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The model of a nuclear-powered carrier with the hull number 18 displayed at Jinshuai Model Crafts in Guangdong.

China is developing a large nuclear-powered aircraft carrier similar to the Nimitz-class or Ford-class aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, Associate Professor Andrew S Erickson from the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College wrote in his recent article for National Interest magazine.

Erickson said three models of aircraft carriers displayed at Jinshuai Model Crafts based in Zhanjiang in Guangdong province show what China’s future aircraft carriers will look like. Jinshuai Model Crafts is located close to the headquarters of the PLA Navy’s South Sea Fleet and the models it makes usually provide reliable and detailed information about the design of China’s future warships. Continue reading


The French Ambassador said the negotiations,which started in early 2012, have taken three years due to the “importance and complexity” of the deal. Negotiations regarding the transfer of Rafale fighter jets from France to India have made good progress and have been put on fast track, Ambassador of France to India, Francois Richier, said in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Voicing satisfaction over the talks, Mr. Richier, who was on a three-day visit to Kolkata told journalists that the talks, which started in early 2012, have taken three years due to the “importance and complexity” of the deal. Continue reading


Come Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organisation will launch its GSLV Mk-III rocket from its launch pad in Sriharikota. In the run-up, most media attention has been on a conical module the rocket will carry on board. But of greater interest is the rocket itself, which holds the key to making ISRO a serious contender in the international satellite-launch sector.

The module is part of the Crew-Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment, which will see it being released at an altitude of 126 kilometres, upon which it will re-enter earth’s atmosphere and crash into the Bay of Bengal, some 200 kilometres west of the Andaman Islands. Continue reading


Quietly and without much fanfare, INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear powered submarine (SSBN) capable of carrying nuclear tipped missiles, went out for sea trials on December 15, 2014. With the 83 MW nuclear reactor having gone critical in 2013, and the boat having undergone extensive harbour trials, testing systems on board at sea, in a gradual and sequential manner, was the next awaited milestone in this year.
Indeed, 2014 has been a busy year in the evolution of India’s credible nuclear deterrence. It is interesting to note that over the last 12 months, India conducted nine missile tests besides sending its indigenous SSBN on its debut outing. The missiles tested ranged from the 150 km Prithvi II (tested thrice including in salvo mode and in its sea-launched version, Dhanush) to the 4000 km Agni IV (tested twice and announced ready for induction). Continue reading


India is all set to sell warships to Vietnam – a country locked in territorial with China. Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers or GRSE – a Kolkata-based Defence Public Sector unit – will supply warships to Vietnam. This will be the second export of warships for India. It is already selling a patrol ship – Coast Guard Ship Barracuda – to Mauritius at a cost of Rs. 350 crores. (Meet the Barracuda – the First Warship India Will Export)

Besides, it is also in the race to export two light Frigates – about 3500 tons each at a total cost of Rs. 2000 crore – to The Philippines. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Indian Coastguard helped retrieve the crew module from the sea after Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully conducted a flight validation of the complex atmospheric flight regime of LVM3 Vehicle carrying the module to study its re-entry characteristics.

Just as the crew module which is approx 3.73 tonne in weight was lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at about 0930 hours, Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar tracked the module through advance telemetry system from ISRO. Continue reading


South Korean Ambassador to India on Thursday called for checking a “resurgent China” and said the arms race in East Asia can be cause of concern. “It is in the interest of the Asian region to prevent China, that has increased its defence budget to 750 per cent since the past two decades, from becoming a regional hegemony.

“The continuing arms race in the East Asia can be a concern for the regional countries, including India,” Korean Ambassador Joon-gyu Lee said at an event here. Continue reading


The newly-formed Confederation of India Industry’s National Committee on Aerospace (CIINCA), under the Chairmanship of R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL, deliberated on various strategies for the aerospace sector in its second meeting on Thursday.

With the increasing focus on achieving self-reliance in defence, some of the key issues put forth during the maiden meeting such as strategy on import substitution, proposal on taxation, collaboration with foreign OEMs, developing supply chain, promoting Indian tier-1, tier-2 companies and SMEs through structured programmes were discussed further by the leaders from national and international companies like SAAB India, Safran India, Mahindra Aerospace, Raytheon, Maini Aerospace, Rolls-Royce India and more. Continue reading


Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers joined the bidding process to make two frigates for the navy along with shipyards from Spain and France and three Korean yards. The bid is currently going through the technical evaluation and the final round for the clarification is scheduled in January 2015.

Moreover, GRSE will make 10-12 fast patrol boats for Vietnam for which India has extended a $100 million line of credit to the friendly neighbour nation when President Pranab Mukherjee visited Vietnam in September 2014. Continue reading


Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is in Vietnam on a four day visit (Dec 17-20) to intensify its defence and strategic cooperation amid rising tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) region after Beijing ignored last Monday’s deadline given by an international court to make its official territorial claims in the hotly disputed region.

This is first time that an Indian Army chief is visiting Vietnam since a robust defence partnership was launched few years back. Official sources said that Gen Suhag’s visit comes after the assurance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Vietnamese counterpart last October of India’s steadfast support to Hanoi’s military requirements. The Army Chief’s visit will seek to expand army-to-army cooperation after the two countries have been focusing largely on navy-to-navy cooperation, sources noted. Continue reading


Barely two months after a fortnight long stand-off between Chinese and Indian forces was resolved in Ladakh, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made another incursion on Tuesday leading to a standoff for over three hours. While the last standoff (in September) took place in Chumur-Dhemchok area, the latest one has been reported from near Chushul which is reeling under -30 degree celsius temperature.

Home ministry sources said the incursion began in much the same way as the September standoff with civilians from both sides quarreling over rights to the differently-perceived 40-odd sq km spread. As the quarrel escalated, sources said, Chinese PLA entered Indian territory to support its civilians.At this, Indian forces rushed to the spot asked Chinese forces to retreat to their territory and managed to push them back after about three hours. Continue reading


Marc Drew, Chief Executive Officer of International Aerospace Manufacturing Pvt Ltd (IAMPL), an equal joint venture between Rolls Royce and Hindustan Aeronautics, has been in India for over a year now. In a chat with BusinessLine, Drew, who started as a graduate trainee with Rolls Royce in 1990, shares his views about India and what it takes to work here. Continue reading


Engineering and construction major Punj Lloyd has received FIPB approval for manufacturing equipment and associated assemblies for the defence sector.

“Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the Ministry of Finance have approved the proposal of Punj Lloyd for manufacturing of equipment systems and associated assemblies for the defence sector,” the company said in a regulatory filing. Continue reading


LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was granted bail on Thursday by the Anti-Terrorism Court.

Lakhvi and six others had filed bail applications on Wednesday even as lawyers were observing strike to condemn the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left 148 people, mostly children, dead.The FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) prosecutor disagreed with the bail request, however advocate Rizwan Abbasi, the lawyer representing Lakhvi stood before the court as the bail was approved, the Dawn reported. Continue reading

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