India tests manportable anti-tank guided missile

by Partha Shukla & Rahul Udoshi

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted additional test-firings of its Man Portable Anti‐Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on 11 January.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said the tests evaluated the “final deliverable configuration” of the MPATGM, indicating that it may soon enter production phase.

The MoD also said that the test validated performance over minimum range and that all mission objectives were met. The missile's maximum range performance was proven in earlier tests, which have been under way for several years, the MoD added.

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India's BDL wins Konkurs ATGW deal with Indian Army

by Parth Shukla & Shivanand B M

The Indian Army has ordered another batch of Konkurs-M weapons (pictured) from BDL. (KBP Instrument Design Bureau)

India's Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) announced that it has signed a contract to manufacture the Konkurs-M anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system for the Indian Army.

BDL said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that the contract was signed on 2 February and is worth INR31.31 billion (USD419 million). The company, which is majority-owned by the government, said the deal will be executed in three years but disclosed no details about the number of Konkurs-M weapons to be produced.


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Mitsubishi partners on Australian satcom programme

by Oishee Majumdar

Australian telecommunications company Optus has announced that it is partnering with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) in bidding to supply defence satellite communications (satcom) capability to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Optus said in a media release on 3 February that the Japanese firm will join its 'AUSSAT' industry team, which also includes the Australian subsidiaries of Raytheon and Thales, in bidding for the programme under Joint Project (JP) 9102.


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Intelsat provides communications support in Tonga relief mission

by Oishee Majumdar

Intelsat is utilising its satellite technology to provide communication services in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand firms to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) in Tonga after it was hit by a devastating earthquake caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano in January.

Intelsat's senior vice-president of Global Sales Media & Networks, Jean-Philippe Gillet, told Janes that the company is working together with firms such as Spark New Zealand and Australia's Telstra and Optus to help local telecommunication companies restore connectivity in the Pacific archipelago.


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