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Government clears Indian Army's long-pending artillery guns acquisition programme | Ministry of Defence approved the proposal for 814 guns of 155/52 caliber on Nov 22 | Army will now issue a fresh tender | Indian Army had last purchased its guns in 1986 from Swedish Bofors | Manohar Parikkar, new Defence Minister, cleared the proposal in his first meeting of Defence Acquistion Council | However, another proposal for lightweight BAE 777 guns, cleared in 2012, is pending over pricing | Parikkar also elected President of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), India's leading think tank, on Nov 22 | Indian Army's Corps of Engineers marked 234th Anniversary Nov 18 | Indian Army's Corps of Engineers marked 234th Anniversary Nov 18 | Alitalia and Etihad Airways receive merger clearance from the European Commission | HAL conducts maiden flight of 3rd LCH technology demonstrator | Development of this high altitude helicopter likely by 2016 | India will shortly test an unmanned crew module in space towards developing manned missions capability: ISRO | Indo-Israeli LRSAM tested successfully | Manohar Parrikar is new Defence Minister of India | He succeeds Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who was holding dual charge temporarily | India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visits UAE Nov 10-12 | One killed, 4 missing in Navy's Torpedo Recovery Vessel accident | 23 rescued, but Vessel sinks off Vishakhapatnam | US says Pakistan is using terrorists against India | Pentagon says "Pakistan uses proxy forces" which carried the 26/11/2008 attack on Mumbai | Second Space mishap in a week kills one pilot in US | Indian Army's Corps of Intelligence Celebrates 72nd Raising Day | Former Navy Chief D K Joshi assumes chairmanship of National Maritime Foundation (NMF) | India, Vietnam express 'commitment for comprehensive development of the Strategic Partnership' | Two countries agree for early implementation of US$ 100 million Credit Agreement for defence procurement for Viet Nam | Saab and Brazil sign contract for 36 Gripen NG aircraft | Swedish Kroner 39.3 billion (USD 5.43 billion) contract covers industrial cooperation and ToT | Government clears acquisition of 6 new AIP-equipped submarines | Navy's proposal for boats with Air Independent Propulsion has been pending since 2007 | Boats to be Made in India with foreign collaboration in both public and private sectors | Prime Minister Modi visits troops in Siachen, saying the country is with the armed forces | NASA seeks ultralight materials for future Space missions | ITBP marks 53rd Raising Day Oct 24 | Home Minister Rajnath Singh promises infrastructure development on the borders | Government enhances ITBP DG's financial powers | India supports global convergence to fight terrorism | Police Commemoration Day October 21 | India test fires indigenous n-capable subsonic cruise missile | IndiGo signs MoU for 250 A320neo aircraft | India's nuclear submarine Arihant and other critical assets are safe |
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DEFENCE INDUSTRY

HAL begins Series Production of Tejas LCA

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MoD UPDATES The New 'Make in India' Policy New Delhi. The present government’s focus on making India a manufacturing hub has generated renewed interest in indigenous manufacture of the defence equipment.
Higher FDI for Defence New Delhi. It had taken three years for the previous government to amend the FDI policy to permit FDI in defence beyond 26...
Expert comment on Higher FDI by Dr Ram Buxani

Expert comment on Higher FDI by Amber Dubey
India's Defence Budget The defense budget for 2014-2015 has raised enormous curiosity regarding the directional change that will be ushered in by the new Finance Minister who...
India's Budget 2014-15: Takeaway for Defence Presenting his maiden budget Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the defence portfolio, increased...
Rationalizing Industrial License Regime for Defence Industry New Delhi. Exactly a month after the new government, riding on the ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ punch line was sworn in...
A Comprehensive FDI Policy for DefenceNew Delhi. In his address to the joint session of the parliament on 9th June 2014...
Arun Jaitley takes charge as India’s Defence Minister New Delhi. Distinguished lawyer and veteran politician Arun Jaitley took charge as India’s new Defence...
Offsets: Evolution and Legal Challenges Affecting its SuccessNew Delhi. The Indian Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) has been under evolution since its first iteration in 2005 and can be best witnessed through the evolution of offsets...
Ministry of Defence: Future ProjectionsThe past couple of years have been trying times for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). From the age row involving one serving chief to the resignation of another...
Interim Defence Budget 2014-15 At `2,24,000 crore (approximately $37.333 billion, assuming exchange rate of `60 to a US dollar), the interim defence budget...
India’s Interim Defence Budget 2014-15 New Delhi. On February 17, 2014, the Finance Minister while presenting the Interim Union Budget 2014-15...
Blacklisting Policy leading MoD into Blind Alleys Three inter-linked developments in the last as many months have demonstrated yet again that MoD’s policy, such as it...
Debarment of Sellers – a Multi-dimensional Dilemma TThe strategy of the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deal with corruption in defence deals is built around the pre-contract integrity pact (PCIP).
Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 – will it resuscitate defence industry in India? New Delhi. The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013 was released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD on June 01, 2013.
India Approves Major Changes in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to Encourage Indigenous Industry New Delhi. The government has amended the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to improve efficiency in the procurement...
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India’s Aircraft Carriers: INS Vikramaditya is Operational, and Dedicated to the Nation by Prime Minister

New Delhi. It was a proud day for the Indian Navy on June 14 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated its third aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to the nation. The carrier, which arrived early this year from Russia, was operational by then but the new Government’s blessings were required to accelerate various development and acquisition programmes of the Navy, and this turned out be a good opportunity for the naval brass to network with the newly-elected Prime Minister. +full story
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Foreign Affairs»

Sino-Indian Tango

AUGUST AND September had been rather busy for the Indian foreign policy establishment, with a large number of high profile visits taking place.....+full story

Modi-Obama Summit paves way for re-energised Strategic Partnership

Washington. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama’s first bilateral summit here ending the political impasse, India and .....+full story

United Kingdom Stays Together: Scot Voters Reject Breakup from the 4-nation Union

London. The English had terrible anxiety over going scot-free.....+full story

Tokyo Declaration for India - Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership

Meeting in Tokyo on 1 September 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to realize the full potential of India - Japan Strategic and Global Partnership for continuing progress and prosperity for their...+full story

The Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition: Kerry

Washington. In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States ...+full story

Indo-US Defence Relations: Hagel Makes Big Promises on Technology and Coproduction

New Delhi. Some years ago, Boeing offered assistance to India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in building the much-needed wind tunnel for aerospace projects as part of the offsets for the ...+full story

India-US Cooperation in Aerospace Technologies

Washington. Aerospace manufacturing is a high technology and capital intensive industry. Its value chain is characterized by a long project life cycle spanning R&D, engineering design, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, repair and overhaul...+full story

Fiscal Stress in US Impacts Defence Technologies

Washington. The revolution in military affairs has led all nations to respond to the emerging technologies. The growing reality is that warfare is entering the stage of Information Warfare that includes Cyber and Space initiatives... +full story
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Homeland Security»

Combating Maoist insurgency in India

New Delhi. In the last few years of the UPA II rule, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had spoken about the Maoist violence as “The biggest threat to the Internal Security of India”....+full story

Indian Police Service officer trainees of 2013 batch call on the President

New Delhi. Officer Trainees of the 2013 Batch of Indian Police Service (IPS) including 28 lady officers and 15 Officers from Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives undergoing training along with them called on the President...+full story

CISF: Guarding India’s Vital Installations and More!

New Delhi. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is performing the onerous task of providing security cover to sensitive nuclear installations, airports, seaports, important research centres including space research centres, power plants...+full story

Former IB Director Ajit Doval is new NSA

New Delhi. Former Director Intelligence Bureau (DIB) Ajit Doval has been appointed National Security Advisor (NSA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.+full story

A Non-Invasive Scanner for Airports

Hyderabad. Scared of invasive X-ray scanners at airports? +full story

UAE to invest US$10 billion in 10 years in homeland security : US study

Abu Dhabi. The UAE is set to double its spending on homeland security from US$5.5 billion to more than US$10 billion in the next 10 years, according to a US study on security and safety resources. +full story

Cyber: The new theatre for personal, gang and state wars

With increasing dependence on cyber space and the internet, our vulnerability to aggressors – whether it is terrorists, criminals or hostile countries, is also increasing. +full story
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Unmanned Systems

Unmanned Aerial Systems: The Game Changer

CLAWS, the Indian Army's think tank, has just published a new book on Pakistan's tactical nuclear weapons. Jointly edited by Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal amd Monika Chansoria, Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapons has chapters on various facets of TNWs written by eminent nuclear analysts.

What India can Aspire for in Unmanned Systems and Cyber Warfare

The current approach to the US national security relies on technological superiority over the adversaries and not on overwhelming numbers of weaponry, as was the case during WW II

Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robots

By Major General (Retd) PK Chakravorty
As the title suggests, this is a timely presentation of what is perhaps the foremost issue in the Asia-Pacific region.

Indian Navy’s Quest to employ and equip its warships with UAVs

THE PRINCIPLES of war do not vary, but advances in technology bring about changes in warfare and employment of weapons and systems.+More Stories

 
OTHER STORIES

Counter Terrorism and Global Learning

Terrorism is a global phenomenon, and developed and developing countries around the world have equally felt the scourge of terrorist attacks.+More Stories
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Ship Building and India's Offset Policy

Introduction: Post Kelkar Committee Recommendations, the Ministry of Defence introduced the Offset provisions in its DPP 2005 to leverage its big ticket arms acquisition to bring in FDI, Joint Venture arrangements and counter trade arrangements to boost India's indigenous defence industry capability.+More Stories
Comment

Will Modi reform India’s higher defence management?

Former Indian Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi, who had resigned in February this year after a number of accidents on naval platforms, has dwelt on the background to his unprecedented decision in an extended media interview and in the process shed much needed light on the deeply embedded institutional flaws that plague India’s higher defence management.

From Xi to Obama: Challenges for Modi

New Delhi. From the just-concluded visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon embark for the USA where, apart from his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, the focus will be on his first meeting with US President Barack Obama.

The IN Sindhurakshak tragedy: Has India learnt any lessons?

‘...I feel personally responsible for each and every one of you, as if you were my own sons and daughters. And so my only prayer is that you serve with honour and return home safely.’

The Nuclear Debate and No First Use

Nuclear weapons have never been used except in an exceptional situation. In fact the only time nuclear weapons have been used was almost at the end of Second World War when the US devastated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear strikes in order to bring an early end to the war.

Ethos of the Indian Army

An Institution is like a freshly planted sapling which has to be painstakingly cared for and nurtured before it grows into a fruit bearing tree. Its ethos is the culture and a set of values based on which it grows.

India, China strategic cooperation must for changing world

New Delhi. It is self-defeating and futile to put China always in a framework of a foe. If we want China to change for India, we too must change our perspective and de-Americanise our outlook regarding the largest neighbour, often seen as the biggest challenge too.
Siachen: Glacial Hopes

Prime Minister at Siachen

The Prime Minister paid a surprise visit to Siachen on Oct 23 and made it memorable for the officers and men of the Army and Air Force by interacting with them warmly.

Modi visit to Siachen: Will it be followed up by action?

New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Finding a Solution to Siachen

More than a week after the terrible avalanche at Gayari (in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) buried nearly 110 Pakistan Army soldiers and another 70-odd civilians, there is no sign of recovery in spite of Pakistan using every possible effort and even heavy machinery to shift the thousands of tonnes of snow that has settled above the unfortunate victims of nature’s anger. Any and every human being who can visualise the tragedy cannot remain unaffected.

Demilitarisation of Siachen

Last fortnight when Gen Kayani, the Pakistan Army chief made the statement that Pakistan was ready for demilitarisation of Siachen, peaceniks from both sides enthusiastically took up the refrain, looking at it as an opportunity to settle a major bone of contention, reduce tension and improve relations between the two countries. Shortly after, Gen Kayani again talked about resolving the Siachen issue and blamed India for hardening its stand.
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India's regional aspirations

New Delhi. The fact that India is a rapidly growing global power has been repeatedly talked about in various forums for the last 7-8 years.

ITBP may get air wing to better guard China border

New Delhi. The paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the border with China , may get an air wing to better patrol the frontier, its director general said Oct 25.
Technology

General Atomics Awarded Initial Contract for Launch & Recovery Systems for Future John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier

San Diego, Calif. U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded General Atomics (GA) an initial sole-source contract for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy.

Rockwell Collins offers modular future-proof Satcom capability

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. As SATCOM technology continues to evolve rapidly, the Rockwell Collins family of mobile CommuniCase SATCOM terminals minimises the risk of technological obsolescence with a flexible modular design.

Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap 2013

The Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap (TPCR) released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and posted on its website late last month provides a glimpse of the technologies and capabilities that the armed forces would be looking for in the near future.
 
 
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"The new Government is placing a premium on defence indigenisation and exports. We hope to turn over a new leaf." Dr Avinash Chander, DRDO Chief and Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister