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We will make sure our exports grow with time, our weapons platform are maturing rapidly, with local requirements are fulfilling fast, we can export soon now.... Brahmos is a good example.
Aakash will be next as BDL is in talks to export it.
Radars will be very obvious choice for export too...
soon we will not be selling only the aircraft but entire weapons package with it.

and yes, i want to see more mocking as you guys spend time in mocking we will build more weapons and export it :p:
 

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Buy weapons from us, India says as it pushes exports to compete with China in neighbourhood

Modi govt is learnt to have decided to present itself as an ‘alternative to China’ in providing quality defence items to nations in Indian Ocean Region, ASEAN.

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New Delhi: It’s a strategic outreach perfected by the big powers, including by China in India’s neighbourhood. Now, New Delhi has set out to join the bandwagon – of countries that seek to expand their reach and influence by offering arms and military equipment on sale to smaller nations that depend on imports to meet their needs.

India is increasingly reaching out to countries in the neighbourhood, the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and ASEAN that mostly depend on China for defence procurements, and is positioning itself as a more “reliable security partner” under the overarching Indo-Pacific strategic initiative, multiple government sources have told ThePrint.


The Narendra Modi government, the highly placed sources said, has taken a decision that it will be making a serious effort in presenting itself as an “alternative to China” when it comes to providing quality defence items. This, the sources added, will not only help New Delhi check China’s policy of encircling India but also bolster its image as a security partner for friendly countries.
Sources said it will also provide a massive push to the Prime Minister’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ Mission, or the policy of self-reliance, in the defence sector.

As part of its intention to emerge as the preferred military partner for IOR and Africa, India has come out with a list of 152 defence items that are available to friendly nations. This includes the Tejas fighter aircraft, Dhruv and Rudra choppers, besides the Light Combat Helicopter, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, and the Akash air defence systems.


Apart from this, the sources said, India is also looking to secure military bases in some countries located within the Indo-Pacific region in an effort to become a “net security provider”.

India’s plans to increase its defence footprint in countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, among others, as it puts greater focus on securing the maritime domain, amid China’s growing military adventurism not just in the Himalayas but also in the seas.

Speaking to ThePrint, defence and security experts said India’s push comes late but is welcome nevertheless. China, they said, had left India with no option but to go down this route.


Also Read: BrahMos, Tejas, artillery guns, grenades & more — India ready with defence export list

Big export push

India, sources said, has told countries within its immediate neighbourhood and some of its ASEAN (Association for Southeast Asian Nations) partners as well as a few African countries to consider making defence purchases, be it guns, tanks and choppers, or other equipment, from New Delhi even as they approach China with such demands.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said every region has its own dynamics. Thus, while the IOR countries require helicopters, naval vessels, coastal radars and air defence systems, the African continent offers opportunities for land systems and small arms besides radars and rotary wings, both armed and unarmed.

The defence attaches posted at Indian missions have been instructed to work “more closely” with the defence forces in their respective country of operation to explore potential export opportunities, the sources said.

During last month’s Aero India showcase, India had pitched itself as a defence partner to countries in the IOR.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India was ready to supply various types of weapons systems to other countries, a stark difference from India’s earlier policy of focusing on its soft power alone.

R. Madhavan, chairman of the state-run defence manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), said in February that India is actively scouting for export potential for the Tejas at a vanilla price of Rs 309 crore per aircraft, as countries from Southeast Asia and West Asia have evinced interest.

Rajiv Bhatia, a distinguished fellow at Gateway House, a Mumbai-based foreign policy think tank, said “this is a policy on the right lines”. “We’ve come a long way from the Nehruvian or the Indira Gandhian idea of doing everything for partner countries but to sell arms. But now we have no choice,” he added.

Bharat Karnad, a research professor at the Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and a national security expert, said India is “already too late in trying to square China”.

“It has already encircled us. But we can come into the picture even now by providing quality products which the Chinese don’t want to give or don’t have. Had we equipped the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam with BrahMos missiles about 30 years back, we could have finished the chapter on the South China Sea then and there,” he added, referring to the maritime conflicts triggered by Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.

Over the past few years, China has emerged as one of the largest defence exporters along with the US, Russia, France and Germany. Besides armed drones, China is exporting fighter aircraft, missiles, small arms and even submarines.

Latest data from Swedish arms watchdog SIPRI shows that exports by China decreased by 7.8 per cent between 2011-15 and 2016-20. Even so, it was the world’s fifth largest arms exporter in 2016-20.

Chinese arms exports accounted for 5.2 per cent of the total arms exports in the time period from 2016-20. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria were the largest recipients of Chinese arms, SIPRI said in its latest report published Monday.

Indian military bases
India is currently engaged in developing a military base on the Agalega Island in Mauritius and a naval base at Seychelles’ Assumption Island, to boost its maritime presence.

“This development is a manifestation of Modi’s 2016 vision for the Indian Ocean, articulated as Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” stated a report by the Lowy Institute, an Australia-based think tank, earlier this month.

According to the report, the new base that is coming up in Mauritius will be “essential for facilitating both air and surface maritime patrols in the south-west Indian Ocean, and as an intelligence outpost”.

In February, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar visited Mauritius and the Maldives in an effort to boost trade as well as defence ties.

India and the Maldives subsequently signed an agreement to “develop, support and maintain” a Coast Guard harbour at Sifvaru.

The neighbourhood focus was also borne out by Army chief General M.M. Naravane and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K. Bhadauria’s visits to nations such as Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent days.

This year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to the formation of Bangladesh, the latter sent a contingent of its armed forces to participate in the Republic Day parade, for the first time.

India, meanwhile, sent two of its warships to Bangladesh’s Mongla ports to celebrate ‘Mujib Borsho’ — birth centenary celebrations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, their ‘Father of the Nation’ — and for the golden jubilee of the 1971 war.









“China has left us with no option but to set up military infrastructure in other countries. If we have to compete with them, this is something we have to do,” said Bhatia. “But we also have to procure the land for such bases in a manner that there is local support.”

Also Read: Modi govt made defence exports jump 700%. Now it must radically reform ordnance factories
Pricing issues

Defence ministry figures show that India more than doubled its defence exports between FY18 and FY19, to Rs 10,745 crore from Rs 4,682 crore.

So far, India has shied away from exporting weapons and believed in creating strategic heft through soft power. However, the government has now come around to seeing the benefit of military exports in building strategic heft.

But pricing is a major concern. While India may be ready to export defence items to other countries, it may not be possible for the intended buyers to make the purchases as they look to bounce back from the economic hit of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To this end, defence sources said, India can look at different financing options, including extended Lines of Credit (LoC). The focus, the sources added, is also on maintenance and servicing and not just delivery.

Earlier this month, India’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Shambhu Kumaran, told a local news channel there that New Delhi is willing to offer soft loans for their defence requirements.

The Philippines could eventually emerge as the first export destination for the BrahMos cruise missiles. While India has increased the range and is working on enhancing it further, the export variant will have a 290-km range.

“Russia used to give us ‘friendship prices’, we can follow that model. We can give our friends the armaments they need and we can buy something they want to sell us in exchange. We can have currency arrangements…” said Karnad.

“We continue to be on a slippery slope. Look, China is now all over the place. Our entire military effort got wasted on the western front and we lost focus of China. But we cannot waste any more time,” he added.
(Edited by Sunanda Ranjan)


Buy weapons from us, India says as it pushes exports to compete with China in neighbourhood (theprint.in)
India can secure some decent sales from South Asian countries specially Bangladesh specially when a pro Indian PM Hasina is in power. Nepal and Sri Lanka might be a harder sell though, it leaves Burma and Maldives in South east and Afghanistan and some African countries too.
opportunities are definitely there.
 

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**** beggars should not talk about economy - what is your projection for 2021? Keep begging your entire life. Be it be Imran or Nawaz, the best you can achieve is a begging bowl.

Pakistan economy to return to growth in 2021: Moody's report - News | Khaleej Times

And as for India:
FY22 outlook: Moody’s raises India growth forecast to 13.7% - The Financial Express

Keep begging your entire life. Our increase in GDP in a single year will be more than total GDP of Pakistan - keep begging to China and Saudi.
how hard has Indian economy crashed during pandemic vs Pakistan? Growth in FY22 depends on that. you must be one of those thousands PHD scholars who have applied for Peon job in your glorious country.
 

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**** beggars should not talk about economy - what is your projection for 2021? Keep begging your entire life. Be it be Imran or Nawaz, the best you can achieve is a begging bowl.

Pakistan economy to return to growth in 2021: Moody's report - News | Khaleej Times

And as for India:
FY22 outlook: Moody’s raises India growth forecast to 13.7% - The Financial Express

Keep begging your entire life. Our increase in GDP in a single year will be more than total GDP of Pakistan - keep begging to China and Saudi.

😅😂
 

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India can secure some decent sales from South Asian countries specially Bangladesh specially when a pro Indian PM Hasina is in power. Nepal and Sri Lanka might be a harder sell though, it leaves Burma and Maldives in South east and Afghanistan and some African countries too.
opportunities are definitely there.
they gave us a 500 million USD line of credit back in 2017. We haven't used it and we will not acquire armaments from them.
Most of our equipment is of chinese origin (BA and BN) . BN uses frigates and subs made in china. The submarine base is being made by chinese ,so any future subs will come from them.
BA tanks , artillery and SAM are from PRC.
Bangladesh gets reliable and cost effective equipment from China so there is no question of purchasing weaponry made by India unless some ppl want to dream.
 

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yes one should buy indian weapons but did not use them . for example :lol:




Ecuador to India: Take back your choppers
IndiaNDTV CorrespondentUpdated: October 29, 2009 6:43 pm IST
Ecuador to India: Take back your choppers



New Delhi: A day after the crash of an Indian made Dhruv helicopter in Ecuador at a military parade, front page newspaper reports in the country say the helicopter is unfit for service and the remaining six Dhruvs in the country could be returned to India.

For Hindustan Aeronautics, the manufacturers of the chopper, this is bad news as it tries to break into international markets with its flagship helicopter.

Other dailies on the newspaper have questioned the $49 million deal to acquire the helicopters from India altogether.

Even two days after the crash, there is no official statement from HAL, even though the Ecuadorian Air Force has not ruled out the possibility of pilot error.

What's clear is that the timing of the crash is bad news for HAL. Ecuador is the Dhruv's biggest international customer as HAL struggles to break into foreign markets.

So the Dhruv has been sold or leased in very low numbers despite being 30 per cent cheaper than Western types. As per now, only nine Dhruvs operate in Nepal, Israel, and Ecuador. Chile has rejected the helicopter, but Peru and Turkey are likely to acquire a total of five.

 

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Indians armed forces do not want to buy made in India weapons, under this circumstance its kinda hard to convince other nations to buy the said weapons.
 
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Bruh just accept it , India has been doomed from the start and now it's riddled with corruption and division which leads to the hinder of national development.

Can you guys guess who's India's biggest enemy is ?

Nope not Pakistan
Nope not China
Nope not the British Empire
Nope not Bangladesh
Nope not the Aliens

It's Indians themselves , they chose to do this and most successful Indians left India and became successful in that foreign nation
lol ............:rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

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My Question is What india will offer Most economic, advance, or deadly?

What India will offer against FC-31/J-20/J10? You people can't even compete with JF-17. Wakeup dude China is in 5th generation league of FAs.
Switch off you Chinese phone and take at-least 10hrs sleep.
it will be making a serious effort
In a short period of time? I thinks!

“net security provider”.
A country itself is just banged by it's neighbor willing to provide security. Where are you from.

there is no question of purchasing weaponry made by India
Bro you nailed it. Can't you wait for a moment to let them dream more.
 
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India with gunpoint: buy weapons from us as you are our neighbors...you know who am I.

Neighbors: even the gun pointing was made in India, so nothing doing, won't fire.
 

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