The End Use Monitoring pact between the US and India agreed during the visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US laws governing transfer of technology will apply to any military purchase containing US components by India from a third country.
The bids are subject to be changed or revised because the terms of the bids are valid only for two years and could lead to cost escalations, even before the winner is selected.
Calling the MMRCA important for the company, Orville Prins of Lockheed Martin indicated some of the other contenders in the race to be fighting to survive.
Lockheed Martin has engineered its F-16 fighter to enable it to meet the air-to-air refueling requirements with the ‘Probe and Drogue’ system, a demonstrator of which was displayed at the Paris Air Show recently.
The proximity of the country to the Indian island cluster of Lakshadweep makes it important for coastal security. The Maldives can also offer India logistics support and extend the Indian naval footprint and significantly, by offering their facilities, can extend the Indian maritime airspace surveillance capability.
The planned offensive against Naxals in the next few months has been a long time coming and is finally a sign of the government taking the problem seriously. But a COIN expert spoke to StratPost and advised caution and calculation, to prevent the operation from becoming counter-productive.
The idea of deploying the Rashtriya Rifles in anti-Naxal operations has the army feeling uncomfortable. While so far, the army has been training paramilitary forces in defusing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), tactics and field medical aid and also preparing to set up a sub-area in the region, it has been wary of deploying its own troops for combating Naxals.
Roger Rose, a former submariner in the US Navy, has succeeded Douglas Hartwick taking over the responsibility for coordinating the company’s relationship and ongoing program execution in India.
Admiral Sureesh Mehta, while dismissing the idea of matching China militarily, ‘force for force’, saying the gap was ‘too wide to bridge’, called for ‘harnessing modern technology for developing high situational awareness and creating a reliable stand-off deterrent’ keeping in mind China’s space weapons and cyber warfare capability. At the same time he called for engagement as ‘cooperation with China was preferable to competition or conflict’.
The Indian Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta has called for leveraging Indian strengths in Information Technology in the building of Indian cyber warfare capabilities, pointing at the increasing threat perception of cyber attacks.