1. Defence buys worth Rs 8,341 cr cleared

Defence buys worth Rs 8,341 cr cleared

With the Prime minister heading to France, Germany and Canada next month, the Defence Acquisition Council...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2015 9:18 AM
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The Indian Navy has already ordered 26 Harpoon missiles for eight Indian Navy P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft for an estimated 0 million (Reuters)

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi heading to France, Germany and Canada next month, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by defence minister Manohar Parrikar cleared projects close to Rs 8,341 crore on Saturday.

The DAC gave its approval for buying two Airbus A330 planes for R5,113 crore for the Indian Air Force, the radar for which will come from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In fact, the DRDO has been the key player behind the IAF’s smaller Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWACS), which is based on the Embraer business jet from Brazil with AWACS systems (an Israeli airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Elta Electronics Industries of Israel).

European consortium Airbus Defence & Space had emerged as the sole bidder for a global tender for DRDO’s AWACS India programme. The tender — for six airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft — was issued in March 2014. Interestingly, sources have indicated that the European player was the only company to have responded to a request for proposals linked to the project.

As per officials, the commercial bids have yet to be opened for this programme, which is presently for two aircraft, of which four more could be bought, with an option of going up to 10.

Now, Airbus would have to integrate the mission systems on the aircraft and gain certification that it is safe to fly with the radome. Company officials had indicated to FE that there have been regular discussions between the DRDO and Airbus about the technicalities involved in this programme, which is actually ‘semi-make’ in India.

Though the defence ministry has given its approval for two of these aircraft from Airbus, once the contract is inked for the A330 as a platform for the Indian AWACS effort, it will be the first instance of the type being used in the AEW&C role. Airbus Defence & Space has also been involved in jointly reviewing New Delhi’s indigenously developed AEW&C system with India’s Centre for Airborne Systems, with the first Embraer EMB-145-based example likely to secure initial operational clearance later this year.

Approval was also given for buying 22 Harpoon missiles for for HDW submarines for R913 crore.

The government had sent a letter of request to the US administration for buying 22 Harpoon missiles for the Indian Navy’s Shishumar-class of submarines.

The Indian Navy has already ordered 26 Harpoon missiles for eight Indian Navy P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft for an estimated $200 million and 24 Harpoon missiles for the Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft in an order worth $170 million.

While India’s Hindustan Aeronautics is to integrate the missiles on to the Jaguar, Boeing will integrate them on to the P-8I aircraft itself.

Approval also was given for 1,512 mine ploughs for T90 tanks worth R710 crore and 30 weapon-locating radars from defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics for R1,605 crore.

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    Atul Mishra
    Mar 31, 2015 at 10:00 am
    I Think make in india plan is a long process.till than we have to buy some defense equipments as last 15 years our backup is all gone.all old equipments are useless now. Defense deal is a high money game so only a honest person like parrikar ji can take so fast decisions for it.Have faith on him.
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      grkraj
      Mar 30, 2015 at 8:37 am
      Where is the slogan "Make in India"; It is nonsense in sending such huge amount on defence equipment buying, it is beyond our imagination
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        Mangoman
        Mar 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm
        Today I read the Indian govt. will hold discussions with French firm MBDA for the SR-SAM "Maitri" project for Indian Navy!!! That's hilarious because Army and Air Force will be deploying our indigenous "Akash" SR-SAM!! It would be great if "Modi & Fraud Company" can kindly enlighten us about the technological advantages of using French SR-SAM instead of Akash!! I mean where did Akash fail and how is the French alternative superior for Indian Navy?? I guess we need to remind our self-certified "desh-bhakt" PM once in a while that he's dealing with public money here, not inherited wealth!!!
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          Vips
          Mar 29, 2015 at 10:25 am
          Indian AEW&C is having Indian(DRDO's) Radar ,not Israeli radar,on Brazil's Embraer business jet.
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