Category — Defense/ Security

India’s Navy to get 4 Additional Boeing P8i Aircraft

India’s  Cabinet Committee on Security, approved the purchase of four additional Boeing P8-I Neptune Maritime Patrol Aircraft estimated $1 billion . These will be inducted into the Indian Navy over a period of three years.

P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The P8-I Neptune is an India variant of U.S.A.’s P8A ‘Poseidon’. This aircraft is equipped for long range anti-submarine warfare, anti -surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in maritime and littoral operations. Its communication and sensor suite includes equipment developed by government defense companies and private manufacturers.  It has  a ferry range of 1,243 miles, where it can patrol the seas for four hours, reports Defense World.  India has already purchased eight of these aircraft since 2008.

 

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July 6, 2016   No Comments

India Seeks 22 Armed Drones from U.S.

Within days of having entered the Missile Technology Control Regime backed by President Obama, New Delhi has expressed interest in buying Predator drones from San Diego, California-based General Atomics through the Foreign Military Sales program.

Defense News reports that according to an official of the Indian Ministry of Defense,  a Letter of Request (LoR) for the purchase of 22 of the unmanned aircraft system for the Indian Navy was sent to the U.S. on June 17.

Drone

The Indian Navy will use the Predator drone, which can fly at an altitude of 50,000 feet, for maritime surveillance and to safeguard its maritime assets in the Indian Ocean, both east and west coast, said an Indian Navy official. These drones have the capacity to fly non-stop for more than 24 hours and monitor the movement of objects as small as a football, sources said.

 

 

 

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June 29, 2016   No Comments

India Admitted to Missile Technology Control Regime

Just days after its bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group was put on hold, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar signed onto the Missile Technology Control Regime aimed at preventing the unchecked proliferation of missiles and their delivery systems. India became the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). A consensus decision taken by all the group’s members resulted in India’s admission to MTCR.  China is not a member of this group.

The United States welcomed India’s entry into the MTCR. At a press conference on Monday, June 27 State Department press office director Elizabeth Trudeau said India was admitted because it “demonstrated to all MTCR partners a sustained commitment to non-proliferation and it has a legally-based, effective exports control system.”

Take off

To the extent that New Delhi’s accession sees it strengthening its own export controls and is viewed as an enhanced commitment to non-proliferation, it may make it easier for its fellow MTCR members to transfer technologies to India, reports The Diplomat.

India’s will now participate in the groups upcoming activities, including the annual plenary meeting to be held in South Korea in October.

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June 29, 2016   No Comments

India Approves Purchase of Light Howitzers from U.S.

India’s Ministry of Defense approved a $750 million deal for the purchase of 145 Ultra Light howitzers from  Arlington, Virginia-based BAE Systems for the Mountain Strike Corps that defends India’s borders. Unlike traditional guns, these howitzers can be slung on helicopters and transported over difficult mountainous terrains.

According to the terms of the deal, 25 guns will be imported in a ready-to-use condition while the other 120 will be assembled and tested in the country.

 

M777 Howitzer

M777 Howitzer

Earlier this year, in a major boost to the Make in India initiative, BAE announced it would establish an assembly, integration & test facility for the M777 ultra lightweight howitzer in India, reports the International Business Times.

“The facility is a fundamental part of the M777 production line.  A domestic Assembly, Integration and Test facility will enable the Indian Army to access maintenance, spares and support for the M777 locally,” BAE said in a statement released in February.

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June 28, 2016   No Comments

India Further Liberalizes FDI Regime

On June 20, India announced a number of  measures to ease foreign investment in defense, civil aviation, pharmaceuticals, retail, food trade and broadcasting. The Federal Government has liberalized the FDI regime with the objective of providing a major impetus to employment and job creation in India.The government’s action opens up more than a half-dozen sectors to 100 percent foreign investment. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the second reform after the last radical changes announced in November 2015.

FDI Reforms

 

India’s commerce and industry minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, told reporters that “definitions will have to be simplified, and clarity will emerge.” The Washington Post quotes Amber Dubey, partner and head of aerospace and defense in India at the business consulting firm KPMG, who said that “easy terms like ‘modern technology’ will allow most leading defense companies to come in unhindered.”

The government relaxed local sourcing norms for up to three years for single-brand retail trading of products that have “cutting-edge” technology. This will likely benefit Apple which had applied for exemption from the government’s rule of the 30 percent local-sourcing norm. The company will now be able to open a chain of branded stores in India. Ikea will also benefit from these relaxed norms.

100% foreign investment in civil aviation and foreign pharmaceutical companies being allowed  to invest 74 percent automatically in existing brownfield projects without government approval, are two other positive policy reforms.

“The opening up of food trading holds the most promise and is likely to generate real investment,” said Richard M. Rossow, an expert in U.S.-India policy studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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June 23, 2016   No Comments