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Tata group and General Electric Co. (GE) have signed an agreement to build a new factory in Hyderabad to make engine parts for passenger jets.
The components made here will go into the LEAP engine used in the new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX planes.Under the strategic partnership, GE Aviation and Tata Sons’ subsidiary, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), will manufacture, assemble, integrate and test aircraft component, said a Tata Sons statement after a meeting of the chiefs of the two groups in Mumbai on Thursday. Continue reading
The Indian Navy has received the much awaited Scorpene class submarine — INS Kalvari after a wait of over five years. The submarine was scheduled for induction in 2012-13 but the project got delayed due to controversies and the alleged ineptness of Indian shipyard to absorb the French technology and funding. Indian Navy’s Western Command that guards the Indian waters near Pakistan will operate the submarine.
INS Kalvari is touted to be one of the quietest and most lethal submarines among its counterparts all over the world. However, the Indian Navy can ensure optimal utilization of the submarine only after it is fitted with its primary weapon — torpedoes — and air-independent propulsion systems, the purchase of which is hanging in the balance due to controversies. Nevertheless, the Indian defense ministry has said that despite its sub-optimal strength, the commissioning of INS Kalvari will augment the capability of the Indian Navy. Continue reading
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India’s Single Engine Fighter requirement is facing rather unexpected questioning, Ministry of Defence which first formulated purchase of single and twin-engine fighter aircraft on the backdrop of collapsed MMRCA tender is now questioning IAF’s requirement after Lockheed Martin refused to oblige to carry out full Transfer of Technology of its F-16 to India which could lead to awkward single vendor situation .
MOD officials are also worried the new deal could cost over $ 20 Billion for the purchase of 114 units of aircrafts and will also face an allegation of irregularities in their procurement since only two vendors have responded and there is growing realisation that both F-16 and Gripen-E were rejected by IAF under Technical rounds of MMRCA evaluations. Continue reading
SOURCE: Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda |NEWS18
“Do you foresee India fighting a full-scale conventional war in the near future?” is a question often asked of me during informal interactions. My reply is generally in the negative, and the next question which inevitable follows is, “Then why is the Indian military always clamouring for a larger defence budget?”
Taken at face value, there is some justification in this argument. India’s defence budget is the fifth-largest in the world, and military expenditure certainly impacts on development programmes which are aimed at lifting India’s 224 million people out of poverty. Under these circumstances, it is also politically expedient to suppress defence spending.
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Almost 18 years after the country cleared an ambitious submarine-building programme to scale up its undersea warfare capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India-built INS Kalvari into the navy in Mumbai on Thursday.
It is the first conventional submarine to join the naval fleet in 17 years. INS Kalvari is the first of six the Scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, under licence from French firm Naval Group, previously called DCNS. The submarine should have been inducted into the navy more than five years ago but problems relating to transfer of technology led to missed deadlines in the ~23,562-crore programme called Project-75. Continue reading
As India jockeys for an independent position on the global top table, several significant developments have taken place on the foreign policy front as the year comes to a close. Senior officials from the US, Japan, India and Australia met in Manila on November 15 to discuss ways to revive the Quadrilateral Grouping and ramp up regional and global cooperation. Beijing sees this as an attempt to curtail its aggressive antics in the South China Sea.
On December 1, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting for the first time as a full member in Sochi in Russia. The regional security grouping includes Central Asian states and China and Russia, and membership gives New Delhi a voice in intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism operations and access and economic opportunities in the resource-rich region. Pakistan was admitted at China’s behest. Continue reading
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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi reiterated “India wants Security and Growth for all in the Region” (SAGAR) as the first of the Scorpene class submarines-INS Kalvari-formally joined the Indian Navy today . Modi was speaking at the commissioning ceremony in Mumbai.
The INS Kalvari is a Scorpene class diesel-electric conventional submarine. It is the first submarine to join the Indian Navy in nearly two decades. Continue reading
When 120 Indian para commandos landed inside Pakistani territory in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir during the 1971 war, even the enemy had applauded the “excellent work by the boys” in a post-war flag meeting.
The men from 9 Para, a special-forces unit of the Army’s Parachute Regiment, had entered 15-to-20 kilometres deep into Pakistan and destroyed its artillery guns. Nearly 60 Pakistani troops were killed and those who fled their posts were court martialled. This first raid behind the enemy lines, which the future leaders of the army read about in military academies, forced the Pakistan army to raise a second line of defence for its artillery, changing its military doctrine. Continue reading
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Indian arms buildup has pushed region into arms race fomenting instability in the whole region, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal stated at weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. Pakistan’s armed forces are ready to defend the country’s borders in case of any threat, the spokesman said.
The spokesperson said we have received response from India regarding visit of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife and they will come to Pakistan and will have a meeting with him on 25th of this month. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
A day after the news of a Dawood Ibrahim-Chota Shakeel split broke, Shakeel’s close aide Fahim Machmach has released a clip in which he denies the story. Police officials identified the voice in the short clip as Machmach’s. In it, the Shakeel aide rubbishes the news about the split without taking names.
An investigation is being carried out to trace the clip’s origin. Police officials say that it’s being circulated to send out a message to gang members – that they shouldn’t worry and that they should carry out business as usual. Continue reading
The commissioning of the first Scorpene-class submarine – ‘INS Kalvari’ – into the Indian Navy reaffirms the giant strides taken under the ‘Make in India’ programme, defence PSU Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) said today.
The induction of Kalvari into the Indian Navy would be a game-changer in the field of underwater warfare and its commissioning has added another feather in MDL’s cap, the shipbuilder said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the submarine at the naval dockyard here today. Continue reading
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today commissioned the first of the six Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into the Indian Navy and said its induction was a big step in the country’s defence preparedness.
Modi boarded the submarine and unveiled its plaque, after meeting veterans of the first Kalvari who were present at the ceremony.
“Kalvari is an excellent example of our ‘Make in India’ programme,” he said, speaking at the commissioning ceremony here this morning. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler were among those present at the ceremony. Continue reading
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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, presently in Sri Lanka on a five-day goodwill visit, called on the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake at the Army Headquarters recently.
A Guard Turnout plus a Guard of Honour presented by Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment troops saluted the visiting Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on arrival at the Army Headquarters before he was conducted to the Commander’s Secretariat. Continue reading
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In compliance of its earlier announcement, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued directives to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to the wife and mother of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, sources informed ARY News.
According to the sources, the government of Pakistan will provide maximum security to Jadhav’s family during their stay in Pakistan.An official of the Indian high commission in Islamabad will also be allowed to accompany with the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav during the meeting with the spy, sources further informed. Continue reading
Global aerospace and security giant Lockheed Martin, which currently has two large joint ventures with the Tata group in India for aerospace and defence equipment manufacturing, is looking to invest in technology startups, with a special focus on women-founded ones, says its deputy executive vice president Lorraine M Martin.
The women leader, with three decades of Lockheed Martin experience and four-and-a-half years with the US Air Force, said efforts were also on to encourage women entrepreneurs through seed funding, for which they had collaborated with the Indian government and recently with Tata Trusts. Continue reading