Manohar Parrikar has been named India’s new Defense Minister after a cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
Parrikar, former chief minister of Goa, will succeed Arun Jaitley who has been handling both the finance and defence ministries since Prime Minister Modi came to office earlier this year.
Known for his fairness and Spartan style, he is credited with reducing petrol prices and growth in quality infrastructure.
Parrikar has emphasised the need to improve defence procurement and production as well as training of armed forces, and said the country must stock up on superior equipment. “The list is long,” he said yesterday.
“This is a great country,” Parrikar said. “You have to strengthen yourself in such a way that your opponent should feel fear to fight against you. Peace is always maintained by people who are strong, it can never be maintained by weak people.”
The Indian MMRCA deal with Dassault is expected to be concluded by the end of this fiscal year, according to Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier. The final phase of exclusive negotiations on the contract, estimated at $15 billion, should conclude within India's current budget year ending in March 2015, Trappier told reporters in Paris, according to local media
The Indian Ministry of Defense will now accept commercial bids from Sikorsky later this month for the procurement of 16 multirole helicopters for the Navy. Contender NHIndustries has reportedly been ejected because of its connection to Finmeccanica which is currently under a partial ban in India
The Indian government has dedicated a budget of $16. 2 million to increase cyber security and cyber defense in the country
India is interested in exporting indigenously developed hull-mounted sonars to three to four friendly nations, The Hindu reported today. Three units of sonars (Sound Navigation and Ranging) were installed by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Lab (NPOL) of the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) officials in Myanmar a fortnight ago as part of a $24 million (INR 150 crore) contract signed in 2013
Snecma (Safran) and Max Aerospace have partnered to offer military aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in India, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday. The joint venture Max Aero Engines Private Ltd (MAEPL) will provide complete engine support solutions, in particular shop-level maintenance and flight line services
Indias Defense Acquisition Council met for the first time under the new Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday and cleared a proposal to procure 814 artillery guns worth $2.5 billion
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