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China’s missile defense system for Pakistan aimed at India’s BrahMos missile


This week China’s Academy of Sciences confirmed it had sold a sophisticated missile defense system which was considerably superior to its “home-made missile systems”. The move signaled a dangerous level in arms race in the... More

India – Myanmar Navy exercise begins


India-Myanmar Navy Exercise 2018 began in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The Union of Myanmar Navy Ships UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (Frigate) and UMS Inlay (Off-shore Patrol Vessel) arrived on Sunday to participate in the... More

The ‘Chubby Girl’ giving China an edge over India


China’s indigenously developed military transport aircraft, the Y-20, is being built in significant numbers, with latest satellite imagery showing six planes at various stages of completion at the production hub of Yanliang. The home-grown transporter... More

India, Russia close to deal for S-400 air defence systems


India and Russia are in the final stages of negotiations to purchase S-400 air defence systems two years after their initial deal on the matter. A commercial contract is expected to be signed soon... More

Chinese unmanned tanks pose a new threat for Indian Army’s defences


In 1962, even strong Indian Army defences in sectors like Ladakh and Walong were eventually overrun by human waves of Chinese soldiers. The scenario for a future war is now even bleaker – with... More

India’s new frontline fighter air base near Pakistan border


In a major move to boost infrastructure along the India-Pakistan border, New Delhi has cleared construction of a new frontline airbase at Deesa in Banaskantha district of Gujarat for the Indian Air Force (IAF).... More

Pakistan acquires powerful missile tracking system from China


China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles. News of the sale – and evidence that China is supporting Pakistan’s... More

Indian Navy’s remote-piloted spy drone crashes due to engine failure


An Israel-made remotely piloted aircraft operated by the Indian Navy has crashed in Porbandar in the western state of Gujarat. This is the third accident involving the aircraft in three years. "A remotely piloted aircraft... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More