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SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has identified defence manufacturing as India’s biggest job spinner, saying the government was committed to making arms and equipment at home.

Talking to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, the eve of the second anniversary of his government, Modi said India certainly wanted to go ahead with manufacturing “because we have a lot of defence imports”.India is the world’s largest importer of arms, accounting for 14% of global purchases. New Delhi desperately needs to modernise its aging Russian-era equipment as China and Pakistan upgrade their arsenal with latest technology and purchases. Continue reading

SOURCE : BLOOMBERG

Lockheed Martin Corp. is leaning toward the Tata Group as a potential partner to build its flagship F-16 as India looks to modernize an aging fleet of fighter jets.

“Naturally we would gravitate to Tata,” George Standridge, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development, said in an interview in New Delhi on Wednesday when asked about production of F-16s. “We know them well and we have worked with them well.” Continue reading

SOURCE :  DAWN

A key US Senator, Ed Markey, has warned that enabling India to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) would cause a “never-ending” nuclear race in South Asia.

The NSG is a multinational body, which seeks to reduce nuclear proliferation by monitoring the export, re-transfer and protection of sensitive materials.“What you are doing is creating an action-reaction that is leading to a never-ending escalation cycle that ultimately leads to development of nuclear weapons including battlefield nuclear weapons,” Senator Markey warned US Assistant Secretary for South Asia Nisha Biswal. Continue reading

SOURCE :  Express News Service

Will Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) outwit California-based Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) in the race for developing a reusable launch vehicle (RLV)? After stunning the world with its maiden successful flight test of RLV, a technology demonstrator in the hypersonic regime, ISRO on Wednesday claimed that it was not lagging behind in the race. On the contrary, the national space agency said its RLV technology is more superior in terms of recoverability factor.

Dr K Sivan, Mission Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), said SpaceX has demonstrated  a partially reusable launch vehicle, but ISRO is attempting to develop a fully reusable launch vehicle. Continue reading

SOURCE :ECONOMIC TIMES

Top executives from Tata, Larsen & Toubro and Bharat Forge are among those who will lead the panels being convened by the defence ministry for suggestions on its strategic partnership model – a move to allow private investments in mega defence manufacturing projects.

Days after the defence ministry sent a convening order to industry bodies likeFicci, CII and Assocham, they have appointed top executives to head the five subgroups for which recommendations have been sought. Two major defence sector companies —Mahindra and Reliance Defence —are not heading any of the panels while MKU, a company that specialises in ballistic protection devices, and Alpha Design, which recently tied up with Adani Group for a defence project, have been selected. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

Apprehensive about the Chinese aggressive military buildup, the topUS lawmakers cutting across party lines are pushing for building a strong defence relationship with India. The Senators during a Congressional hearing endorsed a move by the Obama Administration to help modernise Indian military including the ambitious defence technology and trade initiative.

“As the world’s two largest democracies, it is essentially that Washington and Delhi stand together to uphold democratic values, principles and norms in the Indo-Pacific, particularly as China seeks to gain greater influence in the region,” Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during the hearing. Continue reading

SOURCE : NATION PK

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in Tehran that New Delhi is ready to hand over more helicopters to the Afghan Air Force, said the president’s deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi.

“India’s Prime Minister has tasked his security delegation to talk with an Afghan delegation about this matter in order to finalize the details and number of helicopters which would be handed over to Afghanistan,” he said as he addressed a press conference in Kabul. Continue reading

SOURCE :Tasnim

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his forces are slated to hold a joint naval exercise with an Indian naval fleet in coming days.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Rear Admiral Sayyari pointed to an official visit to the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas by an Indian flotilla of warships, saying that Iranian and Indian naval forces will hold the one-day joint drill in waters to the east of the Strait of Hormuz. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

The Supreme Court today relaxed the bail conditions of Salvatore Girone, one of the two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012, and allowed him to go to his country till an International Arbitral Tribunal decides the jurisdictional issue between India and Italy.

The other marine Massimiliano Latorre is already in Italy on health grounds and his stay there was recently extended by the apex court till September 30 this year.    Continue reading

SOURCE : SPUTNIK

The US is playing on India’s worries of an emerging China, as it seeks to make New Delhi the outer layer of its anti-Beijing formation.The US is in a quandary with China. The nation owns $1.3 trillion worth of US treasury bonds. America’s consumerist economy will be on its knees if Beijing were to dump its debt in one fell swoop, but at the same time it is in the throes of a globe girdling competition for maintaining its global hegemony.

While the China maintains that it is not yet a superpower; Xi Jinping, the president and the all-powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman is allowing its forces – economic, military and political – to flex their muscle. Washington now wants India to check China’s plans in the Indian Ocean. Continue reading

SOURCE : DAILYO

In early May 2016, it was reported that a Dakota aircraft belonging to Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar was being restored in the UK. The MP wanted to make the aircraft airworthy and gift it to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its fleet of vintage aircraft.

The defence ministry has agreed to receive the gift, with the rider that the aircraft be formally handed over in India. The defence minister of the earlier government had turned down the proposal saying that there was no precedent of accepting a vintage aircraft for the IAF as a gift. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in an interview to DD News said that he along with Indian Air Force and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited arranged series of meetings in Bangalore and New Delhi to finally get IAF on board to accept the development of Upgraded Tejas MK-1A with key improvements over current Tejas MK-1.

Nearly 8 meetings were held in Bangalore and 5 in New Delhi chaired by Parrikar which finally lead to IAF accepting HAL’s offer of developing upgraded LCA Tejas fighter jet with many improvements with key new features like AESA Fire control Radar (FCR) ,In-flight refueling probe (IFR),Electronic warfare (EW) suite on a pod and weight reduction measures to improve flight operational performance . Continue reading

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Grappling with a drawdown of its fighter jet fleet, India has firmed up a plan to plug the capability gap over the next 10 to 15 years. A top defence ministry source said the Indian Air Force was working towards the target of inducting around 400 warplanes by 2030 to buttress its depleting force levels that set off alarm bells about the country’s ability to tackle a combined threat from China and Pakistan.

T he count of IAF’s fighter squadrons ha s shrunk to 33 (a round 640 fighters) compared to a desirable strength of 42. T he squadron strength is likely to come down to a mere 19 (around 380 warplanes) by 2027, as revealed in a Parliamentary panel report earlier this month. Continue reading

SOURCE:  EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

With the French Defence Minister having made his government’s best offer, price negotiations with France for 36 Rafale fighters are in their end stages. Earlier this month, the Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, flew in India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. This was meant to showcase the IAF’s faith in the fighter produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is yet to earn the Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

An order for 40 Tejas has been placed by the IAF and the first three fighters are planned to be inducted this year. But the signing of the Rafale deal and induction of Tejas fighters will not reverse the poor state of the IAF, which has been public knowledge for a few years now. To counter a “two-front collusive threat”, the IAF wants 45 fighter squadrons but has been sanctioned 42 by the government. In March, the Vice Chief of the IAF lamented that they had only 33 squadrons, which were inadequate to fulfill their designated role. The number of fighter squadrons will dwindle further as 3 squadrons of MiG-21M retire in 2018, along with the 2 squadrons of MiG-27 UPG. The 6 squadrons of MiG-21 Bison will be out of service by 2022.  Continue reading

SOURCE:  ANI

Senior U.S. Congress members, led by Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Strategic Forces, and Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade, have warned the Obama Administration that China is supplying super sensitive nuclear weapons systems to Pakistan which could pose a threat to the national security of the United States and other nations like India.

The U.S. Congressmen reportedly said that they are specifically alarmed over the supply of Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) systems, which would provide instant mobility to Pakistan’s medium range nuclear ballistic missiles like the Shaheen III. The Pakistan Army successfully conducted a training launch of the Ghauri medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) fired from the transporter erector launcher from Tilla Test Range in Jhelum District in 2015. Ever since it has been in the market for several TEL systems. Pakistan Army already uses Chinese origin 8×8 transporter erector launchers similar to the Russian MAZ-543/MAZ-7310.  Continue reading

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