DEFEXPO 2014 may see fewer contracts this year as India heads towards a general election in the coming months.
With a political shift in New Delhi imminent later this year, defense exhibitors say they are unsure of winning any major contracts at the show, Defenseworld.net has learned.
Exhibitors are also reportedly wary of contract cancellations following with the recent annulment of the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal following bribery allegations.
The Indian Defense Ministry has decided to ban 27 local and international defense firms including Finmeccanica and its five subsidiaries from attending the show in New Delhi this week.
Meanwhile, major projects like that Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program worth $10 billion are also possibly on the backburner.
India still intends to pursue the FICV project under the “Make” procedure of the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2008 (DPP-2008), under which Indian vendors develop major defence platforms.
Which means the MoD will fund 80% of the cost of developing a prototype that must be at least 30% indigenous; the Indian DAs pays the remaining 20%. However, the status on this project remains largely unclear.
Tata, an FICV contender, will meanwhile present for the first time a brand new specialty vehicle, the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defexpo 2014. The vehicle platform, developed jointly with the DRDO’s Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), is a mobility platform featuring a Norwegian-built Kongsberg MCT-30-R medium-calibre remote turret sporting a US-built ATK 30mm/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon as a primary weapon and a secondary FN Herstal M240 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.
India’s other major procurement the MMRCA deal with Dassault has been delayed since the winner was announced in 2012. Although the contract is expected to be signed later this year, an exact timetable has yet to be announcement.
The Indian MoD is reportedly close to finalizing a $160 million contract with Tata Motors for developing heavy-duty military vehicles. The deal to supply of 1,239 Tata Motors-built six-wheel-drive high mobility vehicles (HMV), will be fitted with material handling cranes, has the option of a follow-on order for 600 more units, according to the Economic Times. The company is expecting the deal to be concluded soon.
Tata Motors is also participating in two other bids - a $64 million eight-wheel-drive high mobility trucks contract and a $12 million deal for the Field Artillery Tractor (FAT).
However, it is unlikely the acquisition contracts will be signed anytime soon, keeping in mind ministry’s revised decision on its defense budget. According to the report, ministry has moved capital expenditure valued $1.2 billion to revenue expenditure category.
India has picked Russian Helicopters to supply 12 VVIP choppers to be used to transport high profile leaders, the Rostec state corporation said in a press release. The Mi-17V-5 helicopter was chosen by the countrys Special Protection Group (of the 150 helicopters already delivered to India) for escorting the most important politicians in India during the election season
With Indias Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle program gone cold and no word on the status of the project, contender TATA Motors will be unveiling for the first time a brand new specialty vehicle, the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) at Defexpo 2014. The vehicle platform, developed jointly with the DRDOs Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), is a mobility platform featuring a Norwegian-built Kongsberg MCT-30-R medium-calibre remote turret sporting a US-built ATK 30mm/40mm Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon as a primary weapon and a secondary FN Herstal M240 7
Indias decision to cut ties with Finmeccanica, parent company of AgustaWestland looks like it will suck in other European companies as well. The Indian MoD is reported to be looking at linkages between Finmeccanica and other European defense companies which may have a bearing on current procurements in India
India and Japan are in talks to finalize a $1.65 billion amphibious aircraft deal from ShinMaywa Industries
With the suspension of the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal the status of the Indian Air Forces VVIP chopper procurement has left contenders vying to fulfill Indias requirement. Some reports say that the Indian Air Force now plans to use Russian Mi-17 helicopters that, ironically were dropped from competition in 2006, to ferry VVIPs
India's first indigenously built nuclear submarine INS Arihant will undergo sea trials in the next few weeks. The submarine is undergoing harbour acceptance trials phase, and will then be launched for sea trials that are likely to be completed by the end of 2014
Saab and Kalyani Group are teaming up for Indian Army air defence projects, including the VSHORAD and SRSAM requirements. The teaming combines Saabs many decades as a leading developer and supplier of proven high-technology radar and missile systems, with the rich engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Kalyani
Tata Motors has unveiled two new combat vehicles at the DEFEXPO 2014, currently taking place in New Delhi, India. The company has showcased the Kestrel, a wheeled armoured vehicle and the LAMV (Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle) recon vehicle
Axis Aerospace & Technologies Ltd (AAT) unveiled today their Air Recognition Training Simulator (ARTS) at the Defexpo 2014. ARTS is a 3D training tool which trains Air Defence operators to use WEFT Methodology to identify the major features of an aircraft - the Wings, Engines (s),Fuselage, and Tail features of fighters, helicopters, UAVs and transporters
Sagem will be showcasing a range of systems and equipment like intelligence, long-range precision strikes, surveillance, border protection, high-intensity combat and guerrilla warfare at the Defexpo India 2014. Sagem is exhibiting MOST (Mât Optronique de Surveillance Terrestre) optronic mast for land surveillance - which provides panoramic surveillance capacity under armored protection
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will showcase a wide range of submarines, missile systems and naval surface ships at the Defexpo India 2014, New Delhi, from February 6 to 9. The company will exhibit HDW Class 214 submarine, HDW Class 209/1500 submarine, IDAS Missile System, Blohm+Voss Class 124 frigate, Blohm+Voss MEKO A-200 SAN frigate and Kockums FLEXpatrol stealth patrol vessel
Camero announced a contract for the supply of its Xaver100 systems to an unidentified South Asian customer at DEFEXPO 2014. The contract is presumed to have been awarded by India, following its previous purchase and successful integration of the Xaver400, although Camero refuses to identify its customer
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