There is shortage of certain Russian-origin spare parts of AN-32 transport aircraft due to strained relations between Russia and Ukraine, the government said Monday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has 98 AN-32 aircraft and none has outlived its operational life.

“More than half of Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft have been upgraded with structural upgrade as well as installation of advanced avionics such as radar, radio sets, navigation system etc and the remaining are under upgradation in a phased manner. The serviceability of the fleet has been at par with other fleets,” he said. Continue reading


Today, 16 July, marks the day when Operation Safed Sagar, the air component of Operation Vijay that was launched to evict the Pakistanis from Kargil heights, was called off. The Indian Army was then closing in on the remaining few peaks that still had the intruders, and so, air strikes were no longer required. 

Op Safed Sagar heralded a few firsts in the history of the Indian Air Force, but two elements stand out – the use of offensive air power at the altitudes of 15,000-18,000 feet; and the use of precision weapons by the IAF for the first time. Embedded in these firsts are some little-known facts about the IAF’s use of helicopters that need a fresh look. Continue reading


In a strategic move, India and Russia are all set to sign a major inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on spare parts for defence equipment that will also pave the way for transfer of technology and joint manufacture of products under the Make in India initiative.

The agreement will also see better and round-the-clock availability of equipment for Indian forces. Top government sources told ThePrint that the two countries are in the last stage of finalising the agreement which will cover equipment used by all three services – Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force. Continue reading


Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a defence public sector undertaking, will have an order book of Rs 25,000 crore for the next five years, including Rs 8,084 crore orders currently on hand. BDL Chairman and Managing Director Siddharth Mishra told reporters on Tuesday that except one export order, all others were from the Indian armed forces.

The existing orders will be executed by 2023-24 and include seeker-based multi-role air defence missile MRSAM being jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Continue reading


Myanmar received the first batch of Shyena advanced lightweight torpedoes from India in early July 2019. India and Myanmar had signed a deal worth $37.9 million in 2017 for the supply of Shyena torpedoes.

The Shyena torpedoes have been developed and manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Naval Science and Technological Laboratory and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) respectively. Several warships of the Indian Navy are armed with Shynea torpedoes. Continue reading


Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa on Tuesday said that the forces are well prepared to fight another Kargil war if there is one. “Like all good Generals, we are prepared to fight the last war. If Kargil comes again, we are very well prepared,” he said.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa was speaking during the 20th commemorative celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Kargil War. He also said that if needed, IAF is capable of carrying out precision strikes from standoff distances. “In case required, we can do all weather bombing even through clouds very accurately. We have seen an attack carried out on February 26 (Balakot airstrike) that we are capable of carrying out precision strike from standoff distances & very accurately,” he said. Continue reading


Over 960 terrorists and 413 security personnel have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir in the last five years, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.He said security forces were taking proactive action against terrorists, pursuant to the government”s zero tolerance policy towards terrorism.

“Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, 963 terrorists have been neutralised in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since 2014 till June 2019. However, during these operations, 413 security forces personnel have also lost their lives,” Mr Reddy said, replying to a written question. Continue reading


Nearly 400 terrorists infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years and 126 of them have been killed by security forces, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in the Lok Sabha today.Mr Reddy said 27 security personnel were killed during the engagements with the infiltrators. Four terrorists have been arrested so far, he said.

“Attempts of infiltration from across the border are mainly in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been affected by terrorist violence, sponsored and supported from across the border,” he said in reply to a written question.There were 143 incidents of infiltration in 2018, 136 in 2017 and the number was 119 in 2016, the minister said. Continue reading


The Army is going all-out to stop its personnel from falling into honey traps and has identified about 100 men who are on social media and present a danger to the force. “We have identified about 100 men and put their activities under intensive and extensive observation,” said a senior Army officer on Monday.

“We have reasons to believe that they may have been already compromised and shared sensitive information with unauthorised persons,” he said.The Army had a few days ago expressly directed personnel on the force not to join any social media like the Facebook and Twitter, besides chat groups like WhatsApp since they could turn out to be the medium to leak sensitive details. Continue reading


A fuel leak in the rocket engine forced the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said on Tuesday.A committee of experts was looking into the causes of the problem that put back the bid to become just the fourth nation — after Russia, the United States and China — to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

Having halted the countdown 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled launch of Chandrayaan 2 — or Moon Chariot 2 — ISRO gave no explanation for what it called a “technical snag” in the rocket nor a date for a new attempt. Continue reading


Consequent to Pakistan on Tuesday issuing a notice to airmen (NOTAM) to lift all airspace restrictions, relevant authorities informed that India has also issued a revised NOTAM immediately thereafter. With this, normal air traffic operations have resumed through all Flight Information Regions between India and Pakistan, authorities added.

For the first time since February’s Balakot strike, Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic, as per the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS routes,” read a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the authority. Continue reading


The special cell of the Delhi Police has arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM terrorist from Srinagar, officials said today. “The terrorist has been identified as Basir Ahmad Ponnu, carrying a reward of Rs. 2 lakh,” said Sanjeev Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special cell.

Basir Ahmad along with three other JeM terrorists – Shahid Gafoor, Fayaz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Majid Baba – were apprehended by the Delhi Police Special Cell in 2007 after a brief encounter in New Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg area.Police had recovered highly explosive material weighing 3 kg, four detonators, timers, six hand grenades, a .30 bore pistol, magazine with two live cartridges, currency worth Rs. 50,000 and fake US currency ($10,000) from their possession. Continue reading


Naval Group (DCNS) is likely to submit a proposal for a conventionally powered diesel-electric variant of its Nuclear powered Barracuda Attack submarine in response to Request for Proposal (RFP) to be issued soon by Indian Navy for the development of Six Next Generation Conventional-diesel powered submarines said the latest report under Project-75I.

Shortfin Barracuda has been offered over the previous offer of the Scorpene-XL which basically was an enlarged Scorpene-class submarine already inducted by Indian Navy under Project-75. Scorpene-XL was supposed to be longer in length to accommodate Vertical launched supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile and equipped with modern Indo-French onboard Naval equipment. Continue reading


Seeking to boost the Indian Navy`s firepower, the Defence Ministry has issued a tender worth over Rs 2000 crore for buying around 100 heavyweight torpedoes which would be equipped on the force`s six Scorpene-class submarines being built at the Mumbai-based Mazagon dockyards.

“The tender for acquiring around 100 heavyweight torpedoes for the submarines for the Indian Navy was issued 10 days ago by the Defence Ministry,” Defence Ministry sources told ANI. The French-origin Scorpene submarines are being built in India at the Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) and have now been named the Kalvari class. The first boat of the class called INS Kalvari has already been inducted into the Navy and is carrying out operational duties. Continue reading


Pakistan opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on Tuesday morning, sources said, effectively removing the ban on Indian flights that were not allowed to use majority of its airspace since the Balakot air strikes in February. The move is expected to give a major relief to Air India, which suffered a huge financial loss of around Rs 491 crore as it had to re-route its various international flights due to the closure of the Pakistan airspace.

“Pakistan has permitted all airlines to fly through its airspace from around 12.41 am today. Indian airline operators will start using normal routes through Pakistan airspace soon,” the sources told PTI. Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) at around 12.41 am Indian Standard Time, stating that “with immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (air traffic service) routes”. Continue reading