Not for the first time, an anonymous letter to the ministry of defence (MoD) threatens to delay, if not derail, a vital defence programme: in this case, the Rs 20,000 crore project to develop and build 83 Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft, which the MoD sanctioned in November.
On Tuesday, MoD officials, led by Additional Secretary Surina Rajan, met to discuss an unsigned petition the MoD had received against the decision to import a radar for the Tejas Mark 1A fighter. This alleged that national resources were being frittered away in importing an airborne active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, even though the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) had developed indigenous AESA radar. Continue reading
Annoyed by an article carried by the Washington Examiner suggesting U.S. to provide support for India’s efforts to deter and counter China, Chinese state media has said that Washington won’t get any benefits from the escalation of the Sino-Indian confrontation.
An opinion piece titled “Instigating Sino-Indian confrontation won’t benefit US” by Su Tan published in the Global Times, said, “The Americans may think they can copy their South China Sea trick. But what did the US get from the maritime disputes? Likewise, Washington won’t get any benefits from the escalation of the Sino-Indian confrontation. China won’t give up safeguarding its territory because of US interference.” Continue reading
MiG-35 is Russia’s most advanced 4++ generation fighter jet – and it wants to sell it to India! Not only that, Russia has even claimed that India has expressed interest in the MiG-35. MiG Aircraft Corporation’s chief executive Ilya Tarasenko has said that the company is “actively promoting” the new aircraft in India. When asked if India has shown any interest in the new fighter jet, PTI quoted Tarasenko as saying, “Of course they have.”
But, will the Indian Air Force (IAF) go for it? And, more importantly, would it make sense for the IAF to acquire the MiG-35? But, first things first – let’s highlight a few facts about the MiG-35. The MiG-35 is said to be Russia’s most advanced 4++ generation multipurpose fighter jet. It has been developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft, say reports. Continue reading
A former Republican senator has suggested that the US strengthen the Indian Navy by outfitting it with nuclear weapons to send a “devastating” message to China and force it to back down from its “antagonistic stance” in the Asia-Pacific region.
Larry Pressler , who represented South Dakota in the Senate from 1979-96, recommended building the Indian Navy’s nuclear capability in his new book: ‘Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent’. Continue reading
On 18 July, the South China Morning Post reported that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had moved “tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and equipment into Tibet”, quoting the PLA mouthpiece. Many such moves in the past one week, seen in the light of aggressive statements made by China’s foreign ministry and the blatant warmongering rhetoric from the country’s state-owned media, has triggered a debate in India. Although reports suggest that the PLA has not mobilised troops towards the border with India and that the recent live-fire exercise in Tibet was a routine affair – putting off the chances of a full-blown military conflict, prospects of a peaceful walk-back from the brink appear to be shrinking with every passing day.
Though the Doklam crisis will most likely not lead to war, a localised conflict is indeed possible if the PLA decides to up the ante – something China recently indicated as possible. Continue reading
NIA, while analysing social media activity of “habitual” Kashmiri stone-pelters as part of its J&K terror funding probe, found at least 28 WhatsApp groups whose creators, administrators and some members are based in Pakistan and include identified cadres of terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah.
Sources in NIA on Tuesday told TOI that the WhatsApp groups together have 5,000 members, of which majority are local Kashmiris but a significant number are linked to Pakistani mobile numbers. Continue reading
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the top most Separatist of Jammu and Kashmir and his family have amassed wealth worth crores of rupees and also own benami properties.
According to sources, the governemnt agencies have full details of the wealth amassed by the 13 top Kashmiri separatists. The huge wealth of these torchbearers of Azadi in Kahsmir poses an important question: what is the source of their income when they do separatism, which they term as movement for ‘Azadi’, as a full time job? Continue reading
Demanding the strongest possible action on the Separatists arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the terror funding case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday asserted that the Separatists don’t abide by the Indian constitution.
Talking about the arrest of Separatist leader Shabir Shah, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the former should have been apprehended much earlier. Continue reading
In a bid to utilise the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full, India is planning speedy construction of eight hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir. They will have a total installed capacity of 6,352 MW at a projected cost of Rs 56,700 crore (about $9 billion).
These projects are Sawalkote (1,856 MW), Kirthai I (390 MW), Kirthai II (930 MW), Pakal Dul (1,000 MW), Kwar (540 MW), Kiru (624 MW), Bursar (800 MW) in the Chenab basinand the multi-purpose Ujh project (212 MW) in the Ravi basin. Continue reading
Eighteen years ago, the over 60-day Kargil war came to an end this day as India took command of the outposts taken over by Pakistani intruders. On the 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after Operation Vijay, Prime Minister Narendra Modiand Defence Minister Arun Jaitley remembered the martyrs of the Kargil War.
“Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation and the security of our citizens during the Kargil War,” said Narendra Modi on Twitter. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
The number of stone-pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir has come down this year, CRPF Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar said on Wednesday.
“So far in 2017, only 424 stone-pelting incidents have been reported in comparison with 1,590 incidents last year,” Bhatnagar said in New Delhi. He was speaking during the celebration of the 78th anniversary of the CRPF. Continue reading
While speaking at the eighteenth anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Divas organised by the Indian Army at Lamuchan Dras on Wednesday, Lt. Gen. D. Anbu, General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in C) Northern Army Command of the Indian Army, assured the people that there won’t be a recurrence of a Kargil-like situation.
Lt. Gen. Anbu recalled the war of 1999 as a very proud moment for the Indian Army. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre while replying to a question put forward by a Parliamentarian in Rajya Sabha said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA-Tejas will likely happen by June 2018.
Firing of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile with radar guidance already has been achieved but it will require further testing to meet FOC Standards, while Close Combat Missile (Python-5 ) testing is pending due to delays in carrying out modification required by OEM (Israel) for integration into LCA-Tejas for trials as per Industrial sources close to idrw.org . Continue reading
On the occasion of the 18th ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ celebrations, NewsX in an exclusive conversation with Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief BS Dhanoa discussed the role of Indian Air Force during the Kargil War and how the Air Force helped in destroying the enemy and other issues.