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The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India’s next indigenous fighter, is expected to make its first flight by 2032. Development work on the jet is under way. “The AMCA will feature geometric stealth and will initially fly with two GE-414 engines. Once we develop our own engine, it can be replaced with that. We expect the first flight in 2032,” a defence source said.

“There are two major ways of making a military platform stealthier. One is geometric stealth and other is material stealth. In geometric stealth, the shape of the aircraft is designed at such angles so as to deflect away maximum radar waves thereby minimising its radar cross section. Continue reading


The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) laboratory has developed drogue illumination system for light combat aircraft Tejas, making India third in the world after the US and France to have this technology. This will enable airto-air refuelling, which is not possible during night/cloudy skies for fighter aircraft. The system is expected to be ready by year-end. Also, the indigenous lighting system will be one fifth of the cost available with offshore vendors and have greater illumination even than Rafael.

The Rs 2.51 crore project is funded by Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore. The illumination system is fitted outside the cockpit. Presently, the illumination system is undergoing rigorous certification tests by the ‘Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness’, an agency under the IAF. Continue reading


India’s future astronauts training facility, plans for which have been on the drawing board since 2008-09 awaiting official clearance of the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP), will finally be realised on a land located about eight to ten kilometres from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on the outskirts of Bengaluru city, as per current plans.

The facility, likely to be named Astronaut Training and Biomedical Engineering Centre, will be developed on the land owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) around its guest house in Devanahalli (Bengaluru Rural) and is expected to resemble the one in Russia where cosmonauts or astronauts from around the world undergo training. The centre is likely to be spread across 40-50 acres. Continue reading


Peter Varghese, who retired as the Secretary in Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in July 2016 and is currently Chancellor of the University of Queensland, was asked by the Australian government to prepare a report on Indo-Australian relationship.

His 535-page report, released by the Australian government, talks about the strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries, and highlights various areas for cooperation. The former diplomat spoke to DNA about the road map for better ties between the two countries. Continue reading

SOURCE:  The Statesman

The newly installed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan skipping any reference to Kashmir in his maiden address to the nation after taking over reins of the country has upset the hardliners in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Pakistan.

Imran Khan after being sworn in as Prime Minister on Saturday in his address to the nation did not touch the Kashmir issue and confined himself to the internal situation and worsening economic scenario of Pakistan. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his newly-elected Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, conveying that India was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with the border nation. In his letter, Modi noted that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan for the benefit of the people of the region.

Recalling his telephonic conversation with Khan, Modi spoke of their shared vision to bring peace, security and prosperity in the Indian subcontinent, in order to make it free of terror and violence and to focus on development. Continue reading


Pakistan’s newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday claimed that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan indicating beginning of a dialogue between the two nations. However, denying Qureshi’s claim, sources in India emphasised that there was no fresh proposal for resumption of dialogue between the two countries .

“Prime Minister wrote to the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on 18 August congratulating him on his assumption of charge. He expressed the belief that the smooth transition of Government in Pakistan would strengthen and cement people’s belief in democracy. Continue reading


Defence Cooperation is a key pillar of the relationship between India and Japan, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera here on Monday.

The Prime Minister also called for strengthening various defence dialogue mechanisms between India and Japan and enhancing linkages between the armed forces of the two countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Making its mark as a military superpower in the Southeast Asia region, India has finally operationalised its first home-grown nuclear capable Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM), after nearly two decades of its development. This makes India the sixth in the world to have a credible triad of nuclear-enabled missiles that can be fired from land, air and undersea.

Kept under wraps for years and inducted in the Navy a couple of months ago, the SLBM, code-named ‘B-05’, was secretly test-fired back-to-back from indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant off the Vizag coast on August 11 and 12. Continue reading


India has successfully test-fired indigenously designed and developed long-range precision-guided anti-airfield bomb that was dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

The Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) system was successfully tested at the Chandan firing range in Rajasthan. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted from August 16 to 18, a defence spokesperson said. Continue reading


Indigenously developed helicopter launched anti-tank guided missile HELINA has been successfully flight tested from Army helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran, today. The weapon system has been tested for its full range.

The HELINA weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform has tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision. All the parameters have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.

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SOURCE: Sputnik

Moscow and New Delhi are going ahead with discussions on the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project despite media reports on India’s withdrawal, Yury Slyusar, the president of the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), said on Sunday.

“We have not closed the topic, we continue to discuss with India the joint development of the fifth generation [aircraft]. The topic is not closed. It was reported quite intensely that the Indians are exiting this project – they are not withdrawing from it, they just ask a really large number of questions, to which, in our opinion, we give exhaustive answers. Continue reading


A top commander of the Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Jammu and Kashmir, has asked Muslims in India to “wage a war” against Hindutva forces and made several references to instances of mob lynching over cow slaughter.

In a 15-minute audio clip released by Zakir Musa, the commander, he said, “The Muslim brothers of Kashmir and India, you should prepare for war. Start your preparations, and for believers, Allah has promised success. Jihad is our way, and paradise lies in the shade of swords.” Continue reading


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The over 1.2 million strong Indian Army plans to launch a massive transformation exercise by early-2019 to emerge as a lean, mean, rapidly-deployable and operationally versatile force in the years ahead, grappling as it is with ballooning revenue expenditure and a huge pension bill that leaves little for modernisation.

Top sources said the results of four ongoing studies, all headed by senior lieutenant generals, on force reorganisation and optimisation, flattening headquarters at different levels, cadre review and terms of engagement for officers and jawans will be discussed at the Army commanders’ conference in October. Continue reading

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