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Army to resume M777 trials

Army to resume M777 trials Jul 17,2018

The Army will resume the trials of the U.S.-made M777 Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) in Pokhran firing range. The trials were suspended last September after barrel of a gun burst during firing. A defence official said they had received four guns for the trials. “Firing will resume this month and continue in August. Local ammunition will be used and tentatively 100-150 rounds will be fired,” the official said. In November 2016, India signed a deal with the U.S. government under the Foreign

UK unveils new 6th Generation fighter called Tempest

UK unveils new 6th Generation fighter called Tempest Jul 17,2018

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit. “This is a strategy to keep control of the air, both at

Should the Army have taken Rahul Gandhi along while carrying out surgical strikes, asks Manohar Parrikar

Should the Army have taken Rahul Gandhi along while carrying out surgical strikes, asks Manohar Parrikar Jul 17,2018

Hitting out at Opposition for raising doubts over the surgical strikes by the Indian Army at Pakistani posts in 2016, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday asked whether the security forces should have taken Rahul Gandhi along while executing the operation. “What do the opposition parties claim? That they (surgical strikes) were not carried out. Look at the negativity. Should I have taken you (Opposition) along? Should I have told the army that take Rahul Gandhi along and carry out

Army Working On Major Reform Initiative For “Leaner And Meaner” Force

Army Working On Major Reform Initiative For “Leaner And Meaner” Force Jul 17,2018

The Indian Army is working on a major reform initiative under which structural changes may be brought in to make the force ‘leaner and meaner’.Official sources said a high-level committee is currently considering various options including cadre restructuring as part of the initiative. They said the aim of the exercise is aimed at readying a larger talent pool for crucial tasks and bringing down the age of those commanding key formations.They said the committee is also examining various

ISRO Prepares For Several Rocket Launches Towards The End of 2018

ISRO Prepares For Several Rocket Launches Towards The End of 2018 Jul 17,2018

The Indian space agency will have a busy year-end with several rocket launches planned from its rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, said a top official. The GSAT-11 satellite, which had been recalled from Arianespace’s rocket port in French Guiana for further tests, is also expected to be put into orbit by Arianespace’s rocket Ariane by the year-end, the official said. “The calendar year-end will be a busy one for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), launching satellites

Upgraded Vikas engine will soon boost ISRO’s rockets

Upgraded Vikas engine will soon boost ISRO’s rockets Jul 17,2018

All three satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to add muscle to their spacecraft lifting power in upcoming missions this year. The space agency has improved the thrust of the Vikas engine that powers all of them. The agency said the high-thrust engine qualified on Sunday after a ground test lasting 195 seconds (over three minutes). Main beneficiary The main beneficiary of the high-thrust Vikas engine is said to be the heavy-lifting GSLV-Mark III

Analyst Outlines Three Reasons Why US Doesn’t Want India to Buy Russia’s S-400

Analyst Outlines Three Reasons Why US Doesn’t Want India to Buy Russia’s S-400 Jul 17,2018

While India is pushing ahead with the purchase of S-400 Triumf, Russia’s cutting-edge air defense system, the US has a number of reasons to blow a fuse over the deal, Rakesh Krishnan Simha, New Zealand-based journalist, foreign affairs analyst and military observer, told Sputnik. Speaking to Sputnik, Rakesh Krishnan Simha, journalist, foreign affairs analyst and military observer has explained why Washington is deeply displeased with New Delhi’s acquisition of the Russian-made S-400 air

Future of India’s Supercarrier Program Still Uncertain

Future of India’s Supercarrier Program Still Uncertain Jul 15,2018

The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has still not approved plans to move forward with the acquisition of the Indian Navy’s first supercarrier, the future 65,000-ton flattop INS Vishal, the second ship of the Vikrant-class, according to Indian media reports. As of this month, the MoD has not issued a so-called Acceptance of Necessity note, the first official step in procuring a new defense platform. The principal two reasons for the delay are difficulties with the carrier’s design and the

India working on extended range Brahmos Missile, test later this month to validate service life

India working on extended range Brahmos Missile, test later this month to validate service life Jul 15,2018

India is planning to test its Brahmos missiles later this month, according to a senior executive. Next week Delhi will conduct a test to “validate service life extension” of the missile, according to Sudhir Kumar Mishra, the head of BrahMos Aerospace, the company set up to develop the missile. Mishra made his comments to Press Trust of India. The test will attempt to increase the life of the missile from ten to fifteen years, according to PTI. “The test-firing will allow the armed

In Bangladesh, Rajnath takes up terrorism, Rohingya

In Bangladesh, Rajnath takes up terrorism, Rohingya Jul 15,2018

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday held an “extremely fruitful” meeting with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina during which the two leaders discussed issues of mutual concern, including the menace of terrorism. Singh arrived here on Friday on a three-day visit. “Had an extremely fruitful meeting with the PM of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka today. We discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest,” Singh tweeted after his meeting with Hasina at her

Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution

Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution Jul 15,2018

Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static weaponry, are at their best only when their key attributes are in sync. Their entire story, which dates from much before they first trundled on to the battlefield in World War I — as this book shows — hinges on the development and

India-make equipment costlier, MoD asks why

India-make equipment costlier, MoD asks why Jul 15,2018

Startled at how indigenously produced military equipment was costing more than the same equipment if supplied by foreign makers, the Ministry of Defence has set up a committee to examine how the Indian public sector companies arrive at the cost of each equipment supplied to the armed forces. Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman said: “I have asked a panel to look into the costing of products manufactured by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).” The Indian Air Force offered to get

J-K: Army Chief reviews security situation at Akhnoor Sector

J-K: Army Chief reviews security situation at Akhnoor Sector Jul 15,2018

Continuing with his approach to meet all the commanders up to the local level, General Bipin Rawat on Saturday visited the Akhnoor Sector.T he Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, accompanied by Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command was briefed by Lieutenant General Saranjeet Singh, GOC (Division Commander) White Knight Corps, and Major General MK Mago, GOC (Division Commander) Crossed Swords Division and other Formation Commanders on the operational

Swamy dubs litigator ‘Hindu hater’ for Hindu Taliban comment

Swamy dubs litigator ‘Hindu hater’ for Hindu Taliban comment Jul 15,2018

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday stated that the litigant who argued in the Supreme Court that the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by ‘Hindu Taliban’ was uncultured and a hater of Hindus. Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “The person who is arguing today, he is a person who is a hater of Hindus; he was brought up by English money in London; he foams in the mouth, and you can say he is totally uncultured.” “I’m not surprised that he doesn’t care

India tells the United States We are buying Russia missile system

India tells the United States We are buying Russia missile system Jul 15,2018

India has told the United States that it will go ahead with the procurement of the S-400 Russian missile system despite the threat of sanctions by Washington under the recently passed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). “With Russia, we have had a continuous relationship of defence procurement of seven decades. We told the US Congress delegation which met me in Delhi that this it is US legislation and not a UN law,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said

India expected to be $10 Trillion Economy by 2030

India expected to be $10 Trillion Economy by 2030 Jul 14,2018

Indian economy is on a stage of "take off" and is expected to be the world's third largest by 2030 with GDP worth $10 trillion, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said on Saturday. "Good days are ahead and lot of good work is happening in the economy. The economy is on a stage of take off where Indians can legitimately hold their heads high," he said here. In the first 40 years of independence, the country hardly grew at 3.5 per cent and today, 7-8 per cent is the norm, Garg said

Soldier injured by Pakistan sniper firing along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

Soldier injured by Pakistan sniper firing along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir Jul 14,2018

A soldier was injured when he was reportedly shot by a Pakistani sniper from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said today. The incident took place last evening when the soldier was manning a forward post in Akhnoor sector’s Khour area, they said. He suffered a bullet injury in his upper body area. The soldier was shifted to the Command Hospital in Udhampur after initial treatment at the local military hospital, officials said. He was

IAF maintenance commmand chief pitches for more indigenisation

IAF maintenance commmand chief pitches for more indigenisation Jul 14,2018

A top IAF official today stressed the need for indigenising more aircraft components by the personnel of maintenance depots for greater self-reliance of the country in defence products. Air Marshal Hemanth Sharma, Air Officer Commanding In Chief of the IAF Maintenance Command, stated this during his maiden visit to the 5 Base Repair Depot (BRD) at nearby Sulur Airforce station. Taking note of the progress made by the depot in indigenising aircraft parts, he urged the personnel to be

Pakistan chooses Turkish T129 attack helos to replace aging fleet

Pakistan chooses Turkish T129 attack helos to replace aging fleet Jul 14,2018

Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed a deal for 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 ATAK helicopter gunships, according to a statement by Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries.The T129 is a development of the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta. Among other features, it includes Turkish sensors and weaponry and powerful engines to boost hot and high capabilities, something essential for Turkey’s operational environment, but which also clinched selection of the type for

IAI’s Taxibot to be deployed at Indian airports

IAI’s Taxibot to be deployed at Indian airports Jul 14,2018

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered an agreement with KSU of India for operating TaxiBot vehicles at New Delhi and Mumbai airports. The contract will be implemented in two stages. In the first phase, TaxiBot vehicles will be delivered to the airports and run in a controlled trial until end 2018. The second phase will involve the delivery of 38 additional vehicles in four years to New Delhi and Mumbai airports as well as to the general Indian market. India’s aviation market has