SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Earlier this month supersonic BrahMos cruise missile was tested for Extended Range of 450 km from the present 290 km successfully. Extended Range was achieved after Software limitation enforced on BrahMos was removed after India became member of MTCR regime last year,
But BrahMos-ER with a range of 800km will be introduced by mid of 2019 as per DRDO Chief S Christopher. BrahMos-ER will require some hardware changes to enable it to strike targets up to 800km, which will be jointly developed by the Indian and Russian team soon. Continue reading
SOURCE: Tribune News Service
Indigenous standards and testing parameters are being developed to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of protective gear against bullets, bombs and improvised explosive devises (IEDs) that would be specific to the Indian environment. These would replace foreign standards that are at present being relied upon.
“At present, we are using standards and parameters in vogue with NATO countries to evaluate the performance of bulletproof jackets, mine-protected vehicles and other protective gears like helmets and ballistic shields,” a senior officer associated with the project said. “Since the technical specifications of weapons and ammunition being used in the Indian Subcontinent, many of which are of Soviet origin like the AK-47, are different from that being used in the West, application of NATO standards to test protective gear brought in inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the evaluation process,” he added. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Statesman
Like all finance ministers, Arun Jaitley is adept at selective use of statistics, opinions etc to support his economic management. It is to be hoped that when wearing the “brass hat” of defence minister (even if temporarily) he is more factual than “political”.
In that context it is incumbent on the government to present an authentic picture on the status of the arrangement under which some 200 units of the Russian Kamov-226 light helicopter will be produced in India (the initial order) for use by all three wings of the forces. Continue reading
SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW
The world’s most dangerous arms race is not to be found in Moscow and Washington, or in East Asia, where pressures are high in the Western Pacific between Beijing and the United States. Nor it is to be found in the Middle East, a region in turmoil where the two powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia are occupied with intermediary fighting in a few hotspots. The world’s most dangerous arms race lies in South Asia and the progressing contention between India and Pakistan.
The Indian-Pakistani challenge is a worldwide issue well on the way to delivering a huge scale war between two major, powerful countries and the result in the deployment of nuclear weapons while the rate of new developments in this arms race is an alarming situation for regional peace and prosperity. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Calls for reassessing India’s nuclear doctrine are a regular feature of our strategic landscape. Depending on where the person asking for this reconsideration sits on the strategic spectrum, the demand for revision rests either on scepticism about India’s commitment to a No First Use posture or the intention to retaliate massively to any nuclear first strike, no matter what the yield of the weapon used first.
What seems to receive much less attention, however, is the declaration that India reserves the right to nuclear retaliation “in the event of a major attack against India, or Indian forces anywhere, by biological or chemical weapons”. In doing so, we are clubbing together nuclear first use — which has not occurred since 1945 — and biological and chemical first use which, especially chemical, continues to occur sporadically, whether by state or non-state actors. The further question of degree, as in “major attack”, only further muddies these already murky waters. Continue reading
SOURCE: NATION PK
The United States is “seriously concerned” about the growing alliance between Pakistan and China, prompting Washington to make a “big bet” on India, says Vzglyad, a Russian online newspaper.
“Washington is seriously concerned about the strengthening of the core China-Pakistan in the Asia-Pacific region,” says the newspaper.”Growing Chinese activity in the Asia-Pacific region and Central Asia against the backdrop of the loss of influence on Islamabad makes them do a big bet on India. That they see it as the main counterweight to China and the deterrent factor.” Continue reading
SOURCE: NEWS NATION
The Fully Indigenous cryogenic upper stage (final flight stage) is all set to be flagged off on March 27 from the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, Tirunelveli for integration in Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.Meanwhile, the heavy-lift GSLV Mk-III which is said to be the next generation launch vehicle of ISRO is capable and may place four-tonne class satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).
The information about the development was confirmed by PV Venkitakrishnan, director, ISRO Propulsion Complex. He told that the Express that the cryogenic stage was fully integrated with the sub-systems and would be sent to Sriharikota next Monday. He also added that the other two stages — liquid core stage (L110) and solid strap-on motors (S200) — had reached Sriharikota and had been integrated. Continue reading
The rise in global nuclear disorder and its increasing disconnect from world order is epitomized in the nuclear weapon programmes of two weak and potentially failing states—Pakistan and North Korea. While both these countries might understandably perceive some advantage to having acquired nuclear weapons, the real beneficiary is China.
Beijing’s acts of commission and omission in enabling both these crises-instigating states to build nuclear arsenals pose twin threats to the post-Cold War nuclear order. First, the proliferation activities of these countries present an existential challenge to the tottering nuclear non-proliferation regime. Second, these actions in turn also challenge the status of the US as the traditional custodian of the nuclear order; by enabling two weak states to acquire nuclear weapons, the Washington-led regime has been thrown into disarray. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Dealing with China on security and economic issues is crucial for India but even if “we are no pushover, we cannot get provocative,” asserted G Parthasarathy, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
China is surrounding India with huge economic investments to strengthen its presence. Sri Lanka is in a debt trap after China funded mega infrastructure investments. Sri Lanka has handed over Hambantota port in a debt-equity swap, which now poses a huge threat to India; in Pakistan, Nepal and Africa too China is investing in large infrastructure projects. Continue reading
This week, India demonstrated two very different approaches towards sharing water resources with its neighbours. Pakistan will have to live with the fact that India plans to continue utilisation of its allocation under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), as it refused to countenance any change of design of the Miyar dam in J&K.
Meanwhile, on the Bangladesh front, the Modi government is working hard to conclude the Teesta water sharing agreement with Sheikh Hasina’s government, even ready to confront the aggressive and mercurial West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee, who is against the move because she is now staunchly opposed to PM Narendra Modi, more so after demonetisation. Continue reading
Evening classes in engineering will be conducted for the defence personnel who have three years of work experience. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computers and Electronic streams will have 60 seats each. At the senate meeting held in Andhra University here on Sunday, the members approved an MoU with Air Force.
The members approved the budget sanctioned for the year 2017-18. “There will be Chemistry, Botany and Zoology courses offered in Distance Education mode. Also students who are opting for Psychology will also be offered MSc Psychology degree,” said varsity Vice-chancellor G Nageswara Rao. Continue reading
A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the BSF long the International Border in Punjab today. Officials said the incident was reported at 6:20 AM when Border Security Force personnel on-duty spotted some movement ahead of the fence at the IB near the Paharipur border post in Gurdaspur sector. Continue reading
India is all set to host a meeting of the Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) next month in a sign that while it may not soon formally start the comprehensive bilateral dialogue (CBD) process, it is not averse to talking to Islamabad on important issues.
The last round of talks between Coast Guard and PMSA on maritime security had taken place in July last year in Islamabad. Continue reading
India and Bangladesh are likely to sign an umbrella agreement on defence cooperation during Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit in early April. The umbrella agreement would pave way for India to enhance its military cooperation with the eastern neighbour, where China wields considerable influence.
The pact, defence ministry sources told DH, would not immediately result in bilateral projects or joint exercises. Rather it would lay the foundation on which such projects can be executed. It would also increase the interaction between the two militaries. Sheikh Hasina will visit India between April 7 and 10. She will hold official talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8. Continue reading
SOURCE: GOVERNANCE NOW
Here are five highlights of the resolution that was passed by the British parliament over Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.