SOURCE: MAIL TODAY
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directions for increasing jointness, the three services chiefs met here last week and discussed the integration of their facilities for training of intelligence gathering and handling military communications and logistics.
“A meeting of the three services chiefs was held last week under Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee Admiral Sunil Lanba where they discussed the implementation of the recommendations of the Shekatkar committee for increasing jointness among the three forces,” defence sources told Mail Today. Continue reading
With the successful launch of “eye in the sky” Cartosat-2E satellite with surveillance capabilities last Friday, the total number of satellites being used for military purpose has gone up to 13, an Isro source said.
These satellites, which can be used for surveillance and mapping border areas, are primarily used for keeping an eye on enemies both on land and sea.”Most of these remote-sensing satellites are placed in the near-earth orbit. Placing these satellites at the sun-synchronous polar orbit (about 200-1,200 km above the Earth’s surface) helps in better scanning of the earth. However, some of these satellites have also been put in the geo orbit,” the source said. The recently launched 712-kg Cartosat-2 series spacecraft is an advanced remote sensing satellite capable of providing scene-specific spot imagery. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The siege at Delhi Public School, Srinagar was barely over with two militants of Lashkar being gunned down that a fresh intel input has come to the fore in Kashmir. If the reports are to be believed, it predicts that terrorists are planning to attack Amarnath Yatra this year.
The Intel report that India Today has exclusively accessed is more specific this time which states as much as 150 pilgrims can be targeted with the intent to kill. It also states that around 100 cops are also likely to be ‘eliminated’. Continue reading
India is changing its law to open defense equipment manufacturing to the private sector, and companies are already vying for expected contracts and seeking out foreign partners. The Tata group was quick out of the blocks after the policy was announced in late May, signing a deal with Lockheed Martin of the U.S. under which the companies will bid jointly to make F-16 fighter jets in India.
Opening the defense sector is a radical departure for India, which for 70 years under socialist-inspired policies allowed only government-owned enterprises to make weapons. This led to a crisis, with Indian weapons of shoddy quality. Even weapons systems assembled under contract — such as Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft from Russia — have encountered operational problems. Continue reading
Five hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at the Andrews Air Force Base, there was palpable excitement among Indian diplomats in the lobbies of the Willard Hotel, though they were trying hard to keep the visit low-profile and moderate expectations from the meeting.
US President Donald Trump had set the optics for the visit by tweeting, “Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!”With Modi airborne, on his way from Lisbon to Washington DC, Indian diplomats waiting in the Nest lounge of the hotel, where Modi is staying, caught on to the “positive vibes” tweet, and within minutes, the Indian embassy tweeted, “And @POTUS has spoken! All set for a Historic Summit Engagement”. Continue reading
Heaping praise on India’s military prowess, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the country can defend itself and has convinced the world that the menace of terrorism needs to be eliminated. Speaking about India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC last year after the Uri attack, the Prime Minister said that these strikes were proof that the nation can stand up in its own defense when needed.
Speaking at a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Modi said:”When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to.” Continue reading
Anti-nuclear activists are gearing up for yet another legal battle with the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granting ‘first pour of concrete’ (FPC) to units three and four in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).
A writ petition is likely to be filed in the Madras High Court in a week.The activists claim the regulatory body has overlooked its own guidelines and the clearance is illegal. The AERB has given the FPC order at the 121st meeting held on June 19. The activists said the order is in violation of AERB code that defines the “Criteria for regulation of health and safety of nuclear power plant personnel, the public and the environment, 2001.” Para 2.4 (b) of the Criteria reads: The total population in the sterilised area should be small, preferably less than 20,000. Continue reading
Indian Air Force has recognised the need for speed for limiting mortality and morbidity while transporting the critically ill from the battlefield, Chief of IAF, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said on Sunday. He was speaking after inaugurating an Air Ambulance of the private Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore.
“This is a landmark achievement in the field of trauma surgery. During the Kargil war in 1999 IAF Mi-17 and Mi-8 helicopters were sent to evacuate casualties from the icy Himalayan heights to airfields of Srinagar and Awantipur from where critical patients were transported to Command Hospital at Chandigarh and Research and Referral Army Hospital in New Delhi,” he said. Subsequently, IAF formulated its own Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) in 2007, using an indigenously designed Patient Transfer Unit), which could be retrofitted in either fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft, he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
In the second ceasefire violation today, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.
In the latest violation, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 5.50 pm on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a defence spokesman said, adding, the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively. Continue reading
SOURCE: Ajai Shukla / Business Standard
There will be no announcement of the sale of F-16 fighters to the Indian Air Force, or even of Indian interest in the F-16, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to Washington DC on Sunday and Monday.
Contrary to widespread media speculation about an impending announcement of a purchase by India of F-16 Block 70 fighters, and the transfer to India of the integration line in Fort Worth, Texas, New Delhi has told Washington its decision would follow a careful selection procedure, say reliable government sources. Continue reading
More than 12 Maoists have been killed in a massive anti-Maoist operation launched jointly by the Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF (Central Reserved Police Force) in Sukma district today. Three jawans have also died in Operation Prahar, said DM Awasthi, a senior officer connected with the anti-Maoist operations in the state. The exchange of fire had gone on for 12 hours.
Operation Prahar is one of the biggest operations aimed at flushing out the Maoists hiding in forests of Tondamarka, an area located in the Maoist stronghold of the state’s Sukma, where a Maoist attack had claimed the lives of 25 securitymen in April. Continue reading
If the first twelve hours are any indication, India is playing the D.C. game with caution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in the city was at 9 p.m. on Saturday with no raucous Gujarati and Punjabi expats dancing and singing at the airport or at Willard Intercontinental, where he is staying. There were no drums and no Bollywood songs to greet him on arrival. The NRI community is probably saving it for their event in Virginia Sunday afternoon.
The visit itself is over the weekend, which incidentally is sacrosanct in this city, set aside for family and chores, not for meetings with foreign dignitaries. Continue reading
Israel has announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country next week, which is the first ever by any Indian Prime Minister.
“Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel, This is an historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country’s existence no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the State of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. Continue reading
A radar and laser beam system for detecting and destroying drones has been unveiled at the Paris Air Show by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.The system, called Drone Dome, has a range of up to several miles and causes minimal interruptions to other systems in nearby urban areas, the company said during at the Paris Air Show.
“The threat posed by drones and packs of drones is one of the most complex challenges confronting us,” reserve Brig. Gen. Meir Ben Shaya, manager of Rafael’s Business Development, Air division, told Globes. “We have seen ISIS and other groups using them and the entire world is looking for a solution.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
While India’s requirement for 100 Single-engined Fighter jet seems to be already in American kitty due to lack of competition from Russians and other Western Countries But India’s requirement for Twin-engined is likely to see the fiercest competition of them all due to active lobbying from many companies.
While Russians are confident that there upgraded Mig-35 which is much more potent then the Mig-35 which was evaluated by India under MMRCA Tender will get them past the competition but it is also a fact that Russian bagging the deal is also quite dime due to India’s obsession with Western fighter aircraft and strong competition by other contenders . Continue reading