Defence items can be "big item of exports" if we put quick clearance procedures in place and develop products required by many across the globe who cannot afford the top most available equipment, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.
A parliamentary committee on Monday slammed the defence ministry over the gap between the sanctioned strength of active fighter aircraft squadrons and their actual number, saying that "even the slight edge over rival neighbouring nation" would be lost if the "complacency" remains.
Development of hi-tech technology from the scratch, lack of skilled manpower and technological complexities were some of the reasons the government today gave for delay in completion of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project.
Asia's premier air show, "Aero India" came to a close on Sunday with the event turning into a carnival on the last two days as nearly three lakh people thronged the Air Force Station at Yelahanka here to witness the splendid aerial feast by the metal birds.
In another landmark for indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the aircraft was successfully started thrice after an overnight soak in the extreme cold of Ladakh, where the temperature dropped to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
The first naval prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers, was successfully tested at a facility in Goa, the defence ministry said here Sunday.
DRDO`s claim about being in a position to export Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has been dismissed as premature and unrealistic by former top IAF officers who want it to focus on getting the indigenous fighter plane inducted into own air force first.
Marking a milestone in India`s military aviation, the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Friday received initial clearance for induction into the Air Force, 30 years after the sanction of the programme estimated to cost around Rs 25,000 crore.
World`s lightest and India developed supersonic fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is battle-ready for testing by its air force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays.
With DRDO facing "bitter criticism" over delays in major projects like LCA and Arjun tank, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday asked the research agency to complete its programmes within the prescribed time-limit.