State trials of Russia’s amphibious self-propelled tank destroyer, Sprut-SDM1, are to begin in October, a defense industry source has told TASS.

“State trials of Sprut-SDM1 are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018,” the source said.Russia’s state corporation Rostec did not comment on the timeframe, saying only that “trial models of Sprut-SDM1 are ready for testing, the customer is still interested in the project.” Continue reading


Iranian top military commander said on Tuesday that Iran and Pakistan are seeking to jointly manufacture defence equipment, Press TV reported.Major General Mohammad Baqeri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, made the remarks following a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Iran and Pakistan are working to jointly make defence products and present them as a joint achievement of the Muslim nations, Baqeri was quoted as saying. Continue reading


Radio-photonic radars for unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft will be created in Russia in several years to get an accurate target image, the press office of RTI Group told TASS on Monday.

As was reported earlier, radio-photonic radars are expected to be mounted on Russian sixth-generation fighter jets. This station sees considerably further than a conventional radar and will be capable of building actually a photographic image of the target that will be identified automatically. Continue reading


The US has raised concerns over Pakistan’s mainstreaming terror, in a big development just before the July 25 national elections. In an exclusive comment to WION, the US State Department has said, “We have repeatedly expressed our concerns to the Pakistani government about LeT… the participation of LeT-affiliated individuals in the elections.”

LeT founder and Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed had initially tried to contest the elections via Milli Muslim League (MML) but the party wasn’t granted registration by Pakistan’s election commission. Continue reading


Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, who was killed in the Mastung bomb blast last Friday, was hailed by Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa as a “soldier of Pakistan” whose sacrifice the country would never forget. Major Gen Asif Ghafoor, head of Inter Services Public Relations, quoted Bajwa describing Raisani as a “die hard brave patriot Pakistani who shall be remembered for his commitment and contributions”.

It is not a label that the Pakistan Army has given to any other Baloch, not even to Mir Jam Mohammed Yousaf, who was Pervez Musharraf’s hand-picked chief minister for Balochistan and belonged to a family of staunch Pakistan loyalists, and certainly not to the other Pakistani patriot, Nawab Akbar Ali Khan Bugti, who was taken out by the Army on Musharraf’s orders in 2006. Continue reading


IT was the spectacle of the show: a series of missiles and torpedoes slammed into what was once a major ship of war — an assault ship designed to deploy tanks and troops on the front line.

Missile thrusters roared. Contrails streaked through the skies above. They had been launched from Japanese and US trucks parked on Hawaii testing grounds.Their target, the ex USS Racine, lay in the water some 100km to the north. Continue reading


Nuclear terrorism is a potential threat to the world security. Nuclear security expert Mathew Bunn argues that, “An act of nuclear terrorism would likely put an end to the growth and spread of nuclear energy.”After 9/11, the world came to know that al-Qaeda wanted to acquire nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has observed thousands of incidents of lost, left and unauthorised control of nuclear materials and such materials can go into the wrong hands.

After 9/11, terrorism generated negative perceptions about the nuclear security of Pakistan. The western community often pressurises Pakistan that its nuclear weapons can go into the wrong hands. Continue reading


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Israel had inflicted its “hardest blow” on Hamas since a 2014 war with a wave of air strikes in the Gaza Strip and threatened to intensify them if necessary.

“In consultation with the minister of defence, the (military) chief of staff and the top security command of the state of Israel, we have decided on strong action against Hamas terrorism,” Netanyahu said in a video statement. Continue reading


Beijing needs a new fighter jet for at least four aircraft carrier groups that it plans to create to define the country’s place among the world’s great naval powers. China is developing a new carrier-borne fighter jet to replace its workhorse J-15 aircraft, the Hong-Kong-based South China Morning Post reported, citing China’s Deputy Air Force Commander, Lt.-Gen. Zhang Hongthe.

According to the newspaper, this task has become more pressing following a series of mechanical failures and crashes allegedly dogging the J-15s. Continue reading

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states that the Navy has been informed to alert on a possible submarine attack threat. He stated this at an event held in Colombo.

Addressing the event, Prime Minister said: “Now we have a new concept, the ‘Indo-Pacific’, put forward by the USA. China views the Indo-Pacific as a mechanism for containing China in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and thereby increasing its strategic vulnerability. Now we have also seems to have got caught on it.” Continue reading


Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static weaponry, are at their best only when their key attributes are in sync.

Their entire story, which dates from much before they first trundled on to the battlefield in World War I — as this book shows — hinges on the development and interplay of these attributes: Mobility, protection, firepower and communication. Continue reading


The United States on Saturday slammed Pakistan for sheltering terror networks. Speaking to news agency ANI, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that the US will have to make sure that they never send Pakistan another weapon for them to use against their own people.

“Have to make sure that we (US) will never send Pakistan another weapon that they can use against their own people, that’s the first start,” he said, adding that the government, especially ISI, are allies of the oppressors. “The Govt in Islamabad especially ISI are not allies of free people but instead are oppressors,” he said. Continue reading


Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed a deal for 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 ATAK helicopter gunships, according to a statement by Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries.The T129 is a development of the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta. Among other features, it includes Turkish sensors and weaponry and powerful engines to boost hot and high capabilities, something essential for Turkey’s operational environment, but which also clinched selection of the type for Pakistan.

Though potent, the AH?1F Cobra gunships presently in Pakistani service (that were acquired in the 1980s), are not only worn in the tooth but lack the capability to perform adequately over the higher altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range separating Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The Pakistan’s military quiet support for the leading opposition party ahead of the general election this month is raising concerns that nascent progress on improving relations with India will stall.The outcome also holds consequences for the country’s worsening fiscal situation. Should the July 25 poll produce a political vacuum, Pakistan may become even more reliant on Chinese financing.

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, is gaining ground ahead of voting for the National Assembly. Poling by local researchers in early July showed the PTI with 30% support and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with 27%. A recent Gallup poll showed PML-N with 26% support to the PTI’s 25%. Continue reading


A suicide bomber killed over 130 people and injured more than 180 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 general election.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.It came as Pakistan’s caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings with Sharif, who was ousted by the Supreme Court last year and convicted in absentia of corruption a week ago, flying back to rally his party ahead of the general elections. Continue reading