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China’s military Thursday expressed concern over India’s plan to construct 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should not complicate the situation and do more to maintain peace as it is a “disputed area”.

“We have noticed relevant report. Dispute still exists in the eastern part of China-India border,” Defence Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujin told a media briefing here when asked a question on the plans announced by the Home Ministry to build 54 new border posts along the Arunachal Pradesh border. Continue reading


Frustrated with India’s failure to deliver long-promised military aid, new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told New Delhi that he wishes to revisit his predecessor’s request for assistance, diplomatic sources have told The Indian Express. President Ghani’s decision to place Afghanistan’s arms-aid request on hold, the sources said, had been conveyed to negotiators from the Ministry of External Affairs earlier this month.

The freeze on the aid request, a government source in Kabul said, reflected President Ghani’s belief that the outreach to India would poison the country’s relationship with Pakistan, without yielding any dividends in return. Continue reading


The defence agreement India and Vietnam have signed during Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to New Delhi is a sign of the growing ties between the two nations. Right from the days Vietnam fought a war, first, against the French and, then, the US, India has been one of its strongest supporters. During the last few years they have stepped up their relations to a new level. Under the new agreement, India has committed to boost Vietnamese defence capabilities. The Vietnamese are one of the greatest warriors, though the same cannot be said about their defence equipment. India can help the nation by providing sophisticated technology and equipment. Continue reading



Brazil’s decision to buy the Swedish JAS-39E/F Gripen (or Gripen NG) has opened a tantalising possibility for India’s defence ministry (MoD), which is frustrated after 33 months of negotiations with French company, Dassault on the proposed purchase of 126 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).

On Monday, Swedish defence giant, Saab, which builds the Gripen, announced Brazil had signed a contract for 36 Gripen NG fighters for $5.475 billion. Continue reading


A new, lighter version of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos called BrahMos-M (Mini) weighing around 1.5 tonnes is being planned for use by the Navy and the Air Force. “BrahMos Aerospace is currently getting the user requirements to finalise the configuration,” said Sudhir Mishra, CEO and MD of BrahMos Corporation (BA). Continue reading


After clearing defence acquisitions of over Rs 1 lakh crore, the much awaited multi-billion French Rafale combat aircraft deal is expected to be next on the agenda for the Narendra Modi Government on defence procurement.

According to a top official of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) privy to the development, over two years of negotiations between French firm Dassault and the Ministry is almost complete and a decision is likely to be taken soon, for which a voluminous draft agreement of over 15,000 pages between the Dassault and IAF has already been prepared. Continue reading


Riding on the recent success of its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), India plans to revisit the planet in 2018, possibly with a lander and rover to conduct more experiments, a space official said Wednesday.

“We plan to launch a second mission to Mars in 2018, probably with a lander and rover, to conduct more experiments for which we have to develop new technologies,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellite centre director S. Shiva Kumar told reporters here. Continue reading


The governments of India and Russia have agreed that BrahMos missile will be exported to a list of mutually agreeable countries for defensive purposes. There is also a negative list to which exports are barred.

The missile has been showcased in several countries to apprise the potential customers of its capabilities. “If any country approaches us we will look into it on a case by case basis. BrahMos Aerospace has the production capacity, game plan and skilled labour to supply. I would like to state that we are ready and waiting. It is for the government of India to decide”, Sudhir Mishra, CEO and MD of BrahMos Corporation said on Wednesday. Continue reading


The draft agreement of the mega multi-billion dollar deal for proposed acquisition of 126 Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) with French company Dassault “running into 15,000 pages is almost ready,” sources said on Wednesday, indicating that inking of the proposed deal could be the next biggest step by the Modi government in the defence sector. Continue reading


Pushing Modi government’s agenda to take relations with Israel to the optimal level, union home minister Rajnath Singh would leave for Jerusalem on November 5 for four-day visit.

During the high level visit, whose base has already been prepared by the national security advisor Ajit Doval with his Israeli counterpart Joseph Cohen, India is all set to engage with Israel to gain expertise in various fields related to counter terrorism skills, advance surveillance system (especially on the borders) forensic science and latest investigations techniques, sources said. Continue reading


While the excitement of the Mar’s Orbiter Mission may have subsided, another space mission is quietly taking shape and could potentially set benchmarks, including cost benchmarks, in India’s space odyssey.

Team Indus, comprising of a motley bunch of around 50 youngsters, are ready with a fully-functional prototype of its robotic rover for a Moon Mission, and is in the process of integrating the engineering model (the model prior to the final one) of the lander. The three-year-old Bangalore-based startup is the only team from India in the Google Lunar XPrize, a global competition to land a privately-funded robotic spacecraft on the Moon by December 2015. Till now, Moon landings have been largely government funded. Continue reading


AFTER the phenomenal success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has turned its attention to the maiden flight of its biggest launch vehicle so far—the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-MkIII)—in November.

The 630-tonne GSLV-MkIII will carry a 3.65-tonne crew module in which ISRO plans to send astronauts into space eventually. When the vehicle becomes operational after three successful flights in a row, India will become a major player in the competitive commercial launch market for putting four-tonne communication satellites into orbit. Continue reading


Every time the world’s attention turns to Pakistan’s continuing links to global terrorism, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) goes into a frenzy to protect its most valued agent, former Mumbai underworld don, 59-year-old Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, also known as Sheikh Dawood Hassan.

Before the March 1993 explosions in Mumbai, Dawood Ibrahim’s group operated from Dubai, indulging in large-scale smuggling, money laundering, extortion and other criminal activities. Continue reading

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