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For over eight years, as Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL), Visakhapatnam, has struggled to overhaul one of the navy’s Kilo-class submarines – INS Sindhukirti – critics have flayed the shipyard for depriving the navy of a critical warship. HSL has never publicly explained the delay.

Yet, Business Standard found, during a detailed tour of HSL, that the delay has little to do with inefficiency or incompetence. Instead, much of the blame rests with a loosely framed contract with Moscow that has allowed Russian “experts” to incrementally extend the work to be done on the Sindhukirti, in one case to 13 times what was required for overhauling an Indian submarine in Russia. Continue reading


According to SP’s Aviation, in their latest monthly Aerospace magazine, IAF is all set to write off Tejas MK-1 to be used has operational conversion trainers or as Lead-in fighter training (LIFT) Aircrafts for Future Tejas MK-2 Pilot training.

With only 40 Tejas MK-1 entering production and large chunk of order commitment been placed for Tejas MK-2, it was not a secret that Tejas MK-1 after induction of Tejas MK-2 will have to carry conversion Training roles few years down the line, but Tejas MK-1 is yet to be Inducted into IAF and already IAF seems to have made up its mind to keep MK-1 out of active combat duties and limit it to training roles only. Continue reading

SOURCE : Hindustan Times

Air chief marshal Arup Raha has said that it is critical to keep the $25 billion (Rs 1,50,000 crore) French Rafale fighter deal on schedule as the IAF cannot afford any more delays.

Raha’s comments are significant as the Eurofighter consortium, backed by four European countries, is trying to re-enter the race to sell its Typhoon fighters to India. Continue reading


As the supersonic version of BrahMos had been flight tested for variety of manoeuvres, both for the Army and Navy, the focus would be now on developing hypersonic version of BrahMos, A. Sivathanu Pillai, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, has said.

Talking to reporters at Rameswaram and here after launching the renovation of ‘Ramar Theertham,’ a holy waterbody in the island, he said BrahMos was the fastest supersonic missile in the world jointly developed by India and Russia and had been handed over to the Indian Army. Continue reading



The Modi government is quietly working on a plan to export defence equipment and armaments produced in India to friendly countries. A beginning could be made by exporting BrahMos missiles to Southeast Asia and South American countries. Vietnam, Indonesia and Venezuela have expressed willingness to procure the supersonic missile jointly produced by India and Russia, sources indicated to ET. Continue reading


With its Mars mission sure to hog much of the spotlight in the weeks ahead, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has again put off an already-delayed mission; the keenly-awaited test-flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), the giant among India’s rockets.

ISRO is now planning to test-fly the GSLV Mk-III from Sriharikota only by October end at the earliest, sources said.The reason for the delay is that the prototype of a two-man crew module for future manned space missions which is to be tested aboard the GSLV Mk-III, is not ready yet. Secondly, in the next few weeks, all ISRO activity will be centred around the `450-crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), whose tryst with the Red Planet is slated for September 24. Continue reading


Russia expressed willingness to help repair all of India’s Project 877 EKM (NATO reporting name Kilo) diesel-electric submarines. India has 9 such submarines, many of which are in need of repair, according to Andrey Baranov, Deputy Director of foreign trade and military-technical cooperation of the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering.

According to Baranov, Russia is ready to provide India with a program that shows the exact repair time for specific vessels. India’s Ministry of Defence is expected to offer a response, according to Itar-Tass. Continue reading


Strengthening the Navy’s coastal surveillance capabilities, Admiral Robin Dhowan will commission its largest offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra on Thursday in Chennai.

“The latest generation warship built by the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will join the Eastern Naval Command fleet at Chennai for nation’s maritime surveillance and coastal security,” a press release said. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Japan of an “expansionist” mindset of some countries have riled the Chinese official media which said the Indian leader is more “intimate with Tokyo emotionally” but he himself on Tuesday preferred to sidestep a question on the issue.

On the contrary, a Japanese paper feels “concerns” about China were apparently the major stumbling block in the inconclusive summit talks between Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday. Continue reading


An Indian Lt-General commanding the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan Heights, Iqbal Singh Singha, has landed in a major controversy with the Philippine military seeking an investigation against him for allegedly endangering the safety of its peacekeeping troops during the stand-off with Syrian rebels over the last weekend.

Philippines armed forces chief Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang, as per reports emanating from the Middle-East as well as Manila, alleged Lt-Gen Singha ordered the Filipino troops under UNDOF to lay down their weapons and “show the white flag” to the Syrian rebels to ensure the safety of 44 Fijian peacekeepers earlier taken hostage by them. Continue reading


India is going to be a “very important” player globally and the stronger it becomes, the more beneficial it will be for world peace, a senior Obama Administration official has said amid preparations here to give a red carpet welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is a “sense that there is a natural convergence, a natural convergence of views between India and the US both in terms of wider Asia Pacific region, Indian Ocean region as well as a broader view globally,” US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Puneet Talwar told PTI in an interview. “We think India is going to be very important globally, but also in the Asian continent. Continue reading


A 150-metre long tunnel, which was recently discovered near a forward post along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region’s sensitive Pallanwala sector, was apparently aimed at infiltrating terrorists, a Defence spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

“Having failed to infiltrate terrorists across the Line of Control in the Jammu Division, there was an attempt to construct a tunnel across the Line of Control (to facilitate infiltration)”, he said. Continue reading


Firebrand Indian politician Asadudin Owaisi has called upon Indian Muslims to join Pakistani forces in case India attacks the country, a poster making rounds on social media claims. The Hindi poster that has Owaisi’s picture reads, “Hindus should not consider Indian Muslims separated from their fellow Muslims of Pakistan. If India dares to attack Pakistani, 250 million Indian Muslims will join Pakistan army to wage war against India.” Continue reading


The Army has issued a circular to its units and personnel cautioning them against using the caller identification smart phone application ‘Truecaller’ in the backdrop of cases where suspected Pakistani spies have allegedly used it to establish the identity of its officers.

The application is owned by a European company and helps the user to establish the identity of an unknown caller using its global database of mobile and telephone numbers. Continue reading

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