India sheds ‘Quad’-reluctance; has logistics pact with all members

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.

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US alters category of armed drones to avoid MTCR rules

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.

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Indo-Pacific will continue to see infusion of tech & military platforms

“The Indo-Pacific region will continue to lead by most macroeconomic indicators, such as trade flows, net investment flows, and real GDP growth.

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Rafale has game-changing weapons; IAF crew ‘fully operational’

Planes will arrive at Ambala July 29 IDD Bureau India’s latest fighter jet acquisition, the Rafale, is set to arrive on July 29 and is fitted with ‘game-changing’ weapons which are unmatched in the neighbourhood – Pakistan and China. Just days before the Rafale fighter  jets made by Daasult aviation of France are set to

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Japan closer to operating carriers; $ 23.11 Bn deal, for F35 jets

42 of these jets, will be the F35B  for carriers IDD Bureau Japan has moved a step closer to operating an aircraft carrier of its own, ending almost a 70 years self-imposed restraint. The US has okayed the sale of 42 of the F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin,

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China on mind, India orders new missiles, jets for $5.18 Bn

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

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Amid US-Russia tensions fears of second nuclear arms race

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 — 

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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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India to outsource tank repair too private contractors

IDD Bureau As  a part of its recast into a leaner force, the Indian Army is to  outsource repair and maintenance of some of its fleet of two Russian-origin tanks  — T-72 and T-90 —   to private companies in India. India operates some 3500 tanks  of these two types, including 1,070 T-90 tanks as well

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IAF flies Lockheed Martin C130- J for 10 hours non stop

IDD Bureau The Indian Air Force has been using the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to great effect for military usage, in the process several milestones are getting created for the iconic plane manufactured by US giant Lockheed Martin.  The IAF, On May 3,  flew a pair of C-130 J from Srinagar in the northern part

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