Third successive test firing of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile was successfully carried out by Air Force and Defence Research and Development Organisation today. The missile hit the live aerial target near Odisha at a maximum range of approximately 90 km. already had reported in past that missile is all set to be inducted into IAF by end of this year and fresh bulk orders of 100+ will be placed soon. BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production. Continue reading


Pakistan on Tuesday called on the international community to take “serious cognisance” of India’s “aggressive posturing” about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from New Delhi have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region.

Pakistan’s statement came hours after India said PoK is a part of it and one day it expected to have “physical jurisdiction” over the region. India also asserted that there was no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir, as it was an internal issue on which its position has “prevailed and will prevail.” Continue reading


Just hours after the Indian Army shared footage of a failed infiltration attempt by the Pakistani Border Action Team in Haji Pir sector of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on the intervening night of September 12-13, the Army later in the day released another video that showed the Special Service Group (SSG), which forms the core of the BAT, seen along the Poonch river in PoK around August end.

“In August end, Pakistan’s SSG troops were seen along the Poonch river in front of the Krishna Sector close to the Indian post. Sensing detection by Indian troops, the Pakistani forces rushed back to their nearest post. At the site, an action camera was found, showing Pakistani SSG troops near the post,” Army sources said, according to a video put out by news agency ANI. Continue reading


Troops of the Indian Army have conducted a massive exercise involving all the arms and services in “super high altitude area” in Eastern Ladakh to finetune and improve its war-waging capability. The military exercise was also witnessed by Indian Army’s Northern Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh. Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi, General Officer Commanding, XIV Corps also known as Fire & Fury Corps, also briefed Lieutenant General Singh about the exercise with the latter expressing his satisfaction over the moral and preparation of the soldiers in dealing with any threat in the region.

As part of the exercise, the infantry, mechanised infantry, artillery, armoured regiments and paratroopers of the Indian Army gave a display of their capabilities. According to senior Army officers, several high technology platforms were integrated as part of the exercise to ensure more lethality to the troops. Continue reading


Pakistan has mobilised a number of BAT teams of soldiers and terrorists close to posts opposite to multiple locations along the Line of Control near Uri, Keran, Poonch, Mendhar and Naushera sector. In the same areas Pakistan SSG has also been deployed. A number of infiltrations have been attempted in the past months while 2-3 specific instances of BAT action were foiled by the Indian forces.

A video of an attempted infiltration by BAT teams was recorded on the intervening night of September 12-13 in Hajipur. In this video captured on a Hand Held Thermal Imager, Pakistani BAT teams can be seen trying to infiltrate while Indian forces hit back with grenades.

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Hope of Indian space scientists to re-establish contact with Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram, lying on the lunar surface, may be fast fading with the light on the moon. But Vikram may well be a ‘martyr’ for a scientific cause. The lander, in its ‘last moment’ of impacting the lunar surface on September 7 has helped expose subsurface material to the scrutiny of a powerful payload onboard Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which could reveal valuable data about presence of water or minerals under the surface near the lunar south pole.

A senior scientist from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told The New Indian Express that although Vikram could not play its intended role of achieving a soft-landing and enabling the robotic rover Pragyan to roll out, to conduct lunar surface exploration, its hard impact on the lunar surface has left a little crater, big enough for Chandrayaan-2’s powerful Imaging Infra Red Spectrometer (IIRS) to scrutinise the ‘dug out’ subsurface material. Water molecules are known to be below the layer of fine dust on the lunar surface, which are now exposed to the orbiter due to the lander’s impact. Continue reading


In the coming decade, the Indian armed forces are planning to acquire more than 500 aircraft and helicopters in different categories to sustain and bolster their capabilities. The aviation assets planned include combat aircraft, wide-bodied aircraft for transportation and surveillance, helicopters in light utility, attack, heavy-lift category and unmanned aerial vehicles, including combat aerial vehicles. The combat aircraft will replace the fleet of MiG 21 and MiG 27 that are being phased out and the current number is pegged at 114 in addition to 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

The Indian Air force (IAF) has sought 56 light transport aircraft, additional AWACS and in-flight refueling aircraft. In the reconnaissance role, there is a case for additional 10 P8I for the Navy. In helicopters, besides already contracted Apache AH64E attack helicopters and heavy-lift helicopters CH47, a large number of light utility helicopters are required to replace the ageing Chetak/Cheetah/Cheetal helicopters in all three wings of the armed forces. A rough estimate of the cost of these aviation assets along with requisite support systems is about $90 billion; this presents an ideal opportunity to kick-start the Indian military aviation industry. Continue reading


Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said elements across the border are consistently trying to foment trouble in the state but the security forces are efficient enough to tackle them. Singh made the statement in Kishtwar district of Jammu region, where terrorists struck four times over the past 10 months, killing four persons including two senior leaders of the RSS and BJP, besides snatching three service rifles from policemen.

“With continuous efforts and sacrifices of police and security forces, the graph of terror activities is decreasing with each passing day,” said Singh “The elements across the border are continuously trying to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, yet our forces are efficient enough to deal with any challenge with strong hands,” said the state director general of police. Continue reading


China on Tuesday said the Kashmir issue may not be a major topic of discussion during the planned 2nd informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, notwithstanding the high voltage campaign by its close ally Pakistan over India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. A senior Chinese official said it should be left to Modi and Xi on the issues they would like to discuss. Continue reading


Indian refiners are assessing security protocols put in place for the multi-billion dollar installations following drone attacks on Saudi Aramco, which has resulted in the biggest-ever disruption in global crude oil supply.

These security assessments also come in the backdrop of India becoming a preferred refining hub, with its refining capacity increasing from 62 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 1998 to around 249.366 mtpa now. The issue assumes significance given that Indian refineries have capacity of oil reserves equivalent to at least 65 days of net imports. Continue reading


India has formally requested Pakistan to allow the plane of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace during the journey to New York. Sources told Zee News that a final response in this regard would be given by Pakistan after consultations within the authorities in the neighbouring country.

The sources said that New Delhi wrote to Islamabad last week, seeking the nod for use of airspace. It is mandatory for Pakistan to respond to India’s request before September 20. In case Pakistan decides against allowing Prime Minister Modi’s flight to use its airspace, it will be violative of the International Civil Aviation Organisation charter, which Pakistan is a signatory to. Continue reading


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday declared that there will be no bilateral talks with India until what he calls “curfew” is lifted from Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi has maintained that there is no curfew in Jammu and Kashmir, which is now a union territory of India. The Centre on August 5 through a presidential order scrapped Article 370, which provided for Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Continue reading


The 691st Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Peter Estlin, spoke exclusively to India Today TV and touched upon many topics including ways to expand bilateral ties between India and the UK.

During the interview, Peter Estlin extended his greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday. Estlin condemned the attack by alleged pro-Pakistanis on Indian High Commission in London after the abrogation of Article 370. He, however, added that the sole purpose of his visit is to attract business in the fintech sector. He also spoke elaborately on the importance of ‘ease of doing business’. Continue reading


A record number of 230 Indian-American organisations in the United States have urged Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna to withdraw from the Congressional Caucus on Pakistan, saying it was contrary to both American principles and India’s geo-strategic interests.
Mr Khanna, 42, became the first Indian-American to have joined the Congressional Pakistan Caucus last month. He is also the member Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, which is the largest country-specific caucus in the House of Representatives.

In a letter submitted to the Indian-American lawmaker on Monday, Indian-American organisations, professional associations and community leaders urged Mr Khanna to withdraw from the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. Continue reading


A group of militants burnt down a car of a person when he defied the bandh called by the Al-Badr terror group in Sopore area of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bashir Ahmed Khan was driving his Maruti Alto car when it was stopped by four armed men who emerged from a dense orchard. The men forced him to stop his car and asked him to get out. He pleaded but he was kicked in his knees and then the militants asked him why he was driving when there is bandh and posters by Tanzeems are all over for keeping everything closed. Continue reading

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