From a reluctant player in the ‘Quad’, or the Quadrilateral, India is now shedding its ambivalence, to openly work towards making the alliance stronger and a seamlessly effective entity in the Indo-Pacific.
India imports weapons and equipment to the tune of $ 9 billion annually, with several items off the import list, the orders will go to local manufacturers. Orders of estimated an Rs 400,000 Crore ( $ 53 billion) are expected to be placed upon the domestic industry within the next five to seven years
Australia, a significant ally of India, US and Japan, has shed its ‘reticence’ on the South China Sea and ‘rejected’ China’s expansive maritime claims while terming these ‘inconsistent’ with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
US President Donald J. Trump, on July 24, lowered a subset of UAS from category I, with highest restrictions, to category II, allowing easier exports without getting bogged down with MTCR rules. All other US rules will continue to apply on such equipment.
“The Indo-Pacific region will continue to lead by most macroeconomic indicators, such as trade flows, net investment flows, and real GDP growth.
IDD Bureau Almost two months into the nerve-wracking military posturing between India and China, New Delhi has okayed a two-pronged $ 5.18 billion upgrade of its military prowess. The upgrade will be a mix of locally made and imported weapons, equipment and platforms. These will include a new 1000 km Long range land attack
India & China adding warheads IDD Bureau International think-tank, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has warned that the World could be headed for another nuclear arms race, like the Cold War ( 1947 -1991) as treaties betetwen the US and Russia – the two hold some 90 of the stockpile of warheads —
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
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
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