Army: Pakistan move to ban Hafiz Saeed’s JuD significant


Army today said the announcement of ban on Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah by Pakistan were “good moves” but the effect of these steps needs to be gauged on ground

“It is a significant move (by Pakistan). We are waiting and watching as to how the ban on JuD would manifest on ground,” General Officer Commanding of Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt General Subrata Saha told reporters here. (more…)

Parrikar keeps mum after controversial remark


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today refused to comment over Congress’ demand to tender a public apology over his statements on some former Prime Ministers compromising country’s “deep assets”.Parrikar, who was in Panaji to accompany party’s official candidate Siddharth Cuncolienkar to file nominations for the by-poll, ducked questions on the issue and remained tight-lipped. (more…)

Sister duo to represent Army and IAF on Republic Day


This year’s Republic Day parade, apart from being special due to the presence of Barack Obama, will bring moments of joy and pride for two sisters. Prabhjot and Ramnik will march down Rajpath on January 26 but in separate contingents.

While Lieutenant Prabhjot Daveta will be part of the Army’s women contingent, her sister Flying Officer Ramnik will represent the Indian Air Force (IAF). (more…)

In the Asian Arms Race, the Prize Is India


Barack Obama will be the guest of honor at India’s Republic Day parade on Jan. 26. The celebrations will feature child acrobats, marching bands, and colorful floats representing India’s states and territories. Also on display will be the country’s military hardware, much of which dates from the Soviet era. One of the topics of discussion when Obama meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be how to upgrade India’s defense capabilities. (more…)

Russia Ready to Supply India With Anaerobic Submarines

SOURCE: Sputnik

Russia could supply the Indian Navy with “stealthy” submarines, equipped with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems if India opens a tender for them, a senior official at Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
“The Russian side is ready to supply a foreign client with a submarine refitted to meet any requests for a different exterior and equipment as formulated by the client,” the source told RIA Novosti. (more…)

Tejas fighters are taking too long to arrive

SOURCE: Business Standard

On Saturday, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) the first Tejas Mark I fighter built on its new production line in Bengaluru. Fifteen prototypes earlier produced were each hand-built to different specifications as the Tejas evolved. Now, however, HAL’s production line will build to a controlled standard using modern manufacturing methods. The first Tejas fighter had flown in September, but the IAF had refused to accept it until HAL could hand over eight fighters together, half the complement of the first Tejas squadron. Eventually, the defence ministry ordered the IAF to accept each fighter as it was built, like every air force does. (more…)

Poor work culture behind Tejas delay


The sense of pride over India’s building of an indigenous fighter aircraft has unfortunately been marred by questions about the long time it took for the country’s defence research and manufacturing industry to develop and finally produce it.

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) last week. The comment made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the occasion that HAL should think out of the box to meet the timeline requirements of the defence forces summed up a sense of unease over the delays in the execution of many vital projects. (more…)

Some ex-PMs ‘compromised’ India’s deep assets: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday alleged that some former Prime Ministers had compromised the country’s “deep assets” on national security but refrained from naming them.

Parrikar said he did not give details about Coast Guard operation involving a boat coming from Pakistan as the “source (of information) might be compromised”, a PTI report stated. (more…)

Parleys on to push defence deal

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

India clearly not satisfied with the US allowing just two military-use items under the much-touted Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) is pushing for more as last-minute negotiations are on ahead of US President Barack Obama’s three-day (from January 25 to 27) visit to India.

The points-person of both sides, G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production, and US nominee Frank Kendall, Under-secretary (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) of Defence Department, met in New Delhi today. (more…)

Kanpur professionals design unmanned aerial vehicle to aid in surveillance


Professors of a prestigious technology institute in Kanpur on Thursday claimed to have developed a portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to help the security forces patrol border areas better.

It could also prove handy to the police in monitoring traffic and other issues. Designers said the light UAV fitted with cameras could fly at a very low height to keep vigil in sensitive areas. It could also be used to keep an eye on wildlife in jungles, frequently targeted by poachers. (more…)

R-Day parade to prove ‘Indian women second to none’


India may not yet allow them on warships, let them fly fighter jets or induct them in the infantry but women military officers are all set to show their “josh” or spirited nature to take on any challenge head-on, even combat roles, when they march down the majestic Rajpath in front of US President Barack Obama.

“The message should go to every Indian village as well as around the world that Indian women are second to none. It will be an honour to lead the naval contingent before our leaders and President Obama, the most powerful leader on earth,” says Lt Commander Sandhya Chauhan. (more…)

Three new vessels inducted into Indian Navy fleet


Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) were commissioned into the Indian Navy, at Mumbai, on Thursday by Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command. These ships will comprise the 82nd ISV Squadron and four more of such ships will join the squadron in the near future. Earlier, seven ISVs were commissioned into the Navy on January 30 last year. (more…)