SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
According to Alan Warnes, Assistant Editor for leading military aviation magazine ” AirForces Monthly” who attended 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition 2017 In Malaysia in his latest tweet has said that as per his reliable sources Indian Air Force has shown Interest in procuring Mikoyan MiG-29N operated by Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
The Royal Malaysian Air Force ( RMAF ) in 1995 had procured 18 MiG-29N from Russia against expert advice from its own Defence Analyst and Ex-RMAF officials since RMAF was accustomed to fielding fighters from the West and in particular from the United States. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
As part of efforts to enhance defence cooperation and boost exports with friendly countries, India is in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for the supply of Dhruv, the indigenously developed advanced light helicopter (ALH).
Supplying defence equipment and providing assistance in setting up domestic manufacturing capability have become the new normal in India’s defence cooperation with regional countries. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Israel has offered to sell India its armed unmanned aerial vehicles Eitan or Heron TP in order to enhance its stand-off strike as well as long-range strategic strike capability. The offer is still on the table, with South Block interested in bringing the unmanned weapon through “Make in India” route.
With the security establishment convinced that long range stand-off weapons would take precedence over direct engagement in future conflicts, New Delhi has been interested in acquiring armed medium-high altitude, long-endurance UAVs with payload capability in the form of laser-guided bombs or air-to-ground missiles. In this context, Indian military has been looking towards the US and Israel for acquiring Predators or Heron TPs. Continue reading
SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST
While the United States is preoccupied by the threat of nuclear weapons in the hands of potential adversaries such as Russia, China or North Korea, the danger of nuclear conflict may actually be greatest between two of its allies, Pakistan and India. The two nations have engaged in four wars starting since their partition along religious lines in 1947. A fifth could be drastically more costly, as their nuclear capabilities continue to grow and diversify.
Several years ago I made the acquaintance of a Pakistani nuclear science student in China. Curious about the thinking behind his country’s nuclear program, I asked if he really believed there was a possibility that India would invade Pakistan. “There’s still a lot of old-school thinkers in the Congress Party that believe India and Pakistan should be united,” he told me. Continue reading
SOURCE: shepard media with idrw.org inputs
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is aiming to freeze the preliminary design of its Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) so it can be built over the next 18 months. The state-owned aerospace firm is also looking for engines to power the IMRH.
HAL is likely to issue an RfI within next six months . The ambitious project to design and make a medium-lift helicopter for the armed forces has been in the offing for several years. About a decade back, HAL had invited bids from global helicopter majors to co-develop this class of helicopters, but the plan did not take off. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Pioneer
In his 27-month stint, Parrikar set the reforms ball rolling on many fronts. While Arun Jaitley, holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry, can be expected to proceed along the course set by his predecessor, he will be hard-pressed for time to manage it well
The sudden departure of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Goa as Chief Minister, has surprised many. Now, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) needs a full-time Minister to fill in the void left by Parrikar in the modernisation of our defence services. Continue reading
A 90-member delegation from the People’s Liberation Army of China took part in Pakistan’s annual Republic Day events Thursday not just as a routine diplomatic gesture. The PLA honor guard contingent marked China’s first participation in the Middle Eastern country’s landmark political holiday. It showed the world how close the two Asian neighbors have become and how China suddenly wants everyone else to know.
Q: What do they both have in common? Continue reading
The Tibetan spiritual leader’s upcoming visit to Tawang, the district through which he first entered India, is probably behind China’s new desire to claim the area.
Claude Arpi recalls the Dalai Lama’s arrival in Tawang in March 1959 and explains why His Holiness will once again receive a grand welcome, whether Beijing likes it or not. Continue reading
Amid mounting uncertainty over US President Donald Trump’s Asia policy, India and Singapore will review their ties next month when Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan visits India.While there has been no official announcement yet, Balakrishnan is likely to visit India in the third week of April, government sources here said.
Apart from helping India with urban solutions and smart cities, Singapore remains an increasingly significant partner for the government in defence, counter-terrorism and maritime security cooperation.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Balakrishnan are expected to follow up on decisions taken by the the two governments during PM Narendra Modi’s summit meeting with his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in October last year. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
International peacekeeping is likely to emerge as the focus of military collaboration between India and Nepal in the coming years, a senior diplomatic source in Kathmandu said on Sunday.
Nepal’s emerging role in peacekeeping exercises has been highlighted against the backdrop of the ongoing multi-nation military exercise it is hosting as well as the visit of the Chinese Defence Minister, Chang Wangquan, to Kathmandu. Continue reading
Moinudheen Parakadavath, a resident of Kasargod and an important link in the Kerala Islamic State (IS) module of 22 missing persons, including women and children who travelled to Afghanistan, has told the NIA and central intelligence agencies that members of the so-called caliphate wanted to target several Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to “create ripples”.
Ahmadiyya leaders and Jamaat-e-Islami have condemned IS activities in the past and said the outfit was causing more harm to Muslims and Islam than the enemies of Islam. Kerala-based Moinudheen, who was arrested by the NIA upon his deportation from Abu Dhabi on February 14, also revealed that “secret” online groups of IS members would regularly discuss their targets in India. Continue reading
MONTHS AFTER a spate of incidents involving possible sabotage of railway tracks in Maharashtra, the state police headquarters has issued a security advisory asking the Government Railway Police (GRP) to keep a vigil on unauthorised hawkers and others loitering on railway premises.
The Indian Railways has beefed up security measures and asked its technical staff to inspect and enhance patrolling in railway stations and also to initiate special drives to crack down on unauthorised people inside railway stations and other premises. A three-day drive was launched by the Western Railway (WR) earlier this week and sources say more such drives will be carried out in the coming days. Continue reading
A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom.
The report by the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) in Pakistan titled “National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 2017? reportedly details how terror groups generate funds through criminal activities. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE NEWS PK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak out for the rights of Muhajirs in Karachi, the self-exiled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain said on Thursday, The Indian Express reported.
He said Modi had failed to speak out for the people who lived in India for centuries.“I would like to register my complaint with the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, as I regret to say, you never raise your voice for your own people who lived in India for centuries. Our forefathers made a big mistake and migrated to Pakistan, but we were born here, and never accepted as Pakistani or sons of soil. Mr. Prime Minister you should have raised your voice for your own people in Karachi, Pakistan,” he added. Continue reading