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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

According to Sources close to ” India today ” a 24-hour English language television network, Srilanka plans to procure India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas after India recently forced Srilanka to pull out of a similar deal to procure JF-17 fighter jet developed by China and Pakistan.

The report also mentions that Srilanka and Pakistan had almost finalised the deal and signing of the contract could have happened during a three-day visit to Sri Lanka last month by Pakistan’s Prime minister Nawaz Sharif but the deal collapsed reportedly due to Indian Governments pressure. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s Centre for Airborne systems (CABS) and DRDO along with Indian Air force will commence User trials of India’s AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control ) system integrated with Embraer’s EMB-145 aircraft which was ordered in 2008 by India to relaunch Countries ambitious Airborne Early warning programme.

First two aircraft likely will be handed over to IAF for operational use in 2016 and DRDO in principal has permission to develop five more systems based on an EMB-145 platform if air-force makes such a request with DRDO. Continue reading

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Pakistan’s military establishment is said to be “very concerned” about the conventional military modernisation programme of the Narendra Modi government, and “frustrated” that no “deal” had been struck with India since the NDA came to power.

As the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) published its annual “Military Balance 2016” report on Tuesday, Ben Barry, a senior expert who works with the military-strategic communities in India and Pakistan, said there was “great optimism” in Islamabad when Modi came to power. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASIAN AGE

The news from Bahrain Air Show is exhilarating. The Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, captured everybody’s imagination by its flight manoeuvres. The two ace pilots Commodore Maolankar and Group Captain Rangachari made the nation proud with impressive aerobatics that pushed the aircraft against eight times the gravity pull, the so-called 8G.

If we have to believe the rumour mills of the air show, a few countries have shown interest in acquiring our Tejas for their fleet. The dream of every Indian aircraft designer — of building a globally sought after aircraft — is now being realised. It has been a long time coming, almost two decades after the country decided to design and build an indigenous fighter aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RUSSIA & INDIA REPORT

Until a few years ago, Russian weapons manufacturers were the unquestioned rulers of the Indian defence sector. That changed with India’s defence diversification programme. With India looking westwards, a bunch of countries – especially Cold War untouchables US and Israel – started nibbling away at Moscow’s market share.

But in one key area – offensive weapons platforms – Russia continues to be India’s preferred vendor. This is in stark contrast to the defensive weapons, transport aircraft and communication gear that New Delhi has sourced from western and Israeli companies. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Auto component major Bharat Forge arm Kalyani Strategic Systems today entered into a joint venture partnership with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to bid for defence programmes in India, including infantry combat vehicle BMP II upgrade.

The joint venture company Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Pvt Ltd will look to address programmes in relation to BMP II upgrade, tactical control systems, other advanced systems and other such programmes floated or to be floated by the Ministry of Defence, Bharat Forge said in a BSE filing. Continue reading

SOURCE: JEWISHPRESS

Before this time next year, Israel is likely to be one of India’s top three arms suppliers.New Delhi is putting the final touches on a package of bilateral military deals and projects planned with Israel totaling $3 billion.

Three of the deals are ready for a final vote by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) ahead of the first state visit to Israel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year. “It should be cleared by the CCS within a month or so,” said an India Ministry of Defense source. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Describing the meeting between Abdul Basit and Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the national capital as a ‘conspiracy’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday alleged that Pakistan’s High Commissioner is working at the behest of the ISI.

 Expressing his disappointment over the meeting, BJP leader Ravinder Raina said the Pakistan High Commission’s office in Delhi is gradually becoming a den of ‘anti-national’ activities.

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SOURCE: ANI

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set aside his security protocol to meet Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here.

The Prime Minister, who travels in a BMW convoy, took the front seat on a Range Rover car which did not even a have a beacon light.Moreover, there was not adequate security at the Research and Referral Hospital during the Prime Minister’s silent visit. It appeared that even the Delhi Police was not informed about the same.  Continue reading

SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

Pakistani-American terror agent David Headley on Tuesday blew another lid off the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) saying the Pakistani spy agency provides financial, military and moral support to terrorist organisations Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen that export terror to India from Pakistan.

One of the planners of the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, Headley said he himself was working for the agency. Security agencies earlier believed he worked only for LeT and US’ Central Intelligence Agency. Continue reading

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

A Kashmiri artist on Tuesday accused Facebook of pulling down a cartoon marking the third anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s execution.

The cartoon depicts roots growing out of Afzal Guru’s grave in Tihar jail and connecting to roots of a large tree named Kashmir. Guru, who was from Baramulla district, was hanged at the jail in 2013 for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, the 33-year-old soldier who was rescued from an avalanche on the Siachen glacier, has been described by the Indian Army as a “highly motivated and physically fit soldier”.Enrolled in the 19th Battalion of the Madras Regiment on October 25, 2002, he has displayed high degree of initiative and has served 10 years in difficult and challenging areas out of 13 years of total service, the army said.

During his career, he was posted in Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006 where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations. Continue reading

SOURCE: JAGRANJOSH

The Operation Rahaat came in news in second week of February 2016 after the Royal Navy of United Kingdom (UK) presented its desire to officially study India’s humanitarian rescue operation in Yemen.

The Royal Navy wants to study the Operation Raahat in all its details and understand the meticulous planning process that was followed. It also wants to learn the way the plans were executed.

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SOURCE: ECONOMIC TIMES

While much is being made of revelations made by David Headley in the Mumbai court nailing the complicity of the Pakistan Army and its spy agency in fomenting terror in the country. India already had iron clad evidence about top officials of Pakistan army being involved in the 26/11 terror attack. Evidence that was once again rejected by the Pakistan army.

While the terrorists struck Mumbai, police officials and intelligence agencies were aware that the terrorists were speaking to their handlers in Pakistan. A total of 282 calls were made by the 10 terrorists to their handlers in Pakistan. After the terror attack an investigation by Mumbai police officials revealed that the calls were made through VoIP and were made through Callphonex a US-based VoIP service provider. When the IP address for creating the account was traced, it was found that the money for opening the VoIP account was made through Money Gram and Western Union Money Transfer by two Pakistanis one went by the name of Javed Iqbal and the other by the name of Mohammad Ishtiaq. Continue reading

SOURCE: EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

The dogged determination of over 150 soldiers helped by two canines, Dot and Misha — besides earth-penetrating radars and special ice-cutting equipment — rescue Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was buried under tonnes of ice at 19,500 ft on the Siachen glacier for six days.

On February 3, an 800 x 400 ft wall of ice broke off and overwhelmed an Indian Army post on the Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield. The debris, including massive boulders of ice the size of a small room, spread over 800 x 1000 metres.     Continue reading

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