cancel the MMRCA contract with France which was signed in early September for the delivery of 126 Rafale fighter jets should France refuse to deliver the Mistral Class warship to Russia. The MMRCA contract with France is valued at around $20 to $23 billion.
 
 
 
A Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Air Force, used for surveillance, crashed today on the outskirts of a village near Bhuj town in Gujarat's Kutch district.
 
 
 
Boeing Co. (BA), the world’s largest planemaker, is considering investing in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi eases rules for foreign investment in the defense sector and expedites arms contracts.
 
 
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WASHINGTON — The US State Department has approved an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq’s fleet of C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, the government announced Tuesday.
 
 
 
PARIS — The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.
 
 
 
WASHINGTON — Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support for the Pentagon’s fleets of V-22 Osprey aircraft under a two-year agreement, the company announced.
 
 
 
LONDON — Three bidders have pitched proposals to supply and support a fleet of helicopters to train British military pilots and crew, said Ascent, the company that has a 25-year deal to run all fixed- and rotary-wing training for the armed services here.
 
 
 
As the Defense Department retrogrades mountains of equipment from Afghanistan, the US Army has failed to effectively report $419.5 million worth of equipment that may have gone missing, according to a recent DoD Inspector General’s (DODIG’s) audit.
 
 
 
KIEV, UKRAINE — NATO’s top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia’s “militarization” of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.
 
 
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