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The surprise announcement that India will buy the US/Norwegian Sparrow air defence missile system for $1 billion may have been expedited to mollify the United States.

Given Washington DC’s unhappiness with India going ahead with a $6 billion, five battery S-400 SAM (surface-to-air missiles) purchase from Russia even though the US has issued a waiver (Countering America’s Adversaries through the Sanctions Act), there will be speculation that the Sparrow air defense missile deal is meant to appease the Americans. Continue reading


Kashmiris are not terrorists, said National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday, while adding that he will not accept the idea of a nation sans equality.Farooq, while addressing an event here in Delhi, urged for adopting ideals of Mahatama Gandhi who strongly propagated secularism.

“We (Kashmiris) are not terrorists. We don’t want to separate from the nation. But at the same time we will not support the idea of a nation where its people are not treated equally. No matter if a person is Hindu, Muslim, Christian or a Sikh all should be treated equally. We want Gandhi’s India, a secular India,” said Farooq. Continue reading


A desire of the Indian Navy to procure an additional 12 Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft is lying in cold storage following a recent audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), an authority that audits all receipts and expenditure of the government.

The report has reprimanded the then-Congress government for ordering an initial eight P-8Is, despite their being priced higher than the competing EADS-CASA (now Airbus Defence and Space) A319. India’s rules state that the lowest price (L-1) equipment has to be considered for procurement. Continue reading


India’s longest-range Intercontinental ballistic Agni-V missile is just one test away from been officially inducted into the nuclear arsenal of the country, but the successor program is nowhere to be seen even though DRDO almost 5 years ago had confirmed it has all the building blocks to develop next longest-range ballistic missile.

While DRDO and Defence Ministry have not acknowledged but sure have denied the existence of any Agni-VI program but off late media reports do hint that program doesn’t have the political backing in light of maintaining continuous International backing to the country’s Nuclear program which has received a major boost after several agreements of cooperation were sealed with many countries off late. Continue reading


India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed the arrest of Habibur Rahaman, alias Habib, a terrorist handler for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group. He was arrested at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on August 6. Originally from Odisha’s Kendrapara District, Habib had been residing in Saudi Arabia for quite some time, hatching plots to hurt India right under the Saudi regime’s nose.

Habib’s capture and the revelation of him having a Saudi link should compel India to again review its policies with Saudi Arabia, may be along more aggressive lines. Continue reading


The Donald Trump administration has over the past few months seemingly started to work in a steadfast manner to come to some sort of a conclusion in Afghanistan—America’s longest running war, now in its 17th year. Trump is going to be the third US president to attempt to put an end to the American military’s quagmire in the country it entered after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

There is a palpable fear among diplomats in New Delhi and Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) capitals that Trump may suddenly decide to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and they might learn about this from his Twitter timeline. India, one of the most important stakeholders in the country, has little influence over Kabul’s future trajectory as far as security goes; much of it lies with Washington. Continue reading


The Indian and Singapore navies will conduct joint exercises next month to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the maritime bilateral exercise between the two countries. “Our excellent defence relationship is a reflection of deep mutual trust and a shared vision for the region,” Indian High Commissioner Jawed Ashraf said here last night.

“This year, in just a few weeks from now, we will be celebrating 25 years of our bilateral naval exercise, the longest uninterrupted naval exercises that India has with any country in the world,” he said. Continue reading


US engineers have developed a system that uses ordinary WiFi to easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags with nearly 100 per cent accuracy, demonstrating low-cost technology for security screening. The suspicious object detection system is easy to set up, it reduces security screening costs and avoids invading privacy, whereas the traditional screening typically requires high staffing levels and costly specialised equipment.

“This could have a great impact in protecting the public from dangerous objects,” said Yingying (Jennifer) Chen, Professor at the Rutgers University at New Brunswick in New Jersey, US. Continue reading


Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War. However, it was China that helped Pakistan possess nuclear weapons, constraining India’s conventional military superiority. This nexus now includes space technology where Pakistan is trying to revive its space ambitions with China’s assistance.

China sees satellites as a major diplomatic tool to influence the BRI countries and had been successful with convincing Sri Lanka earlier to lease its satellite transponders. It should be noted that Sri Lanka did not build an indigenous satellite, as it was widely believed. These projects portend major geopolitical and economic challenges to India.  Continue reading


The mission to send an Indian into space for the first time will create 15,000 jobs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan said on Wednesday. The space agency’s plan entails sending an Indian astronaut 350-400 Kilometers into space for about a week to carry out experiments. The Indian Air Force will select the astronauts, and ISRO will work with a Bengaluru-based institute to train the crew, Mr Sivan added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the Independence Day speech today, announced “when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Daily Times Pakistan

The global strategic milieu has been altered after a global shift. In this new world order, alliances are changing and collaboration among states is inevitable. Many are adopting measures to preserve their security and sovereignty; unipolarity is giving way to multipolarity. In the US’ case, it is wooing India as a grand strategy to secure its National Security interests.

The US is attempting to counter China’s rising influence, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. It is a clear strategic convergence between India and the US. Continue reading


Ghazni is a historic and strategically important city in Afghanistan. It straddles the Kabul-Kandahar Highway, and is also close to the tribal areas in neighbouring Pakistan. The unfortunate city has just witnessed a fierce battle between Afghan security forces and the Afghan Taliban. The city residents remain caught in an increasingly dangerous situation, with both sides suffering heavy casualties numbering in hundreds.

The daring and surprising Taliban assault on Ghazni is a part of its well-calculated strategy that entails enjoying the military initiative in the insurgency that has been weaning down the Afghan security forces, while taking advantage of insurgent safe havens in Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban’s show of strength in Ghazni is reminiscent of a similar assault on Kunduz in 2015. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Times Now Bureau

A political battle began over Rafale deal when Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged in the Parliament during the Monsoon Session that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman “lied to the nation” about the Rafale deal with France. On FranklySpeaking, Sithraman told Times Now that documents of the “agreement don’t lie” and Rafale is not a scam like Bofors.

In a counter-attack at the Congress, Sithraman said that Congress is “brazenly lying about the Rafale deal. UPA never concluded an agreement with France.” Continue reading


Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders for the slashing of manpower at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi, the creation of integrated brigades and the calling up of reservists for frontline duties.

An Army document, seen by ThePrint, says these measures will usher in a “revolution in Indian Military Affairs (RIIMA)”.As per the document, there are way too many personnel at the Army headquarters who are redundant; those not required will now be sent to operational areas. Continue reading


Group captain (Retd) Rakesh Sharma, who was the first Indian to travel to space, has welcomed PM Modi’s announcement of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022 on board ‘Gaganyaan’. In an interview with TOI, Sharma rued India not having a ‘manned mission’ till now and said this denied him the opportunity of being a career astronaut. Rakesh Sharma, who ventured into space on a Russian Mission (Soyuz T-11) in 1984, spoke about why he thinks the programme has come late, the kind of rigour required for an astronaut, and whether or not countries need a human space programme. Excerpts: Continue reading