SOURCE : Tribune News Service

Despite the recent success of indigenously made artillery guns, the process of acquiring some 1,580 pieces from a foreign supplier is progressing and is now at the stage of cost negotiation.

According to sources, so far there is no indication to have locally made guns to fill in the numbers for which negotiation is on. “Cost negotiation is on get 400 pieces from Elbit of Israel in a ready-to-use condition and the remaining 1,180 will be assembled here in India by the foreign supplier in a partnership with Indian partner Bharat Forge,” the source said. Continue reading

SOURCE : RIA Novosti

Contracts for the supply of India “Igla-S” man-portable air defense systems and the organization of their licensed production in this country can be signed before the end of 2020, an official representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told reporters on Thursday at the arms exhibition Defexpo-2020 Russian Federation .

Earlier, a source in the military-technical cooperation system told RIA Novosti that Russia with the Igla complex won the Indian tender for the supply of short-range air defense systems worth $ 1.5 billion. Continue reading


Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat today said there are plans to create a Peninsula Command with Navy’s Eastern and Western Command under it. Talking to media in New Delhi today, General Rawat said India is looking at setting up two to five theatre commands. He said Air Defence command will be rolled out by beginning of next year and peninsula command will be rolled out soon. He also said that India may have a separate Jammu and Kashmir theatre but the shape would be finalised later. He added that India is also working on separate joint commands for logistics and training.

He informed that a study has been ordered under the Air Force Vice Chief, on the Air Defence Command, which will be helpful in avoiding fratricides and timely implementation of orders in case of aerial attacks. General Bipin Rawat added that the shape of different theatre commands would be clear after the studies to be ordered in this regard are completed. He said India is looking at overseas bases for logistics. Continue reading


Indian officials denied a British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to an accompanying aide. Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who chairs a parliamentary group focused on Kashmir, was unable to clear customs after her valid Indian visa was rejected, the aide, Harpreet Upal, told The Associated Press. Abrahams and Upal arrived at the airport on an Emirates flight from Dubai at 9am.

Upal said the immigration officials did not cite any reason for denying Abrahams entry and revoking her visa, a copy of which, valid until October 2020, was shared with the AP. A spokesman for India’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment. Abrahams has been a member of Parliament since 2011 and was on a two-day personal trip to India, she said in a statement. Continue reading


For months, the Narendra Modi government is sitting on a proposal to create 436 new posts of scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation that is in the crying needs of having additional manpower due to its expanding research mandate. The agency with 52 laboratories has been tasked with several new projects ranging from next generation missiles to unmanned combat drones by the central government, but manpower shortage remains a matter of concern for the top brass.

While the authorized strength of scientists in DRDO is 7,353, the existing held strength of is 7,107.Since the scientific manpower is insufficient for the committed R&D projects, its own manpower planning board in April 2010 recommended hiring another 4,966 scientists.
The proposal was subsequently toned down by the Union Finance Ministry that slashed the number to 1,316 posts. The Department of Expenditure further lowered the figure and cleared only 436 posts in the first phase. Continue reading


Janhvi Kapoor’s next big movie up for release is ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’. The makers have decided to shift the release date of the film from March 13 to April 24, 2020. Now, instead, Irrfan Khan’s ‘Angrezi Medium’ will release on March 13, 2020.

Janhvi shared the new release date along with the film poster on social media. She wrote: Have to wait a littttttle longer to share this one with you’ll but I promise it’s special. Ready to take off in cinemas on 24th April, 2020! @karanjohar @apoorva1972 #ShariqPatel @pankajtripathi @angadbedi @itsvineetsingh @manavvij @sharansharma @dharmamovies @zeestudiosofficial Continue reading


India is looking at setting up a separate theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said on Monday. The air defence command is to be rolled out by the beginning of next year and the Peninsula command by the end of 2021, Gen Rawat told a select group of journalists.

The Indian Air Force will helm the air defence command and all-long range missiles as well as air defence assets will come under it, he said. “India is looking at setting up a separate theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir,” Gen Rawat said. Indian Navy’s Eastern and Western commands will be integrated into the Peninsula command, he said. Continue reading


Last week, India’s biennial ­defence manufacturing ­exhibition, Defexpo 2020, was held in Lucknow, heart of the Uttar Pradesh defence-industrial corridor. UP CM Yogi Adityanath ­described it as the ‘Maha Kumbh’ of ­defence manufacturing. He was fascinated perhaps by the scale—unprecedented, with over 1,000 exhibitors, 15 lakh visitors, daily live demonstrations of military capability in mock operational setting, military cooperation-conference of defence ministers of 30 countries. The Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production and the UP government had done a commendable job. The growing array of ind­igenous military hardware on display indicates that Make in India is making a difference in the defence sector.

India was the highest defence ­imp­orter until 2018, when it climbed down a step from its long-held ­position. India’s defence sector has been open to direct private sector ­participation since 2001, but there wasn’t enough enthusiasm due to an indifferent policy and lack of access to users, among other reasons. Continue reading

SOURCE : The Telegraph and PTI

The Supreme Court on Monday asked advocates Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran to talk to Shaheen Bagh protestors and persuade them to move to an alternative site, where no public place will be blocked. Hearing pleas over the road blocks due to the ongoing protests at Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a bench comprising Justices S. K. Kaul and K. M. Joseph said its concern is about what will happen if people start protesting on roads.

Democracy works on expressing views but there are lines and boundaries for it, it said.The apex court said that people have a fundamental right to protest against a law but the blocking of public roads is a matter of concern and there has to be a balancing factor.People have a fundamental right to protest but thing which is troubling us is blocking of public roads, the bench said. Continue reading


Congress leader Manish Tewari has a question: “Is Coronavirus a biological weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan-400?”

On Sunday, Tewari shared on Twitter a screenshot of a page from a 1981 science fiction named “The eyes of darkness” where he underlined a part that talks of the decade’s “most important and dangerous” “biological weapon” which the Chinese used to call “Wuhan-400”. In the book, author Dean Koontz writes, “… a Chinese scientist named Li Chen defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade. They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at that research center.” Continue reading


In a path breaking verdict demolishing gender discrimination in Army, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that all women officers shall be considered for permanent commission and will also be eligible for command posting on par with male officers.

A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi granted three months time to Centre to implement its order and slammed the Centre for denying equal opportunity to women officers by raising the ground of social norms, physiological limitations and family obligation associated with women. Continue reading


My name is not Khan and I AM a terrorist. But there is more to me. I am a philanthropist, revolutionist, destructionist, activist, perfectionist, feminist — and now, a Twitter Terrorist. Although my account remains suspended by Twitter.

Like the rest of Pakistan, this space on social media too was for long occupied by General Twitter. But not anymore. After all, I am no less than any Pakistani general. I have served my country by training jihadis and making hate speeches at the Jummah sermons. Oh, I forgot to mention that I am also a professor. Continue reading


Baba N Kalyani, Chairman & MD, Bharat Forge Ltd in a recent interview has said that the company now has reached in the pinnacle of technology development for the Artillery Guns in the country that it can develop any Artillery Gun system demanded by Indian Army in a very short time while confirming the development of new MArG Extended Range 155mm/52 cal Ultra-Light Howitzer which was showcased for the first time at DefExpo 2020.

Kalyani confirmed that the MArG 155mm/52 cal ULH is ready for internal firing trials from June onwards and it weights under 8 tonnes and has a effective range of 41km . A new 3.7 tonnes 155mm/39 cal ULH is under development which is lighter than the 4.2 tonnes M777 howitzer already inducted in the Indian Army. Continue reading


In an Interview, Venkat Raju, Managing Director of VEM Technologies has said the company aims to be Lockheed Martin of India and plans to build a completely company-designed aircraft by 2027 to move into aerospace manufacturing after providing Avionics & Software, Electro-Optics & Rf & Microwave Connectors for both BrahMos and Akash missile system in India.

Hyderabad-based VEM Technologies that provide Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security systems solutions are also working with DRDO on the development of the MPATGM Anti-Tank Missile system and recently also showcased Ajita Short Range Air Defense system concept in lines of NASAMS at recently concluded DefExpo 2020. Continue reading


The biggest deal in the indigenous military aviation sector has been finalised, with the overall cost of IAF acquiring 83 single-engine Tejas fighters and their support package from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) being slashed from the earlier around Rs 56,500 crore to Rs 39,000 crore. The over Rs 17,000 crore reduction in overall cost has come after hard-nosed negotiations spread over a year. The defence ministry and IAF were initially shocked at the “exorbitant price” being demanded by HAL to produce the 83 Tejas Mark-1A jets along with the maintenance and infrastructure package.

“With the contract price now settled at Rs 39,000 crore, the procurement file is being sent to the Cabinet Committee on Security for final nod. It should be cleared before this fiscal ends on March 31. Once the contract is inked, HAL promises to begin deliveries of the Mark-1A jets in three years,” said a source. Continue reading