Days before the PM replaced the deal with one that would eventually exclude HAL and favour Reliance, the Dassault CEO had said ‘contract finalisation and signature could come very soon.’ So what changed?
Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.
The Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) scheme, recently approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security, has no mention of the men and women who form the police force.
An overview of all defence scams and scandals can be traced to opacity and secrecy. Within the confines of confidentiality and secrecy, there is a need to inject transparency through disclosure and deterrence.
The ‘Make in India’ campaign, launched under Nirmala Sitharaman’s watch, has so far failed to ignite any significant domestic production. While it is a complex process, her potential for success or failure will be in seeing this through.
Analysts say that the partnership with Adani, which has taken quiet if baby steps towards the defence sector over the last two years, may give the Swedish firm a decisive edge.
Nearly half of India’s weapons, including tanks and artillery guns, have stocks for less than ten days of combat.
The defence ministry is far too big and complex to be managed part-time as an additional charge by another minister, no matter how competent and cerebral he may be.
With this year’s joint statement reflecting new interests, here is a comparison of key issues from China and the Asia-Pacific, terrorism and Pakistan, to defense, economy and trade.
The deal comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with US President Donald Trump.
The deal is being termed “a game changer” for US-India relations as it finally operationalises India’s status as a “major defence partner” for the US.
The Tata-Lockheed combine will likely go head-to-head with Sweden’s Saab for the Indian Air Force’s $10-billion single-engine fighter deal.
The shots were fired in the region declared to be in a state of emergency by the Niger government earlier this year.
Up to $30 billion in defence deals could be unlocked with the new policy. But the fine print will decide whether it will give a leg up to Indian firms and reduce the country’s dependence on costly imports.
In light of the recent arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the US worth over $100 billion, Iran is accusing the US of spreading fear against it throughout the Middle East.
The government mapping agency wants to restrict its digital open series maps to Indian citizens by using Aadhaar authentication. But Aadhaar isn’t proof of citizenship.
The National Security Council Secretariat, headed by top spy Ajit Doval, may have received a staggering 311% increase in funds this year to tackle issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and nuclear weapon delivery systems.
He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
Pathankot pushed things into motion and the home ministry made things worse by adopting a blinkered approach that didn’t take the views of other government departments on board.
India and Russia are nearing a joint venture to make light helicopters in India, reviving a plan announced by Vladimir Putin in 2015.
The Modi government seems rightly intent on building foundational digital infrastructure. This push must be backed by a solid cyber-defence strategy.
The implosion of the Rafale deal and the disappointing indigenous LCA opens up a gold-mine for American, European and Russian firms.
India and other Asian buyers are expected to intensify efforts to develop indigenous warplanes due to anxieties that the US may be less engaged in the region under Trump.
India does not necessarily need to alter its nuclear doctrine per se, but upgrade its capabilities and technological breakthroughs.
There is a new arms race taking shape, centred around three interconnected technologies: autonomous weapons; swarms; and cyber-warfare.
While there has been an overall increase in allocation, this is most likely money that went unspent in last year’s defence budget. This is indicative of systemic inefficiencies in the capital acquisition process.
The dilly-dallying by ministries over their financial commitments is a sign that they are still wary of making the leap from academic research to product development.
The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.
While the Modi government has tried and to a certain extent succeeded in making the defence ministry less graft-ridden, it still has a long way in formalising the way it investigates and clamps down on corruption.
While offsets from the Rafale and other deals will start coming in over the next year, other FDI proposals have been rejected while Parrikar’s key ‘strategic partner’ document is still missing.
Were the payments illegal? How were they discovered? Is this a potential scandal in the making? The Wire breaks it down.
Lack of integrated planning for procurement among the armed forces is a huge shortcoming. Merely increasing the defence to GDP ratio will not solve the current predicament.
Alleged Deviations and Bureaucratic Delays: Defence Ministry Reboots Six-Year Attempt at Purchasing Carbines
Over the last three years, the acquisition process has been bogged down by everything the Modi government has vowed to fix in India’s defence industry.
From Kamov helicopters to Admiral Grigorovich-class stealth frigates, deals adding up to nearly $7 billion, are expected to be signed.
A day after the surgical strikes, the Ministry of Defence issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers disabled during military service.
India has said the Indian army conducted a “surgical strike” last night on a “terrorist launchpad” across the line of control, causing significant damages.
If Modi’s aim of becoming an arms exporter is to be realised, India should look to how China has restructured its state-owned defence enterprises.
There is disquiet within the defence ministry about the acquisition, with officials concerned about subsequent scrutiny by constitutional authorities like the Comptroller and Auditor General.
While the deal comes with a number of silver linings, it also shows that boosting indigenous defence production will take a lot more work.