A CRPF trooper who survived the massacre of 25 colleagues by Maoists in Chhattisgarh said on Tuesday that 50 insurgents would be killed in revenge.
Constable Mahendra Kumar, warded in a hospital here, said in a slow and halting voice that he himself would go back to Sukma district, where the carnage took place on Monday, once he recovers.Sounding weak and with his head bandaged, Kumar said from the hospital bed that the Central Reserve Police Force contingent was in a forested patch to give security to workers engaged in building a road.
Post Sukma Naxal attack, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday suggested the imposition of a state of emergency in Maoist strongholds in Chhattisgarh.
Swamy asserted that Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) should be enacted in Maoist-affected areas of the state in order to give a befitting reply to the ultras, who killed as many as 26 CRPF personnel. Continue reading
An 80-feet long tunnel dug between India and Bangladesh has been found by the Border Security Force. The tunnel was found in north Bengal during searches by the force along the 4,096 km border shared with Bangladesh. The BSF believes this one was being built by cattle smugglers to minimise the risk of detection by its guards.
BSF Deputy Inspector General Devi Sharan Singh at the BSF’s sector headquarters in Kishanganj told PTI that the smugglers were digging the tunnel under the fence. The tunnel was being constructed through a tea garden by the cattle smugglers for a long time, mostly at night, said the DIG. Continue reading
SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
In India owing to a much higher price than expected, only 36 MMRCA category fighter jets have been contracted to be obtained in the form of Rafale out of the required number of 126 MMRCA category of fighter jets that are required by IAF.
Thus another opportunity presents itself for IAF to evaluate fighter jets from companies of other countries. Although the final decision rests with IAF to determine the fighter jet that it evaluates to be suited to its requirement ; MiG 35 of RAC MiG from Russia , a 4++ generation fighter aircraft, holds many positives over the fighter jets in the same category and should be positively taken into consideration while obtaining the remaining number of 90 MMRCA category of fighter jets by IAF. A brief explanation citing quite a few technologies incorporated in MiG 35 giving an insight into its capabilities is attempted in the write up that follows.
When the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a working lunch on Wednesday, an agreement for the development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm will be the hottest dish on the table.
Sri Lankan and Indian government sources said the two sides will finalise an MoU for a joint venture to develop the 99-tank storage facility, which is an extension of Trincomalee Port, ahead of Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka for the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations in the second week of May. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ain Online
Amid growing concern in the West about the vulnerability of large warships to very fast sea-skimming missiles, Russian news agencies have reported a successful firing test of the long-range hypersonic Zircon weapon. Coincidentally, India has recently been test-firing new versions of the medium-range supersonic Brahmos missile, which is a joint venture between India and Russia and is based on the P-800 Onix, one of several supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles in service with the Russian Navy.
With Russian help, India is developing a hypersonic Brahmos II version, which could be based on the Zircon. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India’s latest military doctrine has added surgical strikes, including across the border, among India’s possible responses to terrorist attacks.
The ‘joint doctrine Indian armed forces’ prepared by the Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff was released by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Navy Chief in the South Block on Tuesday. The first joint military doctrine was released in 2006. Continue reading
SOURCE: Oorvani Media
The latest kerfuffle on the nuclear front has been stirred up by comments made last month by a Harvard faculty member of Indian origin at a conference at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. He opined that India has shifted or is shifting its nuclear doctrine from a retaliatory one to a one based on first-strike, which could well be in a preemptive mode. This means that India might well abandon no first-use, either soon as part of this shift or in face of provocation.
The Harvard academic derives this intent from Choices, a book by the last national security adviser Shivshankar Menon, and buttressed by his perusal of the writings of Lt Gen B.S. Nagal, former custodian of India’s strategic weapons and currently head of the Indian army funded think tank, Center for Land Warfare Studies. Continue reading
India needs to systematically prepare for the “emerging triad” of space, cyberspace and special operations in support of military operations, even as it builds an integrated land-air-sea warfighting machinery, maintains credible nuclear deterrence and guards against unconventional threats.
This, in essence, is the underlying theme of the “Joint Doctrine of Indian Armed Forces” released by chairman of the chiefs of staff committee Admiral Sunil Lanba, in the presence of Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and General Bipin Rawat, on Tuesday. Continue reading
Chhattisgarh witnessed one of the deadliest Naxal attacks ever since the red insurgency began over a decade ago. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party was ambushed on Monday and 25 jawans were killed, raising questions on the capacity of security forces to thwart the Maoist terror. CNN-News 18’s Shreya Dhoundiyal spoke to DM Awasthi, Director-General (Anti-Naxal Operations) Chhattisgarh Police, who insisted that his force and CRPF would “strike back” for Monday’s horror. Continue reading
Israel’s Ambassador to New Delhi Daniel Carmon on Tuesday said that after 25 years of “low key, low volume” bilateral cooperation, he could feel doors were opening at governmental level, as India has overcome its hesitance to accept its relation with the Jewish nation openly.
“Being not visible had its impediments. Defence Cooperation gave us the luxury to have low visibility, but cooperation has been low key low volume,” Carmon said at Dr. Shayama Prasad Mukherjee Lecture on “India, Israel: Enduring Partnership”. Continue reading
India is looking to invest in a colonial-era Sri Lankan oil-storage facility as it seeks to further its naval interests in the Indian Ocean and push China back in the process.
A unit of state-owned Indian Oil Corp., the country’s largest refiner, is set to help fund the $350 million development of an 84-tank facility at the strategically located Trincomalee port on Sri Lanka’s east coast. India and Sri Lanka are also discussing setting up a refinery in the island nation, according to Shyam Bohra, managing director of Indian Oil’s subsidiary Lanka IOC. Continue reading
Describing India as the “biggest strategic opportunity” for the US, a former top Pentagon official today said the two countries now need to demonstrate “mutual flexibility” as well as ambition to reach a new level of cooperation.
“I would say the biggest strategic opportunity is India,” Kelly Magsamen, the former US principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for Asian and pacific security affairs told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on Asia Pacific region. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), the premier shipyard in the country set up by the Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. in 1941 recognising the strategic importance of the coast, has received a shot in the arm with the Ministry of Defence nominating it for collaboration with one of the leading shipyards of South Korea.
In all probability, the South Korean Government will nominate the Hyundai Heavy Industries, world’s largest shipyard, for the collaboration. Continue reading
The Army has cleared a proposal to allow Major Generals in the force to attend short-duration courses to sharpen their leadership skills, given the ever changing military technology landscape and geopolitical developments.
The courses, syllabus and other modalities are yet to be worked out.It was cleared at the Army Commanders conference chaired by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat last week. Continue reading