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Airbus and Dassault to team up on combat fighter

Airbus and Dassault to team up on combat fighter Apr 26,2018

Airbus and Dassault Aviation announced Wednesday they intend to team up on the development of a French-German combat fighter, a project Paris and Berlin unveiled last year.The two firms “have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System,” or FCAS, which is intended to enter service by 2040, they said in a joint statement released at the Berlin air show. The French and German governments are expected to make an announcement during the air

Indian Navy inducts Landing Craft Utility Mk-IV ship

Indian Navy inducts Landing Craft Utility Mk-IV ship Apr 26,2018

Adding more teeth to its amphibious warfare capabilities, the Navy on Monday inducted a landing craft utility ship which will be deployed for a variety of activities including transporting battle tanks and other heavy weapons systems. The ship – LCU L52 – was commissioned by Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Jagdish Mukhi at an event in Port Blair. “The LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been

Pakistan Army chief visits Russia: Moscow courtship of Islamabad guided by concerns about New Delhi and Washington

Pakistan Army chief visits Russia: Moscow courtship of Islamabad guided by concerns about New Delhi and Washington Apr 26,2018

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Jawed Bajwa is in Moscow to meet Russian military and defence officials. General Bajwa’s visit follows a flurry of earlier visits to Moscow by Pakistani officials, at a time when Islamabad finds itself on back foot as the US has left no stone unturned to counter Pakistan: Be it at the Financial Action Task Force grey listing or putting the focus of the United Nations on the militant safe havens in Pakistan. Russia too finds itself at odds with

India lacked hard mind set against terrorists during Kandahar hijacking: Swamy

India lacked hard mind set against terrorists during Kandahar hijacking: Swamy Apr 26,2018

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said absence of a “hard mind set” against terrorism led the Indian government to ‘compromise’ during the 1999 Kandahar hijacking case by releasing three terrorists to secure the release of nearly 190 passengers. He asserted that there should be zero tolerance against terrorists.An Indian Airlines aircraft was hijacked from Kathmandu by terror group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in December, 1999. The flight landed in Amritsar and was subsequently taken to

Chilli bombs to tear gas, CRPF looks at alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir

Chilli bombs to tear gas, CRPF looks at alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir Apr 26,2018

Paramilitary forces engaged in battling stone-pelting protesters across Kashmir will shun pellet guns in favour of “soft-nosed” tear gas shells and chilli bombs, officials familiar with development have said. The tear gas shells, which have undergone successful trials, will have a softer plastic head aimed at reducing chances of inflicting grievous injuries on protesters. Chilli shells are already being used in the Valley. However, the Srinagar directorate of the Central Reserved Police

Auditors raise doubts over Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering’s future

Auditors raise doubts over Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering’s future Apr 26,2018

Auditors of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Naval and Engineering have raised doubts about the company’s ability to “continue as a going concern”. In its notes to the company’s 2017-18 earnings statement, auditors Pathak H.D. & Associates listed cash losses, erosion of network, loans being called back by secured lenders, current liabilities being substantially higher than assets and winding up petitions being filed by few operating creditors to raise its doubts. “These conditions indicate

India-US-Japan Malabar exercise at Guam in June

India-US-Japan Malabar exercise at Guam in June Apr 26,2018

The Indo-US-Japan Malabar series of naval exercise will take place in June at Guam in the western Pacific in which the US Navy will field its latest Nuclear powered super-carrier USS Ronald Regan whereas the Indian Navy will send three of its warships including a stealth frigate. From the Indian side, indigenous stealth frigate INS Sahyadri, anti-submarine stealth corvette INS Kamorta and a fleet tanker will participate in the exercise scheduled between June 7 and 15, sources told DH. The

India’s MoD delegation visited IL-76 Aircraft Plant in Russia

India’s MoD delegation visited IL-76 Aircraft Plant in Russia Apr 26,2018

India’s delegation led by Mr. Apurva Chandra, Director General Acquisition of the Ministry of Defense, on tour of defense facilities in Russia’s Privolzhsky Federal District visited Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP, constituting a part of the United Aircraft Corporation’s Transport Aviation Division. This reported by Rostec. Russian specialists made a detailed presentation of Russia’s state-of-the-art IL-76MD-90A and IL-78MK-90A aircraft. The rather high interest of foreign specialists in

Lockheed Martin sees India as next big aerospace, defence hub

Lockheed Martin sees India as next big aerospace, defence hub Apr 26,2018

US aerospace and defence major Lockheed Martin expects India to be next major defence and aerospace hub with several major deals set to be finalised with the Government and between Governments. The diversified company, which already has presence in India for more than 25 years, and now with a manufacturing/assembly facility, in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, in Hyderabad, is closely watching the progress of major defence deals, which could trigger development of the local

To blunt AK-47 bullets, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre now has lightweight bulletproof jacket

To blunt AK-47 bullets, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre now has lightweight bulletproof jacket Apr 26,2018

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay, has developed a lightweight bulletproof jacket that, according to researchers, is easier to wear and more comfortable than the ones in use. The institute has used a combination of ceramic and polymer to make the armor panel, which can resist bullets made of hard steel core, including AK-47 bullets. The team has used a combination of Boron Carbide, a widely used ceramic in nuclear reactors, and carbon nano tube polymer composite to make the

Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system Apr 26,2018

The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an 8×8 transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at the Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara, Balochistan Province, as part of the recently conducted naval exercise ‘Sealion III’. The missile,

Russia, Pakistan and China drawing closer but New Delhi need not worry yet; relationship remains transactional

Russia, Pakistan and China drawing closer but New Delhi need not worry yet; relationship remains transactional Apr 26,2018

There is a certain amount of smugness in Pakistani media reports that army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is in Russia, meeting with the chief of the Russian Ground Forces, who is technically his counterpart. Commander of Russian Federation Ground Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov may have the longer title and command larger forces, but he is hardly the virtual head of the country, as General Bajwa is, in his. The Pakistan media and the government — which nowadays is virtually the

Is Pakistan Seeking The S400 Missile Defence System from Russia?

Is Pakistan Seeking The S400 Missile Defence System from Russia? Apr 26,2018

Will Russia sell advanced S400 Missile Defence System to India’s arch rival Pakistan? Pakistan defence minister has confirmed that Russia and Pakistan are in talks about Islamabad buying the S400 Missile Defence System from Russia. The S400 Missile Defence System is an approach to strengthen the Russia-Pakistan strategic ties and cooperation. Along with the S400 Missile Defence System, Pakistan is also interested in purchasing the T-90 Tanks in the coming years, along with other efforts

Keeping Economy 1st : China urges Pakistan to keep tensions with India 'minimum'

Keeping Economy 1st : China urges Pakistan to keep tensions with India 'minimum' Apr 26,2018

China has asked Pakistan to engage with India to keep tensions between the two countries to a minimum in order to maintain a conducive environment for timely completion of various projects under the ongoing multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which forms a part of Beijing's ambitious transnational Belt Road Initiative (BRI).  An editorial published in Pakistan based English newspaper Daily Times read, "Keeping the economy first is a lesson that

Maoists had called Gadchiroli meeting to lift drooping morale

Maoists had called Gadchiroli meeting to lift drooping morale Apr 25,2018

The Maoists had called Sunday’s secret meeting in the Rela-Kasnasur jungle in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra to discuss raising the target for collection of protection money from tendu leaf (beedi) contractors and lift the drooping morale of the cadre following the surrender and killing of several activists in recent months. A special commando unit of Maharashtra police stormed the site of the meeting, sparking a gun battle in which 16 were killed; the bodies of 15 more Maoists have

Canada Police Detain Khalistani Militant Hardip Singh Nijjar After Amarinder’s ‘Terror’ List to Trudeau

Canada Police Detain Khalistani Militant Hardip Singh Nijjar After Amarinder’s ‘Terror’ List to Trudeau Apr 25,2018

Canadian authorities arrested Hardip Singh Nijjar to interrogate him for allegedly running training camps for terrorists in Canada and his alleged links with the ISI in Pakistan. Nijjar, who is one of the most wanted Khalistani terrorists by Punjab police, was rounded up on the basis of some crucial intelligence input provided by the Indian Government and later released after questioning. He has been put under strict surveillance for his anti-India activities. Punjab police had earlier alleged

Boeing’s Make in India pitch for selling 110 jets to Indian Air Force

Boeing’s Make in India pitch for selling 110 jets to Indian Air Force Apr 25,2018

A strong ‘Make in India’ theme will be behind US aircraft maker Boeing’s pitch for the Indian Air Force’s order for 110 fighter jets. The order, worth around Rs 800 billion, seeks commitment from vendors to supply sensitive technologies as well to carry out a bulk of manufacturing in India. For the current order, Boeing has tied up with Mahindra Defe­nce System and Hindu­stan Aero­na­utics Limited for producing F/A-18 Super Hornets. “The RFI (request for information) is much

Lockheed to Sweeten India Fighter Jet Bid With F-35 Technology

Lockheed to Sweeten India Fighter Jet Bid With F-35 Technology Apr 25,2018

Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide latest combat jet technologies including a target tracking device aboard the F-16 aircraft that it plans to offer to India in its bid for the world’s largest order from the Indian Air Force. The global defense giant will offer jets equipped with the advanced radar which is fitted on its fifth-generation combat jet, the F-35, as well as a helmet-mounted tracking system and a new radio data link system, Vivek Lall, vice president for strategy and business

Indian Air Force lacks squadron strength to tackle a two-front emergency war

Indian Air Force lacks squadron strength to tackle a two-front emergency war Apr 25,2018

With a skewed squadron strength and a limited number of fighter jets, the Indian Air force would be taking close to two days in shifting focus from Pakistan to China in case of an emergency two-front war situation. However, with a squadron strength of 42, the IAF can smoothly shift its focus from the northern frontier to the western frontier. This lessons came after the recent Gagan Shakti exercise testing the Air Force’s capability. “With a full strength of 42, the Air Force can launch

India and Mongolia to jointly combat terror, boost trade

India and Mongolia to jointly combat terror, boost trade Apr 25,2018

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday discussed terrorism with her Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar and the two agreed to collaborate to confront those who design and support terror outfits. Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in the Mongolian capital here on Tuesday after wrapping up her China visit, also called upon the country’s business community to seize economic opportunities from India’s growth. She is here to co-chair the sixth round of the India-Mongolia Joint