At the end of last month, the Indian government continued work on one of the largest reform programmes of its defence forces in its history as a independent country. In fact, four separate assessments – which were given by a greenlight by the Army Commanders’ Conference in the second week of October – are being carried out by the government to pinpoint ways to “right-size” its military, with reforms being implemented gradually over the next couple of years.
The individual studies will each focus on separate issues — reducing the size and organisational structure of the Army Headquarters and optimising the number of junior commissioned officers and other ranks of officers. Continue reading
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) failed to become an offset partner in the Rafale deal as there were several unresolved issues it had with French company Dassault.
In the documents submitted before the top court, the government claimed that the issues pertained to lack of common understanding between HAL and Dassault Aviation. “The contract negotiations could not conclude mainly due to unresolved issues related to 108 aircraft to be manufactured in India. These issues pertained to lack of common understanding between HAL and Dassault Aviation on following,” the documents said. Continue reading
China has demonstrated a new laser defence weapon system which could intercept many kinds of aerial targets such as drones, guided bombs and mortars, official media reported Monday.
The system, demonstrated at an air show in the southern Guangdong province’s Zhuhai city, could be easily deployed on the Tibetan plateau bordering India and at the islands in the disputed South China Sea, state-run Global Times reported. The vehicle-based laser weapon, called LW-30 laser defence weapon system, was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), one of the country’s largest missile manufacturers. Continue reading
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that as many as 74 meetings of the Indian Negotiating Team (INT) took place, including 26 with the French side, from May 2015 to April 2016 on the Rafale deal.
INT was constituted to negotiate the terms and conditions of the procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft. The INT was headed by the Deputy Chief of Air Staff (DCAS) of IAF and comprised of the Joint Secretary & Acquisition Manager (Air); Joint Secretary (Defence Offset Management Wing); Joint Secretary & Additional Financial Advisor; Finance Manager (Air); Advisor (Cost) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) as members from Indian Government side. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Army chief general Bipin Rawat on Monday said there was little possibility of direct talks between the government and separatists or terrorists in Kashmir, but they could approach the interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma, who had been appointed for the purpose. “To say that the head of the state will come and talk to these terrorists, I don’t think that is going to happen,” Rawat told reporters at Mamun cantonment in Punjab’s Pathankot after a seminar.
“If you look at the government policy, we have got a very clear cut policy — that we will not allow terrorists to create violence in our society and therefore anybody who creates violence will be neutralised,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
An army soldier was killed and another injured in a sniper attack by Pakistani forces along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the second death due to sniper attack in the last 24 hours and the fourth since Saturday along the LoC south of Pir Panjal range.
Monday’s attack, which took place in Mendhar sector of Poonch, was confirmed by defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand. There has been a spike in sniper attacks on the LoC in the past one week. Pakistan troops have also violated ceasefire in the past three days along the LoC in Jammu region. Continue reading
Jabir Moti, an alleged “henchman” in underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s organised crime syndicate, will stand trial in March next year in his extradition case on money laundering and extortion charges brought by the US authorities, a Westminster Magistrates’ Court judge in London said on Monday.
Judge Tan Ikram remanded Pakistani national Jabir Moti, aka Jabir Motiwala and Jabir Siddiq, in further custody to appear for a case management hearing on December 10, before a three-day trial scheduled for March 13-15 in 2019.The 51-year-old appeared before the court via routine procedure of video link from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London on Monday, when a previously set date for the trial in February 2019 was delayed due to scheduling reasons. Continue reading
SOURCE: PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
In Mid of this year, In an event of L&T Defence at its facility at PMSC Coimbatore first glimpses of Next Generation Akash which will soon begin its developmental trials by mid of next year. Akash-NG sports radical new design minus four long tube ramjet inlet ducts which are seen in the older Akash1 and Akash-1S.
Learning from its expertise in the development of Indo-Israeli MR-SAM and LR-SAM air defense system, dual pulse solid propulsion and indigenous Active radar seeker which, backed by an Aesa Radar will be a leap of generation of the Search and Track technology currently used by the Akash-1 and Akash-1S Air Defence system. Continue reading
Confronting relentless opposition attacks over the Rafale deal, the government today shared details of how it decided to buy 36 fighter jets from France’s Dassault at Rs.59,000 crore, in a document submitted to the Supreme Court and petitioners who have asked for an investigation into the deal.
Though the government said pricing was classified, those details were reportedly also submitted separately in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court. The case will be heard next on Wednesday.The government made public a redacted version of the document it has shared with the petitioners, which includes details on the choice of India offset partners by Dassault. Continue reading
SOURCE: Times Now Digital
As Pakistan’s meddling in the region of Jammu and Kashmir grows, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday issued a stern warning to the youngsters who join militant organisations, saying that they should either return or the Army would neutralise them. Appealing to the terror ‘recruits’, the Army chief said that that had the opportunity to surrender and give up guns.
“It is not worth joining militancy because you will not live long. We are giving you an opportunity to surrender and give up guns. If people do not behave and continue the violence, the only element left is to neutralise them,” the Army Chief said on Monday. He made the comments while addressing a gathering of senior Army officer, defence experts and former senior officials of government and police at a function titled ‘Changing Contours of Internal Security in India: Trends and Responses’. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Although New Delhi has been granted exemption from US sanctions for purchase of Iranian crude, there is no word from the Trump administration for a similar waiver of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act (CAATSA) for purchase of five units of Russian S-400 missile system worth $5.4 billion by India. Both India and Russia concluded the contract for supply of long- range surface to air missile system during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India last month.
According to South Block officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, while India has made out a case for a waiver on grounds that the negotiations of the deal pre-dates CAATSA, fact is, any exemption granted by US will only be known when the Defence ministry makes the initial payment for the missile system. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Officials from Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third “Quadrilateral” or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th, government and diplomatic sources confirmed to The Hindu. The meet, that comes exactly a year after the format was revived, will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend, and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.
India and Japan have recently announced a series of joint projects along what they have called the “Asia-Africa growth corridor” in the Indo-Pacific region. Among the projects that they will work together on are the Jamuna Railway bridge in Bangladesh and other bridges in North Eastern states; housing, school and electricity projects in Rohingya areas in Myanmar, an LNG plant in Sri Lanka and a cancer hospital in Kenya. Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump may be in midst of a great political churning in their respective political constituencies—India and America—as one gears to stake claims for the second term in PM’s office while another works to retain his most powerful office for the second tenure. Still, the common point is the leaders of these two largest democracies in the world are engaged in strengthening their bilateral diplomatic and defence ties and take it to a level, which not only strengthens India’s own position in South Asia and Asia Pacific region, but also stamps it as an “invaluable strong ally” of the US, benefitting South Asia and the Indo-Pacific Ocean region significantly.
Both leaders, who, coincidentally, complement each other and maintain close relations, are out to pace up this partnership for a larger objective in the region, ensuring security, growth and jointly thwarting threats from China and Pakistan. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU with INPUTS FROM IDRW NEWS NETWORK
Duke Offshore Ltd has been awarded a contract by the Indian Navy for patrolling of two fast interceptor craft based out of Kolkata, West Bengal. Chairman Cdr George Duke was the first Commanding Officer of Marine Commando Establishment (MARCOS) an elite special forces of the Indian Navy. Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE
Cyberspace is the ideal platform for terrorists because, unlike conventional warfare, barriers to entry into cyberspace are much lower—the price of entry is an Internet connection. The surreptitious use of the Internet to advance terrorist group objectives has created a new brand of Holy War—“Virtual Jihad”—which gains thousands of new adherents each day. For terrorist organisations, a clear benefit of cyberspace is its ability to readily radicalise individuals from a distance and at any time, utilising the Internet and superior social media intelligence to gain attention and remain relevant globally.
Cyberspace offers potential jihadists the opportunity to receive instruction and training on topics ranging from data mining to psychological warfare. Continue reading