Start-ups are the latest entrants in the defence manufacturing sector. They have greater access through the Innovations in Defence Excellence programme. The technologies developed by them will add to the Indian military’s operational and combat capabilities. Beyond the obvious market for the defence forces, there is also the huge homeland security market in India and abroad for the start-ups.
India’s preparedness in the decade of the 2020s for the imminent revolution in space affairs depends on mastering Industry 4.0. This is critical as space aspirations now define national interests – a marked change from the vanity-and-pride programmes of the first space age. This will also determine India’s space leadership for the rest of the 21st century
Indian companies are pursuing defence offsets and commercial aviation products, but bypassing the global space economy. To build on this market requires New Delhi to overhaul its space policy, ISRO to amend its policy on contracts, and Indian industry to share the risk and investment
Various unfavourable factors, attributed to both the government and the military, have resulted in dubbing India as the world’s largest arms importer. These factors – corruption, political interference and bureaucratic lethargy – have contributed to an absence of clarity on the use of arms in diplomacy.
South Asia Monitor published Xerxes Adrianwalla's article on India's expensive arms imports. He writes that India needs to shake off political interference and bureaucratic lethargy, and awaken its somnolent arms manufacturing sector to break away from expensive imports.
The job of forging partnerships while sustaining India’s interests is done by its ambassadors –and New Delhi has the unique distinction of sending two women ambassadors in a row to the US. A study of Indian envoy Meera Shankar’s tenure, and what awaits her successor –and former foreign secretary–Nirupama Rao.