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SOURCE: Global Times

Armed with six missiles, China’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, opened its missile bay door to the public for the first time when performing at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, in celebration of the 69th birthday of the Chinese People’s Liberation (PLA) Air Force.

Chinese experts said on Sunday that the move displayed the J-20’s superiority compared with the US’ top fighter jets, the F-22 and F-35.
Four J-20 fighter jets in formation slashed through the sky above the air show venue at about 10:50 am, as the crowd of spectators exclaimed surprised “wows” in unison. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anantha Krishnan M / MANORAMA ONLINE

The activities at LCA Tejas Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have reached a fever pitch. The engineers, designers and the shop floor crew are committed to beat the March, 2019, deadline and deliver the remaining five Tejas fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF pilots from Flying Daggers are warming up to ferry out a new fighter from Tejas production line to AFS Sulur, the home of No 45 Squadron, Flying Daggers.The squadron will get one more flying machine in two weeks after the Test Pilots complete the mandatory Customer Acceptance Flight (CAF).

The fighters from SP-12 to SP-16, the remaining from the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) block are all on the final equipping phase. While SP-12, SP-14 and SP-16 are with the LCA Tejas Division, SP-13 and SP-15 are with the second production line at the Aircraft Division. Continue reading

SOURCE: Indian Defence Review.

After decades of fumbling, Indian Army’s hunt for a modern assault rifle appears to be nearing completion, provided MoD doesn’t pullout another rabbit from its hat.   According to press reports, a deal between India and Russia is likely to be signed by end of this year , which will enable indigenous production of 6,50,000 Kalashnikov rifles under the ‘Make in India’ initiative to replace the 5.56mm INSAS rifles currently held by the Army.

These will be Kalashnikov 7.62mm AK-103 assault rifles, for which the deal is to be signed between India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Russia’s JSC Kalashnikov with the OFB holding 50.5% shares in the joint venture (JV). Why the deal could not be signed during the recent visit of Russian President  Vladimir Putin in October 2018 will remain a mystery especially since JSC Kalashnikov was looking for an Indian partner since 2014 and had proposed a JV with the Adani Group. Continue reading

SOURCE: TASS

Russia’s cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet incorporates the functions of the US F-22 and F-35 fighter planes but outperforms them, Chief Designer – Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau Mikhail Strelets said in a live broadcast of the Zvezda TV Channel on Friday.

The fighter jet is capable of effectively accomplishing missions to destroy both air and ground targets as compared to the US aircraft that are focused only on specific tasks, the Sukhoi chief designer said.”The F-22 was initially developed as an aircraft to gain air superiority. But eventually the Americans realized that it was essentially wrong to design the aircraft only for carrying air-to-air missiles and made an attempt to fit air-to-surface weapons into the existing configuration of its compartments. But the configuration of the compartments did not allow placing larger cargoes,” Strelets said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The Indian Air Force is “very much alive” to emerging threats that could arise in the Indo Pacific region, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said Sunday, and asserted that his force was prepared to deal with any challenge to protect India’s national interests. He also said there is cause for concern over the rate of modernisation and induction of new equipment in India’s neighbourhood, even as India faces challenges emanating from “unresolved territorial disputes” and “sponsored” non-state and transnational actors.

But the IAF is capable of, and is moving ahead, for countering them effectively, he told PTI in an interview.Asked whether the IAF can play a role in smashing terrorist training camps across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, he did not rule out such a possibility. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

The Indian participation in the Moscow format of talks at “non-local” level for peace and stability in Afghanistan on Friday has inadvertently created an unwelcome space for Pakistan-sponsored groups to become stakeholders in Kashmir solution.

The worry is that this space can be claimed by the rank outsiders Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and other armed militant outfits which the security forces are fighting in J&K. No one missed the picture of the Indian delegates, TCA Raghavan and Amar Sinha, in the same frame with Taliban and Pakistani leaders, spelling uncomfortable realities that India was reduced to a listening post in the US-Russia strategic axis of Afghanistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India said nuclear power remains an important option to meet the challenges of increased energy demand, address concerns about climate change and ensure energy supply security. Addressing a UN General Assembly session on ‘Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency’ Friday, First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu said India attaches importance to the IAEA’s work in different fields of nuclear science and supports its programme on nuclear fusion.

“Nuclear power remains an important option to meet the challenges of increased energy demand, address concerns about climate change, redress volatile fossil fuel prices and ensure security of the energy supply,” he said. In this context, the IAEA’s recent International Ministerial Conference on nuclear power in Abu Dhabi played a significant role in bringing policy makers, scientists, technologists and environmentalists together to examine the prospects of nuclear power. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The joint statement issued after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s four-day visit to meet his “Iron Brothers” in Beijing is most instructive as it inadvertently acknowledges the rise of India as a global power and willy-nilly reduces Islamabad to, at best, a client state.

The line — “both sides dismissed the growing negative propaganda against China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed determination to safeguard the CPEC projects from all threats” — is directly pointed at India and so is big brother’s support for “Pakistan’s efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes — read Kashmir — between two countries”. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan government must to do some soul searching on India’s legitimate concerns to make way for a process of engagement on Kashmir, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has said.

The senior Kashmiri politician said that while a one-off summit-based approach is not the answer, any hopes of a proper dialogue on the issue, “insulated from forces that are inimical to a dialogue on both sides of the border”, would have to wait to be realised at the end of India’s general election cycle in May 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Almost a century later, some of the 75,000 Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I will finally get their due recognition on Sunday.

As leaders from over 50 countries, including US President Donald Trump, participate in the centenary activities in Paris for the 100th Armistice Day, which marks the end of the war on November 11, 1918, a somber ceremony in Laventie, some 250 km north of the French capital, will honour these Indian braves with a statue and a memorial. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, in France on a state visit, inaugurated the Indian War Memorial at Villers Guislain on Saturday and will attend the ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, presided over by French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.   Continue reading

SOURCE:  NDTV

A fierce gunfight broke out between the security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Antagarh village after the Maoists triggered at least seven explosions, a day before voting begins for the assembly election. A jawan was killed when an improvised explosive device or IED exploded during the encounter.

The encounter took place at a village in Kanker district, which is 180 km from the state capital Raipur. A senior police officer said a BSF team came under attack when they were patrolling the area. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday called upon the youth of the country to come forward and become an integral part of the Army and serve the nation as well as fellow countrymen.

He said the doors of the Indian Army were always open for the youth. He also appealed to the youth to not fall prey to the western culture. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Vice Admiral K B Singh laid the keel of the 1st vessel of Advanced Stealth Frigates P-17A (Yard 3022) to be built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata  yesterday in the presence of senior officials of GRSE and Indian Navy. Contract for P 17A Stealth Frigates was concluded with MDL Mumbai for 4 ships &  GRSE for 03 ships in Feb 15. These ships are state of the art Guided Missile Frigates being built using the latest Integrated Construction Methodology to reduce ship construction time.

As part of Technology upgradation, Fincantieri, Italy has been appointed as consultant for Technology Upgrade and Capability Enhancement. The first ship is expected to be delivered in 2023. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

India recently took its first steps towards establishing the third leg of a nuclear triad: the ability to launch nuclear weapons from under the sea. On November 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India’s first indigenous ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the INS Arihant, had completed its first deterrent patrol.

A strategic deterrent patrol is one where an SSBN with a full complement of nuclear-tipped missiles sails towards its intended area of deployment and within range of an adversary’s targets. In case of an attack by a nuclear-armed adversary, India’s Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) can order the submarine to launch its weapons. The prime minister’s statement assumes significance because it also hints at having established a command chain- the NCA’s ability to communicate with a submarine lurking in the depth of the ocean. In the Arihant’s case, the order will be passed via a sophisticated Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) communication system near Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE HINDU

An 18-month-old pitch for what could be the first Indian orbiter mission to Venus has just been refreshed and relaunched, opening it up now for international experiments. Tentatively marking the yet to be named ‘Mission Venus’ for mid-2023, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to study the planet from an elliptical orbit that is closest to Venus at 500 km and 60,000 km at the farthest end — similar to its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of 2013.

The latest announcement opportunity (AO) does not specify the weight of the spacecraft; it plans to send up instruments or payloads totally weighing 100 kg. (MOM’s payloads weighed nearly 15 kg.) Continue reading