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After 5 year Gap, India to test fire Prahaar Tactical ballistic missile next week

Days after India cleared the hurdles for its entry into the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to go for a crucial test of surface-to-surface highly maneuverable tactical ballistic missile Prahaar. Since Prahaar’s export variant ‘Pragati’ is being readied for interested nations, a successful test…

U.S.-India cyber agreement puts more pressure on China

The U.S. and India’s comprehensive agreement this week to work more closely on cybersecurity issues is tacitly aimed in part at pressuring China to abide by international cyberspace norms, a Washington information security expert told FedScoop. “There are a few items in the cybersecurity language [in the accord] that seem particularly oriented toward the U.S.…

INS VIKRAMADITYA : THE KING OF THE INDIAN OCEAN ?

INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013. She has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India. The carrier was purchased by India on 20 January 2004 after years of negotiations at a final price of $2.35 billion.The ship successfully completed her…

India plans expanded missile export drive, with China on its mind

India has stepped up efforts to sell an advanced cruise missile system to Vietnam and has at least 15 more markets in its sights, a push experts say reflects concerns in New Delhi about China's growing military assertiveness. Selling the supersonic BrahMos missile, made by an Indo-Russian joint venture, would mark a shift for the…

Goa getting ready to host BRICS summit in October

Goa government is putting in place required infrastructure and making arrangements for the eighth annual summit of BRICS, a bloc of five emerging economies, to be held in the coastal state in October. Over 8,000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) are expected to take part in the mega event to be…

Accident on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 2 killed

NEW DELHI: A sailor and a civilian worker were killed on Friday in an accident on board the country's largest warship, the 45,400-tonne INS Vikramaditya, which is currently undergoing a refit at the Karwar naval base in Karnataka. The accident took place at about 5 pm when a team of workers were replacing a pipe…

India signs up to Europe’s anti-corruption plan

India has joined a group of nearly 40 nations that have signed a Europe-led clampdown on tax evasion and corruption, committing to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership, the UK government said. “The following countries have committed to the initiative to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership. The next stage will be for the development…

India’s NSG bid: Pakistan rattled; seeks Russia, South Korea and New Zealand backing for Nuclear Suppliers’ Group

India’s bid to bag membership in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) seems to have rattled Pakistan badly. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has had a telephonic conversation with the foreign ministers of Russia, South Korea and New Zealand in order to gain support for the country’s application for NSG membership,…

Amid NSG rivalry, Pakistan says it wants cordial ties with India

Even as Pakistan was lobbying hard to scuttle India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the country’s top foreign affairs advisor on Thursday said that Islamabad was willing to have cordial relations with other countries, including neighbour India. At a press conference here, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz maintained that Pakistan aims…

PM Modi’s US visit: India asks US for Predator C drones

India has formally asked the United States for Predator C Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), a leading defence journal says. Reliable sources told India Strategic that the Predator C requirement has been mentioned at a very high level during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just-concluded visit to Washington. Now that India is getting into the Missile…

India’s colonial-era monsoon forecasting to get high-tech makeover

  “If everything goes well, by 2017 we’ll make this dynamical model operational by replacing the statistical model,” said M. Rajeevan, the top scientist in the ministry of earth sciences, which oversees the weather office on a 30-acre campus in the heart of New Delhi. The June-September rains are relied on to replenish reservoirs, recharge…