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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The Pakistani army has denied that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa asked his officers to emulate the values of Indian democracy.

In a tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesman of the Pakistan armed forces, said the “news/comments quoting COAS’ (chief of army staff’s) address to officers at Rawalpindi regarding book ‘Army and Nation’ is a disinformation.” Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

After acquiring tanks, combat aircrafts and howitzers to counter the numerous hardships that come with manning India’s border with China, Indian soldiers are now working on overcoming their biggest barrier: language.

Indian and Chinese soldiers cross each other’s path very frequently while patrolling the 3,400km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC), and the Indian side is often at a disadvantageous position when it comes to monitoring and keeping a tab on communication of Chinese troops. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Jet Airways flight 9W 118, carrying 330 passengers and travelling to London from Mumbai, was intercepted by fighter jets on February 16 after it lost contact with air traffic control above German airspace, causing a huge security scare.

It was presumed that the aircraft had been taken over by terrorists, and a high alert was sounded. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Panic gripped residents of Malla Nallasandra nera Bannerghatta on the outskirts of the city for a while on Sunday evening when an MI 8 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) had to make an emergency landing on a field after it developed a technical snag. Six crew members, including the pilot, are safe.

The helicopter, which took off from the Air Force Station Yelahanka, was headed to Air Force Station Sulur in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Around 4.30 p.m., the helicopter was hovering close to the rooftops of houses near Koppa Gate in Bannerghatta police station limits. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

As the US-China relationship becomes fraught with tension, Asia is doing what it does best — looking for balancing powers to hedge against both an aggressive China and an uncertain America.

Over the coming weeks and months, India plans to ramp up its already strong engagement with Asia with an eye to building alliances, hedging and projecting itself as a “leading power” in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

The recent announcement by the government to fast track the railway projects in the Himalayan border areas has refocused attention on the strategic infrastructure requirements of the India’s Himalayan frontier. For centuries, the Himalayas remained a landscape of exchange of many things including goods, people, and the philosophy of Buddhism.

The Chinese on their part, extended the southern flank of the silk route into the Himalayas all the way from Ladakh and Himachal to Nathu La, located in the eastern Himalayas. Unfortunately, the post-colonial era heralded an acrimonious beginning with the closure of the famous Leh-Yarkand route, China’s annexation of Tibet and India launching its Forward policy in response to the border tensions. This resulting war of 1962 left India humiliated and significantly under prepared to defend these frontiers. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Pioneer.

While the private airliners are now looking towards the Air India facility for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is still cautious  about the upkeep of its transport fleet at the national carrier’s MRO centre for want of a mandatory certification by the Russian-based Ilyushin Design Bureau (IDB).

The IDB is a much acclaimed Russian aircraft design company, and IAF has mandated this for maintaining six IL-78 MKI crafts. Since the  AI is not eligible for the upkeep, the crafts has to be taken to Russia thus losing out money. MRO involves fixing any sort of mechanical, plumbing, or electrical device should it become out of order or broken (known as repair, unscheduled, or casualty maintenance). Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

A debate is raging between the defence ministry and military headquarters over whether spouses of the army, navy or air force chiefs should be allowed to travel with them on an official visit abroad.

The sensitive issue has reached defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to give his opinion this month as his ministry and the military administration hold opposite views on conventions and travel rules. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

While the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Gaia satellite mission is on its multi-dimensional space probe, mapping a billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, ESA’s Senior Scientific Advisor Mark McCaughrean reveals ESA’s plan for further collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in space missions.

On ISRO’s historic launch of 104 satellites at one go, he says it’s the precision in placing satellites and cost reduction. “Looking forward, he says, “ESA is planning 15 space missions including Bepe Colombo to Mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter in 2022. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to ensure that free and fair elections take place in his country in 2018, as he prepares to contest polls again.
Nasheed, who recently visited Colombo to meet his party leaders and workers, told TOI that India had a ‘moral obligation’ to ensure inclusive elections in the archipelago.

“We believe that India has a moral obligation to facilitate inclusive, free and fair elections in the Maldives,” he said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), a snoop-arm under the Defence Ministry, has been authorised to get details relating to suspected international wire transfers and banking transactions from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The move is aimed at arming the DIA with necessary details to act against terror funding and hawala transactions, mainly in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North Eastern states of the country, officials said on Sunday.

The DIA is expected to generate more action-oriented inputs to check financial crimes on the basis of analysis of FIU reports, the officials said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Military stores can now export non-armoured vehicles without obtaining a no objection certificate from the Department of Defence Production, a move expected to reduce procedural delay.

The government has amended the export licensing norms with immediate effect, excluding ‘soft skinned vehicles’ from the purview of the list of military stores requiring a NOC from the Department of Defence Production for export purposes. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

State-owned behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is hopeful of flying its future multi-role helicopter, a mock-up of which was unveiled at the just-concluded Aero India here, by 2019 — but the engine for it has not yet been finalised.

Finer details of the chopper, which will be the biggest rotary wing aircraft ever made by India, will be finalised only after specifications are received from the users to develop the different versions that are planned. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Six countries in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East consider buying Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets armed with BrahMos cruise missiles, BrahMos Aerospace representative Previn Pahtak told Sputnik.

Chief executive of the Indian-Russian joint venture, Sudhir Mishra, earlier said that the test launch of an airborne version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from an Su-30MKI was slated within the next two months. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

GE Aviation has handed over two F414-GE-INS6 engines which will eventually power Tejas MK-II by 2020. GE Aviation is in process of handing over 6 more F414-GE-INS6 engines this year alone confirmed GE Aviation to Indian media.

In October 2010, the F414-INS6 derivative of the F414 was been selected to power the MK-II version of India’s HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). India expects to purchase up to 99 installed engines. Continue reading

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