SOURCE: THE HINDU
China has launched its second aircraft carrier, marking an incremental rise in its capacity to project power in the West Pacific.
0The aircraft carrier, called Type 001-A before it acquires a formal name, was transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony that started at about 9 a.m. at the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) chaired the launch ceremony. Continue reading
The Pentagon’s contract management agency forecasts Lockheed Martin Corp. will deliver 57 of its F-35 jets this year, nine fewer than the company plans.
The No. 1 defense contractor “did not meet contract requirements in 2014, 2015 or 2016,” and the Defense Contract Management Agency “forecasts that Lockheed Martin will not meet contract requirements again in 2017,” agency spokesman Mark Woodbury said in a statement. Company performance “has, however, improved from the 2014-2016 timeframe.” Continue reading
SOURCE: LIVE MINT
Russian President Vladimir Putin is mighty proud of his military’s performance in Syria. And, as I have written, it’s become a central part of a sales pitch: “You can’t miss this opportunity to strengthen our position in the global arms market,” he told a meeting of Russian defence companies this week. He added that there was unprecedented desire for buying Russian munitions “thanks to the effective use of our weapons in real combat conditions including in anti-terrorist operations in Syria.”
But while Putin talks a proud game, it’s hard not hear a tinge of desperation here. That’s because, after years of phenomenal growth, the exports of Russian-made arms have stagnated. And it couldn’t have come at a worse time, with oil prices devastating the economy in the midst of a massive military buildup dependent in large part on those foreign sales. Continue reading
A planned move to bolster India’s nuclear regulatory mechanism continues to hang fire, even as the NDA government has reiterated that efforts to draft a fresh legislation for converting the functional independence of the country’s atomic regulator into a ‘de jure’ independence with statutory backing is work-in-progress.
The proposed Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill is seen as a crucial step in strengthening the functional independence of the country’s atomic regulator and give it the necessary statutory backing. Currently, the national nuclear regulator Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), established in 1983 through a gazette notification, is entrusted with the task of regulating the safety aspects of the country’s civilian nuclear facilities and overseeing the opening up of a civil nuclear market that has an estimated business potential of $60-100 billion. Continue reading
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
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.
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: 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: 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: 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
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