SOURCE : CNBC
India is planning to invest over “a quarter of a trillion dollars” on defense in the next few years, and it will likely continue to turn to the U.S. to buy its materials, the president of the U.S.-India Business Council told CNBC on Monday.
“The last couple of years India has become one of the largest buyers of U.S. defense equipment, roughly $15 billion. I believe this trajectory will continue,” Mukesh Aghi said in an interview with “Closing Bell.” Continue reading
SOURCE : NEWS 18
The Pakistani Army fired automatic weapons and did mortar shelling on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, the Army said.
During the day, there was calm along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts as people celebrated Eid.Border guarding forces from either side too exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
A small splinter group of Nepal’s Maoist party on Monday held a demonstration in front of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu against what it called the “repression” of the Nepali-speaking people of Darjeeling.
The group, led by Netra Bikram Chand, had split from the Maoist party three years ago and is propping up a nationalist agenda.The small group of agitators alleged human rights violation in Darjeeling by India. Continue reading
Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, the president said on Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns.
President Mamnoon Hussain told visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan was the “top priority” of the government, according to a statement issued by the presidency. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The People’s Liberation Army of China has blamed the Indian military for provoking trouble along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and warned it will defend its “legitimate rights” against any kind of provocation.
The PLA indicated it was the Indian military which triggered trouble, leading to the altercation between the two militaries in the mountainous region and stopping of the Indian pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarovar. Continue reading
US arms maker Lockheed Martin Corp has expressed optimism for its partnership with Tata Advanced Systems to build F-16 fighter jets, saying that if selected, the deal has the potential to generate economic benefit and jobs in U.S. and India. A statement by Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin following her meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, said, “The meeting with Prime Minister Modi today was very productive and I appreciated the opportunity to discuss ways we can strengthen the ties between our two countries.
Lockheed Martin has a strong history of working in partnership with Indian government and industry to deliver products and technologies that support national security for India and the region, while generating economic benefit and jobs in U.S. and India, the statement added. Continue reading
A contract on supplies of Russia’s Project 11356 frigates to India may be inked in three or four weeks, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said on Monday.
“We are in the final stage of discussion with our customer on the fate of the fourth and fifth warships. I think we will tell you about this in the coming three or four weeks,” Rakhmanov said. Continue reading
China has once again needled India. In yet another transgression, Chinese troops entered India in the Sikkim sector and jostled with Indian Army personnel guarding the Sino-India frontier. During the incursion, they destroyed two bunkers, news agency PTI reported. The face-off has been going on in Doka La general area in Sikkim for the past 10 days.
Meanwhile, Chinese troops have also stopped a batch of Indian pilgrims proceeding on the Kailash Mansovar yatra, PTI reported quoting official sources. Continue reading
L&T Shipbuilding has plans for its Kattupalli Shipyard, just 30 kilometres from Chennai. Most of these could well see the shipyard become a major naval production hub in the private sector. According to the company’s managing director and CEO, Vice Admiral (Retd) B Kannan, the company has already decided that the yard will be dedicated to defence contracts.
“The management has decided, for now, that we will concentrate exclusively on defence contracts for the Kattupalli Shipyard, both from the Indian Navy as well as from friendly navies in the surrounding region,” he said. The company’s plans, in tandem with the Indian Navy’s aims to privatise a lot of its shipbuilding contracts, is likely to see the yard have a continuous pipeline of projects. Continue reading
SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Lockheed Martin and Tata will come together to manufacture F-16 Block 70 in India if they are awarded a contract by Government of India. F-16 Block 70 offered to India comes with standard American weapons package which will see for the first-time introduction of wide range of American weapons like Air-to-air missiles, Air-to-surface missiles, Anti-ship missiles, targeting pods and bombs.
While Transfer of Technology will be a key factor in Make in India F-16s, It is still not clear if India will also ask for the right to customisation of this F-16 manufactured in India with Indian weapons currently in development for its fighter aircraft. Continue reading
The White House will formally announce the recently-approved $2 bn ‘Guardian’ drone deal for the Indian Navy, the first for a non-NATO country, at the end of a meeting between Modi and Trump. The deal’s clearance, apart from bolstering defence ties with India, gives a boost to India plans of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems that makes the predator drones.
Sources told FE that General Atomics is in talks with local companies here to build next-generation weapons and support systems based on advanced electromagnetic technologies here to take advantage of Modi’s Make in India programme. The company has already established a base in India and has roped in Vivek Lall as CEO for this purpose. Continue reading
SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Global Helicopter Purchase forecasts for next 5 Year compelled by Honeywell predicts that Light Single engine will continue to dominate Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook for next 5 years with 48 % Share in total sale predicted at 3900-4400 units for all Sizes.
Light Utility Helicopter developed by India’s HAL for Tri-service requirement of its military will also see the development of Civilian variant which can dominate Light Single engine Civilian Helicopter requirement in the Country as well as in the region if marketed aggressively said the report. Continue reading
The dedicated air corridor between India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan is an attempt by New Delhi to counterbalance China’s ambitious economic corridor via PoK and shows its “stubborn geopolitical thinking”, a leading Chinese daily commented today.
India and Afghanistan last week inaugurated a dedicated air freight corridor to give boost to bilateral trade and give the landlocked central Asian country greater access to Indian markets. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
China is keenly watching the defence agreements set to be inked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday, with particular attention on the deal for surveillance drones that would boost India’s capabilities in the Indian Ocean, Chinese experts have said.
The agreement for around 22 unarmed surveillance drones is among the agreements on the agenda, while a deal for co-producing F-16 fighter aircraft was also finalised before the visit between Lockheed Martin and Tata. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WIRE
A one-line description provided by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all that’s publicly available about the instrument called Geostationary Radiation Spectrometer (GRASP). It had been carried onboard the GSAT-19 satellite put into orbit by the maiden launch of the GSLV Mk III on June 5.
GRASP, says that description, is intended “to monitor and study the nature of charged particles and the influence of space radiation on satellites and their electronic components”. The payload had been conceptualised and built by the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore. Continue reading