Former Army Chief V P Malik on Friday called for a level playing field for the private sector in manufacturing defence equipment. Malik made the remark at a panel discussion on the ‘Make in India and the Nation’s Security’ on the inaugural day of the third edition of annual Military Literature Festival (MLF) here.

“We are not giving level playing field to the private sector. Unless you give level playing to the private sector they have to be partners, then you will find faster development,” Malik said. He laid emphasis on removing any bottlenecks in terms of policy, system or processes meant for defence equipment. Continue reading


Preparing for the changing character of warfare across the world, the Indian Army will be ready with more than a dozen Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) by next year. Senior sources in the defence establishment told The Indian Express that four each of the IBGs will come up facing China and Pakistan, while the Mountain Strike Corps will also be converted into IBGs.

A top source said the Mountain Strike Corps “has become too huge, a bit of an elephant” and will be “divided into five to six IBGs”.IBGs were first proposed in one of the four studies regarding the reorganising of the Army, which was commissioned last year by Army chief General Bipin Rawat. The proposal to establish the IBGs has already gone to the government and the Army is waiting for approval, the source said. Continue reading


The Doklam standoff of 2017 with China has led the Indian Army to propose the setting up of a new, all powerful Deputy Chief of Strategy. The Indian Army is institutionalising the committee formed to deal with the Doklam standoff through Deputy Chief of Stra-tegy, to be headed by a Lt. Gen. rank officer.

According to sources, during the Doklam standoff a “war group” called “Operation and Planning Steering Committee” was set up under the Vice-Chief to deal with the situation. Personnel from different verticals were brought in the group to advise and deal with the emerging situation. It had personnel from branches of operations, intelligence, logistics, coordination and perception management. “Each personnel crucially contributed during the crisis,” sources said. Continue reading


The financial year 2018-19 saw a handsome Rs 91.63 crore spike in India`s foreign exchange earnings from launching of foreign satellites. According to the government, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has earned Rs 1,245.17 crore during the last five years by launching satellites from 26 countries.

During the fiscal 2018-19, the launch income was Rs 324.19 crore up from Rs 232.56 crore earned in 2017-18. Contracts with 10 countries namely the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, Singapore, The Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Algeria and France were signed in the last five years under commercial arrangements. Continue reading


A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) points towards the grim realities being faced by the Indian Army troops in high altitude areas of Siachen and Ladakh. The troops do not have snow glasses and multi-purpose boots to wear and are also deprived of the authorised daily consumption of food in these areas, according to the report.

The CAG tabled the report on Union Government (Defence Services)-Army in the Rajya Sabha, but failed to lay it in the Lok Sabha. News agency IANS, quoting sources in the Rajya Sabha, reports that the audit highlights the condition of Indian Army in high altitude areas. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer

Lamenting the lackadaisical attitude of political class towards the country’s defence needs, former Army Chief General VP Malik on Friday said that due lessons had not been learnt from the Kargil War leaving the nation vulnerable on the security front.“We should have by now built enough indigenous defence capacity platforms,” said General Malik who headed the force during Kargil War, adding that the Parliament should debate the reasons leading to this failure more than it was doing at the moment.

Participating during a panel discussion ‘Make in India and the Nation’s Security’ on the very first day of the Military Literature Festival (MLF), General Malik led the chorus on urgently streamlining the defence procurement processes making them facilitators and not hurdles in our endeavour to endow our forces with the cutting edge weaponary. Continue reading


A panel discussion was held on ‘The Kargil Victory The book gives a glimpse of ‘untold incidents’ of war. The Kargil War was one of the most difficult and challenging in Indian history which demonstrated unparalleled valour of the Indian Army.

Colonels PK Vasudeva, Tyagi and Vikramjeet Singh participated in the discussion. On the question of Aditya, a seventh class student in the session, Tyagi said that Kargil war was one of most difficult in the Indian History as the war was fought on 18,000 feet above sea level in which the enemy took advantage of height and it was not easy to fight with them. Continue reading


On the night of October 20-21, 1947, nearly 5,000 trans-Indus tribesmen took over the bridge spanning the Neelam river on the Hazara road linking Muzaffarabad with Abbottabad (now in PoK), and occupied the first major town of Muzaffarabad by October 21, under their leader, Khurshid Anwar, and then moved further towards Uri in a fleet of buses and other vehicles. The Muslim League-run Pakistan government had inducted these trans-Indus tribesmen and codenamed this operation as “Gulmarg”. The 1947-48, first India-Pakistan War had formally begun, all at the behest of Pakistan.

On October 27, when the first wave of Indian troops, that is, the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment landed at Srinagar, Pakistani invaders were already in Baramulla. Just 35 miles of tarmac road was all that lay between the invaders and Srinagar. Uncertainty prevailed about the fate of Srinagar, with negligible intelligence inputs having reached Delhi. Continue reading


Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed Friday accused China of grabbing “more land…than the East India Company” in the island nation. Nasheed, who is the speaker of People’s Majlis of The Maldives, also said that Beijing should consider restructuring the debt the island nation now owes it.

“China has grabbed more land than the East India Company … They have not given development assistance to us. It was a debt trap. We must now get the contracts done. We can’t stop that. We have to pay the bill. But the Chinese government must restructure the debt,” Nasheed said at a news conference in Delhi. Continue reading


The detention of Farooq Abdullah, a three-term chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was extended on Saturday by three months and he would continue to remain at his residence that has been declared a sub-jail, officials said here. The case of Abdullah, also a five-term parliamentarian, was reviewed by the advisory board of the Home Department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which recommended the extension of his detention under the PSA, they said.

His house, located at Gupkar Road, has been declared a sub-jail by the union territory’s Home Department. Continue reading


A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by BSF personnel while he was trying to cross the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said. The troops guarding the IB at Manguchak area of Samba sector noticed the man moving towards this side under the cover of darkness amid heavy rains in the early hours of the day, they said.

According to the officials, Border Security Force (BSF) troops fired a few shots after the intruder paid no heed to their repeated warnings, resulting in his death. “The body of the deceased was retrieved from near the Zero Line this evening and later handed over to police for legal formalities,” a BSF official said. Continue reading


Five successful test-flights of air-to-air missile Astra from Sept 16-19, over the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast earlier this year has cleared the path for a bulk order of the missile system with DRDO and along with 50 other public and private organizations which are part of the supply line of the missile system.

According to reports coming in and as per information provided to IAF is close to ink a deal for 200 Astra Mk1 long-range air-to-air missiles with a range of 100 km and equipped with modern guidance and navigation techniques for its Sukhoi-30 MKI platform which has seen successful integration and trials in combat mode. Continue reading


Jetlease Palm Beach which is the largest private aircraft leasing company in the world is selling 80’s made F-16A/B Fighting Falcon acquired from Jordan for sale at a unit price of $8.5 million per unit, which according to the company has not been demilitarized and is Block 20 Mid-Life-Update jets which can be put back into service if required.

The chatter in the Pakistani defense community is that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) might or already have approached Jetlease Palm Beach to purchase this jet and along with other three similar jets that are with the company and are for sale. Continue reading


India is gearing up to test-fire its most potent home-made ballistic missile in the coming days. The missile is an upgrade to the country’s nuclear deterrence arsenal, but the submarine that fires it is a game-changer. The K-4 submarine-launched missile has a range of 3,500 km and is scheduled for testing in mid-December, according to sources cited by the Economic Times. Previous tests scheduled for November had been scuppered by a cyclone off India’s eastern coast. A successful test would bring the nuclear-capable missile significantly closer to operational status.

However, the weapon would be useless without a platform to launch it from, and this is where India’s first home-built ballistic missile submarine enters the picture. Continue reading

SOURCE:  The Pioneer.

Following fresh escalation along the Line of Control (LoC), local commanders of the Indian Army in Rajouri and Poonch districts have been constantly monitoring the ground situation to prevent any ‘lethal’ strike by the Border Action Team (BAT) of the Pakistan Army. Taking advantage of foggy weather conditions, undulating terrain and thickly forested areas, Pakistan Army is looking for an opportunity to push  large number of heavily armed terrorists inside the Indian territory to carry out surprise attacks.

After facing huge losses during strong Indian retaliation in the recent days, Pakistan army has already started targeting civilian areas deep inside the Indian territory up to a distance of 10-12 km from the LoC using heavy calibre weapons. Continue reading