US okays $ 1.9 billion missile shield for India

IDD Bureau India will protect its capital city, New Delhi, with a US made systems supplied by Raytheon. As of now the Indian air defence uses  a mix of Russian, Israeli and Indian missile systems. This will include a clutch of ground based radars, fire control centres, ground launched air  defence missiles and also 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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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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$8.6 Billion upgrade of IAF airbases completed in December

IDD Exclusive IDD Bureau India has successfully completed modernization of 30 airfields used by the Indian Air Force, widening its operational footprint for all weather conditions all helped by secure communications, navigation aids, landing  aids, direction finding  instruments and automated air traffic management systems. The massive US $ 8.6 billion dollar project better known by

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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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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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Navy’s next carrier opens up possibilities for Industry

IDD Bureau Indian Navy has finalized the size of its next aircraft carrier at 65,000 tonnes, having a full electric propulsion and will deploy the Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) system for launching and retrieving fighter jets on its deck. This has multiple signals. The size matches that of the Queen Elizabeth Class

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India Japan working to seamlessly control robotics

IDD Bureau India and Japan are co-developing cutting edge technology that will guide, drive and control unmanned ground vehicles and also robotics for military use. The matter is being discussed by the Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation (JWG-DETC). The project had cropped up for review and discussion during the recent 2+2

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India-Japan to conduct exercise using fighter jets

IDD Bureau Air forces of India and Japan will conduct their first-ever joint exercise using fighter jets.  The exercise will be in Japan, the two countries agreed to start coordination for the conduct of the exercise  which holds multiple strategic signals for the Indo-Pacific region. In the past few years India and Japan have been

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