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India to spend $1-bn on Advanced Air Defense System from US

India to spend $1-bn on Advanced Air Defense System from US Aug 01,2018

India has quietly approved a plan to the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II through a government-to government deal with United States. The moves comes before September 6 “2+2 dialogue” between defense and foreign ministers of India and United States here to bolster bilateral defense and strategic partnership. The apex defense procurement body, Defense Acquisition Council, headed by Defense Minister Nirmarla Sitaraman, has approved the buy of hte NASAMS-II, manufactured by

US granting STA-1 status to India is a big rebuff to China

US granting STA-1 status to India is a big rebuff to China Aug 01,2018

US President Donald Trump’s decision to grant India the STA-1 trading status equivalent to American allies for procurement of military weapons is a big rebuff to China for blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group. In making this call, the US President has relaxed a key condition set by the Obama Administration that India would be eligible only after it had secured the membership of all four technology control regimes — the NSG, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the

IAF 110 jet deal: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-16, Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Gripen, MiG-35 in race

IAF 110 jet deal: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-16, Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Gripen, MiG-35 in race Aug 01,2018

Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to issue the request for proposal for 110 fighters around mid-2019, according to a report in The Hindu. The daily claimed that a senior defence source had told the newspaper that the IAF was in the process of studying the request for information from six global defence majors who had sent their proposals to supply the fighters. Top fighter jet producers Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Dassault Aviation, Eurofighter, Saab and United Aircraft Corporation have envisaged

India considering military usage of Artificial Intelligence

India considering military usage of Artificial Intelligence Aug 01,2018

India is considering the military usage of Artificial Intelligence for national security and military strategic purposes and the government is studying a report recommending the duel use of technology in aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear and biological warfare. Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told the Lok Sabha that the ministry has initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in their use of Artificial Intelligence and leveraging India’s capabilities in

Taskforce set up for roadmap to build indigenous plane: Prabhu

Taskforce set up for roadmap to build indigenous plane: Prabhu Aug 01,2018

The government has set up a high- level task force to develop a roadmap for building aircraft under the ‘Make in India’ programme, which will decide on setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the Rs 10,000- crore project, Rajya Sabha was informed today. “A high level taskforce to develop the roadmap with implementable recommendations has been set up under the chairmanship of the Civil Aviation Minister,” Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu told members in Rajya

LCA-Tejas FOC most likely only mid of 2019

LCA-Tejas FOC most likely only mid of 2019 Aug 01,2018

The target for the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to achieve Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is December 2018, the Government informed Parliament on Monday. However, official sources said this is likely to slip further to the middle of next year as there are several capabilities yet to be validated. “Production for 20 LCA will be taken up after FOC by Aeronautical Development Agency, for which current target is December 2018,” Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre

India fines Lockheed for not fulfilling offset duties

India fines Lockheed for not fulfilling offset duties Aug 01,2018

Amid differences over fulfilling offset obligations, the defence ministry has encashed a part of the bank guarantee given by US aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin for a special operations aircraft deal. The penalty – a little less than $ 5,00,000 – was imposed for alleged violation of terms and conditions for the Rs 4,000-crore deal that was signed in 2013. Sources said that the penalty was imposed after the defence ministry was not satisfied with the quantum of offset obligations that

NDA bought customised war machines for IAF: Pon Radhakrishnan

NDA bought customised war machines for IAF: Pon Radhakrishnan Aug 01,2018

With the Centre coming under fire from the Congress on the Rafale deal, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, justified the agreement for 36 Rafale fighter jets valued at Euro 7.87 billion or about Rs 59,000 crore, and asserted that the NDA did not buy “flying tins” but bought “customised war machines for stronger IAF.” Lashing out at the Congress president Rahul Gandhi for targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on the defence deal between

Ex Pitch Black 2018: IAF shares stunning video of SU30MKI & C-130 J aircraft’s historic flight in RAAF Australia

Ex Pitch Black 2018: IAF shares stunning video of SU30MKI & C-130 J aircraft’s historic flight in RAAF Australia Aug 01,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday shared a stunning video of SU30MKI and C-130J aircraft undertaking their maiden flight operations from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base in Darwin, Australia, a day before. Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, a military transport aircraft, and four fighter planes Sukhoi Su-30MKI are a part of the IAF contingent taking part in the multinational air exercise – Ex Pitch Black 2018. A Garud team and an X C-17 are also the part of the Indian

Economy Alone Won’t Make India a Global Power

Economy Alone Won’t Make India a Global Power Jul 31,2018

These days one often hears phrases such as ‘India has arrived at the global scene’ or ‘21st century would be India’s century’. Prime Minister Modi’s style of diplomacy at the international level has given a fillip to such a feeling. Media projection of his personal equations with a majority of the world leaders including Trump, Xi and Putin has left most Indians believing that India is at the threshold of global power. More concretely, this feeling has enabled India to punch above

Govt. plans ‘ISRO-like’ ocean mission

Govt. plans ‘ISRO-like’ ocean mission Jul 31,2018

Looking to emulate the success of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in designing and launching satellites, the Centre has drawn up a five-year, ?8,000 crore plan to explore the deep recesses of the ocean. The Union Earth Sciences Ministry — tasked with coordinating the exercise — unveiled a blueprint of the ‘Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)’ on Friday.Among the key deliverables to achieve these goals are an offshore desalination plant that will work with tidal energy, and

Government Confirms FOC of LCA-Tejas Changed again

Government Confirms FOC of LCA-Tejas Changed again Jul 31,2018

Two contracts were signed between IAF & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for procurement of (i) 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard aircraft on 31st March 2006 to be completed by December 2011 and (ii) 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft on 23rd December 2010 to be completed by 2016. Out of total 20 IOC aircraft (16 fighters and 4 trainers), 9 fighters have been delivered by HAL to IAF till date. The production of remaining 11 IOC aircraft (7 fighter + 4

India to build missile shield over major cities

India to build missile shield over major cities Jul 31,2018

In order to safeguard major cities across the country, government is procuring a variety of air defence systems, including missiles, launchers in order to cast a certain shield over the airspace in the cities. The units which are being procured from the US, Russia and Israel, besides deploying indigenously developed missiles as part of the project, Defence officials said. “As part of our initiative missile shield over the national capital and many other cities are being strengthened

Indian firm to supply heavy vehicles to Army

Indian firm to supply heavy vehicles to Army Jul 31,2018

For the first time, an Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the Army’s Russian-built Smerch Multi-Barrel Rocket launchers (MBRL) as well to carry strategic missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In April, Ashok Leyland was awarded a ?100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles by the Army to replace the Russian vehicles which currently carry the Smerch launchers. “The delivery will start in

Russia may export Project 22800 corvettes to Vietnam, India, China

Russia may export Project 22800 corvettes to Vietnam, India, China Jul 31,2018

Russia may supply Project 22800 corvettes codenamed Karakurt, armed with the Kaliber missiles, to Vietnam, China, India and other countries of the Asia-Pacific Region, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Monday. “These ships are very successful: they have a big tonnage, good armament, and Kaliber is the most important thing. The corvette has an acceptable price, it is small, compact and fast. I believe that it has a good export potential for a number of countries, especially

America frets over Russian weapons; India to send team

America frets over Russian weapons; India to send team Jul 31,2018

India will send a high-level technical team to the United States to understand Washington’s concerns on how India intends to secure sophisticated American-origin weapons alongside equally-capable Russian systems. ET has reliably gathered that the decision to send a team, comprising of senior armed forces officials among others, was made after Washington officially raised concerns over its highly advanced military equipment being exposed to the Russian origin S-400 air defence system. India

Deck cleared for purchase of 111 naval utility helicopters

Deck cleared for purchase of 111 naval utility helicopters Jul 31,2018

The defence ministry on Monday cleared “platform-specific” guidelines for the purchase of 111 naval utility helicopters under the ‘strategic partnership’ model to replace the Navy’s outdated fleet of French-designed Chetak choppers. The government’s defence acquisition council (DAC), which defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman heads, discussed and approved implementation guidelines for key projects under the model to boost the indigenous defence sector and ensure timely delivery of

US seeks waivers on nations buying arms from Russia, India not mentioned

US seeks waivers on nations buying arms from Russia, India not mentioned Jul 22,2018

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has sought waivers from sanctions on some countries making a transition from their military dependence on Russia, asserting that it will allow them to build closer security ties with America and strengthen US’ allies in key regions. Mattis’ statement did not mention India, but for all practical purposes he has been seeking waivers for India from the punitive Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions ACT or CAATSA, under which sanctions kick off on

India to build another dam in Afghanistan despite Taliban threat

India to build another dam in Afghanistan despite Taliban threat Jul 22,2018

Despite the growing threat from the Taliban, India has decided to assist Afghanistan in building another key project, the Shahtoot Dam, that will provide drinking and irrigation water to the residents of Kabul. Informed sources said work on the World Bank-funded project could start as early as next month. Officials from India and Afghanistan recently met in New Delhi and discussed the broad contours of the project. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, during his visit to Kabul in February, had

Indians will come to Wagah Border and call Pakistanis their master: PMLN President Shehbaz Sharif ahead of Pakistan polls

Indians will come to Wagah Border and call Pakistanis their master: PMLN President Shehbaz Sharif ahead of Pakistan polls Jul 22,2018

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has said that people can change his name if he does not take Pakistan ahead of its arch-rival India after coming into power. Addressing a rally in Sargodha late on Saturday, the PML-N chief said: “If I do not end load shedding crisis in six months, you can change my name,” adding “they (Indians) will come to Wagah Border and call Pakistanis their master.” The former Punjab CM said that he would bring Pakistan at par with