Fewer than a dozen Avenger drones have been purchased since the product first flew in 2009, but General Atomics believes it may be able to sell about 90 aircraft in the next few years to a single international buyer, its president said Wednesday.
General Atomics has struggled to find a major customer for the Avenger, also called the Predator C, since the collapse of the U.S. Air Force’s MQ-X program and the U.S. Navy’s UCLASS program, both of which sought out UAVs that could survive contested environments.
The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with countries like India, South Korea and Australia in view of North Korea’s dangerous provocative behaviour, leaders of the countries have said.
The threat posed by North Korea was discussed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Defence Secretary James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera.The four officials have strongly encouraged China to take decisive measures to urge North Korea to change its course of action. Continue reading
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the upcoming Russia-India military drills do not target China and expressed confidence that China and India can resolve their border tensions.
“Russia does not carry out military exercises or other cooperative events that may lead to worsening relations of a country we maintain multilateral ties with,” said the ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Continue reading
In a significant act of support for India in its protracted military standoff with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, Japan has said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force.
The Japanese statement comes as an endorsement of the Indian position that China has violated agreements with India and Bhutan in attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan, a development that would be a serious disadvantage to India’s military defences. Continue reading
SOURCE: LIVE MINT
India and the US are reworking a key dialogue framework in place since 2015 in a bid to shift bilateral ties to a higher strategic plane.
The India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, once described by the US State Department as the “signature mechanism for advancing the United States’ and India’s shared priorities,” is to be replaced by a dialogue in which the foreign and defence ministers will participate. Continue reading
IF India is one of the top players in the world in space, nuclear power and missiles despite embargoes and technology-denial regimes heaped on it, a large share of the credit should go to the founding fathers of these programmes, Vikram Sarabhai, Homi J. Bhabha and Air Vice Marshal V.S. Narayanan respectively. Those who came after them built on this foundation to make the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) institutions that earned the respect of the world.
Success upon success has visited ISRO in the past several years. It successfully put into orbit its spacecraft around Mars in its first attempt on September 24, 2014. The spacecraft completed 1,000 earth days in its orbit on June 19, 2017, well beyond its designated mission life of six months. Its mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, was the first to discover the presence of water molecules on the lunar surface soil and rocks. Continue reading
As Indian and Chinese troops face off at Doklam on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, their countries are locked in another, lesser known but longer running, argument — this too involves Tibet, but is playing out in a theatre far away.
In April this year, The Indian Express reported that India had sent Sowa-Rigpa, the Tibetan system of medicine, as its official entry for UNESCO’s prestigious Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The problem was Beijing, too, had sent a similar entry, claiming Sowa-Rigpa as its own. Continue reading
The powerful Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) comprising chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force on Thursday reviewed the security preparedness of the three services including along the Sino-India border, official sources said.
The standoff between armies of India and China in Dokalam and attempts by Chinese troops on Tuesday to enter the Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh were also discussed at the meeting, they said. Continue reading
Army chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh beginning Sunday during which he will take stock of the security preparedness along the border with China besides discussing key operational matters with top commanders, official sources said on Thursday.
The army chief’s visit to Ladakh comes days after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong Lake in Ladakh. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The Indian Army is set to use double-humped camels in the harsh terrain surrounding the the Line of Actual Control.The LAC between India and China is spread over hundreds of kilometers, which needs lots of courage to survive in the extreme and volatile atmospheric conditions with very less oxygen in these places.
Animals, however, had always been friends to the jawans and the common people in such situations. On LAC with China in Ladakh, animals like ponies, camel, yak and donkey are generally used as such harsh, hostile and rugged terrains make mechanical transportation difficult. Continue reading
India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecoms equipment for malware – moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China’s advance into sensitive sectors.
Chinese firms such as Harbin Electric (1133.HK), Dongfang Electronics (000682.SZ), Shanghai Electric (601727.SS) and Sifang Automation either supply equipment or manage power distribution networks in 18 cities in India. Local firms have long lobbied against Chinese involvement in the power sector, raising security concerns and saying they get no reciprocal access to Chinese markets. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Thursday invited UN secretary general Antonio Guterres’ attention towards India’s alleged designs to bring demographic changes in Kashmir.
In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, Khawaja Asif “condemned the Indian barbaric policies against defenseless Kashmiris”. He deplored the “recent killings in Kashmir, as well as harassment of Hurriyat leadership on false and fabricated grounds”. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The National Investigation Agency today arrested Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with the funding of terrorists and separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
The arrest comes after the agency conducted extensive raids across 12 locations in Srinagar and parts of North Kashmir in connection with the case. Multiple locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla belonging to the relatives and employees of Watali were raided. Continue reading
India should abide by its international legal obligations and should not forcibly return ethnic Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, where they face persecution, without fairly evaluating their claims as refugees, a global human rights group has said.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) cited Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju’s statement to Parliament that “the government has issued detailed instructions for deportation of illegal foreign nationals including Rohingyas”, noting that there were around 40,000 Rohingyas living illegally in India. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
President Ram Nath Kovind will make a day-long trip to Leh next Monday to honour the 14 Corps of the Army headquartered in Ladakh, amid the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam and just days after they clashed in the Ladakh region.
Mr. Kovind will present the Presidential Colours, a rare military honour, to the infantry unit of the 14 Corps in recognition of its exceptional service. But the importance of the Supreme Commander addressing the troops in the border region will not be lost. However, sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the visit was a pre-scheduled one. Continue reading