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ISRO in bid to encourage more private partners enter the space industry, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on a business model to join hands with both public and private Indian industries.

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“We are looking at a possible model for investment, technology sharing and responsibility with private and public industries in the field of space. The response from the industries so far is positive. But, we will take another three or four years to finalise the model,” ISRO chairman.

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The Roselektronika holding plans to cooperate with India in the field of manufacturing of defence products in this country, its CEO Andrei Zverev told reporters on Wednesday.

 “We are negotiating with our Indian colleagues about the possible involvement of our holding in different kinds of programs to create modern defence products in India,” Zverev said.
Zverev said that the holding plans to create joint ventures in India. “This is now the Indian side’s requirement – not the supply of finished high-tech products, but in particular, the establishment of joint ventures, and as part of those- transfer of the know-how and manufacturing of different samples,” he said. “The final decision is always made by the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, but we do not see any obstacles with India,” Zverev added.By 2018, Roselektronika also plans to produce up to 90 percent of electronic components for the military and civilian satellites in Russia, and if sanctions against Russia are imposed, the implementation of the program of import substitution can be accelerated.

“If global sanctions are imposed, we will have to spend heavily, but we will cope with this problem. If the sanctions are not imposed, the import substitution program will be implemented in the next two to three years, and at the turn of 2017-2018 we will be ready to produce up to 90 percent of the payload for our satellites, of both civilian and military purposes on our facilities,” Zverev said.

According to him, Russia has all the technological possibilities for the production of microelectronics for the space industry; the only question is the cost of the final product. Zverev added that a rapid unification of the samples for microelectronics for Russian spacecrafts in the future will allow the serial production and the profitability to be increased, while reducing the price per item.

“Now we have come to a point where up to 20,000 different part types are used in the spacecraft, while the European Space Agency has a total of 1000 of all part types of electronic component base permitted on board,” Zverev said. He added that this task would be handled along with the Russian Space Agency and the Joint Rocket-Space Corporation ( JRSC ACCD ). “I hope that in the near future we can reduce the number of part types to at least 1,500-2, 000,”Zverev said.

Indian sources said Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India.

 
 
India and Israel have concluded an agreement to assemble a ballistic missile defense system. Indian sources said Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India.

The sources said the system would be designed to protect against nuclear warheads fired from China or Pakistan. “This system would integrate Indian and Israeli assets into a layered defense network,” a source said.

The sources said the Indian Defense Ministry agreed to the project. But the two sides were preparing for contract negotiations that could extend into late 2014.

Israel has long offered a partnership in BMD development, particularly the Arrow system by Israel Aerospace Industries. The sources said New Dehli began to express strong interest only in 2013 when Israel proposed a program that would integrate and enhance Indian air defense assets.

“The Indians were looking for Israeli expertise and technology that would allow New Dehli to eventually work on its own in BMD,” the source said. “They were not interested in an off-the-shelf Arrow purchase.”

The intiial agreement would partner IAI as well as Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, Bharat Dynamics and Bharat Electronics. All of the participants are state-owned entities, and Bharat Electronics has developed the Prithvi air defense system, scheduled for deployment in 2015.

“The attractiveness of the proposal is that India could contribute any asset deemed suitable for missile defense, including radars, interceptors and launchers,” the source said. “Because the network is meant to protect against a range of threats, no existing or future Indian system could be ruled out.”

Indian sources said Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India.

India and Israel have concluded an agreement to assemble a ballistic missile defense system. Indian sources said Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India.The sources said the system would be designed to protect against nuclear warheads fired from China or Pakistan. “This system would integrate Indian and Israeli assets into a layered defense network,” a source said.

The sources said the Indian Defense Ministry agreed to the project. But the two sides were preparing for contract negotiations that could extend into late 2014.

Israel has long offered a partnership in BMD development, particularly the Arrow system by Israel Aerospace Industries. The sources said New Dehli began to express strong interest only in 2013 when Israel proposed a program that would integrate and enhance Indian air defense assets.

“The Indians were looking for Israeli expertise and technology that would allow New Dehli to eventually work on its own in BMD,” the source said. “They were not interested in an off-the-shelf Arrow purchase.”

The intiial agreement would partner IAI as well as Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, Bharat Dynamics and Bharat Electronics. All of the participants are state-owned entities, and Bharat Electronics has developed the Prithvi air defense system, scheduled for deployment in 2015.

“The attractiveness of the proposal is that India could contribute any asset deemed suitable for missile defense, including radars, interceptors and launchers,” the source said. “Because the network is meant to protect against a range of threats, no existing or future Indian system could be ruled out.”

India has signed a deal worth over Rs 2,600 crore with Russia to procure 66,000 anti-tank shells to meet the shortfall of critical ammunition faced by its armoured fleet including the latest T-90 tanks.

India has signed a deal worth over Rs 2,600 crore with Russia to procure 66,000 anti-tank shells to meet the shortfall of critical ammunition faced by its armoured fleet including the latest T-90 tanks.The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank shells to the Army and agreement in this regard was inked by Defence Ministry officials from India and Rosoboronexport officials from the Russia side, the Defence Ministry said in New Delhi.

The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the Prime Minister had recently cleared the proposal to acquire Mango 66,000 tank shells from Russia, they said.

Under the deal, Russia will also undertake transfer of technology on the production techniques of the specialised tank ammunition to the Ordnance Factory Board, which will produce it indigenously, they said.

Faced with shortage of weapon systems, the Defence Ministry has decided to form JVs with the Russian manufacturers to produce them in India like the rockets for the Smerch multi-barrel rocket launcher systems.

The severe shortage of tank ammunition was first highlighted by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh in a top secret letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March this year which later found its way to the media.

Gen Singh had noted in his letter that only three to four days of this particular ammunition was left in the inventory of the armoured regiments.

Later on, the Army had also informed the Standing Committee on Defence about the shortage and how the situation had worsened by the recent blacklisting of its supplier Israeli Military Industry (IMI).