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US-made rifle, UAE carbine to equip Indian Army soldiers

US-made rifle, UAE carbine to equip Indian Army soldiers Sep 29,2018

US-made battle rifle and a UAE-made carbine have emerged as the lowest bidders for the Indian Army’s requirement for equipping its soldiers with a new rifle. The US arm-maker SIG Sauer’s SiG 716 finished with the ‘L1’ or lowest quote for the army’s fast track procurement of 72,000 new automatic rifles. The UAE arms firm Caracal’s CAR 816 close-quarter carbine finished ‘L1’ in a separate bid for 94,000 carbines, when price bids were opened this

India, Russia may miss signing defence deals worth $8.5 b during Putin’s visit next month

India, Russia may miss signing defence deals worth $8.5 b during Putin’s visit next month Sep 29,2018

With just a week left before the Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India for the annual bilateral summit, there is still no clarity on the several high-profile defence deals worth around $8.5 billion that the two countries were expected to sign. Some of the contracts that Russia has proposed to sign during the summit scheduled for October, 5 include five S-400 Triumph missile systems, four Project 11356 frigates, 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and 200 Ka-226T helicopters. The

Navy To Procure Auxiliary Ships Worth 1800 Crores Over The Next Few Years

Navy To Procure Auxiliary Ships Worth 1800 Crores Over The Next Few Years Sep 29,2018

The Indian Navy will spend Rs. 1,800 crore for the procurement of auxiliary ships such as ferries, crafts and fuel barges over the next seven to eight years, a top Navy officer said on Friday. Private shipbuilders can play a significant role in manufacturing small auxiliary ships for the Navy and thus, take part in indigenisation of defence manufacturing, Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, Assistant Chief of Material, Indian Navy, said in Kolkata. Speaking at the launch of a fuel

F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash

F-35 fighter jet: Programme suffers first crash Sep 29,2018

A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries.The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world.Global sales are projected at more that 3,000 aircraft, and the programme is likely to last for some 30 to 40 years.But the programme has been criticised both for cost and combat

Modi for integration in military ops

Modi for integration in military ops Sep 29,2018

Reminding the three Armed Forces about the importance of operating “jointly”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked topmost military commanders of the country to bring about integration and jointness in operations. Modi was addressing the combined commanders’ conference at Jodhpur this afternoon. Discussions are on within the three Forces on having a “theatre command” structure.   This is being opposed from within, especially by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Rajnath Singh’s Cryptic Statement On Surgical Strike Anniversary

Rajnath Singh’s Cryptic Statement On Surgical Strike Anniversary Sep 29,2018

As the government marks the second anniversary of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control, Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s comment fueled speculation about another army operation. “Our neighbouring country Pakistan keeps fostering unrest. It doesn’t refrain from its nefarious activities. People often raise how they mistreat our Border Security Force jawans. You might have seen something… something has happened, I won’t say what. It has

Strikes proved to world that India will not tolerate terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman

Strikes proved to world that India will not tolerate terrorists: Nirmala Sitharaman Sep 29,2018

Inaugurating an event to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes across the LoC, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the armed forces had “adequately punished” those wanting to spread terror and proved to the world that India will not tolerate terrorists. “Indian armed forces proved to this world that there is a very clear way in which we will show our strength to say that we shall not tolerate terrorists coming in the garb of intruders and

We can do it again: Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda justifies surgical strikes, celebrations

We can do it again: Former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda justifies surgical strikes, celebrations Sep 29,2018

Lt Gen D S Hooda, the former Northern Army Commander on Friday said that the surgical strikes were a balanced political-military operation and expressed confidence that the Special Forces of the Indian Army were capable of carrying out a similar operation if required. Commenting on the changed political leadership in Pakistan, Hooda said that no change could be expected until the military leadership in the country changed. Responding to the criticism on the commemoration of the surgical

Vajra hits target during trial in Pokhran

Vajra hits target during trial in Pokhran Sep 29,2018

The Indian army, since Wednesday, has been successfully testing fire from indigenous advanced gun K9-Vajra-T (longe range), which on Thursday, hit the target at Pokhran Field Firing Range in Jaisalmer district. The gun has a range to fire up to 40-50km and trials will continue till Friday. On Wednesday, six rounds were fired successfully from Howitzer and on Thursday, again six rounds were fired after the 13 modifications were done in the gun. Earlier, the trials were done in

UK supports India’s NSG membership bid unconditionally

UK supports India’s NSG membership bid unconditionally Sep 29,2018

The United Kingdom (UK) said India has done enough to get an entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, which is accountable for the international commerce of nuclear and backed India’s membership unconditionally. The diplomatic sources told the Times of India that London sees New Delhi as a significant member and defender of the international order. A dialogue took place between India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the UK’s Foreign and

India supports peace whereas Pak continues to assist Taliban, says top Afghan official

India supports peace whereas Pak continues to assist Taliban, says top Afghan official Sep 29,2018

Pakistan continues to support the Taliban despite the formation of the new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and stated that India wants a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, says a top Afghan. Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said at the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday that for the peace and the talks to get serious, a few things are required. He said that there was a need to pursuade those who support the Taliban. “One is that those who are

Goa Shipyard to build two frigates with Russian technology

Goa Shipyard to build two frigates with Russian technology Sep 29,2018

India has completed the price negotiations for the purchase of four advanced Talwar-class stealth frigates from Russia, two of which will be built at Goa Shipyard Limited, with the deal pegged at close to $2 billion, a source close to the developments said.Defence ministry officials told TOI they expect the two countries to ink the agreement during the 19th Indo-Russian summit between Russian President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. “The price negotiations

PM Modi invited to Maldives, may go if transition process is smooth

PM Modi invited to Maldives, may go if transition process is smooth Sep 28,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the next President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, sources told The Indian Express. Modi, who has not visited Maldives so far — his visit was cancelled in March 2015 due to the volatile political situation — is likely to go if the transition process is smooth, sources said. Maldives is the only SAARC country that Modi has not visited. But, two days after Solih emerged victorious in the presidential elections,

Why is India eyeing Putin’s S-400?

Why is India eyeing Putin’s S-400? Sep 28,2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in India next week, and all eyes are on the S-400 air defence system. Putin is expected to hardsell it, and that is going to be like preaching to the converted. India wants it badly, but is still looking over the shoulder to see how the US would react. The signs from Washington aren’t good. The Donald Trump administration slapped sanctions on China only a week ago for buying S-400. Now Saudi Arabia, an old ally of the US, is worried. The Saudis

Advanced surveillance for Pakistan, China borders and 3D mapping for Kashmir operations developed, being tested

Advanced surveillance for Pakistan, China borders and 3D mapping for Kashmir operations developed, being tested Sep 28,2018

In the backdrop of a major anti- infiltration system being operationalised along the India- Pakistan border earlier this month, more high-tech equipment for border surveillance, perimeter security and counter-terrorist operations have been developed for deployment in Kashmir and the borders with Pakistan and China. The equipment are also aimed to not only reduce infiltration and intrusions, but also provide 3D mapping of terrorist prone areas in Kashmir with a data backup for planning future

Russia Is Said to Plan Air-Defense Deal With India Next Week

Russia Is Said to Plan Air-Defense Deal With India Next Week Sep 28,2018

Russia is expected to sign a deal to supply advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to India next week during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi, a Russian official said. The threat of U.S. sanctions against buyers of Russian weapons — imposed most recently on China — won’t affect the deal, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss plans that aren’t yet public. The contract covers 10 batteries, worth a total of $6.2 billion, Russia’s RBC

Amid No Experience claims, Reliance manufactures Nose Cone for Dassault Falcon

Amid No Experience claims, Reliance manufactures Nose Cone for Dassault Falcon Sep 28,2018

About 3km inside the Mihan-SEZ, a largely desolate area, ‘DRAL’ reads a signboard outside a fenced plot flanked by expanses of vacant land. DRAL stands for Dassault Reliance Aviation Limited (DRAL), the name linked with the Rafale controversy.A shed spread over a 10,000 square feet area is the only workplace as of now. It houses the full workforce of around 50 persons engaged by DRAL. There are 8 to 10 personnel deputed from Dassault, the French joint venture partner of Reliance

Russia Offers Buk, Tor SAMs Along With S-400 To Form Indian Air Defence Network

Russia Offers Buk, Tor SAMs Along With S-400 To Form Indian Air Defence Network Sep 26,2018

While India and Russia are currently finalizing a deal on the S-400 long-range air defense missile system (ADMS), Moscow is now understood to be getting New Delhi interested in its Buk-M3 medium range and Tor-M3 short-range missile defence systems to form a single air-defence network. A suggestion to this effect had been mooted by Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) during the Army 2018 exhibition in Moscow last month while

Rafale Deal Better Than One Negotiated Earlier: Air Force Deputy Chief

Rafale Deal Better Than One Negotiated Earlier: Air Force Deputy Chief Sep 26,2018

Air Force Deputy Chief Air Marshal R. Nambiar on Tuesday asserted that the deal for 36 Rafale aircraft by the PM Modi government was “much better” than the one negotiated earlier for 126 planes, contending that “people are misinformed” about the issue. The remarks came in the backdrop of a mounting multi-pronged attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government by the Congress, with the party on Monday moving the Central Vigilance Commissioner seeking an FIR and seizure of documents

DAC approves procurement of Rs 2300cr-worth engines for T-72 tanks

DAC approves procurement of Rs 2300cr-worth engines for T-72 tanks Sep 26,2018

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for the procurement of 1000 engines for fitment in T-72 tanks of the Army under ‘Buy and Make’ category at an approximate cost of Rs 2300 crore.Post the transfer of technology, most of these engines will be manufactured by the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB). The engines will enhance mobility, agility, and acceleration of T-72 tanks making them more versatile and effective in the battlefield. In an effort to reduce timelines in defence