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The Indian Air Force on Monday relived the 1965 war against Pakistan, where the Hunter jets were used for ground attacks.

“Hunters of No.7,20 & 27Sqns proved extremely effective in the war. The aircraft were deployed for ground attack role & they destroyed a number of Patton tanks & armoured vehicles. In the aerial combat, they shot down six Sabre Jets,” the IAF tweeted on Monday.Earlier, the IAF paid tribute to the iconic Arjan Singh, who was the first officer to receive five stars. Continue reading


With the continuing success of PSLV missions, ISRO has decided to take it up a notch and plans to launch 18 missions in the next six months, virtually one every two weeks.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday night successfully launched NovaSAR and S1-4 earth observation satellites of the UK-based Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd.

“We are going to have 18 missions in the next six months, virtually one launch every two weeks,” ISRO chairman K Sivan said in a press release. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Australian

Australia’s new F-35A strike fighters are subject to “operational control measures” to minimise flights around thunderstorms, the Defence Department says.But the fighters have had modifications to install “effective lightning protection systems”.The fifth generation plane ironically called the Lightning II has been subject to concerns over its vulnerability to a lightning strike which has led to a requirement for more modifications.

Protective systems in the fuel tank had to be modified to prevent a lightning strike potentially causing an explosion.Its complex computer, the Autonomous Logistics Information System, needed improved lightning protection, the US Defense Department’s 2017 operational test and evaluation report stated. Issues were supposedly rectified by modifications, but in early 2017 two F-35As on a promotional tour in Australia were grounded due to stormy weather. Continue reading


Despite the fact that the Rafale is regarded as a first-rate fighter aircraft that meets almost all the requirement of the IAF, it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. And it is even more perplexing that while the NDA government has agreed to purchase these aircraft – at the price and parameters better than what was negotiated by the UPA –  it has allowed the opposition parties to gain political mileage out of what is essentially a good deal. But why is the NDA’s response so unconvincing, only time will tell.

In the case of the current deal for 36 Rafale fighters, too many of those who’ve apparently lost out on a slice of the pie, are up in arms against it. And the recent admission by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, that it was not just Dassault – the makers Rafale – but it was even the earlier UPA government and also the IAF (Indian Air Force), has had doubts about the capability of HAL to meet the demands of quality and timelines the French have demanded to put together subsequent versions of the Rafale jets, is an important aspect of the debate over what after the first 36 jets arrive. This has raised the prospect of private companies entering the fray, in the long run. Continue reading


Union minister V K Singh said Monday the army still rules Pakistan despite the election of Imran Khan as the new prime minister, adding that it remains to be seen whether “the person” will be able to bring about a change.

India is adopting a “wait and watch” approach after the installation of a new government in Pakistan, the minister of state for external affairs told reporters.Responding to a question on incidents of infiltration at the border after the change of government in Pakistan, he said, “Did you all expect a change? I don’t know. After all, the person has been propped up by the (Pakistan) army. The army still rules. Continue reading


Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has dismissed reports that Islamabad has expressed readiness to talk on restoring the India-Afghanistan trade route through its territory.

“Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through our land,” the Foreign Office said on Sunday, quoting Qureshi. According to a report by the Express Tribune, the rejection came after US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass said that Pakistan was considering resumption of India-Afghanistan trade via its territory. Continue reading


Terming terrorism a “global phenomenon”, Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Sunday called for regional cooperation to counter the menace of terrorism.”Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It is not limited to one country anymore. We are seeing many incidents of terrorism which have no justification for political or religious grounds. It is faced by every country now.

The Bay of Bengal countries is our immediate neighbourhood. We want to have this group for regional cooperation and our main concern is countering terrorism,” Bhamre said while addressing a press conference along with Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. Continue reading


A two-week long joint military exercise, which began on Sunday as part of the bilateral defence cooperation between India and the US, witnessed an unscheduled intruder on day one.

A man from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Sunday posed as an army officer and tried to enter the area where the exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ — one of the longest running joint military training exercises between India and the US — had just begun. This is the 14th edition of the joint military exercise, which is hosted alternately by the two countries. It is taking place in Chaubattia area in Uttarakhand’s Almora district. Continue reading


Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that they have started working on an upgrade package for their version of Twin-seater Sukhoi-Su-30SM which basically has been derived from Indian variant of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI to bring it at par with Sukhoi-Su-35, another Air Superiority fighter aircraft which Russian Air-force has in its fleet.

According to Russian media, idea is to make Su-30SM as close to technically similar to Su-35 so that technologies shared between this two jets will help in better management of maintaining spares and servicing of this jets. Continue reading


Two weeks after India significantly upgraded its defence ties with the United States through the Comcasa (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), the Modi government has cleared the way for one of the biggest purchases from Russia — $2.2-billion frigates deal.

The agreement, which will allow India to procure from Russia four new warships for the Navy, will be signed during a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Capital in October. Efforts are on to add the finishing touches to the contours of the deal. Continue reading


It is common practice for states to test-fire their missile systems in order to check for their accuracy and reliability and, should there be any limitations, to correct the same. In addition, the threat from adversaries’ incoming ballistic and cruise missiles calls for a system that is capable of tracking and detecting incoming missile systems. Such a system is crucial to a defence system — be it air defence or missile defence — as unless the missile is tracked and detected, interception would not be possible.

In March 2018, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) claimed that it had provided Pakistan with an advanced missile tracking system. The system has been developed by CAS’ Institute of Optics and Electronics by Chinese technicians and engineers. The name of the system is not yet known, probably due to the fact that Pakistan wants to keep this a secret. The system is a large–scale optical tracking and measurement system. Such a system would enable Pakistan to better track enemy ballistic missiles as well as its own missiles. Such precision-tracking systems prevent the missile from veering off into an unplanned trajectory that could result in it being destroyed. Continue reading


A successful flight test of the indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was conducted for the second time from the Ahmednagar range on Sunday, the Army said.

All the mission objectives were met and two missions on September and 15 and 16 were successfully flight tested for different ranges, including the maximum range capability, an official statement said. Continue reading


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan has said that India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 would be launched most probably on January 3, 2019.Addressing the media following the successful launch of PSLV C-42 into orbit, Sivan talked about the slew of launches scheduled over the next few months. He said, “Chandrayaan-2 is planned for a window from January 3 to February 16, 2019, that we are targeting. It can happen anytime during that window. But we are aiming for the beginning of the window, January 3.”

Talking about the successful launch of the NovaSAR and S1-4 earth observation satellites of U.K, Sivan said, “Today I am extremely happy to announce that PSLV-C42 carrying two customer satellites NovaSAR and S1-4 placed them precisely in orbit. Within the next six months, 10 satellite missions and eight launch vehicle missions would be launched – one every two weeks.” Continue reading


Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat Sunday said countries like Nepal and Bhutan “have to be inclined to India because of geography”.He spoke in Pune on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation- Field Training Military Exercise, also known as BIMSTEC-MILEX 18.

Replying to a query on Nepal’s growing alignment with China, General Rawat said, “Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to be inclined to India because of geography. Geography favours inclination towards India and as far as alliance (with China) is concerned, it is a temporary thing.” Continue reading