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3 JeM militants killed, 12 security personnel hurt in J&K encounter

3 JeM militants killed, 12 security personnel hurt in J&K encounter Sep 13,2018

Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed and 12 security personnel, including a DSP and an army officer, injured on Thursday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, the police said. Security forces, during a cordon and search operation, zeroed in on a location near a house in the district’s Kakriyal area, and surrounded the terrorists, officials said.The encounter broke out as the security forces, comprising the CRPF, police and Army personnel, closed in

Tejas Mk1, Mk1A, and Mk2 will be the mainstay of IAF’s inventory

Tejas Mk1, Mk1A, and Mk2 will be the mainstay of IAF’s inventory Sep 13,2018

With the number of the Indian Air Force’s fighter squadrons expected to decrease quickly from the present 31 as the current fleet ages, there has been a decisive endeavor to accelerate the recapitalization of the fighter fleet. The majority of the new fighters are to bear the “Make in India” label. By 2032, the Indian Air Force plans to have at least 18 squadrons of Indian-made fighters, said the Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal R. Nambiar, at a conference held in Delhi this

Bought only 36 Rafale jets as back-end infra didn’t allow for more: Nirmala Sitharaman

Bought only 36 Rafale jets as back-end infra didn’t allow for more: Nirmala Sitharaman Sep 13,2018

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the government chose to procure only 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France in 2015, instead of the 126 being negotiated by the previous government, as infrastructure and other technical requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) do not allow for greater induction. “Every time you induct one squadron (standard fleet of 18 aircraft), there is a requirement for a lot of other paraphernalia to come in. Given a set of parameters, if you

Govt plans to relax height limit for Nepalese in paramilitary forces: Rijiju

Govt plans to relax height limit for Nepalese in paramilitary forces: Rijiju Sep 13,2018

The home ministry is planning to relax the minimum height requirement for people from the Nepalese community residing in India to join the paramilitary forces, minister of states for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday. He was speaking at Haritalika Teej Mahotsav organised by Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust. Rijiju praised the contribution of the Nepalese community in developing the Indian culture. “The Nepalese community has played a very important

India plans AI for military but network-centric warfare capacity is stymied

India plans AI for military but network-centric warfare capacity is stymied Sep 13,2018

In 2017, China called for the nation to become “the world’s primary artificial-intelligence innovation center” by 2030, by which time, it forecast, the country’s AI industry could be worth US$150 billion. Hence China is investing heavily in all aspects of information technology, from quantum computing to chip design. Multiple initiatives have also been launched, including China building the $2.1 billion AI Technology Park in Beijing’s western suburbs. Compare this with America’s

On trip to Washington, NSA?Ajit Doval to address concerns over Russian arms

On trip to Washington, NSA?Ajit Doval to address concerns over Russian arms Sep 13,2018

National security advisor Ajit Doval is expected to visit Washington as early as this week, ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit next month. He will address US concerns over India’s purchase of the S-400 missile system from Russia, and to convince the Trump administration that the deal merits a waiver from the provisions of Countering America’s Adversaries Through the Sanctions Act (CAATSA). President Putin will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 4

Air Force top brass bat for Rafale jet deal

Air Force top brass bat for Rafale jet deal Sep 13,2018

The Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, on Wednesday said the government was strengthening the air force by providing the Rafale fighter from France and the S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia. Addressing a seminar in New Delhi, the air chief said: “By providing the Rafale and the S-400 (anti-missile system), the government is strengthening the Indian Air Force to counter the shortfall of our depleting numbers of aircraft.” According to him, “Very few

Quad’ of India, US, Japan, Australia to meet soon

Quad’ of India, US, Japan, Australia to meet soon Sep 13,2018

The next round of meeting of the Quad countries (India, US, Japan, Australia) will probably be held by this autumn, which would be the second time the group would be meeting this year. India wants it to stay at the joint secretary level, though the US and Japan have asked for it to be elevated to a foreign secretary/foreign minister level. For the time being, India has prevailed, as was decided after the 2+2 meeting last week. Indian officials said they would like the coming rounds to focus on

Army chief, commanders agree to transform army, trim headquarters, create verticals

Army chief, commanders agree to transform army, trim headquarters, create verticals Sep 13,2018

The Indian Army top brass has come to an agreement that there is a need to transform the army into a more agile fighting force to meet current and future threats. There was a consensus in trimming down the main headquarters by merging certain departments and creating verticals for dealing with operational, procurement and logistical matters for faster decision making. The agreement was reached at a high level meeting between Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and his army commanders in Delhi on

Was Trump influenced by PM?Modi’s remarks on?Afghanistan?

Was Trump influenced by PM?Modi’s remarks on?Afghanistan? Sep 13,2018

President Donald Trump, an opponent of the involvement of US troops in Afghanistan, was apparently influenced by a remark from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while aides debated the administration’s policy for the war-ravaged country in the summer of 2017. He was leaning towards leaving, or a change in strategy if the decision was to stay. As he grilled his top officials – defence secretary James Mattis, then secretary of state Rex Tillerson, then National Security Adviser HR McMaster and

Indian Scientists Successfully Revive and Upgrade Asia’s Oldest Research Reactor Apsara

Indian Scientists Successfully Revive and Upgrade Asia’s Oldest Research Reactor Apsara Sep 12,2018

Indian nuclear scientists have upgraded Apsara, the country’s and Asia’s first research reactor. Originally, the reactor was supposed to be demolished after it completed 53 years of successful operation in 2009. India has put into operation an upgraded research reactor at the Trombay campus of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre that was originally planned to be dismantled. The newly upgraded research reactor is completely indigenous and it will increase indigenous production of

Leopards urine helped army in surgical strike’

Leopards urine helped army in surgical strike’ Sep 12,2018

The Indian Army troops used leopard’s urine and faeces to throw off dogs while carrying out surgical strikes, 15km inside Pakistan territory in 2016, former Nagrota Corps commander Lt Gen Rajendra Nimborkar said on Tuesday. The city-based Thorle Bajirao Peshwe Pratishthan awarded Nimborkar for his contribution to the strikes. The award was given away by former chief minister Manohar Joshi who was chief guest. Nimborkar, who served as brigade commander in Nowshera sector, had studied the

An L&T-Russian partnership for India’s 30-year submarine plan

An L&T-Russian partnership for India’s 30-year submarine plan Sep 12,2018

Embattled by the controversy over the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters from France, the defence ministry is initiating a slew of defence acquisitions, worth almost Rs 4 trillion. These would take years to fructify but would allow the Bharatiya Janata Party to claim while campaigning for elections that it was safeguarding India’s defence. These include the procurement of 110 fighter aircraft worth about Rs 1.25 trillion, 57 naval fighters worth Rs 750 billion, S-400 air defence systems worth

Rafale, S-400 missiles necessary to boost India’s defence capabilities: Air Force Chief BS?Dhanoa

Rafale, S-400 missiles necessary to boost India’s defence capabilities: Air Force Chief BS?Dhanoa Sep 12,2018

The deal to buy the high-tech Rafale jets would partially offset the Indian Air Force’s depleting number of fighter squadrons needed to match force levels of its regional adversaries, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said on Wednesday. The IAF chief’s strong defence of the decision to buy the fighter jets comes against the backdrop of sharp attacks from the Congress-led opposition that accuses the government of negotiating an overpriced deal to buy 36 fighter jets in flyaway condition from

First 2+2 Dialogue ‘defining moment’ for Indo-US relations Mattis

First 2+2 Dialogue ‘defining moment’ for Indo-US relations Mattis Sep 12,2018

The “highly successful” first 2+2 Dialogue between India and the United States was a “defining moment” and the defence co-operation between the two countries is on the right track, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said here Tuesday.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the crucial talks with Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on September 6. “Last week I did go to India for what could only be considered highly

IAF chief Dhanoa backs Rafale deal

IAF chief Dhanoa backs Rafale deal Sep 12,2018

Amid the rising clamour on the Rafale deal, the Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, on Wednesday said by procuring Rafale fighter jets the IAF was strengthening its depleting fleet.”By providing the Rafale jet and the S-400 (anti-missile system), the government is strengthening the Indian Air Force to counter the shortfall of our depleting numbers of aircraft,” he said at an event here. Pointing to IAF’s strength coming down to 31 squadrons from the sanctioned strength

Defence Acquisition Council likely to clear Israeli Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile deal for the Indian Army

Defence Acquisition Council likely to clear Israeli Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile deal for the Indian Army Sep 12,2018

It’s taken a decade and probably, the visit by the Prime Minister of Israel to India, but the weapon system the armoured corps has been waiting for, is now going to be made available. The Spike anti-tank guided missile is finally looking like arriving. It is likely to be taken up by the defence acquisition council on September 28th. It is a government-to-government decision and is all set to be cleared. The Spike deal consists of 4,500 missiles, 172 launchers and will cost about Rs 3,742

IOC to invest Rs 170 crore in strategically vital Siliguri oil terminal

IOC to invest Rs 170 crore in strategically vital Siliguri oil terminal Sep 12,2018

State-owned Indian Oil Corporation is going to invest Rs 170 crore in capacity augmentation at its Siliguri storage terminal that supplies fuel to a vast area and important defence establishments such as the 33 Corps. With three mountain divisions, the corps has snow clad high-altitude Sino-Indian border within its responsibility area. “It is more of an operational, strategic step that we are taking to augment the capacity of this terminal,” said Dipankar Ray, IOC’s executive director

India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials

India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials Sep 12,2018

Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first missile tracking ship by the first week of October. The keel of the ship, which was laid on June 30, 2014, is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation, the technical intelligence agency working directly under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National

India, Russia likely to sign warship deal at Modi-Putin meet next month

India, Russia likely to sign warship deal at Modi-Putin meet next month Sep 12,2018

India and Russia are expected to hammer out a deal for four more Krivak/Talwar class stealth frigates for the navy in October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Vlamidir Putin meet in New Delhi for an annual summit between the two countries,two senior officials familiar with the matter, said on Tuesday. Two of the warships will be constructed at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad and the remaining two at the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). GSL chairman Shekhar Mita, a retired rear