From a reluctant player in the ‘Quad’, or the Quadrilateral, India is now shedding its ambivalence, to openly work towards making the alliance stronger and a seamlessly effective entity in the Indo-Pacific.
The hypersonic means the existing BrahMos cruise missile will travel faster and the versatile long range land attack cruise missile (LR-LACM) launched from multiple platforms.
India ready to issue a formal tender for a multi-billion dollar project to make six new-generation stealth submarines. A foreign manufacturer will tie-up with an Indian partner to make these under-sea vessels for nearly $ 7 Billion.
Making shift towards having combat unnamed aerial systems (UAS), India has okayed a project to upgrade a part of its fleet of the Israeli ‘Heron’ surveillance drones, acquired in multiple tranches since 2001.
India imports weapons and equipment to the tune of $ 9 billion annually, with several items off the import list, the orders will go to local manufacturers. Orders of estimated an Rs 400,000 Crore ( $ 53 billion) are expected to be placed upon the domestic industry within the next five to seven years
The Grand Jury concluded that Chinese nationals Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, were working with the Chinese Secret Service , the Ministry of State Security (MSS), and other agencies of the Chinese government to steal intellectual property over a period of more than 10 years.
India has opened up its space programme for private entities to produce components and sub-systems for space craft besides create space based applications using satellite data and also roll out of commercial services.
Australia, a significant ally of India, US and Japan, has shed its ‘reticence’ on the South China Sea and ‘rejected’ China’s expansive maritime claims while terming these ‘inconsistent’ with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
US President Donald J. Trump, on July 24, lowered a subset of UAS from category I, with highest restrictions, to category II, allowing easier exports without getting bogged down with MTCR rules. All other US rules will continue to apply on such equipment.
Balancing its equation between the US and the Russia, India has signed separate agreements that promote industry-to-industry joint ventures in key areas of military equipment like drones, robotics and artificial intelligence , among other