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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

India-US Logistics Support Pact fully operational now

India-US Logistics Support Pact fully operational now Sep 10,2018

The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months, official sources said. Earlier this week, India concluded the third foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which is meant for secure encrypted communications. Exchange of SOPs :: “We had to inform them [U.S.] our standard operating procedures (SOPs). They had

Army mulls shifting Rashtriya Rifles HQ to Srinagar for swift operations

Army mulls shifting Rashtriya Rifles HQ to Srinagar for swift operations Sep 10,2018

The Indian Army is planning to shift the headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles, which oversees the thrust against terrorists in Kashmir, from New Delhi to Srinagar. A key cog in the anti-terror operations of the Indian Army, Rashtriya Rifles might soon find its head, the Director-General, in Srinagar. The Army is conducting its biggest ever restructuring exercise to make it more lethal by improving efficiency and plug the gaps in personnel distribution. The change in the headquarters will

Rolling out big guns: Two big shows for ‘Make in India’

Rolling out big guns: Two big shows for ‘Make in India’ Sep 10,2018

With elections fast approaching and questions being raised on the success of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, at least two major induction ceremonies are planned over the next month to roll in the big guns for the Army. One function is planned in Gujarat, where the K 9 ‘Vajra’ self-propelled artillery guns are being made while talks are on for a possible joint firing exercise with the M 777 ultra-light howitz ers at a range in Maharashtra, sources familiar with developments told

F-16 Plant May Move To India

F-16 Plant May Move To India Sep 10,2018

Lockheed Martin has reached a deal to shift production of F-16 wings to India, sparking speculation it might be planning to build the entire aircraft there in the near future. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., of Hyderabad, already makes airframe components for the C-130J and Sikorsky S-92 helicopter but the F-16 deal is a major step up from that involvement. Initially at least, all the production would be for export but stock analyst website Motley Fool says it might be just the first step in a

Why Maoists are surrendering: Leadership living a ‘good life’, cadre being ‘treated like animals’

Why Maoists are surrendering: Leadership living a ‘good life’, cadre being ‘treated like animals’ Sep 10,2018

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said in a report that the lower and middle cadres of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) have become disenchanted with the top leadership, as they believe the latter have become money-minded. The paramilitary force said the resentment among the cadre is growing and this is the reason why the number of Naxalites surrendering before the security forces is on the rise. The CRPF has stated these findings in its assessment report after

LCA Tejas MK 1 superior than Pakistan’s JF-17? Mid-air refuelling, other parameters prove so

LCA Tejas MK 1 superior than Pakistan’s JF-17? Mid-air refuelling, other parameters prove so Sep 10,2018

Two days after the Indian Air Force (IAF) shared a video of its Tejas Mark-1 fighter jet refuelling mid-air on Twitter, the combat jet has clearly emerged as superior to the JF-17 Thunder which is co-developed by Pakistan and China. The mid-air refuelling capability will help the fighter jet to strike deep inside enemy territory and stay airborne for a couple hours longer than the JF-17 Thunder. Currently, LCA Tejas has 3,000-liter fuel capacity with 850km combat radius. Now, with the mid-air

These pictures of Indian Army cadets' graduation ceremony are pure GOLD!

These pictures of Indian Army cadets' graduation ceremony are pure GOLD! Sep 10,2018

Indian army cadets on Saturday celebrated their graduation ceremony at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. A total of 252 cadets, including 38 women cadets, graduated from the academy. All the graduates will now be posted as lieutenants in the Indian Army. Earlier in March, for the first time in the History of Officers Training Academy, two lady cadets won top honours including the coveted Sword of Honor at the Passing Out Parade held at St Thomas Mount, Chennai. Academy Cadet

Indian Air Force? quietly making preparations to welcome Rafale jets

Indian Air Force? quietly making preparations to welcome Rafale jets Sep 10,2018

In the midst of a political firestorm over the Rafale jet deal, the Indian Air Force is quietly making preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft, official sources said. They said the IAF is sending a batch of pilots by the end of this year to France for training on Rafale jets.A number of IAF teams have already visited France to help Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, incorporate India-specific enhancements

Army recalibrating counter-insurgency strategy in Manipur, other NE states

Army recalibrating counter-insurgency strategy in Manipur, other NE states Sep 10,2018

The Army is seriously considering recalibrating its counter-insurgency strategy in the militancy-hit North East in the wake of an “over cautious” approach being adopted by its field units in the region following the Supreme Court’s strict orders to the CBI to ensure thorough probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur, military sources said. They said the Army headquarters was “deeply worried” over the rising casualty figures on the part of the Army in Manipur as well

Why The 36 Rafale Meant For India Are The Most Potent In The World

Why The 36 Rafale Meant For India Are The Most Potent In The World Sep 10,2018

A lot has been written and spoken about the 7.878 Billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets that can even fire strategic weapons. It has been drawn into a political slugfest with both opposition, led by Congress and the ruling NDA government led by BJP indulging in a war of words almost every day. In between all this, the IAF had been maintaining a steady silence. However, it chose to break its silence this week and surprisingly swayed into the controversy. So even while the government

Mazagon Dock to deliver second Scorpene class submarine by year end

Mazagon Dock to deliver second Scorpene class submarine by year end Sep 07,2018

The Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) will deliver its second submarine, Khanderi, to the Navy by the end of this year, senior MDL officials said on Thursday. After commissioning its first submarine, Kalvari, in December 2017, the company will deliver five other submarines to the Navy by 2022. According to the deal signed between Navy and MDL in October 2005, the company is required to build six scorpene class submarines — primarily diesel-electric attack submarines — in collaboration with M/s

Intelligence agencies tighten noose around Dawood; prepare special report on D-Company

Intelligence agencies tighten noose around Dawood; prepare special report on D-Company Sep 07,2018

Indian intelligence agencies, in collaboration with Mumbai police, will soon hand over a detailed report on world’s ‘most wanted’ criminal mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and his properties in America to the Home Ministry. The ministry will share this report with Ministries of External Affairs and Defense, who will further share it will American agencies, sourced told Zee Media. The report will also consist of details Dawood’s business operations and bank accounts in the US. Sources added