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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

Government may clear purchase of two more AWACS for around $800 million

Government may clear purchase of two more AWACS for around $800 million Sep 11,2018

India is finally back on track to acquire two more airborne warning and control systems (AWACS), which are potent force-multipliers as “eyes in the sky”, for around $800 million in a tripartite venture with Israel and Russia after price wrangling kept the acquisition derailed for several years. Defence ministry sources on Monday said a fresh procurement case for the two AWACS, with Israeli Phalcon early-warning radar systems mounted on Russian Ilyushin-76 heavy-lift aircraft, is now with

At Mazagon Dock, another stealth sub Karanj readies for trials

At Mazagon Dock, another stealth sub Karanj readies for trials Sep 11,2018

Inside the cramped Scorpene class submarine ‘Karanj’ moored at Mazagon shipyard in Mumbai, technicians are busy preparing for sea trials ahead of delivery to the Indian Navy.‘Karanj’ is the third in a series of six Scorpene submarines being built at the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders , India’s only submarine builder, with technology from French group Naval. The first submarine ‘INS Kalvari’ was commissioned into the Navy on December 14, 2017, while the second ‘Khanderi’

China watching, India cautious to US move on talks with Japan and Australia

China watching, India cautious to US move on talks with Japan and Australia Sep 11,2018

WITH BEIJING watching the India-US engagement closely, India decided to cautiously approach its engagement with the quadrilateral countries — including Japan and Australia — in the Indo-Pacific region, where an increasingly proactive and assertive China is active in the maritime domain. Sources told The Indian Express that the United States wanted to upgrade the level of engagement between the quadrilateral grouping to the level of foreign secretary, but the Indian side politely told them

Army meeting on restructuring today

Army meeting on restructuring today Sep 11,2018

As the Indian Army’s ongoing study to transform itself is on, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and top military commanders would be briefed on the subject at a meeting in New Delhi tomorrow. This is the biggest exercise after the Independence to review personnel and the organisational structure and to explore whether the present practice is sustainable for the Army’s future requirements. The idea is to recast, right-size and restructure the officer cadre—39,000—in the Army. Lt Gen-rank

US wants India-Pakistan talks in conducive atmosphere

US wants India-Pakistan talks in conducive atmosphere Sep 11,2018

The United States wants India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue but feels a conducive atmosphere needs to be created first, a senior State Department official said on Monday. “We have frequent conversations with our Indian partners on (Pakistan) bringing down cross-border terrorism,” said Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, while briefing the Indian media over telephone from the US on the the first-ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial

India vs England: Indian soldiers in First World War recognised in special match

India vs England: Indian soldiers in First World War recognised in special match Sep 11,2018

A special match was played on Sunday to recognise the role of Indian soldiers in the First World War. The match played after following the first session of play between India and England at Kia Oval. The special match featured the Royal British Legion who joined forces with Surrey CCC. Another event featured the re-enactment of a cricket match played on the Western Front between the Royal Manchester Regiment and the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army. Later this year, the Legion will highlight

1.5 Lakh Job Cuts May Give Army Rs. 7,000 Crore To Buy Weapons

1.5 Lakh Job Cuts May Give Army Rs. 7,000 Crore To Buy Weapons Sep 11,2018

Worried about antique weapons in its arsenal, the army is seriously thinking about a proposal to shed up to 1.5 lakh jobs. By doing so, the army would save between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 7,000 crore which could be used to bump up its capital expenditure account used to maintain and replenish the stock of weaponry that it currently holds. At the moment, 83 per cent or Rs. 1.28 lakh crore of the army’s total budget goes towards its revenue expenses – day-to-day running costs and salaries. This

India Joins Elite Club Possessing Air-to-Air Fighter Jet Refueling Capability

India Joins Elite Club Possessing Air-to-Air Fighter Jet Refueling Capability Sep 11,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully completed air-to-air refueling in actual terms on the domestically built fighter aircraft Tejas MK1 with an IL-78 MKI tanker. India’s state-owned aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that Tejas had successfully completed the wet (actual) engagement on Monday by transferring 1,900 kilograms of fuel from the IAF IL78 mid-air refueling tanker. “The refueling was carried out at an altitude of 20000 ft. The aircraft’s