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New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

By: Smruti S Pattanaik | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Aug , 2017

Some Sri Lankan economists had privately told me in 2011 that their country will find it difficult to repay the massive loan of USD 8 billion at an interest rate of more than six per cent taken...

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Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned...

Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned...

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Aug , 2017

The F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly. – Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy Aviation, which...

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The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 13 Aug , 2017

Two months have elapsed since the eruption of the eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the cold, deserted plateau of Doklam on the India Bhutan China tri-junction in the Sikkim sector. The standoff...

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Transfer of Defence Technology: Moving beyond Self-Reliance towards...

Transfer of Defence Technology: Moving beyond Self-Reliance towards...

By: Kevin A Desouza | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Aug , 2017

Transfers of technology (ToT) have been an important contributing factor to the building of capability in India’s defence industrial base. From as far back as the 1950s, numerous contracts with...

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Need for Nurturing the ‘Make’ Projects

Need for Nurturing the ‘Make’ Projects

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 Jul , 2017

The excitement accompanying notification of the strategic partnership scheme in May this year has somewhat diminished the focus on the ‘Make’ projects. Adopted by the Ministry of Defence...

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China-Pakistan Water Axis on the Indus

China-Pakistan Water Axis on the Indus

By: Dr Priyanka Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Jul , 2017

Before the Belt and Road summit held at Beijing in mid-May 2017, several memoranda of understanding (MoU) were finalised between China and Pakistan. Significant among these was an agreement to...

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The Malabar Exercises: An Appraisal

The Malabar Exercises: An Appraisal

By: Col Adarsha Verma | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 19 Jul , 2017

The 21st edition of the Malabar exercises, Malabar-17, was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from July 10 to 17, 2017. The primary aim of the exercise was to increase interoperability amongst the...

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The Tejas One Year After Induction – HAL must take Ownership of the Project

The Tejas One Year After Induction – HAL must take Ownership of the Project

By: Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 13 Jul , 2017

On 1st July 2016, No. 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted the first two Serial Production models of the Tejas Mk.1 Light Combat Aircraft. More than a year has since elapsed since...

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DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Jul , 2017

The Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, 2017 was issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 15 June. DIPP issued the order under the newly introduced...

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India-US Relations: On the Upward Trajectory

India-US Relations: On the Upward Trajectory

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 30 Jun , 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States on 25-26 June at the invitation of the new President of the United States Donald trump. This was Modi’s first meeting with Trump, although...

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Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Jun , 2017

The missing seventh chapter of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 entitled “Revitalising Defence Industrial Ecosystem through Strategic Partnerships” was finally notified by the Ministry...

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Russia’s Engagement with the Taliban

Russia’s Engagement with the Taliban

By: Parth Sarthi Suhag | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 24 Jun , 2017

In December 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that Russia was engaging in intelligence sharing with the Taliban to counter the growing presence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan. The...

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Does Acquisition of Critical Technologies through ToT truly benefit India?

Does Acquisition of Critical Technologies through ToT truly benefit India?

By: Kevin A Desouza | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Jun , 2017

The importance of developing critical technologies in the defence sector was first highlighted by the committee headed by the then Scientific Advisor (SA) to the Raksha Mantri (RM), Dr Abdul...

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Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 10 Jun , 2017

India has recently announced a revised list of controlled items whose export is regulated. The revised list, which comes into effect from May 1, 2017, is part of “India’s International...

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An Assessment of the Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Industry

An Assessment of the Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Industry

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Jun , 2017

In a major policy reform intended to promote Make in India in defence manufacturing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on May 31, 2017 the much-anticipated Strategic Partnership model for...

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Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Defence Minister indicates a new...

Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Defence Minister indicates a new...

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 Jun , 2017

While in Japan for the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank earlier this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also doubles up as Defence Minister, made some significant observations...

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St. Petersburg Metro Bombing: Al Qaeda Redux

St. Petersburg Metro Bombing: Al Qaeda Redux

By: Prabha Rao | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 May , 2017

The bomb blast which ripped through the metro line in St. Petersburg on April 3, 2017, claimed 16 lives, including that of the suicide bomber, and seriously injured over 50 people. One of the...

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Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 May , 2017

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the broad contours of the Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) in its meeting held on May 20, 2017 under the chairmanship of the Defence Minister. It...

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Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 May , 2017

In a significant development, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has included a new enabling provision in the revised General Financial Rules (GFR) with the intention of favouring domestic industry...

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Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

By: Adil Rasheed | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 May , 2017

For a long time Indian strategists have sought to devise a credible strategic communications programme against the devious indoctrination of the vulnerable sections in Kashmir society by Pakistan...

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