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In the last two decades, the world’s most wanted terrorists have found “succor and sustenance” in Pakistan which has earned the reputation of being a “global epicenter of terrorism”, India said in response to Pakistan’s allegations at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
“Members will recognise the irony of a nation that has established a well-earned reputation of being a global epicenter of terrorism holding forth on human rights,” the Permanent Representative of India to the UN offices at Geneva Ajit Kumar told the HRC. Continue reading
India has asked Pakistan to reinvestigate the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case and put on trial Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed who is currently under house arrest in Lahore under the anti-terrorism law.
India has made a fresh demand in a reply to Pakistan’s request to send 24 Indian witnesses to record their statements in the case, an interior ministry official said on Wednesday.”We have received a reply from Indian government in response to our letter regarding sending 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements in the Mumbai terror attack case. Continue reading
With India and Israel marking 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties on 29 January, the two countries have planned a series of events including the exchange of prime ministerial visits before the close of the anniversary year in January 2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Israel in June—the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish country. Continue reading
India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.This the second time that the missile has been test-fired in less than a month and is part of an effort to put in place a multi-layer missile defence system.
“Today’s test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” a defence official said, adding that it was a low altitude trial. Continue reading
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Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan who is F-35 program executive officer said that by fiscal 2019, the F-35A will cost between $80-85 million each, which is a massive price drop of nearly $15 million each. F-35A costs $94.6 million a unit (only aircraft). Lockheed had made plans to bring the cost down to $85 million per unit by 2020 but after heavy criticism from President Trump, Bogdan is now targeting to get it further down.
Lockheed Martin is also under tremendous pressure for its F-35C which is a Navy variant capable of taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier. F-35C unit cost is $121.8 million and President Trump has asked Boeing to come with a better offer in terms of pricing for their F-18 Super Hornet on possible order reduction for F-35C. Continue reading
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Bangladesh Air Force has issued a tender to procure 08 x Multi-Role Combat Aircraft(MRCA) in the financial year 2017-18 with an option for additional 04 aircraft in future.BAF plans to employ these
Fighter aircraft for Air Defence role, Offensive Counter Air Operations role, Anti-Surface Force role and Maritime Air Operations role to assist Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy.
A quick look at the tender documents suggests Technical requirements attached with the tender is tailored made for Russia to respond with the recently introduced Mig-35. Continue reading
US President Donald Trump’s top spymaster nominee has said he was “shocked” to read that India successfully launched more than 100 satellites in one go last month.
“I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 satellites in space,” former Senator Dan Coats told lawmakers yesterday during his confirmation hearing for the position of Director of National Intelligence. Continue reading
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Navistar, the US-based truck major who had a joint venture with tractor and utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra , has bagged a contract to supply armoured trucks to the Pakistan Army.
The US Department of Defense issued a USD 35 million contract for supplying 40 MaxxPro Dash DXM mine-resistant, armoured trucks to Pakistan.While Indian companies are ramping up their presence across several armies around the world they are, however, barred from supplying defence products to Pakistan. Exports of passenger vehicles to the neighbouring country, too, are banned. Continue reading
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The Jammu and Kashmir Police has busted a big plot of Pakistan-based terrorists to launch attacks in the Valley. The police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition concealed in a truck carrying goods from Chakoti, Muzafarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir or PoK. The incident comes six months after the Uri attack in which 17 soldiers were martyred.
The cross LoC trade on Chakoti-Uri border has been under radar of intelligence and security agencies. According to intel reports, terror masterminds are using the trade of almonds at the LoC to push fake Indian currency notes, arms into Indian side of the border. Continue reading
India’s plan to develop Chabahar port in Iran has evidently run into rough weather with strains developing in Iran-US relations after fresh sanctions were imposed against Iran in the wake of missile development, and China holding out baits to Tehran to keep India at bay.
It is eight months since India and Iran signed the loan agreement for the port’s development, but the Iranians are still dragging their feet, giving rise to the feeling that they are having a re-think. For the record, the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) is still awaiting completion of an application from the Port and Maritime Organisation of Iran with instructions to disburse the amount. According to the agreement, the contract will be activated from the day the loan is disbursed. Continue reading
India and Nepal will conduct the 11th Surya Kiran joint exercise from March 7 to March 20, focussing on counter-insurgency drills, an official said on Tuesday.
The infantry battalion-level joint exercise will be conducted at Pithoragarh, in Uttarakhand, said an official statement here.
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The amount was what Devas had collected as fee to reserve space on a satellite that was to be leased by Antrix Corp, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). Continue reading
With this, Jindal Stainless becomes India’s first company to commercially manufacture high nitrogen steel for the defence sector under the transfer of technology from DRDO. The use of HNS will replace the existing import of Rolled Homogenous Armour (RHA), thereby resulting in improved cost efficiency in material acquisition for armour applications by 50 per cent, the company said in a statement. Continue reading
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The recently held strategic dialogue between India and China provides a useful reality check on the state of the play. Over the past year, the relationship had reached an impasse owing to China’s unwillingness to support India’s entry into the Nuclear Supplier’s Group and to allow Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed to be placed on the United Nations Security Council’s terror list.
In both cases India had that insisted these were litmus tests of its ties with China. New Delhi’s stance stemmed from an under-estimation of the growing importance of Pakistan to China and from an over-estimation of its own clout. If the former underscored the inability of the government to get the measure of China-Pakistan convergence, the latter flowed from the curious belief that international influence was mostly about talking ourselves up. Continue reading
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Anil Ambani is betting big on defence as he attempts to transform Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. from a power and infrastructure company to a defence company.
The Reliance Group is eyeing opportunities in aerospace and land systems through its 15 subsidiaries and three joint ventures with foreign-origin equipment manufacturers, Ambani said. He was speaking at the company’s first analyst meet on the defence business held in Mumbai on February 27. Reliance Infrastructure is also eyeing naval defence opportunities through its listed subsidiary Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd., Ambani added. Continue reading