SOURCE: INDIA & RUSSIA REPORT
The first-ever Russian-Pakistani military drill in the territory of India’s arch foe (in 2016) has to a great extent rocked the long-established trust between Moscow and New Delhi, especially in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian military base in Uri in September 2016.
Although Russia was the only member of the United Nations Security Council, which had specifically mentioned that the terrorist attack was “committed from the territory of Pakistan,” many in New Delhi have begun to doubt Russia’s reliability as a strategic partner. Continue reading
India considers Russia as its “abiding” friend and strategic partner amid deepening of the cooperation between the two states, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.
“Russia is an abiding friend. [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and I have held long conversations on the challenges that confront the world today. Our trusted and strategic partnership, especially in the field of defense has deepened,” Modi said at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Raisina Dialogue forum in New Delhi. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
The security at Delhi airport and Metro stations has been beefed up following intelligence input that seven terrorists have managed to get army uniform worn by personnel of captain and subedar rank.
The Intelligence Bureau alert, which has originated from Amritsar, said: “Seven terrorists have been seen outside Chakri and Gurdaspur border posts. The group has acquired combat ranks of captain and subedar of Indian Army, which are likely to be worn after infiltration”. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
In February 2014, shortly before he became India’s National Security Advisor, former Intelligence Bureau chief Ajit Doval proclaimed a major policy shift via a long public speech. Pakistani support for separatist and extremist groups in India was declared a strategic threat to be met with disproportionate retaliation in kind. More recently, Prime Minister Modi claimed the world is “unanimously appreciating India’s position” on Pakistan and called for India to “position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force, globally.”
These ambitious goals have not been matched by results and are unlikely to do so unless the strategies employed suit changing circumstances. Given the growth in China’s ability to exercise leadership, India must deal with the country to bring about constructive change in Pakistan and the world at large. Continue reading
After the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, including the one which killed five UAE diplomats, Russia has “(urged) the warring parties in Afghanistan, primarily the leaders of the Taliban movement, to renounce violence and to take urgent action to launch intra-Afghan dialogue”.
Even if the Taliban has denied any role in the killing of diplomats—because, many Afghans say, its benefactors in Pakistan want to avoid the UAE’s wrath—the verbiage of the spokesperson of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs is interesting. It recognizes the Taliban as just one among multiple warring parties in Afghanistan, and emphasizes its inclusion in the peace process. Continue reading
The intelligence assessment also shows that the skewed real estate market in Kashmir.
The Centre’s assessment of the impact of demonetization on terrorists and areas infested by militancy has thrown up surprising facts. The note accessed by DNA-WION says that terrorist violence in the Kashmir Valley has decline by 60% post demonetization. It also notes that only one blast took place in the month of December 2016. Continue reading
For the first time ever, each and every jawan of the Indian Army will be equipped with a world-class helmet, an essential piece of kit that can be the difference between life and death during military operations.
NDTV has learnt that an Indian company, the Kanpur-based MKU Industries has been contracted to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets in a deal worth Rs. 170 and 180 crore, and the production of the new helmets is now beginning. This is the first large scale order of helmets by the Army in more than two decades. Continue reading
Mauritius has commissioned into service its new patrol vessel CGS Victory for the National Coast Guard as well as two Chetak helicopters for its Police Helicopter Squadron.
The equipment was delivered by India and commissioned in a ceremony last month in Port Louis that was attended by Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in the first such visit of an Indian defence minister to Mauritius. Continue reading
Allying all fears regarding Indian security concerns in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean, Sri Lankan military leader-turned-politician Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday sent a strong message that Indian security and geopolitics cannot be jeopardized, endorsing India as a regional power and potential super power.
“When it comes to the security issues, obviously India is the regional power in this Area. Indian security concerns and sentiments cannot be jeopardised. Sri Lanka has really understood that. So when Sri Lanka deals with other countries you have ensure that you don’t put India into embarrassing situation,” he told ANI. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
India- China relations has been dogged by mistrust ever since the 1962 war. Relations improved considerably after the visit to India by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2014 and the Indian prime minister’s visit to China in May 2015. However, since then relations have once again hit a low point because of two major incidents.
First, India was unhappy when China blocked India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, especially when it received overwhelming support from most of the NSG members, including the United States, U.K., France, and Russia. Second, China has repeatedly blocked India’s attempt to place UN sanctions on Pakistan-based militant Masoor Azhar, who was allegedly involved in the infamous Mumbai attack and also in last year’s attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. India has viewed both these developments with concern, and sees them as a deliberate attempt to negate India’s rise on the global stage. Continue reading
There’s a well-developed discussion going on about the definition of 5th generation fighters – or even if the term itself is at all valid. Sensor fusion, thrust vectoring, supercruise capability, AESA radars and similar terms are being thrown around quite liberally, but the biggest sticking issue is stealth. Low observability is what makes the category exclusive to clean sheet designs, as there’s a limit to how much stealth can be baked into an existing design. Just like F-35 and F-22, a truly low-observable plane has to be designed, from ground up, for stealth. This influences both shape and material composition of the hull, down to specialized coatings.
National projects: in it for the long run
A Pakistan Air Force Ilyushin Il-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft are will be refurbished at the Russian 360th Aircraft Repair Plant in Ryazan, reported by Defence-blog.com.
The Pakistan Air Force has signed an agreement with JSC Rosoboronexport and 360th Aircraft Repair Plant for the refurbished of its fleet of Ilyushin Il-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
It may be too early still to judge what US President Barack Obama, who leaves office later this week, meant for India, which could range anything between nothing, as many have argued, and quite a bit, as held by others.
But, here is what a seasoned Indian diplomat who worked closely with the Obama White House had to say, “This was a liberal White House, more liberal than many in recent history, and we did fine, with some ups and some downs.” Continue reading
SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW
The Chinese official newspaper, the Global Times (January 11) in an article entitled “Indian arms same to Hanoi disturbing if aimed at China”, warned New Delhi that India must desist from doing to China what China does to India.
The Chinese official article was in response to Indian media reports on discussions between Indian and Vietnam on supplying India made Akash surface-to-air missiles to (25 Km range) to Vietnam. Continue reading
India will not hold talks with Pakistan as long as New Delhi’s nuclear-armed neighbor continues to support terrorism in South Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a foreign policy speech.
“India alone cannot walk the path of peace, it also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make,” Modi said at a conference in New Delhi. “Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk toward dialogue with India.” Continue reading