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U.S., India to discuss sale of drones, exchange of satellite data

U.S., India to discuss sale of drones, exchange of satellite data Sep 04,2018

The United States and India will seek to finalize a number of defense agreements during high-level talks this week that aim to draw their two militaries closer and counter-balance China’s influence in the region. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks with India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the so-called two-plus-two discussions. Already canceled twice this year, it is the highest level of

Will go ahead with S-400 missile deal with Russia, India to tell US during ‘2+2’ dialogue

Will go ahead with S-400 missile deal with Russia, India to tell US during ‘2+2’ dialogue Sep 03,2018

India is planning to convey to the US that it will go ahead with Rs 40,000 crore deal with Russia to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems despite American sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. This will be conveyed to the American officials during the upcoming ‘two-plus-two’ talks. India enjoys close defence ties with Russia and is likely to seek a waiver from the Trump administration for the mega-deal, citing its requirement for the missile system in the wake of

Rafale deal: Is it about air power or political power?

Rafale deal: Is it about air power or political power? Sep 03,2018

The Rafale aircraft deal is fast turning into a political slugfest over allegations of nepotism and an overpriced deal for the 36 Rafale aircraft ordered by India. The UPA claims that the deal is far more expensive than what it had negotiated (though the UPA never signed this deal). More so, those inconclusive talks were about the Rafale aircraft platform, not for a fully loaded fighting machine that the 36 Rafale’s due for India would come in 2019, with the whole stack of weapons and

New chapter in India’s space odyssey

New chapter in India’s space odyssey Sep 03,2018

ISRO has set its sights on Gaganyaan, India’s first manned mission to space. With most of the critical technologies ready for it, the organisation is working towards a new deadline of 2022, announced by the PM in his I-Day speech. Let’s see what the mission is about If all goes well, India will script a new chapter in its space endeavour by launching its first human space flight programme (HSP), Gaganyaan, in 2022. Work on the mission began in 2004 and most of the key technologies are in

Four Maoists gunned down in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district

Four Maoists gunned down in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district Sep 03,2018

Four armed Maoists, including a woman fighter, were killed in a gun-battle with the security forces near Gumiyabeda village on Sunday at Narayanpur district in south Chhattisgarh.The encounter occurred in Abujhmad area of the district, about 400 km south of Raipur and some 60 km away from the Narayanpur district headquarters. “We had inputs about the movement in the region following which we sent a team of District Reserve Guards (DRG) for the search operation. At about 2 PM, the cadres

How India, too, is on a quest for undersea dominance, to counter the Chinese Navy’s growing presence

How India, too, is on a quest for undersea dominance, to counter the Chinese Navy’s growing presence Sep 02,2018

Undersea warfare has come to the surface after the South China Morning Post reported on Beijing’s development of giant, smart, cheap unmanned submarines. The “sea bots”, operated by artificial intelligence, are intended to perform tasks as diverse as reconnaissance, mine placement and making self-destructive attacks. They are now undergoing testing at a facility in Guangdong province, and will be part of a network of manned and unmanned assets tracking rival submarines in the

China watching India-US 2+2 dialogue with keen interest

China watching India-US 2+2 dialogue with keen interest Sep 02,2018

The new India-US 2+2 dialogue slated to be held on 6 September 2018 will replace the earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue established in 2010 and 2015, respectively. The new ministerial dialogue involving the Foreign and Defence Secretaries/Ministers of both the countries is aimed at enhancing strategic coordination and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, a construct that has been increasingly used by the governments and strategic communities alike, but has

US slaps sanctions on two Pak firms for nuke, missile-related activities

US slaps sanctions on two Pak firms for nuke, missile-related activities Sep 02,2018

The US on Saturday slapped sanctions on two Pakistani companies by placing them on the export entities list for activities related to nuclear and missile trade. The two companies – Technology Links Pvt Ltd and Techcare Services FZ have been placed under the Entity List by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). In a federal notification, the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the EAR list have been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the

Urban Naxalism is real in India: How the situation already resembles William S Lind’s Fourth Generation Warfare

Urban Naxalism is real in India: How the situation already resembles William S Lind’s Fourth Generation Warfare Sep 02,2018

The recent arrests of five activists from various cities for their alleged links with the Naxal movement in India has been followed by a well-orchestrated outpouring of concerns about stifling of dissent by the state. This outburst by a section of intelligentsia in India is a well-planned attempt to deflect the focus from the threat of Urban Naxalism in India. It appears that the scenario of “Fourth Generation Warfare” painted by the military strategist William S Lind is playing

Pentagon cuts off financial aid to Pakistan

Pentagon cuts off financial aid to Pakistan Sep 02,2018

The United States military has decided to cancel the financial aid worth 300 million USD to Pakistan due to the growing concerns regarding the latter’s failure to tackle the militants, according to an exclusive report by Reuters. Authored by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, the Reuters report further revealed that United States President Donald Trump’s administration has accused Pakistan of providing a safe haven to the insurgents, who are responsible for “a 17-year-old war in

Before 6th-Generation Fighter Flies, Lockheed Offers F-35/F-22 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force

Before 6th-Generation Fighter Flies, Lockheed Offers F-35/F-22 Hybrid to U.S. Air Force Sep 02,2018

Lockheed Martin is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new variant of the F-22 Raptor, equipped with the F-35’s more modern mission avionics and some structural changes, Defense One has learned. It is one of several options being shopped to the U.S. military and allies as Lockheed explores how it might upgrade its combat jets to counter Russian and Chinese threats anticipated by military officials in the coming decade, according to people with direct knowledge of the

Urban Naxals are the oxygen Naxals need to carry out their operations,

Urban Naxals are the oxygen Naxals need to carry out their operations," says Major Gaurav Arya Sep 01,2018

Even as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Maharashtra government over crackdown on the alleged Maoist sympathisers, Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.) has said “whenever there’s an operation against Naxals, within 24 hours there are cases filed, fake violation of human rights cases are brought up,” adding, “so that the forces who are fighting against the Naxals lose the will to fight, getting meshed in all these legal cases and in fake human rights

India-US 2+2 dialogue: September 6 talks ‘major opportunity’ to step up ties, says US

India-US 2+2 dialogue: September 6 talks ‘major opportunity’ to step up ties, says US Aug 31,2018

The US has called the two-plus-two dialogue in New Delhi as “a “major opportunity” to enhance the engagement between the two countries on vital “diplomatic and security” issues. US Defence Secretary James Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be coming to India next week for the first-ever India-US 2+2 dialogue and they will be hosted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The talks will be held on September 6. “The 2+2 is a

ISRO Keen to Outsource PSLV, SSLV Manufacturing to Concentrate on Human Spaceflight

ISRO Keen to Outsource PSLV, SSLV Manufacturing to Concentrate on Human Spaceflight Aug 31,2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its commercial wing Antrix on Wednesday said they are willing to outsource manufacturing of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) so that the space agency could focus on the proposed human space programme. ISRO held discussions a week ago with a consortium of industries regarding PSLV industrialisation with the objective of easing ISRO to focus on human space programme and research and development

US once again frowns over India’s S-400 missile purchase from Russia, says ‘we could partner’

US once again frowns over India’s S-400 missile purchase from Russia, says ‘we could partner’ Aug 31,2018

Continuing the pressure on India over its Russian purchases, a US official on Thursday warned a special waiver from US sanctions is ‘not guaranteed’ if India buys weapon platforms from Russia. News agency AFP cited Randall Schriver, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs as saying that the waiver is ‘misleading’ and added that Washington would have ‘significant concerns’ if India purchased new platforms from Russia. The US has

Indian In Space, A Defence Hub, And Other Major Projects That India Wants To Finish ASAP!

Indian In Space, A Defence Hub, And Other Major Projects That India Wants To Finish ASAP! Aug 29,2018

India’s first manned space mission-Gaganyaan- is expected to take three Indians into space for seven days and the spacecraft will be placed in low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The Minister Of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, gave the details yesterday saying two unmanned Gaganyaan missions will be undertaken prior to sending humans. "The total programme is expected to be completed before 2022 with the first unmanned flight within 30 months. The mission will aim to send a

From Su-57 to Project 75I: Why India Views Russia as Essential Strategic Partner

From Su-57 to Project 75I: Why India Views Russia as Essential Strategic Partner Aug 29,2018

While the US is openly wooing India, there are no signs that New Delhi is going to give up its longstanding defense collaboration with Russia. Speaking to Sputnik, Indian analysts emphasized the country's "strategic autonomy" as New Delhi's major priority and presumed that the US's apparent plan to bring India into NATO’s fold would fail. Having granted India a waiver under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), Washington made it clear that it wanted New Delhi

India’s Manned Space Mission To Be Cheaper Than Projects By US, China

India’s Manned Space Mission To Be Cheaper Than Projects By US, China Aug 29,2018

The government on Tuesday said it expected to spend less than Rs. 100 billion ($1.43 billion) on its first manned space mission to be launched by 2022, suggesting it is likely to be cheaper than similar projects by the United States and China. India is cultivating a reputation as a low-cost space power, after the 2014 launch of an unmanned Mars mission at a cost of $74 million, or less than the budget of the Hollywood space blockbuster “Gravity” and a fraction of the $671 million the US

Russia may develop electronic warfare aircraft based on upgraded Il-114-300 plane

Russia may develop electronic warfare aircraft based on upgraded Il-114-300 plane Aug 29,2018

A combat air platform or an electronic warfare aircraft may be developed in Russia on the basis of an upgraded Ilyushin Il-114-300 plane, Ilyushin Aircraft Company Director for Il-114 Programs Ivan Kabatov told TASS on Tuesday. “With its unique performance characteristics, the plane is an optimal platform for making air platforms to solve the broadest range of tasks – from monitoring, patrolling and transport carriages to electronic warfare, reconnaissance and combat employment,” Kabatov

New copters to enable tech transfer

New copters to enable tech transfer Aug 29,2018

The Defence Ministry is shortly expected to release project-specific implementation guidelines for the 111 naval utility helicopters to be procured under the Strategic Partnership (SP) model. However, foreign companies say there is still some clarity required on crucial legal, liability and technology transfer issues. “There are two important issues that need clarity. One is legal. We can’t sell a submarine or fighter jet to a private company. Global regulations do not allow that. It has