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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

US-made rifle, UAE carbine to equip Indian Army soldiers

US-made rifle, UAE carbine to equip Indian Army soldiers Sep 29,2018

US-made battle rifle and a UAE-made carbine have emerged as the lowest bidders for the Indian Army’s requirement for equipping its soldiers with a new rifle. The US arm-maker SIG Sauer’s SiG 716 finished with the ‘L1’ or lowest quote for the army’s fast track procurement of 72,000 new automatic rifles. The UAE arms firm Caracal’s CAR 816 close-quarter carbine finished ‘L1’ in a separate bid for 94,000 carbines, when price bids were opened this

India, Russia may miss signing defence deals worth $8.5 b during Putin’s visit next month

India, Russia may miss signing defence deals worth $8.5 b during Putin’s visit next month Sep 29,2018

With just a week left before the Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India for the annual bilateral summit, there is still no clarity on the several high-profile defence deals worth around $8.5 billion that the two countries were expected to sign. Some of the contracts that Russia has proposed to sign during the summit scheduled for October, 5 include five S-400 Triumph missile systems, four Project 11356 frigates, 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and 200 Ka-226T helicopters. The

Navy To Procure Auxiliary Ships Worth 1800 Crores Over The Next Few Years

Navy To Procure Auxiliary Ships Worth 1800 Crores Over The Next Few Years Sep 29,2018

The Indian Navy will spend Rs. 1,800 crore for the procurement of auxiliary ships such as ferries, crafts and fuel barges over the next seven to eight years, a top Navy officer said on Friday. Private shipbuilders can play a significant role in manufacturing small auxiliary ships for the Navy and thus, take part in indigenisation of defence manufacturing, Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, Assistant Chief of Material, Indian Navy, said in Kolkata. Speaking at the launch of a fuel

F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash

F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash Sep 29,2018

A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries.The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world.Global sales are projected at more that 3,000 aircraft, and the programme is likely to last for some 30 to 40 years.But the programme has been criticised both for cost and combat

Modi for integration in military ops

Modi for integration in military ops Sep 29,2018

Reminding the three Armed Forces about the importance of operating “jointly”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked topmost military commanders of the country to bring about integration and jointness in operations. Modi was addressing the combined commanders’ conference at Jodhpur this afternoon. Discussions are on within the three Forces on having a “theatre command” structure.   This is being opposed from within, especially by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Rajnath Singh’s Cryptic Statement On Surgical Strike Anniversary

Rajnath Singh’s Cryptic Statement On Surgical Strike Anniversary Sep 29,2018

As the government marks the second anniversary of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control, Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s comment fueled speculation about another army operation. “Our neighbouring country Pakistan keeps fostering unrest. It doesn’t refrain from its nefarious activities. People often raise how they mistreat our Border Security Force jawans. You might have seen something… something has happened, I won’t say what. It has

Strikes proved to world that India will not tolerate terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman

Strikes proved to world that India will not tolerate terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman Sep 29,2018

Inaugurating an event to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes across the LoC, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the armed forces had “adequately punished” those wanting to spread terror and proved to the world that India will not tolerate terrorists. “Indian armed forces proved to this world that there is a very clear way in which we will show our strength to say that we shall not tolerate terrorists coming in the garb of intruders and

We can do it again: Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda justifies surgical strikes, celebrations

We can do it again: Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda justifies surgical strikes, celebrations Sep 29,2018

Lt Gen D S Hooda, the former Northern Army Commander on Friday said that the surgical strikes were a balanced political-military operation and expressed confidence that the Special Forces of the Indian Army were capable of carrying out a similar operation if required. Commenting on the changed political leadership in Pakistan, Hooda said that no change could be expected until the military leadership in the country changed. Responding to the criticism on the commemoration of the surgical

Vajra hits target during trial in Pokhran

Vajra hits target during trial in Pokhran Sep 29,2018

The Indian army, since Wednesday, has been successfully testing fire from indigenous advanced gun K9-Vajra-T (longe range), which on Thursday, hit the target at Pokhran Field Firing Range in Jaisalmer district. The gun has a range to fire up to 40-50km and trials will continue till Friday. On Wednesday, six rounds were fired successfully from Howitzer and on Thursday, again six rounds were fired after the 13 modifications were done in the gun. Earlier, the trials were done in

UK supports India’s NSG membership bid unconditionally

UK supports India’s NSG membership bid unconditionally Sep 29,2018

The United Kingdom (UK) said India has done enough to get an entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, which is accountable for the international commerce of nuclear and backed India’s membership unconditionally. The diplomatic sources told the Times of India that London sees New Delhi as a significant member and defender of the international order. A dialogue took place between India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the UK’s Foreign and

India supports peace whereas Pak continues to assist Taliban, says top Afghan official

India supports peace whereas Pak continues to assist Taliban, says top Afghan official Sep 29,2018

Pakistan continues to support the Taliban despite the formation of the new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and stated that India wants a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, says a top Afghan. Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said at the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday that for the peace and the talks to get serious, a few things are required. He said that there was a need to pursuade those who support the Taliban. “One is that those who are

Goa Shipyard to build two frigates with Russian technology

Goa Shipyard to build two frigates with Russian technology Sep 29,2018

India has completed the price negotiations for the purchase of four advanced Talwar-class stealth frigates from Russia, two of which will be built at Goa Shipyard Limited, with the deal pegged at close to $2 billion, a source close to the developments said.Defence ministry officials told TOI they expect the two countries to ink the agreement during the 19th Indo-Russian summit between Russian President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. “The price negotiations