China & ‘Quad’ on mind, India-Australia ramp up ties.

IDD Analysis Announcing an elevation of bilateral ties India and Australia – both members of the four-nation quadrilateral, or the ‘Quad’,  have said their partnership is now at the level of ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ and have opened military bases to each other’s forces  allowing refuel and logistics for assets like planes, warships and submarines. A

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India’s ‘big-bang’ reforms in defence; foreign OEM’s allowed 74 % stake

IDD explainer In a long-pending reform, India,  has allowed foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest upto 74 percent stake in Defence equipment manufacturing sector in India via the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) route, allowing the OEM’s, a controlling stake in production. India is the second largest importer of weapons and equipment, accounting for 9.2

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China’s military spend beats India, Japan, Korea & Australia

IDD Explainer The Indo-Pacific is now global military hotspot. Military spends of countries have risen constantly in the past three decades. China is leading the dangerous race of weaponisation in the region. It is now spending much more on military than what India, Japan, South Korea and Australia spend collectively in an year. The data

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China continues nuclear-testing; is helping others develop ballistic missiles

IDD Bureau India now faces a new threat, China has been maintaining a high-level of nuclear activity and it continues to secretly conduct nuclear tests. Separately, Beijing, is helping countries develop ballistic missiles. A report of the US State department warns of this twin-threat which hreatens entire Indo-Pacific. The report is on ‘adherence to and

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India caps military spending for three months

IDD exclusive Reeling under the impact of the COVID-19 virus and the resultant country-wide lockdown,  India has announced a ‘capping’ of military spending for the next three months. The impact of capping — not cutting down spending —  for now, would be insignificant. However,  how India emerges from the lockdown, ending April 15, will determine

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India’s Parliamentary body wants more funds for military modernisation

IDD Bureau A designated committee of Parliament in India, has asked for ‘adequate’ funding enabling greater acquisition of military equipment and modernization. The committee has found how budgetary allocation for armed forces was 35 percent lower – or $ 8.72 billion lesser– than what the projected needs were. A Standing Committee of Parliament having members

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Trump: ‘Modi and I revitalizing Quad’

IDD Bureau The ‘Quad’ or the strategic quadrilateral grouping comprising India, US, Japan and Australia is very much on the agenda, its contours are being worked out. In the past India has been reticent on the Quad, with its diplomats have been careful over how this Indo-Pacific grouping will  be seen by its edgy neighbour,

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India’s staggered procurement, two-points of ‘fear’ for Industry

IDD Analysis After India’s newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat announced that the military will do only ‘staggered  procurements’ of weapons,  equipment, systems and platforms, it  has thrown up two issues necessitating immediate answers from the Government to address ‘fears’ of the industry. Firstly, such a move could jeopardize big-ticket acquisitions –

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Chinook & Apache at R-day, tell growth story of Indo-US relations

IDD Bureau It was a cold, rainy morning over New Delhi when US President Barack Obama, Chief Guest at India’s Republic day in January 2015, created history to become the first US President attending India’s military parade to mark January 26, the Republic day. At the customary flypast on Republic day,  Obama and his wife

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CAATSA overhang could create hurdles for India-US relations

IDD Bureau Indo-US ties could be up for testing times if the recurring threat of sanctions on India is not sorted. It poses a threat to the growing multi-billion dollar Indo-US defence trade. Key foundation agreements have been signed between the two countries, who are strategic partners and work together in the Indo-Pacific. A senior

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