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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India has moved a step closer to dealing with contemporary and new threats with the Cabinet Committee on Security recently clearing the formation of three agencies, the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency and the Special Operation Division, a government official familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

All three will be tri-service agencies, which means they will draw from each service and serve under the command of the Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee, a second official confirmed. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Central intelligence agencies have alerted West Bengal Police about possible bomb attacks by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in north Bengal during the ongoing Durga Puja festivities, according to a media report.

The intelligence report says JMB may carry out subversive activities in Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. The report added that two operatives of the terror outfit have already entered India from Bangladesh and are camping in Dinhata red light area in Coochbehar district. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

The deal for procurement of S-400 Triumf Air Defence Missile System signed during President’s Putin’s visit to India earlier this month comes as no surprise. It had been in the coagulated pipeline of India-Russia defence trade for a long time along with a host of other procurement proposals.

What apparently lent urgency to the S-400 deal, apart from the need to showcase the continued solidarity between the two countries during President Putin’s visit, is the fact that China has already signed the deal for acquiring the same system from Russia. This air defence system, considered best in the world at present, can put India at a great military disadvantage vis-à-vis China if it were not be acquired by us.

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SOURCE: FE

New Delhi and Moscow could soon sign agreement to procure $2.2-billion stealth frigates deal — Admiral Grigorovich-class (Project 11356) or advanced Talwar-class frigates. Speaking to FE Online on condition of anonymity, senior naval officers confirmed that the agreement is expected to be inked in the next few weeks. After the recent India-Russia annual summit, FE Online had quoted sources who had said that there were certain issues that needed to be addressed including production of two frigates. Also, the payment could be through the rupee-rouble route.

The two frigates will be built at the Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) as nominated by the government with technology transfer from the Russian shipyard, and the rest four will be bought directly from Yantar shipyard at Kaliningrad in Russia. Delivery is expected to begin within four years of signing the contract. Indigenous equipment including sensors and communications will be put on board the vessels which will be made in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

Reliance Defence could get just over 3% of the Rs 30,000-crore Dassault Aviation offsets contract, contrary to the impression that it is the biggest beneficiary of the Rafale fighter jets deal.

The joint venture, Dassault Reliance Aviation Limited (DRAL), will see an investment capped at €100 million (Rs 850 crore) for setting up a plant to manufacture parts for Falcon executive jets, ET has learnt. Additionally, a smaller investment would be made for a joint venture with avionics and radar manufacturer Thales, which is also setting up an assembly plant for radars adjacent to the DRAL complex in Nagpur, ET has been informed. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

Dassault Aviation will deliver its Rafale fighter jets to India from 2019 and may see new orders in coming months, Chief Executive Eric Trappier told Reuters ahead of the world’s largest business jet show in Orlando on Monday.

India signed a deal with Dassault in 2016 for the transfer of 36 Rafale jets but the deal has since faced criticism from opposition parties who allege wrongdoing in one of the biggest defence deals.  Continue reading

SOURCE: Oneindia News

As the investigations into the BrahMos spy cases continues, the police are ascertaining if the main accused, Nishant Agrawal had leaked sensitive data relating to the supersonic missile.

Under the scanner is his computer which is suspected to have sensitive data relating to the missile. Investigators suspect that he may have downloaded the data from a senior’s computer when he was training at the organisation.Agrawal, an engineer was arrested on charges of spying for ISI. He is believed to have been in touch with two persons Neha Sharma and Pooja Aggarwal through Facebook. The police say that these were two profiles created by the ISI, through which the trap was set. Continue reading

SOURCE: Deccanherald

India and Russia recently signed a $5-billion deal for New Delhi to buy the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defence system to bolster its shield against possible air attacks by Pakistan and China. They also signed eight other pacts, including cooperation on India’s ambitious human space mission, Gaganyaan. The signing of the S-400 deal came amidst the US warning India against it.

The Russian-built S-400 Triumf is the world’s most advanced operationally-deployed long-range surface-to-air missile system, considered much more effective than the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

India and France have resolved to soon operationalize their bilateral military logistics pact inked in March to provide refueling, repair and berthing facilities to each other’s warships and aircraft, even as the two countries discuss the possibility of holding a joint tri-Serviceexercise sometime in 2019-2020.

This came up during defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France on October 11-12 for the first annual defence dialogue with her French counterpart Florence Parly, who also handed over a letter from President Emmanuel Macron for PM Narendra Modi to reaffirm the expanding bilateral strategic partnership, said sources on Monday. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

While the recent Rafale controversy raises controversial questions on price and propriety ~ not to speak of the dark hints of crony capitalism ~ the rationale for procurement is hardly a matter of debate. The need for defence modernisation is above board, but what was lost in the melee was a recent report that the Indian Army plans to slash around 0.15 million jobs, to buy modern weapons with an objective to prop up a ‘lean and mean’ force.

On the face of it, it sounded laudable inasmuch as the decision is almost a replica of the recent Chinese move to reduce the number of its 2.3 million strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to make it two-million-strong, and definitely a leaner and mightier force. But whether the decision of the Indian Army to downsize arises out of a need to cut down on the extra flab or by a resource crunch is a moot question, particularly as this decision is supposed to be driven by a need to buy modern weapons. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

As cash-strapped Pakistan approached the IMF for a bailout agreeing to share the details of huge Chinese loans obtained for the CPEC, a wary China on Monday said the global lender should “objectively and professionally” evaluate its investments and ensure that any financial package does not affect close ties between Beijing and Islamabad.

Pakistan Finance Minister Asad Umar told the media on Sunday that Islamabad is ready to share details of the debt related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with the IMF as he formally sought a bailout package from the international lender.Speaking in Islamabad on his return from Indonesia where he requested International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde for a bailout package for Pakistan, Umar said the decision to approach the global lender was taken after consultations with friendly countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman dedicated Monday a DRDO website -‘The Kalam Vision – Dare to Dream’ – to former president and ‘Missile Man’ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The website was launched on the 87th birth anniversary of the former president and it focuses on subjects such as artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems and cyber security.

It will also facilitate an open competition for students and startups, and it is available at drdo.gov.in/drdo/kalam/kalam.html. Speaking on the launch of the website, Ms Sitharaman shared her experience of meeting Dr Kalam. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has led investigators to at least six instances where funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)-linked charity Falah-e-Insaniyat (FIF) were distributed through a hawala network among poor families in Haryana’s Mewat region to build goodwill for the terror group, according to officials familiar with the matter.

The NIA also suspects that the hawala money was given for the construction of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque in Mewat’s Uttawar village, the officials added. “We suspect that the charity was done to create a base for Lashkar or FIF activities in the area. The idea was generate goodwill by distributing money for organising weddings and the mosque — to be encashed at the right opportunity,” said an official of the federal anti-terror probe agency who spoke on condition of anonymity. Continue reading

SOURCE: Reuters

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, said on Monday it is committed to meeting India’s rising oil demand as the Kingdom expects its oil production to rise next month from the current 10.7 million barrels per day, Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. India, the world’s third biggest oil importer, is grappling with a combination of rising oil prices and falling local currency. Retail prices for gasoline and diesel fuel in India are at record highs and the government has cut its excise tax on fuel to ease some of the pain for consumers.

While there are many factors that could influence global oil prices, Saudi Arabia and other major producers will continue to act to cushion the market from oil price shocks, Falih said at the IHS CERA conference. Continue reading

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