China’s all-weather fighter base in Tibet is now widening its range of options in the event of a conflict with India. Intelligence intercepts and satellite monitoring has confirmed that China may have to some extent overcome Tibet’s extreme altitude and temperatures to operationalise an all-weather airfield near the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
The airfield is Gonkar, where China has deployed Su-27 fighters. Sources told CNN-IBN that the Gonkar airfield will enable Chinese fighters to widen their selection of Indian targets from Ladakh to Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Sources say Gonkar is a direct response to the Indian Air Force stationing Su-30MKI fighters in Chabua and Tezpur in Assam. These fighters with a combat radius of about 1,000 km can hit targets deep in Tibet and mainland China. Continue reading
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As soon as the Taliban bullet struck 24-year-old Afghan Sgt. Nazir Moradi’s leg, the men in his unit began brainstorming a way to get him off the battlefield.The roads were too dangerous for an army ambulance. The Afghan soldiers, in several calls to their commanders, repeated one plea: They needed a helicopter.
Lack of helicopters and United States moving their assets out of the country is hampering military operations in Afghanistan, Afghan forces operate hand full of Russian built Mi series helicopters but helicopters are always in shortage. Continue reading
Israel is the world’s largest exporter of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in terms of number of systems sold, earning a whopping USD 4.6 billion in sales during the last eight years, excluding a major deal with India for the upgrade of unmanned aircrafts, according to a study by a business consulting firm.
Frost & Sullivan business consulting firm in a study has noted that UAVs, or drones, sales constitute nearly 10 percent of Israel’s total military exports, Haaretz reported. Continue reading
Months after an Air Force audit had found that the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) had concluded an agreement with BAE Systems against the approval of the competent authority for purchase of LCA parts, fresh documents reveal that the ADE had its personnel trained (pilot training) for the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Rustom, from an unrecognised firm.
Documents in possession with Deccan Herald reveal that the ADE, a lab under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), had got one of its employees F Thomas Luke trained in model plane training for the Rustom project in 2006. Continue reading
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told visiting Chinese President Li Keqiang on Sunday a recent military standoff in the Himalayas could affect relations between the two countries as they looked to boost bilateral trade.
At a meeting shortly after Li arrived in India on his first foreign trip, Singh said relations were affected when “peace and tranquillity” on the border was impacted, a senior government official with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Continue reading
Thanjavur, which was only known for the big temple and pilgrim spots, has now found a place on world’s military map. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has upgraded the decades old airstrip into a modern one to house Sukhoi-30 MK-I fighter squadron.
Experts say Thanjavur airspace is uninterrupted and so it will be an ideal location to base the fighter planes. Sukhoi squadrons are currently present in Pune, Bareilly, Tezpur, Chabua, Halwara and Jodhpur. Continue reading
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will seek military aid from India during a three-day visit this week.
Karzai’s trip comes during escalating border tension with Pakistan.Karzai spokesperson Aimal Faizi says the president will discuss recent border skirmishes with Pakistan when he visits New Delhi starting tomorrow. Continue reading
India National Defence University (INDU), a dedicated first-of-its-kind institution for training and research in military studies, will be set up in Gurgaon close to Delhi.
The foundation stone of INDU, to be constituted under an Act of Parliament, will be laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 23, Deputy Commissioner P C Meena said. The proposed institute will be equipped with training and research facilities on all aspects of Continue reading
The armed forces are now finalizing the plan for creation of three new tri-Service commands to handle space, cyber and special forces, which will be “critical” in deploying capabilities for conventional as well asymmetric warfare in a unified manner.
Contours of the Cyber, Aerospace and Special Operations Commands (SOC), after “a lot of spadework” over the past several months, are now being fine-tuned to ensure the “formal joint plan” can be presented to the government by end-July, say sources. Continue reading
Lockheed Martin Corp is well on the way to fixing the F-35s performance and helmet problems, Australian military chiefs said on Thursday, rejecting criticism the troubled jet will be overmatched by newer Russian and Chinese aircraft.
In testimony to parliament on the F-35, for which Australia is one of the largest international buyers with plans for up to 100, Australian air force chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said rivals were years behind the Lightning II’s development. Continue reading
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Russia has sent advanced anti ship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday.
Russia has previously provided a version of the missiles, called Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more effective, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports and would only discuss the shipment on the basis of anonymity. Continue reading
As the demand for pilots in the Navy is set to rise in the coming years, Indian Navy will send its first batch of pilots to a civil aviation training institute in Uttar Pradesh to find out if the centre, which is training commercial pilots for close to two decades, is good enough for the men in service uniform.
The first batch of 20 officers will begin their six-month long basic flight training course at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) at Rae Bareli on May 27. The rookie pilots will take off in DA-40 aircraft from a runaway at Fursutganj. Continue reading