SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
The second Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), INS Aridhaman, is slated to be launched in November or December of this year, according to Indian media reports.
A source told The Hindu that “final checks are under way.” The source adds that “all the three modules have been integrated.” The likely launch date is set for late November. That may be difficult to achieve, but “in December, it will definitely be in the sea,” according to another official source. Continue reading
The Indian Air Force is about to launch competition to add new fighter aircraft. This would be in addition, to the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft, already in place.The Indian Chief of Staff of the Air Force has indicated that the IAF will buy additional Rafales but also add a new a single engine jet to modernize its fighter force.
The frontrunners in the single engine competition are Saab’s Gripen and Lockheed Martin’s F-16.Such a competition is not simply a platform competition, but a capability one as well in terms of the industrial and combat ecosystems associated with each aircraft. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / Business Standard
The commissioning on Monday of India’s third and newest anti-submarine corvette, INS Kiltan, by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is good news. But it also underlines the ills that plague warship building in India. The Kiltan was commissioned five years later than originally scheduled and without anti-submarine capabilities that are fundamental to such a corvette.
Three and a half years after the National Democratic Alliance came to power promising to quickly make up the military’s arms shortfalls, it is evident that, in warship building like in the procurement of other weaponry, this government has performed no better than the United Progressive Alliance before it. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TIMES
Any effort to describe the bravery of Indian soldiers always falls short of adjectives to describe their heroics in the 1962 Sino-India. While the Indian perspective always tends to give it a pass by calling it Chinese aggression or a debacle, the Chinese use it to threat India every now and then and the recent Doklam issue perfectly sums up the statement.
While the defeat in 1962 is a truth more inconvenient than any other, it’s also a fact India too had shined the multiple theatres of war where Indian army not only humbled the Chinese but also proved that it only takes fearless gallantry to break the myth of Chinese invincibility. Continue reading
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will deliver his first major policy speech on India tomorrow, two days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley ended his week-long visit to America during which he raised some of the key issues of concern with the American leadership.
Mr Tillerson will deliver his remarks on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think tank, a statement said. Continue reading
A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting. Thirty years on, BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare revisits the former battlefields of Sri Lanka with a retired Indian major-general who served there.
The main hospital in the northern city of Jaffna is a clean, white building, bustling with activity. At first glance there is little to suggest that it was the site of a terrible human rights tragedy in October 1987. Continue reading
The navy’s Poseidon 8-India (P8I) aircraft has joined the massive search for 10 sailors missing after their ship, struck by a storm, sank in the Pacific off the Philippines last week. Two search flights have failed to produce results, say officials.
On Friday, the 33,205-tonne Emerald Star, with 26 Indians on board, sent a distress signal when a typhoon struck. Sixteen sailors were rescued by ships nearby. The Indian missions in the Philippines, Japan and China have launched a search for the missing sailors. Continue reading
The Trump administration took six months to make a hard-headed review of America’s Afghanistan policy and it seemed finally prepared to strong-arm Pakistan as never before to end its terrorist links. On October 3, Defence Secretary Mattis told the Congress that the US would make one more effort to work with Pakistan and if these efforts failed Trump was “prepared to take whatever steps are necessary”. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Dunford remarked at the same hearing that “it was clear to him that the ISI had ties with terrorist groups”.
Pakistan has had periods of high tension with the US before but has bounced back both because of regional developments and techniques mastered over the years to handle the Americans that include false narratives, including security ones involving India, and piece-meal action on their demands, giving Washington hope but not satisfaction. Continue reading
SOURCE: Pajhwok Services
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to visit India in two weeks before his trip to Pakistan, a reliable source said on Tuesday. Earlier, Pakistan chief of army staff Javed Qamar Bajwa invited President Ghani to visit Islamabad. Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal said the president accepted the invitation.
However, he said, the details and time of the visit would be ascertained and determined after both countries held joint consultations. Continue reading
SOURCE: DH News Service
Indian Air Force plans to land several of its fighter and transport aircraft on the Agra-Lucknow express-way next week to train the pilots on emergency landing. Allhabad-based Central Air Command intends to land multiple aircraft including Mirage and Jaguar fighters on the highway on October 24, defence ministry sources said.
This would be the third highway landing for IAF in the last two years. Previously Yamuna Express way, which connects Delhi to Agra, and Lucknow-Agra express way were used by the force for some of its combat jets to touch down. Continue reading
Bangladesh naval ship Somudra Avijan arrived here today on a four-day goodwill visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC).Prior to the arrival, the ship yesterday carried out passage exercise which included naval manoeuvres in the Bay of Bengal prior to entering into the port, a navy release said here today.
The Bangladesh Navy ship was accorded a warm reception by the officials of the ENC and Eastern Fleet with the Indian Naval Band in attendance on its arrival. Continue reading
Chinese President Xi Jinping will present his work report at the opening session of the Communist Party’s five-yearly Congress on Wednesday. But there were doubts if he would mention the recent six-week border stand-off with India, the most significant military contest since Xi initiated a comprehensive revamping of the People’s Liberation Army three years back.
The work report usually discusses the party’s performance in different aspects of governance within the country and its relationship with the world. Mentioning or not mentioning Doklam would be an important decision for the party because the military plays a key role in the political establishment. The PLA holds two of the seven seats in the party’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee. Continue reading
Three trade unions of civilian employees in the defence sector have strongly opposed any move to run ordnance factories on public-private partnership basis.
In a letter to the ministry of defence, prime minister’s office and the secretary of defence production, the trade unions have drawn the government’s attention to a series of demands.As many as 4 lakh civilian employees across the country are enrolled with the three trade unions — All Indian Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), which has headquarters in Khadki, Bhartiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS) and the Indian National Defence Workers Federation (INDWF). Union members held a two-day meeting in Kolkata recently. Continue reading
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