General Atomics appoints Dr Vivek Lall; looks to expand

IDD Bureau US based General Atomics (GA), maker of armed drones which India is considering for purchase, has appointed Dr Vivek Lall as the Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation at its headquarters in San Diego, California. With Dr. Lall’s expertise, GA Global looks to expand its global footprint for managing sales, service, and

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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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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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Roadmap for Made in India Ka-226T helicopters signed

Def-Expo 2020 IDD Bureau India and Russia have signed a roadmap to localize production of the Ka-226T helicopter in India. The deal was signed on Feb 6 at the DefExpo2020 in Lucknow, capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.  The first batch of Made in India Kamov 226T military helicopters to be manufactured under

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14 MoUs between Russian and Indian companies for spare parts manufacture

IDD Bureau A total of 14 MoUs were exchanged between the Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the Indian companies today on the sidelines of the ongoing DefExpo-2020.  The 5th round of India-Russia Military Industrial Conference (IRMIC) was conducted on the second day of the DefExpo-2020 at Lucknow. The conference was co-chaired by Dr. Ajay

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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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MBDA-L&T have ATGM-5 & Exocet at Def-expo

Def-expo 2020 IDD Bureau  European giant MBDA and Indian company Larsen and Toubro ( L&T) have announced they have export orders  for select missiles and will separately display latest anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM-5) at the ‘Def-expo’ 2020 which opens in Lucknow on February 5. The companies also will be showcasing next-gen offerings like Short range

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Imports growing; Make it lucrative for foreign OEM’s to invest in India

IDD Bureau An officially constituted committee of the Indian Parliament has recommended to the Government to make India a ‘lucrative place’ for foreign military equipment manufacturers to be ‘investing’ in the defence industrial sector. It has also, separately  asked for promotion of India industry, as imports were not decreasing. These are part of suggestions to

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ISA widens US industry footprint in India

COMCASA to be operationalised IDD Bureau: India and the US have signed the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) and agreed  to operationlize COMCASA –a  communication sharing agreement – that will allow wider joint operations of the forces. The ISA was inked by the two sides ahead of the 2+2 ministerial-level dialogue  in the US on December

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ISA a trump-card for India- US military ties: 2+2 talks

IDD Bureau India and the US are set to escalate their strategic ties by inking the Industrial Security Annex (ISA). It will allow Indian military equipment manufacturers to have technology sharing partnerships with their US counterparts. While it will allow Indian private companies to partner in producing cutting edge military equipment,  US and  its companies

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