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 & ‘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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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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Trump: ‘Modi and I revitalizing Quad’

IDD Bureau The ‘Quad’ or the strategic quadrilateral grouping comprising India, US, Japan and Australia is very much on the agenda, its contours are being worked out. In the past India has been reticent on the Quad, with its diplomats have been careful over how this Indo-Pacific grouping will  be seen by its edgy neighbour,

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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 Japan working to seamlessly control robotics

IDD Bureau India and Japan are co-developing cutting edge technology that will guide, drive and control unmanned ground vehicles and also robotics for military use. The matter is being discussed by the Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation (JWG-DETC). The project had cropped up for review and discussion during the recent 2+2

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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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