India to modify UAV’s to carry weapons

Making shift towards having combat unnamed aerial systems (UAS), India has okayed a project to upgrade a part of its fleet of the Israeli ‘Heron’ surveillance drones, acquired in multiple tranches since 2001.

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India-US to co-develop Air launched UAV

India and the US are at an advanced stage of collaborating on co-developing an ‘air launched UAV’ that will include participation of an Indian private sector start-up company.

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Japan closer to operating carriers; $ 23.11 Bn deal, for F35 jets

42 of these jets, will be the F35B  for carriers IDD Bureau Japan has moved a step closer to operating an aircraft carrier of its own, ending almost a 70 years self-imposed restraint. The US has okayed the sale of 42 of the F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin,

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HAL seeks $ 1.4 Billion & foreign OEM for developing new copter

500 copters needed of 10-12 tonne class IDD Exclusive In an emerging business opportunity for foreign helicopter makers, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is now looking to produce a ‘medium weight’ multi-role copter in the 10-12 tonne class, by forging a partnership with a company with experience of making such copters. HAL aims to position

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MH-60R and Apache copters for India. $ 3 billion deal

IDD Bureau In a path breaking deal, US will supply to India two types of helicopters costing more some $ 3 billion ( Rs 21,000 crore). These will Include 24 of the marine helicopters MH-60R, made by Lockheed Martin and an additional six Apache AH 64E made by Boeing. The sales will be through the

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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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