India UK form industry-led defence aerospace group

IDD Bureau The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) have announced the establishment of an Aerospace and Defence Industry Group (ADIG) to promote UK-India collaboration for make in India. Core members of the group include Rolls-Royce, BAE systems, Thales UK, MBDA, Leonardo, TVS Logistics, PEXA, Pattonair and Cranfield University, the council said in statement  on Friday. 

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China on the mind, India opts for six more Boeing P8I

IDD Bureau With a greater number of Chinese submarines making a foray into the Indian ocean, the military establishment in India has okayed the procurement of six more Boeing P8I maritime surveillance aircraft to widen the arc of operations of its Navy. Indian Navy has been using the Boeing P8I planes since 2013 and now

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Israeli Spike ATGM fired by Indian Army

IDD Bureau The Indian Army has successfully fired two newly acquired Spike LR anti-tank missiles at the Infantry School at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. The missiles from Israel have recently been inducted into the Army to fill in a void. The firing was witnessed by the top hierarchy of the Indian Army. Spike LR is a

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India’s spending on military imports rose in the past 5 years

IDD Bureau India’s plans on making indigenous military equipment notwithstanding, its imports from foreign sources have been rising for the past five years. Import of military equipment has been to the tune of Rs 42,974 crore or nearly US $ 6 Billion the financial year ending March 31, 2019. The import was Rs 29,222 Crore

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Indian Navy for Mk-45 guns from BAE

IDD Bureau In a major upward shift in its firepower, the Indian Navy is scheduled to get new US-made guns from BAE Systems for ship-decks. Same guns are being used by the US Navy and nine other Navies, all US partners like Japan or its NATO allies.  US State Department has cleared the sale of

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Supreme Court ensures glitch-free Rafale induction into IAF

The Supreme Court of India today ensured a glitch-free induction of the French-made Rafale fighters into the Indian Air Force. rescued the Indian Air Force (IAF).  A three-judge bench dismissed a review petition seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation – an anti-corruption agency – into the Rs 59000 crore deal to buy

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India needs second production line for fighter jets

IDD Bureau India immediately needs a second assembly line to produce fighter jets. The existing production line at the Ministry Defence owned public sector giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) may not be enough to meet the needs of the Indian Air Force which has projected the need for more than 300 India-made jets over the

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Russia agrees to Indian demand for quick servicing of equipment

IDDBureau Following demands formIndia for quicker availability of military spares, Russia has agreed to formspecific groups that will take care of after-sales servicing of Russianequipment being used by armed forces in India. Indian Defence MinisterRajnath Singh at a meeting with his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoiguin Moscow on November 6 highlighted the importance of the

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reaches Russia; spares for Russian platforms likely to made in India.

Spares for Indian Air Force’s top-line platforms like the twin-engine fighter Su-30Mki, Mig 29, Mi -17 helicopters could soon be made in India in collaboration with Russian manufacturers. Majority of India equipment is still of Russian origin. Unavailability of easily available spares has been a cause of major concern for India. Internal estimates indicate that

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US Made 5th Generation fighter F35 matches cost of French-made 4th generation Rafale fighters which were recently bought by India

IDD Bureau In a significant move on the F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet, the US has placed an order of 478 aircraft for $ 34 Billion after bringing down costs of the progarmme. The average per plane cost of the F-35 would be $ 80 million means matching what India is paying for the French-made Rafale

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