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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

If US imposes sanctions against India over S-400 deal, all three countries lose — expert

If US imposes sanctions against India over S-400 deal, all three countries lose — expert Sep 07,2018

If the US decides to implement sanctions against India due to their purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, then all three countries will lose, Indian political expert and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan told TASS on Thursday. “If the United States implement sanctions (against India due to S-400 deal with Russia – TASS), all three countries will be losers,” the expert said, commenting upon the results of the first India-US 2+2 summit, which

India ‘joins’ Nato — well, almost

India ‘joins’ Nato — well, almost Sep 07,2018

India and the United States signed a landmark military communication pact — Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) — that is one of the four foundation agreements the US signs with its allies. The agreement was signed during the inaugural 2+2 dialogue defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has with their US counterparts US defence secretary Jim Mattis and secretary of state Mike Pompeo.India had already signed two agreements:

COMCASA?to help India get access to real-time encrypted information, defence technologies from US

COMCASA?to help India get access to real-time encrypted information, defence technologies from US Sep 07,2018

India on Thursday signed a path-breaking agreement with the US which will allow Indian defence forces to receive military-grade communications equipment from the US and ensure access to real-time encrypted information. The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) will also help India to obtain critical defence technologies from the US and gain access to critical communication network of the US armed forces, officials said. They said the pact, which came into effect

After joint military exercise, army chiefs of 7 BIMSTEC countries to meet in Pune

After joint military exercise, army chiefs of 7 BIMSTEC countries to meet in Pune Sep 07,2018

The army chiefs of seven BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries will meet towards the end of the first joint military exercise of member countries in Pune, which starts next week. Through the exercise, “India is looking forward to initiate a process of sharing counter-terrorism strategies” among the armies of the member nations, said Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General D R Soni. The field training exercise, named MILEX-18,

France to provide life support and medicine for ‘Gaganyaan’ crew

France to provide life support and medicine for ‘Gaganyaan’ crew Sep 07,2018

The national human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will get French support in the form of life support and medicine for the Indian crew.The French space agency CNES head Jean-Yves LeGall announced that an enabling agreement would be signed on Wednesday with his ISRO counterpart K. Sivan. He was at the bi-annual Bengaluru Space Expo BSX 2018 which opened here on Thursday.ISRO wants industry to drive the production of routine launch vehicles in two years, Dr. Sivan said on Thursday. “We are not

Why engine ‘breakthrough’ for China’s stealth fighter should worry India

Why engine ‘breakthrough’ for China’s stealth fighter should worry India Sep 07,2018

Even as the Indian Air Force on Wednesday reiterated the necessity of the controversial Rafale fighter deal, a Hong Kong-based daily reported that China has achieved a breakthrough in its J-20 stealth fighter programme by ironing out flaws in its indigenous engine. The daily noted that the development could help fulfil China’s plan to put the J-20 into mass production by the end of the year. While China has built a range of indigenous fighters over the past five decades, the country has

What 3 French Rafale jets were really doing with IAF in Gwalior this week

What 3 French Rafale jets were really doing with IAF in Gwalior this week Sep 07,2018

Trust the French to make a virtue out of a necessity. And India to play down an opportunity due to political exigencies.Three French Rafale jets flew away from Gwalior this week after being hosted at the Indian Air Force’s Tactics and Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) in the air force station. The Rafales were staging back to France after they had participated in the largest multilateral air exercise hosted by Australia in end-August called ‘Pitch Black’. An Indian Air Force

Iran to handover Chabahar port to Indian company in a month: Iranian Minister

Iran to handover Chabahar port to Indian company in a month: Iranian Minister Sep 07,2018

Iran will handover the strategic Chabahar port to Indian company within a month for operation as per an interim pact, Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said on Thursday. Akhoundi is in India to participate in the Mobility Summit by Niti Aayog on the invitation of India government. “Now, we are ready just to handover the port (Chabahar) to the Indian company just to operate this in interim agreement that already we had with Indian part for one and a half year,”