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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…

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…

The IAF Fleet Needs Rejuvenating, And Needs It Now

India’s selection of new fighters will depend on capabilities offered, technology transfer and cost-effectiveness. The choice, therefore, should be made on the basis of the “package” offered rather than individual aircraft specifications. On 3 January 2017, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a series of pronouncements on the country’s intended “Make in India” fighter project. Among…

Pakistan Likely To Acquire Chinese Nuclear Attack Submarines

A Chinese Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine which docked at the Karachi harbour in May took aboard Pakistani naval officers and sailors to give them a first-hand glimpse of how the submarine works. This was not a simple case of access being given to a close military ally. The Indian Navy is convinced that it is…

Vietnam shows keen intertest in acquiring Akash SAM, requests Transfer of Technology

This move is India's latest in a series of calculated steps aimed at expanding its "strategic and military partnership" with Vietnam. Military sources said Vietnam has shown "deep interest" in the acquisition of the Akash missile system, and has requested a transfer of technology and joint production of the system. India previously proffered to Vietnam…

Changing Dynamics : Western Fighter Jets on offer to India and no F-16s to Pakistan

France’s recent arms sale to India is not in itself a game changer in South Asia’s balance of power, but, coupled with the United States’ decision to cut military assistance to Pakistan (Delhi’s arch rival), it is doomed to produce some aftershocks in the region’s defense dynamics. India secured 36 Rafale multi-role fighters from France’s…

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3

HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile on Monday, the military said The Pakistani military said the Babur-3 missile was "capable of delivering various types of payloads ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km from an undisclosed location in the Indian…

Indian Navy gears up to induct more submarines, warships in 2017

Mumbai: The Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command is set to induct more warships and submarines in 2017. According to naval sources, submarine INS Khanderi will be set afloat this month. Khanderi is the second submarine of the Scorpene -class submarines, which are being constructed at the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL). MDL was earlier planning…

A Slip of the Tongue on India’s Once-Hyped ‘Cold Start’ Doctrine?

India’s new chief of army staff, General Bipin Rawat, spoke to India Today this week. The interview offers interesting insight into the man in charge of leading India’s armed forces as tensions remain uneasy along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Notably, Rawat, in the interview, acknowledges the “Cold Start doctrine” — a formally unofficial…

China Expected to Have 3 Aircraft Carrier Groups in Near Future

The Chinese military’s combat capability has significantly grown in the past decade. At present, China’s second aircraft carrier is under construction. According to military expert Liang Fang, the Chinese navy is expected to build its third aircraft carrier battle group in the near future and that would be capable of safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime…

Centre gives DRDO 18 months to fix Nirbhay Cruise Missile

India’s own cruise missile project Nirbhay has got an extension of 18 months amid speculations over the weapon system’s operational capabilities. Launched in 2004, the projected date of completion for the prestigious project was December 31 last. At a recent review meeting, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gave green signal for the extension. Ministry of Defence…