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Defence experts on Tuesday applauded the move of the Indian Army to award Major Gogoi, adding that no security personnel would have adopted such non-violent measure in order to save so many lives.Defence expert Shivali Deshpande opined that no other army in the world is so tolerant and had Major Gogoi opened fire, there would have been bloodshed.

“Heartiest congratulations to Major Gogoi. He has been awarded for the incident where he tied a man to his jeep to be used as a human shield in order to save lives of many. Which army in the world would adopt such non-violent measures at the time of crisis to save lives of more than 400? It is only the Indian Army which has shown lot of restraint and Major Gogoi as well,” Shivali told ANI. Continue reading


An Indian defence delegation is on a week-long visit to China during which it will meet with Chinese Foreign ministry officials and pay visits to various defence sites, an embassy statement said here today.

The delegation from the National Defence College of India is led by Major General Anil P Dere and will visit capital Beijing, besides Nanjing and Shanghai. Continue reading


Pakistan has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold an early hearing in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, a media report said today.

The Express Tribune, citing sources, reported that the Pakistan Foreign Office has sent a letter to the Hague-based ICJ’s registrar, expressing Pakistan’s desire for a quick hearing, preferably over the next few weeks. Continue reading


Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat recently said that India’s armed forces must fight the next war with indigenous solutions, making a strong pitch for developing the domestic defence industry. Army Chief should receive commendable praise for pushing indigenous solutions over imported solutions, but his word will remain a pep talk unless Indian Army comes out its own shell and starts buying available indigenous weapons in first place.

Indian Army Armoured Corps at least in Main Battle Tank requirement is 99% made out of imported Russian-supplied T-XX Battle tanks which show indigenous Pep Talk General Bipin Rawat was giving is yet to reach his own commanders who are still adamant to push the country into buying more imported Main Battle Tanks even in future. Continue reading


Responding to army’s call to get a new high calibre assault rifle, the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has developed a weapon on a fast track basis. In normal course, it takes around a year at least to come up with a new weapon. But the assault rifle was ready in six months. The rifle of 7.62×52 calibre operates on the rotating bolt model, same as the legendary AK-47. However, the OFB gun has a higher calibre compared to AK-47 which is a 7.62×39 rifle.

The guns will be manufactured at Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) in West Bengal, said director general of OFB S C Bajpai. He was in city to address the valedictory function of Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) officers at the National Academy of Defence Production (NADP). Continue reading


The price of Kamov light-utility choppers to be built in India is coming out to be almost 2.5 times the cost of the 60 such helicopters that would be built in Russia and supplied to the Indian Army and Air Force, for operations in high altitude areas such as Siachen and Ladakh.

The issue over price and transfer of technology are slowing the deal which the armed forces require urgently to be completed to replace their vintage fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers for critical operations. Continue reading


Last week, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa sent a personal letter to nearly 12,000 officers of the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking them to be prepared for operations “at a very short notice”. The ‘personal’ letter is believed to be the first of its kind written by an Indian air chief – though it is known that two army chiefs, Field Marshal KM Cariappa in May 1950 and General K Sundarji in February 1986, had sent similar letters to the Indian Army officers.

Of course, in his personal letter, the air chief has written on a plethora of issues, all intended to boost the morale of his officers, but the timing of his letter seems to be influenced by the deteriorating relations with Pakistan and heightening of insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir. Continue reading


After several years of wrangling, the Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are likely to get the Apache multi-role attack helicopters from the U.S.The Army, which has long pitched for its own dedicated fleet of attack helicopters, is likely to get its way through, sources said. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, discussed the issue last week.

The Army initially asked for 22 attack helicopters to be transferred to its custody, which was rejected by the Air Force. The IAF has strongly opposed the creation of a separate mini-Air wing by the Army, which the former felt would reduce its role. Continue reading


The new Russian Irkut MC-21-300 airliner, which is undergoing flight tests this week in preparation for its first lift-off, could well have an Indian partner at the helm, with Mahindra and Mahindra close to inking a deal to supply airframe parts and assemblies as well as certain components for the civil aviation aircraft.

The aerospace unit of Mahindra and Mahindra is to manufacture parts for the Russian airliner, and could even lend a hand with designing the interiors of the aircraft, sources said. The first MC-21 aircraft is currently lodged at the flight test division of the Irkutsk Aviation plant located near Siberia, they added. Continue reading


The Government of India (GoI) has decided to go ahead with the “strategic sale” to a “strategic partner” of 26% of its present 54% share in the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), which produces critical hardware for India’s armed forces (military, for short).

Disinvestment of the GoI shares in public assets originated in during the Congress’ times, but disinvestment of a defence-sector PSU is a first which the BJP-led NDA II government can claim. The strategy behind the sale is questionable, especially since the GoI loses control over policy and production in BEML. Continue reading


Well begun, it is said, is half done. There has been a flurry of new initiatives and policy decisions on several fronts in the gigantic defence ministry, with all its national security imperatives and complexities, since the Modi government assumed office three years ago.

However, while marking a decisive shift from the status quoist era under the risk-averse A K Antony’s eight-year stint as defence minister, good beginnings are yet to largely translate into concrete realities on the ground. Yes, the government has fulfilled its promise to implement the long-pending one rank, one-pension scheme for over 21 lakh veterans, notwithstanding some disgruntlement over its final form. Continue reading


The government has resolved a year-long logjam that has held up approvals for industrial licences to manufacture defence equipment under the Make in India initiative, providing a big relief to the private sector which has shown keen interest in investing in the space.

A tussle within departments had resulted in the government issuing no licences since June 2016 under a policy that is aimed at local manufacturing of military aircraft, warships, ammunition and armoured vehicles. Through a new notification issued on Friday, the home ministry has empowered Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to grant the licences, but under its strict “supervision and control”. Continue reading


Batting for a radical change to make military procurements more efficient and time bound, a high level committee, government appointed committee has recommended the setting up of an autonomous defence acquisition organization (DAO) within the defence ministry that will be in charge of formulating policy, planning and executing weapons purchases for the armed forces.

Setting up a detailed roadmap for the creation of the new organization, the committee, headed by management guru Dr Pritam Singh has recommended the dismantling of the current system that is described as ‘diffused across the MoD and services’ and is prone to bureaucratic delays. Continue reading


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan on May 18 to take “all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings”.  At this stage, India could not have asked for more. The Indian political, legal and diplomatic teams have been successful and deserve to be congratulated Pakistan has wanted to use the Jadhav issue to aggressively push its false narrative of Indian sponsorship of “state terrorism” in Pakistan.

In so doing it has also sought to unprecedentedly smear the Indian intelligence set-up. These aspects have vastly complicated the matter, making its resolution difficult.India has had to ensure Jadhav’s safety, counter the onslaught on its intelligence establishment and craft innovative responses to Pakistani attempts to erode its international image.   Continue reading


Despite a deep political and diplomatic partnership for decades, the Indo-Russian relationship is beginning to show early signs of rigor mortis. Ties between the two countries are overwhelmingly dependent on the sale and, in recent years, joint production of weapons systems.

The only other area of cooperation that has reflected the “special and privileged” nature of the relationship is nuclear energy. Beyond this, the trade and investment relationship is virtually non-existent. Even in natural gas and oil, where flourishing trade should have existed given Russia’s abundant supply and India’s growing demand, very little exists beyond a few notable Indian investments in Russian oil and gas companies and fields. The deals signed last year, if they come to fruition, could however boost mutual investments in this sector. Continue reading

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