State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has finalised a major plan to manufacture nearly 1,000 military helicopters and over a hundred planes, in tune with government’s focus on speeding up defence indigenisation.
HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said the company has also ramped up its infrastructure to deliver 123 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft to the India Air Force with an annual delivery of 16 jets from 2018-19 onwards. Continue reading
After SUVs and snow scooters, ITBP troops deployed along the Sino-India frontier will soon have all-terrain amphibious ‘caterpillar’ vehicles to undertake patrols and operational movements in the icy heights of the region.
The force has decided to procure at least two such giant rubberband belt rolling vehicles to transport troops on high-altitude deployment, along with their arms and ammunition, along the China border in the Ladakh region. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Tanushree Pareek, a resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner who became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned by the Border Security Force (BSF) in its 51-year history, was on Sunday accorded a rousing welcome.
Hundreds of people in Bikaner thronged the streets to have a glimpse of Pareek, who was taken around the city in a procession on an open jeep from her alma matter Lady Elgin School as the crowds cheered her while residents stood in queque outside her house to congratulate her and felicitate her with garlands and bouquets. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has completed design and development of the advanced version of Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA), Lakshya-II and has now transferred the technology to private sector defence manufacturer Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
As per industrial sources close to idrw.org, ADE after carrying out talks with Armed forces for their requirement for next generation Pilotless Target Aircraft has started preliminary works on Lakshya-III. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WIRE
On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war ended on December 16, 1971 – the two countries signed the Shimla Agreement under which India agreed to release all the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war (POW) its army had taken during the course of the war. This proved to be a controversial decision, with many in India questioning why Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had squandered a golden opportunity to bargain with Pakistan and settle the Kashmir problem on India’s terms.
What motivated Mrs Gandhi to release the POWs? What went on behind the scenes? Were there any compelling circumstances at play that have remained unreported? If there were any, ideally they should be brought into the public domain, so that future generations may benefit from the lessons of history. Since I was personally privy to these developments, as a retired diplomat I can now tell the story, even if it has been 40 years since these events transpired. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
In a relationship like the one India and Pakistan have shared over the past 70 years, there are few moments for reflection, few pauses to take stock of winners and losers. Yet, it is this task journalist Myra McDonald sets for herself in the book Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War.
In order to do so McDonald focuses on the period since the turn of the century (1999-2015), coming to her conclusion that India has the upper hand and victory in a war that has been played with every version in the book: overt, covert, using Army regulars, and with proxies, as well as the diplomatic, economic and above all, the moral war. Continue reading
DCNS India, the Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS, on Friday said it has contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund.
“DCNS India’s contribution will enable to tackle major challenges posed to Ganga, holy river of India, in a comprehensive approach adopted by Government of India, through four different modes – wastewater management, solid waste management, industrial pollution and river front development,” said a company statement. Continue reading
SOURCE: India Blooms News Service
The Indian Navy is preparing for de-induction of TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after its 29 years of dedicated service to the nation. The aircraft would be formally de-inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff at a special ceremony scheduled to be held at INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on March 29.
To commemorate the stellar service of the TU142M, a TU Static Display Aircraft would also be inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff at INS Rajali. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TRIBUNE
The country’s oldest warhorse with 30 glorious years of service in the Indian Navy is in danger of being junked and sold for scrap. With March 6 being fixed as the final retirement date for the 58-year-old aircraft carrier INS Viraat, the proposal to convert it into a museum is yet to take any concrete shape.
Defense ministry (MoD) sources on Monday said it may be forced to scrap the 27,800-tonne carrier, which saw operational service in the Royal British Navy for 27 years before being inducted by the Indian Navy in 1987, because of the continuing imbroglio with the Andhra Pradesh government over who will foot the bill. Continue reading
SOURCE: KASHMIR LIFE
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will get bullet-proof buses for its movement in Jammu and Kashmir, reports The New Indian Express. To begin with, two prototypes are currently on trial in valley.This step as per the CRPF officials have been taken after militants targeted buses to inflict casualties on government forces. The number of buses will be finalized after the trial and feedback.
According to reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has authorised the CRPF to undertake bullet-proofing of 100 existing convoy buses, for which `10 crore has been granted. Continue reading
The BRICS consortium has emerged as an effective group offering innovative solutions to developmental challenges, led by the three prominent members, China, Russia and India, while Brazil and South Africa are more generally beneficiaries of the alliance.
BRICS countries have become an important part of the emerging markets, contributing to 80 percent of global growth in 2016, according to the IMF. China’s contribution has expanded the sphere of influence to include counter-terrorism and environmental matters, giving this thriving forum immense potential as a geo-political game-changer. Continue reading
The government is insistent on Hindi news channel NDTV India tendering an apology for allegedly violating the telecast norms during the Pathankot terror attack last year. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting’s (MIB) one-day blackout order against New Delhi Television (NDTV) India would be reversed if the channel offered an apology, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that the news channel must clearly state that it regretted the unfortunate incident that had led the government to pass a direction for the news channel to go off air for a day in November last year, PTI reported. Appearing for NDTV India, senior advocate Harish Salve said that the channel was ready to furnish a letter clarifying that it carried out responsible journalism. Continue reading
For the last one week, hundreds of young men have lined up outside military camps in north Kashmir. Unlike familiar scenes of confrontation between security forces and crowds, these young men have come to join the Army.
For just 34 posts that the Army is filling in Territorial Army battalions, more than 5,000 tried their luck in a gruelling physical test.Tanvir Ahmad has travelled more than 100 km to participate in the army’s recruitment rally at Pattan in Baramulla district. A resident of Machil near Line of Control, Tanvir had a dream to serve the country by joining the armed forces. Continue reading
SOURCE: OAK BRIDGE
Airbus announced its plans to build its first training center in Asia, which will be located in New Delhi, India, in the Aerocity.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Airbus India Training Centre, which will be located close to the worldwide airport here.The facility at the Indira Gandhi global Airport will occupy 1.11-acre land and also double up as Airbus India headquarters, according to GMR Infrastructure Ltd-led Delhi Airport. Continue reading
Ian Grillot, 24, who was injured while trying to intervene during a shooting in which Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in a Kansas bar was today felicitated by Indian-Americans with $100,000 in Houston. Mr Grillot was also hailed as ‘A True American Hero’ at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston, a community center of Indian-Americans in Texas.
“It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero – a person who risks his life for another, and takes a bullet for a complete stranger. Ian Grillot is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness,” said Jiten Agarwal, chair of the annual gala.