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SOURCE: CLAWS

GAGAN, an acronym for GPS-Aided Geo-Augmented Navigation or GPS And Geo-Augmented Navigation system is a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) meant to support and smoothen civilian air traffic over the Indian skies and adjoining region and was launched on 13 July 2015 by the Civil Aviation Minister. The basic objective of GAGAN, meaning ‘sky’ in the classical language of Sanskrit, is to operate a certified SBAS for navigation services for the safety of the applications with required accuracy and integrity and to provide better air traffic management over the Indian air space. Continue reading

SOURCE: DAWN

The Senate defence committee was told on Thursday that India was the only external military threat to Pakistan.

Military officials shared the perceived threat with members of the Senate body during a visit to the Joint Staff (JS) Headquarters. In the briefing they were also informed on how the JS Headquarters worked as a higher defence organisation and Strategic Plans Division, which is the custodian of the nuclear programme. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Each day the government delays the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, a demand that is 42 years old, it risks playing with fire. It is safe to assume that the serving service Chiefs have conveyed as much to the government. The public manifestation of the rapidly spreading and quickly deepening levels of disenchantment came when thedaughter of Gen. V.K. Singh, former Army Chief of Staff and a serving Minister of State, sat with the Jantar Mantar agitators in an open show of support. Mrinalini Singh’s husband is a serving Army officer. This is a categorical indication that both Gen. Singh and Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, another Minister, would no doubt have pointed out to the government the consequences of not being able to deliver on a promise already made several times over. Continue reading

SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

The Parbat Ali Brigade of the Army will now have a baffle range for arms firing of 500 metres at its Gandhinagar garrison soon, a top officer said. The Parbat Ali Brigade has three infantries — 2/1 Gorkha Rifles, Maratha Light Infantry and Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry. This is one of the key brigades involved in large-scale training of the Army personnel in Gandhinagar. Brigadier Anil Beniwal, Commander, Gandhinagar Garrison said, “We have an old short firing range and now require a bigger firing range for training. Continue reading

SOURCE : THE HINDU

Former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Gen. Hamid Gul, who died recently, has been described in the Indian media as a monster, the originator and perpetrator of terrorism against India. Yet, there is another side to his personality which needs to be disclosed.

In early 1988, Pakistan President, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, expressed concern that the Pakistan Army, by consuming almost 48 per cent of the nation’s budget, was unfairly depriving citizens of funds which could raise their standards of living. He was particularly concerned about the expenditure on the operations in Siachen and was convinced that an agreement with India was possible to cut down on these expenses. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

India and US have set a target of 2021 to put their collaborative earth observation satellite NISAR into orbit, Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar said on Thursday.

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) was working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) of the US to undertake the launch of NISAR by 2021, he told reporters here after the successful launch of GSAT-6 onboard GSLV-D6.  Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The US has asked Pakistan and all other nuclear-armed countries to exercise “restraint” in expanding their nuclear capabilities after two American think-tanks said Pakistan could have the third largest stockpile of atomic weapons in about a decade.

“We continue to urge all nuclear-capable states, including Pakistan, to exercise restraint regarding furthering their nuclear capabilities,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said yesterday. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit India next week during which a government- to-government framework agreement for the 36 Rafale fighter jets is likely to be signed, which will pave the way for inking of the final contract.

Defence sources said Drian will arrive here on Tuesday and is scheduled to meet the top leadership. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India can manufacture 160 out of the 200 Kamov Ka-226T Light Utility Helicopters — which will eventually replace the vintage Cheetah and Chetak choppers — while the rest will be made in Russia, the CEO of a state-run business and manufacturing conglomerate here has said.

 Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Russian state-run business and manufacturing conglomerate Rostec Corporation, said under the agreement reached between Russia and India on manufacturing 200 KA226T helicopters, New Delhi will be free to build and export the aircraft to other countries.

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SOURCE: RIA Novosti.

Interest in India about the newest Russian fighter jet, the MiG-35, is growing, because the number of French Dassault Rafale fighter jets to be purchased has decreased, Sergey Korotkov, General Director of the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) told RIA Novosti during an interview.

“Given the limited purchase of Rafale fighter jets, and the urgent need to upgrade the fighter jet fleet, interest in the MiG-35 has been objectively increasing. This issue is currently being discussed in professional circles of India,” said Korotkov. Continue reading

SOURCE:  TNN

In less than 10 years, Pakistan will have the third largest nuclear stockpile in the world, behind only the US and Russia, two prominent US think tanks said in a report.

According to the report, Pakistan is adding 20 warheads to its nuclear arsenal annually because of its fear of India which is also a nuclear power. Continue reading

SOURCE: ECONOMIC TIMES

Russia banks on the Narendra Modi Government in India to support it during “these testing times” of Russia being put under sanctions by the US and European Union, like the way Russia supported India when the latter faced sanctions from the west, Sergev Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s biggest and government-owned defence company, Rostec, has said.

Calling Modi’s ‘Make in India’ program as a “correct decision” which Russia supports, Chemezov told ET that India was Russia’s number one partner followed by China. Russia is facing a testing time in face of US and EU sanctions due to annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Continue reading

SOURCE: ECONOMIC TIMES

Moving ahead on its Rs 6,000-crore ‘Make in India’ project for military helicopters, Russia has informed the Ministry of Defence about a partnership with Reliance Defence to manufacture Kamov 226T choppers locally.

In a letter sent to the Indian government, Russia has announced an understanding with the subsidiary company of Reliance Infrastructure for the project, indicating that the company could be a lead integrator for the mega contract to manufacture 200 twin-engine helicopters for the Indian Army Continue reading

SOURCE: FIRSTPOST

Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz has acted in keeping with his position by reminding India that Pakistan is a nuclear power. He seems to have very responsibly tried to convey to India what his country’s so called “non-state actors” have instructed him to do to protect Pakistan.

Pakistan rulers have been, for years, nurturing their terror establishment with the sole objective of ‘bleeding India with a thousand cuts’ and projecting to the naïve Pakistani people, this sponsorship of terrorism as a compulsion to safeguard the country’s interests from India, which, in their view is working to annihilate Pakistan.Sar Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

In the wake of the capture of a second terrorist and repeated cease-fire violations, Defence expert M.M. Khajuria warned that India needs to clear pockets in the valley where the terrorists are based.

“Another terrorist is captured alive in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Rafiabad today This is the second incident within a span of two to three days. We have intelligence that a very large number of well equipped terrorists are waiting to be smuggled in. Those pockets in the valley where these terrorist have set up bases needs to be cleared,” Khajuria told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE : THE HINDU

The indigenously developed cryogenic engine was successfully used in launching the GSLV-D6 rocket from the country’s premier spaceport at the Sriharikota Range (SHAR) near Sullurupeta in Nellore district here on Thursday evening to put a communication satellite into orbit.

This was the third time that the cryogenic upper stage technology was used in the GSLV rockets from SHAR, which is also known as the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) named after India’s one of the great space scientists. Continue reading

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