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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IAF flies Lockheed Martin C130- J for 10 hours non stop

IDD Bureau The Indian Air Force has been using the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to great effect for military usage, in the process several milestones are getting created for the iconic plane manufactured by US giant Lockheed Martin.  The IAF, On May 3,  flew a pair of C-130 J from Srinagar in the northern part

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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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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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MH-60R will provide India an ‘ASW’ edge over China

               IDD explainer IDD Bureau Imagine a scenario, a submarine of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is lurking under the waters either in the Arabian Sea along India’s west coast or in Bay of Bengal which forms the country’s east coast.  An Indian Naval warship is within close proximity, its carrying on deck a

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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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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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83 Tejas this year, work to be outsourced. RFP for 114 foreign jets soon

IDD Bureau As India struggles to maintain the desired number of fighter jets for its air force, a fresh contract to procure 83 more jets of the next version of the light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is expected to be inked this year. Part of the production work is expected  to be outsourced. The 83

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Raisina dialogue in Delhi; US to have biggest presence

IDD Bureau  Global leaders, including from the foreign policy, military, industry, and think-tanks  besides those in top political positions will be in attendance at the ‘Raisina Dialogue’, a multilateral conference discussing issues facing the world. The three-day conference ‘Raisina2020’ (Jan 14 to Jan 16) is scheduled in New Delhi, India’s capital. Themed ‘21@20-negotiating alpha century’,

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