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The fortnight witnessed India's annual pageant being re-run on the Rajpath. With the French President as Chief Guest, and a French contingent leading the march past, the parade celebrated India's diversity and its growing military might.

The other grand event that received global coverage was the Bahrain Airshow from 21 to 23 January, 2016. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's Tejas, amongst the world's smallest lightweight, multi role single engine tactical fighter aircraft, flew its first demo outside India leaving none in the stands in any doubt about its capabilities. Sarang, a team of four Indian Air Force-modified HAL Dhruv helicopters, also known as ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) staged an aerial display to further announce India's arrival in the flying machines market.

The major news stories included the launch of 'Start up India' on 16 January, 2016 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with a host of CEOs and corporate bigwigs in attendance. Of import to the Indian Defence Industry was the news of submission of report on ‘Strategic Partners' in the defence sector. Reportedly, the committee has recommended stiff guidelines. The report is yet to be made public.

The Rafale deal continues to be in the news. With every other aspect having been agreed upon, the price negotiations continue. There is good news for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft project in collaboration with the Russians, also. Apparently, IAF and Sukhoi have covered considerable ground to progress the project further.

Next fortnight we hope to bring to you two interviews with leading players in the IDI. Do login to read our select aggregation of news of interest to the IDI and also opinion pieces that we promise will be offbeat, incisive and exclusive.



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"Tejas is a pilot's delight"

BharatShakti.in's founder Nitin A. Gokhale sent us an exclusive story as history was being made in Bahrain; the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas stunning performance at the 4th edition of the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS 2016) at Sakhir air base on Thursday, 21st January. Read More...

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Glimpses of Bahrain Airshow

Some moments from the Bahrain airshow... View Image Gallery...
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India, France locked in fierce bargaining over Rafale price

We also had an in-depth insight into the ongoing negotiations between India and France regarding the purchase 36 Rafale multi-role combat jets for the Indian Air Force... Read More...


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Increasing the Lethality of the Infantry Soldier while Enhancing his Survivability
By Lt Gen Rameshwar Yadav (Retired)

Our Infantryman, the General opines, guard our vast frontiers in difficult terrain with inhabitable swaths of mountains, high altitude areas and jungle terrain. Moreover, due to structural inadequacies of police forces, the insurgencies in J&K and North East are being handled by the army, again a predominantly infantry task. Hence, there is a need to ensure that the infantry soldiers are equipped, trained and maintained well enough so as to give them a qualitative edge over any adversary. Read More...
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Make In India: Imperatives to promote dual use technology industries to propel defence manufacturing
By Brig Sunil Gokhale (Retired)

The author opines, that beyond the Defence Sector, the government must now move ahead and fast track the Make in India program in other service as well as manufacturing sectors, which may not necessarily be classified as under Defence, yet hold immense strategic significance for the economy, as well as the security of the nation in terms of cost and criticality. The nature of the products and services may, more often than not, have a dual or multiple end use and effect, and contribute towards building a robust and well diversified industrial base; so necessary to achieve self sufficiency in weapon systems. Read More...
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