French Minister for Armed Forces Visit to Western Naval Command

A thirteen member delegation headed by H.E. Mrs Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces visited Mumbai today. During the visit, H.E. Mrs Florence Parly interacted with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. Aspects related to maritime security cooperation, bilateral exercises, ship visits, training, equipment, technology and professional exchanges were discussed. Relations between France and India are being accorded priority by both sides as seen by the recent high-level interaction between the two countries. Defence cooperation has also witnessed increased emphasis by both sides….

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India and France to Strengthen Bilateral Defense Cooperation as a Key Pillar of Their Strategic Partnership

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman received the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Ms Florence Parly, in South Block today. Minister Parly is visiting India from 26-28 October, 2017 on her first official visit as the French Minister for the Armed Forces. The Ministers reviewed ongoing initiatives to further strengthen bilateral defense cooperation as a key pillar of the strategic partnership between India and France. They also discussed regional and international developments of mutual interest. A range of measures to expand military to military ties, including enhancing the scope of…

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RM Releases Coffee Table Book on Department of Defence Production

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman released a coffee table book on the Department of Defence Production (DDP), titled ‘A journey towards self-reliance’ here today. The first ever coffee table book on the department, it chronicles the post-independence years of development, indigenization and production of arms, ammunition and defense equipment, with a view to achieve self-reliance for the Armed Forces of India. Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, in her message printed in the book says, “The coffee table book is a noteworthy initiative of DDP to compile success stories of projects of OFB/…

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Indian authority shuts NGOs out from Alang yards

he NGO Shipbreaking Platform expresses dismay over the continued failure of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to be transparent and to grant civil society access to see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang. For the past two months, the GMB has turned a cold shoulder to repeated requests by the Platform, via the Indian member organization Toxics Link, to visit the shipbreaking yards on the tidal beach of Alang, where toxic vessels are broken without containment or stable platforms that other recycling methods provide. By…

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MoS Defence Says Indigenization Vital in Defence Sector

The Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre has said that the quest for indigenization must be the foremost concern of any organization as it is even more important in Defence sector as it leads to self-reliance which is critical to national security. He was inaugurating a seminar on Solutions to Problem Statements with a theme ‘Indigenous Technological Empowerment of the Indian Army’, here today. Dr. Bhamre stated that significance of indigenization must be fully absorbed by all stakeholders and must implement ‘Make in India’ in all future acquisition program. He…

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Grimaldi Group’s subsidiary ACL illegally exports toxic waste to South Asia, while authorities are inert

During the summer, the Swedish-flagged ATLANTIC CARTIER and ATLANTIC CONVEYOR, the two last G3 vessels operated by the Italian Grimaldi Group’s subsidiary Atlantic Container Line (ACL), were sold for demolition. The German competent authorities were alerted about the imminent illegal export of the ships from the port of Hamburg and prompted to take action to stop the vessels from departing. Despite the warnings and the clear signs that the ships were destined for scrap, the authorities did not halt the ships. The ATLANTIC CARTIER arrived in Alang, India, on the…

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India & Ukraine discuss potential partnership in the field of Shipbuilding

A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Shri Ravikant in New Delhi yesterday to discuss the potential for developing sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding. Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular. Secretary, Shipping Shri Ravikant invited Ukraine to send a group-cum-business…

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Sri Lanka Receives Naval Vessel from India

An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), earlier owned by the Indian Coast Guard has been officially handed over to Sri Lanka by the Indian Government. According to Navy media, the official handing over ceremony was held on Tuesday (05th September) at the Port of Kochi in India. The ceremony saw the ship being officially handed over to the Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge by the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Rajendra Singh. The 74.10m long and 11.4m wide OPV, has…

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Defence Secretary agrees closer cooperation with India

April 13, 2017 – Sir Michael attended today the first meeting as part of the 2015 Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP), with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley. The pair discussed UK-Indian defence industries, upcoming exercises and global security among other topics. The Defence counterparts jointly set out their ambitions to design, make, exercise, transform, train and co-operate together. They reaffirmed their intent for a stronger, deeper, wider relationship that delivers growth and jobs in the UK and India, improves regional security and supports both nations’ interests globally. UK Defence…

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Kaman Increases Stake in India Joint Venture with Kineco

March 30, 2017 – Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. (Kaman), a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation, and Kineco Limited (Kineco) today announced that Kaman has increased its stake in the parties’ Indian manufacturing joint venture Kineco Kaman Composites India Pvt. Ltd. (JV) to 49% from 26%. The Goa based JV manufactures advanced composite structures for aerospace, imaging/medical, and other industries for customers including BAE Systems, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. The announcement was jointly made today in Goa by Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaman…

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Defence Minister Hands Over Indigenous DRDO Naval Systems

March 24, 2017 – The Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley handed over three Naval Systems indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba here today. The Minister also released two other products developed by DRDO namely-based Secure Phone and the Gallium Nitride Technology. Speaking on the occasion Shri Jaitley remarked that DRDO is becoming an important instrument for self-reliance of the nation. He stated that some of the best innovations have come from the…

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Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill 2016

March 11, 2017 – The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues. It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance. The Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends upto territorial waters. Introduced during the winter session of Parliament,…

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UK Defence companies step up globally at Aero India 2017

February 13, 2017 – Mrs. Baldwin, the Minister for Defence Procurement, joins 20 UK companies at the aerospace exhibition held at Air Force Station Yelahanka. Showcasing some of the most innovative technology in the defense, aviation and security sectors, these cutting edge businesses will be forging long-lasting industrial partnerships and joint ventures with Indian companies. The visit builds on the Defence and International Security Partnership (DISP) agreed in November 2015. Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: The UK and India have much to offer one another in defense: from manufacturing…

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