The Indian Air Force has just released an RFI (request for information) for 110 fighters not very much after the Narendra Modi government scrapped the MMRCA deal for 126 fighters to buy 18 ready for combat Rafale fighters and 108 to be built in India. The French Rafale was chosen as the fighter for the future after an almost decade-long process of contemplation, examination, evaluation and a competition that came to be called the “shoot-out”. We still haven’t got to know why it really was scrapped?

The IAF was hoping for a minimum of four squadrons of Rafale fighters, but the Narendra Modi government has kept the initial order down to 36 fighters in a flyaway condition for 7.8 billion euros or $9.13 billion (@1 euro=$1.17). Continue reading


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) closely monitored different aspects of the Indian Air Force’s Gaganshakti-2018 exercise that concluded in the eastern sector on Sunday, said people involved in the drills.

The IAF clocked more 11,000 sorties during the two-phase air manoeuvres that saw the concentration of the air force’s deployed assets move from the western sector to the eastern front in less than 48 hours, an official said. Continue reading


China has for long been trying to develop stealth technology for its fighter aircraft, and the end results have been questioned by experts. However, the Asian giant seems to be taking the problem in a manner that’s totally different from how the West, particularly the US. The Chinese are trying to develop materials that when used to cloak aircraft, can even make older non-stealth aircraft nearly invisible.

Reports in Chinese media have referred to it as the ‘cloak of invisibility’. This approach is different from the Western methods of relying on stealthy airframes and surfaces for the aircraft. It will rely on ‘metamaterials’ to either absorb or deflect radio waves, theoretically making the aircraft invisible on command. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday made it official that India will participate in a multi-nation military exercise to be conducted in Russia in September this year. Notably, the exercise will involve China and also Pakistan, India’s edgy and acrimonious western neighbour.

The exercise in Russia is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India, China, Russia and Pakistan, among several other countries, are part of the SCO — bloc of largely Asian countries. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Wuhan, capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei, 27-28 April for an “informal” summit with president Xi Jinping is unusual for several reasons.

One, given the Chinese penchant for protocol and ‘atmospherics’,  this informal summit, and that too barely a month before Modi visits China again for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, is unprecedented.  Continue reading


Just over a fortnight after flying GSAT-11 out to Kourou for launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation has recalled the heaviest communication satellite it has built. The reason is said to be for conducting additional technical checks in Bengaluru, where it was built.

The 5,700-kg high-throughput or Internet broadband satellite had reached French Guiana in South America on March 30 and was slated for launch on May 26 (IST), according to its launch agency Arianespace. Continue reading


Finally, a significant change seems to be in the offing in India’s defence planning architecture with the Narendra Modi government deciding to establish an overarching defence planning committee (DPC) under the national security adviser.

The aim is to leverage this cross-governmental body—comprising the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, three service chiefs, the defence, expenditure and foreign secretaries—to enhance India’s ability to do some long-term strategizing. Continue reading


India did not consider any military intervention in Maldives during political turmoil there as any such move would have had “long-term implications” and contrary to the Indian stand for a rules-based international order, sources said today.

Following imposition of Emergency in Maldives on February 5 by the Abdulla Yameen government, there were calls from Maldivian opposition leaders for India’s military intervention in that country. Continue reading


The government deserves praise for lifting Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and most parts of Arunachal Pradesh. However, this must not act as a precedent to lift the law in Jammu and Kashmir. There has been no significant violence in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh as opposed to Jammu and Kashmir.

It must be stressed that the application of AFSPA in itself can’t be condemned in isolation. Application of AFSPA is a necessary evil if the army is to operate in any given area. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Even as Pakistan moves to host the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit, New Delhi doesn’t believe the atmosphere is conducive, said persons familiar with the thinking.

Pakistan has been making efforts to host the summit, which was to be initially held in November 2016. However, in a synchronised move in September that year, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh informed the Saarc secretariat that its leaders would be unable to attend, citing almost similar reasons. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Four militants, a soldier and a policeman were killed in a day-long encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district, 50 km south-east of Srinagar, on Tuesday.

Police said the militants belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and their identities were being ascertained. Sources in the police said two of the slain militants were believed to be Pakistan nationals, while the other two were locals, one of them a constable’s son. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force effectively achieved relocation and re-balancing of its assets from one sector to another during a recently concluded mega exercise, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday, hinting at its preparedness to deal with a two-front war.

The IAF carried out Gagan Shakti exercise — the biggest such drill in three decades — from April 8 to April 20 with a focus on borders with China and Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

South Korean company Kangnam Corporation has responded to India’s expression of interest to build minesweepers in the country under a Rs 32,640 crore programme, a senior government official said on Tuesday, after an earlier deal failed on the grounds of high costs.

The government issued an expression of interest on March 21 after earlier negotiations with Busan-based Kangnam to build 12 mine-countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) collapsed at the final stage. Continue reading


Severe cost overruns and delays have besieged defence public sector shipyards, resulting in a cascading effect on the operational preparedness and technological upgradation of the navy. The manufacture of warships continue to be delayed costing the exchequer several crores.

Defence public sector undertaking (DPSU) shipyards like Mazagon Dock in Mumbai (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata (GRSE) as well as Cochin Shipyard have several ships under construction, and are currently handling four P-15B Destroyers, seven P-17A Frigates, one P-28, five Landing Craft Utility MK IV, five P-75 Submarines and five Catamaran Hull Survey vessels, among others. Continue reading