Even as India counters Chinese aggression on the border, the Army is going to place an order for 72,000 more Sig 716 assault rifles from the United States. “We are going to place orders for 72,000 more of these assault rifles after receiving the first lot of equal number of these guns from America,” Army sources told India Today.

The advanced American assault rifles have been acquired in a bid to fight terrorism and for carrying out major operations in Jammu and Kashmir.The Indian Army received the first batch of American SiG Sauer assault rifles last year in December. The first lot of 10,000 SiG 716 assault rifles arrived in India on December 10. The Indian Army is looking to move to a rifle that fires a larger, more powerful rifle cartridge than the 5.56x45mm intermediate cartridge used by the Insas. The SIG716 uses the more powerful 7.62x51mm cartridge. Continue reading


In a boost to the fledgling domestic small arms industry, two latest Israeli assault rifles — the Arad and the Carmel — are set to be manufactured in India, ThePrint has learnt. The assault weapons are to be produced under the ‘Make in India’ initiative in Madhya Pradesh, where a plant had been set up in 2017 by Israel Weapons System (IWI) in a joint venture called PLR Systems.

While Punj Llyod originally held 51 per cent shares in the joint venture, it was bought over by a company called Fouraces System India Private Limited with the Indian conglomerate facing debt issues. The joint venture is aiming for contracts from the Special Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force besides the central armed police forces and the state police, sources said. Continue reading


Five days after the Imperial Japanese Navy struck at Pearl Harbour, Charles Lindbergh — war hero, celebrated aviator, author, inventor, activist — was to have delivered these words to an audience in Boston: “Before we spend unlimited billions for foreign war, before we crusade so blithely for our freedoms across the seas, before we send the spirit of America to stand on foreign ground, let us make sure that the roots of freedom and democracy are firmly planted in our own country”.

“Are we to spend unlimited American lives, throw American business into bankruptcy, and harness our children and our grandchildren with debt, in a crusade to make democracy safe among foreign nations who don’t desire it”? Continue reading


 On July 2, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved defence deals worth ?38,900 crore which includes procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) along with upgradation of 59 existing MiG-29 jets in the IAF inventory and procurement of 12 Su-30MKI aircraft from Russia.

What are the major deals approved?

The Defence Ministry said the MiG-29 procurements and upgradation from Russia are estimated to cost ?7,418 crore while the 12 Su-30 MKIs, which will be licence-produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), are estimated to cost ?10,730 crore. Other deals approved by the DAC include Pinaka rocket ammunition, long-range land attack missile system of over 1,000 km range and close to 250 Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missiles for the IAF. The Astra Mk-1 has been integrated on the Su-30MKI jets and is being inducted into the force. An ungraded variant, the Astra Mk-II is under development by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Continue reading


The US State Department has approved a possible $23.11 billion sale of 105 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Japan, the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release.

“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of one hundred five (105) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.11 billion”, the release said on Thursday.
The government of Japan has requested 63 F-35A variant aircraft and 42 F-35b variant aircraft, 110 Pratt and Whitney F135 engines, and related equipment, the release added. Continue reading


New Delhi plans to invite Canberra to join the Malabar naval drill, which has so far been a trilateral exercise among Washington, Tokyo and New Delhi. India is expected to decide whether to send a formal invitation to Australia next week, according to media reports. Malabar naval exercise was initiated in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the US and India, with Japan joining in 2015. The exercise is designed to boost military cooperation among the three nations.

Amid highly strained tensions between China and India over their recent border disputes, some media outlets and political commentators tend to connect the two events, implying that India’s intention to involve Australia in the Malabar drill is directed at China. Putting more pressure on China may be one of India’s considerations, but of course not all of them. New Delhi harbors a grander strategic layout. Continue reading


Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of top five leaders of defunct Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) and Lashkar -e-Taiba (LeT), including its chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. The restoration of bank accounts has taken place following formal approval of the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), The News reported on Saturday.

The other members of defunct JUD/LeT who got their bank accounts restored include Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Haji M Ashraf, Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal. All of them are UNSC’s enlisted terrorists though and currently facing sentences ranging 1 to 5 years in Lahore jail for terror financing cases filed against them by the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). Continue reading


Amid the border tension with China, NCP president Sharad Pawar has saidChina is a “bigger threat to India” than Pakistan. China’s military might is “ten times greater” than India, the former defence minister said, adding that Beijing has “weaned away” India’s neighbours to its side.

The Centre should try to put international pressure on Chinathrough negotiations and diplomatic channels, Pawar said in an interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. The second of the three-part interview series was published in the Marathi daily on Sunday.”When we think of an enemy, the first name that comes to our mind is that of Pakistan. But we need not worry about Pakistan. In the long term,it is China that has the power, vision and programme to act against Indian interests. China is a bigger threat to India,” Pawar said. Continue reading


A village on the Indo-Nepal border half of which is on the Indian side, while the other half is on the Nepal side, has lived through ups and downs, unmindful of the deteriorating relations between India and Nepal. Siwan village is a classic example of the deep-rooted relationship between India and Nepal and possibly a ray of hope as well.

The recent legislation in Nepal is the talking point in the village, but has failed to drive a wedge between the people living here. Since Siwan village near Raxaul in Bihar, falling under the Pantoka Panchayat, is located on a no-man’s land, as such the village has been witness to neglect by both the countries. A border pillar right in the middle of the village signals the beginning of Nepali territory. The people have, however, chosen to overlook the same. A kaccha road leads one to the village and the authorities on either side of the border have never cared to build roads here. Continue reading


You might have heard on several occasions about Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), which is often responsible for the state-sponsored terror and feeds into the misadventure of many terrorist groups that operate against India. ISI plays many roles. Intelligence gathering is one such important role.

India TV’s Political Editor Jayanta Ghosal recalled one such incident when he was followed by an ISI agent while he was in Lahore. Jayanta Ghosal was among few journalists who were part of the media contingent whom then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had invited during his historic Lahore Bus trip in 1999. Continue reading


As Chinese and Indian troops move to disengage in eastern Ladakh after a tense standoff, the chief of ITBP and BSF on Sunday said all the country’s land is under “full possession” of our security and defence forces. S S Deswal, Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Security Force (BSF), was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a plantation drive held at a BSF camp in Bhondsi.

“All the country’s land is with us. Our land is in full possession of our security forces,” Deswal told reporters here. He made the remarks when asked to comment on the current military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.”All our borders are safe, be it the eastern, western or northern. The security forces of the country are very active, capable and dedicated. Continue reading


India’s former permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said countries like China and India stand very differently at the UN, in terms of their perspective and approach. Akbaruddin was speaking during an online interaction with the Vice Chancellor and other faculty members of the University of Hyderabad, his alma mater.

About his experience working at the United Nations, he said: “The ones who have been a part of the United Nations very well know that UN is not an enchanted place. Countries like China and India stand very differently in the UN, in terms of their perspective and approach. China is always quiet and speaks only for itself whereas India always wants to speak for everyone.” Continue reading


One unidentified terrorist has been killed in the encounter with the security forces at Sopore’s Rebban area, Jammu and Kashmir Police said. “One unidentified terrorist killed so far in the encounter at Rebban area of Sopore,” said J-K Police. The encounter was first reported in the early hours of Sunday. More details are awaited.

Earlier on June 25, two terrorists were neutralised in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Sopore. Continue reading


In 2020, the U.S. Navy began the process of integrating the AGM-158C LRASM onto the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Trials of which they plan to be completed by 2026 and missiles system made available for entire P-8 Operator including Indian Navy which is currently the second-biggest operator of the type after USN.

AGM-158C LRASM will supersede AGM-84D Block 1C Harpoon anti-ship missiles which are currently deployed by all P-8 Operators including India and is designed to meet the needs to fight in contested environments. According to US media reports, India and Australia have been selected as the first few countries that will get LRASM to strengthen their firepower in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region Continue reading

SOURCE: Republic TV

Talking to Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on his show – Nation Wants To Know, Indian Space Research Organisation Chief Dr K Sivan expressed what he expects from India opening its space to the private sector. When asked about whether the Chief sees India creating its own Elon Musk’s and Crew Dragon-like astronaut missions after SpaceX’s (a private company) historic launch of NASA astronauts in May, Sivan said that India will definitely get many Elon Musk’s in the future.

‘There will be Elon Musk’s from India’

“What I am saying is, if not immediately, in future, I am sure we (India) will get many Elon Musk’s. It is the kind of enthusiasm that our startup companies are providing for technology development. At the same time, big industries are also showing interest over getting into our space venture. I am sure that in future, there will be Elon Musk’s from India,” said Dr K Sivan.

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