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SOURCE: PTI

China will launch 90 earth observation satellites for an Argentinian company which, according to a Chinese space official, will be a landmark achievement for the country in the international space market. China has been using its space rockets to put satellites of several countries including Pakistan.

China Great Wall Industry Corp, the international arm of State-owned space conglomerate China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said on Wednesday that it recently signed a multiple launch services agreement with Satellogic, a private Argentinian company specialising in Earth-observation satellites. Continue reading

SOURCE: TASS

The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday.”In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them equipped with the second-stage engines,” he said. “The preliminary timeframe for the new contract is five years.”

The first contract envisages the delivery of two fifth-generation aircraft in 2019-2020.”In line with the contract signed in 2018, one serial Su-57 jet with first-stage engines will be delivered to the Aerospace Forces this year, the other aircraft featuring the same type of engine – in 2020.”The aircraft’s manufacturer, the United Aircraft Corporation, refrained from commenting on the report. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

The Northern Army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Thursday said the Indian Army was one step ahead of Pakistan and was giving a befitting reply to every single ceasefire violation by the neighbouring country. Talking to media after inaugurating a bridge at Kalai in Poonch district, General Singh said, “We are one step ahead of Pakistan and are giving befitting reply to them.”

“2018 has been a great year for the security forces, more than 250 terrorists were killed, 54 were caught alive, and 4 surrendered to the forces,”?he said. When asked about the increased ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces since January 1 this year and the elimination of five Pakistani soldiers by Indian forces in retaliation in the last few days, Gen Singh said the answer lies in the query itself. Continue reading

SOURCE: GAADIWADI

Tata is a major supplier of defence vehicles in India. Recently, Tata won the contract of supplying the Indian Armed Forces with the Tata Safari Storme, which will eventually replace from the Amry’s fleet. The new Light Support Vehicle (LSV) is likely to be called Merlin and was spotted testing on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The upcoming vehicle has been spotted frequently testing under the heavy camouflage on the Indian roads and was last spotted doing high altitude testing in India.

Tata Motor’s official website has revealed a few details about the upcoming vehicle. It gets STANAG 4569 Level-1 protection on the sides and rear. It is one of the highest rated protection according to the NATO standards. The Level-1 protection that the vehicle gets can save the occupants from artillery, grenade and mine blasts. It absorbs the kinetic energy to keep the occupants safe. The vehicle gets powered by a 3.3-litre liquid-cooled, direct-injection diesel engine. The common rail turbo-diesel engine produces a maximum of 185 Bhp at 3,200 rpm and a peak torque of 450 Nm at 2,400 rpm. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMES NOW

In a crucial Defence development, the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has announced that the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) designed and developed by it has successfully completed weapons trials. The Defence PSU said the combat chopper is now ready to be inducted into the Air Force and the Army.

The HAL said on Thursday that the LCH has successfully carried out air-to-air missile firing on a moving aerial target. This is a milestone in its development, it stated. Apart from the missile, other weapons on the combat chopper include a 20mm turret gun and 70 mm rockets. The trials for other weapons were completed last year itself. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

Not long ago, Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj responded that India will not be present unless Pakistan stops its terrorist activities against India.

Originally planned to be held in Pakistan in November 2016, the 19th SAARC summit was postponed due to a terrorist attack on a camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September. Dozens of Indian soldiers died in the worst terrorist incident in recent years. New Delhi alleged that Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group was responsible for the attack, but Islamabad denied the charge. Subsequently, Modi refused to attend the summit, and Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan took a joint stance in boycott. Under the SAARC Charter, the summit is automatically postponed or cancelled as long as one member skips the event. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

 

The Centre plans to set up 29 airstrips on National Highways at strategic locations for emergency landings by fighter aircraft, according to the transport ministry. The proposed strips have been planned on highways and roads near the international border in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Manipur and West Bengal. Three are planned on highways connecting Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas. Emergency strips are also planned in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The ministry of road transport and highways, in 2016, announced the formation of an inter-ministerial joint committee with the ministry of defence and the Indian Air Force (IAF) to look into the feasibility of setting up these strips and to arrive at the technical details. IAF and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) were tasked with the site survey and inspection. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES

It should have been a new beginning in India-Nepal relations, more momentous than in 1996 when New Delhi tried to take its sense of responsibility to its immediate neighbors after Inder Kumar Gujral became foreign minister. India agreed to renew trade with Nepal and a transit treaty that was more favorable to Nepal than ever before (India later reneged).

In one diplomatic farce after another in the neighborhood after he became prime minister of India in May 2014, Narendra Modi expressed his disposition to resolve the outstanding issues between India and Nepal in his last visit to the Himalayan country on May 12, 2018. Agenda item No 12 of the joint statement issued by the two countries’ foreign ministries at the end of Modi’s visit categorically stated that all of the outstanding issues between the two countries would be fixed by the end of September 2018. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

For India’s first manned mission to space- the Gaganyaan space mission, with the air force getting ready to identify a number of ace pilots to undergo a number of tests, including psychological assessments, the astronauts will be chosen this year.

While a formal request for astronauts is pending, the IAF is in contact with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the selection will be completed by the end of this year. The mission has an ambitious launch date of early 2022 – before India celebrates its 75th Independence Day – preparing for a tight schedule to identify and train the first set of astronauts. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE PRINT

An entire chapter of the recent NIA chargesheet in the Nagrota Army base attack case is dedicated to the heroics of Dino. It was he who helped the investigating agency find the route taken by three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists to reach the base on 28 November 2016, and piece together the details of the deadly attack that claimed the lives of seven soldiers.

Dino, a Labrador, is a canine soldier of the Indian Army and a highly-skilled tracker dog. He sniffed the socks of one of the slain terrorists and traced the route they had taken through bushes, right up to the highway about a kilometre away. But Dino is hardly the only one — canine soldiers have always played a crucial role for the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, tracking down terrorists, sniffing out infiltrators at the LoC, and even alerting troops just before attacks. Continue reading

SOURCE: Pune Mirror

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in association with the Society of Indian DefenceManufacturers (SIDM)/Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) are organising a ‘Defence Industry Stakeholders Seminar on Thursday at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Ojhar Township at Nashik in Maharashtra.

The officials from MoD said a number of DPSUs, shipyards, DRDO and the Indian Armed forces will be exhibiting equipments for indigenisation. The officials added that in the last four years, the MoD has made many policy and procedural reforms to galvanise indigenous defence production in the sector. Some of which are DPP (Defence Procurement Procedure) 2016 favouring Make In India, simplifying of Make II Procedure to encourage suo moto proposals by industry, the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018, Technology Perspective Capability Requirement 2018, amendments to DPP 2016 in May 2018 and the policy encouraging exports in defence sector. The reforms have paved the way in creation of defence manufacturing. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The public sector entity Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed light combat helicopter (LCH) has successfully carried out air-to-air missile firing on a moving aerial target.

“This is the first time in the country that a helicopter has carried out air-to-air missile engagement. None of the helicopters with the military services in the country has demonstrated such a capability. With this, LCH has successfully completed all weapon integration tests and is ready for operational induction,” HAL chief R Madhavan said.

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SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER

Early in its combat testing, a test pilot’s damning report leaked to the press and exposed the world’s most expensive weapons system, the F-35, as a bad dogfighter that the F-16 routinely trounced in mock battles. But new videos leaked from the US Air Force’s F-35 demo or stunt flying team show the jet making head-spinning turns that older jets could never hit.

In 2015, the test pilot’s write up of the jet’s combat performance obliterated the idea of F-35 as a capable dogfighter due to a glaring flaw: Weak maneuverability. “Overall, the most noticeable characteristic of the F-35A in a visual engagement was its lack of energy maneuverability,” the pilot wrote. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

Russia’s state-run United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the maker of Su-35 and MiG-57 fighter jets, is now tapping Indian market with its Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft, which can be used as a cargo or a passenger airplane by the corporate sector. “As India is now discussing the need to expand regional connectivity, we believe our Be-200 jet will fit into the new strategy very well as it can take off and land on water so it does not necessarily needs to be based at the airports,” Sergei Ganin, Head of R&D Center of Beriev Aircraft Company, a unit of UAC, told BusinessLine.

The company has been in talks with India’s corporate houses and government agencies for its amphibious jet and is planning to showcase the capabilities of Be-200 at the Aero India Show in Bangalore next month, said UAC officials, on the sidelines of the Global Aviation Summit. Continue reading

SOURCE: NATIONAL HERALD

Indian border troopers posted along the China border in Leh have been using networks supplied by Chinese telecom operators, India’s intelligence agencies have warned the government. It is understood that due to the difficulty of Indian mobile operators in penetrating the higher reaches of the India-China border, soldiers are left with “no choice” but to “manually switch” to Chinese telecom service providers, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The poor network coverage of Indian operators in Leh and surrounding areas is an “open secret.” The coverage capability gets worse at the border outposts, which are located at even higher altitudes and in absence of any significant telecom infrastructure on the Indian side. Continue reading