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Failure of INSAT 3E have left far flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands in high sea.The Union Territory, which is facing major glitch in internet and telecom services, has now demanded for 1 GBPS bandwidth from at least two new satellites of ISRO. On first week of April, the INSAT 3E went out of service completely forcing the ISRO to shift Andaman’s bandwidth present in INSAT 3E, to a much older INSAT 3C. Continue reading


Lieutenant General K H Singh on Wednesday assumed command of the White Knight Corps (16 Corps) from Lieutenant General D S Hooda, who moves on posting after 18 months of command.

In his farewell message, Lt Gen Hooda complimented all ranks of White Knight Corps for their professionalism and dedication. He also thanked the civil administration for the excellent synergy with the Armed Forces. Continue reading



 The government is all set to name the new Navy chief after dithering for over 50 days following Admiral DK Joshi’s sudden resignation owning “moral responsibility” for a string of warship mishaps. 

Sources on Tuesday said the defence ministry had recommended the name of Vice-Admiral Rabinder Kumar Dhowan (Navy vice-chief) over his senior Vice-Admiral Shekhar Kumar Sinha (Western Naval Command chief) to head the maritime force. 
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SOURCE : Reuters

Opposition leader Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that he would stick to India’s doctrine of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict if he wins power in the country’s election.

“It is necessary to be powerful – not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection,” Modi said in an interview with the ANI television service. Continue reading


In a bid to cut costs and boost its efficiency, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to go in for massive indigenisation and experts feel if indigenisation becomes a policy, then 70 to 80 per cent of defence products will be indigenised in the next decade.

The IAF has already tied up with MRF in this venture and the tyre manufacturer has already made tyres for the Air Force’s Sukhoi 30 range of aircraft. Till now, the tyres of IAF aircraft are being procured from abroad at a high cost. “Usually, IAF spends `1 lakh to buy a tyre from abroad but now we are offering them better quality at an affordable cost — 35 to 40 per cent lower that what they are purchasing at now. We are offering each tyre at a cost of `56,000,” said MRF Chairman and Managing Director, K M Mammen. Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Navy (IN) will attend the international fleet review hosted by China in the northeastern port of Qingdao to mark the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) 65th anniversary on 23 April.

IN officials told IHS Jane’s on 14 April that it is fielding its stealth frigate, INS Shivalik , for the PLAN fleet review and two-day maritime exercises that will also feature the Pakistan Navy. Continue reading


Attacking the incumbent Manmohan Singh government over signing a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement with China, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said if voted to power, his party would review the agreement and asserted they would give a “befitting reply” to any neighbouring country which tries to intimidate India along the border. Continue reading


Undeterred by the earlier failure of Saras, India has set in motion plans to build its first indigenous civilian aircraft. Saras, a locally made 14-seater plane that took over two decades to develop, is yet to win local certification.

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), the country’s sole maker of military aircraft, is forming a 50:50 special purpose vehicle with state-owned plane designer National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to design and develop a turboprop aircraft, capable of carrying 70-10 people, by 2020. Continue reading


Vice Admiral R K Dhowan may be the next Navy chief as the Defence Ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the post which has been lying vacant for nearly two months since D K Joshi quit suddenly in the wake of a series of mishaps.

Dhowan, who has been the Acting Navy Chief since Joshi’s exit, was in contention for the top job along with Western Navy Commander Shekhar Sinha and Eastern Commander Anil Chopra. Continue reading


Signalling bonhomie among troops on the two sides, a delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army played a friendly volleyball match with Indian jawans along the Nathu La pass in Sikkim, officials said today.

A special border personnel meeting was held with a PLA delegation at Nathu La on Monday to celebrate the Indian harvest festival. Continue reading


Rajkumari Shrinagesh’s 99th birthday party will stay etched in her memory, thanks to a surprise packed by the Indian Army.The wife of the army’s third Indian chief, late General SM Shrinagesh, was overwhelmed when three serving generals from her husband’s regiment walked into her Gurgaon flat on Sunday, opening the floodgates of emotions and memories for the nonagenarian. Continue reading


Inder Kumar Gujral, the peacenik Prime Minister of a Congress-propped United Front Government, asked the Indian Army to withdraw from Siachen Glacier in 1997 to accommodate Pakistan.

The then Indian Army chief, General V.P. Malik vetoed the move, demanding iron-clad guarantees as a precondition, which Pakistan has refused to concede till date. The collapse of the Gujral government in March 1998 stalled further movement toward what many strategists reckon would have been a monumental blunder. Continue reading


A small mistake on part of the ISI in preparing passport for Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) Pakistani operative Zia-ur Rehman alias Waqas landed him in the net of Indian agencies. Waqas had been hiding in Bangladesh and was supposed to leave for Pakistan via Nepal when he was apprehended by India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Continue reading

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