SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Soviet-made M-55 Geophysica reconnaissance plane often compared to the US Lockheed U-2 spy aircraft in terms of technical characteristics will be in India this summer to conduct series of high altitude flights all over India for good cause.
Alone surviving Myasishchev M-55 has been converted and currently used as a high-altitude geophysical research aircraft. M-55 will be in India this summer to carry out series of high-altitude test flights as part of second phase of the Eu-funded Stratoclim International upper atmosphere research programme pursued by 28 research organisations from 11 countries. Continue reading
SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
With Aero India 2017 concluded successfully, LCA-Tejas is all set to gear up for upcoming crucial trials which are linked to Final Operational Certification (FOC) from next month onwards said a media report.
Crucial trials lined up are testing of Russian-supplied GSH-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon from aircraft in mid-air against a target. GSH-23 already has carried out successful integration and grounds based tests from LCA-Tejas which have achieved desired results. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
After acquiring tanks, combat aircrafts and howitzers to counter the numerous hardships that come with manning India’s border with China, Indian soldiers are now working on overcoming their biggest barrier: language.
Indian and Chinese soldiers cross each other’s path very frequently while patrolling the 3,400km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC), and the Indian side is often at a disadvantageous position when it comes to monitoring and keeping a tab on communication of Chinese troops. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The Pakistani army has denied that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa asked his officers to emulate the values of Indian democracy.
In a tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesman of the Pakistan armed forces, said the “news/comments quoting COAS’ (chief of army staff’s) address to officers at Rawalpindi regarding book ‘Army and Nation’ is a disinformation.” Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
One does not require the wisdom of the great American naval historian Alfred Mahan or British admiral Julian Corbett to state the obvious: no nation can aspire to be a sea power without producing its fighting ships indigenously.
Being the smallest of the three arms of India’s defence forces (taking personnel strength as the parameter), attaining expertise in the manufacture of quality (surface) fighting ships of up to 8,000 tonnes is the best to have happened to the Indian Navy. However, in the sub-surface and aircraft-carrier category, India is a late bloomer due to the lack of any sustained, long-term initiative. Continue reading
As the US-China relationship becomes fraught with tension, Asia is doing what it does best — looking for balancing powers to hedge against both an aggressive China and an uncertain America.
Over the coming weeks and months, India plans to ramp up its already strong engagement with Asia with an eye to building alliances, hedging and projecting itself as a “leading power” in the region. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Panic gripped residents of Malla Nallasandra nera Bannerghatta on the outskirts of the city for a while on Sunday evening when an MI 8 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) had to make an emergency landing on a field after it developed a technical snag. Six crew members, including the pilot, are safe.
The helicopter, which took off from the Air Force Station Yelahanka, was headed to Air Force Station Sulur in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Around 4.30 p.m., the helicopter was hovering close to the rooftops of houses near Koppa Gate in Bannerghatta police station limits. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Jet Airways flight 9W 118, carrying 330 passengers and travelling to London from Mumbai, was intercepted by fighter jets on February 16 after it lost contact with air traffic control above German airspace, causing a huge security scare.
It was presumed that the aircraft had been taken over by terrorists, and a high alert was sounded. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Pioneer.
While the private airliners are now looking towards the Air India facility for maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is still cautious about the upkeep of its transport fleet at the national carrier’s MRO centre for want of a mandatory certification by the Russian-based Ilyushin Design Bureau (IDB).
The IDB is a much acclaimed Russian aircraft design company, and IAF has mandated this for maintaining six IL-78 MKI crafts. Since the AI is not eligible for the upkeep, the crafts has to be taken to Russia thus losing out money. MRO involves fixing any sort of mechanical, plumbing, or electrical device should it become out of order or broken (known as repair, unscheduled, or casualty maintenance). Continue reading
The recent announcement by the government to fast track the railway projects in the Himalayan border areas has refocused attention on the strategic infrastructure requirements of the India’s Himalayan frontier. For centuries, the Himalayas remained a landscape of exchange of many things including goods, people, and the philosophy of Buddhism.
The Chinese on their part, extended the southern flank of the silk route into the Himalayas all the way from Ladakh and Himachal to Nathu La, located in the eastern Himalayas. Unfortunately, the post-colonial era heralded an acrimonious beginning with the closure of the famous Leh-Yarkand route, China’s annexation of Tibet and India launching its Forward policy in response to the border tensions. This resulting war of 1962 left India humiliated and significantly under prepared to defend these frontiers. Continue reading
Military stores can now export non-armoured vehicles without obtaining a no objection certificate from the Department of Defence Production, a move expected to reduce procedural delay.
The government has amended the export licensing norms with immediate effect, excluding ‘soft skinned vehicles’ from the purview of the list of military stores requiring a NOC from the Department of Defence Production for export purposes. Continue reading
Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), a snoop-arm under the Defence Ministry, has been authorised to get details relating to suspected international wire transfers and banking transactions from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The move is aimed at arming the DIA with necessary details to act against terror funding and hawala transactions, mainly in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North Eastern states of the country, officials said on Sunday.
The DIA is expected to generate more action-oriented inputs to check financial crimes on the basis of analysis of FIU reports, the officials said. Continue reading
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to ensure that free and fair elections take place in his country in 2018, as he prepares to contest polls again.
Nasheed, who recently visited Colombo to meet his party leaders and workers, told TOI that India had a ‘moral obligation’ to ensure inclusive elections in the archipelago.
“We believe that India has a moral obligation to facilitate inclusive, free and fair elections in the Maldives,” he said. Continue reading
While the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Gaia satellite mission is on its multi-dimensional space probe, mapping a billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, ESA’s Senior Scientific Advisor Mark McCaughrean reveals ESA’s plan for further collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in space missions.
On ISRO’s historic launch of 104 satellites at one go, he says it’s the precision in placing satellites and cost reduction. “Looking forward, he says, “ESA is planning 15 space missions including Bepe Colombo to Mercury in 2018 and JUICE to Jupiter in 2022. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
A debate is raging between the defence ministry and military headquarters over whether spouses of the army, navy or air force chiefs should be allowed to travel with them on an official visit abroad.
The sensitive issue has reached defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to give his opinion this month as his ministry and the military administration hold opposite views on conventions and travel rules. Continue reading