Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicDefence acquisition

Topic: defence acquisition

LoC, cameras, action — how hi-tech equipment is helping Indian Army guard the border better

Emergency financial powers besides existing special financial powers have helped the Army make technological upgrades to infantry soldiers along the LoC and LAC.

‘Make in India’ gets big push with 64% of defence modernisation budget kept for Indian players

The 64% allocation under capital acquisition budget amounts to about Rs 70,000 crore and is to be used for purchases from domestic sector. Experts say it will help boost the sector at large.

How financial powers to command heads will help Army, Navy, IAF

So far, vice-chiefs of Army, Navy, and deputy chief of air staff were the competent financial authority for capital procurements of up to Rs 300 crore.

Covid dampener for Aero India, several foreign players to give event a miss

Aero India website shows that only 75 foreign companies have booked their spots for the event at Bengaluru as opposed to the over 200 such firms in the 2019 edition. 

India stocks up missile arsenal as it prepares for another tense summer in Ladakh

India has awarded a $200 million contract to Israel for supplying an undisclosed number of SPICE bomb-guidance kits, and between 300 and 320 Spike-Long Range Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.

IAF set to place orders for 21 MiG-29 jets from Russia by Dec to shore up aircraft strength

The Mig-29 jets purchased by India will be upgraded to latest version before they arrive here. IAF will also place an order for 83 LCA Mk 1A and 12 more Su 30 MKI this fiscal.

IAF looking at leasing midair refuellers as efforts to purchase 6 go on, says Bhadauria

Addressing a press conference two days before IAF Day, Bhadauria said leasing has got nothing to do with budget constraints, is an evolution of defence acquisition processes. 

India and Russia set to close deal for over 6 lakh AK 203 rifles, production to start soon

The first 20,000 AK 203 rifles will be imported from Russia at a cost of about Rs 80,000 a piece. The rest are to be manufactured in India as part of a joint venture.

The long list of misses, and few hits, in India’s defence acquisitions

Most of India’s defence programmes take about two decades before being fielded. For whatever reason this has become the norm, it is no longer sustainable.

Emergency procurement tells the sad reality of India’s defence purchases. Rafale’s late too

India’s defence acquisition and manufacturing institutions need a reboot. The ‘business as usual’ approach would not take us far, in a war.

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Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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