Taiwan to buy 66 more F-16 jets from the US-based Lockheed Martin

IDD Bureau Despite its recent Isolationist approach to global issues, Washington is re-engaging the Indo-Pacific; Lockheed Martin – the US-based world’s biggest weapons manufacturer – will be selling 66 F-16 Vipers to Taiwan -Beijing’s principal bugbear. Taipei is estimated to pay to USD $ 8.1 Bn for the 66 fighters, according to Taiwan News. The island

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Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms manufacturer, is looking for a ‘game-changing’ partnership in India

US-based Lockheed Martin (LM), the biggest arms manufacturing company of the world with an order book of over USD 47 Bn (FY 2017-2018), has said it is “committed to fostering” “India’s defence industry” through “game-changing defence partnerships.” LM was judged to be the biggest arms and military service manufacturing company beating its competitors like Boeing

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Lockheed and Airbus possible candidates for $ 910 million copter deal

IDD Bureau India will yet again invite bids to procure heavy helicopters for its Coast Guard, probably pitching US giant Lockheed Martin and European Airbus against each other for the US $ 910  million deal to supply 14 helicopters. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex decision making body of the Ministry of Defence on

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Supreme Court ensures glitch-free Rafale induction into IAF

The Supreme Court of India today ensured a glitch-free induction of the French-made Rafale fighters into the Indian Air Force. rescued the Indian Air Force (IAF).  A three-judge bench dismissed a review petition seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation – an anti-corruption agency – into the Rs 59000 crore deal to buy

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Former US Secy of State recounts how Indian sanctions were lifted

IDD Bureau Narrating the strategic importance of Indo-US relations and how they grew after the Civil-Nuclear deal, inked in 2008,  former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while speaking in India, has said it helped in ‘lifting sanctions’.. and opened up cooperation in defence and high-technology. Rice , who was Secretary of state 2005-2009, was

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New Delhi joins the race to acquire a hypersonic weapon

by IDD Bureau India has joined the race to acquire a hypersonic weapon. A new test facility of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Hyderabad is likely to be operational soon, sources said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to inaugurate the facility soon. Explaining the need for India to explore a hypersonic weapon,

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France offers to end India’s hunt for jet engines

IDD Bureau Safran, the French engine maker, which has an existing partnership to make engines for helicopters in India,  has proposed a path-breaking technology transfer to power fighter jets in India and as  per India’s requirements. The proposal includes options for engines for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), that is New Delhi’s version of

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Drones that convert into missiles to change combat roles

UAV

Future wars will surely have an important element — loitering drones – which can be sent up to loiter and then the same drone converted itself into a missile to attack specified target as and when desired by ground-based controllers. With technologies improving ‘loitering drones, ’ also called loitering ammunitions are now the coveted weapons

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UAV’s changing battle space

Changes in technology to look at the enemy or incoming threats  by using a drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)  is altering the battle space. UAV’s have diverse roles, they can carry weapons, do surveillance, guide missiles, send live video feed  and even act as transit communication point between two units. Over the next

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Helicopter production to dominate Indian military aviation market.

IAF Helicopter Rescue

Fighter jets second production line A strong ‘make in India’ pitch will form the future of military aviation in India over the next two decades.  Helicopters will drive the market as the Indian armed forces – the Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy – along with the coast guard need some 1000 copters.

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