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

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

‘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

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

Will Retaliate With Ten Surgical Strikes If India Does One In Pakistan: Asif Ghafoor

London : Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said if India dares to launch a surgical strike inside Pakistan, it will face ten surgical strikes in response.   Ghafoor, earlier in interview, said Pakistan Army is “ready for a war” but prefers the path

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Warns Pakistan On Cross-Border Terrorism

In a clear reference to cross border terrorism from Pakistan, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the presence of terror infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood are constantly testing India’s patience and New Delhi was exercising great restraint in dealing with

Pakistan Knocks IMF Door for Bailout, But the Cost Could be CPEC

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who came to power on populist, anti-Western plank, had to swallow his pride and ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package of over $9 billion dollars to help tide over the country’s acute financial crisis. Following

Rafale Deal: Why Did Dassault Choose Reliance Over Hal? The Ceo Responds

Dassault Aviation’s joint venture with Reliance represents around 10 per cent of the offset investments under the Rafale jet deal, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier has said. “We’re in talks with about 100 Indian firms, including around 30 with which we’ve already confirmed partnerships,” Trappier told

Does NSA Ajit Doval Deserve To Get A Promotion And More Powers?

Early on in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure, it was quite commonplace to see stories about National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s daring past exploits and articles about how he is micromanaging the country’s most important issues. As a Caravan magazine profile of one of Modi’s

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

Pakistan Proposes Nuclear Test Ban Arrangement With India

Pakistan has renewed its proposal to India for a bilateral arrangement on a nuclear test ban, saying it would go a long way in strengthening the global norm against nuclear testing and promote regional stability. “Peace and stability in South Asia cannot be achieved without

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

DRDO Testfires Quick Reaction Missile off Odisha Coast

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired short range Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test facility off Odisha coast. Sources said the sleek and highly mobile air defence system was fired from a canister mounted on a rotatable truck-based launch

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

Japan Keen On Supplying Defence Equipment To India

The Japanese government, in principle, has taken a decision to forge partnership with India to supply defence equipment, a senior official of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force said here on Monday. A day after the nine-day Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)-18, a joint exercise between the

Why Pakistan Repeatedly Gets Under Our Skin: Time For Us To Get Under Theirs

India’s stop-go, stop-go approach to Pakistan is not working. Every time we think about holding talks with them, some incident occurs which forces us to cancel the same. We saw this recently when, in response to Imran Khan’s call for talks, India agreed to one

With New Order, NSA Ajit Doval To Be Most Powerful Bureaucrat In 20 Years

Four-and-a-half years into its term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has decided to revive the Strategic Policy Group or SPG to assist the National Security Council and help undertake long-term strategic defence review. The move has made National Security Advisor Ajit Doval the most powerful

India’s S-400 Advantage: IAF In Delhi Can Shoot Down Pakistani Missile Near Amritsar

India and Russia signed a contract for the delivery of five batteries of the S-400 missile defence system Friday, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi. The deal has been signed in the face of opposition from the US, whose threat of sanctions

HAL To Focus More On Reducing Its Import Dependence

The state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which is the mainstay of the Indian Air Force, has done well in reducing by at least 8 per cent in its turnover of imported components in the last four years, said Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Department of Defence

Negotiations on Lease of Russian Nuclear Submarine Deadlocked Over Price Issues

Negotiations for the acquisition of an Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) from Russia are currently dead locked on price issues. This is one of the reasons an agreement could not be concluded before the October 5 summit meeting between President Putin and Prime Minister Narendra