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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

Pakistan confident of bypassing the Indian S-400 with Ababeel missiles


Pakistan warned that Indian purchase of Russian S-400 missile system could destabilise the region but simultaneously downplayed its effectiveness, noting that Pakistan had missiles that could bypass the S-400 Air Defence System. “The Indian purchase of S-400 missile... More

Pak-China armed drone deal and its implications for the region


As per the reports, Pakistan is buying 48 advanced armed drones, Wing Loong II, from China in the biggest ever sale of armed drones for China. The reports were confirmed by Global Times the State-operated news outlet... More

Orders dry up, HAL staff could sit idle


Defence PSU HAL staring at a depleting order book has thousands of its employees worried of being idle for months, affecting the morale at the company that has been the backbone of India’s military prowess in the... More

India, Japan, US plan joint air exercise


India, Japan and the US are set to elevate the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format. The three countries already conduct naval war games under the expanded Malabar naval exercise. The US had proposed a... More

HAL’s jets costlier than foreign ones, says defence ministry audit


Fighter jets made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – the Bengaluru-based defence public sector unit – cost more than the same jets produced abroad by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a recent review of the state-owned company... More

To keep IAF flying, India will pull aircraft from French graveyard


Beginning December, India will literally be pulling aircraft from a graveyard in France to keep the Indian Air Force flying. The Chateaudun base, about 70 kilometres from Paris, is a graveyard or ‘boneyard’ for the French Air Force’s... More

S-400: False sense of security


India’s weapons shopping spree, development of ballistic missile defense systems and continuous upgrading of nuclear arsenal negatively influence the regional strategic stability. Recently, India signed S-400 missiles deal with Russia and also celebrated the September 29, as... More

Indian, Chinese armies to resume annual military drill in December


The armies of India and China will resume their annual bilateral military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December, Army sources said Wednesday. The drill will be held in China, the sources added. The last 'Hand-in-Hand' exercise took place in... More

The Rafale deal’s irregularities aren’t going away any time soon


The dogfight between UPA’s Rafale and NDA’s Rafale has turned into a daily ritual as the political slugfest continues. Like the surgical strikes politicised the army, airstrikes are politicising the air force. For the second time in recent... More

Pakistan likely to buy Chinese missile ‘better than’ Indo-Russian BrahMos: Report


Pakistan is likely among the potential buyers of a new Chinese supersonic missile tested successfully recently, which the state media said is better than the similar BrahMos rocket system developed by India and Russia. According to report in... More

Why Rafale and S-400 missile system will not give India’s defence sector...


The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has, in its penultimate year in office, signed a flurry of arms deals, the largest among them, inevitably, enmeshing it in no end of trouble. The... More

Pakistan Navy commissions indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker


Pakistan Navy on Tuesday commissioned an indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi, which was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief... More

China positions submarine and rescue vehicle in Indian Ocean


China has deployed a submarine in the Indian Ocean in October after a gap of over a year. Senior officials in the Defence Ministry told India Today that a Type O39A Yuan class SSK (diesel-electric attack submarine)... More

Pakistan, Poland agree to enhance defense cooperation


The armed forces of Pakistan and Poland have agreed to further enhance mutual collaboration and defence ties between the two countries. The understanding came at a meeting between Deputy Commander of Polish Armed Forces Major General Jan Sliwka... More

IBG now a reality as Indian Army braces for sweeping changes in...


Integrated Battle Groups (IBG) – smaller, meaner, self-contained fighting units of the Indian Army comprising of elements of air power, artillery, amour etc – are now a reality. The biennial Army Commanders Conference that concluded in today... More

Major Naval Base bordering Hambantota Port soon


The Sri Lanka government announced that a major Naval Base bordering the Hambantota Port is underway, complete with high tech equipment, surveillance systems with radar etc. in order to maintain maritime awareness on the east-west coastline. In this... More

S-400, Modi snubs Trump


Putin’s visit to India earlier in October has paved the way for Indo-Russia deal on purchase of advance Air Defence Weapon System, the S400 at the whooping cost of more than 5 billion USDs by India. While... More

Freely chose Reliance as offsets partner: Dassault Aviation


Countering a report in French news portal Mediapart which cited a Dassault document of May 2017 to claim that the Rafale manufacturer had told its workers it was “imperative and mandatory” to choose Reliance Defence as its... More

How Pakistan Getting Armed Drones From China Affects India’s Security


Even before the ink on the agreement signed by India for the purchase of S-400 air defence systems could dry, Pakistan announced that it would procure 48 armed Wing Loong-II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from China in... More

COLUMN

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... 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

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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