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From Russia’s S-400 to US-Norway’s NASAMS-II: How India is Boosting Its Defense

From Russia’s S-400 to US-Norway’s NASAMS-II: How India is Boosting Its Defense Aug 07,2018

Besides the expected acquisition of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, New Delhi has agreed to buy a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS) from the US. Speaking to Sputnik, Indian analysts have shared their views on Russo-Indian cooperation and revealed that India is building its own ballistic missile defense system. The US Congress has granted India a waiver against the anti-Russian sanctions thereby paving the way for New Delhi’s acquisition of the Russian-made

China Is Building Very 21st Century Empire. Delhi On Alert

China Is Building Very 21st Century Empire. Delhi On Alert Aug 07,2018

China is building a very 21st century empire-one where trade and debt lead the way, not armadas and boots on the ground.If President Xi Jinping’s ambitions become a reality, Beijing will cement its position at the center of a new world economic order spanning more than half the globe. Already, China has extended its influence far beyond that of the Tang Dynasty’s golden age more than a millennium ago. The most tangible manifestation of Xi’s designs is the new Silk Road he first proposed

Naya Pakistan : Imran Khan set to appoint Pakistan’s own Dr Strangelove as his defence minister

Naya Pakistan : Imran Khan set to appoint Pakistan’s own Dr Strangelove as his defence minister Aug 07,2018

Shirin Mazari, a prominent Islamabad-based scholar under consideration for appointment as Pakistan’s next defence minister by soon-to-be prime minister Imran Khan, publicly advocated nuclear strikes on Indian population centres in the event of war between the two countries, a review of her work by Firstpost has revealed. “Targeting” of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, Mazari wrote in an October 1999 article published in The Defence Journal, “should be primarily counter-value focusing on

AI Will Give Teeth To Our Existing Technology And Make Them More Potent

AI Will Give Teeth To Our Existing Technology And Make Them More Potent Aug 07,2018

Defence Research and Development Organisation’s director general (missiles and strategic systems) and scientific adviser to the defence minister, G Satheesh Reddy has played a key role in the design and development of missile systems, guided weapons, and avionics technologies. In an interaction with Outlook Business, Reddy speaks on the need for R&D institutes, industry and academia to come together and create an ecosystem for defence and civilian technologies. What is the likely impact of

Rising Cost and delays in FOC’s, How HAL lost LCA-Tejas Program to IAF !

Rising Cost and delays in FOC’s, How HAL lost LCA-Tejas Program to IAF ! Aug 07,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF), which has long opposed the large-scale induction of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), could soon be given charge of manufacturing the Tejas in the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) complex in Bengaluru. And Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has not so far toured the facilities of HAL, which remains India’s only aircraft manufacturer, is poised to accept the IAF’s bid for control. The defence ministry, the IAF and HAL have all declined to comment on

Rafale deal: Internal notes flag loss of L1status if plane was made locally

Rafale deal: Internal notes flag loss of L1status if plane was made locally Aug 07,2018

One reason for the NDAgovernment’s June 2015 decision to scrap a request for proposal (RFP) for a 126 fighter aircraft deal arrived at under the previous administration was because DassaultAviation, the L1or lowest bidder, would have lost that position after taking into account its commercial offer to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), where some of the aircraft were to be locally manufactured. Moreover, the Eurofighter, produced by EADS, would have come into contention. In the event

How will Rafale 2.0 play out? The story runs between ‘arms dynamic’, state, contractors and taxpayers

How will Rafale 2.0 play out? The story runs between ‘arms dynamic’, state, contractors and taxpayers Aug 07,2018

Front-line fourth-generation modern fighter Rafale, manufactured by the French major Dassault Aviation, was chosen as the winner in the global tender for 126 MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) before the Narendra Modi government took over in 2014. The deal was shelved and subsequently replaced by announcement of a new contract for direct purchase of 36 Rafale at a cost of about Rs 60,000 crore—the process for which has already been under way since 2015

Israeli Aerospace Industries, Rafael taken off blacklist

Israeli Aerospace Industries, Rafael taken off blacklist Aug 07,2018

The government has taken off two major Israeli arms companies, Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael, from the blacklist of firms with whom business dealings are suspended or restricted. Junior minister for defence Subhash Bhamre told Rajya Sabha on Monday that this decision was taken in a review meeting of senior defence ministry (MoD) officials, led by the director-general (acquisitions), after the CBI filed a closure report in court in the corruption case involving them.

What does STA-1 authorisation mean for Indo-US defence partnership

What does STA-1 authorisation mean for Indo-US defence partnership Aug 07,2018

According to the Department of Commerce, “India would be moved into Tier 1 of the Department of Commerce’s Strategic Trade Authorisation license exception”. Simply put this would allow India to receive sensitive technology and military items without the US exporter having to go through the commerce department for a license. India has welcomed the move. Top diplomatic sources told CNBC-TV18 that “This would provide for good integration of Indian defence component manufacturers with the

What caused delay in ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 launch

What caused delay in ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 launch Aug 07,2018

Going to the moon is no joyride, as the repeated postponements of India’s second lunar mission show. The mission, Chandrayaan 2, has been postponed again from its proposed October launch to January 2019. Sources say that this time, the delay was caused because the indigenously developed lander was having trouble with rethrottling. The lander has now gone back to the design table for a design change. “The lander was developing vibrations at the time of rethrottling. The problem appears to

14 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

14 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh Aug 06,2018

As many as 14 Maoists were killed and 16 weapons seized during a fierce encounter with security forces near a forest village between Gollappalli and Konta in Sukma district in the tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Monday. A team of security forces were on a search and combing operation in the forests when Maoist cadres opened fire leading to an encounter with the security forces, said inspector general of police (Bastar Range) Vivekanand Sinha. Police said security forces had launched

The geopolitical missile

The geopolitical missile Aug 06,2018

In an off-the-record conversation, a senior air force commander uses the word ‘game-changer’ three times to refer to the Russian S-400 long-range missile system. “The system can knock down anything that flies, at a range of nearly 400 kilometres,” he says. In Washington, suspense over a different game-to persuade India from not going ahead with a proposed $4.5 billion (Rs 39,000 crore) buy of five S-400 missile systems-ended with the US Senate and House on July 24 finally passing a

NIA arrests two Bengal residents in Kerala in Bodh Gaya blast case

NIA arrests two Bengal residents in Kerala in Bodh Gaya blast case Aug 06,2018

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two West Bengal residents in Kerala for allegedly planting three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya this January, when the Dalai Lama was visiting the Buddhist shrine, officials familiar with the development said. NIA officials said the initial interrogation of the two suggested that they belonged to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a terrorist outfit active in the border areas of India and

Imran Khan Wants PM Modi at Oath-taking Ceremony, Warned of Embarrassment if Invite Declined

Imran Khan Wants PM Modi at Oath-taking Ceremony, Warned of Embarrassment if Invite Declined Aug 06,2018

A top leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said on Wednesday that the party has asked the Foreign Office to apprise it on whether the heads of state, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, could be invited to Imran Khan’s oath taking ceremony, according to a media report. PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that Bollywood star Aamir Khan and cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have already been invited by the party for the event.PTI’s senior leaders Shireen Mazari and Shafqat

GSAT-11 cleared for launch on 30 November

GSAT-11 cleared for launch on 30 November Aug 06,2018

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest satellite so far — the GSAT-11 — which the space agency had cleared for launch in June, will take off a spaceport in French Guiana on 30 November, media reports said. In June, ISRO had cleared the launch of GSAT-11, the satellite which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for more thorough checks, after losing contact with another satellite that was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh in March this year. “After a series

China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft for carrying nuclear warheads, plane capable of penetrating anti-missile systems

China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft for carrying nuclear warheads, plane capable of penetrating anti-missile systems Aug 06,2018

China on Monday announced that it has successfully tested its first cutting-edge hypersonic aircraft which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems. The Xingkong-2 or Starry Sky-2, was launched in a target range located in Northwest China on Friday last, the state-run China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) said in a statement. The United States and Russia have been carrying out similar experiments. Launched in a rocket, China’s

IAF to do detailed analysis of women fighter pilots before charting road ahead

IAF to do detailed analysis of women fighter pilots before charting road ahead Aug 06,2018

Having inducted six women into its fighter flying stream on an ‘experimental basis’, who will be followed by a few others if found suitable, the IAF is now getting set to conduct a thorough analysis of ‘employability’ of women in its future combat philosophies and policies. IAF sources said the ‘experimental scheme’ to induct women as fighter pilots, which will be reviewed in December 2020 after being launched in December 2015, will be examined on several fronts before a decision

Defence Ministry calls on startups to develop drones with missiles for Indian armed forces

Defence Ministry calls on startups to develop drones with missiles for Indian armed forces Aug 06,2018

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Indian startups to develop unmanned drones with missiles for the Indian armed forces. “Today unmanned drones with missiles on them are the envy of many countries. I already get the feeling that those are not beyond us to produce,” Sitharaman said at the launch of Defence India Startup Challenge in Bengaluru. “You won’t lose your skilled manpower if you can remote control operations to finish your targets,” she

Independence Day terror alert: Sources say Jaish and LeT could target Army camps

Independence Day terror alert: Sources say Jaish and LeT could target Army camps Aug 06,2018

Terror outfits Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba are reportedly planning to target Indian Army camps in Jammu and Kashmir around August 15. Sources have revealed to Zee News that as many as 20 terrorists could carry out the possible attacks. It has been learnt that Indian intelligence agencies have warned of possible terror strikes on Indian Army camps on August 15 with LeT terrorists either ready to cross the Line of Control (LoC) or have already done so and are carrying out recce. This

LCA-Tejas Program under IAF Soon, MK-2 flight by 2023 to surpass Mirage-2000 performance

LCA-Tejas Program under IAF Soon, MK-2 flight by 2023 to surpass Mirage-2000 performance Aug 06,2018

The government is poised to hand over control of the Bengaluru division of State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This is to prevent more time and cost overruns on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. This comes at a particularly crucial time as the next phase of the LCA project, development of the MK2 variant, as well as the country’s next fighter aircraft programme, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), begin to take