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President Trump wants to bring manufacturing back to American shores.But that doesn’t include the components of one of America’s prime fighter jets. The F-16 Block 70 , the most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon, will have its wings produced in India. Lockheed Martin has partnered with India’s Tata Advanced Systems to produce in Hyderabad.

Technically speaking, this will not cost any American jobs, because F-16 wings are currently made in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries. On the other hand, it’s hardly a victory for Trump’s call for U.S. manufactured to bring their outsourced production back home.”This strategic initiative positions Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to become the provider of wings for all future customers,” said a Lockheed Martin statement. “This is a strategic business decision that reflects the value of our partnerships with India and the confidence we have in Tata.” Continue reading


Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has said that India’s sea based nuclear weaponry initiative has compelled Islamabad to take measures for deterrence in order to keep strategic stability paradigm stabilised.

“Our Eastern neighbour has introduced sea-based nuclear weapons which was a major deviation, and a major nuclear change, between our two countries. So we think once you disturbed this strategic stability paradigm then there is an increased risk of war or conflict,” he said, adding that in order to address the threat Pakistan opted for the minimum deterrence required to plug this gap. Continue reading


Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India next month, Moscow has sought assurances from New Delhi that its US-procured equipment would not be used in a way that could compromise the capabilities of Russia-made weapon arsenal already with the Indian military.

Nearly 65 per cent of Indian military arsenal is Russian-made or has originated in the erstwhile Soviet Union.The Russian concern comes in the wake of India signing the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) during the 2+2 meeting of the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US in New Delhi on 6 September. Continue reading


Britain’s counter-terrorism officers on Tuesday conducted a series of raids on homes in central England in connection with what it described as allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences.The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) led investigation covered addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham, where searches remain ongoing and no arrests have been made so far.

“Detectives are searching a number of properties as part of a West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) investigation. The residential addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham are being searched today (Tuesday) by WMCTU with the support of East Midlands Special Operations Unit – Special Branch (EMSOU-SB),” a West Midlands Police statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Almost 15 years after Sergeant Uday Singh Taunque, a boy of Indian-Origin, died fighting for the US Army in Iraq, his father Col Preet Mohinder Singh (retd) has been invited to witness the culmination of a joint Indo-US military exercise, ‘Yudh Abhayas’, in Chaubatia, Uttarakhand.

Col Singh lives in Chandigarh and the US Army requested its Indian counterparts to invite him for the closing ceremony of the exercise (September 16 to September 29), sources said. Continue reading


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government was not considering any proposal to downsize the Indian Army.She, however, said a government-appointed committee had recommended steps to make the Army a lean and powerful machine and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been holding deliberations with his top commanders on it.

“There is no such proposal before me to cut troop-level in the Army,” she said in reply to a question during an interactive session at the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).Gen. Bipin Rawat last week held detailed deliberations with top commanders of the force on ways to make the Army “leaner and meaner” which included carrying out an extensive organisational restructuring and downsizing of the force. Continue reading

SOURCE:Times Now Digital

In a dastardly act of cross-border terrorism by the Pakistan Army, the mutilated body of a missing Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was found along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu on Tuesday, news reporting agency PTI said. The slain jawan, who had gone missing a few days ago, was brutally murdered by the Pakistan Border Action Team.

According to a Times Now report, the BSF jawan was ambushed, his weapon was confiscated and his throat was slit. The body was also found with multiple knife wounds, escalating the brutality of the murder. A barbaric attempt to behead the jawan was also made after he was shot by a sniper, according to reports. Continue reading


Afghanistan is seeking India’s support for its peace process, as well as for military hardware like helicopters, says Ambassador to India Dr. Shaida Abdaliahead of President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Delhi and talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

President Ghani arrives in Delhi for just a day, what are the outcomes expected from the visit?

Afghanistan and India are strategic partners and according to the SPA, there is a particular clause on regular strategic consultations between the two countries. Afghanistan is currently facing a very critical time in all respects, and we certainly need to sit down with all our friends and strategic partners like India to discuss how to deal with terrorism and security issues that ultimately affect all of us. This is a day-long visit, but we expect it to be productive. Continue reading


Engineers should make it a habit to experiment and innovate to enhance vigilance and defence system in the country, said VK Aatre, an eminent scientist and former head of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Tuesday.
Replying to the felicitation after being conferred with lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the field of science at Suresh Bhat Hall at a function organized by The Engineers’ Forum, Aatre said, “War is inevitable and therefore it is important to upgrade technology to prevent heavy destruction it causes in the end”.

Having played a vital role in the development of a wide spectrum of electronic technology and deeply involved in human resource development at DRDO, Aatre spearheaded the development of underwater technology for Navy through design and production of state-of-the-art transducer and sonar suits. Continue reading


The much-awaited Asia Cup clash between India and Pakistan just got more intense after more than six intelligence agencies across the globe decided to pay close attention to keep an eye on global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his associate, who will reportedly attend the match.

Sources in intelligence agency inform that the global network of intelligence agencies have received an important input about India-Pakistan Match at Asia Cup to be played on Wednesday.Agencies have an input that two most wanted gangsters, close to global terrorist designated Dawood Ibrahim and his D company, are likely to attend this high voltage match. Some of his family members and relatives from Mumbai and Karachi have already landed in Dubai to watch this match. Continue reading


Two days after the Left Unity panel swept the JNU students’ union elections, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday alleged that there were forces within campus “waging a war against India”, and they were “also seen with elected representatives of the institution’s students’ union”.

Sitharaman, an alumnus of the university, said during an interaction with journalists at he Indian Women’s Press Corps that she felt “sad at many things happening” in the university in the last few years. “The kind of things happening in last few years have not been encouraging at all. It is very different to have a party, whose ideology I may not agree (with), but the way in which they have probably got led by forces which are anti-India — when I say anti-India, definitely it is a stated position they are waging a war against India in their pamphlets and their brochures…,” she said. Continue reading


Seeking to step up its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal, the Congress will raise the issue with the CAG Wednesday and demand a thorough probe into the matter, party sources said.

They said top Congress leaders will meet the Comptroller and Auditor General Wednesday morning on the issue.The Congress has alleged corruption in the deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation.It has alleged that the Modi government has caused a loss of over Rs 41,000 crore to the exchequer by paying a higher price for the aircraft than what was negotiated by the UPA. Continue reading


It was a verdict he had been longing for with anguish after nearly two and half decades of wait in the ISRO espionage case.

But it was not to be.Former space scientist K Chandrasekhar slipped into coma hours before the Supreme Court delivered its judgement on Friday, dismissing the espionage case as a frame up.In its verdict, the apex court held that former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty” in a 1994 espionage case. Continue reading


The Army has shifted Major Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the ‘human shield’ controversy, out of his unit and attached to local formation headquarters after being indicted by an Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar, officials said Tuesday.

Last month, the CoI instituted by the army indicted Gogoi, an officer with 53 Rashtriya Rifles — a specialiSed anti-militancy force for Jammu and Kashmir, on two counts — “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”. It recommended Summary of Evidence against him, a step before court martial proceedings are initiated. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

A jawan of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was shot dead outside his home by Maoists in Jamui district of Bihar as the rebels believed he was a police informer.Sikandar Yadav, 30, who was working with SSB’s 48th battalion in Jaynagar in Madhubani district, was dragged out of his house and shot dead with AK-47 guns, said DSP Ram Pukar Singh on Tuesday.

The cold-blooded murder was perpetrated by a group of about 20 Maoists, some of them women, at Pondeythika village under Barhat police station on Monday night. The Maoists, dressed in police uniforms, knocked on Yadav’s door. When he came out, the rebels tied up his hands and feet, dragged him outside the house and shot him dead, said police sources. Continue reading

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