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Five strong reasons why PM Modi should visit Israel

India treats Israel as its mistress, happy to engage intimately in private, but hesitant to acknowledge the relationship in public. That’s the view reportedly shared by Israeli officials toward India. They are not entirely wrong in their judgment of India when it comes to bilateral relations between the two countries. India’s friendship with Israel is…

India’s Diplomatic Moves on Tibet

India recently announced that it will welcome the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who has lived in exile in India since 1959, at an international conference on Buddhism in the state of Bihar in March. Ignoring protests from the Chinese government, India will also allow the Dalai Lama to visit the Indian state of…

JF-17 BLOCK-II production crosses 30 planes while IAF has inducted only 2 Tejas

Recent photos from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) show that JF-17 Block-II production has reached 33 aircraft (2P-33), showing that production of the variant has crossed the half-way mark. Moreover, it appears that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s Block-II production run could conclude in 2017. These second-half (i.e. 2P-25/26-50) units are also configured for in-flight refuelling,…

Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial ties. Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a “civilizational relationship.” Over the past decade, their economic ties, because of nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the international community, have centered on limited energy and agricultural products. In 2015, this…

CPEC and dollars are more important than Interest of Muslims

As long as CPEC related projects are not completed and dollars are coming in, Pakistani government, Pakistani people and even the religious parties can ignore anti Muslim policies of China. To these people regular flow of dollars, whether from Washington or Beijing, is more important than to speak about anti Muslim policies. Anyone who dares…

Critical India-Russia Pact to Improve Fighter Aircraft Availability

India and Russia are trying to correct the tardy supply of spares for fighter aircraft with a pact that would pave the way for local manufacturing of spares. This move should give further impetus to Indo-Russia defense ties. India and Russia are at an advanced stage of signing a long-term arrangement that includes the manufacturing…

Why Financially Aid Pakistan when it has a Nuke Programme, ask furious UK Parliamentarians

  Several British Parliamentarians and opposition party members have slammed their government for cash handouts to people in Pakistan, which is "a country that has its own nuclear weapons and space programmes, Belfast Telegraph reported. These comments come after the Daily Mail newspaper yesterday reported that £300 million of British taxpayers' money is being handed…

India needs to cool its missile fever

On Monday, India successfully tested its long-range ballistic missile, Agni-IV, which can travel 4,000 kilometers and carry a nuclear warhead, in the wake of an earlier successful test-firing of Agni-V that has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers. The country's media were elated in their reports, stressing that India's tests of the nuclear-capable ballistic…

Dogfight Over Security Of Indian Skies To Begin Anew – Analysis

The dogfight over the choice of fighter jets – known as the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) – that are to provide security for the Indian skies is beginning again, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF), an estimated 400 for for…

US offers join development of Futuristic Helicopters and Combat Vehicles with India & Israel

The US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India. Top government sources said the two projects would be discussed threadbare in the ensuing DTTI meeting (probably February) after the…

2016 was a bad year for Indo-Pak ties. What lies ahead?

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Lahore on December 25 last year to wish his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday, the overwhelming feeling was that the only way bilateral ties could go was up despite simmering tensions on the LoC. Within days, the brazen terror attack on Pathankot airbase…

China adds new dimension to ‘Asian Aircraft Carrier’ race

The ‘Asian aircraft carrier race’ now has a new dimension. The Chinese Navy’s first-ever sea-borne carrier, the Liaoning, has made its first foray in deep waters and docked at a bay in the disputed South China Sea. Purchased from Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union, the first-ever deep sea sail of the Liaoning…

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

In late November 2016, Bangladesh took delivery of two refurbished submarines from China, making the former the second Bay of Bengal (BoB) navy to acquire an undersea capability. This development takes place even as Myanmar recapitalizes its surface fleet sporting sonars supplied by India. Recent maritime boundary settlements, rather than obviating the need for naval…

Indian Artillery Gun boom in user trials, to be displayed on Republic Day

After 18 years of having failed to buy a towed artillery gun from the global arms market, top army generals are finally reassured that their most worrying operational shortfall will soon be met from within India. This belief comes after a week of successful “engineering trials” of the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), from…

China calls for ‘strategic balance’ in South Asia after Agni-V test-firing

Without referring to Pakistan, China on Tuesday advocated “preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia,” after India successfully test-fired Agni-V ballistic missile. “China always maintains that preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia is conducive to peace and prosperity of regional countries and beyond,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying…