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The stock of as many as 61 types of ammunition – out of a total of 152 types of ammunition considered critical by the Indian Army to fight a war – is available for just 10 days only, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has found.
The stocks of just 20 per cent of the armoury – 31 types of ammunition – were found to be satisfactory, the CAG has found. The CAG report was placed before the Parliament today.The Indian military is required to hold ammunition enough to fight a short intense war of 20 days. Earlier, Indian military was required to have store supplies, spares and ammunition – called War Wastage Reserve (WWR) – to fight a 40 day intense war. In 1999 the WWR was scaled down to only 20 days.
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In a major drug bust, the Baramulla Police today seized 66.5 kilograms of suspected heroin worth Rs 300 crore from a truck that originated from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.The truck was purportedly carrying boxes full of garments, but hidden among the boxes were packets of narcotics.
The truck, numbered AJK XA-267, originated from Muzzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and was headed towards Uri in Kashmir. Officials posted at the LoC Trade Centre in Salamabad, Uri, who were already on the lookout for such a truck after receiving intelligence inputs about the movement of drugs, stopped the lorry and carried out a search, which led to the recovery of the narcotics. Continue reading
Chinese parts camouflaged as ‘Made in Germany’ ones allegedly found their way to the production line of Indian-made Bofors artillery guns called Dhanush used by the Army, prompting the CBI to file a case against a Delhi-based company.
Besides Sidh Sales Syndicate, the CBI also registered a case against unidentified officials of the Guns Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, under criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery for supplying fake and cheap China-made spares passing off as Made in Germany for Dhanush guns, the FIR alleged.
SOURCE: DIGAMBAR THAKUR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
In Russia’s premier international air show MAKS 2017, Russian defence ministry is finally started to think beyond Mig-35 and Pak-fa to remain relevant in global demand for new fighter jets and have finally revealed plans to pursue development of Four new fighter jets which will be able to replace older Russian supplied jet and also met changing advancement in fighter jet while remaining lighter on the operators pocket .
Mig Corporation seems to have taken the lead and already has started working on Mig-31 replacement aircraft which will continue to rely on its Superior Mach Number to defeat all known Surface to Air defence systems. Since Mig-31 can hit Mach 3 when required, new replacement aircraft is rumored to be Mach 4-5 capable and will use its speed and high altitude operation ability to remain technical relevant in an era of Stealth age. Continue reading
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India is all set to re-issue a request for information (RFI) to procure nine turbofan aircraft capable of performing a range of roles. India already operates a small fleet of modified Gulfstream III and Bombardier Global 5000 jets to perform surveying, target towing, communications intelligence and signals intelligence (SIGINT).
Since 2012, India’s Intelligent agencies and Indian air force have been looking to expand its fleet of Snooping Aircraft capable of operating in a range of environments from tropical to very high altitudes. Continue reading
After a similar incident two months ago, Dhanush — the indigenous version of the 155mm guns developed in lines with the famed Bofors howitzers — has missed the mark. For the third time, the guns have failed after reaching the last phase of tests.
In May when six guns were being fired at one go, a shell hit the muzzle brake in one of the pieces. After that another round of trials was planned in July. Last week when the test fires were being undertaken, again a shell hit the muzzle brake, bringing the whole process back to square one. The guns are being manufactured at Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Keeping up the shrill rhetoric from Beijing, an editorial on Friday in the widely-read Chinese-language edition of the Communist Party-run Global Times slammed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s remarks in Parliament on the Doklam stand-off, accusing the minister of “lying” and ruling out a simultaneous withdrawal in the disputed region describing it as India’s “fantasy”.
The editorial also threatened Delhi with military action. “China has already shown its tolerance and calmness to the largest extent”, it said. “If New Delhi does not withdraw its troops, the last option for China is fighting against India and ending the conflict without diplomatic means.” Continue reading
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China’s decision to complete the construction of a road to a watchtower in the Doklam area, which it had built in 2014, may have triggered the current standoff with India in the Sikkim section of the China-India border, says a widely circulated Chinese internet blog.
A write-up in the WeChat blog, International military focus, which appeared on July 14 points out that China, marginalising Bhutanese military presence, began to gradually exercise physical control overthe Doklam area only after 2007. Continue reading
Russian defence company Kronstadt Technologies is showing in public for the first time at MAKS-2017 its latest medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) Orion-E unmanned air system (UAS).
According to the company, the Orion-E is the first UAS in Russia with long-range drones, corresponding to the international classification of the MALE class. The new Russian drone looks like a U.S. MQ-1 Predator developed by General Atomics and AVIC’s Wing Loong Block 1. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
A few weeks before the United States declared Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, two NGOs were quietly stripped of their charity statuses in Canada over suspicion that they had links to the terrorist group.
The two NGOs – ISNA (Islamic Society of Northern America) Islamic Services of Canada and the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation – were former affiliates of the ISNA-Canada, a group that Canadian authorities began auditing in 2011. Continue reading
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Commenting on China’s offer to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said there is no need for third party interference in New Delhi’s internal matters.
“India is Kashmir and Kashmir is India. No third party is required to settle our internal matters,” the Congress vice president categorically said.However, the Gandhi scion took the opportunity to hit out at the Narendra Modi government over the Kashmir unrest.
India shines brighter than China at night, as per the Earth’s City Lights, a NASA project to map urbanisation across the world. However, it seems Chinese media is not happy with this fact. In a report today, China’s state-sponsored People Daily Online came up with an explanation to prove “India looks brighter than China on a map, but really it’s not.” The report quoting Shanghai-based media outlet ‘The Paper’ says India appears brighter than China at night because the former has more plains and surrounded by seas on three sides. In India, plains account for the 40% of total land while it is only 12 percent in the case of China.
Moreover, it says China has more high-altitude plateaus and mountains, which are home to around 28% of Chinese population. This makes the “western and northern regions of China seem dim in comparison.” The Chinese media, which has recently launched a propaganda war against India over the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Sikkim sector, do not seem to be happy with an India shining brightly at night. Continue reading
Citing strong ties with Asian giants India and China , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against the European Union (EU) describing its treatment of the Jewish state as “crazy” and “self-defeating”. The Israeli leader also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Israel, saying the Indian leader said he needed to take care of India’s interests.
“We have a peculiar situation. The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology in every area, on political conditions. The only one,” Netanyahu told four European leaders yesterday during a closed meeting that was inadvertently caught by an open microphone. Continue reading
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In the wake of an Army face-off and chill in ties with India over Dokalam stand-off, Chinese media on Friday said that military conflicts will escalate if New Delhi refuses to withdraw troops.
While hitting out at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for stating that India’s position is not wrong on the Bhutan tri-junction and all nations are with it,” China’s Global Times said, “No other country will support India’s aggression adding that “India’s military strength is far behind that of China.” Continue reading
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said it was about time India approached a third party, China or the US, to mediate and resolve the Kashmir issue.“For how long are you going to wait? Sometimes, you have to catch the bull by its horns. The way is to have a dialogue,” he said as he ruled out a war between the two countries.
He said India can reach out to its friends for mediation. “India has so many friends all across the world. They can ask them to act as a mediator. US President Trump himself said that he wants to settle Kashmir problem. China also said that it wants to mediate in Kashmir. Somebody has to be approached,” Abdullah said while ruling out war. Continue reading