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Pakistan Navy inducts first upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea King helicopters


Pakistan Navy has inducted its 1st Marinized/ Upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea king Helicopters (Ex Mod UK) in its fleet to augment effectiveness and enhance its operational capability. An impressive induction ceremony was held at PNS MEHRAN. Chief... More

Hajvairy Group partners with KIA Motors to propose LTV to Pakistan Army


Hajvairy Group, a private sector conglomerate, partnered with South Korea’s Kia Motors to propose the latter’s Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the Pakistan Army at the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in... More

Hasimara getting ready to welcome Rafale jets


The Hasimara Air Force Station (AFS) in India’s North Bengal is expected to be ready in the next two years to welcome the Rafale fighter aircraft which will have its second squadron there. According to sources, the multi-role... More

Pakistan inaugurates new maritime base


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Monday inaugurated newly established Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Base Keti Bandar. Upon arrival, Chief of the Naval Staff was received by Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency... More

Rivals and neighbours: China and India count down to joint military drill


China and India will launch a two-week joint military drill on Tuesday, the first exercise of its kind since the two Asian giants were locked in a tense border stand-off in the Himalayas 18 months ago. Analysts said... More

Pakistan and Ukraine to explore opportunities for defence collaboration


During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in Pakistan in 27-30 November, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm agreed to explore opportunities for defence collaboration on land, naval/sea and... More

Pakistan and Ukraine to collaborate on precision munitions


During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) — which took place in 27-30 of last month in Karachi, Pakistan – officials from Ukraine and Pakistan officially agreed to bilaterally collaborate on the development of defence... More

IAF conducts combined guided firing of 4 surface-to-air missiles


In a first-of-its-kind exercise code-named CROSS BOW-18, the Indian Air Force successfully conducted combined guided weapons firing of Surface-to-Air Missiles from the Air Force Station at Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender... More

Chinese troops arrive in Pakistan for joint military drill ‘Warrior-VI’


A special forces contingent of People Liberation Army China arrived in Pakistan on Saturday to participate in Pak-China joint military exercise ‘Warrior –VI 2018’. Troops of Special Service Group from both armies will participate in the three-week long... More

U.S. Navy aircraft career USS John C. Stennis establishes a logistics hub...


Taking advantage of a growing naval partnership with Sri Lanka, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) of the U.S. Pacific Fleet has established a logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies and... More

Indian war veterans say ‘Surgical Strikes’ unnecessarily hyped by Modi govt, caution...


The September 2016 'Surgical Strikes' were unnecessarily hyped by the Modi government to gain political mileage, endangering India's future military cross-border responses, war veterans said at the Military Literature Festival (MLF) in Chandigarh on Friday. Describing the retributive... More

Afghanistan fielding special mission PC-12s, MoD confirms


Afghanistan is operating Pilatus PC-12 turboprop special mission aircraft it ordered six years ago, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) inadvertently confirmed in an unrelated tweet on 6 December. An image of a PC-12 in national markings was... More

JF17 takes off: Malaysia, Iran & Egypt interested in block 3


The latest variant of the joint Pakistan-China fighter JF17 has been spiking interests in many states around the world. While sales have been approved for Nigeria, recent reports suggest that both Malaysia and Egypt are looking at... More

Pakistan reportedly seeking FD-2000 long range anti-air missiles


Having successfully procured nine HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from China, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on the FD-2000. Quoting a Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) official, the Russian News Agency TASS... More

Pakistan army’s T129 ATAK attack helicopter acquisition is on-track: Turkish Aerospace


Despite some reports, the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps’ (PAA) T129 ATAK attack helicopter acquisition is on-track, according to Turkish Aerospace. During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in 27-30 November in Karachi, Pakistan,... More

India has made up its mind to lease Akula-class nuke sub from...


The Indian Navy and the country's defence ministry have almost agreed on leasing an Akula class submarine from Russia at US $3.3 billion. A naval delegation led by General (Nuclear Safety) Vice Admiral Soonil V Bhokare recently... More

Pakistan’s golden gun shines at Egypt Defence Expo


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated Cairo’s first-ever arms fair exhibition- Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2018) on Monday. Hundreds of companies showcased their products at the three-day event and 40 countries were represented at the event. Among the items... More

Indian Navy’s coastal battery project in Bay of Bengal on track


The Indian Navy's ambitious coastal battery project at Sagar Island in the Bay of Bengal has been back on track as a land of 11 acres has been identified in the delta region and the land acquisition... More

TROPEX: India’s full military might to be on display as three services...


The Indian Navy will be conducting its flagship Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise, (TROPEX), from January end till early March next year, says the chief of the Indian Navy ahead of the Navy Day tomorrow. In the current... More

China drone helpful for Pakistan to check border terrorism


China drone (GJ-2) could be an effective source for Pakistan and other countries to boost border petrol and strengthen counter-terrorism efforts, said a professor at the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The China's new... More

Pakistan’s latest weapon from China – state-of-the-art ‘nuclear-capable’ SH-15 howitzer


Pakistan seems to have procured another ultra-modern piece of artillery equipment from China — the SH-15 howitzer. And the significance for India is that the system could be nuclear-capable, if Pakistan’s attempts to miniaturise nuclear weapons has... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

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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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