Category — Defense/ Security

Modi Government Signed 18 Contracts for $20.1 Billion in its First 9 Months

The Defense Ministry of India has signed 18 international contracts worth $20.1 billion between May 2014 and February 2015. The contracts were signed with armaments manufacturers from USA, Russia, the UK, Israel, Germany and France reports Defense World.

“Defense Procurement Procedure details direct dealing with the original equipment manufacturers, authorized vendors or government sponsored export agencies (applicable in case of countries where domestic laws do not permit direct export by original equipment manufacturers),” Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said.

“It also provides that vendor is required to give full details of any agents / technical consultants / authorized vendors that may have been appointed by them for marketing of this equipment in India. These details should include the scope of work and responsibilities that have been entrusted with the said party in India,” Parrikar added,

Parrikar’s comments possibly display a changing mind set in the ministry regarding the employment of middlemen in potential defense deals on the basis of full disclosure.

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August 15, 2015   No Comments

India to Issue RFPs for 100 Microlight Aircraft

India will issue request for proposals for 100 microlight aircraft which are used to train air wing cadets of its National Cadet Corps. The Defense Acquisition Council meeting headed by defense minister Manohar Parrikar made a decision to issue the RFPs, reports Defense World.

The National Cadet Corps is an organization that recruits cadets from high schools and universities on a voluntary basis. The cadets are given basic military training and groomed for the army, navy, and air force; however, active military service is not compulsory once the course is completed.

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July 19, 2015   No Comments

India’s Defense Acquisition Council Approves P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

 

The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has approved 4 additional Boeing P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft for $762 million for the Indian Navy. This order supplements the existing fleet of  8 such aircraft, reports Defense World. A variant of the Poseidon operated by the U.S. Navy, the P-8I is designed to protect the vast coastline and territorial waters of India. It can conduct anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, intelligence, maritime patrol, and surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The P-8I for Indian Navy, photo courtesy Boeing

The P-8I for Indian Navy, photo courtesy Boeing

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July 19, 2015   No Comments

Telephonics of New York Partners with Mahindra

CNN Money reports that India’s Mahindra Defense Systems, a Mahindra Group company, and Telephonics Corporation, a Griffon company announced that their joint venture in India, Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems (MTIS), has begun manufacturing the RDR Series of Airborne Weather Radars at their Prithla facility near Delhi. This is the first airborne radar manufactured in the private sector in India.

“Manufacturing of our RDR airborne weather radar is a key milestone. We are pleased with both the progress MTIS has made, and with the support of our joint venture partner, Mahindra and Mahindra,” expressed Joseph Battaglia, president and CEO of Telephonics.

“MTIS continues to make significant progress in its charter to build an indigenous capability to support aerospace and defense programs leveraging the advanced technologies offered by our partner Telephonics,” said S. P. Shukla, member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and group president, Aerospace and Defense.

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July 3, 2015   No Comments

India Keen to Utilize U.S. Expertise For Next-gen Aircraft Carrier

 India is hoping to incorporate American expertise in catapult launch technology into its recently announced indigenous 65,000-ton aircraft carrier INS Vishaal, India’s most ambitious aircraft carrier project. This was disclosed after the signing of the 10 year U.S.-India Enhanced Defense Framework Agreement by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

INS Vishaal will carry an increased number of aircraft and helicopters, so  a key technological requirement for it is the catapult assisted takeoff but arrested recovery capability. India is also interested in the latest American Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arrester Wire System for the new carrier reports Defense World.Net.

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June 8, 2015   No Comments