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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US okays more Harpoon and Mk54 anti-sub torpedoes for Indian P8I

IDD Bureau Continuing to provide cutting edge equipment to its ally India, the US has notified the possible sale of 10 Harpoon missiles and also  16 MK 54 Torpedoes coupled with three MK 54 exercise Torpedoes kits, collectively costing $ 155 Million ( approx  Rs 1162 crore) The AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched anti-ship

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India’s Parliamentary body wants more funds for military modernisation

IDD Bureau A designated committee of Parliament in India, has asked for ‘adequate’ funding enabling greater acquisition of military equipment and modernization. The committee has found how budgetary allocation for armed forces was 35 percent lower – or $ 8.72 billion lesser– than what the projected needs were. A Standing Committee of Parliament having members

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US okays $ 1.9 billion missile shield for India

IDD Bureau India will protect its capital city, New Delhi, with a US made systems supplied by Raytheon. As of now the Indian air defence uses  a mix of Russian, Israeli and Indian missile systems. This will include a clutch of ground based radars, fire control centres, ground launched air  defence missiles and also air

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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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Imports growing; Make it lucrative for foreign OEM’s to invest in India

IDD Bureau An officially constituted committee of the Indian Parliament has recommended to the Government to make India a ‘lucrative place’ for foreign military equipment manufacturers to be ‘investing’ in the defence industrial sector. It has also, separately  asked for promotion of India industry, as imports were not decreasing. These are part of suggestions to

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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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BrahMos missiles on IAF fighters; a milestone for Godrej Aerospace

IDD Bureau India’s newest weapon for sea strikes could be the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile.  The Indian Air Force (IAF) can now fire the missile from the Russian made twin-engine Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet, making it’s the only weapon of its kind that be deployed for a strike at a target at sea. With the Indian

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ISA widens US industry footprint in India

COMCASA to be operationalised IDD Bureau: India and the US have signed the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) and agreed  to operationlize COMCASA –a  communication sharing agreement – that will allow wider joint operations of the forces. The ISA was inked by the two sides ahead of the 2+2 ministerial-level dialogue  in the US on December

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Specialised wheeled armoured vehicle for Punjab and Rajasthan

IDD Bureau Indicating a change in tactics and opening up the field for local Industry, the  Indian Army now wants a specialised armoured fighting vehicle which can be deployed in the plains of Punjab and Rajasthan. Army wants a vehicle that should be wheeled, that would mean it wants speed and agility. Its existing options

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