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Postby John » 01 Mar 2015 09:52

Grad are just more ammo for existing launchers. As for trainers IAF already got burned waiting for HAL to deliver with HJT-36, i doubt they will do that again with HTT-40. If things don't progress with latter IAF can still order more PC-7 in the future.

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Postby Austin » 01 Mar 2015 13:06

Defence budget up marginally, after having failed to spend current year’s allocations

Besides the Rs 6,630 crore that will be returned unspent from the capital head, the defence ministry transferred another Rs 6,000 crore from the capital to the revenue head.

This record underspend on equipment modernisation comes after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar twice claimed before the media that sticking to procurement targets was “his specialty”.

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Postby KiranM » 01 Mar 2015 15:28

Question to gurus; the Rs. 6k Cr odd which is not utilized, can it be accounted for the DAC cleared proposals like for LLW radars, additional Pilatus trainers, repair depots for IN and Grad rockets if signed before end of March? Since technically fiscal year is till 31 March.

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Postby Austin » 03 Mar 2015 23:50

http://www.janes.com/article/49660/indi ... et-by-10-9

India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February.

The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over the revised budget announced by the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2014.

Total defence spending, including military pensions expenses, will rise to INR3 trillion.

The first full budget presented by Modi's government since it took power in May 2014 saw core defence spending decline to 1.75% as a percentage of GDP for the second consecutive year.


Although total defence spending will rise by around 5.5% in real terms compared with the revised budget for 2014-15, senior service officers have argued that the increase will be rendered "ineffectual" by rising inflation and the decline in the value of the rupee against the US dollar, leaving insufficient cash for long-delayed military modernisation plans.

The officials told IHS Jane's that this year's defence budget was among the lowest against GDP since 1962, when India lost a four-week war against China over a border dispute that remains unresolved.


The budget's revenue expenditure of INR1.5 trillion earmarked for salaries, pension payments, and operational expenses outstrips the INR945.9 billion capital or modernisation allocation.

Of this amount, the Indian Army gets INR215.7 billion, the Indian Air Force (IAF) INR314.8 billion, and the Indian Navy INR239.1 billion.

The IAF's allotment is INR3.4 billion less than the initial budget for FY 2014/15, even though it is expected to acquire 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, and six Airbus Military A330 tankers.

It is also in advanced negotiations to procure 126 Dassault Rafale fighters and will need to pay a hefty 15% advance if the deal is signed in FY 2015/16, as the IAF anticipates.

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Postby Vipul » 04 Mar 2015 03:23

Its a shameful for BJP if Indian Defence spending goes down as a percentage of GDP, especially so when there is not a sizeable increase in the size of the overall GDP.If we factor in inflation, then the Defence Budget for this year is actual lower then the Budgetary allocation over last year. The 11% increase in comparison to last years revised estimates is just an attempt at Delhi Statistics to make it look as a 11% hike.
All these years we were blaming the UPA and Italian Congress for disregarding our Defence preparedness but for me BJP is loosing its luster all too fast.Very shameful indeed if it is not even able to spend last years full allocation.

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Postby fanne » 04 Mar 2015 03:35

Who is 'it' who was unable to spend the fund? Who should be blamed for this?
Politics/party do play a role, but most blame goes to the forces. Look at how Navy solved its problem (by returning less). It needed planes for it carriers, it ordered 48 Mig 29K, and supports NLCA from its own budget, it returns less of it every year. Compare that with IAF, it would not give extra money for LCA/HTT-40 from its budget, rather it will return it back as unused fund.

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Postby brar_w » 04 Mar 2015 06:17

Austin wrote:http://www.janes.com/article/49660/india-boosts-defence-budget-by-10-9

India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February.



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India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February.
The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over budget figures revised by the Ministry of Finance over the past year.
Total defence spending, including military pensions expenses, will rise to INR3 trillion.
The first full budget presented by Modi's government since it took power in May 2014 saw core defence spending decline to 1.75% as a percentage of GDP for the second consecutive year.
Although total defence spending will rise by around 5.5% in real terms compared with the revised budget for 2014-15, senior service officers have argued that the increase will be rendered "ineffectual" by rising inflation and the decline in the value of the rupee against the US dollar, leaving insufficient cash for long-delayed military modernisation plans.
The officials told IHS Jane's that this year's defence budget was among the lowest against GDP since 1962, when India lost a four-week war against China over a border dispute that remains unresolved.
The budget's revenue expenditure of INR1.5 trillion earmarked for salaries and operational expenses outstrips the INR945.9 billion capital or modernisation allocation.
Of this amount, the Indian Army gets INR215.7 billion, the Indian Air Force (IAF) INR314.8 billion, and the Indian Navy INR239.1 billion.
The IAF's allotment is INR3.4 billion less than the initial budget for FY 2014/15, even though it is expected to acquire 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, and six Airbus Military A330 tankers.
It is also in advanced negotiations to procure 126 Dassault Rafale fighters and will need to pay a hefty 15% advance if the deal is signed in FY 2015/16, as the IAF anticipates.
The INR176.2 billion balance of the capital budget is divided between tri-service procurement and construction activity, modernising the Ordnance Factory Board, expanding the defence capabilities of India's rail network, and augmenting defence research and development (R&D).
There has, however, been an exponential increase in fund allocation for the indigenous manufacture of prototype military equipment from INR5 million in FY 2014/15 to INR1.4 billion. This ties in with the new government's policy of locally sourcing its materiel requirements in order to reduce imports, which average around 70%.
Military officials said this enhanced outlay is to cater largely to two wholly indigenous Indian Army programmes: the Battlefield Management System and the Tactical Communication System, both of which are led by Indian companies. However, this funding represents less than 1% of the capital budget.
In presenting the budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the government's policy of achieving self-sufficiency in its defence needs.
"So far we have been over-dependent on [materiel] imports, with its attendant unwelcome spin-offs," he said.
The government, he added, would encourage Indian-controlled entities to manufacture defence equipment not only for domestic employment but also for export.

Analysis

Underspending of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) capital budget continues to be a significant issue, with government figures suggesting that related spending has been revised downward by around 13.3% during the course of 2014-15, writes Craig Caffrey . Around 10.4% of funding allocated for procurement in 2014-15 is expected to be removed from the budget.
INR755 billion was allocated under the initial budget. However, figures released as part of the 2015-16 budget process show that only around INR676.3 billion is expected to be utilised. Capital budget underspend has been a recurring issue for the MoD, with the armed services having typically utilised only around 90% of allocated funding on average over the past 10 years.
Similarly, while R&D funding will increase by 4.3% to a record level of INR145 billion, budget documents show that the MoD was unable to fully utilise the additional funding provided for the purpose in 2014-15.
When the budget was initially released in February 2014 INR59.8 billion was allocated for R&D within the capital budget. This figure was subsequently increased to INR93 billion by Modi, in line with attempts to develop India's defence industry.
Figures for the revised 2014-15 budget show that only around INR71.5 billion is actually expected to be spent, with the INR77.9 billion allocated for 2015-16 representing a relatively modest increase to this total.
An additional INR1.4 billion will be invested in prototype development, while a further INR65.7 billion will be allocated from outside the capital budget through India's state-run R&D organisations.





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Postby Austin » 04 Mar 2015 12:52

India Explores New Helicopter Options with Russia

At the recent Aero India show in Bangalore, Russian Helicopters held further talks with Indian officials about possible licensed production of the Mi-17 and Ka-226, following the agreement in principle by the heads of state last December. According to authoritative sources, the Russian side also offered to supply “an improved version of the Ka-31 with higher performance.” The Indian navy operates approximately a dozen of these ship-based airborne early-warning and naval surveillance rotorcraft.

“We and our Indian partners are in discussions on a follow-on contract for one more batch of the Mi-17V5,” said Alexander Mikheyev, general manager of Russian Helicopters. But, he added, “The Mil design house is working on new versions of the Mi-17 with improved hot-and-high performance, the key to further sales into India.” The company has already delivered 121 Mi-17s to India. The original agreement signed in 2008 specified 80 aircraft, but the Indians have since exercised three options, bringing to 151 the current total to be received. These helicopters are delivered in a customized Indian version, including a glass cockpit from Russian Avionics. India has more than 300 Mi-8/17s.

The Indian defense ministry was briefed on the new version of the Mi-17, designated Mi-171A2, during Aero India. The prototype has been flying since last November. Russia demonstrated the Klimov VK2500P turboshaft with Fadec and surge-protection system. The manufacturer claims the Klimov engine is asolely Russian product with no Ukrainian-made parts, and is pitching it as an alternative to the Ukrainian-made TV3-117VMAs that power the bulk of Mi-17s produced so far. Earlier versions of the VK2500 are already in use in India on some of the Mi-17s.

Although no firm agreement on licensed production was concluded, Russian arms sales agency FSVTS announced during Aero India that Russian companies are supplying equipment and tools to Chandigarh airbase, as part of an offset agreement to create an Indian base for maintenance of the Mi-17’s avionics, engines and rotor systems. The location will eventually become a full-fledged service center.

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Postby KiranM » 04 Mar 2015 15:37

^^^ With 300+ Mi-8/17s in IAF how will they be used for supporting IA? Will they move men and material to IA staging areas and AAC choppers moving them to FEBA? Like a hub and spoke model?

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Postby Prasad » 04 Mar 2015 23:06

No news but here about Reliance acquiring pipavav defense?

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Postby JTull » 05 Mar 2015 02:30

They've only acquired 18% stake.

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Postby Vipul » 05 Mar 2015 05:31

It was to be bought by Mahindra with Management control. Then Hero Group made a desperate bid for it, even agreeing to be just investors and let Nikhil Gandhi have Management control. Now this news about Reliance acquiring the 18% stake. Per their agreement the stake will be scaled up to 25.1% and follow that up with a open public offer.

Nice to see big corporates making a serious pitch to get into manufacturing of Defense Goods. DRDO bosses having chalta hai attitude need a big kick to their butts.

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Postby Shrinivasan » 08 Mar 2015 10:52

Vipul wrote:...DRDO bosses having chalta hai attitude need a big kick to their butts.

What is the poit of this comparison and DRDO a bashing? Pipavav is a ship yard, comparable to CSl or MDL or GRSE, a private shipyard... DRDO a is not a manufacturer... It is a design house which in the Naval space is working in tandem with IN. It looks like you have some beef with the quality of Locally made defense products... The fault for that lies with our DPSUs and not DRDO? DRDO develops a product, tests it, proofs it, once the armed forces accept it... Which takes ages as our forces constantly look for unobtainiums and then pass on the design to these DPSUsfor manufacture.

This is again not DRDO's will and wish, but an GPI/MODI policy... Left to itself, DRDO would pass on the tech to. Private player and reap royalties...

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Postby Austin » 13 Mar 2015 16:04

Saws Parikar conference today at India Today .....He mentioned that he did evaluation to buy arms for the next 6 years and he says there would be many new purchases possible even with current budget.

He mentioned money is there and money is really not a concern , Spoke about hard negotiations to get more from the deal.

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Postby Kakkaji » 14 Mar 2015 08:33

Austin wrote:Saws Parikar conference today at India Today .....He mentioned that he did evaluation to buy arms for the next 6 years and he says there would be many new purchases possible even with current budget.

He mentioned money is there and money is really not a concern , Spoke about hard negotiations to get more from the deal.


Parrikar promises a lot, but has so far delivered little.

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Postby VinodTK » 16 Mar 2015 06:02

In first foreign visit, Manohar Parrikar to push Korean firms to Make in India
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Sources said that the Indian side is keen on discussing projects that will involve Korean companies setting up shop and producing defence related equipment. Among the projects that are likely to be discussed during the visit is the aircraft trainer that Korea makes for its armed forces as well as exports. Another major area is cooperation in the navy's plans to procure six new minesweepers. The Korean minesweeper is considered to be one of the best in its class, but a plan to buy it directly was shelved due to discrepancies in the bidding process last year.

The ships will now be built at the Goa Shipyard with possible assistance from Korea. Officials said that India is also keen on studying the Korean T 50 Golden Eagle fighter aircraft programme for possible areas of cooperation and sharing of technology for similar Indian initiatives. Korean firms are also participating in multiple ventures for adding new artillery guns for the Indian Army. It is also bel i eved that the Korean side is keen on a trilateral engagement with India and the US, something along the lines that New Delhi has with Tokyo. Parrikar's visit next month is likely to be followed up by PM Modi's visit in May.


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Postby Singha » 16 Mar 2015 12:44

now that you reminded me, what happened to the mega artillery deals? is anything decided ?


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Postby Yagnasri » 18 Mar 2015 09:45

Is Indian AIP to be fitted on Scorpene boats tested? It is supposed to be done last month.

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Postby Vipul » 18 Mar 2015 15:30

Test bed trials on land of the DRDO developed AIP at ordnance factory in ambarnath was supposed to start some time back, how long it will take to finish the testing will be difficult to guess for anyone.

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Postby Vipul » 19 Mar 2015 07:51

ThyssenKrupp ready to transfer knowhow to India for submarines.

The ‘Project 75’ for the construction of six submarines for the Indian Navy has been in the pipeline for long time now. Dr Gurnad Sodhi, Managing Director, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) India, which is one of the companies in fray for the order, talks about what the company has to offer to India.

Q. What has prompted TKMS to participate in one of the lndia’s largest Defence tender for the construction of six submarines under Project 75 India (P-75 (I) for the Indian Navy?
A. The Ministry of Defence is expected to issue the P-75 (I) RFP for which we are planning to offer the Type 214 submarine, which combines best-in-class underwater endurance and diving depth. Besides its highly regarded anti-surface and anti-submarine operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the HDW Class 214's proven fuel cell-based Air Independent Propulsion system is the best available in the market and offers exceptional operational advantages to the Indian Navy.
Since the Indian Navy has been our customer for over 30 years, we have established a strong working relationship with them and are in a position to fully satisfy their requirements.

Q. Has TKMS short-listed any Indian shipyard for collaboration or alliance?
A. A high-level committee has been formed by the MoD and is currently evaluating the Indian shipyards. It is expected that this Committee will submit its report shortly.
TKMS respects the decision by the MoD in short-listing the most capable shipyard(s) without any bias. Thereafter, we will commence our negotiations with the shortlisted shipyard(s).

Q. Will TKMS adhere to India’s new policy of ‘Make in India’?
A. We are committed to the ‘Make and Made in India’ policy. This would encompass inter alia robust Transfer of Technology (ToT), training, meeting the offset obligations etc. TKMS is willing to bring its expertise in cutting-edge areas to India and co-develop solutions with local partners to meet the country's needs. Besides the most capable submarine, best value for money and a strong industrial partnership, TKMS is offering extensive ToT to India.

Q. Could TKMS throw some light on the present status of its four submarines which were commissioned in the late eighties and early nineties?
A. TKMS has been a trusted partner of the Indian Navy for over 25 years. The Indian Navy has operated successfully the HDW Type 209 since their induction in 1986. The very fact that INS Shalki and Shankul were made in India by an Indian Shipyard under a technology-transfer agreement is proof that TKMS has been supporting India’s indigenous defence industry for over a quarter of a century. We can proudly claim that all our four submarines are performing well without any inherent problems.

Q. Are there any plans to upgrade the existing HDW/Shishumar class submarines with the Indian Navy?
A. Yes, we are currently exploring opportunities to upgrade the Shishumar class Type 209 submarines with the Indian Navy, for lifetime extensions. TKMS has successfully demonstrated in several countries, how substantial ToT can be implemented in the upgrade of the HDW Type 209s.

Q. Is the Indian Navy also contemplating upgrading the weapon suite on the existing German submarines?
A. Yes, TKMS is in discussions with the Indian Navy about this. We have the capacity to integrate any weapon system that is selected by the Indian Navy into the existing Shishumar class submarines. In fact, such customised integrations have been successfully carried out by TKMS in similar type of submarines for many other Navies of the world.

Q. What other strategic benefits does TKMS offer to India?
A. We can offer to the Indian Navy the world’s best, cutting-edge technologies in the form of modular construction, stealth technologies and integration of diverse weapon systems, including Brahmos missiles, besides providing high-quality training to both shipbuilders and crew in all disciplines.



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Postby VinodTK » 25 Mar 2015 04:24

India Said to Plan Army Drone Exports to U.S. in Role Reversal
(Bloomberg) -- India, the top global arms importer, is in talks to export drones and spy equipment to the U.S. and its allies as the world’s largest democracies boost security ties, two Indian defense officials with knowledge of the matter said.

AeroVinronment Inc.’s Raven drone and Lockheed Martin Corp.’s ‘Roll On-Roll Off’ kits, which turn jumbo transport jets into surveillance aircraft, are set to be made in India and sold overseas, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were confidential.

The drones and surveillance hardware are two of four defense technologies the U.S. agreed to jointly produce in India, a deal reached during President Barack Obama’s trip to New Delhi in January. India’s market for both items is limited, so exports would make production viable, the officials said.

The U.S. is boosting joint production with India to profit from its $150 billion modernization plan and help it counter China’s growing military capabilities. The deals also help Prime Minister Narendra Modi create manufacturing jobs and reduce India’s reliance on arms imports.

The arrangement is “a win-win for both India and the U.S.,” said Surya Gangadharan, a security analyst in New Delhi who has written about India’s defense industry for more than 20 years. “As long as we can leverage this relationship to counter China in whichever way possible, it is going to be useful.”

The Raven is a lightweight, hand-launched drone used by about 20 countries for intelligence gathering. While India has just six C-130J transport aircraft, more than 300 of the planes are in use in about a dozen countries.
Joint Production

The joint production stems from a 2012 agreement, now referred to as the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative, to make it easier for the U.S. and India to seal arms transfers. The nations haven’t released many details on the manufacturing deals, including how many units will be produced and when they will be ready for delivery.

Nungsanglemba Ao, a spokesman for India’s Defense Ministry, declined to comment on the possibility of exports being permitted under the India-U.S. deal. Mark Boyer, external media relations officer for AeroVironment, didn’t respond to e-mails seeking comment.

Lockheed is ready to export if necessary, though couldn’t comment on the specifics of any initiative until the governments have agreed, India Chief Executive Phil Shaw said by e-mail.
Jet Engines

A Pentagon spokeswoman referred to comments made last month by Frank Kendall, a U.S. under secretary of defense who has made five trips to India in the last two years. The initiative “aims to promote science and technology cooperation at the research, co-development, and co-production stages, and hopefully even defense exports from both of our countries at some point,” he said in New Delhi on Feb. 26.

India last year allowed more foreign investment in defense and started prioritizing purchases of locally made weapons. It plans to spend $150 billion by 2027 on new missiles, artillery, fighter jets, submarines and defense equipment.

During Obama’s visit, the U.S. and India also agreed to jointly produce mobile electric hybrid power sources that may be used in submarines, and protective clothing for soldiers in battlefields with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. They also are considering sharing technology on aircraft carriers and jet engines.

India accounted for 15 percent of global weapons imports from 2010 to 2014, followed by China at 5 percent, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Russia provided 70 percent of India’s weapons in that time, with the U.S. at 12 percent.

India now exports only a small amount of defense goods to neighboring countries, including a home-built warship to Mauritius last year.

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Postby Kakkaji » 28 Mar 2015 06:24

Copter deal: India seeks extension of price validity

NEW DELHI: The Defence Ministry has again sought extension of the validity period for the price quoted by Boeing for the USD 2.5 billion deal for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

"The Defence Ministry is processing the deal and it will then be taken up in the Cabinet Committee on Security. Since, the deadline for the price quoted ends soon, an extension has been sought," the defence sources said.

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Postby Kakkaji » 29 Mar 2015 00:57

Decisions taken by Defence Acquisition Council today March 28, 2015

DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, also approved the purchase of 1,512 mine ploughs for T90 tanks for Rs 710 crore and 30 weapon-locating radar for Rs 1,605 crore.

The top-decision making body in the Defence Ministry also approved certain deviations in the offset policy for the purchase of harpoon missiles for the navy, which had been sanctioned earlier.

A fresh Request for Proposal (RFP) for 220 Truck-Mounted Lifting Device (TMLD) was also approved by DAC at a cost of Rs 24 crore.

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Postby Vipul » 31 Mar 2015 06:28

Centre may tweak defence procurement policy.

To make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme saleable for the defence sector, the government is considering tweaking the Defence Procurement Procedure.

The Centre may allow an option for those interested to migrate from their offset obligations to ‘buy and make’, an official source said.

Indications are that under the revised norms, the value of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the original equipment manufacturer and the eligible products being manufactured in India will be counted against the offset obligations. Offsets were introduced by the UPA erstwhile government in 2005 with the objective of developing a defence industrial base.

The offset obligation requires foreign companies selling defence equipment worth more than ₹300 crore to India to source 30 per cent of the value of a contract locally.

However, according to industry trackers, the offset policy has failed to deliver. Data indicates that of the 24 contracts signed between 2007 and 2013, total offset obligations were close to ₹30,000 crore. Sources said that 90 per cent of these contracts have under-performed their targets and annual offset obligations have remained unfulfilled. In fact, the Ministry of Defence has imposed penalties on various original equipment manufacturers.

Another reason cited for offsets attracting the government’s attention is the higher costs that the Ministry ends up incurring on capital acquisitions with offset provisions.In most cases it is seen that the negotiations and finalisation of offset contracts is taking longer than for the prime contract itself, the official added.

Increasing FDI in the defence sector is another key area for the Government.

According to Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Amitabh Kant, defence manufacturing is expected to provide business worth $250 billion in the next 7-8 years. “How quickly we can transform ourselves into a defence manufacturing country is a key challenge for India,” he said, speaking at a seminar organised by industry body Assocham on Monday. The Centre recently increased the FDI cap on the defence sector to 49 per cent from 26 per cent, and Kant said that for specific cases it could also be increased to 100 per cent.

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Postby Cybaru » 31 Mar 2015 20:30

Kakkaji wrote:
DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, also approved the purchase of 1,512 mine ploughs for T90 tanks for Rs 710 crore and 30 weapon-locating radar for Rs 1,605 crore.


That is excellent news!

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Postby Karan M » 31 Mar 2015 20:54

Finally.

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Postby Singha » 31 Mar 2015 21:59

Was this the 28 you talked of a decade ago or a new order?

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Postby Cybaru » 31 Mar 2015 22:32

^^ Oh sarcy you! :). I am sure they are new Karan right?

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby vaibhav.n » 31 Mar 2015 22:34

At less than 10 Million $/system this is excellent bang for the buck. The 12 Firefinders came for around 15 Million/system, i remember asking.

You know LRDE boys have built up a complete portfolio all by themselves, atleast the DRDO Missile chaps had ISRO to lean onto during the initial years....

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Cybaru » 31 Mar 2015 22:42

This is probably the 285$ million dollar tender that was floated some time back. 9.5$ is not bad for each unit.

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby VinodTK » 01 Apr 2015 03:43

Saab Grintek Defence receives R940 million orders for Indian self-protection systems
Saab has received large follow-on orders for integrated self-protection systems for installation on the Indian Army and Air Force’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters in deals worth approximately $78 million.

The Dhruv’s manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) ordered additional Integrated Defensive Aids Suites (IDAS), which warn against radar, laser and infrared (IR) guided threats and automatically deploy appropriate countermeasures. IDAS has been designed for both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Saab also produces protection systems for both land and naval applications.

Production of the IDAS system will take place at Saab Grintek Defence’s facilities in Centurion, with deliveries set to take place between 2015 and 2018. In addition to the production orders received, Saab also received orders for IDAS ground support and test equipment for the Dhruv programme. Chris Skinner, head of marketing and sales at Saab Grintek Defence, said that Saab and HAL are in talks over the production of IDAS components in India.

Anne Lewis-Olsson, Vice President Communication Sub Sahara Africa for Saab Grintek Defence, said the Indian order is huge for Saab Grintek Defence and will have good long-term implications for the company. She said it will also retain skills and competence in South Africa.

“This is the type of order that companies dream about,” Skinner said, adding that this will mean that production facilities will have to be expanded to accommodate. He expects Saab Grintek Defence to receive additional follow-on IDAS orders from HAL.

Saab has been awarded several follow-on contracts in the past, after receiving initial serial production orders in December 2008 worth $24 million. For instance, it received contracts worth $33 million in September 2013. However, the most recent orders are by far the largest from HAL, Skinner said, as the company speeds up helicopter production.

Micael Johansson, head of Saab business area Electronic Defence Systems said that, “the success of IDAS continues and we are proud that HAL and the Indian Armed Forces have continued faith in the IDAS system, of which this follow-on orders is a clear indication. It is a testimony of the effectiveness and reliability of the IDAS solution.”

“With these follow-on orders we continue to build on our very successful partnership with HAL and further establish Saab as a local partner to the Indian industry and as a supplier of high tech products and systems to the Indian Armed Forces”, said Lars-Olof Lindgren, head of Saab market area India.

Saab says IDAS has been chosen for many different airborne platforms, including the Saab 2000, Agusta-Westland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk and Oryx, Eurocopter Cougar, Puma & Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules, and Sukhoi Su-30MKM.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is receiving 54 Dhruvs to partially replace its approximately 65 HAL Chetak and 25 Cheetah light helicopters, while the Army is taking 105 under a $3.56 billion order placed in 2007. Over 150 Dhruvs have been delivered to military and paramilitary forces after delays, technical problems, crashes and maintenance issues. HAL is currently manufacturing the improved Mk III and armed Mk IV Rudra variants (half of Dhruvs built will be these armed versions).

HAL is also working on the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), based on the Dhruv. The first LCH prototype made its maiden flight in March 2010 and the third in November 2014. Initial operational capability is expected by September this year. HAL will build 65 for the IAF and 114 or the Indian Army. Although Saab Grintek Defence is only producing IDAS suites for the Indian Army and Air Force Dhruvs at the moment, it will be bidding to supply the system on the Light Combat Helicopter.

Skinner told defenceWeb that SGD had also secured another order for IDAS from a European client and is working with major original equipment manufacturers like Airbus Helicopters. In addition to selling the system to clients around the world, Skinner said there are some customers who also want local production.

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Karan M » 03 Apr 2015 19:00

Singha, am assuming its the same "28" order suitably rounded out to 30...

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Karan M » 03 Apr 2015 19:01

vaibhav.n wrote:At less than 10 Million $/system this is excellent bang for the buck. The 12 Firefinders came for around 15 Million/system, i remember asking.

You know LRDE boys have built up a complete portfolio all by themselves, atleast the DRDO Missile chaps had ISRO to lean onto during the initial years....


Yes..the good /important thing is they are regularly managing to get their systems clear trials, match imports and hence get orders put in.

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Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Postby Singha » 03 Apr 2015 20:27

Karan M wrote:Singha, am assuming its the same "28" order suitably rounded out to 30...


boy talk about "teething troubles"....we were discussing it post Kargil right after the initial buy of ANTPQ37...around 2004 defexpo.


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