Committing to a 'national' defence industrial capability | ORFThe economic circumstances confronting the government in times of COVID-19 has set the scene for an urgent tightening of the India’s military modernisation. Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements reaffirm the government’s commitment to sustain and strengthen Indian defence manufacturing, design and support capabilities as the quantum of funds allocated for capital expenditure or modernisation contract for the foreseeable future.

India is going ahead with a $2.3 billion (about Rs 15,000 crore) deal to manufacture fleet support vessels (FSVs) in collaboration with a Turkish shipyard following a review after questions were raised on Turkey’s links with Pakistan and the recent diplomatic tiff with the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government.

 Defence ministry paves way for procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for IAFConsequent to the separation of duties between Department of Defence (DoD) and Department of Military Affairs (DMA), the first meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) under the chairmanship of defence minister Rajnath Singh was held with the acquisition wing being the Secretariat of the DAC.

Deadly MH-60 Romeo helicopters, Romeo helicopters, Indian Navy, Indian Ocean Region, SikorskyLockheed MartinA long-standing need of Indian Navy to have multi-role helicopters (MRH) for its expanding role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has been addressed by the government when the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) put its approval on the purchase of 24 MH-60R 24 MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters from the US-based Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin.

Untitled-2New Delhi: In the run-up to President Donald Trump's visit, India has cleared a $2-billion deal to acquire naval multirole helicopters while the US has moved ahead on its offer for a missile shield system to protect the national capital. The deal for 24 advanced MH 60 'Romeo' choppers from the US in a direct government purchase has been a priority for the Navy, given that some of its newer ships don't have a capable integral chopper.

Global defence firms line up as India goes shopping to update ageing fleetU.S. and European defence firms backed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's military modernisation drive at a defence exhibition on Friday, despite a lengthy procurement process running into years and limited funds. Airbus SE and U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. are eying multi-billion dollar deals under Modi's aim to upgrade an ageing fleet of aircraft and enhance local arms manufacturing to cut imports.

Russia has begun production of S-400 air defence missile systems for India, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said. "The Almaz-Antey concern has begun manufacturing the S-400 systems for India, and Russia will deliver the S-400s to India within the timeframe stipulated by the contract. In general, all commitments undertaken by the parties, including the payment, are being fulfilled in full", Manturov said.

Defence production USD 26 bn turnover target by 2025: RajnathUnion Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Armoured Systems Complex, L&T Hazira in Surat, on Thursday. (Express photo by Hanif Malek) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the government has set a target of achieving a turnover of USD 26 billion by 2025 in defence production as India cannot remain dependent on arms import forever.

A Sukhoi fighter jet performing aerobatic stunts during the rehearsal | Photo: Sanjay K SharmaThe government is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar said here on Sunday. The contract for HAL-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages, he said. Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, Kumar said.

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