DEFENCE

DEFENCE

‘Can’t fight tomorrow’s war with yesterday’s weapons’, says India’s DG Artillery


“Tomorrow’s wars can’t be fought with yesterday’s technology,” said Lieutenant General P K Srivastava, Director General of the Artillery of the Indian Army, and urged the Armament scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to... More

Beijing keeping close watch on ongoing Malabar wargames by India, US &...


Indian warships had the Chinese Navy for company for some time as they sailed across “five seas and two oceans” to the island of Guam for the Malabar war games with the US and Japan. Chinese warships... More

US to India: Buy American, not Russian


Even as India prepares to buy advanced missiles from Russia — a potentially sanctionable action — a top U.S. diplomat touted the “strategic importance” of the relationship between Washington and New Delhi. Russia has long been India’s top... More

Fund crisis involving India’s strategically crucial space programs disappears


Months after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) flagged serious concerns over the shortage of funds for projects of national importance, the Narendra Modi-led government decided to release over $1.6 billion to the space agency. This would... More

Chopper shortage blunts Indian Navy edge in war game


Indian warships have reached the Pacific island of Guam for the first naval exercises here that will focus on hunting submarines and operating jointly with the US and Japanese forces. The Indian ships lack a critical asset... More

Bangladesh to establish 2 more air force bases, higher budget for defence 


Bangladesh government has taken initiative to establish two full-fledged air force bases of Bangladesh Air Force in Sylhet district as part of its capacity enhancing  programmes for the armed forces. Finance Minister AMA Muhith disclosed it while presenting... More

Escalating dangers of Indian missiles


India is constantly arraying a variety of ballistic missiles in the region of three nuclear-weapons states. Through rapid developments in nuclear and missile technology, India is dragging the region into an impending arms race between the two... More

Making high-tech weapons in India gets tougher, foreign deals face hiccups


Will India ever build a stealth fighter like the US, or even China? When will the country leave behind the tag of world's largest importer of arms? Before such ambitions can be realised, the country's defence production... More

How China-consciousness defines Malabar 2018


This Thursday (June 7) will see the beginning of the 22nd edition of the Malabar exercises of the US, Japanese and Indian navies. The exercises began in 1992 and have since grown in scope and complexity as... More

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons solidifying defensive fence


Pakistan has been encountering an existential threat since 1947. India has not reconciled with its sovereign survival. New Delhi did military aggression against it, at various occasions, and has frequently been violating the sanctity of the Line... More

Setback for IAF’s plans to arm fighters with European Meteor missiles


India's plans to equip its Russian SU-30MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with long range Meteor beyond visual range missiles may get hit. Its European manufacturers have informed the government that they would not integrate their... More

Indian Army to cut modern rifles order by two-thirds due to budget...


The Indian Army will place an order for only 2,50,000 modern assault rifles- just a third of its total requirement- driven by budgetary constraints and the need to speed up deliveries, a person with knowledge of the... More

Deal with Russia to buy 200 Kamov military helicopters to be sealed...


The government is all set to conclude a multi-billion dollar deal by October to procure 200 Kamov Ka-226T attack helicopters through a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Official sources said almost... More

India to send Sukhois, C-17 aircraft for multi-lateral exercise in Australia


India may have rebuffed Australia’s proposal to join the annual trilateral Malabar naval wargames it holds with the US and Japan but will be dispatching four Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets and a C-17 Globemaster-III strategic airlift aircraft to... More

India tastes only partial success in Ramjet test


A landmark missile test — acclaimed as a unique achievement placing India in a select set of nations with Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet — did not fully demonstrate the technology it claimed before the weapon tumbled and... More

Pakistan to purchase 2 naval warships from China


Pakistan on Friday (1 June) signed a contract to purchase two naval warships from China, which would help enhance its war fighting capabilities. The contract for 2 x warships for Pakistan Navy has been signed with M/s China... More

India-US-Japan trilateral war games to kick off next week


India, Japan and the US will hold the annual Malabar trilateral naval war games off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea from June 6-15. The exercise comes at a time of increased friction between China... More

Indian army wants Israeli missiles to boost anti-tank capability against Pakistan


India is set to place an order for Israeli ‘Spike’ missiles in a bid to boost its anti-tank capability against arch rival Pakistan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The Indian Army wants to buy the... More

Maiden test of India’s Next Gen SFDR air to air missile successful


India has developed Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology in collaboration with Russia. Its successful use in missiles will mark India’s entry into a select club of nations that use next-generation missile technology against maneuvering targets, compromising... More

Indian Military Base in Sabang can strangle China at the Strait of...


Why is China anxious about Indian investment and possible military base in Sabang port in Indonesia? Indonesia permitted India to invest in Sabang port, which is located near the strategic and vital shipping channel – the Strait... More

IN commissions first indigenously built floating dock


The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its first indigenously designed and built floating dock to repair and service its major platforms. Referred to as Floating Dock Navy-2 (FDN-2), the 185 m-long and 40 m-wideplatform was inducted into the... More

COLUMN

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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