India Defence News Update
India Defence Online has reported on some interesting stories this past week that we have included links to below:
The Indian Ministry of Defence and the Indian Ministry of Commerce are at loggerheads regarding the limit of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence sector of India. As per the new Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy, which applies from April, the FDI in defence units has been capped to 26 per cent.
Jointness amongst the three Services of Armed Forces, cooperation and integration among them, future of Joint HQs, Joint Commands and Tri-Service Institutions will be the focus of the two-day Unified Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi, beginning April 16.
India’s first indigenously made jet engine ‘Kaveri’ is all set for a test flight next month. According to the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), the nodal laboratory for this program, the ‘Kaveri’ jet engine has finished all simulation and altitude tests and it will now be flight-tested on an Ilyushin-76 aircraft in Russia.
India and Belarus are fostering greater ties as Belarus will be conducting $2 million worth of research for the Indian Defence Ministry in the area of metallurgy. The State Science and Manufacturing Power Metallurgy Association, part of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, will be undertaking the research work for India.