India races to match China, shortlists companies to make submarines

IDD Bureau India is now racing to match China in adding submarines to its naval  fleet. Almost a decade after it started a project to get six conventional diesel-electric submarines, India approved the short listing of two Indian and five foreign companies, who can be possible partners and make the submarines under a $7 Billion

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83 Tejas this year, work to be outsourced. RFP for 114 foreign jets soon

IDD Bureau As India struggles to maintain the desired number of fighter jets for its air force, a fresh contract to procure 83 more jets of the next version of the light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is expected to be inked this year. Part of the production work is expected  to be outsourced. The 83

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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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Raisina dialogue in Delhi; US to have biggest presence

IDD Bureau  Global leaders, including from the foreign policy, military, industry, and think-tanks  besides those in top political positions will be in attendance at the ‘Raisina Dialogue’, a multilateral conference discussing issues facing the world. The three-day conference ‘Raisina2020’ (Jan 14 to Jan 16) is scheduled in New Delhi, India’s capital. Themed ‘21@20-negotiating alpha century’,

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BrahMos missiles on IAF fighters; a milestone for Godrej Aerospace

IDD Bureau India’s newest weapon for sea strikes could be the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile.  The Indian Air Force (IAF) can now fire the missile from the Russian made twin-engine Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet, making it’s the only weapon of its kind that be deployed for a strike at a target at sea. With the Indian

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Rajnath Singh briefed on Boeing F/A-18

IDD Bureau Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has  been briefed about the abilities of the Boeing F/A-18 jets which form the frontline of US Navy’s carrier  borne fighting arm. Rajnath Singh, who is in the US to take part in the India-US 2+2 dialogue ( Dec 18-19) visited the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and

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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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Specialised wheeled armoured vehicle for Punjab and Rajasthan

IDD Bureau Indicating a change in tactics and opening up the field for local Industry, the  Indian Army now wants a specialised armoured fighting vehicle which can be deployed in the plains of Punjab and Rajasthan. Army wants a vehicle that should be wheeled, that would mean it wants speed and agility. Its existing options

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Boeing makes smart ‘super hornet’ pitch for Indian Navy

IDD Bureau US-based giant Boeing has made a sharp digital pitch for selling its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets to Indian Navy’ for carrier based operations. The Boeing’s India twitter handle @Boeing_In  tweeted a picture of a Super Hornet flying close to an aircraft carrier. “The F/A-18 #SuperHornet can work with the P-8I in the future battle

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Indian Public sector companies have orders of $ 33 Billion

IDD Bureau Key to India’s defence manufacturing abilities  are its nine public sector companies which now collectively have orders of US $ 33.1 Billion to make equipment like warships, planes, helicopters, tanks, cockpit displays and missiles, among other items. The Ministry of Defence owns these companies which ae otherwise run and operated like corporate entities

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