It was 5 am on a Monday when 22 men — some in uniform— showed up with a search warrant at the door of BrahMos Aerospace senior systems engineer Nishant Aggarwal in Nagpur. They took his laptop, mobile and iPad, and grilled him over the next 15 hours. By that night, Aggarwal, 27, was arrested under the Officials Secrets Act (OSA) for allegedly possessing 22 sensitive documents marked ‘secret’, relating to the manufacturing and integration of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.

Some of the documents included missile blueprints that investigators say have made their way to an operative of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Continue reading


The Army has procured special anti-mine boots for troops deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with twin aims of facilitating domination of the landmine-infested forward areas and hot pursuit of terrorists if necessary, a top Army officer said.

As part of the counter-infiltration grid, the soldiers have to get into forward areas for domination and some times even undertake hot pursuit of the terrorists and subversive elements, General Officer Commanding of the Army’s Jammu-based XVI Corps Lt. General Paramjit Singh told PTI in an interview on Sunday. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

Indian Space Research Organisation is scheduled to launch the communication satellite GSAT-29, on November 14. Despite initial concerns by ISRO that the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ might hinder the launch of the satellite, ISRO officials have now confirmed that the launch will go ahead as scheduled. This is the fifth launch by ISRO this year.

GSAT-29, a communication satellite, will be placed in orbit aboard the GSLV Mk-III D2 launcher from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The high throughput communication satellite weighs 3,423 kgs and has been designed for a mission life of 10 years. “… several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will be demonstrated,” according to a statement by ISRO. Continue reading


Indian and Chinese officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss various bilateral issues, including setting up of hotlines between the two countries. The talks will also feature discussion on Beijing’s stand on terrorists like Masood Azhar.

The two sides will take up the issue of setting up hotlines between the central and regional headquarters in their respective countries.
Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and his Chinese counterpart Lt General Shao Yuanming, the deputy chief of Joint Staff Department, Central Military Commission of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will be meeting on Tuesday. Continue reading


An Indian Navy ship has seized arms and ammunition off the Somali coast, in a swift anti-piracy operation, officials said Monday.The ship, Sunayna, carried out the operation on Friday in which two high-calibre AK 47 and AKM rifles as well as some ammunitions were seized from a number of boats, approximately 400 nautical miles northeast of Mogadishu off the Somali coast, the Navy officials said.

The ship was deployed for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since October 6. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US Vice-President Mike Pence Wednesday in Singapore, where both leaders will participate in the East Asia summit. Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (east) Vijay Thakur Singh Monday confirmed the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on November 14 on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia summits.

Sources said that the agenda for discussions will cover regional issues, as well as some bilateral issues. While Modi will travel to Singapore for only 36 hours between November 14 to 15 to attend the two summits and a few other engagements, Pence arrived in Tokyo Monday to discuss North Korea and other issues with Japanese officials before heading to the two regional summits. Continue reading



India and Russia will hold joint military exercises in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh from November 18, it was announced on today. “Exercise Indra 2018” will begin at the Babina Field Firing Ranges, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. This forms part of a drill to combat insurgency under the UN aegis.

Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of Russia and a mechanised infantry battalion of India will participate in the 11-day training exercise.  Continue reading


The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) failed to become an offset partner in the Rafale deal as there were several unresolved issues it had with French company Dassault. In the documents submitted before the top court, the government claimed that the issues pertained to lack of common understanding between HAL and Dassault Aviation.

“The contract negotiations could not conclude mainly due to unresolved issues related to 108 aircraft to be manufactured in India. These issues pertained to lack of common understanding between HAL and Dassault Aviation on following,” the documents said. Continue reading


Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Trappier in an exclusive interview to ANI rubbished allegations made by Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi that the former lied about the details of the Dassault- Reliance Joint Venture (JV) for offset contracts in the Rafale Jet deal.

“I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie,” said Trappier when asked to respond to Rahul Gandhi’s charge that Dassault was covering up for possible cronyism in awarding the offset deal to Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group. Continue reading


In the massive political controversy over the Rafale jet deal, French jet-maker Dassault has broken its silence on Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of corruption in its tie-up with companies in Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group for offset contracts. “We chose Ambani by ourselves. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance,” Dassault CEO Eric Trappier told news agency ANI in a detailed interview at the Dassault aviation hangar in Istre- Le Tube airbase in Marseille, France.

The CEO also hit back on the Congress president’s charge that Dassault, to bag India’s 59,000 crore order for 36 Rafale jets, chose Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as an offset partner despite its inexperience in the field, and then lied about details of the deal. “I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie,” Mr Trappier said. Continue reading


On 5 November, India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant, completed its first deterrence patrol. This was widely reported in the media and the Prime Minister’s Office issued a press release hailing this achievement as the completion of “the establishment of the country’s survivable nuclear triad”.

This is somewhat of an overstatement. A single SSBN does not constitute an effective third leg of the nuclear triad. With a displacement of 6,000 tonnes, the INS Arihant is the smallest submarine in its class and carries short-range missiles, incapable of reaching China. The Chinese Jin class is a 12,000-tonne submarine, the US Ohio class is approximately 19,000 tonnes and the Russian Borei class has a displacement of 24,000 tonnes. All these carry intercontinental-range ballistic missiles. It could take another decade for the Indian nuclear triad to become fully effective. Continue reading


When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced earlier this month that the Indian Navy had completed its first sea-based nuclear deterrent patrol it was more of a statement of intent than a demonstration of a new capability.

The Indian Navy’s new ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant was the boomer that completed the month-long deterrent patrol. Whilst this is not insignificant – it is the first country outside of the five members of the U.N. Security Council to develop this capability – it also shows how far away India is to achieve its goal of joining the other great powers in establishing a credible sea-based deterrent. Continue reading

SOURCE:  The Pioneer

From September 2019, India would start to receive the much-awaited Dassault Rafale combat aircrafts and the delivery and testing of the entire fleet of 36 fighter jets is expected to be completed by April 2022. India would also start receiving Apache AH-64E multi-role combat helicopters and CH-47 tactical transport helicopters, contract for which was finalised in 2015, as well as M-777 howitzers, which was signed under a contract in 2016.

The Indian Army will also receive most of the 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets, which were contracted for in 2018. From 2020, India would start getting delivery of S-400 air defence systems whose deal was signed last October. It is also expected that by next year, India would have in place a clear roadmap and contract in place for arming the infantry soldiers of the Indian Army with a battle-proven assault rifle to replace the obsolete INSAS.  Continue reading


Delay by the UPA government in finalising the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) process led to adversaries inducting 4th and 5th generation jets and there was an urgent need to “arrest the decline” in the number of IAF fighter squadrons, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday.

This was stated in the document which the Centre made public to justify the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.Giving the sequence of events on the Rafale deal, the document said a proposal to buy MMRCA was sent from the Indian Air Force to the government and tenders for 126 fighter jets were issued by India 2007. Continue reading