Category — Defense/ Security

India Bypasses Global Tendering To Replace 44,000 Guns

The Manohar Parrikar-led Ministry of Defense in India will buy its requirement of close quarter battle carbines directly instead of going through the conventional route of floating global tenders for them.

“With repeated failure to procure it through the global tendering process, the ministry has to go for direct government-to-government sale for buying these weapons. It will speed up the acquisition process and will rule out allegations of corruption,” a senior ministry official said.

Manohar Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar

The New Indian Express reports that New Delhi has proposed an agreement under the ‘foreign military sales’ category for buying 10,000 such carbines directly from a country that is willing to supply them. The remaining 34,000 units will be manufactured in India under a production license.


January 4, 2017   No Comments

Gujarat, India Offers Incentives for Defense Equipment Manufacture

The western state of Gujarat in India, has released an investor-friendly Aerospace and Defense Policy 2016 that offers 10-year incentives in relation to land allotment, stamp duty, registration charges and electricity duty, to attract defense and aerospace manufacturers reports Defense World.

Terms of this policy are:

  • The state will now provide government land at 50% of jantri, or basic land rates, for setting up units during the five-year tenure of the policy
  • Land owned by the state and the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation will be given first preference for land allotment
  •  A 100% rebate on stamp duty and registration charges levied on land purchased
  • Electricity duty waiver for a period of five years since the commencement of production
  • a facility for testing and trials will also be made available
  • tax relief up to 90% of fixed capital investment, which could go up to 100% depending on the financial constraints faced by any player

defense aircraft

The policy also provides for cash and interest subsidies for aerospace and defense sector players wanting to establish their units in the state: the government will offer a cash subsidy up to $367,000 ( Rs 2.50 crore) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise units.


December 31, 2016   No Comments

India Invites Global Bids for Air Force Radar

New Delhi seeks to procure Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare self-protection jammer pods for its home grown fighter, the Light Combat Aircraft Mark-1A.

“We cannot wait for Indian companies to develop and build these proven systems, and they will be bought off-the-shelf from overseas,” stated an official at India’s Ministry of Defense.

AESA Radar from Elta

100 AESA radars will be acquired at an estimated cost of $1.85 billion, and bids have been issued to Elta of Israel, U.S. companies Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, SAAB of Sweden, Thales of France and Rosoboronoexport of Russia reports DefenseNews.

100 electronic-warfare jammer pods will also be purchased at a cost of $200 million, and bids have been sent to Elta, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, SAAB, Thales, Rosoboronoexport, Indra of Spain and Leonardo-subsidiary Finmeccanica of Italy.


December 20, 2016   No Comments

GE Turbines to Power Indian Navy’s Frigates

ASDNews reports GE Marine Solutions announcement that its LM2500 marine gas turbines will power the Indian Navy’s P17A stealth frigate. These gas turbines will be provided under license from GE by its in-country partner, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine division, located in Bangalore.

GE's LM2500 Marine Gas Turbines

“We are delighted that the Indian Navy has once again chosen our reliable LM2500 gas turbines, now for this next-generation P17A frigate which is a follow-on to the Shivalik-class P17 program,” said GE’s Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations, Evendale, Ohio.

December 20, 2016   No Comments

India’s Defense Ministry Allows Companies to Manufacture Ammunition

Up until now, only the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was permitted to produce ammunition and India’s private sector was only allowed to manufacture parts of ammunition such as the shells or fuses.  A senior army official stated that the army’s requirements were not being totally met by the OFB, and that import was not an option any more.

Under a new policy, India’s Ministry of Defense is willing to provide long-term commitments and firm orders of multiple types of ammunition to private players, but only at competitive prices, reports DefenseNews.


Bhupinder Yadav, a retired Indian Army major general and defense analyst, said that companies in India will be allowed to manufacture ammunition by forming joint ventures with foreign partners that already have established designs.

Overseas defense companies such as Expal of Spain, Nexter of France, Rosoboronexport of Russia, Chemring Group of the United Kingdom, Saab of Sweden, Elbit of Israel, Rheinmetall Defense of Germany, Diehl Defense of Germany, Denel of South Africa, Yugoimport of Serbia, Bumar of Poland, Orbital ATK Armament Systems of the United States and Arsenal of Bulgaria are negotiating terms with private Indian companies to provide cutting-edge technology for multiple Indian ammunition programs.

Currently, Bharat Forge Limited, is the only private firm in India that has formed a joint venture with Israel’s Elbit Systems to manufacture a variety of ammunition types and smart bombs in India.



December 20, 2016   No Comments