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IAF receives its 6th C-17 Globemaster III aircraft | Most International flights to Israel suspended after a Hamas rocket lands a mile away from Ben Gurian airport | IATA to make a review announcement July 23 while Israeli Air Force says panic is unneeded | Israel says will respond to Hamas attacks with more intensity | Ben Gurian airport in Tel Aviv handles nearly 500 flights daily, and so far there is no hit | Airlines careful after Malaysian flight MH 17 was shot down by a powerful missile over Ukraine last week | Negotiations for Rafale aircraft acquisition are "on," says Indian Defence Minister Jaitley | Dassault's offer for ToT is also compliant to requirements, he said in Parliament July 22 | Notably, Air Chief Arup Raha had told India Strategic recently to expect an announcement "sooner than later" | Indian Budget 2014: Defence gets US$ 38 billion (Rs 229,000 crores) | Approx. $ 16 billion (Rs 95000 crores) should go towards overall modernisation and equipment | Finance (and Defence) Minister Arun Jaitley describes defence as a priority | Budget 2014 is higher by $ 4 billion over Budget 2013 | Welfare measures for military and paramilitary personnel also being strengthened | Defence acquisition procedures will be given speed, Jaitley saysFDI in Defence increased from 26% but limited to 49% | Limitation same for FDI in airlines, due to oppossition from Indian industrialists | Boeing, Emirates Finalize Order for 150 777Xs | US to sell 22 Harpoon Block II anti-shipping missiles to Indian Navy | India Puts Five Foreign Satellites in Space June 30 | Prime Minister Modi describes the Successful Launch as Global Endorsement of India's Space Capability | ISRO's PSLV rocket carried French, German, Canadian (two) and Singapore satellites | India has launched 40 foreign satellites to date since 1999 | India Decontrols Rules for Private Companies to make Defence Goods | Weapon Systsems like Aircraft, Tanks, Ships and Munitions will need Licences though | Indian Army's acquisition of 39 Boeing AH 64D Apaches also cleared | Indian Ministry of Defence in quick clearance mode for pending acquisition proposals | Defence Minister Arun Jaitley says armed forces will be given full support | US Air Force Awards Sikorsky $ 1.28 billion Contract to Develop New Combat Search & Rescue Helicopter | Lockheed Martin will fit major mission systems for the CSAR helicopter | New aircraft will be developed around Army's UH 60M Black Hawk stealthy variant used in Operation Geronimo | Total CSAR programme cost for 112 helicopters to touch $ 8 billion, says USAF | French Nexter ties with India's L&T and Ashok Leyland to make artillery guns for Indian Army | RUAG ties with Indian TASL to produce Dornier 228 NG for exports | TASL will initially make fuselages, and then possibly the full Dornier 228 - 212 NG aircraft | RUAG gives orders for 12 fuselages to Tata Advanced Systems Ltd | TASL also makes Sikorsky S 92 fuselages at Hyderabad in India | Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Achieves Intercept in Complex Exoatmospheric Flight Test | Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B Engine Begins Ground Testing | RUAG develops world's first Electronic Flare Simulator for testing and training |
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IAF Receives its 6th C-17 Globemaster III

New Delhi. The Indian Air Force IAF received its Sixth C-17 Globemaster III when it touched down at Palam Airbase July 28... +Full Story
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MoD UPDATES 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 New Delhi. Presenting his maiden budget Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the defence portfolio, increased the defence budget...
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 Delh. 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»

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

Mr Narendra Modi is India's new Prime Minister

New Delhi. Mr Narendra Modi took oath as India's 15th prime minister May 26. He will move to the Prime Minister's official residence at 7, Race Course Road immediately, and begin attending his office from Tuesday May 27th... +full story

Indo-European Defence Relations

The title itself may be slightly misleading as even though Europe today stands as a unified political entity and has forged a strong economic personality in the form of the European Union (EU), but it has failed to develop a common .... +full story

Cooperating for Stability in the Indo-Pacific

New Delhi. China’s deployment of a deep sea oil rig in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in early-May 2014, has further destabilised the precarious security situation in the region... +full story

US envoy Nancy Powell resigns

New Delhi. US Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell has resigned for personal reasons... +full story
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Homeland Security»

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

Peace in Kashmir

We are a functioning democracy. There have been times when we have muddled through crisis situations and survived and occasions when we have come up with brilliant solutions to our problems. +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

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

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.
PARAMILITARY

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

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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