India, Japan to step up defence cooperation

download (11).jpgSource: The Hindu Business Line, Sept 06, 2017

India and Japan have agreed to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dual-use technologies, as the two countries resolved to ramp up overall military engagement under the bilateral special strategic framework.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera yesterday held wide-ranging talks, as part of the India-Japan annual defence ministerial dialogue in Tokyo during which issues relating to the US-2 amphibious aircraft also figured, a joint press statement said.

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Ashok Leyland signs MoU with Russian, Indian firms for defence supply

Source: Business Standard, Sept 06, 2017

Ashok Leyland Defence Systems (ALDS), part of Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation with Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia, and an Indian firm ELCOM Group, to provide tracked vehicle solutions to Indian armed forces.Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia, is the only state-run firm in Russia for export of an entire range of military products and technologies. ELCOM Group is a player in strategic electronics, avionics and tactical communication globally.

Vinod K Dasari, managing director of Ashok Leyland said, “The signing of this MoU is a step in the direction as this new partnership allows Ashok Leyland to provide all types of tracked vehicle solutions to Indian armed forces.

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Amandeep Singh, head-defence, Ashok Leyland said the company is happy that ROE has chosen ALDS and ELCOM as its partners in India to address the tracked vehicle upgrade programme of Indian armed forces.

“The issue of indegenisation and availability of service and parts, which has been an area of concern, will now be addressed as ALDS and ELCOM will be responsible for manufacturing in India and also providing life cycle support,” he added.

Ashok Leyland has been a supplier of logistics and special role vehicles to the Indian Army for the past 25 years.

Arun Jaitley holds talks with Japan Defence Minister to boost military ties

download (5).jpgSource: Business Standard, Sept 05, 2017

Tokyo: India and Japan on Tuesday resolved to further strengthen military cooperation as the two countries held wide-ranging talks on bilateral defence and security ties amid escalating tension in the region in the wake of the powerful nuclear test by North Korea.

A range of bilateral and regional issues relating to security and defence were deliberated at length during talks between Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera here, officials said.Jaitley also called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discussed ways to deepening defence and security co- operation.
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One of the biggest ever global tenders issued by Narendra Modi government for 234 helicopters for Indian Navy

Source: Financial Express, Aug 24, 2017

New Delhi: In one of the biggest global tenders for helicopters issued recently, a Request for Information (RfI) was issued by the ministry of defence for over 200 helicopters for Indian Navy under the new strategic partnership (SP) model. The RFI has been sent to several companies including US based Bell Helicopters, Sikorsky (which has been acquired by Lockheed Martin) and Airbus of Europe for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and 123 Naval Multi-role Helicopters (NMRH), with anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The companies have to respond by October 6, 2017. According to the RfI, both tenders were under the SP model that was recently approved by the government under the Defence Procurement Procedure-2016. Both will be global tenders for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The SP model envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with qualified Indian industry majors, wherein the Indian industry partners would tie up with global original equipment manufacturers, to seek technology transfer and manufacturing know-how to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains in defence manufacturing. As reported by FE earlier, four sectors have been finalised for the model — fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armoured fighting vehicles and main battle tanks. The proposals for the NUH and NMRH were pending for long as the finalisation of Strategic Partnership model took long. The Naval Utility Helicopters will replace the aging fleet of Chetak helicopters. The Indian Navy has been facing a shortage of helicopters, and requires the Multi-Role Helicopters for deployment on its warships.

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Govt may soon allow 100% FDI in defence

download (2).jpgSource: The Hindu Business Line, Aug 20, 2017

Mumbai: Hundred per cent foreign direct investment in defence manufacturing has been termed the need of the hour with senior government officials pushing for the inclusion and participation of foreign companies in the manufacture of military transport aircraft, battle tanks and armoured vehicles.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had held a meeting with government officials recently and conducted a review of the current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy. The government has been looking to further liberalise the FDI regime to attract foreign investments in various sectors, including defence and retail.

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In a first, government approves procuring six Apache attack choppers for Indian Army

Source: Business Standard, Aug 18, 2017

New Delhi: In a major decision, the defence ministry approved procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from American giant Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army which will be its first fleet of attack choppers. It will be a follow on order to the deal India had signed with Boeing and the US government for 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers in September 2015. The six ‘AH-64-E’ helicopters will come along with associated equipment, spares and weapons system, defence ministry sources said. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley cleared the long-pending proposal to procure the attack helicopters for the Army which has been pressing for the choppers, the sources said.

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France-based ACOEM Group bets on defence, noise monitoring in India

Source: Business Standard, Aug 07, 2017

Ahmedabad: France-based ACOEM Group which has recently set up its India subsidiary in Vadodara is eyeing collaborations in defence sector for its patented gun shot detection systems, apart from bringing its noise monitoring technology to industries in the country.

Through its India subsidiary, the company is looking to bring in its patented gun detection technology to the defence sector. According to Samir Sabnis, managing director of ACOEM India, the company would not only be looking at tapping the government and security forces but also exploring technological collaborations with defence manufacturers in India.

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