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DEFENCE

F-16 Proposition: US virtual blackmail of India


The reported American informal fiat to India to give an assurance that it would buy the F-16 fighter aircraft from the US to avoid sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for India’s purchase... More

Purchase of additional Sukhoi-30 MKIs no solution to shortage of fighter jets,...


Purchase of additional Sukhoi-30 MKI jets from Russia is no solution to boost the dwindling fighter aircraft strength- the Indian Air Force (IAF) told to the Defence Ministry. According to a report in Tribune, the IAF has... More

Pakistan confident of bypassing the Indian S-400 with Ababeel missiles


Pakistan warned that Indian purchase of Russian S-400 missile system could destabilise the region but simultaneously downplayed its effectiveness, noting that Pakistan had missiles that could bypass the S-400 Air Defence System. “The Indian purchase of S-400 missile... More

Pak-China armed drone deal and its implications for the region


As per the reports, Pakistan is buying 48 advanced armed drones, Wing Loong II, from China in the biggest ever sale of armed drones for China. The reports were confirmed by Global Times the State-operated news outlet... More

Orders dry up, HAL staff could sit idle


Defence PSU HAL staring at a depleting order book has thousands of its employees worried of being idle for months, affecting the morale at the company that has been the backbone of India’s military prowess in the... More

India, Japan, US plan joint air exercise


India, Japan and the US are set to elevate the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format. The three countries already conduct naval war games under the expanded Malabar naval exercise. The US had proposed a... More

HAL’s jets costlier than foreign ones, says defence ministry audit


Fighter jets made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – the Bengaluru-based defence public sector unit – cost more than the same jets produced abroad by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a recent review of the state-owned company... More

To keep IAF flying, India will pull aircraft from French graveyard


Beginning December, India will literally be pulling aircraft from a graveyard in France to keep the Indian Air Force flying. The Chateaudun base, about 70 kilometres from Paris, is a graveyard or ‘boneyard’ for the French Air Force’s... More

S-400: False sense of security


India’s weapons shopping spree, development of ballistic missile defense systems and continuous upgrading of nuclear arsenal negatively influence the regional strategic stability. Recently, India signed S-400 missiles deal with Russia and also celebrated the September 29, as... More

Indian, Chinese armies to resume annual military drill in December


The armies of India and China will resume their annual bilateral military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December, Army sources said Wednesday. The drill will be held in China, the sources added. The last 'Hand-in-Hand' exercise took place in... More

The Rafale deal’s irregularities aren’t going away any time soon


The dogfight between UPA’s Rafale and NDA’s Rafale has turned into a daily ritual as the political slugfest continues. Like the surgical strikes politicised the army, airstrikes are politicising the air force. For the second time in recent... More

Pakistan likely to buy Chinese missile ‘better than’ Indo-Russian BrahMos: Report


Pakistan is likely among the potential buyers of a new Chinese supersonic missile tested successfully recently, which the state media said is better than the similar BrahMos rocket system developed by India and Russia. According to report in... More

Why Rafale and S-400 missile system will not give India’s defence sector...


The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has, in its penultimate year in office, signed a flurry of arms deals, the largest among them, inevitably, enmeshing it in no end of trouble. The... More

Pakistan Navy commissions indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker


Pakistan Navy on Tuesday commissioned an indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi, which was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief... More

China positions submarine and rescue vehicle in Indian Ocean


China has deployed a submarine in the Indian Ocean in October after a gap of over a year. Senior officials in the Defence Ministry told India Today that a Type O39A Yuan class SSK (diesel-electric attack submarine)... More

Pakistan, Poland agree to enhance defense cooperation


The armed forces of Pakistan and Poland have agreed to further enhance mutual collaboration and defence ties between the two countries. The understanding came at a meeting between Deputy Commander of Polish Armed Forces Major General Jan Sliwka... More

IBG now a reality as Indian Army braces for sweeping changes in...


Integrated Battle Groups (IBG) – smaller, meaner, self-contained fighting units of the Indian Army comprising of elements of air power, artillery, amour etc – are now a reality. The biennial Army Commanders Conference that concluded in today... More

Major Naval Base bordering Hambantota Port soon


The Sri Lanka government announced that a major Naval Base bordering the Hambantota Port is underway, complete with high tech equipment, surveillance systems with radar etc. in order to maintain maritime awareness on the east-west coastline. In this... More

S-400, Modi snubs Trump


Putin’s visit to India earlier in October has paved the way for Indo-Russia deal on purchase of advance Air Defence Weapon System, the S400 at the whooping cost of more than 5 billion USDs by India. While... More

Freely chose Reliance as offsets partner: Dassault Aviation


Countering a report in French news portal Mediapart which cited a Dassault document of May 2017 to claim that the Rafale manufacturer had told its workers it was “imperative and mandatory” to choose Reliance Defence as its... More

How Pakistan Getting Armed Drones From China Affects India’s Security


Even before the ink on the agreement signed by India for the purchase of S-400 air defence systems could dry, Pakistan announced that it would procure 48 armed Wing Loong-II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from China in... More

COLUMN

Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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