All posts by Girish Chandra

India, Australia to Adopt classified Communications: Official

Although the Australian Navy is, at present, “hanging off” COMCASA — India’s secure communications agreement with the U.S. — Australia and India are “moving forward” toward a classified-level communications environment, a senior Australian Navy spokesperson said. The spokesperson said COMCASA (the Communications Compatibility and Security

Wing Commander Abhinandan posted at Suratgarh Air Force Base

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistan Army on February 27 and kept in captivity for nearly 60 hours, has now been posted to Suratgarh Air Force Base in Rajasthan. He took over his assigned duties there on Saturday. This is not

ISRO to Launch Satellite RISAT On May 22

  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday said the PSLV-C46, on its 48th mission, would launch radar-imaging earth observation satellite RISAT on May 22.The launch, subject to weather conditions, would take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, a press release

IAF Fighter Pilots to be main Astronauts for India’s First Manned Space Mission Gaganyaan

  Two or three fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force (AIF) would be the main astronauts for India’s first manned space flight mission, Gaganyaan, director general armed forces medical service (DG-AFMS) Lieutenant General Bipin Puri said here on Saturday.The space mission is likely to

India To Buy 2 More AWACS Worth Rs 5.7k Crore From Israel

India is finally close to approving the over $800 million (around Rs 5,700 crore) deal for two more “Phalcon” airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft from Israel, which comes soon after it inked a Rs 4,577 crore contract for air defence radars with the

ISRO Sets up Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru for Manned Mission Programme

Gearing up for its maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’, ISRO unveiled its Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru on Wednesday, 30 January. The space agency is gearing up for the human space flight programme by 2021-end, that is likely to include a woman astronaut. Gaganyaan

IAF Mirage 2000 Aircraft Crashes near Bengaluru’s HAL Airport, Both Pilots Dead

Both pilots of a Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Airforce were killed after it crashed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport at Bengaluru this morning. The Mirage 2000 trainer was upgraded by HAL and was going through acceptance trials. One of pilots landed

‘Fighting Abilities Affected’: IAF Chief on Force’s Long Association with HAL

The Indian Air Force’s efforts to support the state-owned aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has affected its fighting capabilities, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said on Friday. IAF?has only cooperated with HAL; “as a service; we have made concessions

Tech Key to Future Warfare, Says Lt-Gen Ashok Ambre

Lt Gen Ashok Ambre, the Indian Army’s Quarter Master General, on Wednesday said modern technology and arms are key factors for fighting future wars, particularly in view of the shorter warning periods. Ambre, commanded the first battalion of Maratha Light Infantry (MLI), between 1999-2002, in the North

“For Smooth ties with China, Peace Along Border a Prerequisite”: India

India has once again underlined the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility along the border with China as a prerequisite for “smooth” development of overall ties between the two countries. Both sides reviewed the situation along the border Tuesday during the 13th meeting of the

Defence Ministry may invite Private Companies to Bid for Rs 21,000 Crore Naval Chopper Deal

The defence ministry is set to invite private sector companies to participate in the Rs 21,000 crore deal for new naval utility helicopters, which will be the first project to kick off under the strategic partnership (SP) policy under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Sources

Nuke Programmes of India, Pak Increase Risk of Security Incident in South Asia: US Spymaster

  There is an increased risk of a nuclear security incident in South Asia due to continued growth and development of Pakistan and India’s nuclear weapons programmes, America’s top spymaster told lawmakers on Tuesday.The remarks of National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats is part of US

Here’s Why Indian Army Is Seeking 5,000 Milan-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

Short of anti-tank missiles — the Spike was a hit and miss — and the Javelin, despite considerable pushing and pulling, not taking off, the Army is settling for older, second-generation missiles as the larder is relatively empty. And let’s not forget that the Defence

Pak-Supported Terror Groups Will Continue Attacks In India: US

The terror groups supported by Pakistan will continue to conduct terrorist attacks in both India and Afghanistan, America’s spymaster has said.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also said Pakistan’s “narrow approach to counter terrorism cooperation-using some groups as policy tools and confronting only the militant

16-Year-Old Ahmedabad Boy Develops Drone That Can Destroy Landmines Without Human Risk

A 16-year-old boy from Gujarat has invented a drone named ‘EAGLE A7’ which he claims can detect and destroy landmines without any human risk. According to Harshwardhansinh Zala, the designer of the drone, this technology is not available anywhere else. “This tech is not available

India Wants To Fight Pakistan Conventionally & Pakistan Wants To Jump From Sub-Conventional To Nuclear Rung Directly

In a press release on Thursday, Pakistan announced a successful “training launch” of the short range, nuclear-capable Nasr missile. A surface-to-surface missile, Nasr’s range is a mere 60 kilometres. But, it is no surprise that this launch follows so closely on the heels of Indian

India To Build Advanced Repair Facility For Scorpene-Class Submarines

Six Scorpene-class submarines are being manufactured at India’s Mazgaon Dock Limited facility with the technical support of French naval shipbuilding firm Naval Group, previously known as DCNS. All six submarines are expected to join the Indian Navy by 2022. With six Scorpene-class submarines expected to join

China’s New Tanks So Advanced, Its Soldiers Don’t Know How To Use Them: Report

China’s new tanks are so advanced that its soldiers don’t know what to do with them, reports emanating from China have said. Recent reports in the Global Times newspaper and CCTV (China Central Television) said an elite combined-arms brigade driving the new Type 99A tank

Pakistan Voices Opposition To Russia’s S-400 Sale to India

Since their partition in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two over the Kashmir region, which both countries claim as their own.Pakistan is opposed to the deal for the delivery of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems to India, the country’s Foreign Ministry

Why HAL Wasn’t Given The Offset Contract In The Rafale Deal ?

One of the big charges against the government in the controversial purchase of 36 Rafael jets from French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation is that a private entity – Reliance Defence – was deliberately given a Rs. 30,000 crore ‘offset contract’ at the cost of the

Army Commanders Brainstorm On Making Force Leaner and Meaner, Combat Ready For the Future

Indian Army’s top leadership are deliberating on several issues including operational, administrative, logistics and human resources at the Army Commanders’ Conference which started on October 9 and will continue till October 15, 2018, in New Delhi. The six-day conference presided over by General Bipin Rawat

Missing In Action: India’s Aircraft Carriers

Long considered the crowning jewel of the fleet, India has continuously operated an aircraft carrier for well over half-a-century. Since 1961, when its first carrier entered service, India has gone to war with Portugal (1961), China (1962), and Pakistan (1965, 1971, and 1999). How is

Rafale Contract For India: Clarifications By Dassault Aviation

 Within the framework of the September 2016 Inter-Government Agreement between France and India, Dassault Aviation has sold 36 Rafale aircraft to India. In compliance with the Indian regulations (Defence Procurement Procedure) and as frequent with such a contract, Dassault Aviation has committed to offsets in