The Defense Research and Development Organization of India, a federal government body, and Israel Space Industries co-developed the Long Range Surface to Air Missile and further successfully flight tested it from an Israel Naval Platform: The missile engaged and destroyed an incoming air target.
The Long Range and Medium Range Surface to Air Missile programs consist of missiles, MFSTAR (Radar), weapon control systems, vertical launcher units and two- way data links. Further operational flight trials will be conducted from the Indian Naval Platform before induction into shipboard service, reports Defense-Aerospace.
December 8, 2015 No Comments
The Defense Ministry of India has signed 18 international contracts worth $20.1 billion between May 2014 and February 2015. The contracts were signed with armaments manufacturers from USA, Russia, the UK, Israel, Germany and France reports Defense World.
“Defense Procurement Procedure details direct dealing with the original equipment manufacturers, authorized vendors or government sponsored export agencies (applicable in case of countries where domestic laws do not permit direct export by original equipment manufacturers),” Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
“It also provides that vendor is required to give full details of any agents / technical consultants / authorized vendors that may have been appointed by them for marketing of this equipment in India. These details should include the scope of work and responsibilities that have been entrusted with the said party in India,” Parrikar added,
Parrikar’s comments possibly display a changing mind set in the ministry regarding the employment of middlemen in potential defense deals on the basis of full disclosure.
August 15, 2015 No Comments
Based on data related to imports/exports of drones between 1985 and 2014, India tops the list of drone-importing nations with 22.5 percent of the world’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imports says a report on SiliconIndia News. These pilot-less aerial vehicles are used for reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence gathering and aerial combat missions.
The data has from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, shows that Israel is the leading exporter , having shipped 783 drones since 1980, accounting for 61percent of all drones sold. The U.S., with a 24 percent of UAV exports, ranks second, followed by Canada with 6.4 percent.
India’s first UAV delivery came from Israel’s IAI in 1998. Of India’s 176 UAVs, 108 are Searcher reconnaissance aircraft (called Meyromit in Israel) s and remaining 68 are medium-altitude long-endurance Herons. American companies are eager to enter India’s lucrative UAV market.
May 4, 2015 No Comments
The volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2010–14 was 16 per cent higher than in 2005–2009 according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The five biggest exporters in 2010–14 were the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France, and the five biggest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan. India accounted for 15% of all arms imports and its main suppliers include Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom and increasingly the United States.
Between 2005–2009 and 2010–14 imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010–14 India’s imports were three times larger than those of either of its regional rivals China and Pakistan. This contrasts with 2005–2009 when India’s imports were 23 per cent below China’s and just over double those of Pakistan. India has so
far failed to produce competitive indigenous-designed weapons and remains dependent on imports.
March 16, 2015 No Comments
India will buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival bid from the U.S. for its Javelin missiles. Defense Ministry sources stated that Modi’s government has placed orders for 8,356 Spike missiles and 321 launchers from Israel in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million). The Javelin is currently manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
“The Defense Acquisition Council took the decision based on purely technical reasons and based on hard facts,” said an unnamed defense ministry official. “The process of bringing them (equipment) here will be done over a period of time, in stages,” he added without giving details. India, the world’s biggest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program, whose pace has accelerated since the new government was elected in May this year
November 13, 2014 1 Comment