An article in Sina’s Chinese-language military news web portal compared the abilities of India’s HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft and the FC-1 Xiaolong/JF-17 Thunder developed jointly by China and Pakistan.

Overview of the Aircraft

The HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was named by former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The development plan was approved by the Indian government in 1983. The government’s requirements for the Tejas were to develop an all-weather supersonic LCA which could replace the MiG-21. Its main mission is to fight for control of airspace and to offer short-range support. The development of the Tejas wasn’t a simple process, as it included a completely new engine, avionics and weapons systems, in line with global standards. The first test plane was unveiled on Nov. 17, 1995 and made its maiden flight on Jan. 4, 2001. Continue reading


Russo-Indian military collaboration has seemingly become a thorn in the United States’ side as Washington has decided to bolster US-Indian defense ties.It is expected that during his upcoming visit to India US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will offer New Delhi a new US tactical aircraft and sign a 10-year bilateral India-US Defense Framework Agreement, Franz-Stefan Gady, an expert in military affairs and cyber diplomacy, emphasized.

“We are looking to do more in terms of [military] exercises and joint training and interoperability with our Indian counterparts,” said US Ambassador to India Richard Rahul Verma as quoted by the expert. Continue reading


Military’s top brass accused the Indian intelligence agency RAW on Tuesday of supporting terrorism in Pakistan.An ISPR statement on a meeting of the Corps Com­manders held at the General Headquarters said: “The Conference also took serious notice of RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan.”

RAW has quite often been blamed by law-enforcement agencies for being involved in subversive activities in Pakistan, but it’s unusual for a corps commanders’ conference to directly point fingers at the hostile intelligence outfit. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

A clampdown by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government could have a “chilling effect” on foreign-funded charities and activists and is a cause for concern, the U.S. ambassador to India said on Wednesday.

Since taking office almost a year ago, Modi’s government has frozen the accounts of Greenpeace; limited the travel of some activists; and has put the U.S.-based Ford Foundation on a security watch list. Continue reading


Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) developed India’s first Long range Sub-sonic cruise missiles after making a flawless test flight last year from a Truck based Mobile launcher is all set to expand its launch platforms in future.

Nirbhay which means fearless will be operated by Tri services of the Indian armed forces opening up multiple tactical options for military operations in foreseeable future. 8-metre long-range cruise missile (LCAM) developed on the operational profile of American Tomahawk and Russian kH-55 cruise missiles will be part of larger Sub-sonic cruise missile family designed to be operationalised from multiple launch platforms. Continue reading


France agreed to a 25% discount on its earlier offer to clinch the deal for an off the-shelf purchase of 36Rafale aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris last month. This will be the base on which further negotiations will take place on Wednesday.

The ballpark cost per aircraft as per Dassault’s winning bid for the 126 MMRCA programme — the old, nowscrapped, Rafale deal — came to about $300 million, taking into account the estimates ofHindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). Sources told ET that the objective was to bring this down to a little over $200 million apiece. Continue reading


The Union defence ministry is in the process of changing the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ concept, and is likely to be completed by June.

Speaking to mediapersons at his Panaji office, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that the ministry has already set up a committee to go through the DPP and asked it to suggest amendments in the next 45 days. He also said that the idea of introducing amendments to the DPP is to ensure that the ‘Make in India’ concept is a success. Continue reading


Taking a cue from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Tuesday directed his officers and others not to clap after his address.

“After I finish my address please do not clap. Hereafter, we will maintain the decorum of not clapping in uniform,” General Suhag said after a round of applause following his address at an Army event here. Continue reading


The delivery of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France would be in a time frame compatible with the operational requirement of the IAF, the Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also said the 36 aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same configuration as had been tested and approved by the IAF and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France. Continue reading


French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar here tomorrow to “launch negotiations” for the 36 Rafale fighter jets that India has decided to buy from France.

Drian will arrive here later tonight after his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.The French Minister will meet Parrikar tomorrow during which he will “pursue” discussions on matters that were taken up during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France last month, a French Embassy statement said. Continue reading



The Navy has further stepped on the gas for indigenization in tune with the Modi government’s “Make in India” policy, identifying around 100 advanced technologies for DRDO to develop over the next 10-15 years.

India already has 42 warships and six submarines on order for construction in domestic shipyards for around Rs 3 lakh crore, with the aim to build a powerful three-dimensional Navy to protect its huge maritime interests spanning from the Persian Gulf to Malacca Strait as well as counter the expanding Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Continue reading


The Army on Tuesday got some supersonic firepower to take on enemy fighters, helicopters, drones and sub-sonic cruise missiles with the induction of the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile system.

The Akash missiles, which have an interception range of 25km, will progressively replace the obsolete air defence weapons in the Army, as was reported by TOI in March. The Army has initially ordered two Akash regiments, with six firing batteries and hundreds of missiles each, for around Rs 14,180 crore. While the first regiment will be fully in place later this year, the second one will follow by end-2016. Continue reading


There is no proposal to set up a new Ordnance Factory in the country but steps will be taken to increase capacity and functioning of the existing ones, government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the modernisation process of the Ordnance Factories has been going on and the output of Ordnance Factories has been steady.Replying to questions, he said at present there is no proposal to set up a new Ordnance Factory in the country but that doesn’t mean that government doesn’t consider increasing capacity and functioning of the existing ones. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Highlighting that China is exploring the potentiality of solar power at the altitude of 36000 kilometers, a parliamentary standing committee said that the Department of Space should also look into such path breaking initiatives to be a world leader in the field of space and the government should accordingly encourage and facilitate this aspirational goal in and of national development and security. Continue reading


The government on Tuesday said the explosion onboard submarine INS Sindhurakshak in 2013 that led to the death of 18 personnel was “probably induced” during the process of arming of the torpedoes and cannot be blamed on anyone.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a written reply to a question, told Rajya Sabha that the accident cannot be blamed on anyone since none of the officers or sailors present inside the submarines survived. Continue reading

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