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India develops advanced laser pods to boost fighter jet’s attack skills: Source


India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced and most sought after weapon targeting system in the world, which sharpens the attack capabilities of fighter jets in all-weather conditions. With this development, it... More

India’s largest coastal defence exercise begins


Ten years after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, the Indian Navy will coordinate ‘Exercise SEA VIGIL’ — the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast — on January 22 and 23. The first-of-its-kind exercise will be undertaken... More

Pakistan to buy ammunitions for Howitzer guns from Italy


Pakistani army has decided to buy huge amounts of ammunition from abroad. Pakistan has inked a deal with Italy to purchase nearly one lakh shells for its Howitzer guns. According to Indian Intelligence Agency reports, Italy is... More

Over 50% of Rs 59,000 crore Rafale price already paid amid political...


India has already paid more than half of the Rs 59,000 crore owed to France under the contract inked in 2016 for the 36 Rafale fighter jets, which will be delivered between November 2019 and April 2022. The... More

PM Modi inaugurates India’s 1st private sector howitzer gun-making unit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated the Armoured Systems Complex of Larsen and Toubro in Gujarat, the first private facility in the country where the K9 Vajra self-propelled Howitzer guns will be manufactured. L&T had in 2017 won... More

Pakistan Navy, Royal Navy of Oman conduct bilateral exercise


Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising Pakistan Navy Ship SHAHJAHAN, Pakistan Navy Submarine SAAD, two Fast Attack Craft (Missile) i.e. PNS QUWWAT and PNS AZMAT and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft on Friday visited Oman to participate in 9th... More

India-specific enhancements in Rafale plane to help achieve superiority over adversaries: Defence...


Dismissing media reports suggesting that advancements sought by the Narendra Modi-government has shot the price of a Rafale planes by 41 per cent as "factually inaccurate", the Defence Ministry on Friday said the India specific enhancements would... More

Induction of Pakistan A-100 MLRS and deterrence equation of South Asia


Pakistan inducted A-100 rocket in Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) into its arsenals, boosting the strength of Artillery Crop on January 4, 2019. The missile system was indigenously developed by Pakistani scientists and engineers. MLRS which comprise... More

Lack of HAL blades for choppers likely to haunt Indian army in...


The air force has warned of a crisis looming on the troops at the world’s highest battleground, Siachen Glacier, as Hindustan Aeronautics LimitedNSE 0.74 % (HAL) fails to manufacture the rotor blades critical for its light helicopters. The... More

PAC Kamra exported 80 Mushshaq aircraft in 5 years


The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has built and exported some 80 Mushshaq aircraft during last five years while some are in the final stage of completion. Similarly, work is going on to manufacture JF-17 Thunder aircraft, which... More

HAL’s Light Combat helicopter becomes India’s 1st to carry out air-to-air attack...


The helicopter is equipped with Helmet mounted sight and a forward looking infrared sighting system, LCH pilots can now detect and destroy any target on ground or in the air. (Photos provided by HAL) The indigenously designed and... More

Threat to India as China surpasses all other nations in key military...


The US defence department has released its 'China Military Power' report, which offers startling insights into how much the Chinese military prowess has evolved in recent years. There are three key revelations in the Pentagon report: In some... More

HAL yet to build Tejas trainers, not expected before 2021


The Indian Air Force has 11 Tejas fighters built by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and is likely to receive five more by March, but it doesn’t have a single aircraft to train its pilots to fly... More

China warns India, US against transfer of defence technology to Taiwan


China on Monday warned the US, India and other countries against transferring defence technology to Taiwan for producing submarines and said such a move could "hurt bilateral ties with Beijing". An Indian firm is reportedly among the six... More

Himachal pushes plan for airport construction near China border


As China expands its infrastructure along the border at a rapid pace, Himachal Pradesh government has pushed forward construction of an airfield in the cold desert areas of tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, for both civilian and... More

China’s ‘underground steel wall’ nuclear shelters could stop hypersonic missiles


An octogenarian scientist who received China’s top science and technology award this month has said that the “underground steel great wall” created by him for missile bases located under mountains could withstand attacks from nuclear and hypersonic... More

Indian Army develops armed quadcopter


The Indian Army (IA) has unveiled what it described as an armed quadcopter prototype to partially meet its operational requirements along the disputed borders with China and Pakistan. Designed by two army soldiers and displayed at the Army... More

Troubled by delays in Al Khalid II tank development, Pakistan to import...


Hit by constraints in manufacturing its indigenous Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), Pakistan has finally decided to buy engines and other parts of Al Khalid II tank from overseas. “Pakistan has been trying to make indigenous Al Khalid II... More

India to construct 44 strategic roads along borders with China, Pakistan


India will construct 44 strategic roads along the border with China and over 2100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, abutting Pakistan, a CPWD document shows. According to an annual report (2018-19) prepared, and... More

Game-changing Chinese missile to Pakistan a ‘deterrent’


A new generation anti-ship Chinese missile, which Pakistan Navy is going to induct in 2021, will serve as a “deterrent” but simultaneously aggravate an already escalating arms race between the nuclear-armed neighbors, Pakistan and India, analysts said. The... More

Cybersecurity experts lament Chinese companies’ growing toehold in India


The growing involvement of Chinese tech companies in the Indian market has been flagged as a major ‘national security’ concern by cybersecurity experts, who say India is the “primary target” of Chinese hackers working in the People’s... More

COLUMN

By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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