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More DRDO scientists under Intelligence Bureau lens

More DRDO scientists under Intelligence Bureau lens Oct 12,2018

Scientists, engineers and employees working in the laboratories of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are kept under strict surveillance by their respective laboratory vigilance wings, in a joint operation with the state’s Intelligence Bureau. Employees’ activities and their contacts are thoroughly screened by the vigilance officials under the direction of the Director General, Vigilance. Yet this high profile surveillance could not detect the growing connection

No US Sanctions Pressure On India-Russia Defence Deals: Russian Envoy

No US Sanctions Pressure On India-Russia Defence Deals: Russian Envoy Oct 12,2018

US sanctions will not be an impediment to Indo-Russia defence deals, and New Delhi and Moscow could soon sign agreements on frigates and Kalashnikov assault rifles, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said Thursday. Describing the recently-inked USD 5.4 billion S-400 missile defence system deal as the “largest contract” in the history of Indo-Russia ties, he said it was one of the “speediest” agreements to be signed between the two countries and there were no protracted

No ties with Pakistan at India’s cost, relations with New Delhi long-term: Russia

No ties with Pakistan at India’s cost, relations with New Delhi long-term: Russia Oct 12,2018

The Russian ambassador said that Russia’s relations with Pakistan should not be a matter of concern for India since ties with India are of “strategic, long-term” nature, as per a report by news agency PTI. Nikolay Kudashev, the Russian envoy to India also said that the relations with Pakistan are only a way of contributing towards regional stability. Kudashev further said that it was for ensuring a stable Pakistan and the efforts are being made to combat terrorism. He also added that

DRDO testfires quick reaction missile off Odisha coast

DRDO testfires quick reaction missile off Odisha coast Oct 12,2018

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired short range Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test facility off Odisha coast. Sources said the sleek and highly mobile air defence system was fired from a canister mounted on a rotatable truck-based launch unit from Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Monday. “The test was aimed at validating various parameters, including propulsion performance of the weapon system and its killing capability. Data generated

After Upgrade, Decades-Old MiG-29s Ready To Strike In Modern Warfare

After Upgrade, Decades-Old MiG-29s Ready To Strike In Modern Warfare Oct 07,2018

The air-superiority fighter jet MiG-29 has gained in strength and ferocity after the latest upgrade, giving the Air Force that has been battling a shortage of warplanes a much-needed boost, officials have said.The Russian origin aircraft is now capable of mid-air refuelling, compatible with the latest missiles and can launch multi-dimensional attacks, said Flight Lieutenant Karan Kohli, who is deployed at Adampur Air Force Station. Even in the previous legacy version, the aircraft played an

Trump Waiver on India’s S-400 Purchase Won’t Come Easy, US May Want Its Pound of Flesh: Experts

Trump Waiver on India’s S-400 Purchase Won’t Come Easy, US May Want Its Pound of Flesh: Experts Oct 07,2018

For India, getting a presidential waiver from the biting CAATSA sanctions might not be that easy, some American experts believe referring to the changing political dynamics within the administration and President Donald Trump’s personal strong views against New Delhi’s trade and tariff policies and calling it a “tariff king”. Under the CAATSA which was signed into law last year, India is subject to sanctions now that it has entered into an agreement with Russia to

Rafale Will Be A Game Changer, Says Air Marshal R Nambiar

Rafale Will Be A Game Changer, Says Air Marshal R Nambiar Oct 07,2018

Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal R Nambiar Saturday said the Rafale fighter jets will be a game changer for the force. The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command said all Air Force units in the region, except for some in West Bengal, would get the modern platforms, including the Rafale, the Chinook and the Apache attack helicopters. “The Rafale is an excellent aircraft. I had the opportunity to fly it in France two weeks ago. Let me assure you that this

Night Trial Of Prithvi-II Missile Successfully Conducted In Odisha

Night Trial Of Prithvi-II Missile Successfully Conducted In Odisha Oct 07,2018

India’s Strategic Forces Command Saturday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile during night time as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said. The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was launched from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore around 8.30 pm, they said. Prithvi-II was previously successfully

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