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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China & ‘Quad’ on mind, India-Australia ramp up ties.

IDD Analysis Announcing an elevation of bilateral ties India and Australia – both members of the four-nation quadrilateral, or the ‘Quad’,  have said their partnership is now at the level of ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ and have opened military bases to each other’s forces  allowing refuel and logistics for assets like planes, warships and submarines. A

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China’s military spend beats India, Japan, Korea & Australia

IDD Explainer The Indo-Pacific is now global military hotspot. Military spends of countries have risen constantly in the past three decades. China is leading the dangerous race of weaponisation in the region. It is now spending much more on military than what India, Japan, South Korea and Australia spend collectively in an year. The data

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China continues nuclear-testing; is helping others develop ballistic missiles

IDD Bureau India now faces a new threat, China has been maintaining a high-level of nuclear activity and it continues to secretly conduct nuclear tests. Separately, Beijing, is helping countries develop ballistic missiles. A report of the US State department warns of this twin-threat which hreatens entire Indo-Pacific. The report is on ‘adherence to and

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Japan disrupts Submarine-tech, India & China can only catch up

IDD Bureau Japan has added a new dimension in submarine technology. It’s a benchmark of sorts, a  game changer, a disrupter which could lead to a ‘race’ in the Indo-Pacific as new-tech submarines would acquire an edge over the existing technology The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned a ‘conventional submarine’ that runs on

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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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India races to match China, shortlists companies to make submarines

IDD Bureau India is now racing to match China in adding submarines to its naval  fleet. Almost a decade after it started a project to get six conventional diesel-electric submarines, India approved the short listing of two Indian and five foreign companies, who can be possible partners and make the submarines under a $7 Billion

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‘Brexit’ a bonanza for China, Indo-Pacific to be impacted

IDD Bureau  “Brexit” or Britain leaving the European Union – the biggest political and largest commercial union of the world– will be a windfall for China, aiding its rise further and posing problems, militarily, for others in the Indo-Pacific region. India, the US, Japan and Australia – notably all part of a ‘Quad’ – would

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