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The Military Industrial Complex
August 22, 2017
Defence firms eye billion-dollar chance for 'made in India'
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India. The world's largest defence importer has announced a new policy inviting foreign defence manufacturers to set up shop as minority partners in India. It initiated the bidding process for submarines in July. Such deals would boost job creation and bring key defence technologies into India. Foreign ... read more

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