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US Worried S-400 May Obtain Sensitive Data on American Fighter Jets –...


Even though it is not clear whether India will receive a waiver with regard to US sanctions against Russia, New Delhi has made it clear that it will go ahead with the S-400 air defense system deal... More

Colt To Supply 10,000 M4, M4A1 Carbine Rifles To Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco


Colt's Manufacturing Co. has won $57.7 million contract to supply up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles to Jordan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia and Pakistan. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut, with an... More

India plans to set-up radar system in held Kashmir


An imminent environmental disaster is in the making in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg where the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to setup a radar system in the protected wildlife sanctuary area, apart from constructing... More

Future Pakistan-Turkish defense cooperation likely to be incremental, for now


Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey pledged this week to increase defense cooperation between the two countries to new levels, but after a string of recent deals, analysts believe further cooperation will be incremental. Speaking to Turkey’s Daily Sabah, Muhammad... More

As New Delhi readies for Putin visit, Russia quizzes India on secret...


Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India next month, Moscow has sought assurances from New Delhi that its US-procured equipment would not be used in a way that could compromise the capabilities of Russia-made weapon... More

America’s F-16 fighter: Made in India?


President Trump wants to bring manufacturing back to American shores. But that doesn't include the components of one of America's prime fighter jets. The F-16 Block 70 , the most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon, will have... More

Pakistan opts for deterrence as India initiates sea-based nuclear weaponry


Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has said that India’s sea based nuclear weaponry initiative has compelled Islamabad to take measures for deterrence in order to keep strategic stability paradigm stabilised. “Our Eastern neighbour has... More

India tests man portable anti-tank guided missile


Indian defense scientists have successfully conducted back-to-back tests of the new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM). The tests were conducted at the Ahmednagar test range in the western state of Maharashtra. The MPATGM is... More

Pakistan watching India’s missiles with China’s help


It is common practice for states to test-fire their missile systems in order to check for their accuracy and reliability and, should there be any limitations, to correct the same. In addition, the threat from adversaries’ incoming... More

Rafale deal only reminds us that Make-in-India is still a mirage


Despite the fact that the Rafale is regarded as a first-rate fighter aircraft that meets almost all the requirement of the IAF, it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. And it is even... More

IAF plans to make Andhra Pradesh strategic base


The Indian Air Force (IAF) has come up with major plans for Andhra Pradesh to make it a 'strategic base' and strengthen its presence in the region in view of the growing strategic importance of the east... More

India not lowering guard on border with China, says Sitharaman


India will not lower its guard along the Line of Actual Control with China, while maintaining border peace in sync with the "Wuhan" spirit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said. Nearly a month after talks with her Chinese... More

Warning bells for India? China inducts ‘sniper platoon’ and ‘anti-jamming systems’ in...


In what can be seen as a security challenge for India, China has reportedly inducted ‘Sniper Platoon’ of a Mobile Infantry Battalion in the People’s Liberation Army. According to the sources in the Indian defence ministry, the ‘Sniper... More

India should shed ‘world’s largest arms importer’ tag: Defence Production Secretary


Secretary in the department of defence production (DP) Ajay Kumar on Friday said India has overtaken China as the world's largest arms importer and should shed the tag. He said the public-private partnership in defence in the country is... More

Rafale will power India to fight ‘grave threat’ from China, Pakistan: IAF...


Rafale jets will power the Indian Air Force (IAF) to fight "grave threats" India faces from Pakistan and China, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said on Wednesday, strongly batting for the French-made fourth generation aircraft whose purchase... More

Egypt, Pakistan’s naval forces conduct drills in Mediterranean Sea


Egyptian and Pakistani naval forces conducted on Thursday drills in the Mediterranean Sea, official news agency MENA reported. "The drills meant to exchange expertise in order to promote maritime security and stability in the region," Egyptian armed forces... More

India plans AI for military but network-centric warfare capacity is stymied


In 2017, China called for the nation to become “the world’s primary artificial-intelligence innovation center” by 2030, by which time, it forecast, the country’s AI industry could be worth US$150 billion. Hence China is investing heavily in... More

Afghanistan receives first recently ordered MD 530F Helicopters  


Afghanistan has received the first five of 30 new MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft that were ordered 12 months ago, the manufacturer announced on 11 September. The helicopters, which are... More

Is India next big aircraft carrier power or paper tiger?


As IHS Jane’s pointed out, INS Vikramaditya was supposed to be supplemented this year or next by India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier. Not surprisingly, this has been pushed back considerably. On August 2, India’s domestically built Tejas... More

Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China


Nepal's decision to pull out of the joint Bimstec military drill+ in Pune couldn't have come at a worse time for India with the Nepal army set to participate in a 12-day long military exercise with China... More

Bangladesh to buy Kaplan medium tanks


Bangladesh and the Philippines have put an order for 100 Kaplan medium tanks which are co-produced by Turkish defense contractor FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad, said Windu Paramata, the head of the medium tank project at Pindad. That... 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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