India approves AoNs for procurements worth USD3.6 billion

by Jon Grevatt

India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved new procurement projects, including those for close quarter battle (CBQ) carbines and a command variant Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) – Command, worth INR287.3 billion (USD3.6 billion).

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement that the procurements – approved through the provision of ‘Acceptance of Necessity' (AoN) status – include several significant platforms for the Indian Army, designed and developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).


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US Army approves new top-attack, anti-tank landmine production

by Ashley Roque

In 2018 the US Army released the illustration of its vision for a networked landmine concept. The service has awarded Textron Systems with a low-rate initial production contract to produce its new XM204 top-attack munition. (US Army)

The US Army awarded Textron Systems with a five-year, low-rate initial production contract to produce its new XM204 top-attack munition, a landmine designed to destroy combat vehicles.

Henry Finneral, the company's senior vice-president for weapon systems, told Janes


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India reports growth in offsets value but says firms are missing deadlines

by Jon Grevatt

The total value of discharged defence offsets in India has grown strongly since 2020, according to Indian MoD statistics. (Indian MoD)

Foreign companies have implemented defence offsets in India worth USD6.83 billion in the past 15 years, India's Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt has said in parliament. This total, he added, represents 82% of foreign firms' total offset obligations in the period up until 1 August.


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US Army conducts Iron Dome flight test

by Ashley Roque

The US Army conducted its second live-fire test with Iron Dome at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (US Army)

US Army soldiers recently used Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Iron Dome during a live-fire test against cruise missile threats, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) announced on 2 August.

The service acquired two Iron Dome batteries as an ‘interim' cruise missile defence capability following a congressional mandate. However, the service has not yet fielded the weapon and is continuing to test it out.


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