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While India’s requirement for 100 Single-engined Fighter jet seems to be already in American kitty due to lack of competition from Russians and other Western Countries But India’s requirement for Twin-engined is likely to see the fiercest competition of them all due to active lobbying from many companies.
While Russians are confident that there upgraded Mig-35 which is much more potent then the Mig-35 which was evaluated by India under MMRCA Tender will get them past the competition but it is also a fact that Russian bagging the deal is also quite dime due to India’s obsession with Western fighter aircraft and strong competition by other contenders . Continue reading
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A Brewing standoff between the Iranian government and Iranian military over Pakistan on its stand on covert support to militant group Jaish-al-Adl which have been attacking Iranian border guards and other military forces in alleged cross-border raids with the eastern border with Pakistan can be sensed by statements made by Iranian commander Mohammad Baqeri after Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month.
Iranian Military has increased frequency of its surveillance in the region and has deployed Iranian spy drone for months now. Iran has been violating Pakistani air space from March according to Pakistani media reports in its attempts to keep track of militants on the other side of the border. Continue reading
The Army has decided to fast-track procurement of UAVs, infantry combat vehicles and other military platforms for use by its troops in UN peacekeeping missions after the global body expressed unhappiness over poor quality of equipment used by the Indian soldiers.
A report by the UN pointed out poor maintenance and serviceability of equipment and platforms used by the Indian troops and held back a reimbursement amount of Rs 338 crore, official sources said. Following the report, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Sarath Chand has been given full financial powers to procure the required equipment and platforms so that they can be given to Indian troops serving in various conflict-ridden places including in Congo and South Sudan. Continue reading
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his team of top military official concluded a successful three-day visit to Russia on Friday.According to Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials, the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation concluded in Moscow on Friday under the Co-Chairmanship of Jaitley and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.
The MoD said that the discussions were productive and held in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the concrete progress that has been made in all areas of cooperation since the last meeting of the Commission in October 2016. Continue reading
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Three days ahead of the maiden meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, China showed the first sign of nervousness – after change of regime in America – about the dynamics of India-US relationship.
Responding to a question about India-US cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in the view of Modi-Trump meet, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang warned India and the US not to disturb “peace and stability in the South China Sea.” Continue reading
Space scientists in India and America are on tenterhooks as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald J Trump meet for the first bilateral in Washington tomorrow.At stake is the world’s most expensive earth-imaging satellite till date being jointly made by the NASA and the ISRO.
Climate change seems to be a red rag for the current American administration.If there is one thing that divides India and America big-time today, it is climate change. In all likelihood climate change would be a point that would figure in the Trump-Modi discussions. Continue reading
The Army is now actively considering recruiting civilian staff in peace stations to do away with the colonial-era Sakayak system, in the wake of rising cases of jawans coming out openly against it.
A top Army official, however, said the Sahayaks or buddy system – whereby a solider is attached to officers — will continue be deployed in key bases and field areas as they have defined military duties. Continue reading
Satellite-based chip systems will now alert road users at unmanned level crossings about approaching trains and also help in tracking train movement on a real-time basis.
On a pilot basis, the Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains will be equipped with this system.Road users will be warned by hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing as railways are installing ISRO-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on locomotives of trains. Continue reading
As an encounter raged between security men and militants holed up inside the Delhi Public School in?Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s top cop said on Sunday the enemy has nefarious designs to destroy school buildings in the Valley so that children abandon their studies.
Director general of state police SP Vaid said his men want to ensure minimum collateral damage.“The staff and whoever was inside the building was evacuated on Saturday. The cordon was maintained and we will have room intervention done and get these terrorists eliminated, but with minimum collateral damage.” Continue reading
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Two militants were killed today after an encounter broke out with security forces in Delhi Public School (DPS), Srinagar. Militants had attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol on Saturday that left a trooper dead, authorities said.
Three army personnel including a captain level officer have also been injured in the encounter. “The bodies of the two militants have been spotted inside one room from where firing had started. There has been no firing from the militants during the last one hour,” the officer added. Continue reading
A day after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to carry out investigation into lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith, the defence experts on Sunday said it was not enough to curb such attacks, adding that state government should give a free hand to the police force to operate in counter insurgency measures.
“It is good that the SIT has been formed, but much more needs to be done. A strict action needs to be taken. The state government needs to give greater power to the police and see to it that they have been given a free hand to operate in their counter insurgency measures,” defence expert Rahul Jalali told ANI. Continue reading
Accusing Pakistan, especially its armed forces and its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of promoting a willful campaign of cross-border terrorism in the region and the border areas, scores of Afghans took part in a protest march in Central London, and demanded that Islamabad stop its policies of spreading instability in their country.
Over the past six months, the leadership in Afghanistan has repeatedly and stridently charged Pakistan with cross-border terrorism and of funding terrorists, and even gone to the extent of rejecting Islamabad’s recent offer of 500 million dollars for development projects in Afghanistan. Continue reading
Naxals on Sunday fired upon an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter deployed to rescue injured jawans in Tondamarka.On Saturday, two security personnel were killed and three injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals in Sukma.
Chhattisgarh Police and 201 and 206 COBRA Battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a major operation code named ‘ Operation Prahar’ in Sukma district against Naxals.The Anti-Naxal Task Force (ANTF) of the Indian Air Force had been involved in large scale troop transportation missions for this operation. Continue reading
Following his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar in Kabul, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had similar discussions with senior Pakistan government officials in Islamabad.
According to the Dawn, the Chinese and Pakistani delegations focused their discussions on the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and the relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.According to sources, Beijing is proposing a trilateral mechanism for cooperation for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and better coordination on counter-terrorism actions between Pakistan and Afghanistan. An announcement in this regard is expected on Sunday. Continue reading
According to the annual report from the US defence department, China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan. There is nothing new or startling in this observation, but it has nonetheless captured headlines.
In fact, China began building its first overseas base in the African nation of Djibouti last year which is already home to Camp Lemonnier, a large US installation responsible for counter-terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf and East and North Africa. Continue reading