$130 billion to spend, India opens arms to local and foreign makers

We plan to spend 130 Billion Dollars on military modernization over the next 7-8 years ,” Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

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Boeing-Sikorsky show their replacement for ‘Black Hawk’

It’s an agile, maneuverable aircraft that flies twice as far and twice as fast as the Black Hawk helicopter it will replace — and sits in the same operational footprint

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Vietnam is a ‘pillar’ of India’s Act East Policy

The Indian ‘Act East Policy’ ( earlier know as the Look East Policy), entails long-term strategic engagement with countries that are located east of itself, these include Japan, South Korea, the ten -country ASEAN as a block and also bilaterally with each of them.

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Boeing: validated F/A-18 to operate from Indian carriers

Doing a ‘ski-jump’ take off is needed for Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) operations off the carriers. The ability to do STOBAR operations is listed as a requisite in the January 2018 Request for Information (RFI) by the Indian Navy. It had sought 57 deck-based fighters for an estimated cost of about 95000 crores (USD 9.5 Billion

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Success of ‘Netra’ propels India to look within

AEW&CS planes are to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – an entity under the Ministry of Defence – under a Rs 10,500 crore ( $1.3 billion) plan. These planes will be modified to fly with a radar that will give 360-degree surveillance capability to the defence forces.

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US is inches away from air docking of UAV

attempts at airborne retrieval of three unmanned air vehicles, nicknamed Gremlins, were just inches from success in DARPA’s latest flight test series which started on October 28. The DARPA hopes to rectify and demonstrate air retrieval in the next testing scheduled in spring of 2021

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‘Make in India’ is opportunity for US companies

New Delhi has suggested it can host new production lines, participate in US export orders for the Asian market and host maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities for US equipment operating in the Indo-Pacific.

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This 2+2 Dialogue between India and US will be different

Historically, Indo-US relations held a promise in the 1960s when President Kennedy and Prime Minister Nehru were at the helm but were held hostage to apprehensions for about four decades.

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Foreign OEM’s and Indian industry gain from policy shift

The policy aims to promote ‘Make in India’ as OEM’s which transfer technology to Indian companies will gain under the new policy while those who can move their manufacturing plants to India will get priority.

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