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‘Launch of 103 satellites in one rocket not aimed at record making’

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) does not consider the upcoming launch of 103 satellites on a single PSLV rocket a record-making feat. Its aim is rather to maximise the launch vehicle’s carrying capacity and returns per launch, ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said here on Wednesday. As many as 100 small foreign commercial satellites will…

‘INS Betwa to be operational by September 2018’

INS Betwa, which tipped over during a refit at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai last year, will be operational again by September 2018. The frontline Brahmaputra-class frigate of the Indian Navy had slipped on the dock blocks while it was being undocked on December 5, 2016. Two sailors were killed and 14 others were injured…

India may buy an additional 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

Contrary to some previous indications, India is considering an additional 36 Dassault Rafales, a senior Ministry of Defence official said. The contract is likely to be signed in 2019 with deliveries to start by 2022, when the existing $8.8 billion order for 36 Rafales is completed, AIN has learned from sources close to the long-running…

Trump won’t be able to take initiative outside Twitter: Chinese Media

NEW DELHI: As the world remained gobsmacked following US President-elect Donald Trump's explosive press conference yesterday, state-run Chinese media continued to put on a brave front in the face of what appears will be a potentially very aggressive Trump administration. It said that once Trump officially takes over on January 20, he won't have much…

India to maximise rocket capability for more launches

India would maximise its rocket capability to launch more satellites for maximum return on investment, its space agency chief said on Wednesday. “By launching 103 satellites together using one rocket next month, we are trying to maximise its capability and optimally utilise it for maximum return on investment,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S.…

A friend in need – India’s arms sales to Vietnam make sense

India is poised to sell its sophisticated Akash missile defense system to Vietnam, the latest development in a broad strategic relationship that has grown rapidly in recent years and added a new twist to the spiraling power contest in the South China Sea. The talks, consistent with India’s ambition to be a major arms supplier,…

Indian Navy’s second Scorpene class submarine ‘INS Khanderi’ launched at Mazgaon, Mumbai

India’s second Scorpene class submarine, INS Khanderi, was launched into water (undocked) at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai on Thursday. The function to commence the launch of Khanderi was presided by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre. “I’m confident that the day is not too far when Mazagon Dock…

Tricky offer : India offers to train Bangladeshi submariners to operate Chinese Subs

India has offered to train Bangladesh navy crews in operating submarines after Dhaka recently acquired the first of two boats from Beijing. India has also agreed to host Vietnamese air force pilots to train in advanced combat techniques on Sukhoi fighter jets. Both the Indian and Vietnamese air forces fly variants of the Sukhoi 30…

Don’t overestimate Indo-US economic ties : Chinese daily

India is fooling itself if it thinks its economy will bloom by siding with the US, an influential Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday. The state-run Global Times warned in an editorial that "overestimating US-India economic ties may mislead India and send it down the wrong path for economic development". It told New Delhi to work…

Why our Agni-V launch fired up China

When India first tested its three stage Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Agni V on April 20, 2012, China’s reaction was remarkably restrained. “China and India are both emerging powers. We are not rivals, but cooperative partners. We should cherish the hard-earned momentum of cooperation,” Liu Weimin, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said. She added: “The two countries…

China likely to pressure Vietnam leader to stop missile deal with India

BEIJING: Vietnam leader Nguyen Phu Trong, who arrives in Beijing on Thursday, will be under pressure to call off reported negotiations with India for purchase of a missile system, sources said. The Indian media has reported that Hanoi is in discussion with Indian authorities to purchase the Akash surface-to-air missile system from New Delhi. China,…

A New Frontier: How GSLV Will Transform India’s Space Programme

With GSLV, India is witnessing coming together of three critical components of a great space programme: satellite building, mission planning and heavy launch rockets. Together these capabilities mark the beginning of a new era, where sky or perhaps space is the limit. India can dare to dream. In January 2017, India will operationalise the Geosynchronous…

In selling weapons to Vietnam, India must not strain its ties with China

India has begun negotiating for the possible sale of Akash surface-to-air-missiles to Vietnam, a move that would significantly step-up the present military relationship between the two countries. New Delhi already extends cooperation in areas like the maintenance of and training for fighters and submarines. The subtext in such discussions would be the two governments’ common…

Saab is keen on making India a Global Hub for Next-Gen Fighter Jets

Swedish arms company Saab is keen on making India a global hub for next-generation fighter jets even as it competes with US defence major Lockheed Martin to provide India with single-engine fighter jets. Having created a robust R&D centre, it hopes to make India a defence equipment major. Saab India Technologies chairman Jan Widerström talks…

Will India become main manufacturer of Pakistan’s beloved F-16 jets?

India, wanting to upgrade its air force with 400 more fighter jets, has many foreign companies vying for its multi-billion dollar manufacturing contract. Boeing and Lockheed Martin from the US, SAAB Group from Sweden and Dassault Aviation from France are all competing to win the production order. Lockheed Martin, which builds Pakistan’s beloved F-16 fighter…