When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Japan for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit, later this month, the purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2i Amphibious and Rescue (SAR) aircraft for $1.65 billion will be on the table for discussions. Senior officers confirmed to FE Online that during the two day visit starting Oct 28, Prime Minister Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to push for government to government (G2G) deal for these amphibious planes, to ensure that there are no delays and there is transparency.

According to a senior Indian Navy officer, both sides are willing to negotiate through G2G and at lower price for the US-2i amphibious aircraft from Japan, which is expected to be manufactured in India under the Make in India initiative. Continue reading


In the first of its kind in the Indian defence sector, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced the Mehar Baba prize under which individuals, start-ups and other “for profit” entities can compete to build a swarm of 50 drones to be employed in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

The competition aims to tap into the young talent pool available across the country and leverage its expertise to meet the emerging requirements of the armed forces. If successful it can be a benchmark for other services to emulate. “The winners, up to three, will get up to ?10 lakh in prize followed by a co-production opportunity with a Base Repair Depot (BRD) towards a ?100 crore order for induction of their developed drone swarms,” an IAF officer said. Continue reading


BrahMos Aerospace engineer Nishant Agarwal, who has been arrested on charges of spying, was on Tuesday sent from police custody to judicial custody. According to news agency ANI, the bank accounts of the engineer are being investigated. Agarwal was arrested earlier this month in a joint operation by the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) units of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, following which the UP ATS was granted his transit remand.

Nishant Agarwal was taken from Nagpur to Lucknow, where he was interrogated. He was in touch with suspected Pakistani intelligence operatives through two Facebook accounts with names – Neha Sharma and Pooja Ranjan. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

In another twist to the Rafale controversy, a French aviation portal has published a document which Dassault Aviation COO Loik Segalen presented to a confederation of French trade unions, explaining why Rafale had tied up with Reliance as part of their offset obligations. Mediapart, a French online journal, had last week cited what it described as an “internal” document allegedly “proving” that the partnership with Reliance was “obligatory” and “mandatory” for Dassault Aviation to sell Rafale jets to India.

The new article, written by Yves Pagot, a former French Air Force official and defence writer, says the document is actually the union’s summary of a mandatory discussion with Segalen, where he explained that Dassault was shifting its production of Falcon business jets to Nagpur in India under the DRAL (Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd) joint venture because of its obligations under the offset clause. Continue reading


In 2016, in one of the most daring attacks carried out by the Indian security forces carried out a surgical strike inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir targeting terrorist launch pads.

Now, another neighbour, fed up with Pakistan’s support to terrorist groups have threatened to carry out another surgical strike on the country.This comes after fourteen Iranian security personnel, including Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers, were abducted on the volatile southeastern border with Pakistan on Tuesday. Continue reading

SOURCE:  DH News Service

India and Japan may soon allow their armed forces to use each other’s military bases as well as provide logistical support to each other — a move which is sure to raise hackles in China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will hold the 13th India-Japan summit in Tokyo on October 28 and 29. They are likely to discuss a proposal to ink an agreement which will lay the framework to share military assets and capabilities and provide logistical support to each other’s armies, navies and air forces, sources aware of the preparations for the summit told DH. Continue reading


Australia will be supportive of India’s defence development initiative and also make a huge difference in enriching diverse fields particularly in education, health and tourism, Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu has said.

And in Tamil Nadu, she said, there are very wide range of areas where “we can build the relationship especially in the filed of education and research where a lot can come out.”“The health sector is very prospective — not just in Tamil Nadu but across the south (India) we find it in biotechnology, in primary healthcare, health technology and digital health is another area where we are doing lot more. So, there are large areas where you will see, unlike what you will see in big European or Asian manufacturers, you will really see a large number of Australian companies will set up here. What you will really witness is specific technologies that come in and make a particular difference somewhere,” she said responding to a question on the scope for Australia in partnering with India, especially TN’s development. Continue reading


South Korea and India have agreed to build a Korean War memorial in New Delhi and the local government has already designated a place for it, South Korea’s envoy Shin Bong-kil said. “Basically, both sides (India and South Korea) have agreed to build a Korean War memorial in India (Delhi). The city government has already designated a place for it,” he said. Mr Shin said South Korea expects that the work would be “completed by the end of next year”.

“We need some sort of a design and South Korea would be happy to fund it,” Shin told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on ‘Emerging Korea-India Relations: Convergence of India’s Act East Policy and Korea’s New Southern Policy’ organised here by city-based think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation. Continue reading


The US and India have a goal of denying Iran the money it needs to destabilise the Middle East, a top American official said after his visit to New Delhi for talks over slashing India’s Iranian oil imports ahead of the November 4 deadline.

President Donald Trump in May pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear accord, saying it had “failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb” and did not deal with Tehran’s “malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism”. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Express News Service

The Centre has transferred over 2,000 Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to strengthen the border security and intelligence apparatus, especially along China and Nepal.

In an October 12 order, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said a total of 2,104 posts of the civilian component of the force, often dubbed as the ‘dying’ cadre, will be transferred to the IB “immediately”. Some of these posts are not occupied at present. A small component of 94 posts, spread across five cadres, will be retained by the SSB. Continue reading


The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E recently entered in the race to supply 114 units of fighter jets to Indian Air force amid allegation of a Scam on previous fighter jet purchase from France. Dassault Rafale which was one of the two fighters which made to last round on its technical capabilities alone with Euro fighter Typhoon is still the best of the aircraft in the race to win an enlarged order from India if Current Government comes backs in power in 2019 in full majority.

But If India does select a fighter out of this two clear winners of the last MMRCA Tender then current dispensation should be aware that opposition will again raise this issue of India buying an inferior fighter jet for the air-force and allegations of scams will also likely come back to haunt the new government. Continue reading


The Chinook heavy helicopters are all set to arrive in India as IAF has commenced training on the heavy helicopters in United States of America. According to Indian Air force, the crew has commenced training on Chinook helicopters on October 8 at Delaware, USA.

During the initial conversation phase, four pilots and four flight engineers of Indian Air Force are training on Chinook helicopters. The acquisition of these heavy lift helicopters will going to add to the capabilities of the force. Continue reading


Despite the existing differences and competing interests, India and China were working to keep navigational routes in the Indian Ocean Region safe, said chief of Naval Staff admiral Sunil Lanba, on Tuesday.

“We are working with all like-minded nations and we are in dialogue with China as well. In the larger global commons, we all work together to keep the sea lines of communication open,” he said while speaking at the Goa Maritime Symposium at the Naval War College. Continue reading

SOURCE: Times Now Digital

Just days after three Kashmiri students were arrested from Punjab’s Jalandhar for possessing an AK-47 rifle and other weapons, the famous Panjab University has started profiling students who are studying there from Jammu and Kashmir. In an e-mail sent to all department heads on October 11, the Dean of University Instructions, Prof Shankarji Jha, stated that information was needed on all Kashmiri students studying in the respective departments.

“You are requested to provide information on Kashmiri students admitted to your department/centre/institute to the office of the undersigned latest by October 11 till 4 pm positively in the given format (hard copy) or through e-mail (,” the Dean stated in the e-mail. Continue reading


Russian-Pakistani military drills “Friendship 2018” will be held in the mountains of Pakistan from October 21 until November 4, head of the Russian Southern Military District Vadim Astafyev told reporters on Tuesday.

“The joint drills of units of the Russian and Pakistani armed forces ‘Friendhsip 2018’ will be held from October 21 until November 4 at the training range of the National Counter-Terrorist Center in Pakistan’s Pabbi. More than 70 mountain shooters from Karachay-Cherkessia will take part in the drills,” Astafyev said. Continue reading