Indian Air Force orders counter-UAV systems from Zen Technologies

by Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed a INR1.55 billion (USD21.2 million) order with local private company Zen Technologies for the supply of an undisclosed number of systems to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Hyderabad-based firm provided no details about exact type or number of counter-UAV systems contracted by the IAF, but noted in a 3 September statement that deliveries are to be completed within 12 months, adding that the order is also “a significant step towards making India a drone and counter-drone technology export hub”.


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DSEI 2021: Saudi Arabia continuing to build on engagement opportunities for foreign suppliers

by Charles Forrester

Saudi Arabia is continuing to promote inward investment and contracting opportunities in its defence industry, His Excellency Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), told Janes during the DSEI 2021 trade show in London.

“We have identified that we have up to 74 supply chain opportunities that branch into hundreds of billions of dollars of opportunities worldwide,” Al-Ohali said. “This represents a green-field environment for people who want to invest and who want to join our journey.”


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DSEI 2021: Babcock outlines Arrowhead 140 bid for Greece

by Charles Forrester

Babcock is bidding the Arrowhead 140 design for Greece's naval modernisation programme, with the company also proposing significant in-country development and support. (Babcock)

Babcock has outlined to Janes its approach to the four pillars required for Greece's naval procurement programme, for which it is bidding the Arrowhead 140 frigate.

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Taiwan proposes USD8.6 billion for defence ‘special' fund

by Jon Grevatt & Andrew MacDonald

Janes Defence Budgets forecasts that Taiwan's total defence expenditure will grow strongly in real terms in 2022 but will also likely decline by a similar margin in 2027 when allocated and proposed ‘special' funding ends. (Janes Defence Budgets)

Taiwan's Executive Yuan has announced a plan to spend TWD240 billion (USD8.6 billion) over the next five years to bolster naval and air combat capabilities.

The funding is designated as a ‘special' expenditure, and will be in addition to annual defence budget allocations. The new expenditure will also be focused on procuring local equipment and systems instead of imports.


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