DEFENCE

DEFENCE

Al Bayza 2019: LY-80 strengthens Pakistan’s air defence capabilities


The Pakistan Army Air Defence displayed its firepower capability at Air Defence firing ranges near Karachi. Firing by all air defense weapon systems was the culminating event of two weeks long Exercise Al Bayza-2019. The exercise was... More

China deploying Xian H-6K bomber against India


China is believed to be deploying its frontline Xian H-6K bomber against India in the aftermath of the face-off between the two militaries in Doklam in 2017. The Xian H-6K is the backbone of the People’s Liberation Army... More

Pakistan gets Rs70m bomb disposal robot from EU


The European Union on Wednesday gave Rawalpindi’s Department of Civil Defence a robot worth Rs70 million as a new addition to its bomb disposal unit. The robot can electronically defuse bombs as well as detecting and breaking circuits... More

No funds for Make in India: Army vice chief


Insufficient modernisation funds provided by the Central government have “dashed the Army’s hopes” as they would not be able to cater to their ongoing procurement projects, the Army Vice Chief has told a parliamentary panel. The issue of... More

Rafale controversy stops Japan from pushing sale of amphibious aircraft for Indian...


The controversy over the Rafale deal raging in India has unnerved the Japan government, which has decided to adopt a “cautious approach” over the sale of its ShinMaywa amphibious aircraft to New Delhi for now. A Rs 9,100-crore... More

Game-changing Chinese missile to Pak could dent Indian Navy’s BrahMos advantage


A game-changing Chinese anti-ship missile, capable of flying at three times the speed of sound, could erode a key missile advantage the Indian Navy has enjoyed over the Pakistani Navy since 2005. An export variant of the YJ-12... More

Pakistan Army takes tank to 12,000ft world record height


Accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks with great vigor and determination has always been a hallmark of Pakistan Army.  Recently, it achieved yet another amazing feat in harsh conditions. With the efforts of an officer, a tank was successfully deployed... More

India exploring sale of BrahMos cruise missile to Indonesia


India is exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos cruise missile to Indonesia, and a team from the Indo-Russian joint venture that makes the weapon system visited a state-run shipyard in Surabaya last year to assess the... More

IAF fighter jets to get superior shelters to protect them from Chinese...


The air force has got a go-ahead to construct 108 modern shelters to house fighter aircraft in forward areas on India’s northern borders at a time when China has ramped up activity in the Tibet Autonomous Region,... More

PLA equipped with mobile howitzers to boost combat capability along India border


The People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has been equipped with new vehicle-mounted howitzers, which aims to boost their high-altitude combat capability to improve border security. According to an article released by the... More

Pakistan eyes 62 JF-17 jets from China as Rafale dogfight continues in...


Pakistan eyes 62 JF-17 jets from China as Rafale dogfight continues in India India adds more teeth in Andamans, Indian Navy to get new airbase 'INS Kohasa' Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary gives a befitting response after... More

Pakistan-China joint military drills ‘Warrior-VI’ ends


Special forces from Pakistan and China concluded three-week-long joint military drills near Kharian district of Punjab on Saturday, a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Troops from Special Forces of Pakistan Army and the People’s... More

Pak army inducts A-100 rocket in MLRS of its Artillery Corps


The Pakistan army has inducted A-100 Rocket in Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) of its Corps of Artillery. The Inter Services Public Relations said that the A-100 Rocket has been indigenously developed by Pakistani scientists and engineers. With... More

China’s missile export to its closest ally Pakistan a cause of concern

During the recently concluded International Airshow at Zhuhai, China displayed its CM-401 hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missile which re-focussed attention on China’s relentless march towards building its military strength in keeping with its avowed intent of being the... More

India develops al-based translator to help interact with Chinese soldiers


The language barrier between the Indian and Chinese troops along either side of the international border remains a big hurdle to peaceful communication. India has taken the initiative by bridging the language barrier through an artificial intelligence-enabled... More

Turkey, Pakistan enjoy growing commercial ties with defense trade


Improved trade relations between Turkey and Pakistan in recent years have gained new momentum with agreements inked in the defense industry. With the sale of ATAK helicopters and MİLGEM corvettes to be concluded in the next couple... More

Perils of India’s nuclear triad


On December 5, 2018, India announced that it had achieved its nuclear triad. The longstanding ambition of the country’s strategic planners to establish a nuclear triad became a reality through the completion of its first indigenous ship... More

Construction of warship for Pakistan underway


China recently started construction of an export version of one of its advanced warships and will deliver it to Pakistan as part of a major arms deal, according to China State Shipbuilding Corp, a large State-owned defense... More

Indian army’s Rs 60,000 crore FICV project stuck in procedural delays


A 10-year-old plan to acquire 2,600 future infantry combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore is staring at an uncertain future as it is stuck due "divergent views" among the... More

Pakistan’s defence modernisation drive worries India


Pakistan's massive defence modernisation programme is worrying Indian experts in the backdrop of a recent increase in hostilities over the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. While Indian plans for modernising its defence forces including the... More

China about to deploy brand-new lightweight battle tank in Tibet


China has introduced into service its much-lauded lightweight battle tank, which the military is set to deploy in rocky areas like the Tibetan mountains, to increase its combat capabilities in the region. According to Chinese defence ministry... More

COLUMN

By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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

MOST POPULAR