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US-2i amphibious aircraft acquisition process underway

The India-Japan Joint Working Group (JWG) have held preliminary meetings to initiate the process for acquisition of the ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy.

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AgustaWestland invokes arbitration in #ChopperScam

Click to enlarge: AgustaWestland AW101 | Image credit: Shruti Pushkarna/StratPost

In a statement issue today, the company said it was left ‘with no other option but to invoke arbitration through Counsel’. It said this came after it made several requests to the defense ministry for invoking bilateral discussions as provided in the contract.

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What Ashton Carter wants from India

Carter is looking at the Indian defense ministry to make it easier for US companies to do business with it and wants resolution of issues related to offsets, limitation of liability and delays in decision-making.

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Defense procurement changes fail to impress

Kavi kehna kya chahta hai? Giving the iteration a thumbs-down, defense industry executives questioned the rationale behind some of the amendments and also expressed pessimism, saying in some cased it would ‘make things worse’.

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Changes announced in Defense Procurement Procedure

These changes are skewed to favor and encourage defense industry in India, some of which appear to have been influenced by reactions to corruption scandals. Do have a look at the list of changes, copied and pasted, verbatim, from the defense ministry press release.

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IAF’s Avro successor aborts take-off, global tender likely

The program was for the procurement of 56 aircraft of which 16 would be delivered off the shelf by a foreign manufacturer and 40 were to have been manufactured in India. Indian industry has found the order to be too small to justify the capital expenditure.

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Airbus bets on MRTT life cost in Indian tanker contest

Life Cycle Cost was not a consideration in the earlier contest, in which the Airbus A-330 MRTT was selected over the IL-78, before the tender was withdrawn. This time the factor is expected to be a key determinant of the acquisition cost of the two aircraft.

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44 facts about the MMRCA

StratPost tweeted facts about the Indian Air Force (IAF) tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and the participating aircraft last week. Here they are on a single page, for easy reference. And please feel free to add any more in the comments. They will be updated on this page.

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‘Huge potential for India-Italy defense industry cooperation’

Minister of State for Defense Mallipudi Mangapati Pallam Raju: “There is tremendous potential for enhancing the defense industry cooperation between the two sides, particularly in the context of defense offset policy, the scope of which has recently been increased.”

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Pricey time to open MMRCA quotes

Assuming both surviving vendors, the four-nation Eurofighter consortium and France’s Dassault, had managed to match the budget of INR 42,000 crore in their own currency when they submitted their bids, today that amount would escalate to over INR 50,000 crore.

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