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India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to make a high-level visit to Israel next month, in the first Home Minister visit since a 2000 trip that began resurgent bilateral ties – the visit comes after India last month approved a $144 million missile purchase from Israel.

Singh, whose position is roughly parallel to Internal Security Minister, is to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on November 6 as part of a four-day trip with senior officials, Indian diplomatic sources told the Times of India on Thursday. Continue reading


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Singapore and India should consider exploring the untapped potential of cooperation in naval ship building, an expert from an Indian naval think-tank said today.

There are excellent opportunities for the two countries to jointly build warships in India, given Singapore’s technological and design expertise and the low production costs in India, particularly in terms of labour and raw-material, said Captain Gurpreet S Khurana, who is the Executive Director of the National Maritime Foundation in NewDelhi. Continue reading


Even before an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI crashed on October 14, near Lohegaon Air Base outside Pune, concern has been mounting over growing numbers of crashes, incidents involving engine failure, and the worrying fact that, at any given time, barely half the Su-30MKI fleet is available for combat missions.

According to ministry of defence (MoD) figures accessed by Business Standard, the serviceability rate of the Su-30MKI was just 48 per cent till last year. The remaining fighters were undergoing repair or maintenance. Continue reading


In a bid to exploit the ‘Make in India’ policy initiated by the new government, US-based global defence and nuclear giant General Atomics is looking for local partners to build next-generation weapons and support systems based on advanced electromagnetic technologies in the country. The company has already established base in India and has appointed Vivek Lall, who has worked for Boeing, Raytheon and NASA and has been globally recognized as an aerospace leader, as CEO for US and international commercial strategic development for General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (EMS). Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

Details are slowly coming to light of the mystery Indian Navy (IN) vessel being built under the secretive Ocean Surveillance Ship (OSS) project at the Ministry of Defence-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL).IHS Jane’s understands that the OSS project is managed by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a similar manner to the Arihant nuclear submarine project. Continue reading


Diplomacy is not just about hype and hoopla as many of our television era journalists would like us to believe. It is a serious business and there is little scope for theatrics. Sometimes too much publicity and media-hype harms the larger cause of the nation.

Very often low-profile diplomacy works far more effectively than a high-profile attempt. For example, Ariel Sharon is the only Prime Minister of the Jewish state to visit New Delhi. On our part, while no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited Israel, (then foreign ministers) Jaswant Singh and S M Krishna have visited that country. Continue reading


Besides the suicides, there has been a series of other unnatural deaths involving employees of the DAE. At least 10 DAE employees lost their lives between 2009-2013 in murders and mysterious fires. Some employees have also disappeared only to be found dead later.

It is hard to get similar data on the nuclear programmes of other countries, especially those of superpowers such as the US and China. At most, there have been rare reports on suspected deaths of scientists . Continue reading


The Indian Air Force [IAF] chief is warning that the nation needs to expand and upgrade its aging warplane fleet. Soviet-era jetfighters, which were built decades ago, comprise at least 41 percent of the planes in the IAF’s fleets and they are long overdue for retirement, according to Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

“We have quite a few fleets which are on their last legs,” Raha told a news conference in New Delhi on October 4. Continue reading


State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is setting up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangar for composites used in producing helicopters and aircraft for defence services.

Defence production secretary G. Mohan Kumar laid the foundation for the MRO hangar Thursday at the HAL complex here to store composites, formed by combining materials and used to build structures (fuselage) for choppers and military aircraft. Continue reading


Ahead of the visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India next week, India on Friday indicated that it is open to accepting Vietnam’s offer, if found commercially viable, of participation in additional oil blocks in the South China Sea, despite Chinese concerns.

Asked if China’s concern on India’s presence in the South China Sea will be an impediment in the country accepting Vietnam’s offer of additional oil blocks to it, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Vietnam has offered some oil blocks in the South China Sea. Continue reading


Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi that is making waves in India with heavy demand for its cheap smartphones, has said it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.

Earlier this week, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had accused Xiaomi phones of possibly snooping and stealing data. What got the IAF’s radar buzzing was the fact that user data was sent to servers remotely located in China. In fact, IAF is also believed to have alerted all its Commands and Squadrons and suggested that Indian Air Force officers and their families should refrain from using Chinese mobile devices. Continue reading


India has called upon Pakistan not to involve the United Nations in the Kashmir dispute and resolve any conflict through bilateral dialogue, the BBC Urdu reported on Friday.While speaking at a ceremony of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Pakistan to stop ceasefire violations from their side, adding that Indian forces guarding the border possess the “capability to give a befitting reply” to these misadventures. Continue reading


A Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) between the Indian Army and the Peoples Liberation Army of China was held here on Thursday to strengthen military and border security ties.

Chinese troops joined Indian Army troops for joint celebrations of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Joint celebration of important events by troops of both countries forms part of Border Defence and Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed on this day a year ago at Beijing, Indian Army sources told ANI. Continue reading


India and Mexico today signed an MoU on space cooperation under which both sides will work together in remote sensing, satellite communication and areas relating to the peaceful use of outer space, besides taking the overall ties to a higher trajectory.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, presiding over the Sixth Session of the Joint Commission Meeting between India and Mexico, also decided to explore cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. Continue reading

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