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IAI’s Taxibot to be deployed at Indian airports

IAI’s Taxibot to be deployed at Indian airports Jul 14,2018

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered an agreement with KSU of India for operating TaxiBot vehicles at New Delhi and Mumbai airports. The contract will be implemented in two stages. In the first phase, TaxiBot vehicles will be delivered to the airports and run in a controlled trial until end 2018. The second phase will involve the delivery of 38 additional vehicles in four years to New Delhi and Mumbai airports as well as to the general Indian market. India’s aviation market has

India-Korea defence co-production a win-win for both: Envoy

India-Korea defence co-production a win-win for both: Envoy Jul 14,2018

Close on the heels of the state visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to India, the country’s ambassador on Friday hoped India could be a manufacturing hub for defence co-production moving forward. India and South Korea agreed to upgrading defence ties in the recent summit talks. Today Ambassador Sin Bongkil in an interaction at FCC (Foreign Correspondents’ Club) underlined that importing defence items is a lot costlier and Korean companies have a keen interest to pitch for ‘Make

Will Never Send Pakistan Another Weapon to Use Against Own People: US

Will Never Send Pakistan Another Weapon to Use Against Own People: US Jul 14,2018

The United States on Saturday slammed Pakistan for sheltering terror networks. Speaking to news agency ANI, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that the US will have to make sure that they never send Pakistan another weapon for them to use against their own people. “Have to make sure that we (US) will never send Pakistan another weapon that they can use against their own people, that’s the first start,” he said, adding that the government, especially ISI, are allies of the oppressors.

LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Manohar Parrikar

LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Manohar Parrikar Jul 14,2018

The Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) of the Indian Air Force has been introduced because of his efforts when he was Defence Minister, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday, stating that the project was “not going anywhere” before he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014. “Lot of things have been done during my tenure as a Defence Minister… Make in India, for example, was one of the best. Tejas fighter aircraft has been introduced because of my efforts. It was not going

India tells Russia to go ahead with fifth-generation fighter aircraft project; says it may join at a later stage

India tells Russia to go ahead with fifth-generation fighter aircraft project; says it may join at a later stage Jul 14,2018

ndia has conveyed to Russia that it will not be part of the project now to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and may join the programme at a later stage, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. “It was conveyed to Russia that they can go ahead with the project and we may join it at a later stage,” the defence minister told reporters. India’s decision came after years of negotiations between the two countries could not yield a concrete result on

India going ahead with purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia: Nirmala Sitharaman

India going ahead with purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia: Nirmala Sitharaman Jul 14,2018

India is going ahead with the purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia despite American concerns, and has told the U.S. that it is for them to address concerns over its recent Russia sanctions, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday. Meanwhile, the 2+2 talks between the Defence and External Affairs Ministers and their U.S. counterparts, which was postponed in early July, is likely to be held in the first week of September, the Minister said. “We have made it clear

Panel to review cost of Tejas

Panel to review cost of Tejas Jul 14,2018

The Defence Ministry has formed a costing committee to review the prices of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited after the aircraft manufacturer quoted an exorbitant price tag to deliver the indigenous fighters to the IAF. “I have asked the panel (headed by the director of the cost in the ministry) to look into the costing of products manufactured by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings. The Indian Air Force offered to get the LCA Tejas price examined

Indian Army to get 464 new T-90 MBTs

Indian Army to get 464 new T-90 MBTs Jul 14,2018

Almost 18 months after the Ministry of Defence gave the nod to get 464 new tanks of the T-90 series, the deal is set to be finalised and an order to be placed for making these tanks in India.The T-90 is a Russian tank manufactured at Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Some parts of this war-machine will come from Russia to be integrated here. The Rs 3,500-crore project to add these 464 tanks has been sent for formal approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by

2+2 dialogue with US in September: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

2+2 dialogue with US in September: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Jul 14,2018

The dialogue between the Indian ministers of External Affairs and Defence and their American counterparts, the Secretaries of State and Defence, was conceived during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington in June last year. The idea was to ensure that any bottlenecks in bilateral relations were quickly tackled at the highest level. It was first tentatively scheduled for mid-April this year, but was postponed when Trump

Govt keeping eye on militant recruitment in Kashmir: Sitharaman

Govt keeping eye on militant recruitment in Kashmir: Sitharaman Jul 14,2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the Central government is keeping a tab on the growing number of youth joining militancy in Kashmir. “We are keeping an eye on recruitment. We are also focusing on what is motivating them to join militant ranks and who is behind influencing them. Also, we are able to kill militants on the borders itself,” Sitharaman said at a press conference here on Friday.   Reacting to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres backing

Over 130 killed in blast at election rally in Balochistan, Islamic State claims responsibility

Over 130 killed in blast at election rally in Balochistan, Islamic State claims responsibility Jul 14,2018

A suicide bomber killed over 130 people and injured more than 180 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 general election. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.It

No plan to contain China, says India

No plan to contain China, says India Jul 14,2018

India on Friday reaffirmed that its Indo-Pacific strategy was not aimed at China’s containment. During the second India-China Maritime Affairs Dialogue held in Beijing, the Indian delegation led by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs, cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks at the Shangrila dialogue in Singapore in June. “The Indian side also elaborated on India’s vision for the

Russia S-400 Defence Deal : Working to get CAATSA waiver for India, say Senators

Russia S-400 Defence Deal : Working to get CAATSA waiver for India, say Senators Jul 13,2018

At the request of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, US lawmakers are working to get a waiver for India from the punitive Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions ACT or CAATSA, under which sanctions kick off on countries that purchase significant military equipment from Russia. Though the act targets Russia, it is having its unintended consequences on India, which is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf air defense systems for around $4.5 billion from Russia, that US officials say

Rafale deal offsets : JVs to help create 3,500 hi-tech top jobs in India

Rafale deal offsets : JVs to help create 3,500 hi-tech top jobs in India Jul 13,2018

France’s Thales is confident of creating more than 3,500 high-end jobs in India over the next three years, as it executes $1 billion (Rs 6,850 crore) worth of offsets over the Rafale fighter jet deal in partnership with local companies Bharat Electronics and Reliance Defence. The company, which had revenue in excess of $17 billion in 2016, is looking at India as a major hub for international orders, and has pledged to transfer key technology for radars, optronics and integration of systems

$1.65-billion Aircraft deal: India to push for G2G pact with Japan

$1.65-billion Aircraft deal: India to push for G2G pact with Japan Jul 13,2018

The long-pending deal involving purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2i Amphibious and Rescue (SAR) aircraft for $1.65 billion is back on track with New Delhi expected to push for government to government deal (G2G) in an effort to close the discussions before the India-Japan annual summit to be held in September. The long-pending deal involving purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2i Amphibious and Rescue (SAR) aircraft for $1.65 billion is back on track with New Delhi expected to push for government to

India invites Donald Trump to be chief guest at next year’s Republic Day parade

India invites Donald Trump to be chief guest at next year’s Republic Day parade Jul 13,2018

India has invited US President Donald Trump to be the chief guest for next year’s Republic Day parade and celebrations, TOI learned on Thursday. If it happens, the Narendra Modi government might be tempted to tom-tom it as the biggest foreign policy coup in the past few years. While India is still awaiting an official response from the US, the latter is said to have indicated to the Indian government in the past few weeks that the Trump administration is favourably considering the invite

Russia Will Not Mass-Produce 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet

Russia Will Not Mass-Produce 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Jul 13,2018

Russia has no plans for mass-producing the PAK/FA Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet, the country’s first indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft, Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Yuri Borisov, said during an appearance on Russian television on July 2. In the interview, the deputy defense minister spoke about the aircraft’s recent deployment to Syria, but also noted that serial production of the Su-57 does not make sense at this stage and would only occur once the

Will India Nuclearize the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile?

Will India Nuclearize the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile? Jul 13,2018

Since the early 2000s, the BrahMos missile system has made India’s military arsenal a formidable one. A product of a joint Indo-Russian initiative, the weapon allows India to deliver a payload at Mach 2.8 to 3 velocity from 300 to 400 kilometers away. In fact, it is considered to be the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile. India’s current inventory includes land, air, ship, and submarine-launched variants of BrahMos, which has, to this point, been classified as a conventional

Indian Army not to proceed with Mountain Strike Corps aimed at China, say reports

Indian Army not to proceed with Mountain Strike Corps aimed at China, say reports Jul 13,2018

The Army has decided to shelve all new raisings for a China-specific Mountain Strike Corps due to financial constraints, an official source told The Print Thursday. The decision effectively puts the corps, as envisaged, in cold storage. The decision comes five years after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the creation of practically a whole new army with 90,000 troops at a cost of Rs 60,000 crore. The decision also comes a year after Indian and Chinese troops faced-off at

Arunachal : Army neutralizes two NSCN (IM) cadre in Longding

Arunachal : Army neutralizes two NSCN (IM) cadre in Longding Jul 13,2018

In a routine operation by the Khonsa battalion of Indian Army, two hardcore cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM) were neutralized near Sonya Noksa village, Longding district in Arunchal Pradesh late last night. Acting on intelligence input regarding movement of cadres between Longding and Khonsa, the security forces launched an area domination patrol in vicinity of the said village on Wednesday night, Kohima based defence spokesperson Col. Chiranjit Konwar said in a