Category — Defense/ Security

India Finalizes (Finally) Rafale Fighter Buy

The long-awaited inter-governmental agreement for the purchase for 36 Dassault Rafale Jets was signed in New Delhi on Friday 23 September between India’s minister for defense Manohar Parrikar, and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO, was also present.

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The deal is worth $8.7 billion, and includes aircraft in fly-away condition, weapons, simulators, spares, maintenance and performance-based logistics support for 5 years, reports The Hindu.   The twin-engine fighter aircraft can operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base. It is capable of carrying out all combat missions: air defense, interception, ground support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence.

The aircraft will be delivered in a time frame of 36 to 67 months. France will provide logistics and ground support, and ensure that 75 percent of the jets are operationally available at any time.

September 23, 2016   No Comments

U.S. Will Help Indian Army to Develop Command Post Exercises

Sources at India’s army headquarters told dna that the computer-driven Command Post Exercises or CPX which involve the participation by command, staff, and communication personnel will be pivotal to the upcoming India-U.S. joint Army exercise between 14-27 September at Indian Army’s Chaubatia military station in Ranikhet, in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Simulated CPXs are considered a high quality training tool because of their realistic combat scenarios.

Since India wants to produce its own CPX from 2018 onward, it has requested the U.S. contingent “for sharing of simulation and exercise design“.

Codenamed Yudh Abhyas (War Studies)  – 2016, this is an annual exercise between the two armies and will be the first military engagement between  the two countries’ contingents (belonging to infantry division) after both the U.S. and India signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement recently.

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September 19, 2016   No Comments

India Increases FDI to 100% in Defense

Foreign defense firms can now set up fully owned subsidiaries in India following the Indian government’s decision to increase Foreign Direct Investment in the defense sector to 100 percent from 49 percent, reports Defense World.

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Foreign investment beyond 49 per cent has now been permitted through a government approval route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. This FDI limit is also applicable to Manufacturing of Small Arms and Ammunition covered under the Arms Act 1959, an official statement said.

 

 

 

September 15, 2016   No Comments

U.S., India Sign Defense Logistics Agreement

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar was in Washington on August 30 to sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). This agreement provides for each country to use the other globally for supplies, spare parts, services and refueling.  Effectively, U.S. armed forces can operate out of Indian bases, and vice versa, on a simple basis. Other upcoming deals are the Communications and Information Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA), and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA).

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Through LEMOA, as also through prior deals, U.S. contractors will get a much better launching pad from which to sell many billions of dollars of top-of-the-line armament to India.  On the other hand, India often requires a degree of co-production domestically, so LEMOA and other deals will help India grow as a  weapons dealer itself, selling to the rest of the world, reports Forbes.

August 28, 2016   No Comments

India’s Defense Ministry Plans $223 Billion Spend

India is planning to spend $223 billion on weapons over the next eleven years. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked his ministry to project the expected cost of upgrading and modernizing India’s armed forces. An annual hike of 8 percent in capital spending will be allocated in each year’s budget.

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The Ministry of Defense has set a target for inducting 170 fighter jets for the India Air Force, 12 more submarines, 500  helicopters, artillery guns and tanks for the Indian Army and indigenous aircraft carriers  says Defense World.

The capital spending for the present fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 is approximately $13 billion. The entire planned hike for the next 11 years will average out to an annual spend of $20 billion.

Lockheed Martin, which is winding down F-16 production in the U.S., has offered to shift its entire F-16 production line to India. Boeing Co and Saab AB are also offering to shift some production to India, reports The Voice Times.

 

August 28, 2016   No Comments