India, U.S., to Deepen Defense and Security Cooperation

The U.S. State Department cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, in a deal estimated to be worth $2-3 billion. According to General Atomics, the Predator Guardian UAV, a variant of the Predator B, can be used for wide-area, long- endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

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A joint statement issued after the India U.S. Summit at the White House, said, “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation, building on the United States’ recognition of India as a Major Defense Partner.”

The U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defense co-development and co-production, it said.

Key military and civilian defense leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving inter-operability among our forces, the White House said.

Resolving to expand maritime security cooperation, the two countries announced their intention to build on the implementation of their “White Shipping” data-sharing arrangement that enhances collaboration on the maritime domain awareness. Trump welcomed Modi’s strong support for the U.S. to join as an Observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, reports the Times of India.

The annual MALABAR naval exercise, occurring in July in the Indian Ocean, will be the most complex to date, including participants from the U.S. Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

 

June 27, 2017   No Comments

India Signs $100 Million Service Deal with Boeing

Seattle-based Boeing and India’s Navy signed a $100-million contract, that requires Boeing to maintain spare parts and personnel in India, ready to respond to any defects or failures in the P-8I fleet over the next three years. This ‘performance-based logistics’ contract requires Boeing to continue the warranty services it has so far provided under an initial production contract, which will expire in October.
Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India and vice president of Boeing International said, “With this contract, the Indian Navy can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet.”

The Business Standard says that India’s Naval pilots fly their P-8Is on eight-to-ten hour surveillance missions over the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Each P-8I carries seven tonnes of weaponry on board, including advanced Harpoon missiles and heavyweight torpedoes.

Harpoon2 by Boeing

Harpoon2 by Boeing

June 20, 2017   No Comments

India’s Defense Forces Evaluate America’s Combat Planes

The Indian Air Force will try out America’s latest version of the F-16 and Sweden’s Saab Gripen fighter aircraft with the advanced AESA radar to select a partner to build 120 combat planes. The deal is estimated at $20 billion. India’s Air Force will replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-series of planes by the 120 single-engine fighter jet.

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The Indian Navy is testing the American F-18 and the French Dassault for acquiring 57 twin-engine planes for its next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, reports Business Today. The Navy will consider options for its requirement of twin-engine fighter aircraft, similar to Rafale-36 which India’s Air Force will acquire, only after the single engine fighter aircraft evaluation is completed.

June 13, 2017   No Comments

GE Turbines to Power Indian Navy’s Frigates

ASDNews reports GE Marine Solutions announced 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 Plans $223 Billion Spend

India is planning to spend $223 billion on weapons over the next eleven years. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked his ministry to project the expected cost of upgrading and modernizing India’s armed forces. An annual hike of 8 percent in capital spending will be allocated in each year’s budget.

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The Ministry of Defense has set a target for inducting 170 fighter jets for the India Air Force, 12 more submarines, 500  helicopters, artillery guns and tanks for the Indian Army and indigenous aircraft carriers  says Defense World.

The capital spending for the present fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 is approximately $13 billion. The entire planned hike for the next 11 years will average out to an annual spend of $20 billion.

Lockheed Martin, which is winding down F-16 production in the U.S., has offered to shift its entire F-16 production line to India. Boeing Co and Saab AB are also offering to shift some production to India, reports The Voice Times.

 

August 28, 2016   No Comments