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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Indian Coast Guard is now 150 ship strong

IDD Bureau Indian Coast Guard is now a 150 ship force and with 40 more ships at various stages of under construction, making it vital to the Indian maritime infrastructure which has grown since the November 2008 —  26/11 — terror attacks on Mumbai. Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet (meaning alert) and two interceptor

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US okays more Harpoon and Mk54 anti-sub torpedoes for Indian P8I

IDD Bureau Continuing to provide cutting edge equipment to its ally India, the US has notified the possible sale of 10 Harpoon missiles and also  16 MK 54 Torpedoes coupled with three MK 54 exercise Torpedoes kits, collectively costing $ 155 Million ( approx  Rs 1162 crore) The AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched anti-ship

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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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