At a time when critics are questioning the operational capabilities of the Rafale combat aircraft, top IAF sources said the range of the French-origin aircraft is 2.5 more than that of the Russian Sukhoi-30. “The operational capabilities of the Sukhoi-30 in terms of capability and range are far superior than that of the MiG-29 while the range of the Rafale is 2.5 times that of the Su-30MKI in the same role,” top IAF sources told ANI here.

The sources were asked about criticism that the Air Force should have bought more Sukhoi-30s rather than getting 36 Rafale combat aircraft for meeting its requirement of multi-role combat jets. “The Sukhoi-30, MiG-29 and Mirage-2000 are not MMRCA… None of these meet the Air Staff Qualitative Requirements of the Indian Air Force specified for MMRCA in 2007 for its requirements of 126 combat jets,” the sources said. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision, announced out of the blue in Paris on April 10, 2015, to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France instead of the 126 asked for by the Indian Air Force for six squadrons pushed the price of each fully fitted, combat-ready aircraft up by 41.42%. It was the National Democratic Alliance government’s acceptance of the cost of €1.3 billion claimed for the ‘design and development’ of 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE), and the distribution of this ‘non-recurring cost’ over 36 instead of 126 bare-bones aircraft, that was the major reason for the big increase in price.

The NDA government has refused to disclose even to a privileged committee of Parliament full information on the pricing of a Rafale aircraft, contending that its agreement with France on the ‘Exchange and Reciprocal Protection of Classified or Protected Information’ stands in the way of such disclosure. The French government, however, has made it clear that this inter-governmental agreement is there only “to protect the classified information provided by the partner, which could, in particular, impact the security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment. Continue reading

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Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s conflict-ridden Valley may soon be wielding weapons installed with traceable microchips if a new proposal is accepted by the state administration. The Valley’s police force has for long faced the problem of disappearing guns—attributed either to weapons being snatched or police personnel defecting to militant groups.

The measure to install traceable chips on weapons used by forces guarding “protected persons”—including politicians, bureaucrats and top cops—was placed earlier this month at a security review meeting in Srinagar. Vijay Kumar, a former IPS officer who is currently the security adviser to J&K governor Satya Pal Malik, told HuffPost India that the state administration was reviewing a number of proposals aimed at modernising the operations of security forces in the Valley, subject to budget constraints. Continue reading


Amid growing concerns over the Chinese military buildup along the eastern flank of the country, the government has ordered moving a strategic ITBP command from its current base in Chandigarh by over 960 km to the border of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said Thursday. The North West (NW) frontier of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India border in peace times, is headed by an Inspector General (IG) of police-rank officer, which is equivalent to a Major General rank in the Army.

The frontier, according to documents accessed by news agency PTI, has been ordered to move “lock, stock, and barrel” by March-end and will have to be operationalised at the new location from April 1. Continue reading


China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made significant advances in constructing an ‘all-weather road’ that connects the Doklam plateau with its network of highways. According to latest updates from intelligence sources, a 12-km-long stretch of Merug La-Doklam road has been black-topped and is close to finishing.

Earlier this year, based on a similar intel input, News18 had reported Chinese road construction activityon the 12-km-long stretch from Yatung, a forward military base in China to Doklam going on in an area called Merug La. The black-topping of the road, which according to sources has been underway since the middle of September last year, means that the Doklam plateau will see an increasing deployment of PLA in days to come. This region has previously seen a 73 day stand-off between the armies of India and China in June 2017. Continue reading


With incident of honey-trapping of Indian soldiers on the rise, the Intelligence Bureau has issued an advisory warning of more such attempts by Pakistan. With the social media becoming a boon for agencies such as the ISI to lay traps on Indian soldiers, a list of dos and dont’s too would issued in due course of time.

An officer tells OneIndia that some are gullible and hence are easily trapped. It could be due to several factors and a primary one among them is loneliness. In some of the recent incidents, the traps have been laid very easily. Some of the agents have used names of actors from the Hindi film industry to set traps. Continue reading


hile Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has planned a virtual transformation with ambitious military reforms, they may misfire given the fundamental flaws in his approach. Such reforms have been pushed after four decades—and deserve course correction in order to succeed.

In this piece, I discuss the flaws and how General Rawat can prevent his transformation from being a non-starter.

What is military reform? The process of military reforms is a continuum with reviews necessitated by emerging threats, changing patterns of conflicts and new technology. When the change in these factors is very radical, it calls for transformation or Revolution in Military Affairs (RIMA)—an all encompassing military theoretical hypothesis about the future of warfare connected with technological, structural and organisational changes to enable the armed forces to fight wars of the future. Continue reading


Pakistan on Thursday described its relationship with India as “difficult” and said New Delhi lacked clarity in its policy on ties with Islamabad which is slowing down progress on resolving bilateral issues.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in September 2018 laid down a clear roadmap for starting negotiations with India but it agreed to it one day and reneged the next day. India has made it clear to Pakistan that cross-border terrorism and talks cannot go hand-in-hand. Continue reading


Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh on Thursday described 2018 as a most remarkable year for the armed forces on the security front as they have been able to kill the highest number of militants during the period as compared to past one decade.

“According to the records available for the past 10 years, Army along with other armed forces have killed highest number of militants and captured many of them alive, while a number of them surrendered under pressure,” he said, while talking to media persons after inaugurating a bridge in border Poonch town. Continue reading


A satellite will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) exclusively for the Home Ministry to help it further strengthen its frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh among others, according to an official statement issued Thursday. The move is part of recommendations made by a task force on the use of space technology in improving border management which have been accepted by Home Minister Rajnath Singh To execute the project in a time bound manner, a short, medium and long-term plan has been proposed for implementation in five years in close coordination with the ISRO and the Defence Ministry.

“Major recommendations of the report are to build capacity in border guarding forces to use space resources for security, operational planning and border infrastructure development,” the statement issued by the Home Ministry said. Continue reading


For the first time IAF`s AN-32 transport aircraft lands in strategically important Sikkim`s Pakyong airfield In a first, an Antonov-32 AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has carried out a successful landing at Sikkim’s Pakyong, one of the highest airfields in the country. The military aircraft landed at the airport, located around 60 km from the India-China border and 16 Km from capital Gangtok on Wednesday and Thursday.

“This is the first landing by an AN-32 class of aircraft at this airfield, which is one of the highest airfields in India,” a senior IAF official said. The crew was led by Wing Commander SK Singh. The aircraft is of the 43 squadrons. Continue reading


Deeper collaboration in the defence sector will be the top agenda of talks between India and South Africa next week. Accompanied by a high level delegation South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be visiting India at the invitation of by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a chief guest at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26.

Sources confirmed to Financial Express Online, “Defence sector in India is one of the sectors witnessing a complete transformation and that it offers exciting opportunities, with the government announcing 100 per cent FDI. There are immense opportunities for companies from both sides to jointly develop and manufacture for both forces as well as global demand.” Continue reading

SOURCE: Taiwan News

In a recent interview, former Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Air Support Commander, Orita Kunio (????), offers a warning and a bleak outlook for the Indo-Pacific region over the coming decades. Orita says that China’s national strategy is one of continued expansion, with an aim of establishing absolute regional hegemony, beginning with a plan to invade and annex Taiwan between 2020 and 2025, and eventually Okinawa as well.

But, according to Orita, China’s plans don’t stop there. Between 2025 and 2040, he says Beijing plans to consolidate its control over the South China Sea. If Beijing can expel the U.S. from the region, then shipping lanes through all of East Asia will be under the control of Beijing allowing China to potentially cut off vital food and energy supply lines to Japan, says Orita. Continue reading


Top Brass of Indian Air Force (IAF) will be soon taking a final call on the proposal made by State-owned HAL in 2018 for the supply of 40 additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI over orders of 272 units already placed with the HAL in previous contracts. Ministry of Defence (MOD) has asked IAF to seriously consider ordering additional Su-30s due to high-rate of retirement which has been planned from 2019 on wards for the Mig-21 and Mig-27 fleet which will leave an immediate void in the capabilities of the force.

Sources close to have informed that Top Brass of Indian Air Force (IAF) are not fully convinced that additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fighter jets will actually help gauge fall of the fighter fleet in the force and Senior officials are also worried that IAF is already Top-heavy and actually needs Light and Medium class aircrafts to strike right balance in the force . Continue reading


The probe named Chang’e 4, launched from southwest China in early December, landed on the Von Karman crater within the moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest impact crater in the solar system, at 10:26 am Beijing time on January 2, 2019. Shortly after the landing, a rover on the landing craft dispatched the first photograph of the moon’s surface from its far side back to earth via a satellite communication relay.Although China, the United States and Russia have operated robotic spacecraft on the moon before, Chang’e 4 is the first spacercraft to land on the side of the moon that always faces away from earth.

The landing ‘marked a new chapter in the human race’s lunar and space exploration,’ the China National Space Administration said in a statement. Continue reading