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SOURCE: MANORAMA ONLINE.

The Indian Navy on Thursday conducted significant missile tests boosting its anti-air warfare capabilities. The first cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) or Barak-8 was held on the Western Seaboard.

The missiles were fired from Indian Naval Ships Kochi and Chennai engaging multiple aerial targets at extended ranges. Interestingly, one of the ships controlled the complete mission through its automated data links.The firing trials were carried out by Indian Navy, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Continue reading

SOURCE: PAKISTAN TODAY

The final three Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder Block II multi-role combat aircraft are set to be delivered to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by late June, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.The aircraft are part of an order placed by PAF in late 2017 for an additional 12 platforms that are currently on the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory’s (AMF) final assembly line at PAC Kamra.

Production of the Block III variant is expected to begin later this year , PAF Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan told Jane’s, adding that the air force “will make a decision on one of the two new Chinese AESA [airborne electronically scanned-array] radars we are currently evaluating for these aircraft”. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WEEK

The Indian Navy announced on Friday that it had achieved a “significant milestone” in its anti-air warfare capabilities by having one of its warships control missiles fired from two ships . The Indian Navy announced that, with the test of this cooperative engagement system, “it has become a part of a select group of navies that have this niche capability. This capability significantly enhances the combat effectiveness of the Indian Navy, thereby providing an operational edge over potential adversaries.”

A press release by the Indian Navy described the test as its “maiden cooperative engagement”, for which the Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM), co-developed with Israel, was used. Israel Aerospace Industries refers to the MRSAM as the Barak-8 missile. The Indian Navy statement said the test was “carried out by the Indian Navy, DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir are planning a major attack in the Valley. Intelligence agencies have reported that terrorists of Pakistan-based groups may carry out an attack on May 23, the day when counting of votes for Lok Sabha election 2019 takes place.

According to sources, Indian Air Force bases in Srinagar and Awantipora are among the targets. The security forces have recovered a sketch from the body of one of the terrorists who was killed in Shopian on Thursday, which revealed that the terror groups were planning a fidayeen attack at Srinagar and Awantipora air bases. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WEEK

On Thursday, the Indian Embassy in Kabul tweeted that New Delhi had handed over the first pair of four Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. The Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar, handed over the two Mi-24 helicopters to Afghan Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid.

In addition to showcasing India’s commitment to Afghanistan’s security, the transfer highlights the utility of the Mi-24, which first came into global prominence during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. The four helicopters being supplied to Afghanistan are refurbished platforms from Belarus. Thursday’s announcement marks the second time India has supplied the Mi-24 to Afghanistan. In December 2015, during a visit to Afghanistan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India had announced it would transfer four Mi-25 helicopters—an earlier export version of the Mi-24—to Kabul. The Mi-25 helicopters were donated from the Indian Air Force. However, these aircraft faced serviceability issues due to lack of spares. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE PRINT

A recent judgment by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) on an Army complaint has triggered a debate on the Indian military’s media and strategic communications policy. The Army’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) had in June 2018 lodged the complaint over TV news telecast of a video of Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was captured and murdered by militants in Kashmir last year.

The Army had argued that airing the video did not only further terrorist propaganda but also affected the dignity of the deceased soldier. It added that broadcasting the video was against the Geneva Convention and violated the Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards. Responding to the complaint, the NBSA, a watchdog for broadcast media, early this month had urged news channels to be considerate while reporting on the killing of Army personnel so that it doesn’t help terrorism planners and military recruitment isn’t adversely affected. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report.A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing.

According to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. Continue reading

SOURCE: Central Chronicle

After the air strike by the Indian Air Force inside the Pakistan at the Jaishe Mohammad centres at Balakot and Quetta the Pakistan and in its retaliation India also closed the use of each others air space for the use of civil aviation passenger planes. This has resulted in upsetting the flights of PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) and Air India.

The Pakistan was operating its flights to Malaysia at the Airport of Capital Kualalumpur and Thailand Capital Bangkok and Capital of India New Delhi. It was operating four flights to Kualalampur, 2 to Bangkok and two to New Delhi. With this closures of 8 flights the PIA incurring every day loss of lakhs of rupees and had to close down its these 8 air services. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES

Three years after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was elected to power, temporarily ending the nation’s decades-long pariah status under military rule, Naypyidaw is already back in the world’s bad graces. But that hasn’t stopped Asian governments from pragmatically supporting Suu Kyi’s controversial regime, now accused of genocide by the UN and others for its violent expulsion of over 700,000 Rohingya, in the form of strengthened defense ties.

As de facto leader, Suu Kyi and her government has failed to stop a fresh spate of violence instigated by its Buddhist majority population on the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim group. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

US Navy chief Admiral John Richardson said his recent visit to India was a “critical opportunity” to strengthen ties between the two navies and sharing views on a multilateral approach in maintaining maritime domain awareness in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

Richardson, who was on a three-day visit to India, met his Indian counterpart Admiral Sunil Lanba and other senior officers and discussed joint exercises between the two navies amid rising Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region. We explored ways to make the growing relationship between the US Navy and the Indian Navy “more vibrant”, he told reporters here via a conference call from Manila on Thursday. His India trip ended on Tuesday. Continue reading

SOURCE: All India Radio

India has strongly condemned the drone attacks targeting oil installations in Saudi Arabia two days ago.  In response to a question on the drone attacks in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said

India reiterates its resolve to fight terrorism and violence in all its forms and manifestations. Two pump stations on the East-West pipeline in the Kingdom were attacked by armed drones which caused a fire and minor damage to one Pump Station. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says there is a need to review Article 370 and 35-A that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir to establish whether these Constitutional provisions have benefited or done damage to the militancy-hit state. Singh’s remark comes against the backdrop of the BJP’s stand in its manifesto pledging to abrogate Article 370 and 35-A of the Constitution. BJP President Amit Shah has also repeatedly spoken about scrapping these provisions during the Lok Sabha poll campaign.

The home minister also said a decision on holding assembly elections in the state was the prerogative of the Election Commission but indicated a decision could be announced after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General MM Navarane commenced a three-day tour of the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, the Eastern Command of the Army tweeted on Friday. The visit is from May 16-18 to review the security situation and operational preparedness in the areas.

The general officer commanding (GOC) Spearhead Division received Lieutenant General Navarane at Chabua in Dibrugarh district of Assam. The GOC then accompanied him to Along in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE WEEK

India’s second Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi is waiting for a VIP to get inducted in the Indian Navy’s fleet. The submarine has completed all its sea trials and is ready to join the Mumbai-based western naval headquarters.The induction is delayed as the new government at the Centre is likely to take charge at the end of this month after the election results are declared on May 23. The first Scorpene was commissioned in December 2017 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another reason cited for the delay in induction is the retirement of Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31. The chief designate Vice Admiral Karambir will assume office after that.

“The submarine is ready for induction after its all necessary acceptance trials. Initial plan was to commission it by the end of April. But, now a formal date of commissioning will be announced soon,” said a defence source. Continue reading