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Pakistan collaborating with China on next-gen fighter


In the inaugural session of AirTech ’17, a conference being held at Air University in Islamabad, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sohail Aman stated that... More

Upgrade of India’s Mirage fighter fleet in jeopardy as maintenance contracts lapse


The upgrade of India’s Mirage 2000-H fleet could face a roadblock, after the maintenance warranty from original equipment manufacturers Dassault Aviation and Thales of France expired with nobody willing to continue footing the bill. The... More

Pakistan Navy to procure frigate from China


The commanding officer of a Pakistan Navy frigate on a goodwill visit to China told Shanghai TV that the Pakistan Navy will procure the Type 054A frigate from China. The Zulfiqar-class (F-22P) frigate PNS Saif... More

Pakistan proposes joint defence production with Turkey & Azerbaijan


On November 30, the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan conducted a trilateral meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, during which Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif proposed for joint defence production between the three... More

India for joint production of defence equipment with Russia


Stating that Russia will remain a key foreign policy priority for India, New Delhi on Monday called for joint defence equipment manufacturing between the two countries under the Make in India initiative. "Russia is and... More

Pakistan’s collaboration with Poland over critical military equipment on cards


The possibility of Pakistan striking a deal with Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) over collaboration in the provision of critical military equipment may just be in play after a successful meeting between... More

India begins building fleet of nuclear attack submarines


India has kicked off their production of six new nuclear-powered attack submarines, which will greatly increase New Delhi’s naval power projection once completed. The secretive New Delhi program to build their own nuclear submarines was... More

Chinese ships in Pak’s Gwadar port a matter of concern for India


The presence of the navy ships of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the port city of Pakistan's Balochistan in future will be a matter of concern, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said... More

Pakistan close to deal for four Turkish warships


Pakistan is giving final touches to its deal for acquisition of four warships from Turkish state-owned company MILGEM, sources said on 28 November. Sources said that process was nearing completion and construction of the ships... More

Pakistan seeks Polish assault rifles


A Pakistani delegation visited Poland recently to discuss procurement of some 500,000-800,000 assault rifles in a requirement that could be worth US$2 billion. The potential of the acquisition and transfer of technology related to the... More

Bangladesh for Indian Ocean unity on seafarers’s safety


Bangladesh’s President M Abdul Hamid put emphasis on building strong bridges among the Indian Ocean littorals with a collective sense of responsibility and sharing of resources to ensure safety of sea users, reports BSS. "The... More

India struggles to solve its fighter jet procurement puzzle


In a rude shock to India, which has been preparing to issue a global tender for single-engine fighter jets, America's Lockheed Martin, considered a front-runner for the deal, has announced that it will not... More

India begins road construction for easy mibilisation of troops on China border


The work on the all-weather road in Indian state of Uttarakhand has begun with the construction of the 150-km Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch which will make it easier for the armed forces to mobilise troops and... More

Turkish military manufacturers push for business with Pakistan


Turkish producers of tactical military goods, Askeri Elektronik Sanayi, Military Electronic Industries (ASELSAN), and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have set their sight on expanding their activities in Pakistan after labelling it “a very important... More

Russia’s Ka-226T helicopters assembled in India may be supplied to third countries


Russia’s Kamov Ka-226T helicopters assembled in India may be supplied to third countries after Russia fulfils the basic contract for the delivery of 200 such rotocraft to that country, Rostec Corporation Director for International... More

Advantage Pak, worries Indian Army, as $500 million Israeli missile deal ends


The Indian government's decision to opt out of a $500 million missile deal with Israel will leave Indian soldiers badly out-gunned by Pakistani forces, army sources said. The bottom line is this: Pakistan has... More

India, Myanmar joint military exercise begins in Meghalaya


A group of 15 officers from the Myanmarese Army is arriving in Guwahati in Indian state of Assam, on Sunday (Nov 19) for a six-day bilateral military exercise with counterparts from the Indian Army... More

With eye on China, Pakistan, Indian Army looks to procure 60 surveillance...


Seeking to bolster its ability to monitor movements of Chinese and Pakistani troops, the Indian Army is looking to procure 60 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The Army issued a request for information (RFI), which stipulates that... More

Bangladesh releases RFP for standard light armoured vehicle platform


The Bangladesh Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) released a request-for-proposal (RFP) for a standardized light armoured vehicle (LAV) platform for command (Comd), ambulance (AMB) and reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S) roles. The DGDP’s RFP, issued on... More

Turkish defense industry targeting South Asian markets


Leaders from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Far East are showing a lot of interest in Turkey's defense companies. For example, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during his recent visit to... More

Presence of P-3 Orion in Pakistan Navy irks Indian navy


Presence of Lockheed P-3 Orion in the Pakistan Navy’s Air Arm has been irritating the enemy. Recently, Indian navy had held air-based anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean with Japan. Indian navy had conducted the... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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