IN­DIA’S WISH-LIST TO PEN­TAGON

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In­dia has asked the Pen­tagon for five key tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing ad­vanced high-al­ti­tude UAVs and ‘hot en­gines’ for its fighter jets, to bol­ster its de­fences, sources said.

New Delhi’s re­quest for de­tailed pro­pos­als and li­cence re­quire­ments un­der the bi­lat­eral de­fence tech­nol­ogy and trade ini­tia­tive were con­veyed to a vis­it­ing Pen­tagon del­e­ga­tion, sources said. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama vis­its In­dia in Jan­uary. While the De­fence Min­istry had de­cided on the four tech­nolo­gies it will ask for from the US, the decision on the fifth would be taken after talk­ing to the army, South Block sources said. On In­dia’s wish-list was ‘hot-en­gine tech­nol­ogy’ for in­dige­nous light com­bat air­craft Mark II to be pow­ered by GE-414 jet en­gine, sources said. This tech­nol­ogy al­lows fighter to op­er­ate in hot weather con­di­tions like in deserts with­out any pos­si­bil­ity of an en­gine fail­ure.

New Delhi is also keen on Raytheon-man­u­fac­tured “Sig­na­ture Aper­ture Radar” that can pen­e­trate thick forests, like the ones found in east­ern In­dia. Third on the list is the stealth-coat­ing tech­nol­ogy. The coat­ing dead­ens radar images and would give In­dian jets min­i­mum radar pro­file and max­i­mum sur­viv­abil­ity in hos­tile con­di­tions. In­dia is also ask­ing the Pen­tagon for long-en­durance high-al­ti­tude UAV, the Global Hawk, be­ing man­u­fac­tured by Northrop Grum­man. Equipped with syn­thetic aper­ture radar, the drone can fly at an al­ti­tude of 65,000 feet, stay air-bound for more than 14 hours and survey up to 40,000 sq km ter­rain in a day.

The De­fence Min­istry has also iden­ti­fied Tex­tron-man­u­fac­tured Scor­pion mu­ta­tion bomb used for pro­tect­ing mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions. The fi­nal decision would be based on the army’s in­puts, sources said.

The In­dian re­quest would now be taken up by the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore co­pro­duc­tion can be­gin un­der the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme, sources said.

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