DEFENCE

DEFENCE

Pakistan attends Ist Int’l defence forum in Beijing


Pakistan’s delegation led by Chief of Operational Planning Bureau of the Joint Staff Headquarters of the Pakistan Armed Forces Major General Aneeq attended here the 1st International Defense Forum at its International College of... More

Russian firm offers smart fencing technology to India for border with Pakistan


Nikiret — a subsidiary of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation- ROSATOM has agreed to provide critical technology of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) to India- based CORE Energy Systems. The partnership will explore... More

Marines in Afghanistan will get assist from MQ-9 Reaper drones


General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems has received a $39.6 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reapers to a Marine advisory unit in Afghanistan for air overwatch and reconnaissance, according to Pentagon announcements. The Reapers, the first Group 5... More

Bangladesh Air Force signs deal with China for additional K-8W trainer aircraft


Dhaka signed an intergovernmental agreement with Beijing on 20 June for the procurement of an undisclosed number of additional Hongdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (HAIC) K-8W Karakoram basic jet trainers for the Bangladesh Air Force... More

Pakistan Army team wins international military drill competition in the UK


The Pakistan Army team won an international military drill competition known as the ‘All Arms and International Pace Sticking Competition’ held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. A team from Pakistan Military Academy, which only... More

L&T opposes plan to give submarine project to Mazagon Dock


With the government considering a proposal to move a Rs 60,000-crore project to build submarines to the public sector on a nomination basis, India’s top shipbuilder Larsen and Toubro has sought the Niti Aayog’s... More

Pak army chief meets Polish defence minister, military leadership


General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Poland on an official visit. During the visit COAS met Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defence and Deputy Minister of National Defence. The COAS also held... More

Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India


Pakistan now has 140-150 nuclear warheads as compared to 130-140 of India, with China hovering around 280, as per the latest report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which was released on... More

India and Russia to hold tri-service military exercise ‘Indra’


The tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half of this year. According to Interfax news agency, a Russian military delegation has visited India to... More

India plans defence equipment factories in Vietnam


Vietnam would become a prime destination for Indian businesses, especially in defense and military sectors, Sitharaman was quoted as saying by VN Express last Thursday. The minister had earlier opened a representative office of India's... More

China, India & Pakistan adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernisation drive


China is pushing ahead with modernising its nuclear weapon delivery systems and has added to its arsenal as it boosts military expenditure, according to a report released by an independent think tank on Monday. As... More

India-Japan talks to focus on defence and security


India and Japan will hold their '2+2' dialogue this week with the participation of foreign and defence secretaries of both countries as the bilateral focus shifts slightly from infrastructure and economy to defence and... More

Pentagon’s new helicopter for Afghans lacks lift of old Russian ones


The US Army’s Black Hawk helicopters are less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan’s Air Force than the Russian-made ones they’re replacing, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. It’s a setback six years after... More

Visitors, buyers show keen interest in Pakistan’s defence products at Eurosatory Expo


Professional visitors and buyers from over 60 countries showed keen interest in the high-end defence and security products of pakistan exhibited at the thematic and tastefully decorated Pakistan Pavilion in the world's largest defence... More

US approves sale of 6 more Apache attack helicopters to India


The U.S. State Department has approved a potential direct commercial sale of six additional Boeing AH-64E Apache heavy attack helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation... More

India to host first BIMSTEC war games in September


India will host the first military exercise of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) group focussing on counter-terrorism in September. As part of this, a conclave of the... More

India is not ready for a two-front war!


A parliamentary committee has taken exception to the low defence expenditure in India, noting that, in the current geo-political scenario, the country “cannot afford complacency” on the question of preparedness for a two-front war. It... More

Mauritius Islanders mount resistance to Indian naval base


Resistance is building up among the residents of a small island in Mauritius against a proposal by the Indian Navy to build a base on their land. Six organizations have come together in the... More

China is Pakistan’s key qualitative driver


Today, the Armed Forces of Pakistan have at least three marquee and indispensable big-ticket weapon systems in the pipeline from China: in 2015, it inked a purchase of eight air-independent propulsion (AIP)-powered submarines; in... More

Questions over Sri Lanka’s aircraft purchase deals


The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has ambitious plans to purchase helicopters of different makes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at a staggering cost of more than Rs 64.8 billion, according to documents seen... More

‘Can’t fight tomorrow’s war with yesterday’s weapons’, says India’s DG Artillery


“Tomorrow’s wars can’t be fought with yesterday’s technology,” said Lieutenant General P K Srivastava, Director General of the Artillery of the Indian Army, and urged the Armament scientists of the Defence Research and Development... More

COLUMN

Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... More

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to RSS

I must confess to having felt queasy when I heard that our former Rashtrapati, Pranab Mukherjee, a man I much admire, was likely to accept an invitation from the RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, to attend the convocation of Sangh Parivaar volunteers trained for three years in becoming pracharaks. I was not queasy about what... 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