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Aditya b7777

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I know we licence the NSV machine gun, but what about the M2 Browning? Any particular reason why Navy and Coast Guard went with American HMG?

Becoz the performance of 12.7x108 and 12.7x99 is almost comparable, so why not stick to 12.7x108 which has local assembly?
The Army chose NSVT as they’re already in use with all Indian Army tanks as turret mounted guns to use against air and ground targets in a manual functioning (T72CIA and Arjun), Remote Controlled but no stabilisation, no FCS and no thermals (T90 Bhishma) and fully functioning RCWS with independent thermal sights, FCS, and stabilisation. All use the 12.7x108mm round unlike the 12.7x99mm round used in the M2 Browning based SRCG RCWS the Navy has chosen.
Indian Navy has probably decided to shift to this round possibly to ensure commonality with other friendly Navies in our region who almost all use this caliber. This can also be seen with their decision to mount the GAU-21 (based on M2 Browning) helicopter door mounted HMG on their new ALH MK3s.
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Hence, it does not make sense for the Indian Armoured Corps to move away from this round, unlike the navy who used the NSV guns on ships for A2A roles in limited numbers relative to the Army, who use the M2 in limited numbers on the LoC along with few sniper rifles of the same caliber.
Also it seems like OFB post the SRCG deal with Elbit has also gotten the capability to build M2 Browning’s too.
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RISING SUN

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Bengaluru’s Sasmos To Supply For Boeing's P-8A​

In yet another boost to the Indian defence and industrial ecosystem, Bengaluru-based firm Sasmos has reportedly received a new contract. As per a report in the Economic Times, this contract is to provide Boeing with 6,600 wiring harnesses for the next 16 United States’ Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

Wiring harnesses include a number of electrical wires and connection elements to transmit signals/electric power though aircraft, serving an instrumental role in communications and power transmission, ET stated.


Sasmos’ joint venture (JV) with Fokker Elmo will produce the wiring harnesses for Boeing, as per the report. Fokker Elmo, based out of Pune, is under the UK company GKN Aerospace, which is a leading supplier in the aerospace industry.


Since 2016, the Sasmos-Fokker Elmo has been producing electrical wiring interconnection systems for the aerospace industry, as well as wire harnesses for P-8As and P-8Is, ET stated. The P-8Is are part of the P-8 Poseidon family, with the ‘I’ referring to India for its India-specific modifications. The Indian and US Navy’s deploy the Poseidon. As an extremely popular ISR platform, its other users include the UK, Australian and Norwegian Air Forces as well as the Korean and German Navies, the ET report added.


According to HG Chandrashekar, Sasmos Het Technologies chairman, the P-8A is a symbol of Sasmos’ quality-driven vision, excellence in design and the latest solutions in the global aerospace and defence field, as per ET.


As per the Economic Times, Ashwani Bhargava, Boeing India’s senior director (supply chain management), said, “Our partnership with Sasmos JV is a testimony of our commitment to building a global supply base, as it brings more value to our customers. We believe that building capabilities indigenously will drive innovation and contribute to the growth of the Indian aerospace and defence industry”


Sasmos has also been involved with Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet; in 2020 it provided the Super Hornet’s 1,000 electrical panel assembly, reported The Week. The Super Horner is an aircraft carrier-based fighter jet still used by the US Navy which is still operational despite its first combat flight coming during the American bombing of Libya in 1986.


Following the Tata-Boeing deal to manufacture the C-295 transport aircraft, Sasmos’ producing electrical harnesses for Boeing is another step in the right direction towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of defence indigenisation and self-reliance.
 

marich01

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Saw this recently, seems Pinaka will be getting more orders soon within next 7-8 months, I am guessing they mean pinaka btw. Back in July they said pinaka mk1 tests were almost done (ie all components) that is both mk1 & enhanced. Armenia also getting the enhanced pinaka.

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marich01

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Its a shame still ATAGS orders are not placed and like us the makers are also getting frustrated despite excellent work went on in this field.

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marich01

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Reading through , the multiple suo-moto proposals to the armed forces has some back work, obviously serious development would start only when they give AoN, but the private sector is gearing up with their own work. EEL ie Economic Explosives hoping to clear their missile & rocket projects, this is from April 2022:

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