DEFENCE

DEFENCE

Here’s why Pakistan’s JF-17 is a viable alternative to the American F-16


As of right now, a lot of countries are taking an interest in the JF-17, the result of collaboration between Pakistan and China. The Block III version of the JF-17 is a significant landmark for the multirole... More

China to provide highly advanced combat drones to Pakistan


After the Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes targeting the Jaish camps, Pakistan is looking to buy advanced drones from China. According to reports, Pakistan is planning to purchase highly advanced 'Rainbow series CH4 and CH5' combat... More

Pakistan to deploy new squadron of F-16 fighter planes along border with...


Almost two weeks after the IAF air strike on Balakot training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Pakistan has decided to increase the deployment of a new squadron of F-16 fighter plane across the border areas with India. According to... More

US, India collaborating on air-launched drone


The US and India are working on development of a small, air-launched unmanned system that could be launched from cargo aircraft, according to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord. The systems are part of a broader technology effort known... More

Pakistan to develop combat aircraft


Pakistan has prepared another military aircraft to use for war purposes after the success of its JF-17 Thunder. According to details, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex has prepared the latest version of Super Mushak aircrafts. The aircraft will be used... More

Pakistan entitled to use F-16 fighter jet against any country: Sources


Diplomatic sources on Monday said Pakistan was entitled to use US-made F-16 fighter aircraft for its defence against any country. The sources said as per the deal with the United States, the country was not restricted to... More

Royal Australian Navy ships arrives in Sri Lanka for Indo-Pacific Endeavor exercises


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has started a major deployment under the Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2019 banner. Four vessels — HMAS Canberra, HMAS Success, HMAS Newcastle, and HMAS Parramata — arrived in Sri Lanka to begin the first... More

US raised objection for the Indo-Russian Nuke Submarine deal


A number of members of the US Congress raised with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale the issue of India signing a deal with Russia for a nuclear submarine last week, official sources said. Gokhale clarified that India finalised the... More

Servicing delays ground India’s best fighter jets SU-30 MKI


With India and Pakistan sabre-rattling over cross-border skirmishes, a distressing fact about India’s premier fighter jets has come to light. According to sources, over 20 SU-30 MKI fighters, the backbone of the Indian Air Force, are lying... More

China backs Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises


The international community may be urging Pakistan to act on terror organisations operating from its soil but relations with ‘iron brother’ China have gone from strength to strength over the past decade, with Beijing not only emerging... More

Australia’s largest ever defence engagement with Sri Lanka to unfold


Australia’s largest ever defence engagement with Sri Lanka is set to unfold this month, Acting Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Jon Philp said Friday (15 March). He said that from 23-29 March, a Joint Task Group comprising... More

India and Pakistan take note: the ‘Madman Theory’ of using tactical nuclear...

Last month, when much of the world was distracted by the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, one of the most dangerous crises in the post-cold-war era quietly unfolded. When Indian warplanes conducted air strikes against a terrorist training... More

Myanmar to form coast guard to strengthen maritime security


Myanmar is deliberating to form coast guard in order to strengthen maritime security, Deputy Minister of Defense Rear-Admiral Myint Nwe said. The navy is currently assuming the duties pertaining to coast guard as Myanmar does not have one... More

What US sold to India in 10 years, Russia sold in last...


With the signing of the lease agreement for an Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine worth over $3 billion, the value of defence deals between India and Russia made in the last six months has surpassed the value of... More

China, Pakistan to upgrade their jointly produced JF-17 fighter jet


China and Pakistan plan to upgrade their jointly- produced JF-17 Thunder fighter jet to enhance the its "informatised warfare” capability and weapons which experts says could effectively defend against strong opponents like India. The development and production of... More

IAF’s Sukhois hobbled by lack of blast pens near LoC


The consequences of an inordinate delay in building hardened shelters, called blast pens for the Su-30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force in forward areas were felt during the recent aerial combat between India and Pakistan.... More

Chinese Long March carrier rockets to service Pakistan


Pakistan will receive the services of China’s Long March -3B that was put into communication satellite into orbit on Sunday. The Long March carrier rockets will also help provide launch services for countries participating in the Belt and... More

Pakistan may deliver JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Azerbaijan


Pakistan may deliver JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Azerbaijan in 2019, which will strengthen the strike power of the former Soviet Republic as well as the potential of its air defense, the former Pakistan Army Officer Lieutenant... More

Indian Air Force lost seven warplanes since beginning of 2019


A MiG-21 Bison belonging to the Indian Air Force crashed in Shobhasar Ki Dhani in Bikaner in the north Indian state of Rajasthan on Friday. No casualties were sustained as the pilot managed to eject safely. This was... More

Deal allows Pakistan to use F-16s as ‘deterrence against India’


The United States, while providing F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad, not only acknowledged the aircraft’s “deterrence value” to Pakistan in a future conflict with India but also noted that it could prevent a nuclear clash between the... More

India looks to revive production of anti-aircraft guns


India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is looking to revive the anti-aircraft guns production at its facility in West Bengal. It has also received demand for production of ‘some items’ in the wake of India’s escalating border tension... More

COLUMN

Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... 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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