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India disappointed with Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter


Officials with the Indian Air Force believe that Russia's fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet does not correspond to required characteristics and is inferior to the American F-35 and F-22. Therefore, the Russian-Indian program for the development of the... More

India to locally upgrade 130mm M-46 Russian artillery guns


The M-46 Russian artillery guns being operated by the Indian Army will soon be upgraded from their existing target range of 27 kilometers to 36 kilometers. The upgrade will be done locally by the state-run Ordnance Factories... More

Pakistan-JF-17-Block-III-design-finalized


In his final speech to Air Headquarters, the outgoing Chief of Air Staff (CAS) of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sohail Aman announced that the design of the JF-17 Block-III was finalized after... More

Indian army to buy air defence system


After several retrials and delays, the Army is set to begin contract negotiations in the multi-billion dollar deal for the very short-range air defence system or VSHORAD. “The activities relating to the Contract Negotiation Committee for the deal... More

Bangladesh Air Force annual exercise WINTEX begins


The annual winter exercise, WINTEX-2018, of Bangladesh Air Force began at all BAF bases and units across the country on Sunday (March 18). The main objective of the exercise is to assess the capability of BAF and evaluate... More

India moves on ‘theatre commands’ to bring three forces under single leadership


India has finally taken the first step towards eventually having integrated theatre commands, where all the manpower and assets of the Army, Navy and IAF are under the operational control of a single three-star general in theatre... More

The ‘largest arms-importer’ can’t stop Rawat complaining


India’s Army chief General Bipin Rawat is not someone who usually praises China. However, while speaking at a function in Delhi on March 13, he applauded Beijing's approach of simultaneously enhancing its military prowess with its rapid... More

India struggles to create Tejas fleet as HAL misses delivery targets


Production woes of the homegrown Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) have led to disenchantment and frustration in the Indian Air Force (IAF), which has ordered 123 of the planes and plans to order 201 more upgraded variants... More

Indian Army’s equipment is obsolete and not ready for war


In its direst warning to India’s Parliament yet, the Indian Army’s top brass stated that deep budgetary cuts have severely eroded its capabilities to fight a war. “The budget of 2018-19 has dashed our hopes and most of... More

India lands Its C17 Globemaster heavy transport aircraft at China’s doorstep


The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday landed its heaviest transport aircraft at the Tuting advanced landing ground (ALG) which is a few miles away from the line of actual control (LAC) — the de facto border... More

Pakistan, China scaling up military; fund crunch crippling India’s combat capabilities


The Indian Army has told a parliamentary panel that even as China and Pakistan are modernising their militaries at a lightning pace, a looming financial crisis is crippling India’s combat capabilities at a time when it should... More

Russia says in talks with India on helicopters, frigates supplies


India is negotiating purchases of Russian Mi-17 helicopters and Project 11356 frigates, a Russian official said Monday (March 12). These negotiations "are proceeding and they are at different stages," Vasily Kozhin, aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin for... More

China is the biggest arms supplier to Pakistan, Bangladesh & Myanmar


China is the fifth biggest arms supplier in the world and also supplies the most weapons to India’s neighbours, a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has shown. Around 35% of China’s arms supplies went to... More

Pakistan Navy test-fires land-based anti-ship missile


The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced  that it had test-fired a land-based anti-ship missile (AShM) as part of a training drill. The PN did not disclose details, such as the AShM-type or its specifications. However, because it has been... More

Multilateral HADR Air Force exercise from March 12-17


The first Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in association with South Asian Region nations will be held off the coast of Kerala from March 12 to 17. The multilateral exercise... More

Pakistan has just tested the Ultimate Nuclear Missile


Pakistan has tested a ballistic missile with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV), the United States confirmed this week. During testimony to Congress outlining worldwide threats on March 6, Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence... More

Pakistan deploys fighter jet squadron to Afghan border to protect airspace


The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has fielded a squadron of new Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 “Thunder” combat aircraft, according to a recent report by the Associated Press of Pakistan. The multi-role fighter jets are stationed at Pakistan’s... More

Indian Air Force doesn’t have enough funds to pay for past purchases


The Indian Air Force (IAF) has projected that it may not be able to make tranche payments (akin to EMIs) for its past purchases in fiscal 2018-19, as adequate resources haven’t been allotted by the finance ministry. The... More

Shipyard troubles may leave India’s ambitious warships-building plan at sea


A Rs5,440-crore arbitration claim filed by Anil Ambani-led Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd against the former promoters of the yard located at Pipavav in Gujarat poses a big challenge to India’s ambitious plan to build warships locally... More

India’s anti-tank missile will not be operational for 5 years: Israeli defense...


The fate of the $500 million Spike missile deal that Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. hopes to sign with the Indian government remains clouded in doubt. India is meanwhile continuing to develop its own anti-tank missile, which will... More

IAF short of not only fighter jets but pilots too


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is short of not only fighter jets but also pilots to fly them in the event of a war. The IAF on February 1, 2018, had 3,855 pilots against a sanctioned strength... More

COLUMN

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

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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