China plans to complete ahead of schedule a USD two billion hydropower project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to ease energy crisis in Pakistan.
Karot Hydropower Project is being built on Jhelum river on “Build-Own-Operate-Transfer” basis for 30 years. It will be owned by the Chinese company for 30 years, after which ownership will be turned over to the government of Pakistan. Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
The Narendra Modi government now has a problem on its hands. The Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Programme (FGFA) was planned about a decade ago and several billion dollars have been spent by both the countries for its design and development.
As far as the Indian Air Force is concerned, the FGFA was part of its future. But with the IAF giving the government its doubts about the project in writing, the Modi government will have problems on its hands. Will it accept the IAF’s point and close the programme it has heavily invested in for years? This becomes tricky as the Russians are still India’s closest military ally and a decision to not go ahead with it could strain ties. There will also, most certainly, be pressure from the Russians. Going ahead with it would also make the Air Force unhappy. Continue reading
SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Israeli company, Elta after winning contract, to supply 61 Elta’s ELM-2052 AESA radar to be equipped on DARIN-3 upgraded Jaguar fleet of Indian Air Force was largely seen as in the driver seat before India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be equipped on soon to be developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant.
Request for quotation (RFQ) for 80 AESA radars issued last December had asked for fast delivery scheduled since the project is expected to go alive by 2019 followed by production by 2021. Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosoboronexport (Russia), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France) were some of the companies which received RFQ but tight delivery schedule meant not all agreed to participate. Continue reading
Sweden’s Saab has entered the Indian Navy competition for its Project-75(I) submarine acquisition program, submitting a response to the navy’s Request For Information (RFI) based on the Saab Kockums A26 submarine.
Jan Widerström, Saab India Country Head and Chairman, confirmed to StratPost, “We are responding to the RFI.” Continue reading
The Indian tender process for Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORAD) is at a curious juncture following final user trials held in India in May this year.The Indian armed forces have been running a tri-service tender competition for VSHORAD systems since 2010 for 5185 missiles and 800 launchers.
There were three contenders for the order: the Russian Igla-S system, the Saab RBS70NG and the MBDA Mistral. Although the Indian Army already operates a version of the Igla, the Russian system failed the tracking element of the user trials in May. In fact, the Russian system has never been able to successfully prosecute a target under the summer sun in an Indian desert. The Saab system, which was perceived to be overweight in terms of one of its components, managed to display a compliant weight reduction and track the target. Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The U.S. government is under considerable pressure from Australia and Qatar to close the deal for the last unsold C-17 Globemaster III military transport jet built by Boeing Co before production was halted, even though India already has conveyed to the US government its intent to buy it, delays in final agreement with India is allowing other prospective buyers to build pressure .
IAF operates 10 C-17 Globemaster III and wanted to procure 3 more when Boeing Co decided to halt the production after orders dried up from United States Air Force after 2013. Boeing Co then decided to produce 10 more C-17 for export customers which were later picked up Kuwait, Australia and Qatar. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Wire
US President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan policy has Pakistan in a tizzy even after two months, with the latter’s response ranging from recounting its contributions to the US-led war on terror to its parliament threatening to block the ground lines of communication running through its territory to choke the supply to the International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan. Trump has practically put Pakistan on notice that should it continue to harbour and nurture the Afghan Taliban, particularly its most lethal wing, the Haqqani terrorist network (HQN), there will be serious consequences. One element in the US president’s speech that really rattled Pakistan was his call to India to increase its supportive role in Afghanistan.
Pakistani political leaders, the army chief and commentators alike have come out swinging against Trump’s suggestion, claiming that any Indian involvement in Afghanistan is inimical to Islamabad’s interests. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE PRINT
The moot point is whether our senior military leadership really wants to influence strategy and policy, or are they happy in their operational cocoons. A few years ago, it suddenly dawned upon the senior leadership in the US military that almost 15 years of non-stop combat in Iraq and Afghanistan had seriously eroded the intellectual capital within their service and had given little time for the senior leadership to enter the strategic domain in the right manner.
Senior officer education in the US Army starts at the colonel level after officers have completed a battalion command or equivalent assignment and are reasonably certain to make one star. Continue reading
An Indian Naval patrol aircraft failed to find any more survivors of merchant ship Emerald Star that sank off the coast of Japan last week, even as 10 Indians are still missing.
A P8-I maritime surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy on Monday joined the search and rescue operations to look for any survivors. The Indian Navy said a capsized life boat around 10 meters long was found, and the information was relayed to the Japanese coast guard in Okinawa. The crew of the P8-I aircraft were told that the Japanese coast guard had already located the life boat and searched the area, but no survivors or bodies were found. Continue reading
A 22-year-old Pakistani man was today arrested from along the International Border in Suchetgarh sector of R S Pura here soon after he crossed over to this side of the fence, a BSF officer said.During questioning, the man, identified as Ali Raja, said that he was a tailor at Pasroor in Pakistan’s Sialkot, the officer said, adding Pakistani currency notes were recovered from him.
Border Security Force (BSF) troops noticed that a man was trying to sneak into this side in the early hours under the cover of darkness and subsequently arrested him near the border fence, he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: India Blooms News Service
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be visiting Andaman & Nicobar Command on 18 and 19 October, 2017, according to a release by the Ministry of Defence. On her maiden visit to the Command, the Defence Minister will be celebrating Diwali with troops and interacting with the families during various events over the two days.
During her schedule, Sitharaman will be visiting the operational area of the Command and Air Force Station Car Nicobar. Continue reading
The Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade DMR 249A steel plates for the indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS Kiltan which was commissioned yesterday into Indian Navy. It is the third of the four indigenously built AWS stealth corvettes under project 28 (Kamorta class) to join Indian Navy after sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt.
SAIL’s integrated functioning across all its plants has again successfully supplied the required quantity of steel for this significant project. DMR 249A is a low carbon micro-alloyed grade of steel with stringent toughness requirement at sub-zero temperature. Continue reading
Pakistan’s Punjab government on Tueday sought the extension of detention of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed under public safety law, two days after withdrawing its application to prolong his house arrest under the anti-terrorism law.
Saeed, the Jamat-ud-Dawah chief who has been under house arrest since January, was presented before a three-member provincial judicial review board amid high security. Continue reading
India has made an official request to purchase two ISTAR aircraft under a government-to-government deal. The move comes within a month of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ visit to India. A formal letter of request was sent to the U.S. Defense Department earlier this month expressing intent to procure two intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft via the Foreign Military Sales program, a Ministry of Defense official said.
“This is a priority program, as many of the [Indian Air Force’s] surveillance programs have been delayed,” the MoD official said.
Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport has decided against participating in the tenders of India’s Interior Ministry for the purchase of over 20,000 7.62×39 mm automatic rifles, a source in the system of military and technical cooperation told TASS on Monday.
“The tender documentation is 99% specified by specialists of India’s Interior Ministry for the outdated Kalashnikov automatic rifles produced in Bulgaria under the expired Soviet license. The requirements of India’s Interior Ministry for the purchase of over 20,000 automatic rifles for the reserve of the national police and the border guard service do not allow Russian companies from the very outset to submit their commercial bids,” the source said. Continue reading