SOURCE: Sputnik

India has no intention to stop purchasing Russian arms, an Officer of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army, Lt. Col. Vivek Suryakant Badve, said Thursday.

“I would rather disagree,” Badve told RIA Novosti, commenting on an opinion voiced by some experts that India will gradually stop buying Russian armament, replacing it with weapons of domestic production and purchasing with other countries. Continue reading


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Anubhav Mohanty in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 30 July 2015 informed Parliamentarians that Since its induction in 2001, 8 Advance Light Helicopter (DHRUV) which were manufactured by state-owned Company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) were lost in various accidents over the years.

He also assured Parliamentarians that all reported accidents have been investigated by a Court of Inquiry as per extant instructions and Necessary modifications/upgradations have been carried out, on the basis of past experience, to cater to Defence Forces’ requirements. Continue reading



Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in Rajya Sabha in A written reply to AK Selvaraj on Thursday, 30 July 2015 informed Parliamentarians that ADOUR 871 engines currently manufactured by state-owned Company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have achieved 2000 hours Time between overhaul (TBO) which is designated TBO of that engine.

Singh confirmed that Life of Engines was earlier restricted to 1000 hours for those engines manufactured at HAL. This was due to the restrictions on the life of 4 components. The TBO was subsequently increased to 1400 hours by the Lifing Committee. Continue reading

SOURCE: NetIndian News Network

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and United States space agency NASA are jointly working on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite that is expected to be launched in 2021.
Union Minister of State for Space Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha here yesterday that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) would be responsible for design and development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna, GPS system and data recorder.

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Four Indian Teachers have been Kidnapped in Libya, Allegedly by the Islamic State terror GROUP. The Indians were Reportedly Kidnapped from Sirte on Thursday Evening Town Near Tripoli. They had been at the university for Teaching A year, said the ministry of external affairs. “No Ransom Demand has yet been made. We are trying to Ascertain their whereabouts,” said Foreign ministry Officials. Continue reading


Here’s what a soldier of the future will look like — a nano-technology basedKevlar robot with super computer capabilities, high motor-assisted agility, lethal firepower, long distance multi spectrum vision, high NBC (nuclear, biological chemical) protection, terrestrial connectivity, automated data bases to decide friend or foe, thought control, orders through display devices, drugged to keep awake and have reduced fatigue. And with all that, a heart that sends red roses on Valentine’s day.  It sounds like science fiction, but is already becoming reality.

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In May 1993, Shimon Peres became the first Israeli Foreign Minister to visit India. Rajiv Gandhi had taken the initiative to upgrade relations. P.V. Narasimha Rao actually accelerated the process which led to the opening of embassies in Tel Aviv and New Delhi.

Rajiv had to overcome considerable inertia on relations with Israel. Yes, India’s support for the Palestinian cause was non negotiable but the argument that Indian Muslims would be agitated if relations with the Jewish state were upgraded were patently false. Indian foreign policy being sensitive to minority interests was totally different from policy being hostage to Muslim whims. This would lend credence to the whispering campaign, against Muslim appeasement the Indian Right was embarked on ever since Indira Gandhi split the Congress in 1969. Continue reading


Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first holder of his office to Israel later this year, a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the same this year.

Mukherjee plans to begin his Middle East trip on Oct. 9. According to Indian media reports, his first stop will be Jordan, followed by the Palestinian Authority. He will then arrive in Israel. Continue reading


India and France are now trying to swiftly finalize the government-to-government deal for direct acquisition of 36 Rafale fighters, even as the earlier $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project for 126 such jets stands scrapped.

The IAF is pushing for at least 20 additional Rafales over the 36 decided during the Modi-Hollande summit in Paris on April 10. But India is unlikely to buy more than 36 Rafales at this stage, less than one-third of the 126 jets envisaged under the MMRCA project. Continue reading


Iran is about to conclude a transaction with China for the purchase of the Chengdu J-10 multirole jet fighter, known in the West as the Vigorous Dragon, according to an exclusive report from DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources. Beijing has agreed to sell Tehran 150 of these sophisticated jets.

While the Chinese J-10 is comparable to the US F-16, our sources report that it is virtually a replica of the Lavi, the super-fighter developed by Israel’s aerospace industry in the second half of the 80s. Israel sold China the technology, after Washington insisted on Its discontinuing the Lavi’s production. The US also objected to the sale of the Lavi’s avionics, claiming that it contained some American components. Continue reading


The Rafale deal, rescued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited France in April, has hit a government air pocket. India’s insistence that France spend 50% of the value of the Rafale deal in Indian defence sector (called an offset requirement) and pricing issues have meant that India and France have missed the July target of finalising the agreement on purchasing 36 fighter jets.

Officials familiar with Rafale negotiations said higher political intervention may be required to hasten the process. Continue reading


After having failed to achieve the required thrust to power Light Combat Aircraft, the indigenously developed Kaveri engine will now be used to power Indian Unmanned Combat Aircraft, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Parrikar said the total expenditure incurred on development of Kaveri engine so far is Rs 2,101 crore. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently put one of its special aircrafts, an Embraer, for a unique operation — transporting a kidney and a liver from Pune to Delhi. It was used to save the life of two critically-ill patients, a 56-year-old ex-serviceman with liver cancer and another jawan suffering from kidney failure. Both are doing good post-surgery, said doctors.

“The organs took one hour and 30 minutes to reach Delhi, while the normal travel time in any passenger aircraft is more than two hours,” said Colonel PP Rao, head of the liver transplantation unit at Army Research and Referral hospital in New Delhi. Doctors said the aircraft took off from Pune at midnight and reached Delhi around 1.30am. “We started the surgery as soon as the organs arrived,” Colonel Rao added. Continue reading


Acknowledging that the Indian Army is short of critical ammunition, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said the government has taken steps to mitigate the deficiencies.

“The government has taken into consideration the deficiencies in some of the critical ammunition on priority and has also taken effective steps to mitigate the deficiencies to ensure desired level of operational-preparedness commensurate to threat perception in a dynamic strategic scenario,” Parrikar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. Continue reading


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today informed the Upper House that the Centre has withdrawn the multi-billion dollar tender for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA), for which Rafale was shortlisted in 2012.

“The Request for Proposal (RFP) issued earlier for the procurement of 126 MMRCA has been withdrawn. In the multi-vendor procurement case, the Rafale aircraft met all the performance characteristics stipulated in the RFP during the evaluation conducted by the Indian Air Force,” Parrikar said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. Continue reading

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