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Tejas MK-2 ,AMCA and Other Big Challenges ahead for New DRDO Aero chief Tessy Thomas

Tejas MK-2 ,AMCA and Other Big Challenges ahead for New DRDO Aero chief Tessy Thomas Jun 07,2018

The task seems to be cut out for Tessy Thomas, who assumed office in Bengaluru on June 1 as the new Director General – Aero of the Defence Research & Development Organisation or DRDO. The aero cluster handles some of the country’s premium military aviation programmes. Six laboratories and an autonomous agency grouped under it develop military arsenal such as future fighters, pilot-less spy planes, electronic warfare systems, avionics and aero-engines. Before this, Dr. Thomas was the

HAL carries out hot weather tests on its LUH in city

HAL carries out hot weather tests on its LUH in city Jun 07,2018

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out some critical tests on its latest platform named Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), in the city on Tuesday.Speaking exclusively to The Hitavada, HAL’s Chief Test Pilot Wg Cdr Unnikrishna Pillay(Retd) informed that the LUH has tremendous demand from all the three wings of Defence services, mainly for its utility of being used as an Air Ambulance, that can carry two stretchers, one doctor and one attendant, or load of 1.2 tons, besides the crew of

China’s Dark Sword vs India: Is the unmanned stealth fighter jet a force to reckon with?

China’s Dark Sword vs India: Is the unmanned stealth fighter jet a force to reckon with? Jun 07,2018

China has been making headlines for its growing military superpower status and the latest addition to its military air power is not something to be taken lightly. Dubbed as Dark Sword, China’s new unmanned, stealth fighter-style jet has made its debut, and an air combat expert tries to decrypt the jet’s capabilities by looking at the images. Justin Bronk, an air combat expert at the Royal United Services Institute, defines China’s Dark Sword as an “absolute nightmare” for the

Despite commander level meeting, BSF not to lower guard on border with Pak: official

Despite commander level meeting, BSF not to lower guard on border with Pak: official Jun 07,2018

The BSF has decided to not lower and continue to maintain a high level of vigil along the International Border (IB) in the Jammu frontier despite a recent sector commander level meeting, held to ease tensions, a senior official said today. Over 30,000 people, who fled border hamlets along the IB in Akhnoor sector due to heavy shelling by Pakistan on June 3 resulting in death of two BSF jawans and injuries to 16 others, have returned to their homes after a meeting between Pak rangers and BSF on

MHA goes from operation ‘All Out’ to ‘Reach Out’ in Kashmir

MHA goes from operation ‘All Out’ to ‘Reach Out’ in Kashmir Jun 07,2018

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday will review the ongoing suspension of operations (SOO) in Jammu and Kashmir. He is likely to announce a decision on the extension beyond Eid. High level sources have told India Today that Centre has been keen to announce an extension of internal ceasefire, which it feels is a people friendly measure. However, many top officials in the forces have given a mixed response. A few officers feel that “militant activity has gone unabated, unleashing

Rajnath Singh in Jammu and Kashmir to take call on extending ceasefire

Rajnath Singh in Jammu and Kashmir to take call on extending ceasefire Jun 07,2018

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to land in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday on a two-day visit during which he is expected to take a call on extending the Ramzan ceasefire. Singh, who will be accompanied by senior ministry officials, will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders before making an announcement on whether the ceasefire will be extended beyond Eid-ul-Fitr, expected be on either June 15 or 16, and during the 60-day Amarnath yatra beginning June 28. He is also expected

IAF pilot crashes Jaguar Fighter Jet to save village

IAF pilot crashes Jaguar Fighter Jet to save village Jun 07,2018

The hashtag #HeroesInUniform is trending on twitter India, with accolades pouring in, because of the bravery of Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan. When he had a choice to save himself or hundreds others, he didn’t hesitate. He took off from the Jamnagar Air Force base in Gujarat, India, on a routine training mission yesterday. But at around 10.30am, he went down with his Jaguar fighter aircraft in a barren plot of land in Gujarat’s Kutch district. The fact that

The Democratic Quad - India, Australia, US, Japan to hold meet in Singapore

The Democratic Quad - India, Australia, US, Japan to hold meet in Singapore Jun 07,2018

The 'Quad' will hold its second meeting on June 7 in Singapore. India, Japan, Australia and US, who revived the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in 2017 will meet on the sidelines of an official Asean meeting in Singapore. The meeting will be at the level of senior officials, that is, at the joint secretary level. This would be the first meeting after November 2017 when officials had also met on the margins of the East Asia Summit (EAS). The meeting comes days after Prime Minister Narendra

ISRO gets Rs 10,000 crore thumbs up from govt for its space endeavours

ISRO gets Rs 10,000 crore thumbs up from govt for its space endeavours Jun 06,2018

The Union government on Wednesday approved the continuation of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III programmes, together costing more than Rs 10,000 crore, in a move that will help ISRO launch light and heavy-weight satellites. The operationalisation of PSLV, ISRO’s most-trusted workhorse, has made India self-reliant in launching satellites for earth observation, disaster management, navigation and space sciences. For heavy satellites,

How Rahul Gandhi got it wrong about Army uniform

How Rahul Gandhi got it wrong about Army uniform Jun 06,2018

s the Indian Army in such penury that it can't even buy uniform for its soldiers? This is exactly what some media reports going viral in social media seem to suggest. What is even more surprising is the fact that leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh have lapped up these reports and chose to tweet them from their twitter handles with stinging comments. Rahul Gandhi targeted PM Narendra Modi through his tweet - MAKE (empty slogans and useless acronyms) IN INDIA....meanwhile,

From hand to mouth: India’s defence forces are struggling to compete with China due to inadequate funds

From hand to mouth: India’s defence forces are struggling to compete with China due to inadequate funds Jun 06,2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday held a press conference where she defied the findings of a parliamentary committee that criticised the ruling dispensation for its defence allocations. In addition, the Defence Minister also reacted to recent claims that asserted that the army is running low on ammunition and other essential supplies. “The defence expenditure has been highest in 2017-18 if you look at it since 2004-05. In the same manner, it was second highest in 2016-17 and

UP on alert after ‘LeT letter’ threatens to blow up Kashi temples, railway stations

UP on alert after ‘LeT letter’ threatens to blow up Kashi temples, railway stations Jun 06,2018

Police in Uttar Pradesh have increased security at major railway stations and two religious places after a letter purpotedly written by a Pakistani terrorist warned of attacks on Wednesday and later this week. The letter to the divisional railway manager of North Railways in Delhi on June 1 was sent by Maulana Ambu Sheikh, the self-styled area commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terrorist group blamed for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. A polic alert said Lashkar may target

Vladimir Putin names India, China and Russia as ‘major players’ in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Vladimir Putin names India, China and Russia as ‘major players’ in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Jun 06,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named India, China and his own country as major players in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), days ahead of the bloc’s summit in the eastern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao. Putin said the eight-member bloc has evolved from a group that was launched to resolve border issues between China, Russia and erstwhile constituents of the Soviet Union into a powerful organisation with substantial resources. “The SCO member states account for one-fourth

Making high-tech weapons in India gets tougher; foreign deals face hiccup

Making high-tech weapons in India gets tougher; foreign deals face hiccups Jun 06,2018

Will India ever build a stealth fighter like the US, or even China? When will the country leave behind the tag of world’s largest importer of arms? Before such ambitions can be realised, the country’s defence production and procurement process will have to overcome various roadblocks. The private sector in India needs to be increasingly involved in equipping the armed forces and keeping them battle ready if the country wants to wean itself off expensive military imports. However,

Three Pakistani militants killed as Army foils infiltration along LoC

Three Pakistani militants killed as Army foils infiltration along LoC Jun 06,2018

Three militants were killed as the Army on Wednesday foiled an infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Troops noticed some suspicious movement along the sector in Kupwara district and challenged the infiltrators, an Army official said. The militants opened fire and in the gunfight that ensued, three militants were killed, he said, adding that search operations were on in the area.

China’s 1st Carrier Strike Group Reaches Initial Operational Capability

China’s 1st Carrier Strike Group Reaches Initial Operational Capability Jun 06,2018

The carrier strike group led by the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) sole operational aircraft carrier, the 60,000-ton Liaoning, a retrofitted Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class multirole aircraft carrier, has achieved initial operational capability, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. “The carrier group’s exercises have been deepened to include combat operations in the open seas. It has initially formed a system combat capability,” Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson

Centre may use J-K local rail routes for moving troops to avoid stone pelters

Centre may use J-K local rail routes for moving troops to avoid stone pelters Jun 06,2018

The union home ministry wants to use local trains in Jammu and Kashmir for transporting paramilitary forces posted in the strife-torn state, senior officials said on Monday, detailing a move that is aimed at preventing vehicular convoys coming under attack by protesters — and the ensuring reaction from the forces that further exacerbates the situation in the strife-torn Valley. The state has a 345 km network of local rail routes, starting from Baramulla district of Kashmir and ending in

Final trials of upgraded ‘Dhanush’ Artillery Gun underway

Final trials of upgraded ‘Dhanush’ Artillery Gun underway Jun 06,2018

Testing of indigenous weapons/artillery is in continuous progression at Pokhran field firing range in Jaisalmer. And this time, first indigenous, long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ (Deshi Bofors) is being tested finally after two years. Developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and manufactured by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), the trails of Dhanush have been going on for five years. Earlier, it had faced some major hiccups regarding ammunition used in it. The existing

China, Russia, India and Pakistan among SCO members to conduct joint military drill

China, Russia, India and Pakistan among SCO members to conduct joint military drill Jun 06,2018

Members states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Chinese-led political, economic and security bloc made up of largely Asian countries, will join an upcoming joint military drill in Russia in September to promote mutual trust and cooperation. The joint military drill, dubbed ‘Peace Mission 2018’, will focus on preventing terror attacks and dismantling terror networks. It will be held between the end of August and the first week of September in Russia’s Ural Mountains,

Armed forces not reeling under shortage of funds: Nirmala Sitharaman

Armed forces not reeling under shortage of funds: Nirmala Sitharaman Jun 06,2018

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has countered reports of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence which had said that there was shortage of funds for the armed forces. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, the defence minister said that there was no shortage of funds or ammunition. Sitharaman said that the Army’s demands were not “unreasonable”. She, however, said that the services should rationalise on what they wanted, keeping in mind whether technology was