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SOURCE: PTI

 The Indian Army is working on a major reform initiative under which structural changes may be brought in to make the force ‘leaner and meaner’.Official sources said a high-level committee is currently considering various options including cadre restructuring as part of the initiative.

They said the aim of the exercise is aimed at readying a larger talent pool for crucial tasks and bringing down the age of those commanding key formations.They said the committee is also examining various options to bring down the age of commands at all levels and ensure deploying the right person for the right job. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Pakistan will today file a counter-affidavit before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kubhushan Jadhav case. It is learnt that the rejoinder runs into 400 pages and has been prepared by a team headed by Pakistan’s attorney general.

Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer who is lodged in a jail in Pakistan. In April 2017, he was sentenced to death after a court held him guilty of espionage and terrorism.He was arrested in Balochistan province of Pakistan. He was charged with espionage and accused of working as a spy for the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s intelligence agency. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Nearly 200 armed forces personnel become disabled every year due to road accidents and avalanches, especially in hilly terrains, a senior army doctor said

Lt Gen Bipin Puri, Director General of the Armed Forces Medical Service, said the disability armed forces personnel suffer are not only related to spinal cord and limbs – they often involve injuries to lungs and intestines He added that in the armed forces medical service, the primary motto is to save life by resorting to damage-control surgery. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

In the name of having a “disciplined” and nationalist “force of youth,” the government has discussed a proposal to target 10 lakh young men and women every year with a military training programme, The Indian Express has learnt.

Billed as the National Youth Empowerment Scheme or N-YES, aimed at “optimising the Indian demographic advantage”, it proposes a slew of incentives to students fresh of Class X and XII and, currently, enrolled in college. The incentives include a fixed stipend for the 12-month training and making N-YES an “essential qualification” for jobs in Defence, paramilitary forces and police. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Hitting out at Opposition for raising doubts over the surgical strikes by the Indian Army at Pakistani posts in 2016, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday asked whether the security forces should have taken Rahul Gandhi along while executing the operation.

“What do the opposition parties claim? That they (surgical strikes) were not carried out. Look at the negativity. Should I have taken you (Opposition) along? Should I have told the army that take Rahul Gandhi along and carry out the surgical strikes? ” said Parrikar who was the then Defence Minister, when the Army carried out the strikes. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has unveiled plans for a new RAF fighter jet, the Tempest, which will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Speaking at the Farnborough airshow, Williamson unveiled a model of the sixth-generation fighter jet the Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects to emerge from its new combat air strategy, designed to maintain the UK’s status as a so-called “tier one” military power after Brexit. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Former chief of naval staff Admiral Arun Prakash while speaking to media backed Indian Air Force taking over command of LCA-Tejas Project from state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) , he went further ahead and even said not only LCA-Tejas Project should be taken over and operated by Indian Air Force he also advocated IAF taking over full command of HAL from the Civil-Bureaucratic controls .

Citing a neighborhood example of JF-17 program which is under direct control and management of Pakistan Air Force, Former chief supported IAF moves to take over LCA-Tejas Project in running its day to day operations at the production line and again cited example of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) which is HAL of Pakistan and is involved in manufacturing of all Pakistani defence aerospace projects but is fully managed by Senior ranked Pakistan Air Force officials. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

China has been extending support to its “all-weather” ally Pakistan with an aim to counter India. The latest in its series of efforts, China is helping Pakistan with the construction of eight submarines to ensure a tough competition to the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean.

According to sources, under Project Hangor, China’s shipbuilding industry is building the submarines which will soon be handed over to Pakistan. India, as of now, has 16 submarines while Pakistan has 10. The acquisition of new submarines is a part of Pakistan’s effort to scale up its capabilities in underwater warfare.  Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

India on Monday successfully test fired supersonic cruise missile BrahMos off the Odisha coast, proving it one of the best all-weather weapon systems.

The missile was fired at 10.18 a.m. from a test range at Chandipur in Balasore district. The life extension test achieved all parameters, said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

After conducting a ground test of 195 seconds, a high thrust version of the Vikas Engine was successfully qualified at ISROPropulsion Complex (IPRC) in Tirunelveli district’s Mahendragiri, of Tamil Nadu.
This engine would improve the payload capability of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles.

The test was conducted on Sunday, and validated the performance adequacy of Vikas Engine to be used in the upcoming second developmental flight of GSLV Mk-III Vikas Engine, a workhorse liquid rocket engine designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), powers the second stage of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

China has set up an unmanned automatic weather observation station near the Indian border in the Tibet Autonomous Region to provide meteorological support to national defense.

The station in Yumai township under Lhunze county of Shannan Prefecture in Tibet will eliminate a blind area of meteorological services. It will also provide strong meteorological support for national defense and further promote border development as well as military-civilian integration, according to a statement on the official website of the Tibet weather bureau. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s stand on a plea by a cleric seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and star, terming it un-Islamic and resembling that of a Pakistani political party.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, to seek instructions from the government on the issue and posted it for hearing after two weeks. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

As former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, sits behind bars, Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit chief Hafiz Saeed openly campaigns for the country’s forthcoming general elections.

Saeed inaugurated several offices in Lahore and canvassed for the candidates of Milli Muslim League (MML) contesting the elections, which are scheduled for July 25. Continue reading