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India reconsidering 5th generation fighter jet programme with Russia: sources


India has conveyed to Russia its unwillingness to go ahead with the joint development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) primarily due to the high cost involved in the project, official sources said, according... More

Maldivian Coast Guard vessel visits Sri Lanka


Maldivian Coast Guard ship “Huravee” arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (7th July). The ship was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions, on... More

Russia offers cost-effective proposal to build next-gen submarines in India


Russia has offered to jointly construct and develop a nuclear submarine in India, in a proposal that could provide a big relief to the funds-starved Indian Navy. "The Russian side proposed the transfer of all... More

India’s Agni-V no longer serves the original purpose of deterrence


India’s 5,000-km range Agni-V surface-to-surface ballistic missile is expected to be inducted into the Strategic Force Command soon. This is the latest version of the Agni series of ballistic missiles which was launched 34... More

Pakistan Navy to buy 4 Ada class corvette from Turkey


Pakistan’s ministry of defence production has contracted Turkey for purchase of four corvette ships, Pakistan Navy said in a statement on Thursday. “The first and second ship will be built at Istanbul Naval Shipyard while... More

China, Pakistan conduct joint border patrol in Xinjiang


Chinese and Pakistani frontier defence forces conduct joint patrol at a mountainous region in Khunjerab in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region last week. They were respectively assigned to a frontier defence company in Khunjerab... More

India can now attack any target in China with a nuclear weapon


India’s first nuclear-capable missile able to reach all of China will soon be inducted into the country’s armed forces. On July 1, The Economic Times reported that the first batch of Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missiles... More

Indian Navy to trial new ESM system on Kamov Ka-31 helicopters


The Indian Navy will trial a newly developed airborne electronic warfare (EW) system aboard its Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter. A June 2018 tender document for the programme disclosed that the country’s Defence Electronics... More

Make in India to go to Russia?


The defence ministry is shortly expected to take a call on whether a Rs 2,400-crore project to extend the service life of its primary conventional submarines would be done under the Make-in-India initiative or... More

India’s domestic SatNav system hits major roadblock ahead of commercial release


The Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) — India's indigenous navigation and positioning system — has confronted unforeseen challenges ahead of its commercial rollout slated for the next few months. According to the ISRO, the seven-satellite... More

Pakistan Navy ship visits Jordan to strengthen defence ties


Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT visited Aqaba, Jordan as part of overseas deployment to Mediterranean & European countries. PNS ASLAT Port Call to Aqaba was aimed to strengthen friendly ties and defence cooperation between Islamic Republic... More

Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter: China’s weird MiG-21 and F-16 hybrid


China’s JF-17 “Thunder” multirole fighter is one of China’s most successful aerospace exports. While it was designed from the outset to be an export fighter, its road to service was very rocky, involving decades... More

India to induct Agni-V missile soon


India is in the process of inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system — Agni-V — which will bring targets across China within its range, and is expected to significantly bolster... More

Sri Lanka moves navy unit to Chinese-run port


Sri Lanka will move its southern naval command to a port leased to a state-run Chinese firm but China will not use it for military purposes, the prime minister's office said Saturday (June 30). Colombo's... More

Pakistan among 6 countries to take part in Int’l Army Games in...


Military servicemen from Algeria, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan and the Philippines will take part in this year’s International Army Games for the first time, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a distance conference... More

India receives overhauled Mi-17-1Vs


Russian Helicopters has delivered six overhauled Mi-17-1V helicopters to the Indian Border Security Force, the company announced on 27 June. The overhaul was carried out at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP). The flight check... More

Bangladesh’s new military deal with China


 A new contract has been signed that will see China deliver 23 units of Hongdu K-8W intermediate training jets to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The deal was sealed on June 20 at the... More

India’s shifting nuclear doctrine: Impact on strategic stability


Strategic Stability is considered crucial for preventing war and conflict between nuclear adversaries. It is comprised of two essential factors: deterrence equilibrium and crisis stability. India and Pakistan’s military buildup and technological advancements are... More

US may offer India THAAD air defence system to block S-400 deal...


The United States may try to persuade India to consider its ballistic missile defence options in an attempt to keep it from pressing ahead with the S-400 deal with Russia. ET has learnt that the... More

India set to seal $500mn deal with Israel to buy 4,500 Spike...


India is on the verge of finalising a $500 million deal with Israel for the government-to-government purchase of around 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles for the army ahead of Israel defence secretary Udi Adam’s... More

Bahrain-Pakistan military cooperation agreement signed


Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa signed with Pakistani Defence Secretary Zamir Ul Hassan Shah a joint defence cooperation agreement. The BDF Commander-in-Chief expressed happiness about signing... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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