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Pakistan elections: Guns fall silent along International Border

Pakistan elections: Guns fall silent along International Border Jul 22,2018

The guns are relatively silent lately along the International Border (IB) since June in Jammu and Kashmir, with not even a single ceasefire violation this month so far. Security experts and observers say the Pakistan general election, scheduled on July 25, is a big factor for this peace as the polling exercise requires political as well as military energy redirected internally. The current scenario is in contrast with the first five months this year. Consider this: The Border Security Force

Kashmir: Dip in terrorist violence under Governor’s rule, says Home Ministry

Kashmir: Dip in terrorist violence under Governor’s rule, says Home Ministry Jul 22,2018

Terrorist violence has come down in Jammu and Kashmir substantially ever since the state has been placed under Governor’s rule but incidents of stone pelting have increased marginally, official data show. According to the data compiled by the Home Ministry, there has been a decrease in attacks carried out by terrorists since June 16 to July 15 in comparison to the month of Ramzan when the suspension of operations was in force when the suspension of operations was in force. While the

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed three militants in an encounter in Kulgam district of the state on Sunday morning.  A cordon-and-search operation was launched in Khudwani area of Kulgam district in s

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed three militants in an encounter in Kulgam district of the state on Sunday morning. A cordon-and-search operation was launched in Khudwani area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir after security forces received intelligence input about the presence of some militants in the area, a police official said. He said on seeing the security personnel, the militants started firing, prompting retaliation. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said the ongoing operation is against the militants who were responsible for torturing Constable Mohd Saleem and brutally killing him. Constable Saleem was abducted by militants from his residence in Mutalhama area of Kulgam in south Kashmir on Friday and his body, bearing severe torture marks, was recovered on Saturday. Troops of the Indian Army, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are part of the operation. So far, bodies of three militants, along with weapons, have been recovered from the encounter site. Jul 22,2018

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed three militants in an encounter in Kulgam district of the state on Sunday morning. A cordon-and-search operation was launched in Khudwani area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir after security forces received intelligence input about the presence of some militants in the area, a police official said. He said on seeing the security personnel, the militants started firing, prompting retaliation. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid

Kashmir: Security forces kill 3 militants in Kulgam who murdered J-K Police constable

Kashmir: Security forces kill 3 militants in Kulgam who murdered J-K Police constable Jul 22,2018

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed three militants in an encounter in Kulgam district of the state on Sunday morning. A cordon-and-search operation was launched in Khudwani area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir after security forces received intelligence input about the presence of some militants in the area, a police official said. He said on seeing the security personnel, the militants started firing, prompting retaliation. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid

Decoding the Logic Behind the Shelving of India’s Mountain Strike Corps

Decoding the Logic Behind the Shelving of India’s Mountain Strike Corps Jul 22,2018

The media has reported that the Indian army’s much vaunted mountain strike corps (MSC) has been put in cold storage. An insinuation attributed by the media to unnamed sources has it that the decision is a result of institutional factors rather than strategic necessity. According to these sources, the army officer corps saw the MSC as a way of accessing a greater slice of the defence budget. By blaming the army for inflating the threat perception in order to make itself the primus inter pares

MDL Starts Production of 4th Destroyer of Visakhapatnam Class

MDL Starts Production of 4th Destroyer of Visakhapatnam Class Jul 22,2018

Commodore Rakesh Anand, Chairman & Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, inaugurated the Commencement of Production activity of Y-12707, fourth destroyer of Visakhapatnam Class on 19 July’ 2018 in the South Yard Production Shop, in the presence of Mr. Sanjiv Sharma, Director (Finance); Cmde T V Thomas, Director (Corporate Planning and Personnel); RAdm A K Saxena, Director (Shipbuilding), Mr. Satish Pendharkar, Chief Vigilance Officer and other senior officials of MDL and

Was Rahul’s Rafale math wrong? Congress president ignored fact that France ‘gifting’ 32 Jaguars to India

Was Rahul’s Rafale math wrong? Congress president ignored fact that France ‘gifting’ 32 Jaguars to India Jul 22,2018

Rahul Gandhi claimed during Friday’s no-confidence motion debate that the Rafale jet deal has come as a huge loss to the Indian exchequer. But the Congress president may not have taken into consideration that 32 second-hand Jaguars are also being gifted to India by France. On Friday, Gandhi raised several questions related to the Rafale deal and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer why India was paying a “much higher price” for the aircraft than had been bargained with France

US sanctions aimed at affecting India-Russia defence ties, says Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev

US sanctions aimed at affecting India-Russia defence ties, says Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev Jul 22,2018

Russia has accused the US of taking steps specifically aimed at reducing Russia’s defence, military and political ties with India. In an interview to Russian international news agency RIA Novosti, Moscow’s ambassador to New Delhi Nikolay Kudashev said the sanctions that the US has imposed on Russia are among other things aimed at replacing Moscow as a key ally of New Delhi. The US sanctions against Russia also target organisation and countries which have strategic, defence and military

Expensive Stealth Fighter Jet F-35 Arriving In Growing Numbers In Europe

Expensive Stealth Fighter Jet F-35 Arriving In Growing Numbers In Europe Jul 22,2018

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is arriving in growing numbers in Europe, and is poised to play a much broader role in missile defence and other warfare plans than conventional fighters, according to U.S. and European officials. After years of technical challenges and programme delays, the F-35, the world’s most expensive arms programme, is rapidly gaining a foothold in the United States and Europe.The new warplane’s high-end sensors will give it a bigger role across all domains of

Rafale deal secrecy clause: Rahul Gandhi has lowered his own credibility, says Jaitley

Rafale deal secrecy clause: Rahul Gandhi has lowered his own credibility, says Jaitley Jul 22,2018

Union Minister Arun Jaitley has said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has lowered his own credibility by “concocting a conversation” with French President Emmanuel Macron in his speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Mr. Gandhi, in his speech, alleged that Mr. Macron had told him that there was no binding secrecy clause in the Rafale deal. He accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of lying to Parliament on the deal. Mr Gandhi’s statement

Militants kill abducted policeman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district; rebels attack Army patrol

Militants kill abducted policeman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district; rebels attack Army patrol Jul 22,2018

Militants on Saturday killed a policeman they had abducted from his home in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, while Army and CRPF patrol parties came under attack by militants. A police officer said the body of policeman Mohammad Saleem Shah was recovered from an orchard in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district on Saturday afternoon.He said the body bore bullet wounds and marks of violence and torture.“It is apparent that the policeman was killed after being tortured by the militants,” the

US offers India armed version of Guardian drone: Sources

US offers India armed version of Guardian drone: Sources Jul 19,2018

The United States has offered India the armed version of Guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior US official and an industry source told Reuters. If the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Washington has sold a large armed drone to a country outside the NATO alliance. It would also be the first high-tech unmanned aircraft in the region, where tensions between India and Pakistan run high. In April, President Donald

India’s Missile Tracker Ship to be ready in December

India’s Missile Tracker Ship to be ready in December Jul 19,2018

India’s secretive nuclear missile tracking ship, which will become part of an elaborate missile shield being planned against attacks is successfully undergoing harbour trials and is set to be delivered by December, a top official in charge of the project has confirmed. The VC11184, a specialised Ocean Surveillance Ship being built for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), is on its way to completion just over four years after it was ordered as part of the Modi government’s

Terrorists waiting to infiltrate, attack Indian Navy Base; JeM men being trained in deep water: Intel reports

Terrorists waiting to infiltrate, attack Indian Navy Base; JeM men being trained in deep water: Intel reports Jul 19,2018

Intelligence agencies have warned the government that a group of at least 10 terrorists in waiting near the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate into the Indian territory. The intel reports suggest that the terrorists plan to carry out a big terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the inputs received by the government, the terrorists are currently stationed at terror launch pads at Kel, Athmuqam, Dudhnial and Leepa Valley near the Line of Control. The terrorists are linked with terror

India gets Export orders for LightWeight Torpedoes

India gets Export orders for LightWeight Torpedoes Jul 18,2018

Defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) today said it has bagged an export order worth $14.33 million for export of LightWeight Torpedoes to a friendly country. An official release said that with this, the company has achieved 65 percent of export target set for the financial year 2018-19. BDL has a dedicated unit at Visakhapatnam exclusively for manufacturing underwater weapons, where the export order will be executed. “BDL is expanding its footprint globally by offering Akash Weapon

IAF considering more Israeli Weapons for LCA-Tejas : Israeli Media

IAF considering more Israeli Weapons for LCA-Tejas : Israeli Media Jul 18,2018

The Indian Air Force is planning a series of tests to prove the integration potential of some advanced Israeli-developed systems on its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas. The list includes air-air missiles and precise air-ground weapon systems.Recently, a Rafael I-Derby air-air missile was launched from the LCA over a test range in the Goa region. Following the successful test launch and integration, the Indian DRDO has decided to equip one squadron of the LCA with the Israeli missile. The

Russia’s new self-propelled anti-tank gun to begin state trials in October — source

Russia’s new self-propelled anti-tank gun to begin state trials in October — source Jul 18,2018

State trials of Russia’s amphibious self-propelled tank destroyer, Sprut-SDM1, are to begin in October, a defense industry source has told TASS. “State trials of Sprut-SDM1 are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018,” the source said.Russia’s state corporation Rostec did not comment on the timeframe, saying only that “trial models of Sprut-SDM1 are ready for testing, the customer is still interested in the project.” The Sprut-SDM1 self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) has been

Tejas’ price can’t come down

Tejas’ price can’t come down Jul 18,2018

Even as the Indian Air Force has got the Defence Ministry’s nod to get the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas’s price reviewed by a committee following reports that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) has quoted an exorbitant price for the MK-1A version of the aircraft, the Bengaluru- headquartered defence Public Sector Undertaking has defended its price tag. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week said that a committee had been formed to look into the cost of products

Russia to develop advanced radio-photonic radars for 6th-generation fighter jets

Russia to develop advanced radio-photonic radars for 6th-generation fighter jets Jul 18,2018

Radio-photonic radars for unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft will be created in Russia in several years to get an accurate target image, the press office of RTI Group told TASS on Monday. As was reported earlier, radio-photonic radars are expected to be mounted on Russian sixth-generation fighter jets. This station sees considerably further than a conventional radar and will be capable of building actually a photographic image of the target that will be identified automatically. As the

We don’t claim to be angels; we are dealing with worst terrorism unleashed by evil forces’: J&K cop’s message

We don’t claim to be angels; we are dealing with worst terrorism unleashed by evil forces’: J&K cop’s message Jul 18,2018

We don’t claim to be angels. We are as good or as bad as Lahore, Delhi or Karachi Police. We are dealing with worst terrorism unleashed by evil forces,” is the message a Jammu and Kashmir police officer has given to trolls after being targeted on social media for tweeting about a documentary on the state police force. The documentary film highlights the policemen’s pain and suffering in the face of an organised militancy in the state. Cop Imtiyaz Hussain’s message to Twitter users to