Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command of the Indian Army on Monday lauded the air strike carried out by the Indian Army Force on a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot earlier this year and told Pakistan to dare not try and come anywhere near the Line of Control (LoC) to carry out any actions.

“The action by the Indian Air Force on the February 26 for carrying out air strikes on Balakot terrorist infrastructure was indeed laudable. It was a major achievement wherein our aircraft went deep into enemy territory and struck terror launchpads. Pakistanis carried out their air operations very close to the Line of Control on the following day. However they were given a befitting reply,” Lieutenant General Singh told media here. Continue reading


In the emerging world order a risen, responsible India is a global player. India also boasts of the second largest army and the fourth largest armed forces, however the Indian military continues to be a military force, whereas it should be a military power in concert with our rightful aspirations as a growing nation. In keeping with India’s expanding role, aspirations and security challenges the Naresh Chandra Task Force recommended Cyber, Space and Special Operations Command (SOC) in 2012.

Seven years down the line the Government has finally sanctioned the raising of three divisions/ agencies to include a Special Operations Division(SOD). For some reasons the government has shied away from exploiting this force multiplier and decided to raise a SOD under a Major General, which is at best a half measure and will be detrimental to effective employment, deployment and exploitation of SOF. A major weakness in this interim arrangement is the lack of a lean, mean, agile and versatile joint force under a single commander empowered and keyed in to the national decision making apparatus . This can only be achieved by raising a SOC. It remains to be seen whether or not the SOD can make up the void in our national security structures carrying out the role and tasks of a special operations command. Continue reading


Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh on Monday confirmed that the first surgical strike was carried out by India in September 2016.

Citing an RTI reply by Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Indian Army, Singh said that the first surgical strike by armed forces took place in September 2016, to avenge the Uri garrison attack, in which 19 soldiers were killed. “A few days ago, DGMO said in a reply to an RTI that the first surgical strike happened in September 2016. I don’t want to go into what political parties say, they will be given an answer by the government. What I have told you is a statement of fact,” Lt General Singh said at a press conference here. Continue reading


In one of its first decisions, the new Indian government will have to make key appointments to senior security, defence and bureaucratic positions, with the current incumbents set to vacate their posts over the next few weeks. The new government, to be sworn in after the 23 May Lok Sabha elections verdict, will look to name the chiefs of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Intelligence Bureau, and the new cabinet and defence secretaries.

All four are soon going to end their term, with either their extensions coming to an end or retirement coming up. The government will also appoint the new Indian Air Force (IAF) chief. All eyes will be on this move if the Modi government gets a second term. It had earlier named the Army and Navy chiefs, giving precedence to deep selection over seniority. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, the current IAF chief, is set to retire on 30 September. Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a new policy to allow domestic defence companies to self-certify the quality of products that it supplies to the Indian armed forces.

The move is an apparent response from the MoD to address growing concerns about the quality of indigenously produced defence equipment.The MoD’s Department of Defence Production (DDP) said in a recent notice on its website that the ‘scheme for self-certification’ is intended to stimulate higher levels of defence product quality and reliability. Continue reading


Aerospace major Boeing on Monday announced the launch of a programme for Indian university students, faculty and early stage start-ups to help innovators convert their ideas into viable business offerings that have the potential to shape the future of aerospace and defence.

Applicants can submit their ideas in the various fields of:

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If there was a day most looked forward to at present, it would be May 23, when India would know who would govern it. This five-yearly ritual of democracy heralds a new ‘thought’ in the shape of the fresh government that we choose. In our young democracy, issues of economic uplift of the vast populace have (and rightly so) found prominence in the electoral discourse. Missing from the conversation, however, are any concrete discussions on matters of national security (as against the cacophony of what can only be called ‘rhetoric’ of military actions).

So, here goes a list of five macro issues that need the urgent attention of the new government. If these strategic-level concerns are addressed, they would ease the resolution of lesser issues. Continue reading


There are quite a few interesting projects on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) to-do list in the near-future. The upcoming Chandrayaan-2 and the Gaganyaan manned mission planned for 2022 are two of the better-known big missions, but far from the only ones for which work is underway. The agency is also working on a total of seven interplanetary missions over the coming decade.

Among the destinations are Mars, the Moon, Venus, the Sun’s corona and interplanetary space to study space. The first of this will be India’s first landing on the Moon, planned for launch in July this year. Continue reading


 A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces amid a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society on Monday released a detailed report saying India is using torture as a “matter of policy” and “instrument of control” in Kashmir, where rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.

“Torture is the most under-reported human rights violation perpetrated by the state,” the report noted. “Due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the armed forces, not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations” in the region, the report said. Continue reading


Five men have been detained after allegedly being found under suspicious circumstances near the Indo-Pak border by the Border Security Force in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, an official said Monday. The five people were spotted travelling in an SUV near the border by the BSF on Sunday night and were detained after Rs 9.88 lakh was recovered from their possession, Khajuwala Police Station in-charge Vikram Singh said.

Primary investigation revealed that they are local residents and one of them works in Gujarat. Continue reading


An Indian Army clerk was recently arrested on charges of spying on behalf of the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence. Upon grilling him later it was learnt that the Indian Army clerk was, in fact, honey-trapped by a well-trained woman of the Pakistani agency. Madhya Pradesh Police had arrested the 26-year-old Army clerk after charging him with involvement in leaking vital and classified defence information to the ISI. Security agencies had been keeping an eye out for him for several months. Both the Centre and military intelligence were monitoring his activities obscurely for a while now.

Following his interrogation, cops have come to believe that the clerk was contacted by an ISI agent via social media platform Facebook. He was probably honey-trapped thereafter, making him divulge classified defence information, according to a report by Continue reading


Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will attend the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held in Bishkek later this week, the Indian foreign ministry announced on Monday. The meeting is expected to bring Swaraj face to face with her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi but whether it will lead to any kind of engagement between the two countries is as yet unclear. Speculation has been rife though that the SCO meet could provide an opportunity for India and Pakistan to explore the possibility of engagement.

Swaraj will be in Bishkek on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the ten member SCO, a regional grouping dominated by China and Russia with the Central Asian Republics as members. India and Pakistan joined the SCO as members in 2017. Continue reading


To strengthen security situation at ground level in the hinterland, Army is providing weapon training to Village Defence Committee (VDC) members in Jammu province, an official said.

He said, “Army regularly meets VDC members in most remote areas of Jammu province, where anti-national elements always try to revive militancy.” “During these interactions VDC members are provided training to handle weapons and they are also made aware about important aspects of surveillances,” they added. “The VDC members have been asked to keep close watch on activities in and around their areas and inform local police or army unit in case of any suspicious activity or movement,” they added. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired 1,000 pound (450kg) Smart Anti-Tank guided bomb CBU-105 through upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft at Pokhran Test Firing Range in Jaisalmer on Sunday. The bomb successfully destroyed a dummy enemy tank brigade target.
During the test firing the officials of American production company, Textron Defence System and senior officials of Indian Air Force were present to observe the accuracy of the guided bomb. During test firing two upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft dropped guided bomb from air on dummy targets and successfully destroyed group of dummy tanks.

Defence sources said that CBU-105 is a sensor fused weapon of 1,000 pound (450Kg) which is dropped with the help of GPS. The best part of the weapon is that it can be used during day or night and even in adverse weather conditions. In 2010 the Indian government placed an order of 512 bombs which were delivered by company. To use them the Jaguar fighter aircraft were upgraded with new Drain III Navigation and Combat system. Upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft can carry 4-6 sensor fused bomb (CBU-105) on enemy targets. Continue reading


Politics may be the deciding factor in a RM36 billion deal to supply light combat aircraft to the Royal Malaysian Air Force over the next 10 years, according to a Singapore news report. The aircraft on offer are believed to be the F-50 by Korea Aerospace Industries of South Korea, Tejas by Hindustan Aeronautics (India), YAK-130 by Irkut Aerospace (Russia), JF-17 Thunder (Pakistan) and the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master (Italy).

According to the Straits Times newspaper in Singapore, defence industry executives believe that the RMAF top brass is partial towards South Korea’s FA-50 jets, but its critics contend that the single-seater aircraft is not suitable because it does not have the capability for air-to-air refuelling.

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