” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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BOTH the horses in the race for India’s impending acquisition of single-engined fighter aircraft have now been officially identified, with the deal to be struck under the new “strategic partnership” route incorporated into the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) 2016. The competitors are Lockheed Martin of the US in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems for the F-16 Block 70/72, and Saab of Sweden in partnership with the Adani Group for the JAS-39 Gripen E, the latter MoU having been signed just during the past fortnight. The deal and its modalities raise a host of troubling questions.


Under the “strategic partnership” framework, aimed at promoting a major role for the private sector in defence manufacturing in India, foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of high-technology military platforms will link up with identified Indian partners to make, in particular, submarines, fighter aircraft, helicopters and armoured carriers or tanks. Continue reading


The successful completion of final development trials of ‘Astra’ missile not only paves way for its induction in Indian Air Force but also signifies the beginning of a new era for the domestic defence industry. Astra, the indigenously developed state of the art Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) has been developed by DRDO, with Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) as the lead laboratory.

Recently evaluated by operating from Su30 aircraft, Astra is planned to be operated from various present and future generation combat aircraft including our own LCA Tejas. Such missiles are the fangs of the combat aircraft during a dogfight. Continue reading


China is racing to finish one of the biggest hydro-power projects in Pakistan ahead of schedule, yet its location in the long-contested region of Kashmir will draw ire from India.

 Construction on the 720 megawatt Karot power station being built on Jhelum river began in December 2016 and looks set to finish nine months ahead of its December 2021 completion date, a first for a Pakistan hydro-project said Qin Guobin, chief executive officer of the state-owned China Three Gorges Corp. South Asia Investment Ltd. The company has put in place an aggressive strategy to cut the project’s financing costs.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India, Japan and the United States on Monday called for the respect of “international norms” and “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on connectivity initiatives, delivering a thinly veiled joint reminder to China on its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

“On connectivity initiatives, the importance of basing them on universally recognised international norms, prudent financing and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity was underlined,” a statement released by the three countries said. Continue reading


Days after Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail was killed in an encounter, Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid, when quizzed about the new leader militant outfit, on Monday said nobody is willing to take that role. “What is there in a name? I have infact heard that there is vacancy of commander in Lashkar and nobody is willing to accept it,” Vaid was quoted as saying by ANI.

LeT leader Abu Ismail, who was the mastermind behind the attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, and his associate Abu Qasim were neutralised in an encounter in Nowgam in Jammu and Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: DH News Service

Given the fact that India has one of the largest armies in the world and imports most of her defence requirements, it makes the country an attractive defence market globally.

As India’s geo-political and economic clout grows, it is imperative that we develop a robust indigenous manufacturing ecosystem in order to achieve self-reliance in the aerospace and defence industry. Owing to the increasing threats we face across our borders and more importantly within our borders, the Government of India has made indigenous development of modern defence hardware and
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India is open to 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence if firms are willing to provide full technology transfer, a top Indian defence official has said India and the US are set to enter a critical phase of co-development and co-production. India’s Secretary of Defence Production, Ashok Gupta, said this during an interaction with US corporate sector here last week that was organised by US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and attended among others by representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE systems, Honeywell and AECOM.

Sharing the contours of the US-India defence partnership, Gupta said, “The government of India would be open to consider 100 per cent FDI in defence, should the company be willing to provide full technology transfer,” according to a media release issued by USISPF. Continue reading


Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said today that there was no intelligence input suggesting that Rohingyas were a security threat in the state till 2014.The National Conference leader was reacting to the affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court that Rohingyas’ presence in the country would pose a “serious” national security threat.

“This threat, at least in J&K, is a post-2014 development. No such intelligence reports ever came up for discussion in Unified HQ meetings,” Omar, who was the chief minister of the state till 2014, wrote on Twitter. Continue reading


Pakistan has indicated it might go for broke against the United States with ties between the two countries reaching a new low. Enraged at being called out by President Trump for nurturing terrorist groups, Islamabad is said to have devised a ”three-option toughest diplomatic policy,” including an extreme case scenario where it will block access for US and Nato military supplies to land-locked Afghanistan.

Actions prior to this will include, according to the Pakistani media, limiting diplomatic relations with US and reducing mutual cooperation on terrorism-related issues and non-cooperation in US strategy for Afghanistan . Continue reading


India on Monday tore into Pakistan’s statement at the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, and called Islamabad the “face of international terrorism”.

Exercising India’s ‘right of reply’ to Pakistan’s speech, Indian diplomat from the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, Dr. Vishnu Reddy spoke strongly against “Pakistan’s unsolicited and unwarranted comments pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir are factually incorrect and absolutely misleading. We outrightly reject them.” Continue reading

SOURCE: Kuwait Times

The Kuwaiti Army’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Al- Khoder held talks yesterday with Indian Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, focusing on plans to boost cooperation between both nations. Khoder, who is on a visit to the world’s second most populous country, discussed with the Indian official issues of common concern, read a statement by the Kuwaiti ministry of defense. Continue reading


Beijing has opened a strategic highway that runs from Tibet to the Nepal border, and could be used for defence purposes if needed, according to Chinese media reports.

The 40.4-kilometre highway between Tibet’s Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre officially opened to the public on Friday, with a short section linking the national highway to the Nepal border. The highway will shorten the journey from an hour to 30 minutes between Tibet’s second-largest city and the airport, which is used for both civil and military flights. The 25-meter-wide highway has four double lanes, and is classified a first-tier highway, according to local media reports. Continue reading


Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jammat-ud-Dawah will foray into Pakistan’s political scene by contesting the 2018 general elections, a senior member of the outfit said, a day after its candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.

Last month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba terrorist group that carried out the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, announced that it was launching the Milli Muslim League+ . Continue reading


Eleven days after the Uri attacks, on September 29, 2016, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Mirror has now learnt that it is the subject of Ronnie Screwvala’s next production, Uri, which spans the tumultuous 11 days. It will be directed by debutante Aditya Dhar and has Vicky Kaushal as the commander-in-chief who headed the operation.

According to a source, the makers got in touch with Vicky a few weeks ago when he was shooting for Junglee Pictures’ Raazi, in Mumbai. “It’s a story that everyone should know as it’s one of the Indian army’s best operations, conducted with valour and efficiency. Continue reading

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