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PhD Explains How S-400 Deal Will Affect Balance of Power Between India, Pakistan

PhD Explains How S-400 Deal Will Affect Balance of Power Between India, Pakistan Oct 07,2018

Moscow and New Delhi have inked a $5.4 billion contract on the supply of Russia’s S-400 air defense system to India, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2020. India will receive ten battalions of the system, with a battalion normally consisting of 8 launchers, 112 missiles, and the associated command, radar and support vehicles. Speaking to Sputnik about the development, Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi, a prominent political and defense analyst based in Lahore, Pakistan,

Astra launched in salvo mode and in combat configuration ready for integration with other Jets

Astra launched in salvo mode and in combat configuration ready for integration with other Jets Oct 07,2018

India’s pursuit of the complex air-to-air missile system seems to be over as the smoke-less and fastest in its class, Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAM) Astra is ready for induction in the Air Force after more than 15 years in the making. The indigenously developed all-weather and all-terrain missile, capable of detecting and killing highly manoeuvrable targets, has completed a series of pre-induction trials between September 26 and October 3. Six rounds of the missile were

S-400 That India Is Buying From Russia Can Launch 72 Missiles At One Go

S-400 That India Is Buying From Russia Can Launch 72 Missiles At One Go Oct 07,2018

The S-400 Triumf air defence system deal, inked by India and Russia Friday notwithstanding the US pressure of sanctions, can engage up to 36 targets at a time and simultaneously launch 72 missiles.The long and medium range air defense missile system, which Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa said will provide a much needed “booster” to the Air Force, is designed to destroy air attacks, including stealth aircraft and any other aerial targets. “The sides welcomed the conclusion of

India, Russia ink $5 billion deal to buy five S-400 air defence missiles system

India, Russia ink $5 billion deal to buy five S-400 air defence missiles system Oct 07,2018

In a move that could invite tough sacntions from US, India and Russia on Friday signed the 5.2 billion defence deal which will enable India to acquire 5 of the world’s most lethal surface-to-air missile system.The defence agreement was signed during Putin’s ongoing visit to India. He arrived in the national capital on Thursday for a two-day visit on Thursday. The bilateral talks between PM Modi and President Putin are going on. The deal has been an issue of much speculation

Russia to help India in its space mission and communication satellite launch

Russia to help India in its space mission and communication satellite launch Oct 07,2018

Relations between India and Russian have so far been mutually beneficiary to each other from defence cooperation to oil exploration to say energy security. But the area in which the country is likely to get more help from the most trusted friend Russia includes space and satellite technology especially for India’s space mission. There are chances of the matter being discussed in the meeting between the two countries to take the issue a notch further. Experts on Indian’s policy

India’s Sikkim Airport Borders China In Sign Of Modi’s Intent

India’s Sikkim Airport Borders China In Sign Of Modi’s Intent Oct 07,2018

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the country’s 100th operational airport in the northeastern state of Sikkim, nestled in the Himalayan range, he took pains to mention what an engineering marvel it was. What he commented on more obliquely, however, was the strategic advantage the Pakyong airport provides, given Sikkim’s proximity to the Chinese border and his administration’s desire to cement the state’s bond with the rest of the

Rafale, LCA Tejas will do away with aircraft shortage: IAF to PM Modi

Rafale, LCA Tejas will do away with aircraft shortage: IAF to PM Modi Oct 03,2018

The Air Force has told Prime Minister Modi that the Rafale jet and the indigenous LCA Tejas will help it in doing away with its aircraft shortage. In its presentation to the prime minister, the service highlighted the shortages faced by it and how the inclusion of the Rafale and indigenous LCA and the futuristic Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will help it meet the shortages by 2035,” top sources said. The project for acquiring 110 multirole fighter aircraft was also highlighted by

The great Indian artillery bazaar: Post Bofors, there has been a reasonable ‘self-reliance’ attempt in Indian defence

The great Indian artillery bazaar: Post Bofors, there has been a reasonable ‘self-reliance’ attempt in Indian defence Oct 03,2018

Big-ticket arms purchases by a state like India are more about politics than economics and technology, while it should be the other way round. Four interrelated dynamics are always at play: (a) security forces are the end-users; (b) although end-users define their necessities, their role effectively ends after technical evaluation of the product they want; (c) bureaucratic mechanisms take over from technical evaluation and decide what is good, reasonable and purse-compatible, under the garb of

Akash, PAD, AAD and now S-400 triumf air defence missile system

Akash, PAD, AAD and now S-400 triumf air defence missile system Oct 03,2018

India has several systems in place to defend against incoming aerial attacks. Stopping an incoming missile or an aircraft flying at high speeds is tricky so a country cannot just rely on one particular system for it. One of the notable systems that India has to thwart incoming aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles is Akash mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system built by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is medium range

Vladimir Putin to get MiG 21s as welcome gift during 19th India-Russia Summit in Delhi

Vladimir Putin to get MiG 21s as welcome gift during 19th India-Russia Summit in Delhi Oct 03,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin will get a rather unusual gift of three ‘Make in India’ MiG 21 fighter jets when he arrives for the 19th India-Russia Summit in Delhi from October 4 to 5.In the early 1960s after the US and the UK refused to sell supersonic fighter jets, India bought more than 1,200 MiGs from the former Soviet Union. It subsequently got full tech transfer to indigenously build the aircraft. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia picked up the mantle of being

T-14 Armata in the Spotlight as Indian Army Chief Visits Russia

T-14 Armata in the Spotlight as Indian Army Chief Visits Russia Oct 03,2018

The Indian Army is looking to procure 1,770 multipurpose future ready combat vehicles (FRCV) to replace the aging force of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs). Russia’s T-14 Armata FRCV is a key contender for the deal that is likely to have a price tag of over $4.5 billion. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat started his six-day visit to Russia on Monday in what is being seen as an attempt to lend impetus to the bilateral strategic partnership. The visit coincides with a bilateral annual summit

Russia may train Indian astronauts at ISS

Russia may train Indian astronauts at ISS Oct 03,2018

Indian astronauts may get an opportunity to fly onboard a Russian shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS) for a hands-on training session before they crew the nation’s first manned mission to the low earth orbit. Moscow of late conveyed to New Delhi that it could take the crew of the ‘Gaganyaan’ – the proposed first manned space mission of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – to the ISS for a real “out-of-the-world” training session. The details of the proposal

India’s CCS clears procurement of five S-400 air-defence missile systems

India’s CCS clears procurement of five S-400 air-defence missile systems Oct 03,2018

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) ‘quietly’ cleared on 26 September the procurement of five Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air (SAM) missile systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for USD5.5 billion. Disregarding the threat of the United States imposing sanctions on countries acquiring Russian-made defence equipment, the CCS, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the acquisition shortly before President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to

Navy urgently needs Minesweeper Ships, left with only two

Navy urgently needs Minesweeper Ships, left with only two Sep 30,2018

The Indian Navy currently has only two minesweeper ships at its disposal to safeguard sea lanes and ports spread across thousands of kilometres of coastlines in the eastern and western seaboards, a top Navy officer has said.  The Navy requires 12 minesweeper ships, but at present has only two, Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, Assistant Chief of Material, Indian Navy, said.  "The Navy needs these ships urgently," Swaminathan said.  Minesweepers are small naval

Amid US Sanctions, India set to sign S-400 missile deal during Vladimir Putin’s visit next week

Amid US Sanctions, India set to sign S-400 missile deal during Vladimir Putin’s visit next week Sep 30,2018

ndia will sign the S-400 missile system deal with Russia during the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin next week, hoping that it has done enough business with the US to secure a waiver from sanctions, and to prevent Russia from directly selling weapon systems to Pakistan if India says no to the deal. Hindustan Times had first reported in April that the deal would be signed during the October summit and, in May, that New Delhi would go ahead with the

MP-ATGMs production facility inaugurated

MP-ATGMs production facility inaugurated Sep 30,2018

The production facility for manufacturing Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (MP-ATGM) was inaugurated by at Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) unit at Bhanur here on Saturday by Chairman of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) G. Satheesh Reddy. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Reddy, who is also the Secretary of the Department of Defence Research & Development & Chairman, explained about various missile programmes on the anvil. Long association Referring to his long

Russia-India S-400 air defence systems deal problematic: Pakistan

Russia-India S-400 air defence systems deal problematic: Pakistan Sep 30,2018

Pakistan is concerned about India moving closer to acquiring Russian S-400 air defence systems and urges Moscow not to bet on New Delhi alone, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told Sputnik in an interview. On Thursday, local media reported that Indian authorities are ready to sign a $5.43 billion contract to purchase five regiments of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems. “That is the problem,” Chaudhry said on Friday when asked what Islamabad thinks of the possible

Upgraded MiG-29 fighter planes Increase IAF’s 4.5 generation fighter Inventory

Upgraded MiG-29 fighter planes Increase IAF’s 4.5 generation fighter Inventory Sep 30,2018

The duration of sorties of MiG-29 combat aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to increase soon.Air Commodore Samir Borade, commanding officer of the IAF Station Ozar in Nashik, told reporters on Friday that MiG-29 fighter planes are being upgraded in such a way that it will join the 4.5 generation of fighter jets. The Air Force Station Ozar, the only Fighter Aircraft Repair Depot of Indian Air Force, is presently working on capacity upgradation of the MiG-29 frontline fighters.

HAL needs major restructuring, introduction of accountability

HAL needs major restructuring, introduction of accountability Sep 30,2018

It had started as a private company in Bangalore prior to Independence in December 1940, as Hindustan Aircraft Pvt Ltd belonging to Walchand Hirachand, in association with the then Government of Mysore. The government took control of it in 1942 and then in collaboration with the Intercontinental Aircraft Company engaged in manufacturing four different American fighter aircraft of that era. But these programmes were abandoned a year later in favour of overhauling and repairing aircraft to

Uri teaser: Vicky Kaushal’s military drama will leave you with goosebumps Sep 29,2018

“Yeh Naya Hindustan Hai Yeh Hindustan Ghar Mein Ghusega Bhi Aur Maarega Bhi (This is the new India, it will not only enter the house of its enemies but will also kill them)”, utters Paresh Rawal in the recently released teaser of Uri and sets the tone of the film. Starring Vicky Kaushal, Uri is based on surgical strikes on terror launch pads across Line of Control (LoC). On September 18, 2016, 19 soldiers were killed in an early morning attack by Pakistani terrorists at the 12