Category — Defense/ Security

India Defense Startup Bags $100 Million Peruvian Contract

Tonbow Imaging, a Bangalore-based startup has signed a $1million contract to manufacture and export ‘night-vision sights’ for guns which will then be sold by a U.S. company to the Peruvian army. The device will be fitted on rifles supplied to Peru by U.S. manufacturer Unified Weapon Systems Inc. (UWS).

The deal with Fábrica de Armas y Municiones del Ejército (FAME), Peru’s state-owned military industry, also includes transfer of technology of the assault rifles and weapon sights, reports the Economic Times.

Night Vision Device Fitted to a Rifle

Night Vision Sight Fitted to a Rifle

Mike Bingham, CEO of UWS said, “While most night vision systems run proprietary operating systems, Tonbo’s systems are built on Android. This makes their systems very secure and scalable.”

Arvind Lakshmikumar, founder and CEO of Tonbow Imaging, completed his doctoral work in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.



October 14, 2016   No Comments

Boeing to Supply Harpoon Missiles to India

The U.S. State Department confirmed a $81 million contract to Boeing to provide all-weather, over-the-horizon, Harpoon anti-ship missiles to India for its Boeing P8I Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

These missiles can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defense sites, surface-to-air missile sites, aircraft, port or industrial facilities, and naval ships anchored in ports.

Harpoon2 by Boeing

Harpoon2 by Boeing

Defense World reports that the missiles, which are expected to be available in June 2018, are manufactured and assembled both in the U.S. and the U.K


October 4, 2016   No Comments

Dassault Aviation Enters into JV with India’s Reliance Group

The Dassault Reliance Aerospace was announced by France’s Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier and Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani. The agreement includes a 50% offset obligation, which is the largest-ever offset contract recorded in India.

Defense News quotes an Indian Air Force official who said, “A comprehensive military aerospace partnership in terms of joint venture can actually [be] translated into a long-term commitment from Indian and foreign players aiming to strengthen defense industry in India.”

Reliance and Dassault Aviation

This proposed strategic partnership will also focus on promoting research and development projects under the Indigenously Designed Developed and Manufactured program, a new initiative started by India’s minister for defense, Manohar Parrikar, says Reliance.

October 3, 2016   No Comments

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.

PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande

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.

US and India Flags

September 19, 2016   No Comments