Pentagon approves two technology transfer licences to India

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has approved two previously-stalled technology transfer licences to India and in an unprecedented move has set aside USD 20 million for strategic cooperative science and technology projects with New Delhi. :sarcastic::sarcastic:

While the decision in this regard was made just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit, the announcement was made by a top Pentagon official during the annual gala of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) on Thursday.

"What is critical now is that we agree on some projects that we can use to continue building our relationship. Good intentions must lead to tangible results, or the momentum we have built will fade," said Frank Kendall, under secretary of defence for acquisition, technology and logistics during his address at the event.

Kendall, who is Pentagon's point person for the India-US defence trade and technology initiative (DTTI), however, did not give details about the two licences approved by the US.

He said: "I have also set aside USD 20 million for strategic cooperative science and technology projects with India, something we have done with no other country."

Kendall, who accompanied defence secretary Chuck Hagel to India this summer, was highly appreciative of the developments and policy changes in India.

"It was very clear to secretary Hagel and me that a new wind was blowing in India — the monsoon had changed direction and intensity. Everyone we met, at all levels, was highly interested in opportunities for cooperation," Kendall said.

He said: "Modi made it clear to secretary Hagel that India was very interested in expanding its defence industry and increasing the level of technology that could be developed and manufactured in India. This sentiment was repeated at every level. The desire we felt to inject new momentum into this relationship and DTTI was echoed by those across the table."

Kendall said he and his Indian counterpart Mohan Kumar have agreed to establish a written framework for DTTI and to meet in person every six months.

"We also agreed that India would work to finalise approval of the renewal of the research, development, test and evaluation memorandum of agreement (RDT&E MoU) for signature during my November visit," he said.

The two have also agreed to continue efforts to identify specific co-development and co-production opportunities and that acting assistant secretary for research and engineering Al Shaffer would continue to work with scientific adviser to the minister of defence to develop specific science and technology projects.

"I believe both the US and Indian DTTI teams concluded our meetings feeling energised, focused and optimistic about future cooperation," he said.

Kendall refuted the notion that DTTI is an attempt to sell defence products to India, saying it is "just one facet of an initiative to build a deeper, closer, and broader relationship with one of the most important countries on earth."

Pentagon approves two technology transfer licences to India - The Times of India
 

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Which are the two previously-stalled technology transfer licences?
 

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1 of them Javelin for sure, second not sure, there are any number of considerations, could be the F-18 International for the MRCA, the CBU-105 sensor fused weapon (not sure if TOT was requested), can't think of any other possible deals where a large order was discussed or could it be a hush hush offer of the F-35 with local assembly and a good amount of TOT?
 

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I think they might be for a pencil and eraser :rolleyes: We cannot expect anything truly worthy !!

Btw, if they had been such imp ToT, he would not have kept mum on what they were all about.
 

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Bait and switch?

I would love to read speculative thoughts about these licenses, and potential use of the technology.
 

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For javelin me likey likey. Is there any chance they would cost less if made here? At the cost shown in wiki , we will not be able to use it for bunker busting across the border. Bunker busting because we may not be in a war involving tanks in near future
 

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This type of Sensor Fused Weapons are already being made by Egypt (SAKR-45A), Czech Republic (AGAT), among others. This is a warhead mounted on BM-21 Grad. I was doing some research on what might be behind the sheer accuracy and efficacy of the artillery used by the pro-Russia militia in Ukraine, after my discussion on artillery with @Bhadra. I stumbled upon these.

Sources:
BM-21 – Wikipedia
FSUE "Splav" SRPA" - 9M217 rocket projectile
 
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This type of Sensor Fused Weapons are already being made by Egypt (SAKR-45A), Czech Republic (AGAT), among others. This is a warhead mounted on BM-21 Grad. I was doing some research on what might be behind the sheer accuracy and efficacy of the artillery used by the pro-Russia militia in Ukraine, after my discussion on artillery with @Bhadra. I stumbled upon these.

Sources:
BM-21 – Wikipedia
FSUE "Splav" SRPA" - 9M217 rocket projectile


The use of the word "Sensor Fuzed " is correct or even if it was censor that would also mean fuze. Because the ultimate aim is to blast which is initiated by Fuze. How where and under what condition the fuze will be initiated is the function of the sensor. In most of the cases, both components are meshed together - Censor Fuze (a fuze based on censor) though technically percussion, or pressure or lack of pressure itself as a mechanical arrangement itself is a censor ( that which senses).

Accuracy is achived by thermal censors, radio censors, millimetric wave censors, that is use of radar technologies in censor and which is imbedded in fuze or separately.
 
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