Prime Minister Modi a gamechanger yet again by signing the largest domestic defence procurement deal for home grown fighter jets worth millions.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's outreach towards the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been viewed as a tremendous diplomatic success. These positive engagements are turning into an oasis of economic and geopolitical opportunities. We examine India’s efforts to gain influence across multiple platforms in the GCC region in a series of analytical commentaries titled the India-GCC Special Series.
New Delhi and Hanoi are strengthening their bilateral trade, defence and geo-strategic ties as both nations face a strong military threat from a common enemy watching these developments from Beijing.
HAL has pitched the Tejas Mark 1A to the US Navy, which is looking for a replacement for its existing trainer planes. Even if it doesn’t win the contract, being shortlisted for the next stage will provide a huge leg up for India’s ambitions of becoming a major defence exporter.
In line with the new Defence Acquisition Policy, which allows the lease of foreign weapons platforms, the Indian Navy has leased two unmanned aircraft to keep a close eye over the Indian Ocean and on the China border even as it proposes to buy 18 more such drones.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla reiterates that New Delhi’s association with Washington currently extends across a range of issues from defence and security; tech and innovation; trade and investments and people to people contacts. Irrespective of the political dispensation in the US, or in New Delhi, the relationship between the two countries would continue to be robust.
While bilateral ties have grown substantially in every domain, the basic building blocks of an India-US defence partnership are now solidly in place.
Successful Rudram-1 anti-radiation weapons test, and a host of other trials, is an example of the evolution of India’s defence manufacturing industry whose goals are to involve multiple stakeholders and private investors.