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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  max steel on Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:14 pm

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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:07 am

    India's Effort to Boost Homemade Weaponry Hits Roadblock

    NEW DELHI — India's efforts to cut imports and boost homemade weaponry and equipment has hit a major roadblock, as the domestic, private defense industry is sharply divided over a not-yet-implemented policy that seeks to identify a select few private sector defense companies to be named Strategic Partners (SP), who could then be nominated to big ticket defense projects.

    The nomination process is run by the Ministry of Defense (MoD). If the policy is adopted, it will change the way weaponry is acquired in the country.

    The controversial policy had been recommended by a select panel nominated by the MoD, under the chairmanship of former Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chief Vasudev Aatre.

    Now, the private defense industry is divided over the selection criteria and the need for such a policy. An MoD source said the policy's consideration could be postponed, given the fierce opposition from various sections of the domestic industry.

    "The very fact that the Aatre report, which seeks to detail criteria for selection of SPs, has been made public (April 19) — after the formulation of the Defence Procurement Policy DPP-2016, end March 2016 — suggests that the selection of SPs has been delayed," said Nitin Mehta, a defense analyst in India.

    A senior executive with the Indian lobbying agency ASSOCHAM, or the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, strongly opposes the policy move on creating select few SPs.

    "A valid interpretation of SPs is that it will give the MoD an official process to outsource its defense procurement in key sectors, to select large private sector groups via a sophisticated nomination process," the executive said. "If this interpretation is valid then it is a cause of concern."

    Another executive with a domestic defense company said the policy on SPs will lead to the creation of "tiers" among domestic defense companies, relegating the small and medium enterprises to only outsource at the mercy of the selected SPs. The selection criteria of few SPs from the private defense sector is likely to remain controversial, the executive added.

    Amit Cowshish, MoD's former financial adviser, said: "I am not quite convinced about the need for preselection of strategic partners (SPs) by MoD for Buy and Make cases, which is what the Committee of Experts has recommended. While much will depend on the fine print of the scheme, which is yet to be notified, [prima facie], it is not going to be easy for MoD to implement it unless strong costing and audit mechanisms are created. The process of selection itself may get mired in controversies."

    Aatre Recommendations


    The Aatre Task Force in its April 19 report divided the defense industry into two categories and recommended that preselected SPs by the MoD should be entitled to only one project in the first category and up to two projects in the second category.

    The first category includes aircraft; helicopters; aero engines; submarines; warships; guns, including artillery guns; and armored vehicles, including tanks. It's been suggested that only one partner should be finalized for these.

    The second category includes metallic material and alloys; nonmetallic material, including composites and polymers; and ammunition, including smart ammunition, for which the Task Force said two partners can be identified.

    "The big companies are very enthusiastic about it but I believe they also have reservations about the idea that one strategic partner will be eligible for only one project. Alternative models for forging long-term relationships lasting the life cycle of a product do not seem to have been considered by MoD," Cowshish said.

    The small and medium enterprises numbering over 6,000 are opposed to the concept of SPs, as they fear "the big SPs may not leave enough for them on the tray," according to Mehta.

    Anil Jai Singh, a retired Indian Navy commodore and defense analyst, said: "They (small and medium enterprises) feel that they will go out of business as the big guys will not offload enough work to them and that they will forever remain tier 1 and tier 2 companies and will never get the opportunity to grow into a prime contractor status."

    However, he said, "consolidation has been successful to a large extent — for example, nuclear submarine construction is divided between two shipyards in the US. There are similar models in Europe, too, but that template cannot be applied in our scenario."

    A, MoD official admitted it is not easy to implement the strategic partners policy because though there are several positives, the policy can distort the market dynamics and competition could get nipped in the bud.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/industry/2016/04/28/india-policy-weapons-strategic-partners-domestic-defense/83650076/


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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:29 am

    India's very own GPS is ready with seventh navigation satellite launch ( will become fully operational in a month ) : http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/irnss-launch-indias-own-regional-navigation-satellite-system-takes-shape/article8531388.ece


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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  max steel on Tue May 17, 2016 1:55 am

    India in talks with African countries for exporting Light Combat Helicopter

    India is in talks with "certain" countries in Africa for possible export of the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter even as the Defence Ministry has set a target of $2 billion worth of exports over the next two years.

    The weapons trial of the LCH is planned in July-August this year. While the Army has placed an order for 114 LCH with state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the IAF has ordered 65.

    The successful demonstration of the LCH in firing 70 mm rockets was conducted during the Iron Fist exercise of the IAF held recently.

    The certification trials with integration of mission sensors such as electro optical system, helmet pointing system and weapon system like air to air missiles, turret gun and rockets are planned between July and August this year.


    "We are in talks with certain countries in Africa who have evinced interest in the LCH. With great value for money, the helicopter is an attractive buy for many countries," a senior defence official said.

    Asked why the countries would be interested in a chopper which is yet to get final certification, the official said, "The certification is a formal process. The countries interested in the LCH in the current form do not need high features like air to air missiles. For them turret gun along with some other features work."

    LCH is a 5.5-tonne class combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL.

    Its features include sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crash worthy landing gear, crash worthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection, nuclear and low visibility features which makes the LCH lethal, agile and survivable.

    Designed for anti-tank and anti-infantry roles with a maximum speed of 275 kilometers per hour, the LCH is also capable of high-altitude warfare since its operational ceiling will be 16,000 to 18,000 feet.

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had on Saturday said government is pushing for defence exports and plans to export Tejas fighter aircraft as well.


    "I know it is not easy. Weapons and export of defence goods have double problems. One is whom you are exporting to and the second is one has to go on checking all international requirements," he had said.

    Explaining that push for exports has started showing results, Parrikar said, "From a meager 140-150 million dollars, this year, I think we have crossed 330 odd million dollars. We have doubled the export. I have set a target for myself. In the next two years, why not touch $2 billion. It is not an impossible target."


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    MoD’s $223-bn plan for purchase of fighter jets, submarines, warships

    Post  Pinto on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:41 pm

    In a major shift to ramp up military readiness, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared an ambitious plan to spend some $233 billion over the next 11 years on buying or producing new equipment, including warships, fighter jets, submarines, aircraft carriers and some 500 helicopters.



    The sum of $223 billion dollars translates into some Rs 15,00,000 crore (Rs 15 lakh crore) and is projected as part of the financial requirements for the long-term integrated perspective Plan (LTIPP) for the period 2012-2027.

    The MoD seeks an annual 8 per cent hike in existing capital spending that allocated in each year’s budget for new military equipment meant for the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF).


    Under the ambitious plan, the MoD has set a target, including induction of an additional 170 fighter jets for the IAF, 12 additional submarines, 500 various types of helicopters, additional artillery guns and tanks for the Indian Army and another indigenous sea-borne aircraft carrier.


    Though the plan looks very big, the MoD seeks a gradual and assured hike. The capital spending for the present fiscal ending March 31, 2017 is Rs 86,340 crore (approx $12.69 billion). The entire planned hike for the next 11 years will average out to an annual spend of $20.27 billion.


    The move comes after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar asked the Ministry to layout the financial cost of the military equipment acquisition planned and bring it ‘within sync’ of the existing average hikes possible in the Union Budget. “An annual hike of 8 per cent for capital spending is within sync of the anticipated hikes that for now vary on a year-to-year basis,” sources said.


    The LTIPP lists out the equipment that is needed but it did not have the detailed cost of each thing. LTIPP already has a Technology Perspective Capability Road Map (TPCRM) to enable the DRDO, Defence Public Sector Unit and the private industry to plan their research and development.


    The LTIPP lays down the expected contingencies of the services and what would be the response. It lists capabilities and expected time frames. Further how these options would be achieved whether by indigenous development or by procurement from aboard.


    In the case of targets form copters, submarines, fighter jets, warships and aircraft carrier, the plan is ‘Make in India’. Various joint ventures are being encouraged with foreign manufacturers.


    The MoD has also laid down a plan to cut on unnecessary expenditure by clubbing together procurement of three services to prevent duplication of efforts and wasteful expenses.


    source- http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/na...-fighter-jets-submarines-warships/284378.html


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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:21 pm

    India Launches Domestic Design Bureau to Cut Imports of Arms and Ammo

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160901/1044848925/india-domestic-design-bureau.html


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    India Seeks More Than $200 Billion to Expand Its Arsenal

    Post  Pinto on Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:29 pm

    For India to meet equipment and weapons requirements necessary to expand its military capabilities in the next eleven years the country will need about $233 billion. There is some doubt as to whether the funds can be raised in that time.

    The equipment and weapons are listed in the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for 2012-2027 and, according to Defense News, funding will be sourced chiefly through Capital Head, the Indian procurement budget. Defense spending will need to increase by at least 10 percent if the funding target is to be met.

    The 2016-2017 funding allocation for Capital Head is $37.94 billion, a 2.3 percent increase from last year. Nitin Mehta, a defense analyst based in India, believes that the diminishing value of India’s national currency is going to be a considerable obstacle for India to meet its multi-billion dollar goal.

    "Given the depreciating Indian rupee and near-stagnant fund allocation in the last two years, it is unlikely that there would be an annual increase of more than 11 percent to meet the target of $233 billion set by LTIPP for the next 11 years," he said.

    Former Ministry of Defense financial adviser Amit Cowshish disagrees, offering, "The amount of US $233 billion works out to approximately 15,000,000 million Indian rupees. The current year's allocation for capital acquisitions is around 700,000 million rupees. Taking this as the base and assuming a reasonable yearly growth of 10 to 11 percent, the total allocation over the next 11 years would anyway be close to 15,000,000 million rupees. So any acquisition plan that is based on this financial assumption would be quite realistic."

    According to LTIPP nearly 100 single-engine fighter jets, 12 submarines, more than 120 twin-engine fighter aircrafts, 500 helicopters and an aircraft carrier are listed to be purchased.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160909/1045112779/india-needs-billions-for-weapons.html

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    India offers $1 bn in fresh aid to Afghanistan

    Post  Pinto on Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:03 am

    India offers $1 bn development aid to Afghanistan

    Both leaders called for an end to all sponsorship and sanctuaries to terrorists

    ndia today committed $1 billion development aid to Afghanistan and affordable medicines. It also renewed its offer to send 1.7 lakh tonnes of wheat to the food scarce country but pointed at Islamabad yet to give its assent to New Delhi's request to allow it to be transported through Pakistan's territory.

    India and Afghanistan signed three agreements after the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who landed here today morning on a two day working visit. The agreements related to Extradition Treaty, cooperation in civil and commercial matters and Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

    Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that large part of Modi-Ghani discussion was on the challenge the region faced from terrorism, particularly the use of terrorism and violence to achieve political objectives. The joint statement released after the meeting, however, didn't name Pakistan but called upon "the concerned" to put an end to all support, sponsorship and safe havens to terrorists in the region, including those who target Afghanistan and India. India and Afghanistan also decided to strengthen security and defence cooperation.

    India also offered further assistance for capacity building in Afghanistan education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions. New Delhi offered $ 1billion assistance to Kabul for this. Afghanistan is the recipient of India's largest development assistance to any country.

    Modi and Ghani agreed that the Strategic Partnership Council co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister and the Afghan Foreign Minister will meet shortly, review the recommendations of the four Joint Working Groups dealing with diverse areas of cooperation and impart further guidance.

    The two leaders noted the completion, with Indian help, of Afghan Parliament and Salma Dam. Modi and Ghani said they looked forward to the resumption of India-US-Afghanistan consultations in New York later this month.

    It was also announced that the Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process will be held in Amritsar on 4 December. They said choice of Amritsar underscored the value of restoring connectivity and was in consonance with this year's theme for the conference, 'Addressing Challenges, Achieving Prosperity'.

    To achieve better connectivity between South Asia and Central Asia, the leaders stressed for early implementation of the trilateral agreement involving Afghanistan, India and Iran, signed in May 2016, using Chahbahar port in Iran. A joint forum of important stake holders, including from business and industry, is to meet soon.


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    Pakistan terror heats up India's war room

    Post  Pinto on Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:11 pm

    Presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the heaviest hitters of Indian state are weighing the gamut of military options.

    Presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the heaviest hitters of Indian state are weighing the gamut of military options - from counterterrorism, cross-border special operations, surgical strikes to a full-blown escalation - to tackle the surge of Pakistani terror, highly-placed official sources said.

    On Tuesday night, the prime minister spent an hour-and-a-half at the nerve centre of the Indian Army: the war-room of the defence ministry located in South Block, according to most senior security officials. This centre is also called the military operations directorate.

    Responding to Pak on Uri: PM has held series of high-level meetings in secret war room

    Modi was briefed from 9.30 pm to 11 pm on Tuesday at the same war room in a meeting attended by defence minister Manohar Parrkar, army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, naval chief Adm. Sunil Lanba, DGMO Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh and national security advisor Ajit Doval, the sources told India Today.

    In this top-secret room, the prime minister was shown large maps of key Pakistani installations.

    He was given an extensive briefing on intelligence about enemy movements and its plans, the sources said.

    Thereon, the PM saw a big sand table depicting Pakistan's topography as he was briefed about Indian military strategies in the event of an escalation, according to top officials.

    He was also given the lowdown about the capabilities of the Indian army, air force and navy.

    In the highest-profile war-room meeting, almost all options to respond to cross-border terror with an iron fist were discussed, including tough response to any Pakistani retaliation, the sources said.

    Plans, highly-placed officials said, were fine-tuned to hit the Pakistani terrorists hardest after their audacious assault on the Uri camp on Sunday.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pakistan-terror-uri-attack-india-war-room/1/771175.html

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    Vengeance in the air as Army rejigs battalions at crucial forward locations

    Post  Pinto on Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:30 am

    NEW DELHI: Under pressure from multiple quarters, the Army is quietly repositioning itself on the forward locations. Officers privy to the development said a battalion from Udhampur is moving to forward locations along with other reserve battalions from Jammu.

    Besides movement of infantry brigades, multiple teams of elite Special Forces are camping in strategic locations. Sources claim that troops from commando units like 2, 4 and 9 Para SF are gearing up on the Line of Control (LoC), as they are trained in unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance and cross-border surgical strikes.

    Sources in the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, which controls the major area along the LoC, say instructions have been issued to all Divisions and Brigades to be on the highest state of alert. Lt Gen S K Dua, 15 Corps Commander from Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, has been making frequent visits to forwards locations on the border, to oversee troops movement.

    Major General Anil Chauhan, Commander of the Baramullah-based 19 Infantry Division, which controls the 12 Brigade of Uri, has been busy in controlling high emotions of soldiers after the killing of 18 of their men in Uri.

    An official explained that the troop movement is not up to the level of Operation Parakram, which the forces undertook after the Parliament attack in 2001, but the repositioning is required given the charged atmosphere. “We need to be more alert as they (Pakistan) are monitoring troop movement closely. Mobilisation of troops needs to be done quietly. Efforts are being made to plug the gaps on the LoC,” said a defence source.

    Besides the movement on the border, the Army has also planned targeted killing in the hinterland, as they suspect nearly 140 terrorists to be hiding in the Valley, of whom 70 are believed to be foreign militants.

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/nat...rward-locations/2016/09/25/article3629113.ece

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    India conducted surgical strikes in PoK

    Post  Pinto on Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:12 am

    The Ministry of external affairs and ministry of defence addressed a joint press conference on Thursday amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.

    Addressing the conference, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads along LoC, resulting in significant casualties.

    Lt Gen Singh said the army does not plan to continue with the strikes but the armed forces are ready for any contingency.
    Below are the highlights:

    - It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing infiltration by terrorists along Loc in Jammu and Kashmir, says DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.
    - We have often recovered GPS, and other stores with PK markings, and some captured terrorists have confessed to their connections.

    - Captured terrorists from Pak or PoK have confessed to their training in Pakistan

    - The Indian Armed Forces have been extremely vigilant in the face of continuing threa

    - Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads along LoC, there have been significant casualties in the surgical strike

    - No plan to continue with surgical strike against terrorist launchpad across LOC as of now

    - India shared details of surgical strike with Pakistan

    - It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquility in the region but certainly can’t allow terrorists to operate along LoC

    -We expect the Pak army to cooperate with us with a view to erase menace of terrorism.


    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/live-defence-foreign-ministries-address-joint-press-conference/story-IIFlWKfekSOk9u1pyPwOqM.html

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    Re: India's Power - growing MIC

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:07 am

    In a bid to strengthen the country's defence capacity, India plans to sign big-ticket defence deals with its traditional and strategic partner Russia during the upcoming annual summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week in Goa on October 15-16. It is expected that some of the most important defence deals may get green signal during the meet.
    These include the purchase of 5 S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile systems apart from Kamov-28 helicopters and up-gradation of the Sukhoi 30-MKIs. Two other projects which could also be finalised are the joint production of Kamov-226 light choppers and the long pending joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft.

    India is one of the biggest purchasers of arms in the world and these deals will further strengthen India's defence arsenal which already boasts of some big purchases that have been made and other deals that are under discussion:

    MAJOR PUSH TO BOOST INDIA'S AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM

    1-Rafale fighter jets


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    Manufacturer: France

    On September 23, India signed a 7.8 billion Euro deal with France to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets. And with the addition of these 36 lethal flying machines, the Indian Air Force has re-established its stance as the fourth largest Air Force in the world. The jet comes with RBE2 AA active electronic scanning array (AESA) radar that has a target detection range of at least 130 kilometres which will also be able to track specific enemy entities.

    Rafale has an unprecedented range of 100 kilometres as compared to Pakistan's current capability of 80km. This missile can be used to shoot down enemy air crafts and cruise missiles.

    The Rafale jet is capable of reaching speeds as high as 2000km per hour which can even outrun most missiles. The jet is made with composite materials which gives it greater agility and high manoeuvrability. The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon in the hands of IAF is its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 km. With the induction of the Rafale jets, IAF can hit any targets inside both Pakistan and across the northern and eastern borders while staying within India's territorial boundary.


    2- S-400 'Triumf' Long-Range Air Defence Missile Systems


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    Manufacturer: Russia

    The new advanced Russian S-400 Triumf missile system is the most modern, air defence system in the Russian arsenal. Its long-range radars can track hundreds of targets simultaneously and can shoot down even stealth fighters like American F-35 jets.

    Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems are capable of destroying incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones within a range of up to 400 km. The S400 Triumf is designed to knock down flying targets including those equipped with stealth technologies, at a distance of about 400 kms. It is also capable of taking out ballistic missiles and hyper-sonic targets.
    3- Apache and Chinook

    Apache helicopter

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    Manufacturer: USA

    Last year, India signed a nearly $3 billion deal for purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing and the US government. India has purchased the latest Block III configuration version which the US first got in 2011. Apache Longbow helicopters are one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, featuring all-weather and night-fighting features, ability to track upto 128 targets in less than a minute.

    The Apache will be the first pure attack helicopter in India's possession and it's a significant move as the Russian origin Mi 35 which has been in the operation for years are now on the verge of retirement. The stealthy chopper is quipped with laser and infrared systems for a weather, day-night operations. It can also fire the Hellfire missiles, besides its arsenal of 70 mm rockets and an automatic cannon.

    Chinook Helicopter

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    Apart from this India has also bought 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers which can carry 9.6 tons of cargo, including heavy machinery, artillery guns and even light armoured vehicles to high altitude. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. The Chinooks will be used for heli-lifting of heavy military equipment, including special artillery guns and supplies, to inhospitable areas of the North-East.

    4- Predator drone aircraft for military surveillance

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    Manufacturer: USA

    India is trying to expedite a deal with the United States to buy Predator drone aircraft for military surveillance. The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by General Atomics and used primarily by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Initially conceived in the early 1990s for aerial reconnaissance and forward observation roles, the Predator carries cameras and other sensors but has been modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions.

    With Pakistan on the west and the ever expanding China showing its might in the sea areas close to Indian coastline, the Indian Navy has an extremely important task of protecting the country. India is trying to equip the military with Predator drone to gather intelligence as well as boost its firepower along the borders with its immediate neighbours Pakistan and China. It also wants to protect Indian Ocean from any external aggression.

    5- HAL's Light Combat Helicopter

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    State-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has been under development for some years. However, a series of recent performance trials have paved way for finalisation of basic configuration. Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited HAL's helicopter complex to have a detailed look on advanced features and armament fit of LCH prototypes.
    As per HAL claim the Light Combat Helicopter is designed to carry out dedicated combat roles such as Air Defence, anti-tank, scout, support combat search and rescue operations. It also incorporates a number of stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infra-red signatures and crash-worthy landing gear, armour protection for better survival.

    http://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/5-deals-that-will-bolster-indias-air-defence/story/238302.html

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    Pumped Up! India Gets Ready for Arrival of BP and Rosneft to the High Street Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/20161007/1046114693/india-bp-rosneft-market.html

    Post  Pinto on Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:53 pm

    British Petroleum has received a license to open 3,500 retail outlets in India while Russian oil major Rosneft is likely to enter the Indian retail market with 2,000 retail outlets currently owned by Essar.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) – Millions of Indians could soon be buying gasoline and diesel from global oil majors as British Petroleum will soon set up 3,500 retail outlets and Russia’s Rosneft will seal a deal to purchase a 49% stake in Essar oil by the end of this October.

    Essar is India’s second largest private refinery. Rosneft is likely to enter the Indian retail market with 2,000 retail outlets currently owned by Essar. The Rosneft Board is expected to approve the $6.5 billion transaction next week.

    On 26 August this year, Sputnik reported that notwithstanding the pressure being exerted by the US indirectly to scupper the initiative, the Indian and Russian energy firms will go ahead with the deal. The US had included Rosneft on its sanctions list, accusing Moscow of involvement in the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

    The deal will shake-up India's retail sector, according to Energy Expert Narendra Taneja.

    "Entry of global majors in Indian market will change the picture of the retail sector completely. Consumers will be the major beneficiaries of these developments as new companies will bring new practices with highly efficient products into the retail sector," said Taneja.

    Apart from Rosneft and BP, France's Total and Saudi Aramco are also keen to break into the Indian retail market. According to an estimate by International Energy Agency, oil consumption in India is expected to reach to 10 million barrels per day in 2040 from today's 6 million barrels. Last year, Indians purchased more than 24 million new vehicles. Looking at the current GDP growth rate, increased purchasing power may boost the sale of vehicles in the future

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/asia/20161007/1046114693/india-bp-rosneft-market.html

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    Paranoia grips Pakistan :: Indian Arms buying spree unabated

    Post  Pinto on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:07 am

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has mapped out that India needs $233 billion to meet its weapons and equipment requirements in 11 years. This has been calculated according to the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for 2012-2027. The Indian weapon purchases are so massive and diversified that it would require several research papers to explain them.


    The following is only a brief attempt in that direction.

    According to reports, from 2004 to 2014, 75 percent of all of New Delhi’s weapons imports came from Russia. This is understandable considering the relationship between the two countries and the kind of weapon systems used by India.

    From 2009 to 2013, India and Russia struck defence deals of around US$30 billion. On the other hand, during the same period, the Indian government signed contracts worth $30 billion with France and $11 billion with the United States. These were besides what the Indian government had signed with Israel and other countries. This means that in only four years, the Indian government had signed contracts more than US$70 billion with only three countries.

    The figures are staggering.

    Again, from 2012-2013 to 2014-2015 fiscal years, 162 arms purchase contracts were signed by India, among them 67 with other countries, including Russia (18 agreements), the United States (13) and France (six). The Russian defence deals with India exceeded over $5 billion and with the United States around $4.4 billion.

    The kind of weapon systems that India plans to purchase is stupefying and scary.

    The Indian Army wants to equip all of its 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanized infantry units with a fourth-generation shoulder-fired fire and forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system. So India is procuring 321 ‘Spike’ systems, along with 8,356 missiles, from Israel. India is also purchasing one medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) regiment, composed of 18 firing units, from Israel that is known of manufacturing state-of-the-art weapon systems.

    It has been reported that US defense contractor Boeing alone has won bids to supply the Indian military with 10 C-17 Globemaster-III strategic airlift aircraft (worth $4.1 billion), eight P-8I maritime patrol aircraft (worth $2.1. billion), 22 AH-64E Apache, and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters (both helicopter deals have a combined worth of $2.5 billion).

    Moreover, the French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation has finalised a contract for the sale of 36 Rafale fourth-generation multirole fighter jets to the Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of $9 billion. The European defense contractor EADS will supply six Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport aircraft for the IAF for $1 billion.

    India's planned major naval assets include 24 submarines over a period of 30 years. Six Scorpene class are being built at the Mazagaon Docks. All six are expected to join the Indian Navy by 2020. Purchase of six more was cleared in 2015. The next decade will see India fielding 3 Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups effectively enforcing pure dominance in the Indian Ocean Region.

    Not to forget is the license production for Kamov 226 helicopters in India, purchase of 145 ultralight howitzer artillery guns from US, purchase of 100 155mm tracked artillery guns, purchase of 280 aero engines from Honeywell for Jaguar aircraft and purchase of five units of Russian-made S-400 advanced air defense systems that can effectively stop all Pakistani ballistic nuclear missiles.


    Conclusion ::

    Pakistan is insanely worried about the kind of money being thrown around by India for weapon systems which the Islamic Nation of Pakistan cannot possibly match even in their dreams. It has thus resorted to an intensive Proxy War with India confined mainly to the state of Kashmir as it cannot match India man-to-man and penny-to-penny.
    http://www.defencenews.in/article/Paranoia-grips-Pakistan--Indian-Arms-buying-spree-unabated-8752


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