SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury have confirmed that Russia’s defence budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion.The reduction represents the largest cut to military expenditure in the country since the early 1990s.
The reduction follows an extended period of large increases to Russian defence spending with growth having achieved an average rate of 19.8% a year since 2011 in nominal terms. Despite the cut, the 2017 budget will remain about 14.4% higher than the level of defence spending seen in 2014 in nominal terms. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Tactical Aerostat on request of Indian Army has been developed by Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE),a laboratory under Defence Research & Development organisation (DRDO) of India.
As per information obtained by idrw.org, Tactical Aerostat can be carried by a single vehicle ( Truck Size ) and can be deployed on the border in short duration with an essential payload. Continue reading
SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
HAL recently announced that it has started Internal studies to develop Unmanned combat version of home-grown Light combat aircraft which got lukewarm and mix response from Indian Defence Analysts, due to the preconceived opinion that unmanned specially un-stealth combat jets have limited utilities in modern warfare.
preconceived opinion was largely based on facts that In Past United States and China have largely used their retired combat jets as Aerial targeting drones and never in actual combat and when HAL proposed using Unmanned LCA-Tejas for combat many were dismissive about it, but new “Loyal Wingman” concept floated by Pentagon and US Air force last March 2016 Washington DC, might shed some new ideas how Unmanned combat jets can be made relevant even in modern warfare of the future . Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla | Business Standard
This technologically challenging and controversial programme has made steady headway. On March 1, an interceptor missile, fired from Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, detected and destroyed a simulated enemy missile when it was 15-25 kilometres above the earth. The DRDO has claimed full success in most of the dozen-odd ABM tests conducted so far. Continue reading
Since the time Narendra Modi won a sweeping victory to be anointed prime minister of the world’s most populous democracy, the defence ministry — the MoD — has displayed far greater professionalism.It cleared a total of 124 new contracts worth Rs 209,751 crore since Modi took his oath. Most of these contracts were driven by Manohar Parrikar after he took over as defence minister.
Parrikar’s 28 month stint as defence minister has come to an end. Goa can be an enticing destination for tourists, but political leaders at the national level may not find it the best alternative to whet their ambitions. Continue reading
Nuclear power generation capacity in the country is expected to reach nearly 15,000 MW by 2024 as the government has expedited the process of setting up new plants, Lok Sabha was informed today.
In 2014, India’s nuclear power generation capacity was 4,780 MW. Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said a number of steps have been taken by the Narendra Modi government to fast-track all ongoing nuclear projects and setting up of new plants in different parts of the country. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WIRE
If India fears imminent use of nuclear weapons by Pakistan, will it go first, upending its doctrine of ‘no first use’, and conduct a comprehensive first strike, taking out Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal?
In other words, has India’s nuclear doctrine undergone a shift? Vipin Narang, a respected expert, raised the possibility at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, causing a stir. The conference, held every two years to discuss nuclear weapons, proliferation and associated topics, is a gathering of the world’s top nuclear strategists. Continue reading
The National Interest has wondered how Russia and China might annihilate the US aircraft carriers. Author of the article believes that aircraft carriers are the main combat vessels of the country’s Navy.
The first way is torpedoes. The journalist has given an example of annihilation of a huge Japanese Shinano aircraft carrier in 1944. Today, the US aircraft carriers are vulnerable to torpedoes as well. While the ‘Russian and Chinese submarines regularly exercise attacks on the US carrier groups’. Continue reading
More Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are dying of mental illness and lifestyle diseases than in line of duty, BSF Director General KK Sharma said.
He said the analysis has been made after a study was conducted among the 2.5 lakh personnel strong force.”Recent studies within the force have indicated that number of deaths of force personnel was more due to illness (both physical and mental) than being operational casualties. Our studies through the medical directorate of Border Security Force have listed out many indicators of lifestyle diseases as well,” he said. Continue reading
Terror groups continue to have safe havens in Pakistan and its establishment provides unhindered support to terrorists, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said on Tuesday, slamming Pakistan for being the destabilising factor in his war-torn country.
Noting that the Ghani government, soon after coming to power, tried to open a new chapter of relationship with Islamabad, Mr Rabbani told a Washington audience: “Unfortunately, we did not see practical steps taken by Pakistan on the promises they made.” Continue reading
India should guard against “judging” US President Donald Trump in a “rush” and instead take him seriously, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said on Tuesday. Addressing an industry event in New Delhi, Mr Jaishankar also pitched for building strong regional connectivity, which he said was of paramount interest and was set to get a boost in the near future. Laying out the rules of engagement with Mr Trump, Mr Jaishankar said it was important to keep in mind that intentions do not always translate into outcomes as he spoke on a wide range of issues.
“I think what is important is to take him (Mr Trump) seriously but also with a caveat that intentions are not always outcomes and even in our bilateral ties I would suggest that if there is a point to make at this stage, it is that don’t rush to judgement,” he said. Continue reading
India is working with 15 countries for cooperation in information exchange on cyber crimes and related issues in law enforcement.
In response to a question, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Lok Sabha, “India is working for bilateral cooperation with around 15 countries for exchange of information and data pertaining to cyber crimes and related cooperation in law enforcement.” Continue reading
Contrary to recent social media outrage by jawans against the ‘buddy’ system in the Army, the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday defended the British-era system, saying it promotes spirit de corps. However, “exhaustive” instructions have been issued to ensure that the sahayaks are not made to do menial tasks as they are combat soldiers, the government said on any misuse of the system.
Recently, several jawans from the Army and para-military forces had come out in public by posting their grievances on social media against the ill-treatment of soldiers by officers, who forced them to do petty jobs. Continue reading
SOURCE: BDNEWS 24
The relations between Bangladesh and Indian armies began in 1971 when Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi Muktijodhhas fought shoulder-to-shoulder and shed blood together for the common cause to liberate Bangladesh.
The two neighbours’ armed forces have been conducting joint exercises and training programme for quite a long time, and the latest exercise took place last year in Tangail focusing on counter-terrorism.They also have collaboration in a field called ‘port calling’ under which each other’s ships can drop anchor in listed ports and remain moored for a period. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
A Bangladeshi national was arrested in the state capital for allegedly faking Indian nationality to obtain passport at the regional passport office (RPO) here on Tuesday.
The Bangladeshi, identified as Ahmed-Al-Fahad, is being interrogated. Fahad initially claimed that he belonged to a village under Khajauli police station in Madhubani district. He had applied for an Indian passport. Continue reading