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’s opts for MH-60R, numbers are just bare minimum

IDD Bureau   India’s has finally decided to go ahead with the deal to get 24 of the MH 60R helicopters  for $  2.6 billion ( Rs 18200 crore) from US company Lockheed Martin under the foreign military sales route okayed by the US Administration. The decision was okayed by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)

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MH-60R will provide India an ‘ASW’ edge over China

               IDD explainer IDD Bureau Imagine a scenario, a submarine of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is lurking under the waters either in the Arabian Sea along India’s west coast or in Bay of Bengal which forms the country’s east coast.  An Indian Naval warship is within close proximity, its carrying on deck a

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F/A-18 for India is a new plane with many upgrades : Boeing

Def-Expo 2020 IDD Bureau US giant Boeing, on Wednesday said, the Super Hornet FA/18   block III fighter jet being offered to India is almost a ‘new plane’. Thomas Breckenridge, Vice President, International Sales at Boeing Strike, Surveillance & Mobility said at  the def-expo 2020 at Lucknow “We offer the new plane to have an air

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India, China, Japan and Korea step up Asian ‘carrier race’

IDD Perspective paper Just how fast has the Indo-Pacific militarized ? The past twelve months have been of rapid changes.  India, China, Japan and now Korea  ‘Race’ to make new aircraft carriers or add to their existing fleets. Till a little over three years ago,  India was the only country, excluding the US which had

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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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Indigenous Naval fighter makes first deck landing

IDD Bureau The Naval version of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk1 Tejas successfully landed onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The Naval version is under development whereas the Indian Air Force has already inducted the indigenously made fighters. Naval aviation is one of the most complicated arenas given the complexities. For instance, when a

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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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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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