Monthly Archives: January 2016

Defence Production: Fixing Accountability?


The defence services capabilities are woefully short of essential weaponries which not only lower operational/fighting efficiency but also its morale. But surprisingly, no one has been held accountable or questioned for the capability gap and present state of our defence forces.

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Facilitating Quicker Contract Negotiations


primary objective of the DPP is to ensure expeditious procurement, but procurement remained elusive in spite of efforts made over the years. Contract negotiation is one of the bottlenecks. The negotiations conducted by the CNC are based on the terms of the RFP, vendor's response...

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Incentivising the A&D Sector: Remaining Issues



Over the past year, Government of India has adopted a slew of measures to provide relief and incentivize the national aerospace and Defence Industrial Base (DIB). This journal can derive some pride as many of its policy recommendations raised in the...

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Shifting Focus and Spread


1990s was the turning point for Indian defence sector as the focus shifted from import to building its own defence industrial base and the need was felt to diversify defence purchases, identifying the best globally available equipment for specific tasks. Accordingly, the traditional dependence spread...

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Emerging Eco-System In Defence Production

Asit Mehta

The present Government's  deliberate, cautious and methodical approach to Re-Design the whole Eco-system in Defence Production with the 'MAKE  IN  INDIA' vision needs to be industry friendly, as so far the Eco-system, was definitely neither private sector friendly, nor conducive to let them play...

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K9 Vajra-T howitzers cleared evaluation trials

The 155-mm/52-caliber self-propelled howitzer K9 Vajra-T jointly developed byLarsen & Toubroand South Korea's Samsung Techwin has emerged as only gun to qualify in the trialsin the Indian Army's tender for 155mm tracked howitzer gun issued in 2011. The other contenders in the fray were - Tata Power, Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) with...

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Army prioritized 26 projects under ‘Make in India’ policy

The Indian Army has prioritized 26 procurement schemes that need to be fast-tracked to meet its requirement. Out of the total, seven projects including procurement of 155mm howitzers, air defence guns and light utility helicopters, have been placed in the "critical" category, while there are 11 in the "important" and eight in the...

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Reliance Defence buys additional 3.3% share in Pipavav from SAAB

Reliance Defence Systems (RDS) has acquired SAAB's 3.3% stake in Indian private shipyard Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering. With this acquisition Pipavav has become a part of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group. Previously, RDS acquired a 17.66% stake in the company in Mar 2015 and an additional 17% stake in Dec 2015.

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