Archive for February, 2015

In a direct government-government deal without any contenders along, India is all set for a defence deal with Japan, in view of strengthening its naval power in Asia-Pacific region.

In a direct government-government deal without any contenders along, India is all set for a defence deal with Japan, in view of strengthening its naval power in Asia-Pacific region.

According to an Indian Defence News report, India would soon acquire a massive ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft from Japan as part of their expanding bilateral strategic partnership.

In this regard, the Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) chaired by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, is expected to propose empowerment of the Joint Working Group (JWG) to negotiate the purchase of around $1.3 billion for at least 12-stretcher capacitated US-2i aircraft.

It is on ‘Acceptance on Necessity’ that the Indian Navy is stepping ahead for US-2i aircraft and may also require additional five such planes on board, say the defence sources.

Lastly it was in 2013, that India and Japan discussed over US-2i aircraft including technology transfer and license production. Besides the negotiation, the JWG was also directed by the Indian and Japanese governments to hold responsibility of developing Indian aircraft industry through the latest deal.

Prior to this, the Indian government in January 2015, had also asked the Japanese administration to consider fielding its Soryu-class submarines for the Rs 50,000 crore worth project to build six stealth submarines in India, for which France, Russia and Germany are the other contenders.

Australia also expressed its willingness to replace its ageing Collins-class vessels with Soryu-class submarines.

As an unique aircraft that has been basically designed for air-sea search and rescue operations, the US-2i aircraft is capable of transporting 30 combat-soldiers at a time to the hot zones and can also land heavy equipments to the warships even on high seas.

The deployment of this aircraft will definitely strengthen India’s naval power in critical regions like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, say the defence sources.

Besides this, India already has Indian Naval Ship Baaz at Campbell Bay on Great Nicobar Island, which only provides India with a commanding presence in the Bay of Bengal, but also serves as peeper into East and South East Asia.

Things seems to be going good for Indo-Japan defence cooperation post the Japanese government lifted its
five-decade-old arms export ban, which holds a strategic importance for both the countries in combating the challenges from China.

Source: Defence News
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Cumulative defence spend in India is likely to be around a whopping $620 billion (Rs 38,468 billion) over FY14-FY22, according to a report by Ficci and Centrum titled ‘India: Aerospace & Defence’.

Cumulative defence spend in India is likely to be around a whopping $620 billion (Rs 38,468 billion) over FY14-FY22, according to a report by Ficci and Centrum titled ‘India: Aerospace & Defence’.

With the country looking to manufacture more and more defence equipment as part of the Narendra Modi government’s Make in India campaign, capital expenditure will form nearly half of this spending at $295 billion (Rs 18,293 billion) over the same period.

The addressable opportunity for Indian corporates in defence space is pegged at $41 billion (Rs 2,708 billion). Government-owned companies in the defence space include Bharat Electronics (BEL), Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) and Mazgaon Docks while large private entities involved in manufacturing of defence equipment include Larsen & Toubro, Tata Group, Mahindra Group and Bharat Forge.

Out of this pie of $41 billion, the opportunity for Indian companies, including public sector companies as well as private sector, will grow seven times from $6 billion in FY14 to $41 billion by FY22.

Source : Defence News
According to sources in the Ministry of Defence, India has inked a deal for the supply of 24 Rafale aircrafts to the Indian Air Force(IAF). If this is correct, it is clear that India is testing waters, so far as a full-fledged tie-up with Dassault is concerned.

KOLKATA: According to sources in the Ministry of Defence, India has inked a deal for the supply of 24 Rafale aircrafts to the Indian Air Force(IAF). If this is correct, it is clear that India is testing waters, so far as a full-fledged tie-up with Dassault is concerned. The French Rafale was the one shortlisted among several aircrafts, including Russia’s Mig-35 and the US’ F-18s to fill up the vacuum that exists in the IAF today.

The IAF is in urgent need of 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA). The consortium of Dassault Aviation, Thales and Snecma(Safran) – three leading international aerospace companies that form Rafale International – showcased the Rafale fighter aircrafts at Aero India 2015 that took place at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru recently.

“Dassault Aviation, the Rafale manufacturer, has contributed proudly to India’s defence preparedness for more than 60 years. Demonstrating Rafale’s capabilities in Aero India, is reaffirming Rafale International’s support to India’s sovereignty.We have had a long standing relationship with the Indian Air Force and industry and will continue to partner with India in meeting its strategic defence and economic needs,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation .

In keeping with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ slogan, the company was also quick to acknowledge the support it received from partners in India, both on the ground and in the air. Aircraft from Dassault Aviation have been an integral part of Indian defence forces for over six decades. The first Dassault Aviation aircraft, Toofani was supplied to India in 1953, followed by the Mystere IV, the naval Alize, the Jaguar (manufactured under license by HAL), and the Mirage 2000. The Jaguar and Mirage 2000 are still in service. The Rafale fighter aircraft has been shortlisted as a possible choice for IAF’s MMRCA.

The Rafale is designed as a sole combat aircraft for the French Air Force and Navy. It is considered extremely powerful, agile and very discrete. It is fitted with a weapon load which can be simultaneously used for air-combat and surface-attacks during the same mission. According to Dassault, Rafale demonstrates a unique “omnirole” capability combined with an accurate tactical situation awareness.

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The recently concluded Aero India-2015 at Yalahenka Air force station near the southern Indian city of Bengaluru reinforced that Russia still continues to retain its preeminent position to satisfy India’s growing defence requirements.

The recently concluded Aero India-2015 at Yalahenka Air force station near the southern Indian city of Bengaluru reinforced that Russia still continues to retain its preeminent position to satisfy India’s growing defence requirements. The complementarily of India and Russia in the defence sector is well known, and the developments during the four-day long exhibition have brought home the point that with the evolving world order, and despite evolving competition in Indian markets, Russia will continue to become a major supplier of weaponry to India.

There is a lot of debate around Rafale, the French fighter aircraft. Some analysts would argue that Rafale would bea better match for the Indian Air Force. But that may not be the case. The IAF chief has pointed out that though India is interested in having Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), Rafale can’t be a replacement of Sukhoi-30 as both possess different capabilities. Though the Rafale deal has been on the card for the last three years, there has been no finalisation on it as India and France have developed differences, particularly on the issues of the cost escalation and transfer of technology.

India’s defence ministry will likely take a decision on Rafale next month, and so far there has not been any green signal that the deal will go through.

Contrast this to the Russian policy of ‘no borders’ with India in the context of jointly designing and building defence products. While speaking at Aero-2015, the head of International Cooperation Department of Russian company Rosetec, Viktor Kladov, stated that Russia is quite keen to meet IAF’s requirements for cutting-edge aircraft. The traditional partner is not purely motivated by profit-loss, or give-take, framework. Rather, it is interested in fully cooperating in developing India’s indigenous arms industry. “We don’t sell like other nations. We have a very special relationships … When it comes to India we don’t have any borders… We are not inclined to tell India what to do because we are friends and partners,” said Kladov.

It is doubtful whether the other suppliers, whether active or potential, can adopt such an approach while dealing with India.

India and Russia would soon finalise the FGFA deal. There are some issues in the deal which leaders of both the countries are actively sorting out. After the visit of Russian President, Vladimir Putin last year, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu last month, the leaders have decided to fast-track the defence deals. This year India and Russia will likely finalizs many deals, including the delivery of 71 Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters from Russia to India. Russia is interested to strike a deal on another shipment of Mi-17V-5 helicopters. Moscow is ready to supply New Delhi Kamov Ka-31 (Helix) helicopters to be used on the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers. Russia is also looking to supply Sukhoi Superjet 100, with 8 to 108 passenger seats, to India. Both the countries would likely seal a deal on the second batch of 29 MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighters by 2016.

The major deal regarding the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) will likely be finalised this year. The FGFA is critical forthe Indian Air Force’s ‘future capability’, and is crucial for its evolving structure, revealed India’s Air Force chief. This year, both the countries would develop a detailed design of cooperation in developing the aircraft. A successful deal on the FGFA would not only strengthen Indian armour, but would be another landmark in defence cooperation.

Russian companies participating in the Aero-2015 exhibition vigorously backed the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ policy in strengthening indigenous defence industry. The head of Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, struck an upbeat note about the prospects of India and Russia jointly manufacturing the engine for the Su-30MKI, the major fighter aircraft of the IAF.

Among India’s suppliers, Russia has been forthcoming in sharing technologies with India. This has helped serve a two-fold purpose. Besides bolstering India’s defence and security, it has also enabled the growth of India’s indigenous technology.

Russia’s arms establishment appears to have taken note of the changing world, in which there many defence suppliers have emerged. The new players have attempted to woo India’s market and benefit from the country’s fast growing economy.

Russia appears to be ready to play in this new format. Kladov stressed this changing reality by arguing that Russia has no problem in India buying from other suppliers. Unlike the Cold War years when India was considered a minnow in international politics, the post-cold war India has grown rapidly with its economy crossing $2 trillion. India’s robust economy and its rise in purchasing power can suitably match its security and defence needs. Russia is not only India’s major arms supplier, but also its traditional partner. As the developments during the Aero India 2015 showed, the India-Russia defence partnership looks set to be strengthened in the months to come.

Source : Defence News
India’s state-run Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has announced that the debut flight test of indigenously developed UAV Rustom-2 would take place in February 2014.

India’s state-run Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has announced that the debut flight test of indigenously developed UAV Rustom-2 would take place in February 2014. The Rustom drone is being developed exclusively for defence purpose and will have advanced capabilities and additional payloads. ADE is a premier DRDO lab which is designing and developing various UAVs including the Rustom as well other combat and solar drones.

According to ADE Director P S Krishnan, the Rustom-2 UAV’s design has been completed and the purchase orders have been placed. ADE is currently on schedule to fly the Rustom-2 UAV for the first time in February 2014. He added that the entire project of making ten Rustom-2 UAVs and spare vehicles at a cost of around $ 342.25 million would be completed by August 2017.

The Rustom-2 UAV will be comparable to the American ‘Predator’ drone due to its state-of-art capabilities. Rustom-2 weighs 1.8 tonnes and will have a capacity payload of 350 kg, a wing span of 21-odd meters and an endurance of above 24 hours. “Rustom UAVs could be deployed for military missions like reconnaissance and surveillance, target acquisition, target designation, communications relay, battle damage assessment and signal intelligence.

Regarding the indigenous content of the Rustom drone, ADE has revealed that all parts, except for cameras and sensors, have been developed in the country. ADE officials added that indigenous technology would enable ADE save about 40 per cent cost. ADE has indicated that UAVs will be crucial for the armed forces as they can perform missions from reconnaissance to surveillance as well as search & rescue operations. Indian Army pilots have already been trained on simulators and actual test flights of Rustom-1, which was developed earlier last year on a technology demonstration basis.

Meanwhile, the second edition of the two-day international Conference on Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles is underway in Bangalore. DRDO, which includes the ADE lab, has indicated that solar-powered Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and vertical take-off and landing of UAVs will be key future developments. The solar-powered UAVs will have high-endurance capabilities and operate at altitudes up to 30,000 ft, ship-borne vertical take-off and landing UAVs, which will have rotors, can carry out reconnaissance activities on the high seas. At present, the high endurance long range is being developed and the requirement is one with 300-kilometre range and 24- hour endurance. This project’s first flight will be in February 2014, said DRDO officials. DRDO also plans to develop stealth technology for UAVs and combat drones in future.

Source : Defence News
Reflecting rapid expansion in military ties, Israel has said it was ready to share cutting-edge defence technologies with India and both countries will go for co-development of a number of key weapon systems soon.

Reflecting rapid expansion in military ties, Israel has said it was ready to share cutting-edge defence technologies with India and both countries will go for co-development of a number of key weapon systems soon.

Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon said both countries have overcome hurdles in co-development of Barak 8 missile defence system and work on another key project of aerial defence systems was on track.

At the end of his India visit, Ya’alon said his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar were very “satisfying” and that his country was ready to have manufacturing bases in India for certain weapons systems and military hardware.

India is Israel’s largest buyer of military hardware and it was the first visit by any Israeli defence minister to this country after they established full diplomatic ties in 1992.

Asked about status of two key projects, Barak 8 missile defence system and aerial defence systems, Ya’alon said both the projects are important and they are going ahead despite having some initial difficulties.

“We are moving forward. We had some difficulties. We overcame it together. Both these projects are important for us,” Ya’alon told in an interview here.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are jointly developing the Barak 8 missile defence system.

Asked whether slow decision making process in defence sector in India was affecting certain projects, Ya’alon said, “We have to overcome bureaucratic obstacles in order to do things at higher speed.”

Praising Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he said Israel wants to take advantage of it and added that the NDA government has brought a new vigour to bilateral defence ties.

“Modi’s concept of Make in India is encouraging. We are flexible to make everything convenient to India,” he said.

Replying to a question on whether Israel was interested in participating in upgrading of India’s tank systems, he did not give a specific reply but said “we are interested in all that is proposed by the Indian government and the defence ministry”.

On whether new defence co-development projects between the two countries are in the works, he replied in the affirmative and said his country was ready to set up manufacturing bases in India.

“Yes, all kind of cooperation, whether it is to share technologies or to manufacture in India,” he said.

Source : Defence News
BENGALURU: Airbus Helicopters said on Friday it is in talks with Mahindra and Mahindra, Reliance Industries and Tata Group to jointly make military helicopters, to comply with rules aimed at helping the nascent local defence industry.

BENGALURU: Airbus Helicopters said on Friday it is in talks with Mahindra and Mahindra, Reliance Industries and Tata Group to jointly make military helicopters, to comply with rules aimed at helping the nascent local defence industry.

The company, a unit of Airbus Group, is offering to build its light utility AS550 Fennec and the medium lift EC725 for India’s armed forces, which are heavily dependent on an ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

“We are in the selection process, talking to different industries to form a JV (joint venture),” Rainer Farid, a senior Airbus Helicopters executive told Reuters on the sidelines of the Aero India airshow in Bengaluru on Friday.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ” Make in India” initiative, foreign contractors used to selling directly to New Delhi must form partnerships with local companies and transfer more of the work to help grow the nascent defence industry.

India last year scrapped the planned acquisition of 197 light utility helicopters so that it could launch a new competition reserved for domestic companies that form joint ventures with foreign suppliers.

In addition to Airbus, other firms including U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft and Russian Helicopters are also expected to bid for the order.

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics is the only Indian company producing helicopters, meaning that global defence firms are likely to have to partner with a private company building a product for the first time and from scratch.

Airbus executive Farid said that was a concern. “It is a tough task because you need to establish your vendors here which are not as existent as in other countries,” he added.

Foreign ownership in joint ventures in India’s defence industry is limited to 49 per cent, but foreign companies say majority ownership would speed up the country’s drive for its own manufacturing base and ensure quality.

Source  : Defence News
The Indian Navy plans to establish three naval aircraft squadrons that will fly MiG-29K/KUB. Two of the squadrons will be deployed to two aircraft carriers, while the third one will be used for training,

Russia is ready to send additional Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB aircraft to India if New Dehli decides to increase its MiG-29K/KUB fleet.”The Indian Navy plans to establish three naval aircraft squadrons that will fly MiG-29K/KUB. Two of the squadrons will be deployed to two aircraft carriers, while the third one will be used for training,” Sergei Korotkov, who heads Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, told RIA Novosti.

If India’s Ministry of Defense decides to increase its MiG-29K/KUB fleet, the design bureau will be able to complete this order, Korotkov added. India’s first squadron, comprising of 12 MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets, was established in 2013.

In January 2010, New Delhi and Moscow signed a deal worth $1.2 billion for the delivery of additional 29 MiG-29Ks to the Indian navy.

“Our cooperation does not amount to aircraft delivery. Indian companies supply high-end systems for MiG-29K/KUB. Our test pilots helped their counterparts to master new projects,” Korotkov said. India is MiG’s top priority partner worldwide, he added.

Source : Defence News
The Indian government is soon expected to approve an order of two “Phalcon” class interceptor aircraft from Israel Aerospace Industries (AIA) to the tune of $1.1 billion, according to a Tuesday report by the Times of India.

The Indian government is soon expected to approve an order of two “Phalcon” class interceptor aircraft from Israel Aerospace Industries (AIA) to the tune of $1.1 billion, according to a Tuesday report by the Times of India.

The news came as Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon arrived in India on Wednesday to help sell his country’s arms industry to the world’s largest defence importer and promote deepening military ties between the two nations.

India and Israel, which only established full diplomatic ties in 1992, are developing an increasingly close commercial and political relationship, particularly since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected last May. New Delhi is now the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment, while Israel is India’s largest customer after Russia.

The planes will join a fleet of three “Phalcons” purchased in the past. Still on the agenda is a deal to buy radar balloons from Elta for about $300 million. The announcement came ahead of the opening on Wednesday of the Aero India air show in Bangalore.

Ya’alon travelled to show, becoming the first Israeli defense minister to visit the country. He was to inaugurate the ministry’s exports authority pavilion, in which 15 Israeli defense companies will be showcased.

“The security relationship between India and Israel is coming out of the closet,” said the Times of India regarding Ya’alon’s visit to India, which is dealing with Islamic terror and a nuclear Pakistan.

After landing he told journalists India was vital to Israel’s defense industry. “We are open to more or less (selling) anything. We believe that we have the better product,” he said at the Israeli pavillion, where executives from the country’s largest defence firms including Elbit Systems and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems are showcasing their latest weaponry.

India has become one of the most important export markets for the defense industry, and spends more than $1 billion in Israel every year, out of an expenditure of $6.5 billion in 2014.

India bought six “Heron” drones from IAI over the last few years for about $200 million, as well as 250 “Spice” smart bombs from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (RADS) for an undisclosed sum and more than 8,000 “Spike” anti-tank missiles from RADS for about $500 million.

The crown jewel of the Indo-Israeli relationship was the joint development of the Barak 8 surface-to-air missile system, including both maritime and land-based versions. India purchased about $2 billion worth of the missiles.

India’s defense ministry recently issued tenders for drones to support infantry, for which Elbit Systems and AIA are expected to vie, as well as a huge tender for a protection system for 1,600 T-90 tanks, for which RADS is expected to bid with its “Trophy” system against, or in cooperation with, Israel Military Industries, developer of the competing “Iron Fist” system. The tender is worth approximately $1 billion.

“In the last few years the United States aggressively entered the Indian market, with the support of President Obama, overcame Russia and Israel, and become India’s largest weapons supplier,” said a security source. “But the Indians are professional; they know what they want and insist on it.

“They mostly purchase complete platforms from the US, but choose to install better Israeli systems, which are also less expensive. The joint defense development is conducted both directly between India and Israel’s industries and on the governmental level. Joint projects that are sensitive for both countries are not revealed.”

The Israeli pavilion was to present for the first time the smallest drone camera in the world, produced by Controp; a miniaturized electronic warfare system that is 10 times smaller than competitors; a program to automatically identify objects in aerial photographs; and a three-dimensional audio system for aircraft developed by Orbit Communications System.

IAI was to unveil a new maritime patrol aircraft based on Bombardier’s “Global 5000″ business airplane. The aircraft was to combine advanced observation, surveillance, and defense capabilities, and could be fitted with anti-ship missiles.

RADS was to show the naval-based version of Iron Dome, based on Israel’s defense system against rockets, and meant to provide protection for ships and civilian facilities such as gas fields and ports. Elbit was to present its electronic warfare system for protecting airplanes and helicopters, alongside its “Hermes 450″ drone.

Source : Defence News
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru and made a strong pitch for increasing defence preparedness.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru and made a strong pitch for increasing defence preparedness.

Here are some of the highlights of PM’s speech.

* We will build an industry that will have room for everyone – public sector, private sector and foreign firms

* I am confident that India will emerge as a major global centre for defence industry

* We want to develop an industry that is dynamic. It should constantly stay at the cutting edge of the global industry

* We must ensure that our tax system does not discriminate against domestic manufacture in comparison to imports

* We must involve our scientists soldiers, academia, industry & independent experts more closely in research and development

* Procurement procedures will be simple.

* Need to tackle internal security challenges

* Must involve our scientists, academia

* Defence procurement to ensure accountability

* Our defence industry will succeed more if we can transform the manufacturing sector in India

* Strong defence industry will make India secure

* Aero India can be a catalyst in realizing our goals

Source : Defence News