India is training a group of Afghan special forces in the deserts of Rajasthan, army officials said on Friday, deepening its involvement with Afghanistan as its military prepares to secure the country after NATO’s withdrawal in 2014. Continue reading
India will be procuring six more C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations aircraft from the US, a decision significantly taken in the midst of a diplomatic row between the two countries over the arrest of Devyani Khobragade.
The proposal to procure the six C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft from the US in a deal worth over Rs 4,000 crore was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said here. Continue reading
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The much talked about Tejas, India’s first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is all set to finally replace the ailing ‘vintage’ series of MiG-21 for the Indian Air Force. For the uninitiated, Tejas is a single seater-single engine aircraft that boasts of many stealth-like features. Continue reading
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct six squadrons of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas after the multirole supersonic fighter gets the final operational clearance (FOC) by 2014-end, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Friday.
“The IAF will induct the first squadron of LCA Mark-1 from 2015 and second squadron from 2017. Production of Mark-1 will start soon. Continue reading
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Less than three years after its creation, the world’s newest country is beginning to fracture along ethnic lines in violence that has killed hundreds of people, including three U.N. peacekeepers. What could come next, some warn, is ethnic cleansing.
South Sudan’s numerous ethnic groups have battled each other for decades, but for years their animosity was united in hatred of the government in Khartoum, Sudan, the country’s former capital. When the south gained independence in 2011, the groups’ common enemy receded, exposing the fault lines this week, even among the presidential guard. Continue reading
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Almost 30 years after it was conceptualized and 20 years after funds were released for it, India’s indigenously designed and developed frontline fighter aircraft, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, is all set to get the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC II) here on Friday that would pave the way for its induction into the Indian Air Force squadrons. Continue reading
Group Captain Suneeth Krishna
There’s a long way to go before my boys can touch it,” the then Air Chief Marshal PV Naik had said on January 10, 2011, the day India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas got its first initial operational clearance (IOC-1 ).
It had spoilt the party for Team Tejas , prompting a second IOC. But if the experience of National Flight Testing Centre (NFTC) pilots is any measure , Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne shouldn’t have problems with his boys taking India’s pride to the skies. Continue reading
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God, Napoleon said, fights on the side with the best artillery. The legendary French general’s foot and horse artillery repeatedly demonstrated its lethal capacity against his European adversaries by degrading their formidable formations before his cavalry and infantry moved in to victoriously conclude the fighting. Continue reading
The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed up in the huge building, the puppet government of East Pakistan had declared it would not surrender to the Indians. Continue reading
For over two decades, a dominant section of western analysts harped on the volatilities of the India and Pakistan nuclear dyad, often overselling the ‘South Asia as a nuclear flashpoint’ axiom, and portending a potential nuclear flare-up in every major stand-off between the two countries. The turbulence in the sub-continent propelled such presages, with one crisis after another billowing towards serious confrontations, but eventually easing out on all occasions. Continue reading
Against the backdrop of delay in providing critical technologies to armed forces, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday asked DRDO to focus on major programmes and give away the low-end research projects to the private sector.”In order to be able to focus the DRDO’s energy on mission mode projects, the task of carrying out low-end research must be given away to the private sector and the industries,” he said at a meeting of the Consultative Committee of his ministry. Continue reading