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The two major events that featured on the BSI calendar last month were a visit to Mazagon Docks and Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai (MDL) and a workshop that was conducted in collaboration with Chase India for officers of the Defence Intelligence Agency, the premier intelligence organization that serves the Integrated Defence Staff.

Having decided on a focused approach, and on arriving at our audience mix – officers of the Defence Intelligence Agency - we shortlisted three issues of critical import to any intelligence agency functioning at the strategic level. In this case, we opted for Electronic Intelligence, Communication Intelligence and Big Data Management. The next step was to identify the cutting edge top players in the corporate community, who would be able to lucidly amplify the latest technology and products in service.

In addition to officers of the Defence Intelligence Agency and its associated offices, we also had a few representatives of think tanks attending the workshop. The Welcome Address was delivered by Nitin A Gokhale, Founder, Bharat Shakti. The Keynote Address was delivered by Air Marshal Ajit S Bhonsle, Officiating Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee. The technical sessions were moderated by Lt Gen VG Khandare, Director General Defence Intelligence Agency and Brig SK Chatterji, Bharat Shakti. The half-a-day workshop generated huge professional interest and could serve as a model to be used for military - industry interaction, hereafter.

The visit to MDL, Mumbai was an intimate firsthand exposure to the yard's premises; its modernisation and the major projects in progress. An interview of the CMD, MDL was most revealing in terms of MDL modernisation priorities and the tight delivery schedules for stealth frigates and submarines.

Of a total of seven frigates under Project 17A, four are to be built at MDL while the other three would be built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata. After the next five and half years, MDL will be providing one frigate every year to the Indian Navy.

MDL is also building six Scorpene Class submarines. All six are in various stages of construction. The first one, Kalvari is already out for sea trials. MDL should be delivering a submarine every six months, hereafter.

In the news last month was the not yet finalised story of Rafale. The latest snag is legal, apparently, with the Law Ministry having raised some issues. Also in the news has been Reliance Defence Industries for bagging a host of licenses for manufacture of defence products. L&T and Tata have also been there primarily for Infantry Combat Vehicles and other soft skinned vehicles for the Army.

We look forward to adding more value to the website as we go along and provide you with information and analysis on subjects of import to the Indian Defence Industry.



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On April 28th, BharatShakti.in, in association with Chase India, organised a workshop / round table on 'New Technologies for Intelligence Gathering', to bring together practitioners from the Defence Intelligence Agency - a premier military tri-service organisation, and industry participants to facilitate a free exchange of ideas. At the end of this unique initiative, officials from both sides managed to understand each others' needs and decided to carry the outcomes of the workshop further in the coming months. Read More...



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We have gone the extra mile to accommodate MSMEs in shipbuilding: Rear Admiral RK Shrawat (Retd), CMD, MDL

The dock has undertaken a massive modernisation programme to now claim to be in the leagues of the best shipyards, globally. Its focus ahead is on two major contracts for building stealth frigates and submarines.

"In order to promote indigenisation, our purchase manual has been amended to incorporate a chapter on indigenisation. The amendment gives preferential treatment for indigenisation. As a result, 75% indigenisation of P17A has been planned", said the CMD. Read More...


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After hard bargain, Rafale deal price finalised

Founder Nitin A Gokhale had first information regarding the progress in the Rafale deal. "Indian team has managed to hammer down the price for the deal from some 11 billion Euros demanded by the French to about 7.89 billion Euros after three months of sustained and hard negotiations", he wrote. Read More...


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Mazagon Docks on major modernisation drive

Brig S K Chatterji did two exclusive pieces on Mazagon Docks. The first - on its modernization drive. "As part of the endeavour MDL has added a new wet basin, much larger than its existing one. The new basin can simultaneously hold two destroyers and an equal number of submarines", he writes. Read More...
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Mazagon Docks Boosts Navy's Submarine Fleet

Brig S K Chatterji's second piece talks about INS Kalvari and the challenges MDL faces should the P75i project for another six submarines does not materialize fast. Read More...


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Defence Procurement Procedure - 2016: A much needed start
By Prasanna Kartik R

The author, having been at the core of the endeavour to structure the new Defence Procurement Procedure - 2016 (DPP - 2016), has utilised his experience to amplify a few path breaking measures that DPP - 2016 has made provisions for. The aspects of a new category in acquisition, the Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) products, the enlarged scope of private sector participation and endeavours to encourage Indigenous R&D are among the large numbers of key issues that the author dwells upon. Read More...
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Create theatre Commands, usher in military reforms quickly
By Nitin A Gokhale (First published in ABPLive)

This reorganisation will reduce the current strength of commands across three services and also not require creation of any new assets or infrastructure. In fact, theatre commands will also avoid duplication in acquisitions and procurements. Read More...
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The Concept of 'Reach' in Grasping China's 'Active-Defence' Strategy: I & II
By Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan

The author initiates his discourse on Chinese strategy by recalling foremost the core imperatives that drive the Communist Party of China and its stated core national interests. Geopolitics, the Admiral explains is largely am amalgam of geo-economics and geo-strategy. The article is being presented in two parts. In part I, the article explores China's dependence on crude, though coal remains a primary raw material for energy requirements that mostly traverses across the oceans to feed its growth. In part II, the author takes a measure of the Chinese string pearls in the context of Chinese grand strategy. The spatial and temporal dimensions of the Chinese strategy and the possibility of the Indian establishment not being able to visualise the temporal aspects with clarity, remain his apprehension.

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Who benefited from inflated price of Agusta
By Nitin A Gokhale (First published in ABPLive)

Nitin A Gokhale's analysis on the entire issue: "Even as former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi is being quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) again on Monday, several questions about the decision-making process in procurement of the 12 Agusta Westland helicopters for ferrying VVIPs need to be raised again. The questions pertain to the benchmark pricing, field evaluation trials and fixing the service qualitative requirement (SQRs) and raising the number of helicopters for the India Air Force Communication Squadron from the one originally proposed". Read More...
At BharatShakti.in, our RFI/RFP pages attempt to inform you of business opportunities. While the Industry Capabilities listing page gives you details of various IDIs, their product range, niche capabilities and contact information, thus easing your search for the right partner for your business activities. Our Policy page is a repository of knowledge, hosting relevant government and departmental documents required for transacting in the area defence production. It also devotes space to FAQs on defence procurement that would be updated.

We at BharatShakti.in invite you all to be a part of our team. Do visit our pages regularly. Write to us, list your defence capabilities with us and engage with us. It's BharatShakti's faith and belief that the Indian Defence Industry is capable of addressing most of the requirements of Indian Armed Forces.

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