‘Make in India’ is opportunity for US companies

New Delhi has suggested it can host new production lines, participate in US export orders for the Asian market and host maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities for US equipment operating in the Indo-Pacific.

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India could opt for two types of drones from General Atomics

New Delhi is looking to source two variations of an unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or Drones. One for a sea-going role and another one, a weaponised version for use over-land.

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Despite Covid-19 threat, Boeing completes delivery of Apache and Chinook

IDD Bureau US giant Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan, located just east of the national capital in New Delhi in

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General Atomics appoints Dr Vivek Lall; looks to expand

IDD Bureau US based General Atomics (GA), maker of armed drones which India is considering for purchase, has appointed Dr Vivek Lall as the Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation at its headquarters in San Diego, California. With Dr. Lall’s expertise, GA Global looks to expand its global footprint for managing sales, service, and

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India’s ‘big-bang’ reforms in defence; foreign OEM’s allowed 74 % stake

IDD explainer In a long-pending reform, India,  has allowed foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest upto 74 percent stake in Defence equipment manufacturing sector in India via the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) route, allowing the OEM’s, a controlling stake in production. India is the second largest importer of weapons and equipment, accounting for 9.2

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Russia losses share in Indian arms market, But US is not a gainer

Israel & France have gained IDD Perspective Russia continues to be the biggest supplier of weapons and equipment to India even though its share for a five year period 2015-2019 has dropped ‘sharply’ when compared with the previous five year block – 2010-2014. Contrary to perception, the share of US companies in the India military-equipment

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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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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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Former US Secy of State recounts how Indian sanctions were lifted

IDD Bureau Narrating the strategic importance of Indo-US relations and how they grew after the Civil-Nuclear deal, inked in 2008,  former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while speaking in India, has said it helped in ‘lifting sanctions’.. and opened up cooperation in defence and high-technology. Rice , who was Secretary of state 2005-2009, was

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Defence key driver as USISPF holds summit

Trade between India and US is growing. Source USISPF twitter handle

IDD Bureau With the defence sector expected to play a ‘major-role’ in increasing India-US trade, the  US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) will convene the largest gathering of over 300 private sector executives, global CEOs, besides US and Indian government leaders  at its second ‘Annual Leadership Summit’ in New Delhi on October 21. The theme of

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