The upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft will be installed with India-made multi-function displays under an Indo-French partnership, as part of a programme to enhance the operational life of multi-role fighters by around 20 years.

 Samtel Thales Avionics Ltd (STAL), a joint venture between Samtel Avionics and French firm Thales, has successfully dispatched the first batch of multi-function displays for Mirage 2000 upgrade programme of the Indian Air Force from the newly-commissioned production facility in Greater Noida.

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French aviation experts have not been able to determine with certainty whether a piece of wing found on an Indian Ocean island belongs to MH370, the Malaysian jet carrying 239 people, that disappeared mysteriously in 2014, according to a media report.

 Judicial investigators know the part comes from a Boeing 777, but they say they still need to identify a number inside the wing part, called a flaperon, CNN quoted a French source close to the investigation as saying.

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Asserting that no country could be immune to the threat of terrorism especially with emergence ISIS, India on Sunday made a strong pitch for finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the UN during a meeting with the President-elect of the global body.

 During her talks with President-elect of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, who is here on a two-day visit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stressed on the need for UN Security Council reforms on the occasion of 70th anniversary to reflect current geopolitical realities and increasing role of developing nations.

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In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State which has already been branded as the richest terror organisation in history, claims to have started its own currency by minting gold coins.

In the multi-language video crafted documentary-style, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that it was minting and circulating gold coins and that this was equal to striking a “second blow” to the United States and its “capitalist financial system of enslavement,” after the deadly 9/11 attacks, the SITE reported.

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The brave men who had demolished Pakistan’s feared Patton tanks in 1965 are a part of village lore in Asal Uttar, Punjab. The landscape surrounding the memorial of Abdul Hamid is pretty as a picture postcard. Paddy fields sway in the easy breeze and ashen clouds play hide and seek with the sun. It’s impossible to imagine that 50 years ago the region was the theatre of one of the most intense and decisive tank battles in history.

Asal Uttar and neighbouring villages — Bhura Kuhna, Chima, Amar Kot, Valtoha and Bhura Karimpur — had turned into a battleground for four days. The desperate, do-or-die battle between Pakistan and India began on September 7, 1965. Continue reading


The revocation of economic sanctions following the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries has opened new horizons for the prosperity of trade exchanges between Iran and other countries of the world. Although Iran and European companies have shown immediate enthusiasm to resume new economic partnership, from the viewpoint of Iranians, the nuclear deal has also provided a good ground for the strengthening of economic and political relations between Iran and Asia.

In the meantime, many Iranians have been symbolically referring to the reemergence of Asia, the ancient golden times, and the prominence of major Asian power such as China, India and Iran. However, it would be a mistake to think that this issue is merely the result of a nostalgic interest. Continue reading


CEO of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), Boris Obnosov, told reporters on Wednesday that new anti-radiation missile will exceed the speed of 3.5 Mach . Tactical Missiles Corporation (TMC) company is currently completing official trials of the Kh-58UShK anti-radiation missile.

According to him, the missile will be placed inside the fighter’s fuselage. Obnosov said that the X-58USHK missile has a major export potential owing to its speed characteristics and small size.  Continue reading


An Indian firm (Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering) and a Russian one (Zvyozdochka) have formed a joint venture, which the Indian firm owns 51 percent of) to perform overhauls on India’s nine Kilo class submarines. This contract is worth $1.8 billion. The joint venture is meant to do a more efficient job of refurbishing the Russian built Kilos. Previously two Indian Kilos have been overhauled by other Indian shipyards, one of them state owned, with mixed results. Continue reading


Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the DRDO’s transfer of technology deal with yoga guru Ramdev’s trust will fetch Rs 50 crore revenue for the people of Leh region. The premier defence research institute recently signed a TOT deal with Patanjali Ayurveda Limited for manufacturing and marketing of products made out of berries from Leh region.

“People do not understand issues. They just keep talking. When one partners with Ramdev, people see saffron and the dialogue veers in that direction without understanding the issue,” Parrikar said addressing a public function here last evening. Continue reading


In protest over the launch of Japan’s second Izumo-class helicopter destroyer, China test-launched its Sunburn supersonic anti-ship missile during a naval exercise held in the disputed East China Sea on Aug. 27, according to the state-run China News Service.

More than 100 warships, including the Russian-built Sovremennyy-class destroyer from the PLA’s North, South and East Sea fleets were mobilized for the war game. In addition, PLA Air Force aircraft taking part in the exercise provided the warships an opportunity to coordinate with aircraft and submarines in an environment close to real combat. Continue reading


India must fully exploit the economic opportunities from lifting of western sanctions on Iran and bypass Pakistan for import of natural gas from Iran, according to Assocham.

The industry body also suggested that it enhance its merchandise trade with the key West Asian strategic nation through signing of a preferential trade agreement (PTA). Continue reading


Pakistan has banned the Islamic State militant group that has overrun vast stretches of Iraq and Syria after repeatedly denying the dreaded outfit’s presence within its territory.”The Islamic State or Daesh has been banned in Pakistan,” an interior ministry official said on Saturday.

The decision was taken on recommendation of the Foreign Office, which regularly updates the Pakistan government about international militant groups banned by the United Nations. Banners and graffiti in support of Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh in Arabic, have often appeared in Pakistan but the government has until now rejected its presence inside the country. Continue reading


The Indian space agency on Saturday said it has raised the orbit of its military communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully for a second time.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 satellite was successfully completed by firing the on-board motors for around 44 minutes on Saturday. Continue reading


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has taken a dig at news channels, saying they are busy covering a complex murder case and ignored an event held to celebrate the country’s victory in the 1965 war.

“The Indian news channels these days choose to concentrate their entire strength on a complex murder case, while ignoring the commencement of golden jubilee celebration of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1965 war,” he said addressing a function organised to hand over ‘rakhis’ to soldiers here last evening. Continue reading


After much delay, the process for constructing six new submarines for the Indian Navy can finally begin now after the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted a confidential report on the capacity of domestic shipyards to carry out the mammoth task.

The DAC meeting on Friday was scheduled to take up the issue but it could not come up for discussion as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had to leave mid-way. Sources said the subject would be taken up at the DAC meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday.  Continue reading

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