DEFENCE

DEFENCE

India and Russia to hold tri-service military exercise ‘Indra’


The tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half of this year. According to Interfax news agency, a Russian military delegation has visited India to discuss the logistics... More

India plans defence equipment factories in Vietnam


Vietnam would become a prime destination for Indian businesses, especially in defense and military sectors, Sitharaman was quoted as saying by VN Express last Thursday. The minister had earlier opened a representative office of India's Bharat Electronics Limited,... More

China, India & Pakistan adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernisation drive


China is pushing ahead with modernising its nuclear weapon delivery systems and has added to its arsenal as it boosts military expenditure, according to a report released by an independent think tank on Monday. As of January, the... More

India-Japan talks to focus on defence and security


India and Japan will hold their '2+2' dialogue this week with the participation of foreign and defence secretaries of both countries as the bilateral focus shifts slightly from infrastructure and economy to defence and security. The defence... More

Pentagon’s new helicopter for Afghans lacks lift of old Russian ones


The US Army’s Black Hawk helicopters are less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan’s Air Force than the Russian-made ones they’re replacing, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general. It’s a setback six years after lawmakers started pushing... More

Visitors, buyers show keen interest in Pakistan’s defence products at Eurosatory Expo


Professional visitors and buyers from over 60 countries showed keen interest in the high-end defence and security products of pakistan exhibited at the thematic and tastefully decorated Pakistan Pavilion in the world's largest defence exhibition Eurosatory being... More

US approves sale of 6 more Apache attack helicopters to India


The U.S. State Department has approved a potential direct commercial sale of six additional Boeing AH-64E Apache heavy attack helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said... More

India to host first BIMSTEC war games in September


India will host the first military exercise of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) group focussing on counter-terrorism in September. As part of this, a conclave of the Army chiefs of... More

India is not ready for a two-front war!


A parliamentary committee has taken exception to the low defence expenditure in India, noting that, in the current geo-political scenario, the country “cannot afford complacency” on the question of preparedness for a two-front war. It has also expressed... More

Mauritius Islanders mount resistance to Indian naval base


Resistance is building up among the residents of a small island in Mauritius against a proposal by the Indian Navy to build a base on their land. Six organizations have come together in the Agalega islands, nearly... More

China is Pakistan’s key qualitative driver


Today, the Armed Forces of Pakistan have at least three marquee and indispensable big-ticket weapon systems in the pipeline from China: in 2015, it inked a purchase of eight air-independent propulsion (AIP)-powered submarines; in 2017, the Pakistan... More

Questions over Sri Lanka’s aircraft purchase deals


The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has ambitious plans to purchase helicopters of different makes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at a staggering cost of more than Rs 64.8 billion, according to documents seen by this newspaper.... More

‘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

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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