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IAF’s 13-day long mega exercise achieved more than its objectives, says chief B S Dhanoa

IAF’s 13-day long mega exercise achieved more than its objectives, says chief B S Dhanoa Apr 24,2018

The 13-day long mega military exercise by the Indian Air Force achieved more than its stated “objectives”, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said today, indicating its readiness to deal with a hostile Pakistan and China almost simultaneously. Two days after curtains came down on Gagan Shakti — the biggest exercise by the IAF in three decades — Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said over 11,000 sorties were carried out by combat, transport and rotary wing aircraft of the force to test its combat

Police arrest blast convict after conversation to eliminate PM goes viral

Police arrest blast convict after conversation to eliminate PM goes viral Apr 24,2018

The Coimbatore Police today arrested a 1998 serial blast convict after a recorded telephonic conversation went viral on social media in which he is purportedly heard saying he is planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police said. They said the eight-minute long conversation, which is being circulated on social media, was between a man, who has completed a jail term in the blast case and lives in Kuniyamuthur in the city, and a transport contractor. “The conversation was mainly

China flexes naval power; Aircraft Carrier Shandong to start sea trials soon; does India need to worry

China flexes naval power; Aircraft Carrier Shandong to start sea trials soon; does India need to worry Apr 24,2018

China and the United States are having a faceoff with the continued deployment of aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. It was reported that the Chinese deployed their Liaoning aircraft carrier with other warships escorting them near the Hainan Island. The United States too had its Roosevelt, Nimitz class carrier sailing in the South China Sea. Over the past few days, the Chinese have also been engaging largest ever naval parade in the South China Sea. The parade presided over the by

Aircraft Carriers still popular with powerful navies around the World

Aircraft Carriers still popular with powerful navies around the World Apr 24,2018

Aircraft carriers are “100,000 tons of diplomacy”, as Henry Kissinger once said. They provide great political strength as mobile air bases since they allow for maritime supremacy and even strikes deep inside an enemy’s territory. And despite growing criticism of their real efficiency, and alleged vulnerability, maritime powers are more than ever betting on them, especially in Asia. The foremost critic against them is their apparent unfitness for today’s asymmetric conflicts. A report

India to give Afghanistan improved weapon systems for counter-insurgency ops

India to give Afghanistan improved weapon systems for counter-insurgency ops Apr 24,2018

In a major push to spread its influence in the neighborhood, India has decided to supply weapons and equipment to friendly foreign countries, including Afghanistan. And, for the first time, India is likely to provide Afghanistan with troop carriers, spares for tanks, and rocket systems that are used in counter-insurgency operations. Top sources have told India Today that the Defence Ministry has asked the three services to draw-up a list of weapon systems that they can spare. Sources said

Airforce 1940's vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft soon to be inducted into IAF

Airforce 1940's vintage Dakota DC-3 aircraft soon to be inducted into IAF Apr 24,2018

A dacota DC-3 aircraft of 1940's vintage would be inducted shortly into the Vintage Aircraft Flight of the Indian Air Force. In 1988, a large fleet of Dakota DC-3 served in the Indian Air Force. It was one of the most versatile transport aircraft of its time. To honour the first Dakota which transported troops of the 1st Sikh Regiment to Srinagar on 27 Oct 47 during the Kashmir conflict, the Indian Air Force has allocated the aircraft with a registration number. Built in 1944, the aircraft

From UAVs to a system preventing friendly fire, FICCI offers solutions to army

From UAVs to a system preventing friendly fire, FICCI offers solutions to army Apr 23,2018

From palm-sized UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for surveillance, drones capable of ferrying stores to high altitudes, identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, scaling up performance of Russian-origin tanks to puncture proof tyres, India’s private sector has offered a raft of solutions to problems being faced by the army, in a new report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The sector has also come up with solutions to increase awareness about troop

Dassault Aviation Executive Committee Gathers in New Delhi to Reaffirm Full Commitment to the Make in India Policy

Dassault Aviation Executive Committee Gathers in New Delhi to Reaffirm Full Commitment to the Make in India Policy Apr 23,2018

After a four days visit of a major industrial mission of more than 60 French companies part of the GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad to strengthen French Indian aerospace cooperation , Eric Trappier, Chairman of the GIFAS and Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation has held Dassault Aviation Executive committee in New Delhi in order to highlight the key importance of India in the Company’s vision and his dedication to the success

AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh

AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh Apr 23,2018

The Union Home Ministry on Monday completely revoked the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Meghalaya while diluting it in other regions of Arunachal Pradesh. Till September 2017, 40 per cent of Meghalaya was under AFSPA. However, after recent review in consultations with the state government, AFSPA was removed completly from Meghalaya, a MHA statement said. Similarly, AFSPA is now applicable only in 8 police stations in Arunachal, down from 16 police stations in 2017. In

Tata Safari Army version deliveries begin: Toughest Safari for the Indian Army and its features

Tata Safari Army version deliveries begin: Toughest Safari for the Indian Army and its features Apr 23,2018

The Indian Army has given the Tata Safari a new lease on life, it will replace the tried and tested Maruti Suzuki Gypsy as the Army's new 4X4 vehicle. Indian Army's new Tata Safari will get a new specially protected under-body and a reworked suspension. Last year, Indian automaker Tata Motors bagged the contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply over 3000 units of its Tata Safari Strome SUV to the Indian armed forces. Pictures on Team-BHP now suggest that Tata Motors has begun the

Guess what! TCS alone is bigger than total m-cap of all listed stocks in Pakistan

Guess what! TCS alone is bigger than total m-cap of all listed stocks in Pakistan Apr 23,2018

India has just got its first company with $100 billion market-capitalisation as, TCSNSE 0.18 %, the crown jewel of Tata Group, zoomed past the magic number in morning trade on Monday. The latest spike in TCS shares has been driven by its March quarter earnings, in which the company reported a 5.71 per cent sequential growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 6,904 crore. The $100 billion market-cap catapults TCS to an elite club. World over, there are only 63 other companies in this league,

China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi

China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi’s meeting with India’s Modi Apr 23,2018

China on Monday reassured Pakistan that relations between the two countries were as firm as ever and would “never rust”, ahead of a meeting this week between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could unnerve Islamabad. China and Pakistan like to call each other “all weather friends” and their traditional close ties have long been viewed with suspicion by Pakistan’s neighbor and traditional enemy, India.But Modi has tried to reset

China’s First Home-Built Carrier Looks Set To Start Sea Trials

China’s First Home-Built Carrier Looks Set To Start Sea Trials Apr 23,2018

China first domestically developed aircraft carrier looks set to begin sea trials after pictures appeared on the Chinese internet on Monday of it leaving its dock in the northeastern port of Dalian.The still-unnamed carrier was launched this time last year but since then has been undergoing fitting of weapons and other systems and has not yet entered service. Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious military modernisation scheme, including stealth jets and anti-satellite

BrahMos-equipped Su-30MKIs hit bull’s eye as Gaganshakti-2018 concludes

BrahMos-equipped Su-30MKIs hit bull’s eye as Gaganshakti-2018 concludes Apr 23,2018

After carrying out extensive missions on the borders with China, the Indian Air Force has carried out strikes against locations from where the Chinese will gain entry closer to the Indian waters. Su-30MKIs fitted with BrahMos missiles carried out strikes in the Malacca Straits which will be the entry point of the Chinese military in the Indian Ocean region. The aircraft also carried out a sortie of over 2,000 kilometers where they were provided mid-air refuelling by Ilyushin 78 tankers and

Militant violence doubled in 4 years in Jammu and Kashmir

Militant violence doubled in 4 years in Jammu and Kashmir Apr 23,2018

Militant violence in Jammu and Kashmir doubled and infiltration attempts and successful infiltration of militants from across the border increased considerably between 2013 and 2017, a report of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has said. “There has been a steady surge in militant violence in the state since 2013. The militancy violence has nearly doubled in last four years,” the report says. According to data, 170 incidents of militancy were reported in 2013, in which 53 security forces

ISRO to Launch Military Satellites to Boost Surveillance

ISRO to Launch Military Satellites to Boost Surveillance Apr 23,2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch a number of important satellites in the coming months. Some of these satellites will have strategic importance as they will be used by the military to keep an eye on the movements of India’s hostile neighbours. In September, ISRO will reportedly launch a satellite, Gsat-7A, for the Indian Air Force for surveillance purpose. Another satellite, an advanced remote sensing equipment, Risat-2A, will be launched at year end. Both

Nuclear Deterrence Policy Gathering Steam in India

Nuclear Deterrence Policy Gathering Steam in India Apr 23,2018

Though India is a reluctant nuclear power, nuclear deterrence will continue to play a crucial role in India’s national security strategy over the next few decades,” says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, Distinguished Fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). In his recent book ‘Sharpening the Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy’, he explains the reason: “Only when India’s adversaries are convinced that India has both the necessary political

Shifting to offensive realism

Shifting to offensive realism Apr 23,2018

Last week saw considerable excitement in the national security circles with the setting up of a Defence Planning Committee (DPC). For a government which wants India to pull its weight in the world, it was surprising that the Modi government sought to mould India’s defence doctrine to its world view so late in the day in its tenure. NSA Doval’s interventions in the security sphere so far have been worthy of an excellent field level operative. Doval firsthand supervised the Myanmar and

India wants US to waive sanctions over Russia deal

India wants US to waive sanctions over Russia deal Apr 23,2018

New Delhi has been negotiating a contract with Russia’s state-owned Almaz-Antey Corporation to procure the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missiles. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu discussed the proposed deal when they met in Moscow on April 3 and discussed bilateral military cooperation. Moscow’s envoy to New Delhi, Nikolay Kudashev, recently said that the negotiation on the contract might be concluded before Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India, China agree to resume Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Natha Lu route in Sikkim

India, China agree to resume Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Natha Lu route in Sikkim Apr 23,2018

India and China today agreed to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Natha Lu route in Sikkim, Ministry of External Affairs today said, 10 months after the pilgrimage was stopped following the Doklam standoff. The decision was made during External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here. “We are also happy that the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu la route will be resumed this year. “I am confident that with Chinese side’s