Ending months of silence on buying new fighter jets, India has announced it will push the case of getting 114 jets from a foreign maker under a deal expected to be in around $ 20 billion.
The first plane of the latest version of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, labelled as ‘Block III’ has been delivered to the US Navy. These are the same planes the US aerospace giant is offering to India for its aircraft carrier based operations.
‘Quad’ has some ‘steel to its spine’ The first ever ‘in-person’ meeting of leaders of the newly-minted four- nation grouping recommitted to partnership, shared security and prosperity—a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The meeting also led to crucial announcements detailing joint efforts on developing critical technology, infrastructure development and addressing climate change besides sharing satellite data, cooperating in space and cyber domains. The four countries will also fund and finance research by 100 scholars each year by way of fellowships.
A large number of detail parts, sub-assemblies and major component assemblies of aero structure are scheduled to be manufactured in India. The programme will act as a catalyst in employment generation in the aerospace ecosystem of the country and is expected to generate 600 highly skilled jobs directly, over 3000 indirect jobs and an additional 3000 medium skill employment opportunities with more than 42.5 lakh man hours of work within the aerospace and defence sector of India.
We are atmanirbhar (self-reliant) in these 209 items on the list, but we need your help in improving these systems, said Rajnath Singh”
On September 10, the US Navy announced it was the first time that a carrier strike group was operating in the South China Sea with the advanced capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II and Navy CMV-22B Osprey tilt rotor helicopter.
Can China enforce its new maritime law. Pacific powers like US and Japan are unlikely to comply. And, that leads to the more critical question of how will Beijing intend to respond to such alleged violations of the already controversial law it has passed
India and US have signed a new $ 22.3 Million development project to design a ‘concept’ to build a new Air-Launched UAV to be used for stand-off imaging and extending the range of communications.
The IADS comes with an integrated capability for detecting enemy submarines and torpedoes at extended ranges as well as diverting incoming torpedoes fired by enemy submarines
The first lot of five C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will undergo 12-year servicing – called depot maintenance — at a Lockheed Martin-approved Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC) beginning 2022.