Russia losses share in Indian arms market, But US is not a gainer

Israel & France have gained IDD Perspective Russia continues to be the biggest supplier of weapons and equipment to India even though its share for a five year period 2015-2019 has dropped ‘sharply’ when compared with the previous five year block – 2010-2014. Contrary to perception, the share of US companies in the India military-equipment

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HAL seeks $ 1.4 Billion & foreign OEM for developing new copter

500 copters needed of 10-12 tonne class IDD Exclusive In an emerging business opportunity for foreign helicopter makers, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is now looking to produce a ‘medium weight’ multi-role copter in the 10-12 tonne class, by forging a partnership with a company with experience of making such copters. HAL aims to position

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MH-60R and Apache copters for India. $ 3 billion deal

IDD Bureau In a path breaking deal, US will supply to India two types of helicopters costing more some $ 3 billion ( Rs 21,000 crore). These will Include 24 of the marine helicopters MH-60R, made by Lockheed Martin and an additional six Apache AH 64E made by Boeing. The sales will be through the

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F/A-18 for India is a new plane with many upgrades : Boeing

Def-Expo 2020 IDD Bureau US giant Boeing, on Wednesday said, the Super Hornet FA/18   block III fighter jet being offered to India is almost a ‘new plane’. Thomas Breckenridge, Vice President, International Sales at Boeing Strike, Surveillance & Mobility said at  the def-expo 2020 at Lucknow “We offer the new plane to have an 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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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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Rajnath Singh briefed on Boeing F/A-18

IDD Bureau Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has  been briefed about the abilities of the Boeing F/A-18 jets which form the frontline of US Navy’s carrier  borne fighting arm. Rajnath Singh, who is in the US to take part in the India-US 2+2 dialogue ( Dec 18-19) visited the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and

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ISA a trump-card for India- US military ties: 2+2 talks

IDD Bureau India and the US are set to escalate their strategic ties by inking the Industrial Security Annex (ISA). It will allow Indian military equipment manufacturers to have technology sharing partnerships with their US counterparts. While it will allow Indian private companies to partner in producing cutting edge military equipment,  US and  its companies

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Boeing makes smart ‘super hornet’ pitch for Indian Navy

IDD Bureau US-based giant Boeing has made a sharp digital pitch for selling its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets to Indian Navy’ for carrier based operations. The Boeing’s India twitter handle @Boeing_In  tweeted a picture of a Super Hornet flying close to an aircraft carrier. “The F/A-18 #SuperHornet can work with the P-8I in the future battle

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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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