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Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has informed that the much awaited S-400 Triumf air defense system deal is in the last stage of finalization. The statement is being seen as an indication that the payment related problems which had arisen at the backdrop of the US sanctions on Russia have been resolved.

“The negotiation with Russia on the S-400 have reached almost the final stage; we’ll have to see it if it’s signed before the Russian President’s visit. But the negotiations are almost complete,” Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s minister of defense, said in a press conference on Tuesday.Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to arrive in New Delhi in the first week of October for an annual bilateral summit.
The Trump administration’s announcement of sanctions on Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) had triggered speculations that the S-400 deal between India and Russia might be called off. CAATSA is designed primarily with Russia in mind, and specifically, countries that continue to use Russian military hardware and systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

A government committee led by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday approved procuring indigenous defence equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores.The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procuring an upgraded version of the Akash missile and safety gear for tank crews “negotiating water obstacles while deep fording”, said the Press Information Bureau in a statement.

The DAC also approved a test equipment used for checking the guided weapon system of the T90 tank. Continue reading


Rebutting Congress’ charges against the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday held the erstwhile UPA regime responsible for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) being overlooked for the jet deal.”All these attributes that are being put to us about HAL…it’s not for us but the UPA to answer as to why the agreement between Dassault and HAL did not happen.

“The UPA government could have done anything to strengthen HAL’s offer, to make sure its terms were appealing enough for Dassault, they could have done everything to ensure the terms were appealing enough for Dassault to conclude the agreement,” Sitharaman said during a media interaction here. Continue reading


Senior Congress leader A K Antony Tuesday accused Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of suppressing facts on the Rafale deal and asked why the government was shying away from setting up a joint parliament committee to probe it.

He also accused the government of being “guilty” of “gravely compromising” national security in the Rafale fighter jet deal.Addressing a press conference, Antony rejected as “completely false” the charges of Sitharaman that an unprecedented intervention by him in 2013 put the “final nail in the coffin” when the cost negotiation committee was giving final touches to the deal. Continue reading


A day after an Army jawan was shot dead by Hizbul Mujahideen, the terror group has threatened security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir to either resign or get ready to be killed. The threat came through a video in which a man, possibly a local commander, can be heard speaking in Kashmiri language. As a collage of images of Jammu and Kashmir police plays, the voice asks the personnel – paramilitary or local police — to submit their resignations within four days.

“Upload your resignations on the internet or face the consequences,” the local head of Umar Majeed group, an offshoot of Hizbul Mujahideen, is heard saying. Continue reading

SOURCE: Bloomberg

Analysts retain optimism in Bharat Electronics Ltd. even as shares of the state-run maker of radars to aerospace electronics fell to their lowest in nearly three years after the Ministry of Defence lowered margins on orders.

The stock plunged more than 27 percent in the last one month. That came after the ministry said margins on new orders will be 7.5 percent against 12.5 percent earlier. The counter now trades at 14.94 times its trailing 12-month price to earnings ratio, making it the cheapest defence stock in the world, according to Bloomberg. Continue reading


A day after the Indian Air Force tweeted on how its aircrafts ensured victory in the 1965 War against Pakistan, it again on Tuesday shared an interesting thread on how its jets from the 23 Squadron planned an offensive strike to strafe Pakistani ground troops and posts near Lahore.

“The Gnat Squadron was tasked to fly CAP and Escort Missions. The ‘Sabre Slayers’  of 23 Sqn, as if trying to break out of routine monotony, planned an offensive strike to strafe Pakistani ground troops and posts near Lahore,” the Air Force said in a series of tweets.The decision was taken on September 18, 1965 when Squadron leader AJS Sandhu and his formation of four Gnats took off and headed towards Lahore. Continue reading


Maoists shot dead a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel in his residence at Pandethika in Jamui district, the police said Tuesday.
Sikandar Yadav, 30, who came to his native village to celebrate his daughter’s birthday, was dragged out of his house by the rebels before killing him on Monday.

About 20-25 Maoists came to the village to kill Yadav and fled into a nearby jungle after executing their plan, the police said. Continue reading


The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph adjourned the matter till October 10 after petitioner advocate M L Sharma told the bench that he wanted to file some additional documents in the case and sought an adjournment in the matter.

“You yourself circulated a letter seeking adjournment on the ground of ill health. Now you are saying that you want to file additional documents. We are simply adjourning the matter to October 10,” the bench said.In his petition, Sharma has alleged discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France and sought a stay on it. Sharma has said in his plea that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by Parliament under Article 253 (Parliament has the power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution. Continue reading


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of hugging Pakistan’s army chief impacted soldiers back home and asserted that the Punjab minister could have “avoided it”.

Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister. Continue reading


India has handed over its third consignment of relief supplies to Bangladesh, including over 1 million litres of kerosene oil and 20,000 stoves, for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees in the country, who fled an army crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar.

Bangladesh, which faced a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the issue.Over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August last year when the military intensified the crackdown against alleged militant outfits of Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading



Pakistani military Generals are desperately scouting for a new Main battle tanks and, after evaluating many Chinese and Ukrainian options in last few years, they seem to have locked on to Russian T-90S Main Battle Tanks which according to their military planners fits the bill in different parameters and also meets their objective of trying to make Russia one of the defense suppliers of Pakistan.

T-90S Main Battle Tanks which are locally produced in India and with orders over 1500 tanks just coming from India alone, Russians don’t even want to hold talks about it with Pakistan let alone even consider selling them to Pakistan even in small numbers but that it not stopping Pakistani government officials who keep bringing that up even though Russians continue to decline to sell them to keep Indian order flow intact. Continue reading


Tata Motors has showcased two indigenously built defence vehicles during the two-day Bimstec Army Chief’s conclave in Pune on September 15, 2018. The two new combat vehicles from Tata Motors are 4X4 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and the WhAP 8×8 Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV).

The Tata WhAP 8×8 is India’s first infantry combat vehicle which is designed for optimised survivability, all-terrain performance and increased lethality. The ICV is jointly developed by Tata Motors and Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).The Tata WhAP 8×8 comes with safety features such as blast protection, ballistic protection and NBC protection. The ICV is a low maintenance vehicle with a seating capacity of 10+2 and the vehicle can be easily modified to cater to various terrain conditions and missions. Continue reading


Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh Monday said the force was “near” its goal of “completely finishing” terrorism in the state.On his maiden visit to the winter capital after taking over as the acting DGP early this month, Mr Singh said several successful operations were conducted against terrorists in the last week referring to the killing of 15 terrorists in five separate operations between September 11 and 15.

“Jammu and Kashmir police has been fighting militancy for the last so many years and keeping in view our capabilities, we are near our goal of completely finishing militancy in the state,” Mr Singh said in his address to the state’s police personnel. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

Former Defence Minister of Canada and leader of opposition United Conservative Party Jason Kenney is batting for Canadian oil and gas exports to India as he meets with host of ministers, including Harsimrat Badal, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.

He will also travel to Punjab to meet with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Kenney supports US sanctions against Iran and hopes India will stop profiting a theocratic regime in Tehran.In an exclusive conversation with The Tribune’s Smita Sharma, Kenney supported freedom of expression when asked about pro-Khalistan campaign but underlined there has to be zero tolerance to violent extremism. He also strongly criticised policies of the first Sikh minority leader Jagmeet Singh heading a political party in Canada.  Continue reading