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China’s stealth fighter J-20 flaunts missile payload: Should India be worried?


The Chinese Air Force on Sunday brandished its new stealth fighters with full missile loads at its biennial Zhuhai air show. The single-seater and twin-engine Chengdu J-20, regarded as China's reply to US F-22 and F-35, had... More

Eye on China? India-Indonesia navies to have first-ever bilateral exercise Samudra Shakti


In line with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ INS Rana at Surabaya will participate in the first ever Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘ Samudra Shakti’. The India-Indonesia relations has been elevated to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ earlier... More

Corruption scams have hurt India’s defence policy


It was February 1988. I was part of a group of journalists accompanying Rajiv Gandhi to Stockholm. It was snowing outside, but inside, the officials from India appeared to be sweating. The long shadow of Bofors, which... More

US sanction cloud hangs over India, Russia arms deal


Although New Delhi has been granted exemption from US sanctions for purchase of Iranian crude, there is no word from the Trump administration for a similar waiver of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act (CAATSA) for... More

India’s nuclear submarine could trigger arms race

India earlier this week announced its first locally built nuclear-powered submarine had completed a patrol in the Indian Ocean -- a development that has the potential to escalate the nuclear arms race in the region. In a congratulatory... More

Russia’s sale of the S-400 to India: Part of a bigger defense...


Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin have signed a $5.43 billion deal for the delivery of five Russian S-400 surface to air-weapons systems, part of a larger package also involving the sale of... More

New revelations in Rafale deal: Same aircraft, same features, but Modi govt...


Under the Rafale deal by NDA govt, 217 million euros will be spent on every aircraft. While according to the earlier deal, each aircraft would have cost 155 million euros. The present cost is 40% more Over the... More

China’s HD-1 supersonic cruise missile can challenge India’s BrahMos


China on Friday disclosed the technical details of its supersonic cruise missile, HD-1, leading military experts to believe that it has the potential to compete with the BrahMos missile jointly developed by India and Russia, as reported... More

JF – 17 Thunder exhibits dazzling aerial performance at Zhuhai air show...


JF-17 Thunder exhibited its dazzling aerial performance in front of the delegations of various air forces and aviation industries on the third day of Zhuhai Air Show at China. The breathtaking aerial display by the seasoned aerobatics pilot... More

India to Receive First Batch of K-9 Vajra Self-Propelled Howitzers This Month


The first batch of ten K-9 self-propelled howitzers will be delivered to the Indian Army in November. The Indian Army will take delivery of the first batch of ten K-9 Vajra 155 mm/52 caliber self-propelled tracked howitzers this... More

China gives rivals glimpse of its latest tactical weaponry at Zhuhai air...


China has unveiled two of its latest sophisticated tactical weapon systems at the country’s biggest air show, in a move a military experts said was aimed at deterring rivalries in the East and South China Seas. The exported... More

Filipino handguns triggering into Myanmar


The Philippines is becoming a dominant player in the Myanmar handgun market Shephard has learnt, further to the latest acquisitions between the two nations. Mely Cayabyab, senior VP of sales and logistics at Philippines based-Armscor Global Defense, shared... More

Pakistan’s MIRV technology can be effective against India’s BMD system


Both India and Pakistan have been developing a variety of missiles with varying capabilities and range to assert supremacy in the subcontinent. These missiles can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and are primarily aimed to serve... More

Differences over pay modality delay Nepal army’s bid to buy US rifles


Nepal Army’s bid to procure lethal rifles from the United States has been delayed after the US government demanded the entire payment in a single sum, which is against Nepal’s procurement law that allows payments only in... More

Pakistan to maintain strategic balance with India


Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan retired Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai on Tuesday (Nov 6)  said Pakistan would not follow India’s suit in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little... More

Modi’s claim about nuclear deterrence is more event management than substance


With a nudge from those keen on governmental image management, the Indian Navy has carried out its version of the 2016 ‘surgical strikes’ by launching a mission that is more political than military. While the first so-called deterrent... More

Pak-Russia joint training exercise will reinforce existing military ties: Gen Bajwa


The just-concluded joint military exercise between Pakistan and Russian armies has reinforced the existing relationship between the two militaries, according to Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa. The Pakistan and Russian armies concluded the third joint military drill... More

India’s nuclear triad is complete with INS Arihant ending its first deterrence...


India on Monday (Nov 5) declared that its nuclear triad, stated in its nuclear doctrine, is operational after indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant achieved a milestone by conducting its first deterrence patrol. This means that Arihant... More

Double trouble: Why Ruble-priced S-400s for India are big problem for Washington


On Wednesday (October 31), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed that the S-400 deal with India was signed in rubles, becoming the first major non-dollar denominated defense deal Russia has signed since 1991. In exchange for... More

Indian Navy emerges as a key instrument for India’s foreign policy


Amidst China's expansion of its naval forays into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Indian Navy has emerged as a key instrument of India’s foreign policy and developing an effective mechanism for defence diplomacy initiatives for proactive... More

Indian Navy inducts Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel with rescue capability to depth...


The Indian Navy has inducted a Submarine Rescue System with a Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) along with associated equipment, in an effort to emerge as a centre of regional excellence for Submarine Rescue Services. It has the... 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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