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Security forces nab NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K) militants in Arunachal

Security forces nab NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K) militants in Arunachal Apr 25,2018

Security forces have nabbed two militants of different factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland during separate operations in Arunachal Pradesh, a defence spokesman said. Arms and ammunition were found from their possession and the cadre confessed their plans of extortion from the locals, the spokesman said. The Assam Rifles personnel nabbed NSCN(IM) cadre Wangphai Wangsu from Longding district yesterday and NSCN (K) militant Wangphiak Lowang from Muktwa village in Tirap district

Insight: Indian helicopter dreams produce nightmares

Insight: Indian helicopter dreams produce nightmares Apr 25,2018

The Indian military’s seemingly endless pursuit of new helicopters is a sorry tale of woe for both the armed forces and for foreign OEMs wanting to cash in on this large market. Attempting to make sense of where current requirements are at, Shephard spoke to a number of helicopter companies at DefExpo 2018 earlier this month and was told of five major requirements. First is the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) project, where 111 aircraft to be built under the ‘Make in India’ policy are

IAF pushes for faster production of Tejas after Gagan Shakti-2018

IAF pushes for faster production of Tejas after Gagan Shakti-2018 Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force’s pan-India exercise Gagan Shakti-2018, for practising war-time drills witnessed the IAF pushing the limits of its every fighter aircraft, including the Tejas, which entailed conducting six sorties per day on all of them, totalling to about 9,000 sorties. For the Tejas, this is a good development as the IAF usually sticks to around three sorties per day on every Tejas. However, the Tejas was not without problems and had developed snags during the exercise, top IAF

Parmanu: John Abraham starrer gets new release date, will hit screens on May 25

Parmanu: John Abraham starrer gets new release date, will hit screens on May 25 Apr 25,2018

John Abraham and Diana Penty starrer Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran has got a new release date. The Dishoom actor took to his Twitter handle to make the announcement about the development. Along with the date, John, who is co-producing the film, shared a new poster of it as well. “The road to becoming a nuclear state is full of challenges. Making history is never easy! Here’s the new poster of #Parmanu. Film releases May 25th #1Month2Parmanu ,” tweeted John. The film, which has been

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel shot dead in Kashmir

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel shot dead in Kashmir Apr 25,2018

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Patel was shot dead by militants in South Kashmir’s Rajpora area on Wednesday, ANI reported. Patel was travelling in his car when he was attacked by the militants. Two of his Personal Security Officers (PSO) were also injured in the attack. The militants fled with their service rifles after shooting Patel. A police official said Patel, a resident of Shadimarg area, succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital. He added that both the injured policemen are

Russia Says Deal To Supply India S-400 Missiles Likely This Year: Report

Russia Says Deal To Supply India S-400 Missiles Likely This Year: Report Apr 25,2018

Russia said today that it expects to sign a mega deal with India this year on the sale of S-400 surface-to-air missiles, the Interfax news agency reported.It cited Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation as saying that all the technical aspects of the contract have been agreed upon and a price just needed to be decided. “I think that in the current year we will sign the corresponding contract document,” Interfax quoted Dmitry Shugaev, the head of the Federal Service

SOON HAVE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST NUKE STOCKPILE

SOON HAVE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST NUKE STOCKPILE Apr 25,2018

WASHINGTON D.C.: Pakistan is well on its way to amassing the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile and its decision to deploy low-yield (5 to 10 kiloton) battlefield weapons, represents a dangerous new strategy that could have a telling impact on South Asia's future stability, claims a military history and world affairs expert. In an article written for the www.military.com website, Joseph V. Micallef, a best-selling military history and world affairs author and a keynote speaker,

Gadchiroli success sets stage to end Naxalite violence in 4 years

Gadchiroli success sets stage to end Naxalite violence in 4 years Apr 25,2018

NEW DELHI: The killing of 37 Maoists in an encounter in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district is seen as a positive outcome of a recalibrated counter-Naxal strategy, where intelligence-based strikes have replaced area domination exercises that often left security forces vulnerable to ambush attacks. The encounter, a senior home ministry official pointed out, exhibited how forces can launch an aggressive assault on Maoists based on pinpointed intelligence, while taking all precautions to avoid or

China pledges to stand by Pakistan ‘FOREVER’

China pledges to stand by Pakistan ‘FOREVER’ Apr 25,2018

China has vowed to standby Pakistan ‘forever’ amid Islamabad’s tension with the United States and India. Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif and Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan are in China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s ministers meetings aimed at preparing for the SCO heads of state and governments Qingdao summit to be held in June 2018. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the meetings on the sidelines with the Chinese leaders

Chinese Military Is Equipping Its Carrier-Based Aircraft with Drones Using AI

Chinese Military Is Equipping Its Carrier-Based Aircraft with Drones Using AI Apr 25,2018

This month, the Global Times reported that China’s military is seeking to equip its carrier-based manned aircraft with drones using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The move is said to be an attempt by China to compete with the United States’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. Chief engineer of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC)'s Shi Wen told a press conference in Beijing this month that the new program is making “efforts to promote

Suicide Attack Pakistan’s Quetta kill 8 Policemen, 23 injured

Suicide Attack Pakistan’s Quetta kill 8 Policemen, 23 injured Apr 25,2018

At least eight policemen were killed and 23 others injured on Tuesday in three separate suicide attacks within an hour targeting security personnel in Pakistan's restive south-western Balochistan province. One suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police truck on Airport Road in the provincial capital Quetta, killing at least eight security personnel and injuring 15 others, rescue and security officials were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. "It is a suicide attack,"

A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia

A first: India, Pak to be part of SCO military drill in Russia Apr 25,2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday made it official that India will participate in a multi-nation military exercise to be conducted in Russia in September this year. Notably, the exercise will involve China and also Pakistan, India’s edgy and acrimonious western neighbour. The exercise in Russia is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India, China, Russia and Pakistan, among several other countries, are part of the SCO — bloc of largely Asian countries. India

ISRO recalls mega GSAT-11 from Kourou for re-tests

ISRO recalls mega GSAT-11 from Kourou for re-tests Apr 25,2018

Just over a fortnight after flying GSAT-11 out to Kourou for launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation has recalled the heaviest communication satellite it has built. The reason is said to be for conducting additional technical checks in Bengaluru, where it was built. The 5,700-kg high-throughput or Internet broadband satellite had reached French Guiana in South America on March 30 and was slated for launch on May 26 (IST), according to its launch agency Arianespace. ISRO’s spokesman

India-made Tejas proves its mettle in IAF’s biggest combat exercise

India-made Tejas proves its mettle in IAF’s biggest combat exercise Apr 25,2018

Notwithstanding few snags they developed during Indian Air Force (IAF) combat exercise Gagan Shakti, a fleet of eight indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft convinced the top brass of the IAF that the homemade combat jet is ready for operation. Tejas LCA undertook 6 sorties a day. Each mission, lasting for 45 minutes on the lower side to one and half hours, proved the indigenous fighter jet’s efficiency in an operational role. There were technical snags, but none were repetitive in nature.

IAF tests capability to handle nuclear, biological war with Gagan Shakti

IAF tests capability to handle nuclear, biological war with Gagan Shakti Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) tested its capability in dealing with a possible scenario of nuclear and biological warfare during a 13-day-long mega military exercise whose aim was to sharpen its war waging capability in the wake of fast evolving regional security situation. Official sources said the focus of the Gagan Shakti exercise from April 8-20 was to check the viability of IAF’s operational plans to deal with any kind of challenge including nuclear warfare and a possible situation of a

LCA Tejas has capability to engage hostile fighter jets: IAF

LCA Tejas has capability to engage hostile fighter jets: IAF Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday said that the home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas have performed well in the recently concluded 14-day ‘Gaganshakti’ exercise and also have ability to intercept and engage hostile fighter jets. “We have done trials and validation of operational efficiency of LCA Tejas. We were able to generate six sorties per platform per day. In this exercise, we had deployed eight platforms,” said an IAF official who was associated with this

Reforming defence planning in India

Reforming defence planning in India Apr 25,2018

Finally, a significant change seems to be in the offing in India’s defence planning architecture with the Narendra Modi government deciding to establish an overarching defence planning committee (DPC) under the national security adviser. The aim is to leverage this cross-governmental body—comprising the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, three service chiefs, the defence, expenditure and foreign secretaries—to enhance India’s ability to do some long-term strategizing. The DPC

Five reasons why Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China is unusual

Five reasons why Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China is unusual Apr 25,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Wuhan, capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei, 27-28 April for an “informal” summit with president Xi Jinping is unusual for several reasons. One, given the Chinese penchant for protocol and ‘atmospherics’, this informal summit, and that too barely a month before Modi visits China again for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, is unprecedented. “This is not only unusual, but also a sign that Xi is a new kind of Chinese

Chinese air force monitored IAF’s biggest exercise closely

Chinese air force monitored IAF’s biggest exercise closely Apr 25,2018

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) closely monitored different aspects of the Indian Air Force’s Gaganshakti-2018 exercise that concluded in the eastern sector on Sunday, said people involved in the drills. The IAF clocked more 11,000 sorties during the two-phase air manoeuvres that saw the concentration of the air force’s deployed assets move from the western sector to the eastern front in less than 48 hours, an official said. “Gaganshakti-2018 was the biggest IAF

The fighter for India’s future: Going back to the beginning

The fighter for India’s future: Going back to the beginning Apr 25,2018

The Indian Air Force has just released an RFI (request for information) for 110 fighters not very much after the Narendra Modi government scrapped the MMRCA deal for 126 fighters to buy 18 ready for combat Rafale fighters and 108 to be built in India. The French Rafale was chosen as the fighter for the future after an almost decade-long process of contemplation, examination, evaluation and a competition that came to be called the “shoot-out”. We still haven’t got to know why it really was