State-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries said on Wednesday it signed a $50 million follow-up contract to provide complementary missile systems to the Indian navy and India’s MDL Shipyard.

The agreement involves a range of maintenance and other services for sub-systems of Israel Aerospace’s naval medium range surface-to-air missile. “This contract is a breakthrough as it advances us from system development and delivery to looking after the operational needs of our customers,” said Boaz Levi, general manager of the Systems, Missiles & Space Group at Israel Aerospace. Continue reading


In the wake of Balakot, and the Pakistani Air Force’s attempts to hit targets in India, foiled by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and his colleagues, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun looking for new armaments for its fighters.

* For any air force, it is not only about a high-quality fighter, but also, armaments, and in this age, missiles fired from beyond visual range (BVR). Wing Commander Varthaman had fired a short-range Russian R-73 missile at the Pakistan Air Force F-16 on February 27 this year. The IAF has just signed a contract for about 400 R-73s missiles worth around Rs 1,000 crore. The IAF sees the heat-seeking T-73 (with a range of about 30 km) as a low-cost, high-efficiency solution as it can be fired from many of its fighter jets, including the newer MiG-21 Bison, the MiG-29 and the Sukhoi-30MKI. Continue reading


One of India’s top nuclear physicists credited with making the country a nuclear power said on Wednesday there was no need to change the “No First Use” policy – New Delhi’s declared policy on the use of nuclear weapons.

“There is no need to change the “No First Use” policy. As a responsible country it is a good position to keep,” former chief scientific advisor to the government Dr R Chidambaram said while addressing the Jasjit Singh Memorial lecture on national security in New Delhi. Strongly backing the No- First Use policy Dr Chidambaram said, “If you get every country to agree, disarmament would be achieved globally.” Continue reading


Sources in the Indian government have said that Kulbhushan Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran’s Chabahar and moved to Pakistan by an armed group. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) used proxy group Jaish al Adl and conspired to get Jadhav kidnapped, it has been revealed.

Indian agencies reportedly have enough evidence to prove how Pakistani agencies framed Jadhav in a fake spy case. Pakistan faces a plethora of problems along its border with Iran. The country has used Jaish al Adl against Iran as well. Iranian officials have spoken of Pakistan’s support to terrorist activities along the Iran-Pakistan border. Recently, the US State Department designated Jaish al Adl as a front of Jundullah, who is a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist.’ Continue reading


Pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla, who was removed recently from a panel linked to the Kartarpur Corridor, expressed unhappiness over his removal saying that nobody in Pakistan will say that “Pakistan is zindabad”. An audio recording of Chawla is going viral on the social media in which he can be heard saying that despite all the sacrifices made by him he was booted out of the panel.

Chawla had posted the audio clip on Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) WhatsApp group.“Pakistan ne Kutta bhi nahi samja aur mujhe phaink diya. I am telling Indian media that this is a sacrifice for Pakistan. But look at what Pakistan did to me. Nobody in Pakistan will now say that Pakistan is zindabad,” said Chawla. Continue reading


A total of 126 terrorists have been neutralised by security and defence personnel in the state of Jammu and Kashmir till June 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha Wednesday. The Centre also extradited or deported 27 accused terrorists in the last three and a half years.

The Home Ministry also said that pursuant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism, the forces were taking proactive measures to neutralise terrorists. Modi government successfully arrested 16 terrorists via the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in so far 2019. In 2018, 24 arrests were made through the global police organisation, 35 in 2017, and 36 in 2016. Continue reading


Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the government will identify all illegal immigrants residing in the country and deport them as per the international law.“We will identify all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of this country and deport them as per the international law,” the BJP chief said in the Rajya Sabha.

This comes a day after the central government observed that it had adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of international borders to check infiltration of illegal immigrants. Continue reading


The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Police arrested 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday in connection with terror financing case, the country’s media reported. The arrest comes days before Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s bilateral visit to the United States.

Saeed, the globally listed terrorist, was on his way to Gujranwala from Lahore when he was intercepted by the authorities. The co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the chief of proscribed outfit Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) will now be sent to judicial remand. Continue reading


Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday rejected the idea of creating separate colonies for the return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits.In an interview to HT?on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik justified the concept of building separate townships for the Pandits saying locations for such boroughs had been identified and work was underway to develop them.

In a statement, Geelani said they wholeheartedly and sincerely want the Pandits to return. “But will oppose any move to settle them in separate colonies as it negates the very fabric of our social, cultural and mutual bonds.” The statement said they welcome with open arms anybody displaced from the state since 1947. Continue reading


In a sensational twist, the probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the ISIS terror module in Tamil Nadu has revealed the terror sleeper cell’s links with the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The probe agency conducted raids at various locations after 14 people were deported from the UAE on Monday for allegedly raising funds to establish an Islamic State (ISIS) unit in India.

The NIA also questioned the prime accused in the case, identified as one Syed Bukhari, who is believed to be a former cadre of SIMI and is the president of an outfit called Wahadat-e-Islam, which is supposedly an offshoot of the banned outfit SIMI. Bukhari was currently in Kochi for further questioning. Continue reading


With prayers on their lips, Indians, and in particular the people of Maharashtra, eagerly await the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav, a Mumbaikar who is facing death sentence in Pakistan. The world court, based in The Hague, will deliver its judgement on Wednesday evening on India’s petition that Jadhav is not a spy, as claimed by Pakistan, and should be released immediately.

In anticipation of a judgement in favour of Jadhav, there is a buzz in the Silver Oaks society and its vicinity in the upmarket Powai area of Mumbai’s Andheri east, where the former Navy Commander has a family flat.The flat is, however, locked since the past over two years, after the news came about a Pakistani military court giving death sentence to Jadhav. Continue reading


India and China are respecting bilateral pacts to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.Making a statement on the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border, Mr Singh said there is complete restraint by the armed forces of India and China at Doklam, which saw months long stand-off between armed forces of the two countries in 2017.

The Defence Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a summit meeting at Wuhan where it was decided that peace and tranqullity will be maintained at the border. Continue reading


US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin on Tuesday said its offer of F-21 fighter jets is a very robust ‘Make in India’ proposition and if the country goes for the deal it will be “plugging into the world’s largest fighter plane ecosystem”.

Vivek Lall, the vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, said the initial demand from India is for 114 aircraft, but expressed confidence that over time, it will continue to grow.”Participation in the global production is what the F-21 has to offer,” he said. Continue reading


The Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is expected to sign a contract with the Indian Navy for the 45,000-ton fleet support ships (FSS) for the Indian Navy in the second quarter of 2020, if all goes well with the ongoing negotiations.

RAdm LV Sarat Babu, CMD of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, told Financial Express Online in an exclusive interaction that, “The Turkish Shipyard turned out to be L1 and technically qualified for the FSS project for the Indian Navy and is technically qualified. It was down selected from among three companies which had made the cut earlier.” Continue reading


India signed the LEMOA or the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement with the United States in August 2016. A similar agreement with Russia is likely in the next two months.

The Reciprocal Logistics Support Agreement (RLSA) is being readied and could happen in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to be in Vladivostok for the East Asia Summit in September. The RLSA will be a tri-service agreement, meaning that the Russians could not only use ports like Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam for refuelling but also, airports after the agreement is signed. India, of course, could do the same, when it came to Russian ports and airbases. Interestingly, global warming makes the signing of the agreement with Russia, one of India’s closest defence allies, more imperative. Continue reading