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  • A Critique of MoD’s Joint Venture Guidelines

    The intention of the JV guidelines notwithstanding, the policy document suffers from certain weaknesses which may impact its objective of enhancing national defence industrial capability.

    March 05, 2012

    The Rafale : An Opportunity Towards Indigenous Aircraft Design And Manufacture

    In the wake of the selection of the Rafale the offset clause currently in force must be used to revamp India’s domestic aerospace industry, making it more technologically current and capable of taking on advanced design and development tasks in future.

    February 17, 2012

    MMRCA: Counter Point

    The range, speed, armament carrying capacity and the ability to accurately deliver a variety of weapons against different targets make the current IAF fleet of just over 32 squadrons far more formidable than when the IAF had almost 39.5 squadrons.

    February 13, 2012

    Rafale Wins the MMRCA Competition

    The Rafale’s upkeep and maintenance would demand a very high level of training and skills both by the pilots and technical personnel. Above all, stupid mistakes must be avoided by bringing about a fundamental change in our outlook to peacetime operations.

    February 06, 2012

    Private Sector Participation in Defence Production: Industrial Licensing and FDI Issues

    Notwithstanding positive developments over the last decade, certain grey areas in industrial licensing and FDI policy need further improvement to facilitate the private sector’s more meaningful participation in the Indian defence industry.

    January 27, 2012

    Time to Act on the Defence Industry Front

    International economic circumstances are propitious for India and Indian defence companies to strike deals that would help reduce dependence on foreign sources for defence needs.

    November 29, 2011

    F-35 is not an Ideal Choice for India

    F-35 is not an ideal choice because of the delay in its developmental schedule, a tight production line, prohibitive cost, India’s own efforts to jointly develop and produce a fifth generation fighter with Russia, and little technological or industrial benefits that would accrue.

    November 23, 2011

    INDIA-CHINA STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DIALOGUE: A View from Beijing

    The Dialogue was featured in prime time on the Chinese State-run TV channel, with the comment of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that it had achieved “positive results”.

    November 17, 2011

    Public Private Partnership In Procurement Practices

    An efficient, transparent PPP policy dovetailed with an effective FDI framework will not only ensure that state-of-the-art defence equipment is procured but will also be instrumental in enabling transfer of technology.

    September 05, 2011

    A Case for Increasing FDI up to 100 per cent in India’s Defence Industry

    Given the sensitivity attached to defence-related FDI, each investment should be subject to wider review and impact analysis following which the FDI percentage could be determined varying between zero and 100 per cent.

    August 09, 2011

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