Another missile milestone was achieved Wednesday with the successful testing of the BrahMos supersonic air-launched cruise missile. The missile was “successfully flight-tested for first time from the IAF’s frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal,” said a defence ministry release. Jointly built by India and Russia and named after the Moscow and Brahmaputra rivers, the BrahMos is the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile.
Described as the “Brahmastra for the Indian Armed Forces” by Sivathanu Pillai, the co-founder of Brahmos Aerospace, the launch will significantly bolster the IAF’s ability to conduct surgical strikes deep inside enemy territory. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Jan Widerström, Chairman, Saab India, believes that Gripen is the future for the Indian Air Force (IAF). In an exclusive interview with BusinessLine, Widerström said the Swedish defence giant was committed to the government’s ‘Make in India’ plan, including full transfer of technology and transforming their proposed India facility into a regional hub for Gripen warplanes. Excerpts:
How optimistic are you about winning the single-engine fighter jet order for Gripen E? Continue reading
SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Navy International
The impending visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to India in early 2018 is likely to progress the possible sale of at least three additional DCNS Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) to the Indian Navy (IN) to augment its declining underwater assets, official sources have told Jane’s.
Macron was scheduled to visit India for the first time in December to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit, which has been postponed to early 2018. The French president’s schedule is being mutually worked out and will be announced soon, officials said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
Coinciding with the golden jubilee of the commissioning of IAF’s only Param Vir Chakra recipient, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, the Air Headquarters has drawn up plans to revive the squadron that he had served in. The squadron will be re-formed on the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
Sekhon’s outfit, No. 18 Squadron, also known as Flying Bullets, had been de-commissioned or “number-plated”, as it is called in Air Force terminology, two years ago after the MiG-27 aircraft that it was equipped with were decommissioned. Continue reading
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body today ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India’s efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.Rejecting the government’s plea to extend his detention for another three months, the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which will expire tomorrow. Continue reading
A top army official on Wednesday said that a large number of militants were trying to infiltrate along the Line of Control (LoC) but the security forces were “alert” to foil the designs.General Officer Commanding (GoC) 16 Crops, Lieutenant General Saranjeet Singh said, “The army was alert and would not allow any attempt (of infiltrating militants) to succeed.”
“There are a large number of people (militants) staged at the launching pads to come to this side (along the LoC),” said Lt Gen Singh, who commemorated the day by wreath-laying ceremony at the Naman Sthal, the War Memorial at Poonch. Continue reading
The Indian government on Wednesday gave a go-ahead to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to visit Pakistan to meet him, more than a year after he was arrested for “spying” and “subversive activities”.
Sources told CNN-News18 that the decision about the date of the visit will be taken soon. Sources also claimed that Pakistan’s move to allow a meeting between Jadhav and his wife came after tremendous pressure by Indian diplomats. Continue reading
Pakistan’s release of 26/11 massacre principal Hafiz Saeed, almost on the anniversary of the carnage in Mumbai, follows the United States taking the heat off Islamabad insofar as action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba was concerned.In a significant development earlier this month, the US Congress changed a provision in a defence bill that would have required Islamabad to take steps to “significantly disrupt” the activities of both LeT and the Haqqani network.
It restricted the requirement only to the Haqqani group. National Defence Authorisation Act 2018, which would have required the US Secretary of Defence to certify that Pakistan is acting against both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network, was changed at the conference to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill, and LeT was removed. Continue reading
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today announced the withdrawal of cases against youths involved in stone-pelting for the first time.The decision has been taken considering the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma.
Mehbooba said this confidence-building measure reaffirms the central government’s commitment to creating an atmosphere for sustained dialogue. Continue reading
On Wednesday, Ram Nath Kovind became the first President to visit the Indian National Army (INA) Memorial at Moirang in Manipur. It was at Moirang, 45 km from Imphal, that the INA flag was first hoisted on Indian soil on April 14, 1944. Only the day before, the President had addressed the Manipur Sangai Festival, where he lauded the British Indian Army for stopping Japanese forces at Imphal, cutting their march towards the Indian mainland.
The seeming contradiction is fascinating: Subhas Chandra Bose’s INA fought with the army of fascist Japan against the British Indian Army, but within years, both forces were seen to epitomise the highest ideals of patriotism in an independent India. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
MS Dhoni, former Indian cricket team captain, visited a school in Srinagar and interacted with students, the Indian army said.
The army had kept the event under wraps and journalists were not aware of Dhoni’s visit till late Wednesday evening.An official account of the Chinar Corps of the army tweeted that Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lt Col, talked about the importance of sports and studies to the students of Army Public School, Srinagar. Continue reading
Police in Baramulla have written to the J&K government to ask the Centre to take up an international drug smuggling racket with Pakistan and allow their men to question suspects living across the border. The racket that involved smuggling drugs from Pakistan to Dubai via India was uncovered in July when 65.5 kg of brown sugar, hidden in specially carved cavities in containers carrying ladies suits from Muzaffarabad to Srinagar, were recovered in Uri.
While the J&K Police has taken the help of the National Investigation Agency, Chhattisgarh Police and Punjab Police to probe links across the country, Baramulla Police sent a letter rogatory on November 8 since it wants the matter raised with Pakistan to allow its team to question the accused there. Continue reading
Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s release order by a Pakistani judicial body shows how Pakistan is “hoodwinking” the international community on the issue of terrorism, government sources said on Wednesday.
It is also reflective of Islamabad’s “duplicity” in tackling terrorism, they said and asked Pakistan to “walk the talk” on its assurances to the international community over dismantling terror infrastructure and not allowing its soil to be used for terror acts.
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
Syed Wasim Rizvi, chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board, on Wednesday claimed that there was a Pakistan hand behind the lingering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya. Speaking at a press conference here, Rizvi said Pakistan has been directly involved in the dispute from the start and this was one of the reasons that there has been no resolution to the issue till now.
“When Babri Masjid was demolished (on December 6, 1992), far bigger demonstrations were held in Pakistan than in India. Many temples were also attacked in Pakistan. This shows Pakistan’s involvement in the issue,” the Shia Waqf Board chairman said. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted a registration certificate to Captain Amol Yadav’s indigenously made aircraft, the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office said today.
Captain Amol Yadav is a senior pilot with a private airline. He had manufactured the 6-seater aircraft in 2011 on the terrace of his house at Charkop and has since then been pursuing DGCA for registration to conduct trials. Amol Yadav had received an official document of registration from DGCA. Continue reading