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PM Modi invited to Maldives, may go if transition process is smooth

PM Modi invited to Maldives, may go if transition process is smooth Sep 28,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the next President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, sources told The Indian Express. Modi, who has not visited Maldives so far — his visit was cancelled in March 2015 due to the volatile political situation — is likely to go if the transition process is smooth, sources said. Maldives is the only SAARC country that Modi has not visited. But, two days after Solih emerged victorious in the presidential elections,

Why is India eyeing Putin’s S-400?

Why is India eyeing Putin’s S-400? Sep 28,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in India next week, and all eyes are on the S-400 air defence system. Putin is expected to hardsell it, and that is going to be like preaching to the converted. India wants it badly, but is still looking over the shoulder to see how the US would react. The signs from Washington aren’t good. The Donald Trump administration slapped sanctions on China only a week ago for buying S-400. Now Saudi Arabia, an old ally of the US, is worried. The Saudis

Advanced surveillance for Pakistan, China borders and 3D mapping for Kashmir operations developed, being tested

Advanced surveillance for Pakistan, China borders and 3D mapping for Kashmir operations developed, being tested Sep 28,2018

In the backdrop of a major anti- infiltration system being operationalised along the India- Pakistan border earlier this month, more high-tech equipment for border surveillance, perimeter security and counter-terrorist operations have been developed for deployment in Kashmir and the borders with Pakistan and China. The equipment are also aimed to not only reduce infiltration and intrusions, but also provide 3D mapping of terrorist prone areas in Kashmir with a data backup for planning future

Russia Is Said to Plan Air-Defense Deal With India Next Week

Russia Is Said to Plan Air-Defense Deal With India Next Week Sep 28,2018

Russia is expected to sign a deal to supply advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to India next week during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi, a Russian official said. The threat of U.S. sanctions against buyers of Russian weapons — imposed most recently on China — won’t affect the deal, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that aren’t yet public. The contract covers 10 batteries, worth a total of $6.2 billion, Russia’s RBC

Amid No Experience claims, Reliance manufactures Nose Cone for Dassault Falcon

Amid No Experience claims, Reliance manufactures Nose Cone for Dassault Falcon Sep 28,2018

About 3km inside the Mihan-SEZ, a largely desolate area, ‘DRAL’ reads a signboard outside a fenced plot flanked by expanses of vacant land. DRAL stands for Dassault Reliance Aviation Limited (DRAL), the name linked with the Rafale controversy.A shed spread over a 10,000 square feet area is the only workplace as of now. It houses the full workforce of around 50 persons engaged by DRAL. There are 8 to 10 personnel deputed from Dassault, the French joint venture partner of Reliance

Russia Offers Buk, Tor SAMs Along With S-400 To Form Indian Air Defence Network

Russia Offers Buk, Tor SAMs Along With S-400 To Form Indian Air Defence Network Sep 26,2018

While India and Russia are currently finalizing a deal on the S-400 long-range air defense missile system (ADMS), Moscow is now understood to be getting New Delhi interested in its Buk-M3 medium range and Tor-M3 short-range missile defence systems to form a single air-defence network. A suggestion to this effect had been mooted by Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) during the Army 2018 exhibition in Moscow last month while

Rafale Deal Better Than One Negotiated Earlier: Air Force Deputy Chief

Rafale Deal Better Than One Negotiated Earlier: Air Force Deputy Chief Sep 26,2018

Air Force Deputy Chief Air Marshal R. Nambiar on Tuesday asserted that the deal for 36 Rafale aircraft by the PM Modi government was “much better” than the one negotiated earlier for 126 planes, contending that “people are misinformed” about the issue. The remarks came in the backdrop of a mounting multi-pronged attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government by the Congress, with the party on Monday moving the Central Vigilance Commissioner seeking an FIR and seizure of documents

DAC approves procurement of Rs 2300cr-worth engines for T-72 tanks

DAC approves procurement of Rs 2300cr-worth engines for T-72 tanks Sep 26,2018

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for the procurement of 1000 engines for fitment in T-72 tanks of the Army under ‘Buy and Make’ category at an approximate cost of Rs 2300 crore.Post the transfer of technology, most of these engines will be manufactured by the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB). The engines will enhance mobility, agility, and acceleration of T-72 tanks making them more versatile and effective in the battlefield. In an effort to reduce timelines in defence

Surgical strike not the only option to tackle terrorism from Pakistan: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat

Surgical strike not the only option to tackle terrorism from Pakistan: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat Sep 26,2018

While reiterating that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is the biggest challenge to the country, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday warned that the armed forces have several options open, including surgical strikes, to teach a firm lesson to the country’s enemy. ”Terrorism emanating from Pakistan is the biggest challenge to the country. But surgical strikes are not the only option we have. The armed forces have several other better options for tackling cross-border infiltration and

Russian defense ministry uses S-400 radar data as evidence of Israeli involvement in Il-20 crash

Russian defense ministry uses S-400 radar data as evidence of Israeli involvement in Il-20 crash Sep 26,2018

Russia’s defense ministry has presented data from the S-400 radar deployed at the airbase at Syria’s Hmeymim as evidence proving the Israeli air forces’ responsibility for the incident with the Russian Ilyushin-20 plane killing 15 servicemen. The ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said on Monday the ministry took notice of certain comments seeking to distort the picture of the incident and thoroughly scrutinized the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) statement alleging that the Israeli

Need another surgical strike, says Army chief Bipin Rawat

Need another surgical strike, says Army chief Bipin Rawat Sep 24,2018

General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff, says India needs to launch another surgical strike against terrorists, and thinks the situation at the border with Pakistan won’t improve unless the Pakistan government can control its military and its intelligence service. “As long as the Pakistan government can’t control its Army and the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence], the situation at the border won’t improve,” General Rawat told India Today TV.”Targeting policemen shows the

Pakistan Sets Rahul Gandhi’s Poll Issues? The Sequence Of Events Surely Suggests So

Pakistan Sets Rahul Gandhi’s Poll Issues? The Sequence Of Events Surely Suggests So Sep 24,2018

Pakistan government has openly come out to campaign for Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister of India. Many Pakistani leaders are miffed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government called of the talks between the two countries at UNGA, hence, they have come out in support of the Congress President. Here’s the timeline as to how the entire issue surfaced: September 21, 2018: It all started when Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and hit out at the Modi- government over

Russia may respond to Il-20 tragedy by closing Syrian air space, says expert

Russia may respond to Il-20 tragedy by closing Syrian air space, says expert Sep 24,2018

Moscow could adequately respond to the downing of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea by closing Syria’s air space, Science Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Science Vitaly Naumkin told TASS, commenting on the information released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday. According to him, everything depends on whether Israeli authorities “will be ready to accept the blame, apologize for the Il-20 crash and punish those

India Tests Interceptor Missile That Can Engage Targets Above Atmosphere

India Tests Interceptor Missile That Can Engage Targets Above Atmosphere Sep 24,2018

India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast today, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, the defence sources said.The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), at about 8.05 pm, the sources said. This Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission is for engaging the targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of the

India asks Israel to validate Spike missiles in high Indian temperatures before a deal

India asks Israel to validate Spike missiles in high Indian temperatures before a deal Sep 24,2018

A deal to procure the Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel through the government-to-government route has been brought before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for approval. However, some validation trials have to be held before the deal is signed. “Validation trials of the infrared seeker (IR) are to be held. Once the DAC accords approval, the trials will be performed during the summer,” a defence source said. Not up to the mark The deal will feature on the agenda of the DAC

After France, India likely to ink pact with Russia for Gaganyaan

After France, India likely to ink pact with Russia for Gaganyaan Sep 24,2018

After an agreement with France, India could ink a pact with Russia for sharing of expertise on ISRO’s ambitious human space mission project ‘Gaganyaan’ during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi next month, official sources said.Besides ‘Gaganyaan’, the two sides are currently engaged in talks to establish ground stations for Glonass, the global positioning system of Russia, and NaVIC, India’s home-grown GPS in the other country, the sources added. The subject

Jaish commander among three militants killed in 2 encounters in Jammu and Kashmir

Jaish commander among three militants killed in 2 encounters in Jammu and Kashmir Sep 24,2018

A top Jaish-e-Mohammad operative was among three militants killed in two gunfights with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, while a woman Special Police Officer (SPO) in south Kashmir announced her resignation on social media after receiving threats from militants. Adnan of Pakistan, a top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander, was killed in a gunfight triggered after militants hiding in a house fired on police, CRPF and Army men conducting a cordon and search operation in Aripal area of Tral

India to Gift Airworthy Made in India Mig-21 to Russian President Putin

India to Gift Airworthy Made in India Mig-21 to Russian President Putin Sep 23,2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin flies into New Delhi in his customised IL-96 jet on October 4 to participate in the 19th instalment of what will be one of the most closely watched Indo-Russian summits. Geopolitical shifts this year have fuelled such uncertainty-India’s perceived tilt towards the US after a recently concluded ‘Two Plus Two’ dialogue in New Delhi last month and the prospect of US sanctions being applied to India if it buys Russian defence equipment. This would

It is time to give a befitting reply to Pakistan, terrorists: Army chief

It is time to give a befitting reply to Pakistan, terrorists: Army chief Sep 23,2018

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that “it is time” that the barbarism being propagated by the Pakistan army and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is given a befitting reply, reported news agency ANI.”We need to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out. Yes, it’s time to give it back to them in the same coin … not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also feel the same

Moon mission a calculated risk: ISRO chairman K Sivan

Moon mission a calculated risk: ISRO chairman K Sivan Sep 23,2018

ISRO’s moon mission Chandrayaan 2, a ‘calculated risk’ undertaken in the knowledge that 50 per cent of such launches have failed, will land at a spot where no country has gone before, its chairman K Sivan said Saturday.”Though half of lunar missions have failed, ISRO is taking a calculated risk, because calculated risk along with innovation is absolute essential if we want to be a major player in the space industry. Chandrayan 2 is also a calculated risk,” he said. He said the