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Steel cutting ceremony held for Pakistan’s first Damen 1800 OPV


Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards conducted the steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two Damen 1800 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Pakistan Navy in June 2017. The event was revealed by the Pakistan Navy... More

India to add 7 more advanced airfields near border with China


Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who witnessed the air capabilities as part of the Gaganshakti exercise in Pasighat and Dollungmukh, has said that apart from modernizing the eight existing advanced landing grounds, the ministry... More

300 anti-tank missiles to be inducted into Indian Army soon


The longdelayed Nag anti-tank guided missile is all set to see the light of day in the Indian Army as 300 of the land attack version of this missile are going to be inducted... More

India’s $8.63-billion advanced fighter aircraft project with Russia put on ice


The proposal for India and Russia to jointly develop an advanced fighter — the eponymous Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — has been formally buried. Business Standard has learnt that National Security Advisor Ajit... More

Lack of funds: Indian Army to consider ending purchase of missile systems


In a desperate measure to compensate for a 15 to 20 per cent shortage of critical ammunition, spares and missiles, the Indian Army has proposed to cut down on the purchase of expensive items,... More

Indian Army to train in Malaysia


In less than two weeks from now, about 90 battle-hardened soldiers from the Indian Army will leave for the thick and lush jungles of Malaysia’s Selangor, a Maoist bastion in the 1950s, to exchange... More

Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder a better choice than India’s Tejas


With reports of Malaysia and Pakistan discussing the export of the JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet, comparisons between Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder and the Indian HAL Tejas have surfaced again. Although the JF-17 Thunder and HAL... More

India to create super-committee for defence planning


India has decided to create an overarching Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under National Security Advisor Ajit Doval that will drive the country’s military and security strategy, draft capability development plans and guide (and accelerate)... More

Will Malaysia buy Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter Jet?


Pakistan and Malaysia are purportedly engaged in preliminary talks over the possible procurement of an unknown number of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 “Thunder” multirole fighter jets, a PAC official told IHS... More

Russia to sign contract with India on building Project 11356 frigates


Russia and India are set to sign a contract on the construction of four Project 11356 frigates under a "two plus two" formula" in June this year, a source in diplomatic and military circles... More

Pakistan in talks with Malaysia on JF-17


Pakistan and Malaysia are in preliminary discussions about the potential export of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, an official from PAC has confirmed to Jane’s . Speaking at... More

India, Pakistani Armies to fight side-by-side in Russia


For the first time ever, Indian and Pakistani soldiers will fight together, not against each other. In August, the two Armies will undertake joint mock operations in Russia to eliminate terrorists, neutralise terror networks... More

India’s Mahindra, Israeli Aeronautics team up for Naval UAVs


India’s Mahindra Defence and Aeronautics of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding early this week to partner for Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). As per the contract, both the firm offer a UAV system... More

China air force chief visits PAF academy


Commander of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)of China Ding Laihang has said that Pakistan and China enjoy friendly and brotherly relations and cooperated in various fields. “Pakistan and China are enjoying extremely good and... More

Indian Navy’s Drone crashes in Gujarat


An unmanned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drone) of Indian Navy crashed in Gujarat on Saturday (Apr 14). The accident happened about 25 kms from Porbandar. No casualties or damage to property caused by the crash,... More

Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker completes first survey in the Indian Ocean


The Turkish defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Tic. A.Ş. (STM) announced that the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), which was constructed with STM’s support and material kits from Turkey at Karachi Shipyard &... More

Russia, India to hold talks on building missile frigates


India is considering building Russian Project 11356 frigates at one of its shipyards and the corresponding talks are underway, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov said on... More

Babur-III tested; Pakistan becomes a Nuclear Triad


The successful test of Babur-III Cruise Missile completed the last leg of Pakistan’s nuclear triad. Developing nuclear triad capability is essential for stabilizing nuclear deterrence between the belligerent nuclear capable states. Therefore, addition of... More

Boeing joins hands with HAL, Mahindra for manufacturing Super Hornet jets


Eyeing the mega Indian Air Force (IAF) contract for 110 fighter jets, Boeing on Thursday announced a partnership with PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) for manufacturing the F/A-18 Super... More

Setback for Indian missile programme, snag hits quick reaction missile test again


India’s missile development programme is going through a rough patch, with another snag hitting the home-made quick reaction surface-to-air missile (QRSAM) during tests at the Balasore range in Odisha this week. The QRSAM system, being... More

Amphibious Aircraft US-2 to be made in India


India’s Mahindra Group on Wednesday (Apr 11) signed an MoU with ShinMaywa Industries Limited, Japan, to manufacture and assemble Amphibious Aircraft US-2. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the defence... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More