Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has done it again. Striking a hard bargain with the visiting US Defence Secretary, Dr Ashton Carter, Parrikar has made it possible for India to collaborate with the US and get home the technology for jet fighter engines as also for building aircraft carriers within the next one year….
India-China relations have improved and are much better than what they were two years back, defence minister tells Anupama Airy of DefenceAviationPost.com.
India and the United States have agreed to expand collaboration under the Defence Technilogy Trade Initiative (DTTI) as also the Make in India efforts of Government of India. The two sides also announced their in principle agreement to conclude a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement and to continue working toward other facilitating agreements to enhance military cooperation and technology transfer….
Carter’s visit to India comes close on heels of the unveiling of India’s new Defence Procurement and Procedures (DPP) –that lays the framework for joint co-operation and collaboration in various defence projects, a discussion is also expected to take place between the two sides on the jet engine.
Tough negotiator: In the Rafale deal, I am definitely interested in the right price…While I don’t fix timelines but I am definitely interested in finishing it as early as possible, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told DefenceAviationPost.com
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The new DPP-2016 aims at faster pace in procurement especially through newly introduced categories under Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) provisions. The new DPP policy has also refined the ‘Make’ procedure to ensure increased participation of the Indian industry. It has split the existing ‘Make’ category of projects into Make I and Make II. Under the Make I category, it will be the government that will finance majority (upto 90%) of the cost of production of defence equipments while under Make-II, the majority of the funding will be by the industry. Acknowledging the contributions of the Small and Medium Scale Industries in Defence Sector, quoting that many innovative ideas have come from these sectors, the defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the policy aims at enhancing the role of MSMEs in defence sector. This, he said, is one of the defining features of DPP. While releasing the policy, Parrikar said his ministry is proactively working in promoting the PM Narendra Modi’s Make in India. Parrikar said the DPP-2016 will provide a push to the ‘Make in India’ campaign. He said the Government has been proactive in its ‘Make in India’ initiative and desires to also include ‘Startup India’ which will find opportunities in Defence sector.