While India might be newcomer to the world of Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), yet it is not too far away from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) when it comes to the Nuclear ships and missile it has under its disposal when it comes to direct comparison with regional arch-rival China.

PLAN has JL-2 (CH-SS-N-14) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with a range of around 7500km is currently operational. JL-1 it’s predecessor with a range of 2500km which now has been decommissioned from the service due to technical difficulties and also due to lack of credible launch platform resulting in the development of JL-2 SLBMs which are equipped on 6 Type-094 (Jin-class) nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). Continue reading

SOURCE: Bangalore Mirror

With the recent Public Accounts Committee criticising the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) over failure in timely delivery of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and with the deadline for the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) fast approaching, the agencies involved in the fighter jet’s development are working against time to meet the target date. December 2018-end has been fixed as the deadline for the FOC and though there is just 15 days left ADA, the nodal agency for the LCA programme, is confident that it would meet the target date.

ADA Officials had conveyed a meeting on Tuesday to discuss about the FOC and they expressed confidence that they would meet the December-end deadline. The FOC-compliant Tejas would incorporate Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, improved and better stand-off weapons and air-to-air refueling capability. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Cyclone Phethai has cast a shadow on the maiden trial of newly developed surface-to-surface tactical missile ‘Pralay’. The trial of the missile was recently deferred by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Defence sources said all arrangements were in place for the flight test of the weapon system from Abdul Kalam Island. Despite several attempts on Monday and Tuesday, the mission team had to postpone it owing to inclement weather conditions and rough sea.

As per the earlier schedule, Navigational Area (Navarea) was issued on the Bay of Bengal and north east Indian Ocean for the developmental flight trial of the missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR) between 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm. “As the launching complex witnessed overcast sky and sporadic rainfall, the test has been postponed. Collection of data of any missile’s first test is as much important as its design. It is difficult to get exact data in such climate conditions. If weather permits, the missile will be test fired any time between December 23 and 24,” said a senior defence official. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday reiterated that Pakistan’s decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor was an “ISI game-plan to help forces inimical to India, including the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ)”.

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SOURCE: Businesstoday

With the Supreme Court of India giving the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the decision-making process to purchase 36 Rafales from France, the so-called controversy finally needs to be laid at rest. The bitter dogfight that has taken place in the political arena over the Rafale jet fighter has managed to obscure several important factors why the Indian Air Force (IAF) selected the French jet.

Big-ticket defence deals are rarely based on technical merit alone. It would be naive to think the French-built jet was picked because it met all of the IAF’s demands. But it came pretty close. The highly professional IAF (which operates over 700 aircraft and is the fourth largest air force after the air forces of the US, Russia and China) had listed 600 parameters during the selection process, with 590 being the pass mark; anything less than that and the Rafale would have been shot down. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

The plans of US-based pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to hold a ‘Kartarpur Sahib Convention’ next year have set alarm bells ringing in Punjab. The statement by SFJ seeking Pakistan’s help to ‘liberate’ Punjab from India has exposed the nefarious designs of the organisation and its nexus with the Pakistani Army and ISI, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday.

In a hard-hitting reaction to the statement of SFJ’s Legal Advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, Amarinder said the cat is now well and truly out of the bag, and the truth of the deep-rooted connection between SJF and Pakistani Army is out in the open.The statement has nailed SJF’s lies that it is a peaceful movement to build momentum for a referendum on a separate state of Khalistan, said the Chief Minister, adding that it is more than evident now that the organisation, with the full support and backing of Pak Army and ISI, is striving to foment trouble in
Indian Punjab. Continue reading


The federal auditor’s much awaited report on the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal , when it comes, is unlikely to be available online as the auditor had instructed its officers last year to desist from the normal practice of uploading defence reports on its website for public consumption. Seven defence reports were submitted in Parliament since October 2017, five in the last monsoon session, but none of these are available on the auditor’s website, unlike CAG reports on other subjects.

All CAG reports, however, must be submitted to Parliament and so are public documents. The unavailability of the online version will restrict their access. The CAG is yet to finalise its report + on the Rafale deal, a inter-governmental agreement signed with France in 2016 to acquire 36 fighters in flyaway condition to boost India’s defence against China and Pakistan. Continue reading


Should women in the Army be in combat roles? Like Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, the United States Military also had its reservations until 2015 when it initiated a detailed study to address their concerns. Rawat, in an exclusive interview to CNN-News18, said that India wasn’t ready to see women in combat roles, and neither were women ready to be in those roles. Rawat spoke of a woman’s responsibility as a mother and said that they couldn’t be given six months maternal leave. He also said that the women might accuse soldiers of peeping while she changes clothes.

The United States, too, had its apprehension before it began admitting women in combat roles, while other countries such as Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany and Israel had already paved the way. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said Wednesday the launch of satellite GSLV-7A would enhance the networking and communication capabilities of the Air Force.

“We have several platforms (aircrafts) which have capabilities of communication through satellite. The communication to the platform (aircrafts) through the satellite will be made possible with this launch,” he told reporters here. Continue reading


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country’s geostationary military communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 from Sriharikota. The 2,250-kg GSAT-7A has a mission life of eight years. The satellite has been built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

GSAT-7A was the seventh launch of 2018 from Sriharikota and marks the 69th mission of GSLV-F11 for ISRO. GSLV-F11 is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. Continue reading

SOURCE: Mumbai Mirror

Dawood Ibrahim’s nephew Sohail Kaskar may be back on Indian soil soon, if the Indian government has its way. On the request of Mumbai Police, the Centre has approached authorities in the US for Sohail’s deportation, sources told Mumbai Mirror. Sohail had left India in 1989, when he was 10 years old, along with his father Noora Kaskar, younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim. Noora died in 2009 in a Karachi hospital after his kidneys failed.

Sohail, 39, was arrested in Spain in June 2014 and extradited to US in September 2015 on charges of narco-terrorism, providing material support to Colombian rebels and sending heroin into the United States. Sohail, along with three others, was indicted by the US Justice Department in 2015 for his alleged role in the conspiracy. Continue reading

SOURCE: Daily Excelsior

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today that the Indian Army has been targeting and destroying terrorist camps in Pakistan to reduce number of infiltration attempts and militants sneaking into this side and declared that Pakistan has been isolated globally for aiding and abetting terrorism.

“We are doing it. We are finishing them (the terrorist camps). Please don’t ask for proof. I won’t disclose where, but we have been targeting and destroying the terrorist camps (in Pakistan),’’ Sitharaman said at ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’. Continue reading


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday met Hamid Nihal Ansari, the Indian national who returned to the country on Tuesday after spending six years in a Pakistani jail. Ansari, accompanied by his mother and other family members, thanked Swaraj and the external affairs ministry for helping in his extradition. The ministry had apparently issued 96 notes verbales to Pakistan seeking consular access to Ansari.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted the video of the meeting with the caption: Welcome home, son! In the video, also shared on Swaraj’s Twitter handle, the Minister is seen greeting a visibly emotional Ansari and his mother. Ansari’s mother is heard saying “Mera Bharat mahan, meri madam mahan, sab meri madam ne kiya hai (My India is great, my madam is great, my madam has done everything)”. Continue reading


It’s been a fairly turbulent year in the state, both security-wise and politically. It saw more violence compared to last year, even though the security forces killed many militants, including some top commanders of militant outfits. There were 587 incidents of violence during 2018 compared to 329 last year. Official figures say 240 militants were killed during the year against 200 last year.

Casualties among civilians and the security forces have also been comparatively higher. Thirty-seven civilians and 86 security men were killed in 2018 against 36 civilians and 74 security personnel killed last year. Continue reading

SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / Business Standard


Signalling the coming of age of India’s strategic airlift capability, the Indian Air Force (IAF) mounted an unprecedented airlift in which its transport aircraft fleet airlifted almost 500 tonnes of equipment to Ladakh in one coordinated operation on Tuesday morning. It was called Exercise Bahubali.

Terming this an effort to evaluate its own “rapid airlift capability”, the IAF announced: “The effort was accomplished with the aid of a fleet of 16 fixed wing transport aircraft comprising of C-17 Globemaster, the Ilyushin-76 Gajraj and the medium lift tactical aircraft, Antonov-32. All aircraft were loaded and took off from Chandigarh airbase early in the morning. The entire wave was accomplished in little less than 6 hours.” Continue reading

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