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  • “Make In India” in Defence: Embedding Industry-wide Dialogue and Consultation

    “Make In India” in Defence: Embedding Industry-wide Dialogue and Consultation

    For the mantra to become an all-pervasive reality in defence acquisitions in India will be to multiply manifold the onsetfrequencyrange and depthof its industry engagements.

    November 07, 2014

    Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

    Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

    Replacement of the Avro is an approved requirement. Scrapping the on-going process could delay acquisition of the transport aircraft by at least a year or two as it would inevitably involve revisiting the qualitative requirements (QRs) before restarting the tendering process.

    November 25, 2014

    Artillery modernisation: needed for firepower

    Artillery modernisation: needed for firepower

    Despite the lessons learnt during the Kargil conflict, where artillery firepower paved the way for victory, modernisation of the artillery continued to be neglected. The recent acquisition of 814 truck-mounted 155 mm/52-calibre guns is a step in the right direction.

    November 27, 2014

    LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

    LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

    It is difficult to visualise how the Russian offer to make LUH in India could be actualised unless the government invokes ‘strategic considerations’ for making it in India or signs an inter-governmental agreement for that purpose.

    December 15, 2014

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    December 31, 2014

    India’s Revised Defence FDI Policy

    India’s Revised Defence FDI Policy

    Under the earlier policy, the foreign portfolio investment in Indian defence industry was either banned, or capped at an arbitrary level for certain companies, causing a lot of dissatisfaction among several listed Indian companies which had pleaded their genuine helplessness in controlling such investments given their nature of flow.

    September 01, 2014

    Synergising Quality Assurance for Speedy Defence Procurement and Ensuring Quality

    Synergising Quality Assurance for Speedy Defence Procurement and Ensuring Quality

    The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) is the organisation that is responsible for ensuring the quality of a wide range of military hardware at the time of their procurement. This is a very old organisation and has evolved over a period of time to meet the aspirations of its customers. However, since the introduction of Defence Procurement Procedure it has invited lot of criticism from its users due to the delays caused in procurements and attributable to Quality Assurance (QA), as also the introduction of sub-standard equipment in service.

    2014

    Takeaways from Defence Minister’s address at Naval Commanders’ Conference

    The Defence Minister made two significant points: one, the need for making a significant amount of the nation’s resources available for defence and two, he talked about the slow pace of acquisition of defence equipment as the key concern. These are unexceptional statements of intent and the challenge would be to meet these objectives.

    July 01, 2014

    Offsets Facilitation Cell: Optimizing its Potential

    On Feb 14, 2014, MoD issued an office memorandum about operationalization of a Offsets Facilitation Cell. This is the perhaps the first positive step in a long time and the MoD needs to be complimented for it. However, absence of an operating procedure, clarity about the exact nature of mandate and guidelines for those who will man the cell could turn out to be a bane for this wonderful initiative.

    March 14, 2014

    Modernising the Army’s Tactical-level Communications Systems

    The new optical fibre network being laid as an alternative to the 3G spectrum surrendered by the armed forces will go a long way in providing modern land-line communications in peace stations and to limited extent up to the war-time locations of higher formation HQ.

    February 14, 2014

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