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India-Russia Military Industrial Conference

Relations with Russia a key pillar
of India's foreign policy


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The Minister stated ....

"Since the signing of the India-Russia Strategic Partnership in 2000, ties between the two sides have acquired new heights with enhanced level of cooperation in almost all areas including defence. "

The Minister said :

"The Brahmos Missile System as well as the licensed production of SU-30 in India are examples of such flagship cooperation, he emphasised. He called upon Russian companies to come forward for technology transfer to Indian companies and facilitate manufacturing of components/ parts and sub-systems at least for those cases where the requirement is in large numbers and is recurring in nature."

The Minister for Industry and Trade of Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Manturov ....

The Minister for Industry and Trade of Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Manturov who jointly inaugurated the conference also addressed the gathering. About 150 representatives from Russia are participating in the conference which includes over 100 representatives from its defence industry. Major Russian companies include United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, RAC MiG, Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod. From the Indian side over 100 private companies including several SMEs are participating.

 

 

NEWE DELHI, MARCH 17 : Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs  Mr Arun Jaitley while inaugurating the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference here said relations with Russia are a key pillar of India’s foreign policy and Russia has been India’s long standing time-tested strategic partner since the last 70 years.


The Minister stated that since the signing of the India-Russia Strategic Partnership in 2000, ties between the two sides have acquired new heights with enhanced level of cooperation in almost all areas including defence.
Mr Jaitley further added that India-Russia  Military Technical Cooperation has graduated from a simple buyer-seller relation to one involving joint research, development and production of advanced defence systems.


The Brahmos Missile System as well as the licensed production of SU-30 in India are examples of such flagship cooperation, he emphasised. He called upon Russian companies to come forward for technology transfer to Indian companies and facilitate manufacturing of components/ parts and sub-systems at least for those cases where the requirement is in large numbers and is recurring in nature.

The Minister was of the opinion that there is tremendous potential for collaboration between Indian and Russian companies for export, so as to become part of the global supply chain.


The Minister for Industry and Trade of Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Manturov who jointly inaugurated the conference also addressed the gathering. About 150 representatives from Russia are participating in the conference which includes over 100 representatives from its defence industry. Major Russian companies include United Aircraft Corporation, United Engine Corporation, RAC MiG, Russian Helicopters and Ural Vagonzavod. From the Indian side over 100 private companies including several SMEs are participating.


Organised by the Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence, the conference primarily aims at addressing issues related to life-cycle support and maintenance of major Russian-origin equipments/ platforms such as SU-30 MKI aircraft, Mi-17 Helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.


The conference also assumes greater significance in the backdrop of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Prime Minister,  Mr Narendra Modi. Apart from deliberations on various policy issues, break-out sessions on Aerospace, Naval Systems and Land Systems are also planned. The conference will provide an opportunity to Indian industry to explore possibilities of manufacturing of parts/ components of Russian equipment in India through partnerships with Russian companies.


A beginning was made at the conference by signing of two agreements between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation of Russia, for general terms and conditions governing long term supply of spares and rendering technical assistance over five years for the Su -30 MKI aircraft.

Lack of competitiveness and transparency led to corruption in defence deals: Rajnath Singh.  

Global majors willing to invest, produce and transfer technology to India's defence sector

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"I had been to Israel and China where I met the Prime Minister of Israel and senior member of Politburo who is in-charge of entire homeland security in China and both of them said that many of their companies intend to invest in India and produce defence equipment," said the Union Home Minister.
Untitled Document NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : There has been a spurt in cases of corruption in defence deals due to absence of competitiveness and transparency in the past, Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

"Though previous governments must have had the intention of making India self-reliant in defence sector but for some reasons they could not succeed," said Mr Singh while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on 'Defence Production: Self reliance & beyond.'

"So far as purchase of defence equipment is concerned, I can say that compared to previous governments, the decisions are now being taken and implemented much faster," he added.

He also said that global companies involved in production of defence equipment are willing to invest in India.

"I had been to Israel and China where I met the Prime Minister of Israel and senior member of Politburo who is in-charge of entire homeland security in China and both of them said that many of their companies intend to invest in India and produce defence equipment," said the Union Home Minister.

"Many of these companies are also willing to transfer technology, this shows how India's dignity has increased worldwide," added Mr Singh.

He said that the Centre is incentivising the defence manufacturing companies that are coming to India. "We should further incentivise manufacturing of defence equipment and our government is taking major steps to promote competitiveness and bring in transparency in defence orders."

Talking about the need for self-reliance in defence production, Mr Singh said, "Any country, if it wants to make itself safe both internally and externally cannot do so until it becomes self-reliant, as such we need to minimise our dependence on other countries for security and defence equipment."

"I cannot understand that if we are capable of making 'Mangalyaan,' at a fraction of cost then why should we remain dependent on other countries for defence equipment," he rued.

He also hoped that if India could achieve self reliance in defence equipment manufacturing it could rank among top three economies in the world.

He said that in past two years, under the 'Make in India,' initiative, the central government has been giving significant push to manufacturing and engineering research and development (R&D) which has helped the country in emerging as an international hub for major companies in the world.

Quoting an example of Tejas – a light combat aircraft, which was totally an indigenous production, the Union Home Minister said, "In the defence sector, under the 'Make in India,' initiative, we are promoting indigenous defence production and our government intends to give a rapid thrust to this sector."

Parrikar assures Indian private sector full support to realize aspiration of exports of defence items.

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HANOI (Vietnam), JUNE 06 : Composite Indian defence delegation today met with Vietnamese industrial counterpart in presence of Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of India and General Ngo Xuan Lich, Vice Minister of Defence, Vietnam. This meeting gained significance as both countries are celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years of strategic partnership, with defence sector being the major sector contributing towards this partnership.

During the interaction, General Ngo Xuan Lich emphasized on the significance of closer ties between Vietnam and India due to common threats and challenges. He pointed out that there were unbound opportunities on offer from both sides and it was for industry from both nations to take the best foot forward.

Mr Manohar Parrikar, speaking on this occasion, desired Indian private sector to lead this initiative and explore and actively participate in Vietnamese modernization of defence forces.

This will not just strengthen the diplomatic and military bond between both the nations but also open the doors of strategic exports. He assured the Indian Private Sector of full support of Ministry of Defence, DRDO and DPSU to realize the national aspiration of exports of defence items to friendly nations at competitive price.

  • The major areas identified for working together for upgrade of Soviet legacy systems; upgradation of Thermal Sights and Fire Control Systems for - BMP, T 54 and T 55 Tanks; upgarade of MI 17 / Mi 8 Helicopters, Shipbuilding Programmes, Missile Systems from India and Software Defined Radios from Vietnam.
 

Some of the areas which is highlighted where India agreed as a single investor and joint venture like Training, Science & Technology and maintenance of legislature system. He also said that India is exploring the possibility of opening a credit line to Vietnam to further deepen this strategic relationship.

This interaction was attended by who's who of Vietnamese Ministry of Defence and industries.

Indian side was represented by Mr Manohar Parrikar, Secretary DRDO, Secretary DP,DG Air Operations, DG Military Trainings, Naval Commander, ENC, JS PIC from Government side while FICCI Industry Delegation was represented by senior executives from Alpha Design Technology Limited, Optic Electronic (India) Pvt Ltd, Tata Power SED, Larsen and Toubro, and Vajra Rubber Products (P) Ltd. FICCI as a proactive chamber of commerce is closely working with Indian industry and MoD to facilitate the trade dialogue between both the countries.

High-powered FICCI defense and aerospace business delegation to USA to boost defense ties.


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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 04 : Concurrent to the visit of the Mr. Manohar Parrikar,
Defense Minister of India to USA, FICCI is mounting a 14-member high-powered Defense and Aerospace Business Delegation to USA from December 6 to 11, 2015.

The FICCI delegation is led by Mr. S N Subrahmanyan, Deputy Managing Director & President, Larsen & Toubro. India, the third-largest economy in Asia, is often characterized as a nascent great power and "indispensable partner" of the United States and possibly a potential counterweight to China. Of late, Washington and New Delhi have been pursuing a "strategic partnership" based on shared values and apparently convergent geopolitical interests. Both countries have moved on from being "engaged democracies" to "strategic partners" in high technology areas like defence, space, nuclear and cyber security. The two countries since have engaged in numerous and combined military exercises, and major U.S. arms sales to India are under way.

During the visit, the Indian delegation will interact with Mr. Manohar Parrikar, senior officials of US Department of Defence, strategic think tanks, captains of US Defense & Aerospace companies and American business chambers.

Traditionally, the defense trade between India and US is largely based on the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route and all strategic commercial dialogues are done under G2G route. The FMS route is unsustainable for long-term development as it involves a one-time purchase from American defense contractors and does not enhance the technological know-how of Indian partners. Transfer of technology (ToT) is imperative for Indian industries to kick-start the muchneeded defense industrial base and generate economic spin-offs. Therefore, Indian industry looks forward to technology collaborations, joint research and development (R&D) and joint ventures to commercialize the innovations and matured industrial products.

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Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said "We believe that for the success of defense cooperation between India and US, the industry to industry interactions will be very crucial to understand the requirements, capabilities and possible areas of cooperation. Apart from the current pathways like FMS and Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI), there is a need to explore opportunities to move forward B2B engagements with the Tier 1 & 2 of the US and Indian MSMEs."

 

The FICCI delegation is slated to meet with Mr. Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston; Mr. Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts; Secretary Cohen; Senator John McCain, Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services; Mr. Marc Bernstein, Associate Director, Lincoln Labs; Mr. Ami Bera, Co-Chair, House India Caucus; Mr. George Holding, Co-Chair, House India Caucus; Mr. Ed Royce, Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Mr. Eliot Engel, Co-Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee; William Todd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (PDAS); DAS Manpreet Anand; ADAS Sean Stein; Mr. Frank Kendall, Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics; Mr. Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration; Department of Commerce; Mr. Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary Department of Commerce; Hudson President Dr. Ken Weinstein; Mr. Doug Feith, former Under Secretary of Defense Policy; Mr. Subodh Rajendra Babu; Mr. Jayant Patil; Col. H.S. Shankar Michael Pillsbury, Hudson Institute; Mr. Northrop Grumman; and Mr. Keith Webster, Director of International Cooperation.

The delegation will undertake a visit to MassChallenge facilities, startup space, and lab. MassChallenge is a start-up, accelerator that includes startups in the defense/robotics/aerospace fields and has partnerships with CASIS/Boeing/NASA to fund aerospace innovation. It will get a ring-side view of Lincoln Labs and hold discussions on federally funded R&D facilities, technology transfer, Intellectual Property and joint development strategies.

A lunch roundtable is also being organized with representatives of American defense industry and Defense Minister Parrikar. The delegation will also visit US Army Research Laboratory and hold a meeting with officials of the Department of Commerce with Bureau of Industry and Security.

Govt to enhance indigenisation, indigenous content in defence sector: Parrikar.

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 23 :
The Govt is making efforts are towards enhancing indigenization and indigenous content in the defence sector, said Manohar Parrikar, Raksha Mantri while inaugurating DEFCOM 2015 co-organised by Confederation of Indian Industry and Corps of Signals Indian Army on Monday. New DPP will reflect this intent of the Government.

He further said that Indian army should make use of the digital advantage created by recent policy initiatives. Due to information overload, finding right information & at the right time is like finding a needle in a haystack. We need to leverage our software strength and enhance our capabilities in hardware design and manufacture.

Future wars may be cyber wars. He added that despite ICT advancements in the area of Defence, conventional army cannot be replaced but can be equipped with technology and more advanced and authentic information. He shared that while benefits of ICT developments should be leveraged, there needs to be caution about the disruptive nature of technology and also the data & network security related issues associated with it.

The Minister also congratulated CII for being in the forefront of Make in India initiative and helping with the revision of Defence Procurement Procedure. He said Government is looking at using more of indigenously developed products for Defence usage.

Mr Kiran Karnik said that over last two decades we have seen how ICT sector has evolved in India. The sector accounts for 1 million direct jobs and addition 1 million indirect jobs. Defence area is very critical for the use of ICT as the increased use of ICT brings along challenges pertaining to cyber security. DEFCOM 2015 provides a platform for bringing Defence & ICT capabilities together to address the issue of Cyber Security in all respect.

He also highlighted the need to create an institutional mechanism though which industry can use of talent available in the Indian Army after post their retirement.

Lt Gen Nitin Kohli, Signal Officer-in-Chief and Colonel Commandant, Corps of Signals, Indian Army said that we our aim is to provide information access to everyone about the independent systems like sensor and shooters from across the platforms on real time basis. DEFCOM brings end-users and Industry together to discuss developments and technological advancements and innovations. Highlighting various benefits of Network Centric Warfare, he enunciated the vision of having a Digital Army leveraging ICT and human capital.

Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said that the ongoing rapid pace of policy reforms has created positive business sentiments within the country as well as overseas. Now the onus lies on the industry to make use of the opportunities and the favourable policy regimes. While leveraging the strength of Indian industry, we have to create more capabilities in the electronics and hardware manufacturing. There is an undeniable necessity in enhancing the indigenous content of our defence related hardware.

Maj Gen R Sabherwal, ADG, Tac C, Indian Army, while thanking all dignitaries and Hon'ble Minister, highlighted the relevance of DEFCOM and the focused discussions it is hoping to have to make Digital Army a reality.

 

New policy guidelines on working of cantonment boards on the anvil: Parrikar


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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 :
The Defence Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said MoD has started working on new policy guidelines relating to working of cantonment boards. Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry in Goa, he said, the government is committed to resolving the problems faced in Cantonment areas, keeping in view security considerations and overall public interest while weeding out archaic provisions and replacing these with more realistic rules.

This is the first time that a Meeting of the Consultative Committee of MoD was held outside New Delhi.

Mr Parrikar said he has been receiving a number of representations about the difficulties faced by civilian residents of cantonments and these relate to closure of roads in cantonments, problems connected with the works of Defence Act, 1903, inordinate delay in transfer and mutation of properties held on old grant or lease, sub-division and change of purpose, resumption of properties held on old grant, renewal of expired leases, conversion of old grant or leasehold sites in civil areas of the cantonments into freehold and restriction on construction of building and revision of building bye-law.

The Cantonment is a place or places declared by the Central Government by notification in Official Gazette, in which any part of the Forces is quartered or which, being in the vicinity of such place or places, is or are required for the services of such Forces.

The establishment of cantonments started during British period with the need for quartering the troops. Housing was the core objective. The first Cantonment was established in Barrackpore (35 km from Kolkata) in 1765 and the second at Danapore (Patna) in the same year.

Presently there are 62 Cantonments in the country located in 19 states and fall under the jurisdiction of 5 Army Commands. The total area covered by the Cantonments is 1,86,730 Acres and the population as per 2011 Census is 20, 91, 734.

The election to 56 Cantonment Boards were conducted on 11 January 2015. The election to 5 Cantonment Boards were conducted on 17 May 2015. During these elections, EVMs provided by the Election Commission of India were used for the first time. The total electorates in these 61 Cantonments were approximately 13, 40, 000. A total of 404 members were elected. One-third of the elected members are women. However, election to Panchmarhi Cantonment Board has been set aside by the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The matter of holding elections in Khasyol cantonment is under consideration of the Ministry.

Taking part in the discussion, Members of Parliament suggested that the Government should endeavour to build Smart Cantonments on the line of Smart Cities. Some members felt that MoD should take immediate steps to improve the living conditions of civilian populace in Cantonment areas. One suggestion was to allow existing owners to carry out repair and restoration work of the buildings and automatic extension of leasehold of property. Still some members felt that Army should not get itself bogged down in land management issues of cantonments, and instead, it should be left to civilian authorities to deal with the issues.

Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Shri Anil Shirole, Prof. Saugata Roy, Mr VP Singh Badnore, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri TK Rangarajan and M Patil Vijaysinh Shankarrao. ent.

 

 

 

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