IDD Update Faced with a rapidly rising China’s military prowess, India, emerging from a devastating covid surge looks to add to its sea-going arsenal. The latest are a $ 5.8 billion order for next generation of conventional submarines and a quick movement is happening in New Delhi add more drones, of the General Atomics MQ-9B.
Rolls Royce will bring its MT30 marine engines, targetting the growing business of making warships in India. In the past decade or so, the General Electric LM2500 series of engines are the preferred choice of Indian Navy warships. For now, the General Electric dominates the market when it comes to providing engines for warships.
By end –April, the total number of Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet would go upto 21.
The US is clear that in order to deal with these things in the future, we are going to hold China accountable to follow the rules whether it relates to the South China Sea or the North China Sea, or their agreement made on Taiwan, or a whole range of other things.
An allocation of almost $ 18 billion, under what is called the ‘Capital head’ of its budget, is the largest increase in 15 years when calculated on an year-on-year basis. It also almost doubles the allocation within past four years. In the budget presented in February 2017 the allocation was Rs 69,473 Crore ( approx $ 9.26 billion).
The Missile with a strike range of 100 kms has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in a collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The new generation missile is aimed to neutralise airborne threats — jets, missiles, UAV’s, rockets, including projectiles launched simultaneously. The missile can travel at ‘Mach 2’.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), headquartered EDGE, has broken into the top 25, making it the first company from the middle east to break into the exclusive club dominated by US, European, Russia and Chinese companies.
Clearly the missile is aimed at stopping the enemy far away from shores and the announcement comes in the middle of spat Australia has had with China after a spokesperson in Beijing tweeted a fake image of an Australian soldier killing a Afghan child.
The critical booster segment, has a diameter of 3.2 meters, 8.5 meters in length and weighing 5.5 tonnes
India and US from reluctance to trust