Turkish F 16 shoots down Russian Su 34 | Russian President Vladimir Putin says jetfighter was over Syria and calls it stab in back | 129 people killed in multiple terror attacks in Paris, figure may go up: French Ambassador | French Rafale jets hit ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria | France declares National Emergency and vows to hit back | World leaders condemn barbaric attacks | World leaders also express solidarity with France | India, UK sign Civil Nuclear Agreement Nov 12 | The Agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 3-day visit to UK beginning Nov 12 | UAE in final discussions to buy 60 Rafale jets from France | However, Maj Gen Ibrahim Nasser al Alawi, UAE Air Force chief, says no decision yet | India launches latest Communication Satellite GSAT-15 from Kourou, French Guiana Nov 11 | Dubai Airshow opened Nov 8 | Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, inaugurated the mega event | Government of India issues notification to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) Nov 7 | Leaders of China and Taiwan meet for the first time | A Pawan Hans Helicopter crashes off Bombay High Nov 4 | Two Pilots on board missing | BrahMos hits target in maiden test firing from Navy’s new destroyer INS Kochi | A Russian plane crashes with 224 passengers on board | Northrop Grumman Wins Huge US Long Range Bomber Deal | MoD Approves Induction of Women as Fighter Pilots | Selection is Immediate, and IAF's First Women Pilots will get Wings by June 2017 | India's Entry into MTCR is Imminent soon despite a recent failed attempt | US and France spearheading campaign for India's entry into MTCR, NSG and other denial regimes | Boeing Offers to Make F 18 Super Hornets in India, and also set up a Helicopter Assembly Line | IAF will Acquire another six C 130J Super Hercules aircraft within 2 Years, says Air Chief | IAF in final negotiations with Airbus Military for buying A330 Midair Refuelers, says Air Chief | Lockheed Martin - Sikorsky sourcing S 92 helicopter cabins from India for the US Presidential squadron | India hosting big Africa Summit to support the Continent | Emirates airline Marks 30th Anniversary Oct 25 | Air India to Start Direct Delhi - San Francisco Flight from Dec 2 | Dubai Air Show Opens Nov 8 - 12 |
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India to buy 36 Rafale aircraft through French Government

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MoD UPDATES Indian Vendors to Benefit from ERV Clause in Future Defence Contracts At a time when the air is abuzz with the talk of a new defence procurement...
Private Sector in for a Decisive Role in Defence Industrial Manufacturing Paris. The Government will ensure a decisive and positive role for the private sector in building the defence industrial infrastructure....
MoD’s Agenda for the future A joke doing the rounds these days is that, be it a marriage or a new Government...
India’s Defence Budget 2015-16 New Delhi. At Rs 2,46,727 crore* ($39.80 billion), the defence budget for 2015-16 cannot be viewed as...
Ministry of Defence On Fast Track New Delhi. Presenting the first budget of the newly elected NDA government on July 10 last year...
The New 'Make in India' Policy New Delhi. The present government’s focus on making India a manufacturing hub has....
Higher FDI for Defence New Delhi. It had taken three years for the previous government to amend...
India's Defence Budget The defense budget for 2014-2015 has raised enormous curiosity regarding...
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...
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 First Nuclear Attack Submarine Arihant begins Sea Trials

New Delhi. India’s first nuclear attack submarine Arihant began Sea Trials on December 15th with naval personnel and defence scientists onboard showing both caution and confidence. +full story
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Foreign Affairs»

Prime Minister's Remarks at the 10th East Asia Summit

Your Excellency Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohammad Najib, ...... +full story

Opening Statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ASEAN-India Summit

Your Excellency Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, ...... +full story

Prime Minister Modi calls on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japan PM Shinzo Abe

Kuala Lumpur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Premier of the People’s Republic of China Mr Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur November 21. ...... +full story

From the Arab Spring to the Paris Fall: A Strategic Shift in the Works

Washington. When analysts and intelligence experts were highlighting the warming sun of the Arab Spring, there was much hope: democracy was in the air and the gap between Islam and the West might be closing....... +full story

China’s Central Military Commission Vice Chairman calls on Prime Minister Modi

New Delhi. Gen Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi November 17. ...... +full story

Narendra Modi calls on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Antalaya, Turkey. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey November 15....... +full story

President condemns terrorist attacks in Paris

New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, a press statement from President’s Secretariat said November 14...... +full story

PM's statement on the terror attacks in Paris

London. I condemn the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris in the strongest terms. More than hundred people lost their lives while they were doing what they loved, or spending time with their loved ones. ...... +full story

MoS Home Kiren Rijiju offers condolences on terror attacks in Paris

New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju attended a condolence meeting at the Embassy of France in New Delhi November 16 to mourn the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. ...... +full story

India seeks strong UN action against groups attacking peacekeepers

United Nations. India has demanded that the UN take strong action against groups attacking peacekeepers who are being mandated to deal with emerging new threats and take on expanded roles...... +full story

India Africa Summit

New Delhi. The third India-Africa Forum Summit held here October-end turned out to be the largest gathering of African leaders outside the African continent, and included some 40 heads of states/Governments and Vice..... +full story

India’s Defence Ties with Africa

New Delhi. Long before their freedom from British colonialism, India and many of the African countries have engaged in close defence relationship..... +full story

India Favours Early Conclusion of Code of Conduct on South China Sea by Consensus

Kuala Lumpur. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar November 4 expressed India’s hope that all parties to the disputes in the South China Sea region will abide by the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, ensure its effective implementation and work together to ensure a peaceful resolution of disputes...... +full story

US-India Strategic Relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is effusive and enthusiastic, and naturally demonstrative to suggest that India wants good relations with foreign countries strategically and investments from them to build the manufacturing..... +full story

Modi’s leap of vision: Is India ready for a larger role?

New Delhi. At a recent international conference organised by the Assilah Forum Foundation in the eponymous picture postcard-pretty town in northern Morocco, speakers highlighted the importance of India as a key player in .... +full story

Indo-Pak Relations

If past 68 years are any indication of the direction towards which India-Pakistan relationship is heading, it would be safe to predict that it would continue to remain fragmented with both sides blaming each other for.... +full story

Mohamed bin Zayed, Modi hold talks over bilateral ties, latest regional and international developments

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, have held talks about ways to enhance.... +full story

India-UAE Joint Statement

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi visited the United Arab Emirates from 16-17 August 2015 at the invitation of His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.... +full story

Iran deal has far-reaching potential to remake international relations

New York. The Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) acting in concert with Germany has the potential to remake international relations beyond the... +full story

Pakistan is the Epicentre of Fundamentalist Terrorism

On June 22, 2015, the Afghan Parliament was attacked by Jihadi extremists while it was in session. According to Haseeb Sediqi, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency... +full story

BRICS and SCO Summits

New Delhi. This is not the first time that BRICS and SCO summits have taken place together; in 2009 also they were held one after the other at Yekaterinburg in Russia. .... +full story

Former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal dead

Dubai. Saudi Arabia’s legendary diplomat, Prince Saud Al Faisal, died on July 9 in a US hospital. He was 75, and suffering from multiple medical problems including the Parkinson's disease. He was laid to rest in the holy city of Mecca on July 11... +full story

Indian peacekeepers facing greater risks in South Sudan

United Nations. Escalating tensions in South Sudan are bringing the civil war to the doorstep of Indian peacekeepers, putting them at increased risk while the UN is unable to broker a peace between the young nation's... +full story

Gwadar – China’s Pivot in the Indian Ocean?

Singapore. The sea is a dangerous place, getting miniaturized due to the ever-growing number of naval and merchant vessels, factors that mandate internationally cooperative efforts to maintain the peace and stability of... +full story

India and US sign 2015 Defence Framework Agreement for 10 years

New Delhi. During the Narendra Modi-Barack Obama Summit on January 25, 2015, India and the United States had agreed to renew the 10-year Defence Framework Agreement that had been signed in June 2005. The renewed... +full story

Text of Indo-US Defense Framework Agreement 2015

1. Defence and security cooperation is a key component of the bilateral relationship between India and the United States, and has evolved to become a vital pillar of engagement between the two countries... +full story

China Challenges Unipolar World

New Delhi. China has been issuing Defence White Papers biennially since 1998. The ninth White Paper of 2014 titled ‘China's Military Strategy’ was released recently in May 2015. This essay seeks to analyse the salient aspects... +full story

India unveils virtual memorial wall for fallen UN peacekeeping heroes

United Nations. India has launched a virtual memorial wall to honour the UN peacekeeping heroes who died in service as the first step towards building a permanent monument at the UN headquarters... +full story

Gulf: Oil, Arms and Military Capabilities

Abu Dhabi. I have had the privilege of being in Abu Dhabi when the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its five Arab neighbours on the western side of the strategic Gulf set up their economic and security cooperation grouping... +full story

Operation Decisive Storm will Restore Security and stability in Yemen, GCC, says Abdullah bin Zayed

Abu Dhabi. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah says that external links of Houhi militias in Yemen posed a threat not only to Yemen itself but also to the Gulf states, and that the ongoing military Operation Decisive Storm will... +full story

France, India and 21st Century Challenges

Paris. The arrival of the Indian Prime Minister has come at an interesting juncture in history. History is on the move with significant upheaval in the geopolitical landscape, ranging from Putin’s mapmaking, Chinese pushing... +full story

DP World signs MoU with Maldives government

Dubai. DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU) with the Maldives government for developing the archipelago’s ports and logistics industry, reports Emirates News Agency WAM... +full story

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father and first Prime Minister, Dies at 91

Singapore. Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed this tiny island from a swamp to the world’s most modern city state within a generation, died March 23. He was 91... +full story

US to Deploy 6 Aircraft Carriers and 200 Ships in Asia-Pacific

New Delhi. The United States is steadily building its naval forces in the Indian and Pacific Oceans to ensure that over the next five years, about 60 percent of them are deployed in the critical Asia-Pacific region... +full story

US Clears Unarmed Predator XP for India

New Delhi. U S President Barack Obama was treated to unprecedented warmth by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit here as the Chief Guest on India’s Republic Day parade January 26... +full story

Hagel Welcomes New Defense Cooperation with India

Washington. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has welcomed the new Defense Cooperation agreement with India as "a milestone in the US-India Strategic Partnership." ...+full story

Joint Statement during the visit of President of USA to India– ''Shared Effort; Progress for All''

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, is visiting India from 25-27 January 2015. The President of India and the Prime Minister of India welcomed...+full story

US-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region

As the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies that bridge the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region and reflecting our agreement that a closer partnership between the United States and India is indispensable to ....... +full story

Prime Minister's Media Statement during Joint Press Interaction with President of United States of America

Mr. President and members of the media, It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady in India....... +full story
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Homeland Security»

India, Bangladesh hold Home Secretary level talks

Dhaka. The 17th Home Secretary level talks between India and Bangladesh and meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the two countries were held in Dhaka November 16-17 to discuss the security and border management related issues. ......... +full story

Government Approves Signing of MoU between India, Germany on Security Cooperation

New Delhi. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Germany on Security Cooperation.......... +full story

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 6-day Visit to China

New Delhi. A delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has left for Beijing on a six-day official visit to China. ......... +full story

Government declares NSCN (K) as terrorist organisation under UAPA

New Delhi. The Government has declared the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), NSCN (K), all its formations and front organisations as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. ......... +full story

Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls on visiting Bhutan Prime Minister

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on visiting Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay in New Delhi November 13. ......... +full story

MoS Home Inaugurates BSF Golden Jubilee Exhibition

New Delhi. Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary inaugurated the BSF Golden Jubilee Exhibition-2015 “Ek Swaranim Anubhav” at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi October 30. ......... +full story

Police Training should be in line with PM’s vision of ‘SMART’ Police, says MoS Home

New Delhi. Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary has said the training of police should be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘SMART’ (S-Sensitive and Strict; M-Modern with Mobility; A- Alert and Accountable; R- Reliable and Responsive; T- Trained and Techno-savvy) Police. ......... +full story

BRO must maintain Transparency and Accountability in Quality Road Construction, says Rao Inderjit Singh

New Delhi. Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh has emphasised on the need for maintaining transparency and accountability in the execution of road projects by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). ......... +full story

Australian Attorney General calls on Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi. The Attorney General of Australia Mr George Brandis QC called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi October 27. ......... +full story

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates IPF, IPI

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and the Indian Police Institute (IPI) by lighting the lamp here October 21. ......... +full story

Government committed to fulfill NSG’s critical needs, says Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said Government is committed to fulfill the critical needs of the National Security Guard (NSG). ......... +full story

Home Minister Restores Powers of CAPFs DGs for Posting/Transfers

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has restored the powers of Directors General (DGs) of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles in the matters of posting/transfers of Special DGs and Additional DGs within their organisation. ......... +full story

India, Germany sign MoU on Security Cooperation

New Delhi. India and Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Security Cooperation, here October 5. ......... +full story

Government bans NSCN (K) for 5 years

New Delhi. The Government has decided to declare NSCN (K) as an unlawful organisation for a period of five years under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. ......... +full story

BRO must incorporate latest tech to construct roads, bridges, says Parrikar

New Delhi. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has emphasized the need to incorporate the latest technologies in solving the challenges and enhancing the pace of construction of roads, bridges and tunnels in the inaccessible and far-flung border areas, which is a major problem faced by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). ......... +full story

DG Pak Rangers calls on Home Minister

New Delhi. A delegation led by the Director General, Pakistan Rangers, Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi September 11......... +full story

SMART Policing for Smart Cities in Modern India

New Delhi. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought forth the concept of SMART policing (the acronym stands for sensitive, modern, mobile, alert, accountable, reliable, responsive, techno-savvy and trained), very few had thought that it would be a concept which would give a major fillip to his pet project of smart cities and that too would be a step in galvanising India’s growth in the era. Smart cities will have their own security risks to combat and SMART policing has to be their friend indeed........ +full story

Government mulls integrated NDRF Academy

New Delhi. In order to meet the growing need for providing specialised training to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in a dedicated manner and ensure the synergy of providing training to them along with Fire Service and Civil Defence, the Government has decided to create an integrated NDRF Academy at Nagpur by merging National Fire Service College and National Civil Defence College, Nagpur while strengthening the existing infrastructure, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha August 12....... +full story

Government of India signs peace accord with NSCN (IM)

New Delhi. The Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) successfully concluded the dialogue on Naga political issue, which has existed for six decades, and signed an agreement in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi August 3.....+full story

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

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
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Unmanned Systems

Blue Bear Promotes Autonomous Sonobuoy Deployment to Enhance ASW Operations

New Delhi. British company Blue Bear Systems Research (BBSR) is promoting its autonomous sonobuoy deployment (ASD) capability that significantly enhances anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, a Blue Bear press statement said November 3.

Thales’ Watchkeeper Achieves Another First in Aviation History

Paris La Defense. Thales October 15 announced that for the first time Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was successfully flown alongside manned aircraft in controlled civil airspace. Watchkeeper, the only certified platform of its class able to undertake such a flight, was central to the success of the trial.

Elbit Systems awarded $78 m contract to provide UAS-based Systems

Haifa, Israel. Elbit Systems Ltd (“Elbit Systems”) announced on September 6 that it was awarded a contract from a European country to supply an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)-based cutting-edge intelligence solution. Valued at approximately $78 million, the contract will be performed over a two-year period by Elbit Systems’ ISTAR Division, established several months ago, as a result of combining Elbit Systems’ Electro-optics –Elop and UAS Divisions.

Lockheed Martin technology helps Pilots, UAS Operators stay safe

Rockville, Maryland. To help provide shared situational awareness between pilots and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operators, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system that is available to the UAS community now. It is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other when UAS take to the skies.

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


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
ScorpenesIndian Navy»

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

The Elusive CDS

There seems to be a renewed vigour in the discussion circles not only in and around Delhi but, the cognoscenti all over the country. For the uninitiated, the uproar is about OROP (One Rank One Pension) a very touchy subject for many. I would like to submit that there are a few who are thinking beyond OROP on ‘Enterprises of great pith and moment’. One such issue being addressed is important yet not in the public eye – the issue of the ‘Elusive’ CDS (Chief of Defence Staff).

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.

Indian University Students Participate in C-130J Super Hercules Competition

New Delhi. Teams from five leading Indian universities recently presented design concepts supporting the disaster relief operations here as part of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge.

Air Chief inaugurates state of the art BrahMos Technical Position facility

New Delhi. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha inaugurated the state-of-the-art BrahMos Technical Position facility at the BrahMos headquarters here on Dec 9, marking induction of the land-based version of the missile.

Tobacco as Aviation Fuel!

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) have announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants.

Indian scientists test 1000-kg Indigenous Guided Glide Bomb

New Delhi. A 1000-kg glide bomb designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully tested Dec 18 in the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast.

EGTS International and China Aviation Energy & Emissions Solutions Collaborate

Phoenix. Honeywell and Safran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Aviation Energy & Emission Solutions to evaluate the benefits of the EGTS electric taxiing system for Chinese airlines.

DRDO Tests Wheeled UAV Panchi on Maiden Flight

New Delhi. India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) claimed another success December 24 when its wheeled UAV 'Panchi' conducted a successful test flight.

Naval Aircraft Yard Marks Another Milestone

Kochi. The Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi), one of the premier industrial establishments of the Indian Navy at Naval Base here, has added another feather to its cap by rolling out of the 50th Pegasus engine, post overhaul on 22 Dec 14.

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.

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.
Siachen: Glacial Hopes

Defence Minister Parrikar Visits Siachen

New Delhi. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the Siachen Glacier May 22.

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.
Talking Points

Recognizing Taliban a mistake, says Gen Musharraf

Karachi. Former Pakistan President and Army Chief Gen Parvez Musharraf has described Pakistan’s recognition of Taliban rule in Afghanistan a mistake.
Seminars and Air Shows

Interview: Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
Interview Government fast-tracking Navy's submarine programmes
Army Atlantis
Interview Indian Army Fast Tracking Modernisation, says Army Chief Gen Suhag exclusive Indian Navy strengthening air warfare capability, says Admiral Dhowan
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"Defence manufacturing is the backbone of our Make in India initiative" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi