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DEFENCE

China says it is helping Afghanistan with defense, counterterrorism


China’s defense ministry said on Thursday that it was supporting Afghanistan’s defense and counterterrorism efforts, a day after Beijing denied a plan to build a base in Afghanistan and to send Chinese forces to the war-torn country. China’s... More

The militaries of nuclear-armed India, Pakistan, China are suddenly friendly. Why?


As you read this Wednesday morning, a senior General of the Indian Army is slated to be airdropped alongside a Pakistani officer at a beautiful lakeside town called Chebarkul in Russia’s Ural mountains. He will be accompanied... More

From Su-57 to project 75I: Why India views Russia as essential strategic...


Having granted India a waiver under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), Washington made it clear that it wanted New Delhi to "reduce inventory of Russian-produced major defense equipment and advanced conventional weapons." However, India... More

INS Arihant accidents: Question mark on the sustainability of India’s naval force


The Indian navy inducted first indigenously built nuclear-armed submarine, the INS Arihant in 2009.  It was jointly developed by the Indian Navy, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at the naval... More

India, Vietnam discuss ways to augment defence, strategic cooperation


India and Vietnam have discussed key issues, including sale of missile systems and helicopters from India, during their 11th Strategic Dialogue held in national capital on Wednesday. Visiting Vietnamese delegation, led by Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy... More

China hails first-time participation of India, Pakistan in SCO counter-terror drill


China on Monday welcomed the participation of militaries of India and Pakistan for the first time in a mega anti-terror drill of the SCO and hoped that the two countries could enhance dialogue and cooperation both bilaterally... More

China may deploy world’s first electromagnetic rocket near Indian border


China is developing the world’s first electromagnetic surface-to-surface rocket that offers greater fire range and could give its military an advantage in high-altitude regions like the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau, according to state media. Details of the rocket... More

Ahead of ‘2+2’ dialogue, India moves to buy 24 US MH-60R helicopters


Days before the much-anticipated '2+2' strategic dialogue between the ministers of defence and foreign affairs of the US and India gets under way in Delhi on September 6, the Narendra Modi government on Saturday cleared the start... More

Pakistan Air Force takes part in Radom International Airshow


The Pakistan Air Force is taking part in the Radom International Air Show 2018, beginning in Poland on Saturday (August 25). Pakistani aircraft including JF-17 Thunder along with pilots, technicians and engineers of Pakistan Air Force, are in... More

Boost for Indian Navy as govt clears procurement of 111 choppers


Giving a fillip to the Navy, the Ministry of Defence Saturday gave its nod to the procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the maritime forces at a cost of over Rs 21,000 crore. Officials said the ministry... More

Pakistan strengthens its supply line with ammunition dump, helipads close to India


The Border Security Force (BSF) in a report to the Union Home Ministry has said that Pakistan is trying to strengthen its security deployment along the International Border with India. As per the report, Pakistan has built... More

India doesn’t need US missile shield, S-400 better, says Russia


Russia believes that India does not need to buy an American missile shield it is currently in discussions for since the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system is better and a deal for it is likely to... More

Has India’s military modernization come to a halt?


India’s military modernization program seems to have come to a halt due to a shortage of funds. Earlier this year, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath Chand, told the standing committee of Parliament that... More

Japan, Sri Lanka agree to boost maritime security cooperation


Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.... More

Pakistan pivots toward Putin’s Russia after Trump gets tough

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is embracing Cold War-foe Russia amid unraveling ties with Washington. The Trump administration has penalized Islamabad for failing to rein in militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government in neighboring Afghanistan. American military aid to Pakistan... More

Japan defence minister’s Sri Lanka visit to keep China in check


Japan’s defense minister has begun a 5-day tour of India and Sri Lanka on Sunday. He hopes to boost defense cooperation with the countries and secure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean, where China is trying... More

Naval Air: India falls farther behind China


China and India have both decided to expand their navies by building their own aircraft carriers. Both nations began by refurbishing Russian carriers before designing and building their own. China was able to refurbish the former Russian... More

New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems


Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the US army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in... More

Pakistan defence expo kicks off


Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), is organising the first of its kind ‘Suppliers and Vendors Defence Exhibition’ (SAVDEX 2018) from August 16 to 18 at Lahore... More

China-Pakistan satellite nexus affects India’s war strategy


Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War. However, it was China... More

India wants to buy the Sparrow to appease US


The surprise announcement that India will buy the US/Norwegian Sparrow air defence missile system for $1 billion may have been expedited to mollify the United States. Given Washington DC’s unhappiness with India going ahead with a $6 billion,... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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