The Marine Corps’ version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter demonstrated poor reliability in a 12-day exercise at sea, according to the U.S. military’s top testing officer.

Six F-35Bs, the most complex version of the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, were available for flights only half of the time needed, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational testing, said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. A Marine Corps spokesman said the readiness rate was more than 65 percent. Continue reading


In a move that will further deepen India-Israel strategic cooperation, Rafael of Israel and India’s Kalyani Group are forming a manufacturing Joint Venture (JV) to produce Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) in India and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will be the system integrator, informed sources told The Hindu.

Spike is a third generation, fire-and-forget, man-portable, anti-tank missile. In all, about 40,000 missiles are required to equip the Army’s 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised regiments. Continue reading


The Centre may hand over the Gurdaspur attack probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), given its international ramifications.

“A night vision device found near the railway track where five improvised explosive devices were planted is marked as ‘Property of the US Government’. It may have been used by the US soldiers in Afghanistan or in Pakistan. We are verifying with the US authorities. Deliberations are on to hand over the case to the NIA considering its international ramifications. The ministry may take a call in the next couple of days,” said a home ministry official, requesting anonymity. Continue reading


The government approved amendments to anti-hijacking law that provides for death penalty even if ground handling staff and airport personnel are killed during such acts, besides broadening the definition of hijacking, official sources said.

In the earlier Bill, hijackers could be tried for death penalty only in the event of death of hostages, such as flight crew, passengers and security personnel. The amendments in the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 were cleared by the Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today, official sources said. Continue reading

SOURCE : Express News Service


Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has opposed Pakistan’s move to make Gilgit Baltistan (GB) one of its provinces, saying it is part of disputed Jammu and Kashmir and cannot be made a part of the neighbouring country.

“I want to make it clear to Pakistan that Gilgit-Baltistan belongs to Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Jammu Kashmir – A Single Geographical Entity’ at his Hyderpora residence, here. Continue reading

SOURCE : Express News Service

India is likely to propose dates for the meeting of Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisers (NSAs) in the second half of August, demonstrating that New Delhi would keep alive its engagement with the political leadership in Pakistan.

According to sources, India would propose the dates once Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in Parliament on Gurdaspur terror attack. The Parliament would meet on Thursday, after two days of adjournment following the death of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. Continue reading


Indian security establishment on Wednesday rejected  reports in the US media that IS terror outfit was planning to attack India.

“The alleged document, ‘A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate’ is illogical and poor propaganda by some foreign intelligence agencies,” a senior official said, hinting that it could be handiwork of Pakistan’s ISI and terror outfits sponsored by the Pak agency to trigger fear in South-East Asia. Continue reading


Former President of India A?P?J Abdul Kalam nearly 4 years back urged Indian scientists to work on development of a new world-class missile systems which could be world’s first such weapons system which will ensure 100% destruction of the target with no defensive mechanism to stop it .

Kalam visioned hypersonic potent missile System which could travel at the speed of Mach-7-10 deliver the warhead, assess the destruction of the target, come back and get ready to go again. Continue reading


I narrowly missed working with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. I joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) just after Kalam had left for the DRDO in 1982. Still my bosses introduced me and my work to him. What is so wonderful about Dr Kalam is that when I met him during the Mars Orbiter Mission last year, he not only remembered my name but also my field of work. He asked me about the project I was working on at that time: “So what is happening to Sitara (a 6-D trajectory simulation software)?” That was how we connected with, cared for people. Continue reading


Lt Gen (retd) V J Sundaram remembers former President A P J Abdul Kalam as a very level-headed man and also a person who one could disagree with.

Sundaram took over as the chief of missile development at DRDO after Kalam. Both Sundaram and Kalam passed out as engineers in 1957. While Kalam went on to become a scientist, Sundaram joined the Indian Army. Since 1982, when Kalam took over the DRDO, Sundaram has been closely associated with him. Continue reading


More than 100 Chinese naval ships and dozens of aircraft fired live ammunition over the contested South China Sea this week in military manoeuvres that are likely to raise the political temperature in the region. The demonstration of firepower, broadcast on national television, appeared calculated to reassert Beijing’s claim to hegemony in the area, where a number of neighbouring countries have also staked claims.

It also raised criticism from observers in the region who equated it with sabre-rattling. “An exercise on this scale in the South China Sea seems a needlessly excessive show of force,” said Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. Continue reading

SOURCE : Tribune News Service

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team (a hitherto unknown unit) of the Punjab Police formed around four years ago emerged hero in the operation against the terrorists who attacked Dinanagar police station today.
In fact, this happened to be the first-ever anti-terrorist operation of SWAT since its inception in 2011. The unit consists of about 80 highly trained elite commandos who are armed with better weapons and trained to strike with precision. It was the Punjab Police’ faith in this unit that refrained it from handing over the counter-terrorist operation to the Army.

DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, who directed the operation at Dinanagar, had overseen the conceptualisation and training of this elite unit. None of the unit members suffered any injury in the operation. Continue reading


A fortuitous right turn taken by the three terrorists inside the Dinanagar police compound towards the near-empty police barracks rather than a bustling residential police complex on the left marked the attack in Gurdaspur on Monday. As did the death of SP Baljit Singh around noon that ratcheted the encounter to a kill all operation, and the two light machine guns (LMGs) subsequently fitted on an adjoining hospital even as patients and doctors ran for cover in the crossfire during the 10-hour-long Punjab Police operation.

Monica, 14, says it was 5:15 am when she saw from the terrace of her first floor quarter three men entering the main gate of the Dinanagar police station. Continue reading


s his body was brought from the national capital to his native town on Wednesday afternoon, thousands of people from all walks of life from across the country awaited on both sides of the road and joined a serpentine queue to catch one last glimpse of the man who made them believe in themselves — former president APJ Abdul Kalam. Continue reading

SOURCE: Nationalinterest

While everyone’s anxiously watching and analyzing the events unraveling in the South China Sea, there’s another resource conflict involving China that also deserves attention. In the Himalayas, China and India are competing for valuable hydropower and water resources on the Yarlung Tsangpo–Brahmaputra River. The dispute offers some important lessons for regional cooperation (on more than just water), and highlights what’s at stake if China and India mismanage their resource conflict.

The Yarlung Tsangpo–Brahmaputra River is a 2,880km transboundary river that originates in Tibet, China as the Yarlung Tsangpo, before flowing through northeast India as the Brahmaputra River and Bangladesh as the Jamuna River. Continue reading


DefExpo, the exhibition of military hardware held in Delhi every two years that brings the global arms bazaar to India, is being moved out of the national capital.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s home state, Goa, will host the next DefExpo slated for February 17-20, 2016.

Delhi has hosted the first eight DefExpo, the last one held at Pragati Maidan in 2014. Continue reading

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