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SOURCE: TNN

Defence contractors, who have been fighting to get their bills—for work that has been completed—cleared from the ministry of defence (MoD) say that the amount has now crossed the Rs 2,000 crore-mark as they feared, affecting hundreds of firms and impacting key projects.

The fact that the dates for the Lok Sabha elections have already been announced has contractors further worried, as they feel that the money won’t be released until a new government is formed.The TOI had first reported in January that the MoD owed contractors more than Rs 1,600 crore, following which a small tranche of Rs 230 crore was released by the Centre. However, the money released has not resolved any problem. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

After concluding two foundational agreements to strengthen military cooperation in the past three years, India and the United States are inching closer to finalising a new pact to deepen defence industry collaboration, two officials said on condition of anonymity. The two sides announced their readiness to start negotiations on an Industrial Security Annex (ISA) to shore up defence cooperation during the inaugural 2+2 dialogue last September.

The US has submitted a draft ISA to the defence ministry and is waiting for India to respond, said one of the officials. The conclusion of the ISA will allow the US government and American original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to share classified information with local private defence firms. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

India has a number of defence training institutions to train the youth for military services. There aremany academies and colleges to train professional soldiers in strategies and techniques of the military along with warfare command, military sciences, and related technology.

So, if you want to become a solider or join the Indian Army, Indian Navy or the Indian Air Force, these are the defence training institutions you need to keep an eye on!

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SOURCE: PTI

This is not “jihad” (armed crusade) but “jahalat” (benighted), a village elder pleaded to Pakistani terrorists in North Kashmir’s Hajin area while asking them to release a 12-year-old boy who was held captive and subsequently killed on Thursday. Videos of the village elder of Mir Mohalla of Hajin surfaced on social media, showing him asking the two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, Ali alias Furkan and Hubaib, to release Atif Mir.

The incident took place 33 km north of Srinagar where the terrorists had taken shelter in the boy’s house at gunpoint, police officials said on Friday. The terrorists wanted to sexually abuse his sister but the family had helped her escape.This infuriated them and they started beating up the family members, including Atif and his old uncle Hameed Mir, they said. Continue reading

SOURCE: UNI

Eastern Naval command Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be the next chief of Indian Naval Staff. He will be replacing current Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba as he retires on May 31.In a tweet, the ministry of defence said, “Government appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command as the next chief of naval staff vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, who vacates the office on 31 May 2019.”

Vice-Admiral Singh is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-15 (LA-5015 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 22-March-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-15 flew for 29 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-15 is Fifteen Series Production aircraft and also last of the Single seater IOC-II Certified aircraft which after few more regular sorties will join No. 45 Squadron Indian Air Force (Flying Daggers) and complete first squadron strength. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

Pakistani Propaganda Trolls started posting picture of 4 Air to Air Missile allegedly recovered from Mig-21Bis which was shot down by Pakistani F-16 last month. Two R-77 and Two R-73 displayed in the picture was presented as a proof that Mig-21Bis which had claimed to fire an R-73 Air-to-Air Missile which brought down a Pakistani F-16 were found intact so claims of India bringing down an F-16 was Fake and Twitter Poster also tagged many Prominent Indian Defence Analysts to Burst Indian claims.

Mig-21 Bis in its Combat Air Patrol (CAP) Weapons load always carries Two R-73 and Two R-77 Air-to-Air missiles and a drop-tank on its center-line hard point so hence proved no missile was fired so no F-16 was lost was the argument made, But the move seems to have backfired soon and the Pakistani Propaganda Trolls not only deleted the post but also deleted his account after Prominent Indian Defence Analysts in their collective conclusion said that propellant and warhead sections which are missing in the R-73 displayed in the right was indeed fired upon towards a target as claimed by the Mig-21bis and all Pakistan could do was showcase seeker head and some parts of the tail. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Poster of BrahMos-NG-Tejas Combo at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) to be held in Malaysia, showcases things to come if RMAF Selects LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets for its LCA Requirements of 12 jets. New BrahMos NG is a lighter version of the Heavier BrahMos-A supersonic missile currently under development and will first be integrated with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

NG version will be much faster, capable of reaching speeds of up to 3.5 Mach from previous 2.9 Mach and will have a range of 290km. Each LCA-Tejas will be able to carry a maximum of two missiles. Continue reading

SOURCE: Onmanorama

Two Tejas fighters from the No 45 Squadron, Flying Daggers, landed at Langkawi in Malaysia on Friday ahead of the 5-day Langkawi International Maritime Aero Expo (LIMA-2019). The 15th edition of this biennial show will begin on March 26 with a focus on maritime and aerospace sectors for defence, civil and commercial applications.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) earlier on Friday had confirmed about the departure of two Tejas fighters from Air Force Station Kalaikunda via Myanmar (Yangon). This is the first time IAF is participating at LIMA. IAF said the participation of Tejas at LIMA-2019 will provide an opportunity to air warriors to interact with their Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) counterparts and foster close relationship between the two services. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

India and Pakistan came perilously close to firing missiles at each other on February 27, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi deciding to up the ante after the capture of MiG-21 Bison pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistan, and Research and Analysis Wing secretary Anil Dhasmana communicating to his Pakistan counterpart Inter Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Asim Munir that there would be an escalation in the Indian offensive if the pilot was harmed.

Hindustan Times spoke to a key Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) member, Indian and Pakistani diplomats, office of the US National Security Advisor (NSA), and intelligence officials to piece together some of the events on the day the fragile and uneasy relationship between the two neighbours almost reached breaking point. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Following the Balakot surgical strike by the Indian Air Force on a Jaish-e-Muhammed terror training camp, there has been talk of a new proactive Indian defence doctrine. I have alluded to this in my previous articles as India possibly shifting from ‘defensive defence’ to ‘active defence’ as its fundamental military approach. While I do question the shift – pursuing active defence in India’s specific regional situation would mean we are seen as the aggressors and lose the moral high ground; plus we don’t face an existential crisis like Israel on account of Pakistan-based terrorism – the Balakot episode has put the spotlight on India’s military preparedness.

And one thing that has become clear is that we do face a problem in procuring and inducting cutting-edge weapons platforms in a timely fashion. In the post-Balakot air skirmishes, our ageing MiG-21 Bisons had to go up against Pakistan Air Force’s F-16s. This gap in hardware quality is unacceptable for a country of India’s size and aspirations. Today the Indian military is looking to operate in informationalised theatres where modern technology and real-time data processing in the battlefield will be key to victory. Yet, we are hamstrung by outdated military hardware and slow pace of indigenous development. Continue reading

SOURCE: FE

India’s BrahMos missile for Chile! The armed forces of Chile have reached out to India and expressed their interest in buying the buying the BrahMos missile a joint venture of India-Russia. BrahMos Company is already registered with Chilean Armed Forces, which is mandatory requirement for any company to export system to Chile. However, as per the law of that country for any negotiations, the company has to register itself with all the three services. President Ramnath Kovind is going to visit the country soon and during discussions with his counterpart President Sebastián Piñera, defence cooperation, will be one of the topics of discussions between the two sides.

Sources told Financial Express Online that “There has been lot of interest for ship and shore-based platforms. With its reduced size BrahMos NG (Next Generation) can be accommodated in a number of sea and air platforms.” The South American nation has expressed interest in the coastal, naval as well as air version of the missile. It has expressed interest in mobile autonomous launchers for coastal defence batteries, ship-based weapons complex for submarines and frigates. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The first batch of Dhanush artillery guns referred to as ‘Desi Bofors’ will be inducted in the Indian Army on March 26. By the end of the year, a regiment comprising 18 guns are likely to be pressed into action.

Sources said the first batch is likely to have five guns that will soon be deployed on the China and Pakistan frontiers. Dhanush, an indigenous artillery gun of 155 mm x 45mm calibre on the lines of Bofors, has a better rate of fire and a strike range of 38 kilometres. The weapon is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India. 81% of its components are indigenously sourced. The scale would go up to 90 per cent by 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The US made CH-47F (I) Chinook an advanced multi-mission heavy-lift helicopter will be formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) on March 25 (Monday) at an induction ceremony which has been planned at the 3-BRD (Base Repair Depot) here.As per highly placed sources the IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal BS Dha air officer commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command Air Marshal R Nambiar are expected to attend this ceremony here.But there is no confirmation of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman whether she will be attending this function or not due to the model code of conduct in place because of Lok Sabha elections.

Four of these advanced double-rotor helicopters which would help the armed forces in combat operations and transportation of the troops recently reached the 3-BRD base in Chandigarh for assembly. The IAF would get fifteen of these helicopters as per the deal with the US. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

India on Friday rejected Pakistan’s attempt to politicise the verdict in the Samjhauta twin-blast case. “There has been no cooperation from Pakistan. We reject Pakistan’s attempt to politicise the matter. It is being done to deflect attention from their failure in bringing perpetrators of several terrorist attacks in India and region to justice,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

During the weekly press briefing, he said, “We demand that Pakistan should take immediate, credible and irreversible measures against cross-border terrorism without any discrimination and without resorting to such gimmicks.” Continue reading