SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
After a gap of 7 years, DRDO developed solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) once again made a comeback to the argument the offensive conventional firepower of the Indian Army against strategic and tactical targets. Prahaar which has a range of 150km was developed to provide superior offensive firepower to strike forces against both tactical and strategic targets after its first launch in 2011 it soon went to cold storage due to lack of interest by Indian Army then.
Prahaar only made a come back after Sino-India Doklam standoff when Indian Army felt the need for a battlefield support tactical weapon system due to the ever-increasing deployment of superior tactical weapon system by the Chinese army in the region which is close to the Indian border. Continue reading
SOURCE: BBC NEWS
The tropical beaches of India probably bring to mind sun-dappled palms, fiery fish curries and dreadlocked backpackers, but they also hold a surprising secret. Their sands are rich in thorium – often hailed as a cleaner, safer alternative to conventional nuclear fuels.
The country has long been eager to exploit its estimated 300,000 to 850,000 tonnes of thorium – quite probably the world’s largest reserves – but progress has been slow. Their effort is coming back into focus amid renewed interest in the technology. Last year Dutch scientists fired up the first new experimental thorium reactor in decades, start-ups are promoting the technology in the West and last year China pledged to spend $3.3bn to develop reactors that could eventually run on thorium. Continue reading
SOURCE: ARY NEWS
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has expressed concern on India’s expanding nuclear arsenal, saying that India has retracted from the no-first use nuclear doctrine and adopted a more aggressive stance on nuclear weapons.The minister was addressing the concluding session focusing on strategic stability in South Asia on the second day of the international conference on ‘Global Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response’ organised by the Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad.
The two day conference saw global experts discuss various issues related to non-proliferation. Former Ambassador of Iran to United Nations in Vienna Ali Asghar Soltanieh and Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister Sameh Aboul-Enein were among those attending the conference. Continue reading
Former National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Amrullah Saleh stated that Pakistan’s intelligence services and army have ‘hijacked the hopes of the people’ of both Afghanistan and Pakistan by supporting terrorist organisation Taliban and influencing the situation in Afghanistan through violence.
“We have been suffering many of these years because Pakistan has unleashed, in the words of my President, an undeclared war on the Afghan state. They (Pakistan) created the Taliban, and they still continue to provide training, equipment, logistical support and sanctuary for the Taliban. Even the Taliban leaders who travelled to Doha to meet the US envoy for negotiations, they travelled from Pakistan,’ Saleh told ANI. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
The ISI’s gift to India as festival season begins appears to be the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Latest MAC or Multi-Agency Coordination Centre intelligence reports speak of a determined attempt by the LeT to push its terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.
A LeT battle-action team of five terrorists is waiting at the house of Kamal Deen in Khori, a village in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, opposite Poonch. They are planning to target the army’s positions on the line of control. The pickets of the Garhi or the Banwat battalion have been targeted. usually, the BATs are better armed and carry fewer provisions than the infiltrating terrorists or even maps and GPS devices. Continue reading
A militant was killed in an encounter by security forces in south Kashmir district of Pulwama in the wee hours on Thursday, official sources said.
They said on a tip off troops of 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police established a naka at Bongam Kakpora Awantipora in Pulwama district late last night.Troops came under fire when they signaled a group of militants, sources said adding security forces also retaliated and in the ensuing encounter a militant was killed. Continue reading
A top Republican lawmaker has urged the Trump administration to immediately designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism and terminate its non-NATO ally status, asserting that Islamabad consistently defends Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and condemns US’ counterterrorism efforts.
Congressman Ted Poe said in the House of Representatives that Pakistan will not receive any financial support from the US if terrorists continue to live safely in the country. “Now is the day of reckoning. All assistance to Pakistan must end, its Major non-NATO ally status must be terminated, and the State Department should immediately designate it as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Poe said last week, according to Congressional records. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Telegraph
Indian military circles hold the view that enough importance is not attached to military diplomacy in our foreign policy. Actually, ‘military diplomacy’ is a bit of a misnomer as it implies that in state-to-state relations the military has a role that goes beyond security and defence and spills into avoidance of conflict and promotion of peace and so on. It might therefore be conceptually more appropriate to speak of the role of the armed forces in India’s diplomatic tool-kit rather than ‘military diplomacy’ as such.
The military is undoubtedly a powerful instrument for advancing national interest. India has a large army, a credible nuclear deterrent, an established missile capability and a powerful navy. Behind the debate on ‘military diplomacy’ lies a strong sentiment in our armed forces that their role in formulating our security policies is limited. The present situation between the service headquarters and the ministry of defence is considered functionally unsatisfactory. The inadequate coordination between the ministry of defence and the ministry of external affairs is widely commented upon as a systemic deficiency. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Statesman
After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, Indian and Russia on October 5 signed the $5 billion S-400 Triumf missile defence system deal in New Delhi, bolstering its shield against possible air attacks from Pakistan and China. They also signed eight other agreements, including one on cooperation in India’s ambitious human space mission project Gaganyaan, at the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit. The signing of the defence deal between the two countries comes amidst the US warning that India should not purchase S-100 missiles from Russia.
The Russian-built S-400 Triumf ~ identified by NATO as the SA-21 Growler ~ is the world’s most dangerous operationally deployed modern long-range surface-to-air missile system, and is considered much more effective than the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system developed by the US. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
From the reportage about the most recent conference of the Army Commanders, the Indian Army appears hell bent on organisational changes, ostensibly to save Rs 7,500 crore every year and have more money for its capital budget for modernisation. What these changes will be and what effect they will have on the operational capabilities and war-fighting doctrines is an issue that is very comprehensive and can spark a debate. A review of the historical process of change undergone by the Indian Army both at the tactical and operational levels while comparing this with our adversary, Pakistan, can set the tone.
The Indian and Pakistan armies have, over the past 70 years, undertaken reviews, like any other army of the world, by continuously studying each other, available technology, concepts and doctrines of other armies, the operational terrain and environment of the times with constraints such as budgeting and resource availability, to optimise their effect in battle. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
The Uttar Pradesh Police are not ruling out the possibility of sleeper modules of pro-Khalistan terror outfits being active in the state’s Khadar region. This startling realisation struck the police when after an encounter in Shamli on Sunday morning three Khalistani sympathisers were arrested. The police had also recovered weapons looted by them after killing two Home Guards volunteers on October 2.
Talking to The Tribune, Shamli SP Dinesh Kumar said when the culprits — Karam Singh of Shamli, Gurugent, alias Jinta, of Saharanpur and Amreet, alias Amrit, of Karnal — were arrested, the police had little idea of the larger terror conspiracy that the weapons were looted to assassinate former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal during one of his political rallies. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Defence Affairs Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy on Wednesday visited the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) facility in Bangalore . He was received by R Madhavan, CMD-HAL and other senior HAL officials.
The visiting dignitary was briefed on the ongoing projects in HAL and taken around the Helicopter Complex, LCA Tejas Division and Hawk Final Assembly hangar. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
India’s elite Special Forces unit National Security Guard is all set to acquire the world’s smallest micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Black Hornet Nano. The unit measures around 10 × 2.5 cm and provides the ground troops with local situational awareness in the region of their deployment. Small enough to fit in one hand the operator of this micro UAV can be trained in operating it in just 20 minutes as claimed by the Norwegian firm Prox Dynamics AS which has developed the UAV.
Using the Global Positioning System (GPS) the Black Hornet is capable of sending still images and full-motion video through digital data-link. The images are displayed on a small handheld terminal which is also used by the operator to control the UAV. Top speed of Black Hornet Nano is 18 km/h. Continue reading
The United States is yet to take a firm stand on whether to impose sanctions on India or not over the purchase of S-400 air defence missile system from Russia. While India is hoping for a waiver from sanction under CAATSA, New Delhi has made it clear that national interest comes first and the defence deals with Russia will go on.
The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA is a US federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. CAATSA also proposes sanctions on countries indulging with Russia in significant defence deals. India’s close $5 Billion worth purchase of S-400 missiles definately falls under the category of significant.
Pakistan has been trying its best to match up with India’s formidable missile arsenal. India’s successful test firing of Agni-5, which has a range of 5,000 kms, has left Pakistan uncomfortable and Islamabad has been trying hard to come up with an answer for India’s ace missile.Agni-5 can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and can hit all parts of Pakistan. Agni-5 is not a Pakistan-centric missile and the testimony to this is the fact that several foreign defence observers have claimed that it can hit targets as far as 8,000 kms away. The official range Agni-5, as claimed by the DRDO, remains 5,000 kms.
Paksitan’s answer to this is Ababeel surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 2,200 kms. More than the range, the stand out feature of this missile is that it boasts of being equipped with Multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology. Continue reading