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General Atomics considers India

Next-generation military weapons development could be headed overseas

Illustration of firing capability of an electromagnetic rail gun
Illustration of firing capability of an electromagnetic rail gun

Aided by a friendly business climate cultivated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, San Diego–based General Atomics is exploring avenues to shift production and development of next-generation military weaponry and infrastructure to his country, according to a weekend report from India's Financial Express.

The company has already retained the services of Vivek Lall, who has in the past worked for Boeing, Raytheon, and NASA, among others. The Financial Express reports that Lall met with Modi during a recent trip to Washington DC to promote the prime minister's "Make in India" campaign to attract business.

Lall is employed with the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems wing of the company, which is exploring the military application of electromagnetic rail guns, which can launch missiles and other projectiles without the use of explosives. The technology could also replace steam-powered catapults in launching fighter planes from aircraft carriers.

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Illustration of firing capability of an electromagnetic rail gun
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Aided by a friendly business climate cultivated by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, San Diego–based General Atomics is exploring avenues to shift production and development of next-generation military weaponry and infrastructure to his country, according to a weekend report from India's Financial Express.

The company has already retained the services of Vivek Lall, who has in the past worked for Boeing, Raytheon, and NASA, among others. The Financial Express reports that Lall met with Modi during a recent trip to Washington DC to promote the prime minister's "Make in India" campaign to attract business.

Lall is employed with the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems wing of the company, which is exploring the military application of electromagnetic rail guns, which can launch missiles and other projectiles without the use of explosives. The technology could also replace steam-powered catapults in launching fighter planes from aircraft carriers.

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War profiteering American style goes Indian.

So they make profit off technology developed for the DoD and sell it to a foreign power.

While this seems un-American it for sure is capitalism.

Oct. 27, 2014

What a great idea! lets outsource our weapons manufacturing to India, what could go wrong?

Oct. 27, 2014

Offshoring has officially jumped the shark.

Oct. 27, 2014

I suppose the Pakistani's will want some of this work as well so they can keep up with their nuclear neighbors. Didn't we used to have prohibitions on exporting military technology?

Oct. 27, 2014

And one wonders why the middle class is shrinking and why the top 1% is doing so well.

Oct. 27, 2014

This makes perfectly good sense if you remember it is the Blue(s) brothers who own and run GA. Nothing is too outrageous for them to consider and do. But, since they are utterly dependent upon federal funding for their ventures, if DoD says no, that will be the end of it. But, hey, can you blame the guys for trying?

Oct. 27, 2014

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