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Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Arun Jaitley accompanied by Admiral RK Dhowan Chief of the Naval Staff visited Mazagon Docks Limited, Mumbai today and reviewed the progress of the Project 75 (Indigenous submarine construction project) as well as the other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers . The visit of Raksha Mantri, within 3 months of taking over amply demonstrates the importance being accorded by the Government to the indigenous construction of submarines and warships. Continue reading


India and Vietnam are likely to sign a defence agreement, under which Vietnamese pilots will be trained to operate Russian-built Sukhoi fighters, sources in the Indian Defence Ministry told RIR. The agreement is likely to be signed when Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visits the Southeast Asian country in September.

The details are being finalised during the on-going visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Vietnam, the sources said. Vietnam had earlier asked India to train its defence personnel in using Russia-built Kilo class submarines along with the Su-30 fighters that the country uses. Continue reading


The navy has lifted the shroud of secrecy over a major new sea base being built on India’s eastern coast, which will be home to the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, and an armada of warships under the Eastern Naval Command.

The new base, on the Bay of Bengal, will also house India’s nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) force. Current plans involve building six SSBNs, to form the underwater leg of the country’s nuclear triad. The first, INS Arihant, will soon be operational; the second and the third are currently being built. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force has resumed flying the indigenous Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) after completing a fleet inspection following a crash in Uttar Pradesh on July 25.The IAF temporarily suspended ALH operations after manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recommended certain checks, which were carried out. The entire exercise took almost a month.

IAF sources said the ALH fleet was given the go-ahead to resume operations on Friday. An inspection team checked all the 40 Dhruvs flying with the IAF. Continue reading


China and Russia have been negotiating the technological blueprint of Amur class submarines, although there are no concrete plans to sign a cooperation agreement over the joint building of the vessels, reports the party-run People’s Daily.

Chinese military expert Song Xiaojun said the countries can bring complementary strengths to the joint project. Continue reading


The India-Russia relationship seems to have reached a plateau over the past few months, but now it is time for India to spare a thought for its tried, tested and trusted old friend Russia.

The plateau was inevitable as India was election-bound in April-May. The previous United Progressive Alliance government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh understandably had bigger and more urgent issues to address at home. Thus, it was no surprise that foreign policy issues had to take a back seat in India for months before India had its general elections. Continue reading


Pilatus is further expanding its presence in India, where it has a PC-12 parts assembly line in Hyderabad. The Swiss OEM – who recently rolled out its new flagship and first business jet, the PC-24 – is partnering up with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL).

The formal contract with TASL was signed earlier last week and is valid for a period of ten years. According to a company statement, the partnership will see the delivery of the first complete PC-12 NG aero structure during the second half of 2016. Continue reading


Defence minister Arun Jaitley will hold a meeting on Tuesday with the three service chiefs to discuss the security environment in and around the country against the backdrop of continuing ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

The minister is expected to discuss the steps required to be taken by the forces to tackle the situation along the line of control (LoC) and the International Border, defence ministry officials said. Continue reading



The U.S. and the U.K. are reportedly teaming up to fight ISIS. A new unit, Task Force Black, has been ordered to “smash the Islamic State.”

The black ops squad will include members of the CIA, Delta Force, and Seal Team 6, as well as members of the U.K.’s Special Air Service. Unnamed sources told the U.K.’s Mirror that Task Force Black is, at least in part, a response to the ISIS killing of American journalist James Foley. Continue reading


India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in its border security forces as the two sides sought to restore peace on the Line of Control and the International Border (IB) after weeks of relentless and unprovoked firing by the Pakistani side.

The Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) talks were held on Tuesday to defuse the tense situation at the LoC and along the IB. Officials said all the issues related to increased cease-fire violations from across the border were raised with Pakistan and it was conveyed that any further provocation would be retaliated with force. Continue reading


The Border Security Force, the country’s first line of defence along Pakistan, is set to modernise its war stores and acquire over 700 pieces of automated mortar firing systems which will enable its troops to launch accurate and lethal rocket strikes.

The largest border guarding force of India, which has close to 20 artillery units for combat duties along the western theatre, has decided to procure the most advanced Automated Mortar Fire Direction Controller (AMFDC) which helps troops to fire targeted mortars and explosive shells on enemy positions. Continue reading



India will not allow Finmeccanica to take part in future military tenders till further notice, but ongoing contracts with the Italian defence major will continue.

New Delhi had in January terminated a controversial Rs. 3,727-crore contract with Finmeccanica’s UK-based subsidiary AgustaWestland for supplying 12 VVIP choppers following bribery allegations. Continue reading

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