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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 13:55
Rafale en Inde : un petit pas de plus pour Dassault avec le transfert de technologies



13.04.2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord

Lors de sa conférence sur les résultats annuels, ce jeudi 13 mars, le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, a indiqué que les négociations pour le transfert de technologies du Rafale était achevées avec l'Inde. Une nouvelle étape importante avant la possible signature du contrat gigantesque de 126 avions de chasse pour 8,6 milliards d'euros. 

Dassault Aviation est probablement passé maître dans l'art de la patience et de la ténacité après les divers échecs à l'exportation du Rafale, dont le dernier au Brésil au profit du Gripen de Saab. En plus du feuilleton indien, il reste en lice au Canada (60 avions), en Malaisie (18), au Qatar mais l'Inde concentre un enjeu formidable.

En attendant, Dassault et l'entreprise publique indienne HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) ont défini clairement, selon Eric Trappier, le transfert de technologies et le plan de charge industrielle. Concrètement, " le transfert sera progressif. Les dix-huit premiers Rafale seront faits en France puis progressivement en Inde jusqu'au 126e ", décrit le PDG de Dassault Aviation.

Mais une incertitude pèse sur le résultat des élections indiennes en mai et la tendance du futur gouvernement...

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 10:19
Dassault aviation confirme qu’il a franchi une nouvelle étape pour le Rafale en Inde

 

 

13/03/14 - Investir.fr

 

L’avionneur a franchi une nouvelle étape pour le Rafale en Inde et va lancer un nouvel appareil civil.

 

A l'occasion de la publication des résultats annuels de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, PDG de l'avionneur, a confirmé trois éléments importants pour la suite. En premier lieu, dans le cadre des négociations de la vente de Rafale en Inde, « je confirme que nous avons franchi une étape avec HAL, une étape supplémentaire ». Celle-ci est celle du partage des tâches : Dassault et le partenaire indien, chef de file à la demande du gouvernement indien, se sont mis d'accord sur la répartition des tâches et l'organisation de la chaine de fournisseurs. Mais le groupe confirme d'autres prospects pour son avion de combat, au Moyen-Orient comme en Asie.

 

Par ailleurs dans le civil, outre la sortie crise, et même si « le marché reste convalescent », le groupe a confirmé le lancement d'un nouvel appareil lors du prochain salon de l'Ebace, au nom de code M1000, quelques mois après le lancement du 5x. Cela devrait impliquer un niveau encore soutenu de R&D pour les deux prochains exercices mais devrait par ailleurs solidifier les positions de l’avionneur sur le marché.

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5 mars 2014 3 05 /03 /mars /2014 19:35
Rafale : les négociations franco-indiennes progressent

 

03/03/2014 Romain Guillot journal-aviation.com

 

Un grand pas aurait été franchi pour le contrat Rafale en Inde, selon un article publié par la chaine indienne New Delhi Television (NDTV) le 3 mars.

 

L’avionneur français Dassault Aviation, seul finaliste de l’appel d’offres MMRCA depuis près de deux ans, qui prévoit l’acquisition de 126 chasseurs pour les besoins de l’Indian Air Force (IAF), aurait finalisé les grandes lignes de l’accord de répartition des tâches avec le gouvernement indien.

 

Selon des sources proches du dossier, l’entreprise publique Hindustan (HAL) assurerait 70% des travaux sur les 108 appareils produits en Inde. Le radar des futurs appareils serait, quant à lui, produit par Bharat-Electronics Ltd dans une usine située à proximité de la ligne d’assemblage de HAL à Bangalore.

 

Toujours selon NDTV, le contrat d’acquisition des Rafale ne serait pas finalisé avant les prochaines élections législatives indiennes qui s’achèveront en mai prochain, le ministère de la Défense n’ayant de toute façon pas budgétisé le contrat pour l’année fiscale en cours.

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10 janvier 2014 5 10 /01 /janvier /2014 08:35
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India chose Dassualt's Rafale for its medium multi-role combat aircraft in 2012

 

January 9, 2014, by Neelam Mathews AIN Defense Perspective

 

With national elections looming in India, speculation is growing that contracts for the long-delayed medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), as well as the multi-role tanker transport (MRTT), could soon be signed. However, the MMRCA pact might cover only the supply of 18 Dassault Rafale aircraft from the French production line, leaving further negotiations for the remaining 108 required to be concluded by the new government. India announced its choice of the Rafale in January 2012. But negotiations subsequently stalled over offsets, the transfer of technology and the role of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

 

Delays in procurement are taking a toll on military force levels as Indian Air Force (IAF) squadrons deplete. This has resulted in pressure on the Ministry of Defense to increase the pace for awarding pending contracts. A government code of conduct prevents any contracts being awarded within 45 days of an election. The national election is expected to be called by March, also the end of the financial year.

 

“If the contract is signed soon, it will be nothing but a paper deal that ensures commitment of the government. We can expect delays after the first 18 aircraft, since the remaining fighters will be built under license with transfer of technology. The government wants to ensure the contract is penned so that the [basic choice] cannot be questioned by subsequent governments,” said an official associated with the project. An official at the MoD noted that signature of the MMRCA contract would restore the confidence of international OEMs, which has been shaken by the recent scandal over the AW101 procurement.

 

Following lengthy discussions, HAL is thought to have now agreed with Dassault on the question of Tier 1 suppliers, including aerostructures.

 

An IAF official said that a new refueling tanker is a priority. A meeting between the Indian MoD and Airbus Defence and Space on the MRTT that was delayed last year following the death of the senior acquisition official has been scheduled for mid-January, AIN has learned from an informed source close to the program. Since the A330MRTT can also be used as a pure transporter for 300 troops, plus a cargo payload of up to 45 tons (99,000 pounds), or to accommodate up to 130 stretchers for medical evacuation, it will bring immediate benefits to the IAF. “This contract has no political overtones or baggage attached to it,” said the IAF official.

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7 janvier 2014 2 07 /01 /janvier /2014 12:35
Rafale en Inde: une avancée avant le 15 février?

 

07.01.2013 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

 

Petite info venue d'Inde via le blog Aerospace Diary tenu par Neelam Mathews (merci à Guillaume P.).

 

Une réunion du CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) va se tenir ce mardi; elle porterait sur le fameux contrat Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) qui prévoit l'achat de Rafale pour l'armée de l'air indienne.

En attendant le résultat de cette réunion, Neelam Mathews rappelle dans un post précédent que le contrat pourrait être conclu avant le 15 février, date du début du moratoire de 45 jours sur les grandes décisions stratégiques imposé par la tenue des prochaines élections législatives dont le très long processus pourrait commencer fin mars.

Avant le 15 février? Soit un an après la première annonce que Dassault avait remporté le marché pour 126 appareils!

Mais comme rien n'est jamais sûr dans le monde des achats militaires indiens, il faut rester prudent. Et vigilant.

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18 octobre 2013 5 18 /10 /octobre /2013 11:35
L'Inde bouclera d'ici mars sa commande de Rafale selon l'armée de l'air indienne

17.10.2013 journal-aviation.com

 

NEW DELHI, 17 octobre (Reuters) - L'Inde bouclera une commande de 126 chasseurs Rafale à Dassault Aviation avant la fin de l'exercice budgétaire en cours, fin mars, a déclaré jeudi un haut responsable de l'armée de l'air.

 

New Delhi a annoncé en janvier 2012 l'ouverture de discussions exclusives avec Dassault pour ce contrat estimé à 15 milliards de dollars (11 milliards d'euros) après un appel d'offres opposant le Rafale à l'Eurofighter Typhoon, construit par un consortium incluant EADS, BAE Systems et Finmeccanica.

 

Mais les discussions se sont enlisées depuis, notamment en raison de divergences sur le rôle du groupe public indien Hindustan Aeronautics dans la construction des avions.

 

Le lieutenant-général S. Sukumar, vice-che d'état-major de l'armée de l'air, a déclaré lors d'une conférence sur l'aéronautique que le contrat serait signé avant la fin de l'exercice budgétaire, selon un communiqué publié par l'organisateur de la conférence, la Confédération de l'industrie indienne.

 

L'accord initial prévoit que Dassault Aviation livre les 18 premiers avions "clés en main" et assemble le reste en Inde, avec Hindustan Aeronautics comme principal partenaire local.

 

Dassault a toutefois exprimé des doutes sur la capacité du groupe indien à assurer la fabrication d'un appareil aussi sophistiqué que le Rafale. Hindustan a entamé au début des années 1980 le développement d'un petit avion de combat, un projet qui n'a pour l'instant pas abouti.

 

Un porte-parole de Dassault s'est refusé à tout commentaire. (Shyamantha Asokan; Marc Angrand pour le service français)

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4 octobre 2013 5 04 /10 /octobre /2013 19:35
IAF Chief Sounds First Anxious Note On MMRCA

October 04, 2013 - by Shiv Aroor – Livefist

 

He's been known to be unequivocally optimistic about the $20-billion M-MRCA fighter competition so far, but IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne sounded anxious and uncertain over the deal, currently still in negotiations.

 

"We have no back-up plan. We need to get the deal going, or we'll face a big shortfall of fighters in the 2017-22 period," said Browne at his annual press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8. "The deal has to work. There's no other option."

 

The IAF chief rued the death of MoD Joint Secretary (Acquisitions) Arun Bal, saying his demise was tragic and a setback to several acquisition cases, particularly the MMRCA, which he handled directly.

 

"Negotiations on the MMRCA are still on. Cannot place a timeline on when the deal will be signed," the IAF chief said, marking the first time when he's left the timeframe open. In the past, Browne has commonly put down a specific time by which he said he expected the deal or paperwork to be complete.

 

Dismissing speculation about exchange rate fluctuations jeopardising high-value acquisitions like the MMRCA, the Chief said such contingencies had been accounted for, and wouldn't impact the acquisition decision.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
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July 12, 2013 idrw.org (Defense World)

 

The value Indian MMRCA deal is set to inflate to a whopping $17 billion from the original $12 billion by the end of this year thanks to the falling Indian rupee.The rupee currently stands at INR 59. 80 against the dollar and economists predict this number could rise up to INR 65 by the end of this year.

 

At the time of the announcement in January 2012, the rupee was being traded at INR 42 against the dollar and the deal was then valued at approximately $12 billion for 126 fighter jets.

 

With the current value of the rupee, the deal could potentially be worth $15 billion. However, if negotiations are postponed until later this year India may very well end up with a $17 billion bill from Dassault.

 

The deal was originally expected to be concluded by June 2012; however both sides have been unable to reach an agreement.

 

Earlier last month, top executives from HAL and Dassault Aviation met on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show to discuss the progress of ongoing projects.

 

However, both companies refused to entertain any media queries about the MMRCA contract.

 

“Both the teams expressed satisfaction on the work already achieved by the integrated teams and renewed their commitment towards successful completion of the various projects,” they said in an official statement.

 

Offset hurdles have been the major road block to signing the deal. Dassault earlier this year wrote to the Indian MoD demanding it be given the overall responsibility of the project and clearly identify HALs role.

 

Despite the ministry asserting that HAL would act as the project’s ‘lead-integrator’ as per the terms of the RFI issued in 2007, Dassault is now insisting that it be given the freedom to decide on the quantum of work to be shared between companies.

 

According to the original terms, eighteen of the 126 planes are to be purchased directly from Dassault, while HAL will manufacture the other 108 under a licence at an upcoming facility in Bangalore.

 

Once the contract has been signed, HAL will have a very short period to set up an entirely new assembly line for the Rafale fighters. According to a report published by a French publication Usine Nouvelle last year, Dassault could end up producing more than 18 aircraft in France than originally agreed to because “they (some 500 French companies) would still get far more than 50% of the production associated with the future contract during the initial years”.

 

The report also adds that although “the RFP originally demanded offsets of 50% of the contract value and technology transfers, several factors could explain this work division that is so favorable for French industry”.

 

Meanwhile, in 2012 the Indian government mandated that transfer of technology could be counted as offsets, though it might not apply to the MMRCA as this tender was floated under the earlier procurement policy. This also could be an issue of contention in the commercial negotiations as the MMRCA contracts mandates 50% offsets.

 

Meanwhile, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his country hopes to begin exporting Rafales to India by 2016.

 

Le Drian is expected to visit New Delhi soon to conclude the Indian MMRCA contract, the report added.

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7 mai 2013 2 07 /05 /mai /2013 14:35
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May 7, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Express News Service; published May 7, 2013)

 

Impossible to Set Time Frame for MMRCA Deal: Antony

 

NEW DELHI --- Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said it was not possible to set a time frame for signing the much-awaited deal for the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) with French company Dassault Aviation.

 

The contract, said to be worth nearly Rs 1 lakh crore, is still at the negotiation stage, a year-and-a-half after the French firm emerged as the lowest bidder in the tender which was floated in August 2007.

 

“Given the complexity of the proposal, no definite time frame can be fixed at this stage (for signing the deal),” Antony said in a written reply in Parliament.

 

“The proposal for procurement of the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft is currently at the stage of commercial discussions with the L1 vendor, Dassault Aviation and hence the terms and conditions for purchase including the delivery schedule are yet to be finalised,” he said.

 

However, the Defence Minister pointed out that the Request for Proposal–defence parlance for a commercial tender – stipulated that the delivery of the 18 flyaway aircraft should take place between the third and fourth years after the signing of the contract. The manufacturing of the remaining 108 fighters under licence from Dassault will take place here from the 4th to the 11th year after the signing of the contract.

 

Dassault has offered its Rafale combat planes to India under the Request for Proposal and it had beaten the European consortium EADS Cassidian, which had offered its Eurofighter Typhoon plane, in the last stage of the tendering process in January 2012. The two firms had been down-selected by the Indian Air Force after intense flight and weapons trials in which the US aircraft – Lockheed Martin’s F-16 and Boeing’s F/A-18 – Russian United Aircraft Corporation’s MiG-35 and Swedish Saab’s Gripen were eliminated from the competition in April 2011.

 

Meanwhile, the Army is planning to procure 100 self-propelled artillery howitzers and three Indian vendors, including two private companies, have been selected for trial of their equipment, A K Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

 

In a written reply to the lower house of Parliament, the Defence Ministry also said the recent amendment to Defence Procurement Procedure-2011 aims at giving higher preference to indigenous capacity in the defence sector.

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16 février 2013 6 16 /02 /février /2013 08:35

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NEW DELHI, Feb. 15 (UPI)

 

French President Francois Hollande has met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a special look at defense relations on the agenda.

 

Underscoring the importance of the visit, Hollande was accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian along with the chief executive officers of more than 60 leading French firms.

 

A French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the trip was aimed at building on the "strategic Indo-French partnership launched 15 years ago."

 

Hollande said that, after his meeting with Singh, he was certain that India was carefully considering all options for major defense purchases.

 

Hollande added that the Indian government was committed to considering all foreign applications for big-ticket items in the India's Ministry of Defense pipeline and that an element of his visit was to highlight French companies interested in the Indian market.

 

Singh averred, "The discussion on the (contract) is progressing well," Singh said, adding that "some progress has been achieved."

 

The majority of India's international contracts are in the defense sector, which has been dogged by allegations of bribery and corruption. In addressing corruption allegations in a civil nuclear contract for France's bid for participating in the construction of India's Jaitapur nuclear power plant, Hollande promised that France's transactions with India would be fully transparent.

 

In visiting the South Asian economic powerhouse, Hollande is making his first visit to an emerging economy, with diplomatic sources emphasizing that Paris chose India over Brazil, the Russia Federation and South Africa.

 

Singh and Hollande stated that their mutual interest was cooperation in high technology programs, including bilateral research and development and transfer of technology, one of India's highest priorities.

 

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Hollande noted that joint venture projects already online included the Indian navy's indigenously built Scorpene submarine and the upgrading of the Indian air force's French-built Mirage 2000 with negotiations progressing. He also said discussions continue to finalize the joint French-Indian Short Range Surface to Air Missile air defense project.

 

Hollande's top defense priority is to secure the Indian air force purchase of 126 Rafale fighters from French arms manufacturer Dassault, a potential deal worth $12 billion. India chose the firm in 2012 but says that the contract won't be signed until midyear.

 

Franco-Indian trade levels remain modest, in 2012 worth $10 billion and France imports more than it sells to India.

 

Singh and Hollande, besides noting the progress on bilateral cooperation on the Scorpene submarine, Mirage 2000 and SRSAM joint ventures, reiterated their ongoing interest in negotiations on the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft program.

 

New Delhi diplomatic sources speaking not for attribution said that given France's inside track in New Delhi, Rafael's closest competitor, the four-nation Eurofighter consortium, had essentially abandoned its bid for India's new fighter tender, as had Germany, previously the leading country for the Indian air force combat fighter contract.

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20 janvier 2012 5 20 /01 /janvier /2012 08:25
Temporary Plateau For Indian Defense Spending

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Jan 19, 2012 By Neelam Mathews - defense technology international

New Delhi - The Indian defense budget for fiscal 2012 (April 2012-March 2013), adjusted for the 12.9% decline in the value of the rupee to the dollar last year, is less than 2011 in real terms. Plans are to allocate $36 billion, or 2.6% of GDP, to defense this year. In 2011, the budget was $35.2 billion, or 2.03% of GDP.

Based on the current value of the rupee, this yields a budget with buying power of $31.4 billion in 2011 dollars. And while the defense budget’s share of GDP is up 28% from 2011, India’s rate of GDP growth was 16.6% less than in 2010—7.5%, compared with 9%.

The rupee’s loss of value is attributable to worried investors selling emerging-market assets on the presumption that Europe’s debt crisis will lead to global recession. Nevertheless, major programs are under way by the air force, navy and army, as India undertakes a $50 billion modernization drive in the next five years that will improve the capabilities and power projection of its forces. One factor driving modernization is the rise of China as a regional power, expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean and building forces and infrastructure in Tibet and Pakistani-occupied Kashmir. India lags China in ICBMs, nuclear submarines, antisatellite weapons and fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The defense budget seeks to fill at least some of these gaps.

The biggest deal this year is the $11 billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program for the air force, which will see a bidder selected for the 126 aircraft by March—at least according to the current timeline. The downselected bidders are Dassault Aviation with the Rafale and Eurofighter with the Typhoon. If the deal goes as planned, it will boost the air force’s share of the defense budget to a projected 35% this year from 28%. This in turn will affect allocations for the army, which received 51% of the budget last year, and the navy, which got 15%. (Allocations for these services had not been announced at press time.)

On the other hand, homeland security, which is under the jurisdiction of the Home Affairs Ministry, has a budget that will increase, says Laxman Behera, research fellow at Indian Defense Strategic Affairs. Homeland security’s budget was $4.4 billion last year. “Internal security has urgent needs that cannot wait. Overall, we are compelled to modernize forces including the police,” adds Behera. The homeland security budget will be announced on Feb. 29.

International defense and aerospace companies are seizing opportunities in India’s competitive and rapidly expanding market. India’s modernization plans and recent upgrades mean the military is importing more than 70% of its arms. Factors behind this effort include protection of its robust economy based on trade and challenges ranging from border conflicts with Pakistan and China to terrorism and piracy.

Meanwhile, with contracts for the long-delayed upgrades of 51 Dassault Mirage jets signed and the down payment made in late 2011, the $2.4 billion project is finally underway. Dassault and Thales will modernize onboard equipment and systems to bring the aircraft to Mirage 2000-5 standards. Clearance for procurement has also been given for 450 MICA multitarget air-to-air intercept and combat missiles from MBDA for the Mirages. MICA has a maximum operating range of 60 km (37 mi.).

The upgrade involves new avionics including the Thales RDY2 multimode radar, as well as new navigation and electronic countermeasures. The MPDU mission computer, also on the Rafale, will be installed in the Mirages. Thales will now need to tap current and potential partners for offsets and finalize its joint venture with Samtel.

The first two Mirage aircraft will be upgraded in France within 44 months. The next two will be modified over 14 months by Dassault, Thales, and government contractor Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore). HAL will then upgrade the rest.

A contract to integrate Rafael Advanced Defense System’s Derby medium-range air-to-air missile with India’s Tejas light combat aircraft is in the works. Delivery of the missiles is expected in the second half of 2012. The active radar- and infrared-guided Derby, which provides all-weather, beyond-visual-range capability, has been acquired for the navy’s Sea Harrier FRS51 fighters, 14 of which have been modified for the missile.

The Defense Research and Development Organization will spend $4 billion over the next three years on locally manufactured strategic and tactical missiles, including the Astra air-to-air missile, BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Akash surface-to-air missile and the Shourya ballistic missile. Also scheduled for production are 1,100 Pinaka rockets, 1,000 84-mm rocket launchers and 7,500 missiles.

Honeywell became the sole vendor in a bid to re-engine the air force’s Jaguar fleet when Rolls Royce pulled out. Honeywell will supply its F125IN engine, which has 9,850 lb. of thrust. It is projected to save the service $1.5 billion in lifecycle costs. The engine includes a dual full-authority digital engine control system, modular construction, integrated engine-monitoring system and high thrust-to-weight ratio, according to Honeywell.

The air force has started taking delivery of six Lockheed Martin C-130J transports. A letter of request has been sent to the U.S. for procurement of six more, according to Defense Minister A. K. Antony.

HAL is planning to modernize its facilities to better handle impending orders for such aircraft and programs as the fifth-generation fighter, a joint project with Russia; the medium transport aircraft, a joint venture with Irkut Corp. and Ilyushin Design Bureau of Russia; indigenous light combat aircraft; the light combat helicopter; MiG-29 upgrades; and the intermediate jet trainer.

Navy leaders are working to give India a new fleet with greater range. Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma says force levels will increase to 150 warships and 500 aircraft. The navy’s current fleet strength is 118 surface ships, 14 submarines and 216 aircraft. When he speaks of range, he means “deployment at long distances with the ability to stay for some time.” In other words, “reach and sustainability.”

India’s plans to construct its first indigenous aircraft carrier at Cochin Shipyard suffered delays following problems in design and integration of the propulsion system and procurement of critical equipment. Verma says the carrier should be launched “by the middle of 2012, or so.”

The navy plans to soon commission the refitted aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (formerly the Soviet carrier Admiral Gorshkov). It also wants to add nine surface warships. These include a Shivalik-class frigate; Kolkata-class destroyer; antisubmarine warfare corvette; offshore patrol vessel; two Talwar-class frigates from Russia; three catamaran survey vessels; and 25 fast interceptor craft.

The largest army initiative, a $13 billion modernization program, will add 90,000 soldiers and raise four new divisions along India’s border with China. “The army will purchase 2,600 vehicles as part of its future combat vehicles program, and is likely to see strong public and private sector participation from ordnance board and industry players such as Tata Group,” says Rahul Gangal, defense advisory and investments director at aerospace specialist Aviotech of Hyderabad.

The purchase by the army of 197 light helicopters has been re-tendered, following an objection by Bell-Boeing. This delays the award to one of two short-listed contenders: Eurocopter with its Fennec AS550 C3, and Kamov with the 226T. There has been no indication as to when the contract will be announced.

Defense Minister Antony told parliament recently that priority was being “given to ensure that artillery units are equipped with modern weapons.” The army reportedly needs 1,580 155-mm/53-caliber towed guns; 180 155/52 wheeled and self-propelled guns; 145 155/39 ultra-light howitzers; and 100 more 155/52 tracked guns.

Analysts advise that India should sustain its defense expenditures at a consistent pace for an extended period. This is likely, given that defense is in modernization mode. If the current momentum of budgeting is sustained, defense spending is likely to be around $100 billion by the end of 2021, resulting in significant market opportunities for industry in India and outside.

Until recently, the defense ministry has been unable to spend all of its annual allocations due to complicated procurement procedures. As a result, large programs have suffered delays, which in turn led to cost escalation and technology obsolescence. This situation is changing, though it remains to be seen to what extent.

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Britain Supports Eurofighter Bid For Indian MMRCA

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Jul 11, 2011 By Jay Menon AviationWeek.com

 

NEW DELHI — Britain has outlined its strong support for the Eurofighter Typhoon’s bid for the Indian air force’s $11 billion Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, as the U.K. seeks to advance its defense industrial cooperation with the country.

 

“The Eurofighter Typhoon not only provides India with cutting-edge operational capability, but also unmatched potential for an enduring strategic partnership in developing future defense technology,” said U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox after a meeting with Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony in New Delhi July 8.

 

According to a British High Commission statement, Fox’s visit to India underlines the commitment at the highest levels of the British and Indian defense establishments to ensure that defense cooperation is a fundamental pillar of the enhanced partnership between the U.K. and India as set out by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last July.

 

“In today’s world of multi-layered security and economic interdependence, the U.K. and India are looking for relationships that are built on partnership and respect, not one-off transactions,” Fox says.

 

The Tyhpoon is pitted against French company Dassault Aviation’s Rafale for the MMRCA program. Indian authorities are set to open final bids for the 126-aircraft order.

 

The Eurofighter consortium comprises Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems of the U.K., EADS CASA and EADS Germany. Recently, France and Germany also made last-ditch efforts to boost their companies’ chances to win the fighter program.

 

French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet had pitched the Rafale during his visit to New Delhi in May, and the Eurofighter Typhoon topped the agenda during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s discussions with Prime Minister Singh on May 31. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizere also met Antony on May 31.

 

EADS has even invited India to become a partner for the Typhoon program if the aircraft wins the contract. Eurofighter’s offer to establish a production line in India could give it an edge.

 

The Rafale has the advantage of being logistically and operationally similar to the Mirage 2000. The Indian air force has similar fighters, and the Rafale’s inclusion would require fewer changes in existing infrastructure.

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