Category — Defense/ Security

U.S. House Passes Bill on Defense Cooperation with India

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $621.5 billion defense policy bill that includes defense cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act 2018, beginning October 1 this year.

The India-related amendment passed by the House requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to develop a strategy for advancing defense cooperation between the United States and India. “The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defense cooperation between our two nations,” Bera said.

Photograph of Ami Bera

The Act now  needs to be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law, reports News 18.

Cara Abercrombie, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, said, “We have the same interests in upholding this international system that upholds the rule of law that favors freedom of navigation, open sea lanes of communication, and freedom of over flight. Those are values that are critically important to the United States and India to our economic prosperity and to our access in the region.”

July 16, 2017   No Comments

India and Israel Sign Defense Agreements Worth $4.3 Billion

Ten agreements worth $4.3 billion were signed during a formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv soon after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. These include the manufacture of air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles, and medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India, under technology transfer.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd., will expand their joint venture to establish a maintenance center for selected advanced air defense systems radars, anti-ship missiles and command & control systems for the Indian armed forces, for $1.54 billion.

Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies and Elcom signed a ‘Strategic Teaming Agreement’ to produce, assemble and support UAVs in India with IAI.

Elbit Security Systems Ltd signed a contract with India’s Alpha Design Technologies to increase the scope of their existing joint venture ‘Alpha-Elsec Defense & Aerospace Systems Pvt Ltd’, into areas such as new generation thermal imaging equipment, fire control systems, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), in addition to night vision devices, laser range finders, laser pointers, and reflex sights.

India’s Garware Wall Ropes Ltd., signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel’s Aero-T for manufacturing and supply of advanced aerostats for India’s Defense services, reports Defense World.

Israel-India flag

 

July 11, 2017   No Comments

India’s Wipro Partners with Israel Aerospace Industries

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), subsidiary of Wipro Enterprises (P) Ltd and Israel’s state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a strategic alliance for manufacturing composite aerostructure parts and assemblies.

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering will set up a manufacturing facility in India in partnership with IAI to meet the requirements of global aircraft original equipment manufacturers and tier-1 suppliers. The plant will make composite structures in India for global markets.

An airplane

Pratik Kumar, CEO, WIN and Executive Director, Wipro Enterprises, said, “This partnership will not only strengthen our presence in the growing aerospace sector but will also help us explore emerging business opportunities in key markets.”

In 2016, WIN acquired H.R Givon Ltd., an Israel-headquartered manufacturer of metallic parts and assemblies for the aerospace industry.

July 6, 2017   No Comments

India, U.S., to Deepen Defense and Security Cooperation

The U.S. State Department cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, in a deal estimated to be worth $2-3 billion. According to General Atomics, the Predator Guardian UAV, a variant of the Predator B, can be used for wide-area, long- endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Drone

A joint statement issued after the India U.S. Summit at the White House, said, “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation, building on the United States’ recognition of India as a Major Defense Partner.”

The U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defense co-development and co-production, it said.

Key military and civilian defense leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving inter-operability among our forces, the White House said.

Resolving to expand maritime security cooperation, the two countries announced their intention to build on the implementation of their “White Shipping” data-sharing arrangement that enhances collaboration on the maritime domain awareness. Trump welcomed Modi’s strong support for the U.S. to join as an Observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, reports the Times of India.

The annual MALABAR naval exercise, occurring in July in the Indian Ocean, will be the most complex to date, including participants from the U.S. Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

 

June 27, 2017   No Comments

India Signs $100 Million Service Deal with Boeing

Seattle-based Boeing and India’s Navy signed a $100-million contract, that requires Boeing to maintain spare parts and personnel in India, ready to respond to any defects or failures in the P-8I fleet over the next three years. This ‘performance-based logistics’ contract requires Boeing to continue the warranty services it has so far provided under an initial production contract, which will expire in October.
Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India and vice president of Boeing International said, “With this contract, the Indian Navy can be assured of achieving exceptional operational capability and readiness of the P-8I fleet.”

The Business Standard says that India’s Naval pilots fly their P-8Is on eight-to-ten hour surveillance missions over the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Each P-8I carries seven tonnes of weaponry on board, including advanced Harpoon missiles and heavyweight torpedoes.

Harpoon2 by Boeing

Harpoon2 by Boeing

June 20, 2017   No Comments