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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning vs INS Vikramaditya

Liaoning, is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy and INS Vikramaditya is the third aircraft carrier commissioned by the Indian navy since independence. India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was purchased from the United Kingdom in the year 1957. INS Vikrant played a key role in enforcing a naval blockade…

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Turkmenistan also shown keen interest in buying Indigenous Tejas Combat Aircraft

Many were taken back when DRDO Chief S. Christopher while speaking to Indian media revealed that indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA)-Tejas was flown by Air chief of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan is among few countries which has shown interest in the combat jet and with whom India is carrying out the discussion for its export .…

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India is the World’s 4th largest Military Spender but over half is going to Waste, Inefficiency, Corruption and Bad Purchases

India previously had a ‘finalised’ agreement to buy 126 Rafale aircraft at a total cost of US$10.2 billion but this cut down to 36 aircraft at a cost of US$8.7 billion. So India is getting 30% of the original order for 80% of the cost. Three squadrons were phased out in January 2016, the IAF…

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SEPECAT Jaguar is India’s only tactical nuclear carrying and Ground Attack Aircraft

The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet attack aircraft designed and developed by a joint venture between Breguet of France(Now part of Dassault) and UK based British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).It was built by HAL under licence.It was retired from British Royal Air Force in 2007and from French Armee de I’Air in 2005,But it served its…

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US defence bill pledges USD 900 million to Pakistan

The US House of Representative has passed a defence bill that pledges USD 900 million in economic and other assistance to Pakistan, a significant portion of which is dependent of a Pentagon certification that the country is taking demonstrable steps against the dreaded Haqqani Network. The US National Defence Authorisation Act for fiscal year 2017…

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ISRO successfully conduct test of Cryo CE 20 engine at Mahendragiri

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the test of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III’s indigenous cryogenic CE-20 engine at ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri in the district on Saturday. The CE-20 was ignited and tested for 25 seconds from 7.20 p.m. in the presence of A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, to…

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Why the Indian Navy Is Unhappy With Its Carrier-Based Light Combat Aircraft Project

Ahead of Navy Day celebrations on December 4, Admiral Sunil Lanba, India’s chief of naval staff (CNS), caused a minor flutter in the media by suggesting that the Navy was doing a rethink on the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, India’s premier light fighter jet program. At a press conference, Lanba remarked that the…

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How PAK-FA Stealth Fighter Could Match the F-22 Raptor (Think Speed)

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has started ground testing a next-generation engine for the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter according to a statement by the company. The PAK-FA—which is under development—is currently powered by a pair of 33,000-pound thrust class Saturn AL-41F1 afterburning turbofans. However, the AL-41F1—a version of which is also installed on…

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China expects rulers of Asian countries to kneel and touch their head on the ground

In ancient and medieval times, foreign rulers, envoys and traders were required to “kowtow” before the Emperor of China, symbolising recognition of the supremacy of the ruler of the “Middle Kingdom”. Foreign rulers —described by the Chinese as “barbarians”—duly performed the “kowtow”, by kneeling and touching their head three times on the ground, while facing…

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Pakistan says ready to talk, won’t raise Kashmir at Afghan forum

Pakistan is ready to talk with India, and India’s concerns about terrorism from Pakistan can be addressed within the framework of a comprehensive dialogue agreed upon on the sidelines of last year’s Heart of Asia, Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s advisor on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, told The Sunday Express on Saturday. “I am…

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US Congress to enshrine US-India defence ties in US law

With President Barack Obama and the India-friendly Defence Secretary Ashton Carter about to demit office, their unswervingly pro-India defence policy is about to be enshrined into US legislation. This week, top US lawmakers from both houses of Congress --- the Senate and the House of Republicans --- jointly agreed to an amendment in a major…

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What does it take to fly from INS Vikramaditya

Very few countries, including India, have deck carrier pilots. INS Vikramaditya is the only aircraft carrier in service in India. Flying from the deck of the carrier is a difficult job said Lieutenant Commander, Kothiyal, MiG 29 fighter pilot. The length of the deck is around 180 meter and the aircraft takes off at a…

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Boeing Unveils An AMCA ‘Sweetener’

Following the lead of Swedish company, Saab, Boeing has linked its offer to build a fighter aircraft in India with the promise of assistance in designing and building an Indian fifth-generation (Gen-5) fighter. Boeing’s plan involves first setting up an Indian factory and the aerospace eco-system to build the Block II Super Hornet, which will…

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Declassified Documents Reveal How War with China Remade India’s Military

India recently commemorated its founding Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s 127th birth anniversary at a time when Nehru’s legacy is bitterly contested in the popular and academic domain in India, especially when contrasted with current Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy. Spending much of the 1950s leavened by the solace of democracy, coupled with the benign…

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Trump’s ‘ignorant’ chat with Sharif may be unwelcome to India: Forbes

Magazine points to his “bluster” on Pakistan like “fantastic country, fantastic place, fantastic people.” United States President-elect Donald Trump’s “ignorant” conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may send India an unwelcome message, a leading American magazine has said. The Forbes magazine has said that Mr. Trump’s “flattering” conversation sends a message that he has…

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India to have patrol-free, multi-layer smart fence along Pakistan, Bangladesh borders by mid-2017

India will have a patrol-free, multi-layered smart fence along its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh by the second half of 2017, the Press Trust of India news agency reported Wednesday. According to the news agency, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG) K.K. Sharma said the force is working on implementing a Comprehensive Integrated Border…