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DefInsights VOL.1 ISSUE 4 ~ SEPTEMBER 2017

A SUGOSHA PRESENTATION

PACKING PUNCH Exciting race in the offing for India’s P75I submarines

on the cusp of defence sector revolution

CONTENTS THE LEADERSHIP

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DEFENCE MINISTER:

wOMaN’S POWER IS NATION’S POWER

POLICY ANALYSIS

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR INCLUSIVE INDIA

POLICY ANALYSIS

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ON THE CUSP OF DEFENCE SECTOR REVOLUTION

PROGRAMME UPDATE

EXCITING RACE IN THE OFFING: PROJECT 75i

IDEAS FOR ACTION

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TIME TO REPLACE COMBAT PLANES WITH ARMED UAVS?

12 EDITOR’S NOTE EVENTS OPPORTUNITIES

Editor’s Note

What to watch out for in the coming months India has a new Minister of Defence in Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman. As is mentioned in this edition of DefInsights, she is probably the first woman Defence Minister of India to be holding full-charge of a key portfolio that empowers her to sit at the high table called the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This empowerment brings along with it huge responsibilities. One such responsibility, under the umbrella duty of militarily defending India from external aggression and sometimes internal troubles of the militant nature, is to equip India’s 1.4-million-strong armed forces of the best arms, ammunition and defence systems that will enable them to perform their role effectively. With Mrs Sitharaman herself spelling out her Key Result Areas to include arming the Indian military personnel with the best equipment, it is high-time to see what the world and the industry should watch out for in terms of what India could be procuring for its armed forces in the next few years to come. We present you five of those big-ticket procurement cases that might be of immediate interest, all of which could be under the new Strategic Partnership policy of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2016, aimed at building a robust, domestic defence industrial base. Single Engine Combat Planes (estimated $12 billion) India has already done most of its initial preparations to go ahead with the process of procuring 100-odd single-engine fighter aircraft from a foreign source for the Indian Air Force, which has been staring at a depleting strength of its combat fleet. The American major Lockheed Martin is ready to offer its latest variant of the F-16, Swedish company Saab is keen to present its latest variant of Gripen. The Request for Information (RFI), under the Strategic Partnership policy, is expected to be issued to the two companies, anytime from now to the end of this year. The new policy aims to bring defence production of the single-engine combat planes to India through this procurement. In anticipation of the RFI, Lockheed Martin has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian company, Tata Advanced Systems Limited, to produce F-16 Block 70 at a facility in India through a transfer of technology. Saab too has announced its intent to work with Adani Group as its Indian partner on similar lines. The Indian tie-ups that the two companies have made with prospective Strategic Partners really don’t make much sense now, unless it becomes clear who the Indian government selects for producing the single-engine combat planes. Twin Engine Combat Planes (estimated $15 billion) India has already bought 36 Rafale twin-engine combat planes of the French company Dassault Aviation for the Air Force to meet its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft needs. There are already reports that India may go in for more Rafales for its fleet, under a new procurement process. However, none can September 2017 | DefInsights | 3

deny the fact that the Air Force requires another 100-odd twin-engine fighters, now that the original MMRCA tender for 126 planes had been shelved in 2015. Former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha has already spelt out that