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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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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‘Brexit’ a bonanza for China, Indo-Pacific to be impacted

IDD Bureau  “Brexit” or Britain leaving the European Union – the biggest political and largest commercial union of the world– will be a windfall for China, aiding its rise further and posing problems, militarily, for others in the Indo-Pacific region. India, the US, Japan and Australia – notably all part of a ‘Quad’ – would

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Changes to Indian Military structure alters nothing for companies

IDD Bureau India has announced a change in its military structure. A new rank called the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has been added. A uniformed four-star rank General will be the CDS. The same person will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), a newly created entity under the Ministry of Defence. These

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India to have a single cyber command and control

IDD Multiple cyber agencies working under several ministries are likely to be folded under a “single authority or agency responsible” for the entire spectrum of defensive cyber operations in the country. Recently, Kudankolam Nuclear power plant was victim to vicious cyberattack, so were officials at the critical Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In both cases

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Government to promote private industry investment in Defence sector

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has voiced the government’s desire to encourage private industry investment in defence sector, while also strengthening defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).  Addressing CEOs of top defence and aerospace companies at a roundtable with the theme ‘Make in India in Defence Industry’, Singh said defence companies have huge opportunities

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