Sitanshu Kar Spokesperson for Ministry of Defence (MOD) has tweeted and confirmed that Homegrown 155mm 45 Caliber Artillery Gun Dhanush has met all tech parameters in Winter and Summer Trials. desi Bofors howitzer completed its final round of user trials in Pokhran field firing ranges after successful winter trials in the mountains of Sikkim.

Earlier last year Indian army has placed a part order with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to make 20 pieces of these howitzers which will be followed by bulk order of more than 100 guns which now will be placed since it has cleared final rounds of user trials now . Indian Army final order might be of more than 400 guns and OFB can produce 100 guns every year after guns are cleared for production. Continue reading


India will now be able to strike “deep into the heart of China” with a nuclear missile after making modifications to its powerful Su-30MKI multirole fighter jet, according to a report from the Washington-based National Interest magazine.

India’s Strategic Forces Command is said to have modified 42 of its Su-30MKI aircraft so that they can carry air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday visited 512 Army Base Workshop in Khadki. Parrikar was received by Lt Gen RJ Noronha, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Southern Command. The minister was briefed by Brig Akash Popli, Commandant and Managing Director 512 Army Base Workshop, on the range of repair activities undertaken at the base workshop.

512 Army Base Workshop is the flagship base workshop of the Indian Army and is currently engaged in the overhaul of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) of East European origin.The workshop, set up in Mumbai in 1853, is today the largest base workshop of the Indian Army, with civilians and combatants working together. Continue reading


Security forces busted two major hideouts of NDFB(S) militants inside thick jungles in Assam’s Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, a defence spokesperson said on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, army troops launched a search operation inside the thick jungles of Ripu Reserve Forest, approximately seven to eight km South from Indo-Bhutan Border, in Kokrajhar district last evening. During search operations, an encounter took place with the NDFB(S) and the militants managed to escape, the spokesperson said. Continue reading


India is set to sign a treaty with Afghanistan which will help the two countries share intelligence and cooperate in dealing with crimes, a development that is like to upset Pakistan, which has been opposing such a bilateral agreement for the past 15 years.

The Narendra Modi government will sign a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Afghanistan during President Ashraf Ghani’s maiden trip to India on April 27-28, officials said. The home ministry has prepared a draft note for the treaty which will be cleared by the Cabinet before the pact is signed by the two countries, they added. Continue reading


The Navy is building two Anti- Submarine Warfare Corvettes using carbon fibre composite material from Sweden for the first time as it goes beyond using steel for warships. Warships are traditionally made using stainless steel but the new carbon fibre composite superstructure, imported from Swedish shipyard Kockums, not only makes the warship lighter but also makes it difficult for the enemy to spot.

Being built by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, INS Kiltan and INS Kavaratti are named after islands in the Lakshwadeep archipelago. Continue reading


Speaking at the Annual Unified Commanders’ Conference for Tri-Services Commanders in New Delhi on Thursday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the Government was committed to modernise the armed forces, but “that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources”.

Parrikar does not realise that the principal blame for the fiscal irresponsibility of our armed forces rests on the political leadership of the country.  Continue reading


Indian Air Force has initiated a proposal to purchase three more BoeingC-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US for about Rs 8,700 crore, impressed as it is by the cargo carrier’s varied utility that includes carrying out of large-scale humanitarian assistance operations such as the ongoing relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal.

The IAF has told the government that it wants to add three very heavy transport aircraft to its fleet of 10 C-17s that were ordered in 2011 and inducted in 2013, officials said. Continue reading


With communication lines down and the sheer scale of the disaster in Nepal making things unmanageable, India is sending UAVs to Kathmandu to map the destruction in the neighbouring country and help rescue efforts.

Sources said the UAVs, under the operational command of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), will reach Kathmandu on Monday and begin operations immediately as time is running out. Continue reading


The C-17 jet has proved its worth in gold again yesterday, when it was pulled into rescue service in the aftermath of one of the deadliest earthquakes to hit Nepal in the last 70 years. Just 10 days ago, the plane had pulled off its biggest civilian rescue feat – airlifting thousands of Indians and foreign nationals from war torn Yemen in Operation Rahat

2 years ago, the Indian Air Force inducted its biggest aircraft till date, the C-17, for heavy life capability to transport troops and tanks to the war front. We procured the 10 C-17 aircraft from the US Air Force in a  20,000 crore deal, and 3 were inducted in 2014 at the Hindan air base. The C-17’s ability to carry tones of equipment and passengers and take off from the world’s most dangerous runways is what makes it a formidable rescue craft. Continue reading


President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday awarded the ‘Shaurya Chakra’ gallantry medal to ITBP inspector Manjeet Singh who led his commandos in repulsing an audacious terrorist attack on the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province last year.

The 36-year-old Indo-Tibetan Border Police force officer was the lone recipient of this military medal amongst all paramilitary forces during the defence investiture ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Continue reading



In an effort to enhance CRPF’s capabilities in fighting Maoists in the Red zone and terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir, home ministry has ordered replacement of indigenously built but faulty INSAS rifles that the force uses with AK-47s. All INSAS guns used by the force in the red zone would be replaced by AK-47 while 50% of the INSAS gun armoury in J&K would now have AK-47. Continue reading

SOURCE: Nitin Pai /

Zen practitioners routinely confront puzzling parables, or koans, as part of their practice to attain enlightenment. One koan goes: “There was a woman walking down the street. Was she the elder or the younger sister?” Thinking with our logical minds, the question seems absurd. How can we tell whether the woman is the elder or the younger sister merely based on the information in the koan? But the method of Zen is to abandon logical thought, for it gets in the way of true enlightenment.

But why is a Business Standard column getting into Zen on a Monday morning? Well, because our defence Budget is much like the aforementioned koan. Every year, the government announces a defence Budget (this year, it amounted to Rs 2.47 lakh crore or $40 billion) and people begin to debate whether it is low, high, adequate or inadequate. Continue reading


The arduous and tough India-China border extending over 4,056 Km has its complexities and goes far beyond the two capitals of Delhi and Beijing. The book — India China Borderlands: Conversations Beyond the Centre authored by Nimmi Kurian of the Centre for Policy Research seeks to put in perspective Sino-Indian relations at the sub-regional level.

She engages in a critical comparative analysis of the developmental thrust that India’s Northeast and China’s western border regions are witnessing under the rubric of Look East Policy and the Western Development strategy. The book revolves on border studies along with comparative regionalism in international relations. One of the handicaps is that border studies are rare in this country. The endeavour is to introduce a borderlands perspective. Continue reading


It’s akin to contract killing of the country’s defence research establishments. With their easy access to classified and secret information, thousands of people working on contractual or temporary basis in India’s top secret defence projects have turned out to be the biggest threat to national security.

A spate of arrests for spying has alarmed the government. But the country’s premier defence research agency—Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) — has a strength of more than 50,000 temporary or casual employees who have complete access to all of its classified and research activities. Continue reading

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