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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former chief of naval staff Admiral Arun Prakash while speaking to media backed Indian Air Force taking over command of LCA-Tejas Project from state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) , he went further ahead and even said not only LCA-Tejas Project should be taken over and operated by Indian Air Force he also advocated IAF taking over full command of HAL from the Civil-Bureaucratic controls .

Citing a neighborhood example of JF-17 program which is under direct control and management of Pakistan Air Force, Former chief supported IAF moves to take over LCA-Tejas Project in running its day to day operations at the production line and again cited example of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) which is HAL of Pakistan and is involved in manufacturing of all Pakistani defence aerospace projects but is fully managed by Senior ranked Pakistan Air Force officials. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

China has been extending support to its “all-weather” ally Pakistan with an aim to counter India. The latest in its series of efforts, China is helping Pakistan with the construction of eight submarines to ensure a tough competition to the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean.

According to sources, under Project Hangor, China’s shipbuilding industry is building the submarines which will soon be handed over to Pakistan. India, as of now, has 16 submarines while Pakistan has 10. The acquisition of new submarines is a part of Pakistan’s effort to scale up its capabilities in underwater warfare.  Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

India on Monday successfully test fired supersonic cruise missile BrahMos off the Odisha coast, proving it one of the best all-weather weapon systems.

The missile was fired at 10.18 a.m. from a test range at Chandipur in Balasore district. The life extension test achieved all parameters, said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

After conducting a ground test of 195 seconds, a high thrust version of the Vikas Engine was successfully qualified at ISROPropulsion Complex (IPRC) in Tirunelveli district’s Mahendragiri, of Tamil Nadu.
This engine would improve the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles.

The test was conducted on Sunday, and validated the performance adequacy of Vikas Engine to be used in the upcoming second developmental flight of GSLV Mk-III Vikas Engine, a workhorse liquid rocket engine designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), powers the second stage of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

China has set up an unmanned automatic weather observation station near the Indian border in the Tibet Autonomous Region to provide meteorological support to national defense.

The station in Yumai township under Lhunze county of Shannan Prefecture in Tibet will eliminate a blind area of meteorological services. It will also provide strong meteorological support for national defense and further promote border development as well as military-civilian integration, according to a statement on the official website of the Tibet weather bureau. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s stand on a plea by a cleric seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and star, terming it un-Islamic and resembling that of a Pakistani political party.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, to seek instructions from the government on the issue and posted it for hearing after two weeks. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

As former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, sits behind bars, Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit chief Hafiz Saeed openly campaigns for the country’s forthcoming general elections.

Saeed inaugurated several offices in Lahore and canvassed for the candidates of Milli Muslim League (MML) contesting the elections, which are scheduled for July 25. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

China had occupied a special place in the heart of Neatji Subhas Chandra Bose who had sent a medical mission to the country 80 years back, the Director of the Netaji Research Bureau Professor Sugata Bose has said.

“Eighty years ago Subhas Chandra Bose as Congress president had sent a medical mission to China led by Dr M Atal,” Sugata Bose, an eminent academician and the grandnephew of Netaji, said at a seminar: ‘China-India Connections in Modern History’ at Netaji Research Bureau last evening. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

A court here on Monday sent Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women’s group “Dukhtaran-e-Milat” (Daughters of Faith), and two associates to 30 days judicial custody for allegedly advocating secession of Jammu and Kashmir and violence.

After Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen were presented before Special NIA Judge Poonam Bamba on expiry of their 10-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody in connection with a sedition case filed against them. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Thirteen teachers of a private school in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town were detained last week for allegedly ‘glorifying militancy’ and motivating students to become militants.

Videos doing the rounds on social media showed 13–14-year-old boys being encouraged to act as militants somewhere in the forests of Zandafaran, where they had gone for a school excursion in the first week of July. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come under severe criticism by Defence Ministry after HAL quoted over ?463 crore for each 83 Mk-1A variants featuring specific advancements which made it even more expensive than twin-engine Sukhoi-30 assembled in India for just over ?400 crore.

What raised several eyebrows was that for Mk-1, HAL quoted ?100 crore and price hike from ?100 crore to ?463 crore for Mk-1A even though a major chunk of the systems remain the same! what has to lead to a sudden surge in price even if new systems and inflations are factored in? HAL needs to answer them first. Continue reading

SOURCE: Telegraphindia

The Centre has decided to raise 17 more battalions of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to fortify the frontiers with Pakistan and China in the wake of heightened tension, government sources said.

The BSF guards the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders while the ITBP protects the 3,488km disputed Line of Actual Control with China. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

There are suggestions that the Navy should move out of Mumbai. What are your thoughts on this?

Navy’s presence pre-dates this city becoming commercial. The naval dockyard is more than 250 years old. Navy today facilitates development, including commercial development. There has been a lot of investment in this area. On both east and west coast of India, the selection of bases has been done after a lot of consideration. Continue reading

SOURCE: National Herald

Make in India in defence is a serious issue. Unfortunately, this government specialises in image-making & in coinages like Make in India… a kind of building an advertising campaign .(Outspoken in his criticism of ordnance factories, Air Vice Marshal (Rtd) Kapil Kak, however, supports the idea of ‘Make in India’ and participation of the private sector in manufacturing defence hardware)

Make in India in defence is a serious issue. Unfortunately, this government specialises in perception building, image-making and in coinages like Make in India… a kind of building an advertising campaign…what we have is just a document. Where is the policy? We are still groping around defence procurement procedures, not even policy. Where is Defence production strategy ? Continue reading