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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has six major missions lined up for the rest of 2015, including the keenly awaited Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) mission toward the middle of the year.
 
 
 
Thiruvananthapuram: Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLVTD), one of ISRO's prestigious space programmes, is tentatively scheduled to be held between July and August this year, a top official Friday said.
 
 
 
NEW DELHI: It has been 32 years in the making but it will be least another five years before the indigenously-built fighter jet Tejas (Mark -II) can be deployed in a combat role, a top Indian Air Force official told NDTV.
 
 
 
NEW DELHI: India will get six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems, that will be fitted on the Kamorta-class submarines, later this year from Germany.
 
 
 
NEW DELHI: Indian Navy will soon test fire a long-range surface-to-air missile, jointly developed by India and Israel, aiming to enhnace its capabailities against incoming missiles, planes and drones.
 
 
 
Last week India’s Economic Times reported that the Indian conglomerate Reliance Infrastructure—which owns stakes in numerous Indian defense companies—is seeking Russian assistance for programs to locally produce nuclear submarines and other stealth warships.
 
 
 
German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, who talked up her country's submarine building capability during her Tuesday meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, kept silent on the Eurofighter Typhoon, although Germany had led the campaign to sell it to the Indian Air Force (IAF) the Typhoon.
 
 
 
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday “surge in the aggressive designs of India” had forced Paki-stan to conduct nuclear tests in 1998.
 
 
 
The American defence secretary Ashton Carter drops into Delhi next week bearing ideas for joint military projects and things to sell in government-to-government (G2G) deals—Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in Pentagonese.
 
 
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The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus test tanker has returned to the skies over the US state of Washington with a four-and-a-half-hour airworthiness flight on Thursday and another flight late on Friday, the company says.
 
 
 
China's first peacekeeping mission involving combat-ready troops has been deployed to South Sudan. It has held an inauguration ceremony for its headquarters in the capital Juba.
 
 
 
The Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan said it would stick to a plan to buy 120 US-made M1A1 Abrams tanks in an estimated NT$33 billion (US$1.08 billion) deal.
 
 
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific but, despite his blunt remarks, the response from Chinese officials was measured.
 
 
 
An unmanned air vehicle test range has been established at Taranto-Grottaglie general aviation airport in Italy to allow industry to test its systems safely over land and sea and support research and development.
 
 
 
General Dynamics Mission Systems announced Tuesday that it has delivered software update to the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s AV-8B Harrier II Jet Mission System Computers.
 
 
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