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PM Narendra Modi to address military brass on anniversary of surgical strikes

PM Narendra Modi to address military brass on anniversary of surgical strikes Sep 18,2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Combined Commanders Conference on September 28, the second anniversary of 2016’s surgical strikes against terror pods in Pakistani territory by Indian forces.The conference will be held at the Jodhpur Air Force Station and focus on operational preparedness, the need for jointmanship (the military term for integrated planning and operation of the three services) and theatre commands (or unified commands) for better response. South Block officials

Dead End for Spike-MR Deal: India Tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Dead End for Spike-MR Deal: India Tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile Sep 18,2018

Indian defense scientists have successfully conducted back-to-back tests of the new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM). The tests were conducted at the Ahmednagar test range in the western state of Maharashtra.The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile which is fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The MPATGM reportedly boasts a top attack capability and has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers. Eight

1965 War: IAF recalls how Hunter jets destroyed Pakistna’s tanks and armoured vehicles

1965 War: IAF recalls how Hunter jets destroyed Pakistna’s tanks and armoured vehicles Sep 18,2018

The Indian Air Force on Monday relived the 1965 war against Pakistan, where the Hunter jets were used for ground attacks. “Hunters of No.7,20 & 27Sqns proved extremely effective in the war. The aircraft were deployed for ground attack role & they destroyed a number of Patton tanks & armoured vehicles. In the aerial combat, they shot down six Sabre Jets,” the IAF tweeted on Monday.Earlier, the IAF paid tribute to the iconic Arjan Singh, who was the first officer to receive five

India’s defence ties with Russia will not be impacted by US sanctions: Nirmala Sitharaman

India’s defence ties with Russia will not be impacted by US sanctions: Nirmala Sitharaman Sep 18,2018

Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India visit next month, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clearly indicated that India will not allow its time-tested defence and security ties with Russia to be impacted by the US sanctions on military transactions with Moscow. She also said negotiations on the S-400 missile deal with Russia are almost complete, hinting that India is on course to finalise it soon. “India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with

Lightning warning for F35-A fighters

Lightning warning for F35-A fighters Sep 18,2018

Australia’s new F-35A strike fighters are subject to “operational control measures” to minimise flights around thunderstorms, the Defence Department says.But the fighters have had modifications to install “effective lightning protection systems”.The fifth generation plane ironically called the Lightning II has been subject to concerns over its vulnerability to a lightning strike which has led to a requirement for more modifications. Protective systems in the fuel tank had to be

India clears way for $2.2-billion frigates deal with Russia

India clears way for $2.2-billion frigates deal with Russia Sep 18,2018

Two weeks after India significantly upgraded its defence ties with the United States through the Comcasa (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), the Modi government has cleared the way for one of the biggest purchases from Russia — $2.2-billion frigates deal. The agreement, which will allow India to procure from Russia four new warships for the Navy, will be signed during a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Capital in October.

ISRO likely to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3

ISRO likely to launch Chandrayaan-2 on January 3 Sep 18,2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan has said that India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 would be launched most probably on January 3, 2019.Addressing the media following the successful launch of PSLV C-42 into orbit, Sivan talked about the slew of launches scheduled over the next few months. He said, “Chandrayaan-2 is planned for a window from January 3 to February 16, 2019, that we are targeting. It can happen anytime during that window. But we are aiming for

Ajit Doval talks future direction with US after 2+2 success

Ajit Doval talks future direction with US after 2+2 success Sep 16,2018

National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks about the future of bilateral ties with the US in a string of meetings with top American officials on Friday, including with his counterpart John Bolton, as India pressed its case for the purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile systems. India conveyed to the US that the integrity of American military platforms in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and future acquisitions will not be compromised if New Delhi goes ahead with the purchase,

India-US Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018: Why it is important amid deepening defence ties between two sides

India-US Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018: Why it is important amid deepening defence ties between two sides Sep 16,2018

Over 350 US Army personnel and the same number of soldiers from the Indian Army will participate in the 14th Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018. The annual exercise which was conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington last year highlights growing defence ties between India and the US. Yudh Abhyas exercises, which started in 2004 under US’ Pacific Partnership Program, are meant to increase interoperability between the armies of the two nations. The exercises will be conducted in the foothills

Airports now have sharper vision, thanks to desi Drishti

Airports now have sharper vision, thanks to desi Drishti Sep 16,2018

Descending from the puffy clouds as the runway slowly looms into sight, the first-time flyers in the aircraft cabin and pilots in the cockpit would be silently praying for a perfect weather and safe landing.For, poor weather has been the cause of many accidents in the aviation sector. The visibility haze is still a main issue. However, aircraft turning back due to bad weather is a thing of the past. Even in dense fog, pounding rain or raging sandstorm, when visibility in an airport dips to as

Successfully prevented Rohingya influx into country: BSF DG KK Sharma

Successfully prevented Rohingya influx into country: BSF DG KK Sharma Sep 16,2018

The Border Security Force has successfully prevented the influx of Rohingyas into India after they fled Myanmar, Director General of the force K K Sharma said Saturday.He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event at the BSF’s Central School of Weapons and Tactics here.”As you know, about eight to 10 lakh Rohingyas (after fleeing Myanmar) have entered Bangladesh. We have successfully prevented their illegal influx in the country (India),” Sharma said. The BSF chief said the

Indigenous Truck Mounted Howitzer to undergo firing trials in November

Indigenous Truck Mounted Howitzer to undergo firing trials in November Sep 15,2018

An indigenously designed, developed and manufactured truck mounted howitzer is to undergo its maiden firing trials in November this year.The Mounted Gun System (MGS) developed by the Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) Jabalpur was first unveiled at the Defexpo in Chennai this April. Senior Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) officials told India Today that the internal firing trials at the Proof Establishment in Balasore would validate not just the gun but also its integration with the 8×8 Tatra vehicle on

RInfra to deliver parts prototypes for Arjun Mark II ahead of schedule

RInfra to deliver parts prototypes for Arjun Mark II ahead of schedule Sep 15,2018

Reliance Infra is planning to deliver prototypes of the hull and turret for the Arjun Mark II main battle tank (MBT) to the Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) six month ahead of the deadline. The prototypes are being manufactured at the company’s facility in Silvassa. RInfra had won the contract to manufacture the prototypes in 2017 through a competitive bidding process. Other bidders included L&T, Bharat Forge, the Mahindras and Godrej. “We are ready to deliver

Russia offers to train Indian astronauts

Russia offers to train Indian astronauts Sep 15,2018

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, during a meeting with Indian delegation on Friday, made a proposal for the participation of Russian specialists in the selection and training of Indian astronauts for a spaceflight, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik. India had earlier announced plans to send a national crew into orbit in 2022. “Talks were held with the Indian side. A proposal was made about Russian specialists’ assistance in conducting various stages of

New Coast Guard ship to check possible Rohingya influx

New Coast Guard ship to check possible Rohingya influx Sep 15,2018

With intelligence inputs suggesting that Rohingyas could enter India via the sea route, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Friday inducted ICGS Vijay, which would be deployed in the Bay of Bengal along the Odisha coast. The 2,200-tonne ship, built by private sector shipyard Larsen & Toubro under the ‘Make in India’ scheme, will maintain surveillance in the eastern seaboard, including both Bay of Bengal and Odisha, to prevent any possible influx of Rohingyas, officials said. The 98-metre-long

Ajit Doval holds talks with Pompeo, Mattis on ‘future direction’ of Indo-US ties

Ajit Doval holds talks with Pompeo, Mattis on ‘future direction’ of Indo-US ties Sep 15,2018

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday held “broad-based” talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary James Mattis and his American counterpart John Bolton during which they discussed the “future direction” of the strategic Indo-US ties. Doval’s meeting with the top three officials of the Trump administration came a week after the successful India-US 2+2 Dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of the two countries.This was Doval’s first

Russia, India discuss site for constructing second NPP in India, says Russian Dy PM

Russia, India discuss site for constructing second NPP in India, says Russian Dy PM Sep 15,2018

Russia and India discussed the possibility of designating a site to construct another Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in India, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said on Friday.”We will continue to cooperate in the area of construction and maintenance of Russia-designed NPP. We have discussed the possibility of designating a new site for the construction of another such plant,” Borisov told reporters after the Inter-Governmental Commission’s meeting between Russia and India. He noted that the

India pushes US for green signal to sign missile deal with Russia

India pushes US for green signal to sign missile deal with Russia Sep 15,2018

India is pushing the Donald Trump administration to execute the certification of the S-400 deal before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on October 4 and 5, so that New Delhi can go ahead with the signing of the deal without attracting economic sanctions from the United States. India and Russia are discussing the purchase of S-400 Triumf — NATO calls it SA-21 Growler — which is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system (SAM) designed by Russia. It is the most dangerous

5 terrorists killed in encounter in J&K

5 terrorists killed in encounter in J&K Sep 15,2018

SRINAGAR: Five terroristsbelonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday, officials said. Five terrorists have been killed in the operation at Chowgam in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, an Army official said here. He said weapons and war-like stores have been recovered from the encounter site. The operation is over, the official said. The encounter between the

3 More Terrorists Shot Dead, 2 Trapped In Encounter At Kulgam. Gunfight On

3 More Terrorists Shot Dead, 2 Trapped In Encounter At Kulgam. Gunfight On Sep 15,2018

Three terrorists have been shot dead by security forces in an encounter at Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam. A gunfight is on, the police said. Two more terrorists are trapped in the area, the police said. The encounter is going on. Train services between Baramulla and Qazigund have been stopped, the police said. The security forces launched a search operation on getting intelligence inputs that more terrorists have been hiding at Chowgam in the south Kashmir district, 72 km from Srinagar. The