Category — Defense/ Security

Lockheed Martin Offers to Make F16 Fighters in India

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced that it can  jointly manufacture its F-16 Block 70 fighter jets with Tata Advanced Systems Limited, India. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show 2017 and it will provide India the opportunity to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the combat-proven multi-role fighter.

India proposes to acquire 150 new warplanes for $12 billion, and Lockheed and Tata confirmed to CNNMoney that F-16 production in India will move forward only if Lockheed wins the order.

Highlights of the Deal:

  • Lockheed says, “F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the U.S.”
  • This partnership supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative
  • India stands to become the manufacturing and export base for all F-16s worldwide: 26 countries where 3,200 F-16s are currently flown

CNNMoney quotes a Tata spokesman who said that Lockheed and Tata are also in talks to make F-16 components in India if the air force deal doesn’t materialize.

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June 20, 2017   No Comments

President Trump to Meet PM Modi on June 27

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 27. Modi will also address a couple of business meetings organized by the U.S.-India Business Council and CEOs’ Forum.

The agenda for the meeting with the President will focus on trade and economic ties between the two countries; H1B visas; and defense ties. In April, U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster visited India and met Modi. He emphasized the importance of the U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a ‘Major Defense Partner.

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It is likely that India will sign two defense pacts — the Communications Inter-operability and Security Memorandum of Agreement, and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, reports BusinessLine.

 

June 14, 2017   No Comments

India’s Defense Forces Evaluate America’s Combat Planes

The Indian Air Force will try out America’s latest version of the F-16 and Sweden’s Saab Gripen fighter aircraft with the advanced AESA radar to select a partner to build 120 combat planes. The deal is estimated at $20 billion. India’s Air Force will replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-series of planes by the 120 single-engine fighter jet.

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The Indian Navy is testing the American F-18 and the French Dassault for acquiring 57 twin-engine planes for its next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, reports Business Today. The Navy will consider options for its requirement of twin-engine fighter aircraft, similar to Rafale-36 which India’s Air Force will acquire, only after the single engine fighter aircraft evaluation is completed.

June 13, 2017   No Comments

Dassault Brings Largest Defense FDI to India

Dassault will emerge as the single largest FDI investor in the defense sector. The cumulative FDI in the defense sector in India till date is $6 million,” Rajesh K. Dhingra, president, Reliance Defense & Aerospace, said at an interview with the Economic Times.

France’s Dassault will manufacture a significant part of Rafale aircraft in India. The first tranche of $29 million  intended for the manufacture of aircraft components for global markets is likely to come into the Dassault-Reliance Aerospace Limited joint venture by July. The investment is part of Dassault’s obligations on Make in India commitments against the $9 billion Rafale fighter jet deal.

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The JV will create infrastructure at the Mihan facility in the state of Maharashtra. The plan is to set up a 100-acre facility that will integrate a supply chain for the Rafale fighter jet in India. The ground breaking ceremony is planned for the end of July.

June 9, 2017   No Comments

India, Israel to Collaborate on Developing Missiles

India’s state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited signed a $630 million contract on May 19 with Israel Aerospace Industries to jointly produce long-range surface-to-air missile [LRSAM] systems for four ships of the Indian Navy and for the Israeli defense forces.

The joint development of the advanced air and missile defense system will involve state-enterprise Israel Aerospace Industries, its subsidiary Elta Systems, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and various Indian companies including Bharat Electronics, Bharat Dynamics Limited, and private Indian company Larsen & Toubro reports DefenseNews.

LRSAM System from IAI

LRSAM System from IAI

Anandi Ramalingam, marketing director of Bharat Electronics said that under the contract, the company will produce a major portion of the multi-function active electronically scanned array naval radar system, or MF-STAR, and the rest of the weapon control systems.

Each unit of the LRSAM system will consist of one command and control system, an MF-STAR radar system and two launchers that can send eight 150-kilometer-range radio frequency surface-to-air missiles simultaneously.

 

May 25, 2017   No Comments