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05 Jan 11. India on Tuesday laid the foundation for establishing the country’s first R & D centre for defence shipbuilding – the National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding (NIRDESH) – at Chaliyam near here in Kerala. Defence Minister A K Antony, who laid the foundation stone for the Rs 600 crore mega institute, said that this will be the fifth defence project in the state. (Source: Google)

04 Jan 11. The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO) has decided to set up a research and innovation centre in the Research Park of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras, V.K. Saraswat, DRDO Director General and Defence Research and Development Department Secretary, said on Tuesday. After delivering a talk on the second day of the 98th Indian Science Congress at Kattankulathur, near here, Dr Saraswat told reporters that the proposed centre would focus on materials manufacturing, aerospace, software development and nano
materials. (Source: Google)

05 Jan 11. A mega-million dollar expansion of an Abu Dhabi munitions
factory will place the UAE at the forefront of a Middle East military defence market set to cross the $100bn (Dh367bn) mark in a few years, says a top defence analyst. John Siddharth, Industry Analyst, Aerospace and Defence Practice, South Asia and Middle East for Frost and Sullivan, weighed in on yesterday’s announcement that the UAE’s first munitions factory, Burkan Munitions Systems, will receive $272m in financing from First Gulf Bank. The cash injection into the UAE’s military modernisation plan will help the country’s air and naval branches become self reliant as well as create revenue and new jobs, Siddharth told Gulf News. (Source: Google)

03 Jan 11. Washington Security Strategies, LLC (WSS) is a new firm formed by a group of seasoned Washington DC professionals skilled in developing business and solving client problems in the U.S. homeland and national security field. The firm was created to help technology companies and non-profit organizations identify and pursue business opportunities in the expanding field of homeland security, as well as the established area of national security. WSS specializes in working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, as well as the U.S. Congress. The firm’s principals help clients solve regulatory, program, legislation and policy problems within the U.S. Government, as well as plan and implement strategies for developing new business. Business opportunities can include R&D grants, technology adoption, and sales of products, technologies and services. The principals are senior professionals with extensive U.S. Government, legal and business experience, having served as federal officials and Congressional staff, local government representatives, business owners and consultants and legal advisors. The firm is headed by Washington attorney and former federal energy official, Rayburn Hanzlik. The firm’s expertise is enhanced by its affiliation with the Chertoff Group, the global security and risk management advisory firm founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Under this arrangement, the Chertoff Group provides select WSS clients with expertise and strategic counsel. WSS and its principals are registered lobbyists who also provide representation in both the executive and legislative branches of government. (Source: ASD Network)

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05 Jan 11. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is replacing its old aircraft fleet in the eastern and north-eastern region of the country with Sukhoi and medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRC) in a phased manner under

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