India bans Chinese parts in its drones

Delhi has barred (on national security grounds) domestic drone producers from using Chinese parts, according to official documents seen by Reuters.

Officials are worried Beijing could exploit weaknesses in the drones’ cameras, radio transmission and software to gain access to Indian intel.

The move also comes as India seeks to reduce its reliance on imported military kit:

  • 🚀 Domestic production just crossed $12B for the first time, and
  • 💸 Delhi aims to place $100B in domestic orders in the next decade.

Intrigue’s take: The Russo-Ukraine War has made clear that drones are key. So the global military drone market is projected to more than double to $36B by 2030.

Drones are cheap, effective, and easily deployable. And this is exactly why governments like India want to develop domestic advantages, while ringfencing them from rivals.

Also worth noting:

Latest Author Articles
The geopolitics of UEFA football

With Europe’s UEFA men’s football (sorry, ‘soccer’) championship final happening this Sunday, what better time to have a look at the geopolitics of it all?

11 July, 2024
Why banks are closely following record-breaking Hurricane Beryl

With winds reaching 165 mph, Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Grenada and St Vincent on Monday and was upgraded to a Category 5 storm yesterday. 5 is the highest rating on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which is used to estimate potential property damage.

3 July, 2024
China’s Central Bank dips into bond market amid economic slump

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced on Monday that it was going to dip its toe into the open market and “borrow” Chinese government bonds from primary dealers.

2 July, 2024
What Julian Assange has left behind

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now a free man in his native Australia, after a deal with the US saw him plead guilty to one charge of seeking to obtain and disclose classified material.

27 June, 2024