$5.31 billion deal for 83 Tejas jets, puts 114 jet prog on backburner

IDD explainer India’s decision to procure an additional 83 single-engined indigenous Tejas fighter jets for Rs 38,800 crore ($ 5.31 Biillion), indicates a slowing down of the existing programme inviting  global biggies to make another 114 fighter jets. On March 18, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Defence Acquisition Council headed by Minister

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2nd squadron of Tejas jet by May; Upgraded version ready

IDD Bureau By the end of May, this year, India is slated to raise the second squadron of the Light Combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas. It shall comprise the upgraded version of the Tejas having enhanced war fighting abilities, over the first twenty of the jets produced so far. The first series production plane of the

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India’s Parliamentary body wants more funds for military modernisation

IDD Bureau A designated committee of Parliament in India, has asked for ‘adequate’ funding enabling greater acquisition of military equipment and modernization. The committee has found how budgetary allocation for armed forces was 35 percent lower – or $ 8.72 billion lesser– than what the projected needs were. A Standing Committee of Parliament having members

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Russia losses share in Indian arms market, But US is not a gainer

Israel & France have gained IDD Perspective Russia continues to be the biggest supplier of weapons and equipment to India even though its share for a five year period 2015-2019 has dropped ‘sharply’ when compared with the previous five year block – 2010-2014. Contrary to perception, the share of US companies in the India military-equipment

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Indian Army wants loitering munitions, Needs 100 launchers

IDD Exclusive Adding a new dimension to its war fighting abilities, the Indian Army is now going to get loitering drones, capable of being launched from man portable platforms. Meaning two men carrying a ‘man-portable’ launcher can release a loitering drone which can do reconnaissance over an area and then direct itself to hit the

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Japan disrupts Submarine-tech, India & China can only catch up

IDD Bureau Japan has added a new dimension in submarine technology. It’s a benchmark of sorts, a  game changer, a disrupter which could lead to a ‘race’ in the Indo-Pacific as new-tech submarines would acquire an edge over the existing technology The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned a ‘conventional submarine’ that runs on

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HAL seeks $ 1.4 Billion & foreign OEM for developing new copter

500 copters needed of 10-12 tonne class IDD Exclusive In an emerging business opportunity for foreign helicopter makers, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is now looking to produce a ‘medium weight’ multi-role copter in the 10-12 tonne class, by forging a partnership with a company with experience of making such copters. HAL aims to position

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Trump: ‘Modi and I revitalizing Quad’

IDD Bureau The ‘Quad’ or the strategic quadrilateral grouping comprising India, US, Japan and Australia is very much on the agenda, its contours are being worked out. In the past India has been reticent on the Quad, with its diplomats have been careful over how this Indo-Pacific grouping will  be seen by its edgy neighbour,

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MH-60R and Apache copters for India. $ 3 billion deal

IDD Bureau In a path breaking deal, US will supply to India two types of helicopters costing more some $ 3 billion ( Rs 21,000 crore). These will Include 24 of the marine helicopters MH-60R, made by Lockheed Martin and an additional six Apache AH 64E made by Boeing. The sales will be through the

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India’s opts for MH-60R, numbers are just bare minimum

IDD Bureau   India’s has finally decided to go ahead with the deal to get 24 of the MH 60R helicopters  for $  2.6 billion ( Rs 18200 crore) from US company Lockheed Martin under the foreign military sales route okayed by the US Administration. The decision was okayed by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)

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