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Govt stunned by HAL’s offer of Tejas Mark-1A at 463cr per jet,more than Sukhoi-30MKI

Govt stunned by HAL’s offer of Tejas Mark-1A at 463cr per jet,more than Sukhoi-30MKI Jun 27,2018

The euphoria within the defence establishment over the induction of the first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft into the IAF appears to have subsided with the Defence Ministry forming a committee to look into the “high price” demanded by Bengaluru-based public sector manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), for Tejas Mark1A. Sources told The Indian Express that in response to a request for a proposal for 83 Tejas Mark1A fighter jets issued by the IAF in December last year, HAL

BDL expects Rs 14k cr worth of orders for upcoming Akash-II Air Missile System

BDL expects Rs 14k cr worth of orders for upcoming Akash-II Air Missile System Jun 27,2018

Bharat Dynamic Limited (BDL) expects Akash-II missile order worth about Rs 14,000 crore in the next couple of years from the central government,said a top official of the Defence PSU. Chairman and Managing Director of BDL, VUday Bhasker also said the current order of Akash will be completed in the next two years and expected to have five growth in revenues during the next two years. Last year the PSU clocked Rs 4579 crore. “We are trying have a five percent annual growth in the coming couple

India’s INS Sahyadri Reaches Pearl Harbour For Strategic Exercise

India’s INS Sahyadri Reaches Pearl Harbour For Strategic Exercise Jun 27,2018

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has reached the Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, to participate in the 26th edition of Exercise RIM of PACific (RIMPAC), the Navy said today.INS Sahyadri, commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha, is a state-of-the-art indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate which is a part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command. It reached Pearl Harbour of the USA on Monday. Prior to RIMPAC 18, the ship also participated in the 22nd edition of MALABAR 18 exercise in the

US Wants India To Stop Importing Oil From Iran By November

US Wants India To Stop Importing Oil From Iran By November Jun 27,2018

The US has asked all countries, including India, to stop all oil imports from Iran by November as it ruled out any exemption to India and Indian companies from its reimposed Iranian sanctions regime for them carrying out any transaction with Iran. “On China and India, yes, certainly,” a state department official told reporters when asked if the US has told all countries, including India and China, to stop all their imports of Iranian oil by November 4.He said Indian and Chinese companies

Four security personnel feared dead in Maoist-triggered blasts in Latehar

Four security personnel feared dead in Maoist-triggered blasts in Latehar Jun 27,2018

The CPI (Maoist) triggered serial blasts using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Burha Pahar region, targeting security personnel who were conducting anti-Maoists’ offensive in the highly inaccessible terrain in the bordering areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh on late Tuesday evening. According to reports, both sides engaged in a fierce encounter soon after the blasts. Unconfirmed reports said the security forces suffered a major setback in the blasts as at least four security

Two out of 21 ‘wanted militants’ killed in three days in Kashmir

Two out of 21 ‘wanted militants’ killed in three days in Kashmir Jun 27,2018

Security forces have neutralised two out of the 21 wanted terrorists in Kashmir in the three days following the release of a ‘hit list’ after resumption of “Operation All Out” and anti-militancy operations in the State. A few days after the month-long unilateral Ramzan ceasefire was called off by the Centre, the security forces had released the list of wanted militants. The list contained names of 11 Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, seven from Lashkar-e-Toiba, two from Jaish-e-Mohammed,

 India, Pak military officials hold routine hotline exchange, no word on ceasefire

India, Pak military officials hold routine hotline exchange, no word on ceasefire Jun 27,2018

The officials of the Directorates General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan today held “routine” talks over hotline, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.However, the issue of ceasefire was not discussed. Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand said that as per procedure, a hotline exchange took place between brigadier-level officers of the two countries. The spokesperson also made it clear that Director General Military Operation-level (apex level) talks were not held. Describing the

Saluting “Sam Bhadaur”on His Tenth Death Anniversary

Saluting “Sam Bhadaur”on His Tenth Death Anniversary Jun 27,2018

Uttarakhand has a very special connection with Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw as it was in this hill region that this great soldier was a student –first at Sherwood College, Nainital and later a cadet at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) , Dehradun. June 27 is Manekshaw’s tenth death anniversary. He was a man who remained a fighter till the very end. It is reported that even his last words were “I am okay”. He was “Sam Bahadur” who would never give up. Not even in the face of

Taiwan would love to buy the Supersonic Brahmos Missile to defend itself against China

Taiwan would love to buy the Supersonic Brahmos Missile to defend itself against China Jun 26,2018

No country is more threatened by China’s growing military and economic power than the island of Taiwan. Beijing has always considered Taiwan a renegade province that it vows to once again control. For most of their history since 1949, however, China did not have the military power to conquer Taiwan by force. Indeed, for many decades Taiwan’s military was qualitatively superior to the mainland’s. Furthermore, even after the United States established diplomatic relations with the

India hands over second Dornier aircraft to Seychelles for enhanced surveillance

India hands over second Dornier aircraft to Seychelles for enhanced surveillance Jun 26,2018

India today handed over a second Dornier aircraft to Seychelles for enhancing the country’s surveillance capabilities to tackle maritime threats. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while handing over the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) made aircraft to the Seychelles President Danny Faure here said, “To enhance the surveillance capability of Seychelles to tackle maritime threats, our Prime Minister had announced the gifting of a second Dornier aircraft during his landmark visit to

PAF training aircraft crashes at Peshawar Air Base, Two Pilots Killed

PAF training aircraft crashes at Peshawar Air Base, Two Pilots Killed Jun 26,2018

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed during landing at the Peshawar Air Base on Tuesday, according to a PAF statement. “Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF FT-7PG trainer aircraft while recovering from a routine operational training mission crashed during landing at Peshawar Air Base. Rescue operation is in progress,” the air force said in a statement after the incident. According to official sources, the two pilots flying the aircraft were also martyred in the

Despite Pak. rhetoric, Kashmir will remain its integral part: India tells U.N. General Assembly

Despite Pak. rhetoric, Kashmir will remain its integral part: India tells U.N. General Assembly Jun 26,2018

India has told Pakistan that no amount of empty rhetoric by it will change the reality that Jammu and Kasmir is an inalienable part of India after Islamabad’s envoy to the United Nations made a reference to the Indian state at a UN General Assembly debate. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.N., Maleeha Lodhi’s reference came during her remarks on Monday in the General Assembly debate on The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes

All-time high’ threat to PM Modi: Ministers, officers won’t be allowed to come near

All-time high’ threat to PM Modi: Ministers, officers won’t be allowed to come near Jun 26,2018

Issuing new security guidelines to states in the wake of an “all-time high” threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Home Ministry has said that not even ministers and officers will be allowed to come too close to the prime minister unless cleared by the Special Protection Group (SPG). The ministry said there has been an “all-time high” threat to the prime minister and he is the “most valuable target” in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, officials privy to the

Govt likely to go after Kashmiri separatists for ‘terror funding’, ‘money laundering’

Govt likely to go after Kashmiri separatists for ‘terror funding’, ‘money laundering’ Jun 26,2018

With the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, the government is expected to tighten the noose around Kashmiri separatist leaders who were allegedly involved in terror funding and money laundering, officials said today. This would be done through coordinated action by the NIA and the ED, they said.The issue was discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and attended by Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Jet Airways’ 75-Aircraft Order Gives Boeing Big Boost Ahead Of Air Show

Jet Airways’ 75-Aircraft Order Gives Boeing Big Boost Ahead Of Air Show Jun 26,2018

Boeing Co. isn’t waiting for next month’s Farnborough International Airshow to unveil blockbuster aircraft deals — or start booking cash.The Chicago-based planemaker is poised to bolster its backlog with orders valued at $14.4 billion thanks to two transactions announced Monday. That’s a break from an industry practice of stockpiling sales for the biggest annual trade expo, which alternates between Paris and Farnborough, outside London. Bamboo Airways, a Vietnamese startup, signed a

India makes it clear to the US, it will go ahead with the S-400 Missile Deal - Asserts Independence in Foreign Policy

India makes it clear to the US, it will go ahead with the S-400 Missile Deal - Asserts Independence in Foreign Policy Jun 26,2018

India has started asserting independence in its foreign policy. India has made it clear to the U.S. that it is going ahead with its decision to procure the long-range missile system S-400 in spite of the American pressure to not go through the deal. India wants this deal insulated from the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. India feels that Russia is its time-tested friend and the largest and the most reliable supplier of arms for its defense needs. The S-400 is the most

India set to seal $500mn deal with Israel to buy 4,500 Spike missiles

India set to seal $500mn deal with Israel to buy 4,500 Spike missiles Jun 26,2018

India is on the verge of finalising a $500 million deal with Israel for the government-to-government purchase of around 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles for the army ahead of Israel defence secretary Udi Adam’s visit to New Delhi for the annual joint working group discussion on bilateral defence cooperation. South Block officials and Israeli diplomats confirmed to Hindustan Times that both sides were awaiting the final seal of approval from the Modi government for the deal, which was

BSF Director General K K Sharma: ‘Pakistan maintains high foliage on their side that gives cover to militants’

BSF Director General K K Sharma: ‘Pakistan maintains high foliage on their side that gives cover to militants’ Jun 26,2018

Against the backdrop of the rise in ceasefire violations by Pakistan and the upcoming election in Bangladesh that may impact the situation on the eastern border, BSF DG K K Sharma speaks to The Indian Express on the force’s challenges and its preparations. Excerpts: The international border with Pakistan is once again on fire with ceasefire violations having increased four-fold compared to last year. Why is it that despite repeated meetings and charting out several de-escalation measures

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba calls on Bangladesh president, PM Sheikh Hasina to discuss coastal security

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba calls on Bangladesh president, PM Sheikh Hasina to discuss coastal security Jun 26,2018

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday called on President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who expressed her country’s willingness to share the Indian Navy’s expertise in ensuring the maritime and coastal security. “We can share the Indian Navy’s expertise in ensuring our maritime and coastal security,” Prime Minister Hasina’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as telling Admiral Lanba during their meeting. Hasina hailed the “excellent relations”

Saudi cadets to undergo training in India

Saudi cadets to undergo training in India Jun 26,2018

Saudi cadets are traveling to India to undergo training at the National Defense Academy (NDA). The NDA is the joint services academy of the Indian armed forces where cadets of the three forces receive training together before they go on to their respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. The cadet training includes a language and adaptation program as part of a three-year training, which begins on June 27 at the NDA at Khadakwasla near Pune in the western Indian state