Category — Defense/ Security

U.S. to Restructure DoD to Strengthen Ties with India

In a report to the Congress, the U.S. Government said it is creating new positions in its Department of Defense to strengthen its military ties with India. Two new under secretary level posts will be set up by February 2018 to steer the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that seeks to overcome bureaucratic obstacles to cooperation, and identify opportunities for sharing of defense technologies.

The Hindustan Times says that aspects of the defense ties between the two nations will include military exercises, cyber security, technology security and India being designated a major defense partner of the United States.

The report on enhancing defense and security cooperation with India is a follow up to the National Defense Authorization Act passed in December 2016.

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The Trump administration is supporting U.S. military contractors exploring the possibility of setting up production lines for single and twin-engine fighter jets in India. “These proposals (for F-16 Block 70 fighters and F/A-18 jets) will help create and maintain jobs in both countries and demonstrate the depth of our commitment to defense cooperation,” the report said.

The U.S. government’s decision to supply Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles, manufactured by General Atomics, to India’s Navy is one of the major developments that has taken place after the National Defense Authorization Act was passed. The deal for 22 UAVs is expected to be $2 billion.

August 30, 2017   No Comments

American Exports to India Support 260,000 U.S. Jobs

According to the publication India Matters for America/America Matters for India created by The East West Center in Washington and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI),”Every U.S. state exports to India; these exports support more than 260,000 jobs directly and indirectly.”

Logos of East West Center and FICCI

The launch of the publication brought together experts from the U.S. Government, business, and academia to assess how the partnership between the United States and India has moved towards greater cooperation in matters of defense, trade and investment, and educational and people-to-people exchange. Particular emphasis was on how local connections at the state level are shaping the relationship.

Other notable bits of information, as reported by the Economic Times:

  • U.S. is India’s 2nd largest trading partner while India is the 9th largest goods trading partner of the U.S.
  • The U.S. is the top destination for Indian goods, forming 14 percent of India’s export
  • U.S. exports amounted to $21.5 billion in goods and $18.1 billion in services to India in 2015
  • U.S. goods imports from India increased from $1 billion in 2000 to almost $45 billion in 2015
  • Nearly 2,000 American multinational enterprises operate in India; sales by these companies amounted to $76.7 billion in 2014
  • Over 200 Indian companies operate in the United States; sales by these companies totaled $25 billion in 2014
  • More than 1.2 million U.S. tourists visited India in 2015, accounting for over 15 percent of all international visitors, contributing over $3 billion to the Indian economy
  • In 2015, over 1 million Indians traveled to the United States. As the 7th largest source of visitor
    spending in the United States, Indian tourists have contributed $11.4 billion to the U.S. economy
  • India’s foreign direct investment in the U.S. totaled $9.2 billion in 2015, up more than 500 percent since 2006. Among the Asia Pacific countries, India is the 7th largest investor in the U.S.
  • Since 2000, the cumulative investment from U.S. into India reached $28.3 billion in 2015
  • The defense trade between the U.S. and India increased from $1 billion to over $15 billion

August 28, 2017   No Comments

India, U.S. Shift Bilateral Ties to a Higher Strategic Plane

The existing India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, once described by the U.S. State Department as the “signature mechanism for advancing the United States’ and India’s shared priorities,” will be replaced by a dialogue in which the foreign and defense ministers will participate. The new dialogue format will involve the Indian foreign minister and the U.S. secretary of state as well as the Indian defense minister and the U.S. defense secretary.

The new ‘two plus two’ ministerial dialogue was announced in a White House readout of a telephone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of India completing 70 years as an independent country on August 15.

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Former Indian ambassador to the U.S. Lalit Mansingh said, “It [the new format] helps us because our strategic and defense interests reinforce each other. So a combined dialogue would be useful for India.” “Balancing commercial and strategic issues could be difficult now,” Mansingh added.

Live Mint reports that the two countries will have a separate dialogue on commercial issues, which will not include the foreign ministers.

 

August 18, 2017   No Comments

India’s Army to Receive 6 Apache Helicopters

India’s Defense Acquisition Council has approved the purchase of six Apache attack helicopters from Boeing, for $700 million.

The variant of the attack chopper that the Indian Army will get is the Apache AH-64E, which has a height of 15 ft and a wingspan of 17 ft. The helicopter has a primary mission gross weight of 15,075 pounds, with a vertical rate of climb that is more than 2,000 ft per minute and a maximum rate of climb of more than 2,800 ft per minute. The chopper also has a maximum level flight speed of more than 150 knots, reports International Business Times.

AH-64 Apache

August 18, 2017   No Comments

India to Divest Stake in Four Defense Companies

Aiming to meet its $11 billion divestment target by March 2018, the Government of India is considering selling up to 25% of its stake in four state-owned companies under the control of the department of defense through an initial public offering. It has invited proposals by August 18.

The four companies are Mazagon Dock Limited., Bharat Dynamics Limited, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited., and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited, reports VCCircle.

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August 15, 2017   No Comments