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Despite political opposition and apparently contradictory ministerial statements, it appears increasingly likely that Australia will replace its Collins-class submarines with 4,200-tonne Soryu-class submarines built in Japan.

Amid intense media speculation about such an agreement, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on 8 September that a decision on replacing the six Australian-built, 3,400-tonne Collins-class submarines under Project Sea 1000 would be based on capability, value for money, and regional rather than industrial policy. Continue reading


The Israeli air force is developing a short field operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, based on the use of a rocket-assisted take-off.A first test is scheduled for next year, with the air force having decided to develop such a system for its F-16A/B, C/D and I-model variants.

Rocket assistance can be used by some military transports to provide additional thrust when an aircraft is heavy or a runway is short. Continue reading


Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit, Chinese civilians in government vehicles have entered Indian territory in Demchok in Ladakh and are preventing locals from working on an irrigation project. The Indian government sought to downplay the reports while maintaining that the boundary question would be discussed with the Chinese side. “This is true that for the last one week, China is objecting and protesting against the work on an irrigation project in Demchok village which is close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along with China border,” Leh deputy Continue reading


Having come to know in the course of investigations of the links of ISI spies Sakir Hussian and Arun Selvarajan to the glamour world, NIA investigators are now probing deeper to know if any key officials manning vital installations were honey-trapped by them.

“Honey-trapping has been one of the oldest tricks in the espionage world. Both Sakir Hussain and Arun had links with the glamour world. Continue reading


Over at The Debate, Ben Reynolds demolishes American pundits who, fearing the U.S. and Iran will cooperate on a shared interest, have tried to blame Iran and its allies for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

I have no doubt that Bashar al-Assad welcomed ISIS’s rise in the insurgency. An Alawite family does get to rule over Syria for decades by failing to recognize opportunities that land on its doorstep. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) plan to replace the ageing Russian transport aircraft, Avro, has hit another airpocket with no global vendor showing interest in bidding for the $3.5-bn project. This has forced the defence ministry to extend the deadline for seeking price bids to October, the fourth extension in the last 18 months. Continue reading

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which unveiled its Katana unmanned surface vessel (USV) at Defexpo this year, has received feelers from the Indian Coast Guard and Marine Police forces of states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, asking for more information and a demonstration of the system. The forces have similarly expressed interest in the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Protector USV. Continue reading


As the Chinese President tours South Asia, India and Vietnam are furiously working towards finalising modalities for the $100 million line of credit to purchase patrol boats, which would inevitably be deployed in the disputed South China Sea.

If finalised, this would be part of Vietnam’s planned expansion of its Naval capacity, a direct outcome of China’s increasing assertiveness, which has led to several high-sea confrontations. Continue reading


President Putin of Russia recently sent some essential supplies to Serbia, as a personal gift, to put some of Serbia’s Mig-21 and MiG-29 aircraft back in service. The essential supplies consisted of special batteries the MiGs required to operate. Why did the Serbs lack batteries? Therein lies an interesting tale. Continue reading


Amid reports of incursions by China in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, its army has once again stopped Indians from using water supply and construction work at T-point in Demchok area, 300 km from Leh. Earlier, it has been reported that Chinese troops had been preventing the Indian Army from patrolling posts in the Ladakh region. Continue reading


With the arrest of another Sri Lankan national for alleged spying for Pakistan’s ISI, central security agencies have stepped up surveillance of vital installations including defence and foreign consulates in southern parts of the country.

After initial leads from central security agencies, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Arun Selvarajan in Chennai last week and allegedly recovered some incriminating documents including layout plans of country’s defence establishment like the Coast Guards complex. Continue reading


It was a phone call from his distressed father in Srinagar at 1.30am a week ago that put Squadron Leader DPS Bali on the first available flight to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. Bali, a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force on a course in faraway Coimbatore, heard his father say that he might not hear from them again. Their home in Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar area had been submerged by swirling water, and residents felt like they were sitting in the middle of the Jhelum. Continue reading


India will soon get an overarching body for cyber intelligence and security, IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Saturday.

The concept note for the Rs. 800-crore project has been sent to various Ministries for inputs. “Once we receive their comments, we will make a note for the Cabinet’s consideration,” Mr. Prasad said. Continue reading


India has eased restrictions on building roads and military facilities along its disputed border with China, as the new government seeks to close the gap on its neighbour’s superior transport network and take a stronger stance on Beijing. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told Reuters he had relaxed environmental rules within 100 km (62 miles) of the contested border in remote Arunachal Pradesh in order to speed up construction of some 6,000 km of roads. The move, which also allows for the construction of army stations, arms depots, schools and hospitals in the sparsely populated Himalayan region, was announced days before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits India on Sept. Continue reading

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