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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit during which she will seek to deepen bilateral ties, besides focussing on regional and international security and defence issues.

During the first leg of her trip, Leyen will hold bilateral talks with her counterpart Manohar Parrikar here.She will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet Deputy Congress Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma. Continue reading

SOURCE : Express News Service

Even as questions over parachute-like objects, spotted in the air space over the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Santa Cruz, are yet to get convincing answers, authorities have floated two theories in a bid to shed light on the mystery.

While the Home Department said that the objects could be Chinese lanterns, the airport authority claimed that they might be balloons collecting weather data. The Air Traffic Control (ATS) at the airport had suspended operations of two Jet Airways flights on Saturday after it spotted five floating objects in the sky. Jet Airways flight 9W-326 from Ahmedabad was asked to defer landing at the last minute. Another flight 9W-323 to Ahmedabad was asked to hold its position at  the airstrip. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed satisfaction at the progress made in defence and security cooperation between India and Vietnam.

During a meeting with Vietnam’s Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh, Modi recalled the successful visit of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India in October 2014, an official release said here. Continue reading


Taking on his predecessor A K Antony, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the Congress leader cannot “escape” from the responsibility for the “stalemate” that he created during his tenure.The minister accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of raising important issues including ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) without understanding it.

A combative Parrikar, who has been accused by the Congress of “compromising national security”, said it took the brief spell of Arun Jaitley as the Defence Minister to start “moving the wheels” in the sector. Continue reading


On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, Xinhua published a rare opinion piece by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. The obvious choreography of the visit and article shows the delicate balance in relations between China, India and Pakistan.

For Beijing, both powers are important if it is to realize its ambitious strategy of trade and economic corridors emanating from the Middle Kingdom under the rubric of the Silk Road Economic Belt. For current governments in Islamabad and New Delhi, Beijing’s economic miracle offers a way of helping develop their economies. Yet we are some way off before this trilateral relationship will be able to live up to its potential as the economic powerhouse at the centre of Asia. Continue reading


The 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed has claimed that India is trying to stall and disrupt the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to reports, Saeed was speaking at an award distribution ceremony in Peshawar, He reportedly alleged that Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) of India has formed a special cell to disrupt the CPEC project.

He also reportedly pleaded to the Pakistan government to report this matter to UN Security Council as it was of serious concern. . Continue reading


An Afghan peace envoy held secret talks with Taliban leaders in China last week which were also attended by Chinese officials and representatives of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, a media report has said.The meeting being held at the initiative of China, which in recent months has showed willingness to mediated between the Taliban and the Afghan government, was facilitated by the ISI, The Wall Street Journal said.

Such a meeting was held to discuss about the possibility of talks between the Taliban and the elected Afghan government. Continue reading


China has always been dependent on imported aircraft engines, which China regards as a bottleneck in its development of advanced aircraft, especially its stealth fighters that require engines better than imported ones.

As a result, China has allocated $16 billion special funding for aircraft engine development.Now, China Aviation News says in its report that China has successfully developed a new type of aircraft engine with better performance than imported ones. Continue reading


There’s a new sub-hunter in town and aircraft which could be easily mistaken for a Civilian plane since it is modeled after Boeing 737 but US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon been tasked to patrol the South China Sea’s disputed territory is giving Chinese Navy difficult time hiding up its rapidly build airstrips, moorings and other additions to reefs and rocks in the South China Sea .

Friction between Crews of P-8A Poseidon and Chinese Radar controllers and Chinese Navy has become a daily occurrence. Few days back Chinese Radar controllers warned and radioed its pilots with, “This is the Chinese navy … You go!”. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) doesn’t intend to ground its fleet of Sukhoi SU-30MKI combat jets despite a sixth plane crashing in six years, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar even as concerns over the frontline fighter continue.
The SU-30 fleet has in the past been grounded thrice after accidents but this would not happen again despite Tuesday’s crash of a fighter in Assam.
“We are not grounding the fleet… We can’t ground the fleet after every accident,” Parrkiar told IANS.
The defence minister has, however, called a high-level meeting next week to evaluate the condition of the Sukhoi fleet. “We will have a meeting next week and discuss the issue,” he said. Continue reading


The Army’s quest for new artillery is nearing completion with the indigenous gun upgraded by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) clearing trials. The Army has placed an indent for 114 guns in the first phase and these will be delivered in three years, informed sources said.

“After the Pokhran fiasco with one barrel-burst, Dhanush barrels were tested in Sikkim under cold conditions and in other temperatures — and came out with flying colours. The Army is fully satisfied,” officials told The Hindu. Continue reading



China still wants the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jet despite launching a new fighter jet last week.

As noted last week, China conducted the first test flight of the J-11D on April 29. The plane is an upgraded version of the J-11B fighter jets, which themselves are copies of the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27. Perhaps most  notable of the J11-D’s upgrades is that it reportedly incorporates the J-16’s advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) doesn`t intend to ground its fleet of Sukhoi SU-30MKI combat jets despite a sixth plane crashing in six years, says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar even as concerns over the frontline fighter continue.

The SU-30 fleet has in the past been grounded thrice after accidents but this would not happen again despite Tuesday`s crash of a fighter in Assam. Continue reading


Congress today kept up its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal with France and questioned why the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd was kept out of the agreement for the purchase of the fighter jets.

Targeting the NDA dispensation as it completes its first year in office, Congress leader and former Union Minister Anand Sharma said that as per the earlier arrangement, HAL was to manufacture 108 jets through transfer of technology from the French company. Continue reading



Till early eighties, Indian Navy was dependent on British firms to make sonars for its underwater operations. For the uninitiated, sonar is an underwater equivalent of radar, which exploits acoustic energy for detection, localisation, tracking and classification of underwater targets. The design of sonar requires expertise in sensor technology, signal conditioning and processing, electronic packaging, materials technology, ocean acoustics and mechanical engineering. Continue reading


We’ll buy nuclear bombs from corrupt elements in the Pakistani army, says the Islamic State. Pure bluster — so judge sensible people. But a niggling doubt remains, about the institutional integrity of Pakistani arrangements for the safekeeping of its nuclear arsenal.

When India’s defence minister talks about using terrorists to counter terrorists, it is possible to explain it away as an incoherent elaboration of the Indian defence establishment’s thinking on the subject or as the bluster of a politician who fails to come to grips with the responsibility of his job. Continue reading

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