The Army today rubbished Pakistan’s demand for withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier saying it would not move out from the strategically important icy heights.
The force has put across its stand on the issue after Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asked India to withdraw troops from there claiming that they posed a “serious threat” to Pakistan’s environment. Continue reading
Based on commercial satellite imagery, a US-based think tank has said India is increasing its ability to produce highly-enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons, at a facility near Mysore in Karnataka.
“Commercial satellite imagery shows that the construction is finishing of what appears to be a second gas centrifuge facility at the Rare Materials Plant (RMP), near Mysore. This new facility could significantly increase India’s ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons,” the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said. Continue reading
SOURCE: CHINA DAILY MAIL
A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth.
It all sounds like something straight out of The Onion, but upon checking the sources it appears that this is indeed what Communist Party officials have been discussing this week following China’s flagship launch of a lunar rover, which is Beijing’s first spacecraft to land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. Continue reading
US Vice President Joe Biden has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Washington will not recognise Beijing’s new air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea and asked him to take steps to reduce tensions arisen out of the unilateral move.
In a five-and-half hour long meeting with President Xi over dinner last night with handful aides, Biden had a “back and forth” conversation on the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) and a host of other bilateral issues. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
In a crucial technological accomplishment, a simulated canister-based launch of a dummy missile weighing 50 tonnes was successfully carried out by scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently.
With the success of the “Missile Ejection Test” (MET), DRDO missile technologists are gearing up to conduct the first canister-based test-firing of 5,000-plus km range nuclear weapons-capable Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-V in March-April, 2014. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The DRDO scientists are hopeful that they would be able to add considerably to the army’s firepower in the coming years, be it development of Future Main Battle Tank Arjun, a “desi” Bofors or bi-modular charge systems.
The DRDO is satisfied with the progress on the project to mount 130mm guns of old Vijayanta tanks on the new Arjun tanks. Sources said the 40 Arjun catapults ordered by the army as part of this project should be ready in a few months. The army’s confidence in the Arjun chassis led to the project fructifying. Continue reading
Russia is finalizing an advanced air engagement system combining “fire-and-forget” guidance and “single-shot kill” ability within a single air-to-air missile. The system aims to frustrate any missile evasion maneuvers enabling a target to escape.
The K-77M air-to-air missile with this advanced guidance system will be fitted on to the fifth-generation fighter jet PAK-FA (advanced frontline aircraft system, also codenamed T-50) and it will start to be delivered to the Russian Air Force by 2017. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
As the custodians of the country’s maritime security break into celebrations to mark the Navy Day on December 4, far away in the Russian north new aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya has embarked on the much awaited journey under the Indian flag to join the naval fleet hopefully in another four to six weeks.
The arrival of Vikramaditya will be the dawn of a new era in the Navy’s capabilities as the lethargic process of Navy’s ambitious modernisation plan has finally begun to fall in place. Continue reading
SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
The second prototype (TD-2) of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) successfully completed the sea-level trials at Air Force Station, Tambaram in Chennai, last month. A product of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the LCH — painted in camouflage colours — had the trials from October 28 to November 23. The extensive trials were carried out to validate the design improvements implemented on the prototype based on the feedback from initial sea-level trials carried out during June 2012. Continue reading
The INS Vindhyagiri barely visible under the water
Wednesday is a special day for the Indian Navy, completing 42 years of existence, defending the Indian shores from enemy across the coastal border. But in the four decades, theIndian Navy has lost three ships and three more, including a submarine, which suffered extensive damages.
The total loss of human lives in these mishaps stand at 237, reveal RTI findings. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Pakistan’s official Army Doctrine calls on the country to “invoke disproportionate responses” in future wars with India, a copy of the document obtained by TheHindu has revealed. “The causes of conflict with the potential to escalate to the use of violence,” the classified internal document states, “emanate from the unresolved issue of Kashmir, the violation of treaty arrangements on sharing of natural resources, and the organised and deliberate support by external powers to militant organisations.” Continue reading
SOURCE: RIA Novosti
Russia’s armed forces will conduct test flights of a drone aircraft from the United Arab Emirates early next year, the manufacturer said.
The unmanned United 40 Block 5 long-range reconnaissance vehicle will be tested to assess whether it meets the military’s operational needs. The medium-altitude drone can stay airborne for more than 100 hours and can also be equipped with Namrod air-to-surface guided missiles. Continue reading