India orders 156 more ICV’s

IDD Bureau Upping  its war fighting capabilities, India has announced procurement of an additional 156 of Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty-2 (BMP) 2/2K armoured infantry combat vehicle (AIFV). The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB),   an entity owned by the Indian Ministry of Defecne,  has been licence producing the Russian –parentage BMP’s since 1987. It has been tasked to

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India caps military spending for three months

IDD exclusive Reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 virus and the resultant country-wide lockdown,  India has announced a ‘capping’ of military spending for the next three months. The impact of capping — not cutting down spending —  for now, would be insignificant. However,  how India emerges from the lockdown, ending April 15, will determine

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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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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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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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MH-60R will provide India an ‘ASW’ edge over China

               IDD explainer IDD Bureau Imagine a scenario, a submarine of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is lurking under the waters either in the Arabian Sea along India’s west coast or in Bay of Bengal which forms the country’s east coast.  An Indian Naval warship is within close proximity, its carrying on deck a

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As India looks West for military hardware, US sends largest ever delegation to Def-Expo-2020

IDD Bureau The United States delegation to Def-Expo2020 will be largest. And the reason is simple; India-US bilateral defence trade moves northward reaching $18 billion in 2019. A decade ago, in 2008, it was less than $1 billion.  The increased bilateral trade is increasingly becoming visible too. In all,14 US made platforms, the highest number

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M777 & K9 Vajra lead India’s Arty programme

Def-Expo2020 IDD Bureau India’s artillery gun acquisition programme, is presently being bolstered with the rapid induction of two types of guns. The M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer (ULH) produced by the BAE Systems and the K9 Vajra-T self propelled tracked gun produced by Larsen and Toubro ( L&T)  in collaboration with Hanwha Techwin of South Korea.

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Chinook & Apache at R-day, tell growth story of Indo-US relations

IDD Bureau It was a cold, rainy morning over New Delhi when US President Barack Obama, Chief Guest at India’s Republic day in January 2015, created history to become the first US President attending India’s military parade to mark January 26, the Republic day. At the customary flypast on Republic day,  Obama and his wife

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