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DEFENCE PROCUREMENT AFTER GOOD START – LOSING MOMENTUM

The new Government has set the ball rolling with the DAC meeting regularly and according AoN to the projected and necessary requirements of the Armed Forces. However, the follow up action on issuance of RFP is not keeping pace, resulting in derailing the procurements and further hampering the operational preparedness of the Armed...

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INDIGENIZATION: NEED FOR PUSH

The self-reliance has been witnessing an increase as compared to the levels of the 1990s, but, it has been more or less static in the last 3-4 years which is a matter of concern and needs to be addressed soon.

In a response to Parliament question recently, the Indian Defence Ministry came...

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SKILL SHORTAGE OR MISMATCH

Shortage of skilled workforce is a serious challenge to the growth of the Indian aerospace & defence industry. India has barely 2% of its population who are vocationally skilled. The author highlights the need of tapping the available skilled manpower of defence forces to meet the industrial demand….

Present Government's push for...

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INDIAN DEFENCE BUDGET 2015-16: AN ANALYSIS

The recently tabled budget 2015-16 seems inadequate to address the needs of the defence forces. The author explains how the capital acquisition is likely to suffer the most …

In the recently tabled Budget 2015-16, the Indian Government has allocated Rs. 2,46,727 crores for the defence spending, marking a modest increase of...

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JET TRAINERS

For many years, the Indian Air Force (IAF) operated without a suitable advanced training aircraft, leading to a high casualty rate as pilots moved to high performance aircrafts without suitable assessment of their aptitude for supersonic flight. A large number of crashes in the country over the last 10 years had been due...

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Light Combat Aircraft: Actualizing Make India

Tejas LCA is the first indigenous fourth generation fighter with indigenous subsystems and its potential as an indigenous technology innovation cannot be ignored. The author highlights its capabilities and break through in Aerospace technology.

With an eye on self reliance, the principal goal of LCA Tejas project was the development of a...

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MAKE IN INDIA: Reviving the Manufacturing Sector

Recently coined definition of FDI as “First Develop India” aims to make the country self-reliant in all manufacturing sectors, focusing on indigenization, creating more jobs, increasing purchasing power, hence helping economy to grow. The author talks of the shrunken manufacturing sector and steps taken by the Government to revive this sector…

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The Changing Dynamics – Defence Industrial capability

Some of the credible measures taken by Govt are sign of changing dynamics for defence industrial capability.

The year 2001 looked as the game changer for Indian industries when the government opened up the defence industries for them, to meet the national objective of indigenization and self-reliance. However, the industries neither got...

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FDI in Aerospace and Defence

Neither the government nor the Indian private sector has the risk appetite to make the investments required to build the infrastructure for the aerospace and defence sector. Cmde. Sujeet Samaddar advocates inorganic growth must be recognised as a useful tool for the growth of this sector and FDI is the...

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