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India has 130 to 140 nuclear warheads—and more are coming, according to a new report. “India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140,” according to Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists. “Nonetheless, additional plutonium will be required to produce warheads for missiles now under development, and India is reportedly building several new plutonium production facilities.”

In addition, “India continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, with at least five new weapon systems now under development to complement or replace existing nuclear-capable aircraft, land-based delivery systems, and sea-based systems.” Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRST POST

Rocket junk floating in Earth’s orbit may be dead to the world, but is it entirely useless? The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) thinks not, and has planned to put its frugal and tech-savvy sensibilities to test with a new kind of PSLV rocket that can stay alive in orbit for several months after releasing a satellite in orbit.

ISRO’s first demonstration of this new technology will be during the PSLV C44 launch mission in January 2019. So far, the agency’s satellite launches on the PSLV have ended in the satellite being released into space, and the PSLV’s fourth and final stage — the PS4 — lost as space debris. It lingers in the same low-Earth orbit as the satellite it releases, being entirely useless to anyone and anything. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

It has been an active few months for India-Vietnam relations, with several diplomatic and defense visits being recorded by the two sides. That in and of itself should come as no surprise for those following developments in the Asia-Pacific. Vietnam is one of India’s closest international partners and an important component of India’s Act East Policy. Over the last decade, Vietnam has also become a vital part of India’s strategy to counter China’s rise in Asia.

But while Vietnam-India relations have remained strong, with multiple senior-level visits between the two countries, there are indications that all is not well with the relationship. Put simply, New Delhi might be expecting too much from the Vietnam relationship, while Vietnam, though also very keen on the India relationship, may be facing constraints in how close it can get to New Delhi and how much it can serve New Delhi’s strategic objectives. Indian strategy should consider the limitations that Vietnam faces and pare down its expectations from Hanoi. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Defence ministers of India and Russia held intensive talks Thursday on deepening defence ties and joint manufacturing projects, including the Kamov-226 helicopters, naval frigates and projects related to land systems, the Defence Ministry said. In a meeting of the 18th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) held here, the two sides also agreed to take forward inter-governmental arrangements for facilitating joint manufacturing of spares for Russian origin equipment in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The meeting was co-chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Supreme Court on Friday will deliver its verdict on a bunch of petitions seeking a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the purchase of 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets by the government for the Indian Air Force (IAF).According to the list of business for Friday released by the Supreme Court registry, the verdict will be delivered by a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph.

Petitions challenging the deal were filed in the top court earlier this year by lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan, former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, and advocates ML Sharma and Vineet Dhanda. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE

The book’s title says it all: China is inside India, a malefic presence that has penetrated the country and seeks to destroy it from within. The author, a former customs official turned foreign policy analyst, believes the Chinese leadership will not rest until it has finished off India, either by breaking it into pieces or rendering it inconsequential in the Asian scheme of things.

The sad part, according to him, is the role of a set of Indians who have conspired with the Chinese grand strategic aim of crippling India. This has happened before and is happening now. The author’s mindset appears to have been greatly affected by the Naxalite uprising in West Bengal and their slogan: “China’s chairman is our chairman”. He writes that he has “been a firsthand witness to, and the ‘victim’ of, Communist China’s deep penetration into West Bengal,” which began in the 1960s. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

French foreign minister Yves Le Drian was defence minister when the Rafale deal was signed with India. On the eve of his India visit, he answers questions from TOI on the India-France relationship.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during this visit?

A: This is my 16th trip to India as minister, and just nine months after President Emmanuel Macron’s visit. That speaks volumes about the depth of our relations, which is built on a very solid, 20-year-old strategic partnership. In March, President Macron and Prime Minister Modi had placed our peoples, particularly the youth, at the heart of their joint commitment. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The Combined Guided Weapon Firing exercise ‘CROSSBOW-18’ ended successfully Thursday at the Suryalanka Air Force Station in Andhra Pradesh. The 11-day exercise, conducted under the aegis of the Southern Air Command, saw various Surface-to-Air Missile systems like the indigenously developed Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA carrying out drills and live firing for the first time on manoeuvrable aerial targets, a Defence release here said.

Live firing by night added to the uniqueness and complexity of the exercise while participation of SU-30 fighter jets made it operationally realistic, it said. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat Thursday warned that officers and jawans of the Armed forces “who cannot withstand stress” and “feign disability citing high blood pressure, diabetes and hypertension to avoid operational duties and earn extra money” will soon face action from the Army headquarters.

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SOURCE: FE

India and Russia on Thursday reviewed the progress made on various projects between the two countries at the 18th session of the Russian-Indian inter-governmental commission on military-technical cooperation (IGC-MTC) in New Delhi. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu accompanied by Dmitriy Shugaev, Director, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation, led their respective delegations and discussed ways of further developing military-technical cooperation between the two sides.

Both countries discussed the draft on the military Logistic Sharing agreement and set up a working group on military cooperation was created within the IGC-MTC format. Continue reading

SOURCE : ANI

Congress MP Sunil Jakhar, who moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Rafael Deal on Thursday, wore a yellow vest to express solidarity with workers of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

The opposition parties including the Congress, have been questioning Anil Ambani’s Reliance defence as the choice of the offset partner, despite having no experience in the airspace sector. Notably, the Rafael deal was signed between India and France under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government in 2012. During that time, India planned to buy 18 off-the-shelf jets from France’s Dassault Aviation along with 108 others that were supposed to be assembled by the state-run HAL in Bengaluru. Continue reading

SOURCE : UrduPoint News / Sputnik

Russia is capable of bringing both Pakistan and India to the negotiating table given oscow’s good relations with both sides, Deputy Chairman of Pakistan’s upper legislative chamber Saleem andviwalla told Sputnik. “Russia can play an important role in bringing both these countries together to discuss and to resolve their issues because Russia has good relations with India and with Pakistan. A country like Russia can play this role, I think,” Mandviwalla said.

The official noted that Pakistan always wanted to have good relations with India.According to Mandviwalla, the Pakistan-India relations are not completely bad, but “there is a stalemate situation. Continue reading

SOURCE : TNN

India is looking to turn up the heat on Islamabad for the release of Mumbai youth Hamid Nehal Ansari who crossed over to Pakistan looking to meet a woman he had apparently fallen in love with. The government issued a note verbale to Pakistan on December 11 seeking immediate repatriation of Ansari, official sources here said.

The government also sought release of 11 other Indian civilian prisoners who have served their sentence in Pakistani jails and whose nationality has been confirmed. The note verbale for Ansari is significant as it comes days ahead of the end of his prison term on December 16. Pakistan has so far remained non-committal on the issue of his repatriation. Continue reading

SOURCE :Bangalor Mirror

While concerns have been raised that the delay in announcement of the venue and date of the Aero India 2019 has resulted in a dip in exhibitor registration, organisers of the airshow are confident that the projected space booking would surpass that of the previous shows.

According to organisers, 25,051 sqm of space has already been booked by both Indian and foreign exhibitors till December 11 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, the venue of the airshow which will be held between February 20 and 24. During the past two editions (2015 and 2017) of the airshow, 24,569 and 25,228 sqm of space were booked by exhibitors. For the 2019 edition, organisers have projected that 28,973 sqm of space would be booked by exhibitors. “Aero India 2019 is receiving massive response from exhibitors. Continue reading

SOURCE : Pune Mirror

The Army Service Corps, the oldest and the largest administrative service in the Southern Command of the Indian Army celebrated its 258th Corps day on Saturday marking December 8 every year for their rising day. The Army officials stated that the Army Service Corps is one of the oldest and groups that started as an administrative component of the Armies during the days of the East India Company in 1760. The force gradually extended the scope of its activities and now even operates on land, water and air.

The soldiers of this unit have been awarded various awards nationally for their bravery and also winning various sports titles. The Corps have been awarded 568 honors pre Independence and one Ashok Chakra, one Maha Vir Chakra, 14 Vir Chakras, four Kirti Chakras, 21 Shaurya Chakras and 125 Sena Medals post-Independence. The Corps has so far received four Arjuna Awardees, three Hockey Olympians, the daredevil ‘Tornado motorcycle team and various other distinguished players in the fields of Archery, Boxing, Aquatics and Equestrian Sports. Continue reading