SOURCE: THE HINDU
Hyderabad-based Astra Microwave Products Ltd, today handed over the first batch of critical technology products to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), manufactured at its facility near the Shamshabad international airport.
M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of the SHAR launch centre, Sriharikota, received the components from Astra MD B. Malla Reddy at a function at the company’s R&D facility. Continue reading
Reflecting their close defence ties, the Indian Navy for the first time will take part in one of the world’s biggest naval wargames hosted by the US in Hawaii in June next year.
More than 20 countries, including China and Japan, are expected to take part in the international maritime war exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Continue reading
SOURCE: New Indian Express
The Kashmir dispute, which has seen three wars between India and Pakistan, has once again come to the fore, with the neighbours exchanging stern words. After Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif dubbed it a “flashpoint” that could trigger the fourth war between the two countries, even a peacenik like India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh has been forced to talk tough. “There is no scope of Pakistan winning any such war,” he has warned. Though Nawaz subsequently denied his remark on Kashmir, he continued to blame India for drawing Pakistan into an “arms race” and his foreign policy advisor, Sartaj Aziz, has called on India to withdraw its troops from the Siachen glacier. Continue reading
SOURCE: WANT CHINA TIMES
Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
Konstantin Sivkov from the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems recently told the Moscow-based Pravda, a newspaper associated with the Communist Party of Russia, that China is looking for countermeasures against a potential attack from the unmanned Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle operated by the United States Air Force. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Telegraph
The navy has sounded an SOS to the government on its fast depleting submarine fleet and is taking emergency measures to fill the void.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral D.K. Joshi, said this week the navy had briefed the political leadership on the consequences of the depletion. He said the INS Sindhurakshak, which sank in Mumbai on August 14 after a suspected blast in its weapons compartment, was a major loss but the disaster was not unique to the navy. Continue reading
Corridors in the Missile Complex here are abuzz with the extensive carriage trials of ‘Astra’ with Sukhoi-30 aircraft in Pune. ‘Astra,’ theBeyond- Visual-Range (BVR), Air-to-Air Missile, has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) here under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India. A team of scientists and other officials from DRDL are already in Pune and the carriage trials which began on November 29 are expected to continue until mid or last week of December spread over at least two scores of sorties. Continue reading
Outgoing IAF Chief NAK Browne today stressed on optimal utilisation of resources in the force for maintaining operational readiness.
“There is a need for operational preparedness with optimal utilisation of resources,” the IAF chief said, after inaugurating the South Western Air Command’s three-day commander conference attended by officials of the Air Force units in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Continue reading
The Indian Navy is designing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that it wants in its fleet, costs permitting. An indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, the Arihant, is now in trials in the Bay of Bengal.
The Indian Navy “desires” to have three operational carriers in its fleet but the only one in use currently, the INS Viraat, is rusting away faster than it would like. Continue reading
The INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear powered ballistic submarine, which was under the Indian Navy’s Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project, with Russian help is ready for extensive sea trials. The submarine’s reactor attained criticality last August.
The sea trials, which would include the firing of the submarine’s nuclear-tipped K-15 ballistic missiles early next year, would be a milestone in enhancing India’s strategic deterrence capability. Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi said the INS Arihant’s nuclear reactor, which went critical on August 10 is currently undergoing a series of activities towards attaining 100 percent power at Vishakapatanam. This will be completed within the next few weeks and the nuclear submarine will go for sea trials. It has already completed harbour acceptance trials, Admiral Joshi said. Continue reading
“The 28th Flotilla of this force comprising Alborz warship, Bandar Abbas warship and semi-heavy Younus submarine as well as a 212 combat helicopter berthed at Mumbai port after travelling for 3,000 kilometers,” Lieutenant Navy Commander for Operations Siyavash Jarreh said on Thursday.
India’s Navy Day is a doubly festive occasion for the crew of the INS Vikramaditya, with the state of the art aircraft carrier now part of the Indian Navy and bound for Karwar . Few people are as delighted as the ship’s commanding officer Commodore Suraj Berry. Since taking over the vessel on November 16, 2013, Commodore Berry has shouldered a large responsibility. He is aware of his obligations, believes in his team, and is ready to tap his reserves of experience. Commodore Berry has 26 years of naval service under his belt. Continue reading
SOURCE: WANT CHINA TIMES
In this photo the J-15 is seen painted in light grey, as opposed to the yellow seen in previous pictures of takeoff and landing tests. (Internet photo)
The Shenyang J-15, China’s first carrier-based fighter designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, has entered mass production and has been received by various units of the PLA Navy Air Force, the Beijing-based Sina Military Network reported on Dec. 3. Continue reading