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BharatShakti.in celebrated one year of its raising on 24 November amidst a congregation of senior serving and retired service officers, retired bureaucrats, a few captains of the industry, journalists and friends. We have covered a lot of ground over the months since we were raised. Today, the website has all procurement policy related documents for reference of our viewers. We are providing news of major geo-political issues that affect our nation directly and certain global events whose ripple effects will reach our shores, ultimately. These are also events of relevance to the defence industry and could shape the market for defence equipment in due course.

As we step into the second year of our run, on the anvil are hosting of opinion columns in Hindi and more frequent interviews of defence industry leaders. Our Opinion columns will bring you objective analysis of issues of concern to the defence industry as also geo-politics that will influence the stability of our sub-continent and the Indian Ocean region.

Our founder Nitin Gokhale visited a few establishments of Boeing in Australia and USA along with a small group of defense journalists. The impressions that he formed are available in his article ‘Boeing bets big on India’ published in our news section on the 6 December, 2016.

Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections promises a change in course for the US in varied ways. Apparently, Indo – US ties will continue to grow. The US Senate passing a bill declaring India a ‘major defense partner’ very recently, possibly reflects the likely trajectory of the relationship in the near future. It will also be interesting to watch the shape that US – Russia relationship traverses.

Nearer home, Nawaz Sharif remained firm leading to a change of guard in the Pakistan Army. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the new Chief, has gone about his job at a fast pace. He has begun placing his team in place. For Indians, the man to watch is the new Inter Services Intelligence Chief Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar.

On the defence acquisition front, Tata Power SED was given a Rs 200 crore order for 20 Pinaca Launchers. Tata Motors bagged an order for supplying 3198 TATA Safari Storme vehicles to the Army.

India signed two contracts worth $1.4bn with Israel Aerospace Industries for the purchase of two additional Phalcon/IL-76 Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems valued at $1 billion and 10 Heron TP unmanned air vehicles during Israeli President Reuven Rivil’s visit to India.

We will continue to provide you with more information and analysis on issues of import to the Indian Defence Industry. Do make our site a daily habit.



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Excellent Policy Changes in DPP-2016 But Procedures Still Need Improvement
Brig Anjum Shahab (Retired)

The new Defence Procurement Procedure 2016, released at Goa during the last DefExpo is undoubtedly a path breaking document. However, it falls short in not addressing all issues with the required boldness to turn some legacy procedures on their heads and herald a new era where every stage of the procurement process is oriented to speedy decisions while catering for requisite time required for trials, vetting and decision making. As it stands, there are very many areas that need to be addressed with greater dynamism. Brig Anjum Shahab identifies such areas and provides a few practical and out of the box answers in his two part article.

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Winning Asymmetric Wars: The Technology Factor
Brig Sunil Gokhale (Retd)

The author brings to fore the affects of the Pakistani military's relationship with the jihadi establishment in building an asymmetric capability that continues to bleed India. With the Chinese leveraging this Pakistani capability with its own conventional superiority vis-à-vis India, a serious miss-match is being faced. The article goes on to debate the land, sea and air based options that India has to combat the challenge, along with technology. Read More...
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Fiscal Smog Choking Defence Procurements
Amit Cowshish

The Defence Acquisition Council clearing projects at the trot after years of sloth is no doubt very heartening news. But, Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) isn't exactly the same as acquisition of equipment. There is a substantial time lapse between AoN and signing of contract with various processes taking their own time schedules. There is also the issue of availability of funds. Our committed expenses on existing contracts and those that could materialise post the AoNs may not be adequate for such heavy expenditure. Will our defence budget in the coming years be adequate to support our acquisition objectives? The author analyses the issues in this rather incisive article. Read More...
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Defence Planning - Different Approaches
Lt Gen P R Shankar (Retired)

The new DPP 2016 has been hailed as a path breaking document that will provide the right set of procedures and processes to drive our defence acquisition at the desired pace. However, it hasn't quite been able to generate the momentum that it had promised. Lt Gen PR Shankar (Retd) offers a view of the system in vogue in the UK. We remain leagues behind, even today; if one does agree with his assessment of the UK model. DPP 2016 is definitely a laudable attempt when compared to our legacy practices however, does it really keep pace with the changed business environment? Can it provide the necessary impetus to procurement of equipment for our military establishment's long neglected depleted inventory? Read More...
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For The 'Shakti' That 'Bharat' Needs: Indigenise Ordnance
Rear Admiral Sudarshan Y Shrikhande, IN (Retd)

Historically, nations that have been over dependent on supply of ordnance from abroad have faced difficulties in their procurement when they have gone to war. With ordnance being a critical component shaping the course of battles, the best way of minimising such risks is by ensuring most of the requirements are indigenously produced. The Admiral, in his article, illustrates this view with examples and goes onto propagate the cause of indigenisation of defence requirements. Read More...


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Boeing's Global Strategy is Aligned with Make In India, Says Boeing India Head
Bharat Shakti

Recently, a team of Indian journalists were invited by Boeing defence to visit some of their facilities to understand its global strategy and future plans for India. With its Chinook and Apache helicopters already approved for induction in the Indian Armed Forces, and Boeing being a contender for India's big ticket purchases in the pipeline, the company's stakes in our market are obviously high. Nitin A Gokhale, Founder BharatShakti.in was also part of the team. Post the visit, Nitin went on to interview Pratyush Kumar, President Boeing India and Vice President Boeing International. 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.

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