SOURCE: DAVID R. LEFFLER / UNITED STATES AIR FORCE VETERAN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
On the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan’s successful nuclear tests, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif is quoted as saying: “May 28 would always be remembered as a day when Pakistan’s defence was made invincible” (“Nawaz eulogised for ‘making Pakistan nuclear power’”, Dawn, May 29, 2020).
Invincibility is a laudable goal – but have nuclear weapons really made Pakistan invincible during these high stress times when terrorists can strike at any moment. Despite advanced technology and valiant efforts, the Pakistan military still struggles to eliminate violent extremism. Ultimately the only way to become truly invincible is to not have any enemies. If there are no internal or external threats, there are no enemies. No enemies, no conflict. But how could such an ideal goal be achieved when tensions are so high? A proven scientifically validated approach is needed to reduce tensions resulting in violent extremism. Continue reading
Amid the India-Chinese stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing an emergency landing strip in south Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The officials, however, said the landing strip has nothing to do with the confrontation with China and termed it as an old project which was approved sometime ago.
The work has started adjacent to the newly constructed national highway between Srinagar and Jammu near south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area. An NHAI officer said the project involves construction of a 3.5-kilometre emergency landing strip. “It was already in the plan when the construction of the new national highway began in Kashmir. The work couldn’t be taken up earlier due to the Covid-19 lockdown.” Continue reading
Welcoming Narendra Modi government’s decision to hike Foreign Direct Investment limit to 74 per cent in the defence sector, French firm Naval Group has said this will support Indian military industry to increase its capabilities and also invite global manufacturers to invest and create manufacturing bases in India.
“We welcome the forward-thinking announcement to increase the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in defence to 74 per cent under automatic route. This will support the Indian defence industry, as part of economic sustenance post-COVID-19, to increase its capabilities. This also may attract foreign OEMs to gradually invest in the sector and create technical and manufacturing bases in India,” Naval Group’s Senior Executive Vice President Alain Guillou told ANI in email communication. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India is prepared to expand the Malabar trilateral naval exercise involving India, the U.S. and Japan, to also include Australia, defence officials told The Hindu. While a decision on whether to extend the invitation is expected “soon”, the officials said, it was unlikely to be announced during Thursday’s “virtual summit” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
Cooperation in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ and the strengthening of defence ties would be at the top of the agenda for the talks, and India and Australia are expected to conclude the long pending Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) as part of measures to elevate the strategic partnership. Continue reading
India said on Wednesday it has conveyed its concerns to Pakistan over the reported vandalism, defacement and destruction of Buddhist heritage in Gilgit-Baltistan, which New Delhi claims as part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Several images shared on social media in the past few days had purported to show the defacement and vandalism of several ancient Buddhist paintings and rock carvings.
Responding to media queries on the matter, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We have conveyed our strong concern at reports of vandalism, defacement and destruction of invaluable Indian Buddhist heritage located in so called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ area of the Indian territory under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan.” Continue reading
SOURCE: DECCAN CHRONICLE
There appears to be some breakthrough in the stand-off between India and China at Ladakh before the crucial high level military talks on Saturday, with reports suggesting that both armies have retreated from one of the flash point in the Galwan Valley. According to TV reports, in one of the flash points in Galwan Valley the Chinese army has retreated by 2 kilometers and Indian army by one kilometer. At Galwan valley there are three flash points between Indian and Chinese armies.
The high level military talks between Indian and Chinese officers expected on Saturday will mainly discuss stand-off between the two armies at Pangong Tso lake. According to sources, the stand-off at the Galwan Valley may not be on the agenda as India believes that in this area Chinese have come at a place which was never disputed. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is indigenising Russian night vision goggles that are used by pilots flying the Mi-17 medium lift helicopter. IAF’s No. 3 Base Repair Depot here, that is responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of Russian-origin helicopters, has been tasked to execute the project.
“The design and development of the NL-93 night vision goggle (NVG) variant will be done in collaboration with the Indian industry, for which the public and the private sector is being approached,” an officer said. “NVG is categorised as a critical equipment and it has to be compatible with the Mi-17’s cockpit and operating parameters,” he added. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
As senior military commanders of India and China are scheduled to meet on June 6, India is readying agenda points aimed at seeking restoration of status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. These points will be finalised in consultation with Director General Military Operations, the Northern Command and the Leh-based 14 Corps.
Sources said the Army would ask the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China to withdraw from “Finger 4” area in the north of Pangong Tso and Gogra on the edge of a flat plateau called Hot Springs.Both sides have varying perception of the LAC in these areas. At one of the spots, the difference is around 10 km. Continue reading
SOURCE: Kanwal Sibal / ET
China as the primary mover in creating army infrastructure on the border with India has lengthy loved a bonus. That is being progressively balanced with growth of border infrastructure by India, which suggests simpler and extra border patrolling by Indian forces, and thus elevated room for frictions on the Line of Precise Management (LAC). Bettering the infrastructure by itself aspect just isn’t altering the established order by India as China self-servingly claims.
The 2005 Settlement on the Parameters and Guiding Rules for the settlement of the India-China border speaks of “the precept of mutual and equal safety”. Equal safety implies that India has each proper to cut back the long-standing unequal safety scenario on its Himalayan border. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
China is preparing for a massive infiltration into Eastern Ladakh amid nearly a month-long standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at the Himalaya heights where both sides claim that it is their territory. Media reports emanating from China have indicated that the PLA troops have been holding night-time high-altitude exercises in Tibetan Plateau to “infiltrate behind the enemy lines”.
This is an unmistakable hint towards the Indian positions along the LAC in eastern Ladakh that lie adjacent to Tibetan plateau. It is for the first time that China has served such a warning of infiltration to India. The Global Times that reflects Chinese official viewpoint and policy wrote in Wednesday’s edition that these exercises were held recently and broadcast by CCTV on Monday. The report’s opening paragraph summed up the plans of the People’s Liberation Army. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WEEK
A day after the ministry of defence placed an order worth over Rs 1,000 crore for infantry vehicles, 82,000 employees of ordnance factories have decided to go on indefinite strike. Over 82,000 employees working in 41 ordnance factories have decided to go on indefinite strike against the government’s decision to implement corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). It is the first setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcements under the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” aimed to boost the economy in the post-COVID-19 era.
The decision for a strike came a day after the ministry of defence placed an order for 156 upgraded BMP infantry combat vehicles valued, at Rs. 1,094 crore, with the OFB. These infantry combat vehicles will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak, in Telangana with a contract completion target by 2023. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Arunachal Times
The people of Pipu and Gyawepurang circles of East Kameng district have opposed the proposed high altitude firing range at Lali Ane, ‘as sought by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for undertaking live bombing for 45 days from 8 June next, as part of its practice session.’ The denizens of the circles under the aegis of the Pipu Gyawepurang Social Organisation (PGSO) sought the intervention of the chief secretary (CS) to restrict the IAF from practicing firing and bombing and not to issue the NOC for establishment of the firing range.
The PGSO, in a representation to the chief secretary on Wednesday, while opposing ‘tooth and nail’ to the proposed establishment of the firing range, pointed out that Lali Modi, the main migration route of most Nyishi clans, is a historically very important place as “it is associated with the civilization of the community.” Continue reading
India and Russia, eyeing to further expand their strategic partnership, are firming up key engagements for the remaining part of the year including annual summit, as both seek to normalise their bilateral diplomatic calendar impacted by the outbreak of Covid. The series of possible engagements including India’s armed forces participation at the June 24 Victory Day parade was discussed when Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev met Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Tuesday.
Shringla also briefed Kudhashev on India’s relations with China, Afghanistan and US as desired by the Russian side in the backdrop of close strategic partnership between Delhi and Moscow. Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Air India One was recently clicked while carrying out ferry flight from one Boeing facility to another for the first time showcasing its new livery scheme which is for the first time is different from the Standard Air India Paint scheme. Two Boeing 777-300ER replaces the nearly 25-year-old Boeing 747 used by Air India to ferry President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to be inducted by July.
VT-ALW seen in the picture was manufactured in 2018 and was part of Air India’s 2006 order of 68 aircraft given to US-based aircraft maker Boeing. Both Boeing 777-300ER has been upgraded with defensive countermeasures against Surface to air missile, direct Satellite communications, and encrypted communication systems at an additional cost of Rs 810.23 crore. Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
A top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Abdul Rehman alias Fouji Bhia, was among three terrorists eliminated in encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday (June 3). Rehman, who was an Afghanistan war participant, was an IED expert and was also the mastermind of the recent failed car bomb attempt in Pulwama. Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, termed Rehman’s killing as a big success for the security forces in Kashmir.
Talking to media, IGP Kumar said, “The slain commander has been identified as Abdul Rehman alias Fouji Bhai or Fouji Baba, who had participated in Afghan war and was active since 2017 in Kashmir. He was the IED expert and was the mastermind of May 28 Car bomb plan which was averted on time by the police, army and CRPF,” IG said. He added that the slain terrorist belonged to Multan, Pakistan. Continue reading