Coming Soon: China’s Navy could eventually have six aircraft carriers

China's first homemade aircraft carrier left her home port of Dalian for her third sea trial on Oct. 28, 2018. The Type 001A flattop could commission into frontline service as early as 2019, according to the U.S.... More

India to add more firepower to Soviet era M-46 field guns

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the upgrading of the Indian Army's Soviet-era 130 mm/52 caliber M-46 field guns to the 155 mm/45 caliber model. The upgrade works, estimated to cost about $ 28 million, will... More

Israeli company to outfit Indian Navy, Army after $1.3 billion in defense...

Israel Aerospace Industries announced two deals worth a total of $1.3 billion with India between Oct. 24 and 29. One deal will see IAI outfit the Indian Army with the Sky Capture air defense system, a contract... More

Training jets assembled in India using inferior engines, recent audit says

Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit... More

India’s inadequate justifications and Pakistan’s Statement on Indian Purchase of S-400 Missiles

The S-400 deal has almost been concluded between Moscow and New Delhi which was signed in late 2016. The most important thing to know about the S-400 is that it is the air defence system designed to... More

Bangladesh Navy seeks new patrol craft, anti-aircraft missiles for corvettes

Bangladesh’s Defence Ministry is seeking responses to a tender for five patrol craft for the country’s navy. According to the tender, the patrol craft should have a proven design with a length of approximately 50–52 m, a beam... More

India finalizes the deal for 2 Russian frigates off the shelf for...

India has inked the final contract with Russia for the purchase of two frigates equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for $950 million. According to the deal signed last week, the two Talwar-class/Project 11356 frigates will be... More

Why India might be wasting its time on aircraft carriers

Essentially, this makes Indian carriers’ self-defeating, with the flattops existing primarily to defend themselves from attack rather than taking the fight to their enemy. The Indian Navy has put out a proposal for its third aircraft carrier, tentatively... More

S-400 Deal: Implications for South Asia

Finally, the contentious deal of an air defence missile system (S-400) between India and Russia has been signed by the President Viladmir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5, 2018. Almaz Central Design Bureau... More

What ails ingenuously developed cruise missile Nirbhay

Nirbhay can be a formidable weapon for the armed forces, but the indigenously developed subsonic cruise missile just keeps failing in the tests. The Nirbhay is a land attack cruise missile armed with a 300-kilogram warhead capable... More

Pakistan turns to nukes in response to superior Indian armed forces

India’s upcoming purchase of the state-of-the-art S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia has raised the hackles in Pakistan, with the Imran Khan government expressing confidence in its ability to address “threats from any kind of destabilising weapon... More

India’s d defence ministry nod for upgrade of Coast Guard’s 17 Dornier...

India’s defence ministry on Saturday approved mid-life upgrade of 17 Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard at a cost of Rs 950 crore, officials said. The decision was taken at a meeting of the defence acquisition council... More

India’s military modernization and balance of power in South Asia

Since 1974, India has set its course to achieve the status of a hegemonic power, turning it into a provocateur in the South Asian region. The Indian quest for a Ballistic Missile Defense shield (BMD) is an... More

China-India rapprochement continues with joint military drills

In a sign of just how far Beijing and New Delhi have come since a tense weeks-long mountain standoff, the two governments have committed to strengthening military cooperation. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian announced at a regular... More

With Rs 10k-cr unpaid dues, armed forces add to HAL woes

Defence PSU HAL, grappling with delayed fund release from its budgetary allocation and depleting order book that has has resulted in its cash-in-hand dip to as little as Rs 1,000 crore, has its hopes set on the... More

Pakistan okays sale of JF-17 to Nigeria for $184.3m

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved the issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee for the sale of three JF-17 aircraft to Nigerian Air Force against a sum of $184.3 million, to support... More

The Rafale deal points to larger problems

Many facts of the “Rafale scandal” are yet to come out and it is entirely plausible that the full picture will never be known. It is also impossible to predict right now what, if any, political fallout... More

Pakistan army successfully ends anti-Taliban offensive in Swat valley

Pakistan army on Monday said it "successfully" wrapped up its decade-long anti-Taliban offensive in the restive northwestern valley of Swat. "Today is our victory day and we proudly announced that now there is no presence of any terrorist... More

Japan, India likely to sign military logistics pact

India and Japan are finalising a military logistics pact that will allow access to each other’s bases as the two countries tighten their military ties to ward off emerging security threats in the region. The two countries are... More

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


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



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