Category — Defense/ Security
India’s Air Force will purchase two Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles from Israel Aerospace Industries for $1.4 billion. Delivery of these items will be made over the next two to three years.
The Heron TPs will have sophisticated communication & intelligence systems, detection finders, signal parameters and emitter classification and geo-location capabilities, in addition to electronic surveillance measure for long-range automatic detection and identification of emitting targets, reports Defense World.
India’s army, navy and air force have a joint requirement of over 200 weaponized UAVs in the next 10 years and the ruling government wants future UAV requirements to be met through the Make in India initiative.
November 27, 2016 No Comments
India’s defense ministry sources said that the cabinet committee on security, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi, has cleared the acquisition of 145 M-777 ultra-light howitzers from the U.S. in a government-to-government deal worth $737 million.
Defense-aerospace.com reports that the deal, which has a 30% offset clause, will be inked within the next two to three weeks. “The Pentagon’s letter of offer and acceptance to India is valid till November 20, but it can be extended for another 10-15 days,” said the source.
Of the 145 M-777 howitzers, 120 will be “assembled, integrated and tested” in India by Mahindra, BAE Systems’ business partner in India. The first two howitzers will be delivered within six months of the contract being signed, and the others will follow at the rate of two per month.
November 18, 2016 No Comments
Pune, Maharashtra-based Kalyani Group supplies Boeing titanium flap track forgings for its 737 series aircraft. The company also manufactures aero engines, landing gear and structural components for other OEMs such Rolls-Royce, Liebherr Aero and Safran.
Kalyani has three joint ventures in the defense sector: BF Elbit Advanced Systems for artillery systems; Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems for specific areas like missile technology (spike missile); infantry combat vehicle upgrade and advanced armor solutions; BF Premier Energy Systems for ammunition; air defense systems and short-range surface-to-air missile systems, with Saab of Sweden
In a communication with Defense News, chairman, Baba Kalyani said that India-made defense products were competitive because of the knowledge and skill arbitrage coupled with labor arbitrage that gives India an edge over other competitors.
November 17, 2016 No Comments
India’s Adani Enterprises and Israeli Elbit Systems formed a joint venture, Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India Limited (AEASIL), on November 7, 2016 to work together in the field of unmanned aircraft systems in India. The Adani group will own 51 percent stake in the JV, while the Israeli company will hold 49 percent.
AEASIL will be channeled through Adani Aero Defense a subsidiary of the parent group, which will not only manufacture the UAVs, popularly known as drones, but also provide related maintenance, repair and overhaul services reports IHS Jane’s.
November 9, 2016 No Comments
Following an Indian suppliers’ meeting in Bangalore on November 8, executives of Lockheed Martin spoke to defenseworld.net and said that they would look at starting the ‘Make-in-India’ manufacturing project with 12 F-16 jets a year going up to 36 at peak.
Randall L Howard, head of business development head for the F-16 platform and Abhay Paranjape, director, business development-India interacted with over 40 Indian entities who showed interest in being part of the F-16 manufacturing project.
The partnership with India is being discussed between the Indian the U.S. government and if the deal comes through as a foreign military sales agreement, then a certain number of aircraft would be sold to India under ‘flyaway condition’, and the rest would be manufactured in India. These jets would also be exported to markets in the Middle -East, Eastern Europe and Asia.
November 9, 2016 No Comments