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Hong Kong military commentator Leung Guo-liang says China’s airborne early warning and control system is the world’s most advanced radar system, according to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao.

Leung, deputy editor of Hong Kong’s China-leaning magazine the Mirror, said the radar’s role in large-scale air battles has become increasingly important for coordinating aircraft. Continue reading


The female air force pilot whose flew missions against Isis reportedly been disowned by her family and labelled an ‘ingrate’.Mariam Al Mansouri’s participation in F-16 bombing raids for the UAE was celebrated in the West, but an anonymous statement claiming to be from her family ‘disowned’ her for ‘taking part in the brutal international aggression’ against Syria.

The statement also expressed support for the Syrian revolution, according to the Palestinian Wattan news agency. Continue reading


After the stunning success of its very first shot at Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will need to take those capabilities forward, despatching bigger, and more advanced spacecraft in the years to come. That, in turn, requires rockets that can carry such probes on the first leg of their journey and place them in orbit around Earth. Continue reading


India is one the countries that has shown an active interest in buying Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG’s fighter jet simulator.

“India has taken an interest in the device, as it has proved to be highly effective during the training of navy pilots on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya,” MiG Chief Executive Sergey Korotkov told Tass. “We definitely intend to sell such simulators. As part of the contractual obligations with India we use this simulator for training two groups of pilots. The Indians loved it. I think as soon as they sign the contract for another batch of fighters, hopefully, they will start buying,” he added. Continue reading


India has five slots available on its PSLV launcher for missions heading into sun-synchronous orbit between 2015 and 2017, and expects that its more-powerful GSLV Mark 3 rocket, intended for geostationary-orbiting telecommunications satellites, ultimately will be able to accommodate one foreign/commercial launch a year, a senior Indian space official said.

The Indian Space Research Organisation took a big step toward deploying is next-generation GSLV rocket in January with a successful flight that marked the first use of an Indian-built cryogenic upper stage. A more-powerful version of this vehicle, called the Mark 3, is what ISRO hopes to use to attract a regular, if modest, commercial market. Continue reading


The al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed that its primary motive in the September Karachi dockyard attack, which failed after gunfights with the Pakistan Naval forces, was destroying Indian warships with a Pakistani frigate – PNS Aslat.

The frigate was equipped with advanced weapon systems, including anti-submarine torpedoes, four guided missiles with a range of up to 120 km, surface-to-air missiles and 72 mm anti-aircraft guns. Continue reading


Work on the prototype of the Crew Module that is to be used in future manned space missions is nearing completion at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here at Thumba.

The four-tonne module is to be tested aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), which is slated for a test flight in late October, officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. Continue reading


Four Indian warships on Wednesday set sail from Mumbai on a long overseas deployment to East Africa and beyond to build “maritime bridges” with countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The first port of call for the warships — guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai, stealth frigates INS Talwar and INS Teg, and tanker INS Deepak – will be Antisiranana in Madagascar during the 50-day deployment. Continue reading

SOURCE : Reuters

A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had “high expectations” for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defense ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together.

“Prime Minister Modi is very aware of the initiative. His staff is clearly motivated at every level to make it a success and move forward,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, told Reuters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Continue reading


India is not going to join “any coalition” in the ongoing fight against the dreaded ISIS group in West Asia but agreed to work with the US to deal with the “major issue” of flight of radicalised people to that region for terror strikes.

The Indian stand over any participation in the US-led coalition air strikes in the war on terrorism against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was outlined by an official of Ministry of External Affairs even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his concerns during summit talks with President Barack Obama over emerging challenges in West Asia. Continue reading


A fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force crashed in the restive Balochistan province today due to a “technical fault” but no casualty was reported, the second such incident in two weeks.

The jet crashed on the outskirts of provincial capital Quetta. A spokesman for PAF said the pilot ejected safely before the aircraft came down. Continue reading


While Indian border troops challenged the PLA at Chumar in Ladakh over a road China was building, India’s northern neighbour persisted in building two more roads into Indian territory: one in Sikkim and another in Ladakh several kilometres away from Chumar.

Both these roads were destroyed by Indian forces upon discovery and a confrontation arose. However they were resolved without another standoff. Continue reading


For the first time, an India-US joint statement specifically mentioned the situation in South China Sea as President Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi expressed concern about “rising tensions over maritime territorial disputes” in that region.

The joint statement was issued after the bilateral meeting between the two leaders which took place days after the standoff with China in southeastern Ladakh ended with the withdrawal of both Chinese and Indian troops. The LAC impasse continued for several days even after President Xi Jinping assured Modi during his recent visit to India that the Chinese troops had been asked to withdraw. Continue reading



The 24th edition of Indian-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) has concluded, an official statement said Wednesday, adding the defence relations between the two countries is growing.

“The close defence relations between Indian and Indonesia have been growing steadily with regular joint activities and exchanges of personnel between the armed forces of the two countries,” a statement said Wednesday. Continue reading

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