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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India’s staggered procurement, two-points of ‘fear’ for Industry

IDD Analysis After India’s newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat announced that the military will do only ‘staggered  procurements’ of weapons,  equipment, systems and platforms, it  has thrown up two issues necessitating immediate answers from the Government to address ‘fears’ of the industry. Firstly, such a move could jeopardize big-ticket acquisitions –

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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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As India looks West for military hardware, US sends largest ever delegation to Def-Expo-2020

IDD Bureau The United States delegation to Def-Expo2020 will be largest. And the reason is simple; India-US bilateral defence trade moves northward reaching $18 billion in 2019. A decade ago, in 2008, it was less than $1 billion.  The increased bilateral trade is increasingly becoming visible too. In all,14 US made platforms, the highest number

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MBDA-L&T have ATGM-5 & Exocet at Def-expo

Def-expo 2020 IDD Bureau  European giant MBDA and Indian company Larsen and Toubro ( L&T) have announced they have export orders  for select missiles and will separately display latest anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM-5) at the ‘Def-expo’ 2020 which opens in Lucknow on February 5. The companies also will be showcasing next-gen offerings like Short range

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Indigenous Naval fighter makes first deck landing

IDD Bureau The Naval version of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk1 Tejas successfully landed onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The Naval version is under development whereas the Indian Air Force has already inducted the indigenously made fighters. Naval aviation is one of the most complicated arenas given the complexities. For instance, when a

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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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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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IAF Chief questions slow pace of ‘make in India’

5th gen combat aircraft

IDD Bureau Indian Air Force Chief  has questioned the slow pace of  the indigenous production  under the ‘make in India’ in the military equipment manufacturing sector. Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, while speaking at an event of a news channel ‘Aaj Taak’ in India said “Right now, in this ‘Make in India’ and

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