In a big statement that signals a change in policy, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday said that the force would concentrate fully on conventional warfare in North-East rather than on counter-insurgency operations. The general also informed that two battalions of the Army have already been pulled out of the region.

“Once the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections are over, we would reduce more troops. In the next two to two and a half years, we would concentrate fully on conventional warfare in North-East rather on counter-insurgency operations,” General MM Naravane was quoted as saying as ANI. Continue reading


China has gradually increased pressure in the Northeast, by strengthening its military units close to the Line of Actual Control. Additional forces joined the camps in late 2019.

Intelligence reports speak of an increase in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) force-levels about 25-30 km from the border in the Phari Dzong area. This area, opposite the Sikkim-Bhutan sector, is about 50-60 km north of the strategic ‘tri-junction’, was strongly reinforced during the Doklam crisis two years ago. The Indian government worries about the tri-junction as only a narrow stretch of land links the Northeast from the rest of the Indian mainland. Continue reading


India is considering inviting Australia to take part in its trilateral Malabar naval exercise with the US and Japan this year, which if it happens will mark the first time the “Quad” countries will come together for the high-voltage combat manoeuvers on the high seas after a gap of 13 years. There is “a move by India to include Australia” in the 24th Malabar exercise, which will be held in the Bay of Bengal in July-August after the monsoons, but “the final decision is yet be taken”, said sources on Tuesday.

Australian diplomatic sources, on being contacted by TOI, said, “We have a very strong bilateral defence relationship with India. We would be glad to consider all opportunities to engage with the Indian military”. An Australian warship, Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba, incidentally, is also currently in Mumbai on a four-day visit. Continue reading


An order for six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army which is expected to be placed this year will be made in India. The $ 930 million will be through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is in addition to the existing order of 22 machines for the Indian Air Force (IAF). While the approval of the Cabinet Committee for Security is awaited, according to one of the US aerospace ‘s giant Boeing Company has already planned to make the critical parts of the attack helicopter here in India.

Talking to Financial Express Online, Michael M Koch, Vice President, India, Defense, Space & Security, “Fuselage and most of the additional structures of the helicopter will all be made here locally.” Continue reading


Ahead of the forthcoming visit of the US President Donald Trump next month, top officials of both sides are having several rounds of talks in an effort to resolve issues related to the six US nuclear power plants in India. For over a decade officials from both sides have had several rounds of commercial as well as technology-related negotiations for the US company to build six nuclear reactors.

India has planned to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 in an effort to give up the fossil fuels. If and when the contract between India and the US becomes active it is expected to give a big push to the country’s $150-billion nuclear power programme. Though the dates of President Trump’s visit have not been officially announced, it is expected that the visit will be in the second half of February. Continue reading


Days ahead of the Union Budget, Army chief General M.M. Naravane Tuesday said the Indian Army has submitted its annual budget projection to the Narendra Modi government and is confident of getting a good grant. Naravane said the government will look into all the aspects, considering the prevailing security situation of the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget Saturday, 1 February.“We will continue to modernise and be operationally prepared, notwithstanding the allocation,” the Army chief said, while interacting with a group of journalists.

Giving examples of the induction of crucial equipment and weapon systems last year such as the Dhanush guns and the Spike anti-tank missiles, Naravane said many such inductions are on the cards. Continue reading


The 11th edition of the biennial Defence Exposition 2020 will be held in Lucknow from February 5-9. One of the biggest attractions at the expo will be the F-21 fighter jets manufactured by American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, is also expected to showcase its latest military equipment.

The expo is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, three service chiefs of India, CEOs of several national and international companies will be present at the expo. “The Defence Research and Development Organisation will exhibit more than 500 products from all technology clusters in the five-day mega expo in line with the theme of the event ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. Continue reading


Nearly a year after the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, the force has come a long way with improved security drills, better equipment and  “changed” tactics, CRPF DG A P Maheshwari said. Though there was no guarantee that a Pulwama type attack would not take place again, such a possibility was now less, he added.

“Nobody can guarantee that Pulwama sort incidents won’t be repeated but we can guarantee that possibility of such attacks is less,” said Maheshwari, emphasising that the force has introduced key tactical changes to strengthen the force that has deployed over 70,000 troops for counter-terror operations in Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

In recent times, there has been an increase in differences between the army on the one hand and IPS and IAS organisations on the other, often on flimsy grounds and more from jealousy than logic. This displays a bias which should never occur as the army and its allied forces remain committed to national security, despite every form of internal political pressure. On 2 November 18, the police in Bomdila arrested two army jawans and illegally detained them, despite being aware of their identity.

The jawans were ill-treated and had to be hospitalised. This was followed by an altercation between the army and police. A video released by the state police displayed the CO of the Battalion warning them never to misbehave with his boys. The army was aware that its officers and men acted in good faith and were maltreated by the police, and hence stood by them. Continue reading


Accusing Pakistan of becoming the “architect and exporter” of terrorism, Minister of State for External affairs V Muraleedharan on Wednesday said India has made “abundantly clear” to its neighbours that it will no longer remain a silent witness to terror attacks on it and would take resolute steps.

Without naming Pakistan, the Union Minister said one of our “neighbouring country” has willingly “embraced” terrorism as a defining feature of its regional engagement.”India’s equivocal rejection of terrorism has led us to fine-tune our policy towards countries that deploy terrorism as a tool of their foreign policy. Continue reading


India has a long history of showing generosity towards persecuted people and should not turn on one community now, Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee has said weighing in on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act which is perceived by critics to be anti-Muslim.

According to the new law, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and are facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The exclusion of Muslims from the Act and its alleged implications when seen in conjunction with NRC and NPR exercises have triggered vociferous protests across India. Continue reading


Noted peace activist and documentary-filmmaker Tapan Bose made a controversial statement while speaking at an anti-CAA/NRC protest at Janta Mantar saying that Pakistan Army and the Indian Army are alike and there is no difference between them as both kill their people.

Bose further said that Pakistan is not an enemy country and added that the ruling class of India and Pakistan are alike.”Pakistan is not an enemy country, the ruling class of India & Pakistan are alike. Our armies are alike too, their army kills their people and our army kills our people, there is no difference between them,” said Bose. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

The Army has approached the Indian industry to indigenously develop an auxiliary power unit (APU) for its fleet of Russian-made T-72 and T-90 battle tanks, that help not only conserve the life of the main engine but also reduce thermal and acoustic signatures when deployed in specific situations.

The Army’s requirement is for 3,257 APUs, which include 1,657 units for the T-90 and 1,600 units for the older T-72, which are the mainstay of the mechanised forces, according to an expression of interest issued today. Only Indian entities are eligible for the project under the ‘Make in India’ scheme. According to Army sources, the “Acceptance of Necessity” for having APUs fitted on tanks was accorded by the Ministry of Defence in October 2019 after undertaking feasibility studies and Rs 1,325.92 crore have been earmarked for the purpose. Continue reading


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director General Yogesh Chander Modi on Wednesday reviewed the ongoing investigation into disgraced Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh’s case at Jammu. The NIA DG arrived in Jammu on Tuesday. Davinder Singh was arrested with two Hizbul Mujahideen militants from a car on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway earlier this month.

The case was initially investigated by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, and was later handed over to the NIA. According to the sources four others who have been arrested in the case so far, continue to be interrogated by the NIA in Jammu. NIA has taken a two-week remand of Singh.Initially, the NIA wanted to take him to Delhi for further questioning. According to sources, the NIA teams from Delhi and Jammu are currently questioning him in Jammu. Continue reading


Boeing is pushing for that exclusive deal with India which might save its fighter division from closing down permanently and has promised to go the extra mile to help India develop India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet locally in India in the same plant after completion of the F-18 orders for the Country said Industrial sources close to

Boeing has offered India, its F-18 E/F fighter jets which are exclusively flown by US Navy as an Aircraft Carrier-based fighter jet and has offered it in the latest Block III configuration which comes with added capabilities to India. Boeing has told IAF that under Block III configuration Super Hornets have been further enhanced to work better with the stealthy fighter aircraft like AMCA in high-end conflicts. Continue reading

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