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Indian Navy Initiates Steps to Acquire Predator B Guardian and EMALS

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MoD UPDATES MoD Unveils Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 New Delhi. Delivering on its promise - albeit not in full measure - Ministry of Defence (MoD) released the much awaited....
Strategic Partnership Model Among many other things, the committee of experts set up by the ministry of defence (MoD) last year has recommended a ‘strategic partnership model’ for ensuring greater involvement of the private sector in defence production....
DPP 2016: Elusive Big Bang New Delhi. One year into its five-year term, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) constituted a committee of experts to....
India's Defence Budget 2016-17 - The First Impressions New Delhi. It was quite unprecedented for the Finance Minister to make no mention of the allocation proposed....
MoD makes it easier to discharge offset obligations New Delhi. As if to make up for not keeping the promise of releasing a new version of Defence...
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First Scorpene Class Submarine Kalvari Begins Sea Trials

Mumbai. ‘Kalvari’, the first of the Scorpene class submarines, built at the Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) Mumbai, went to sea for the first time May 1. +full story
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Foreign Affairs»

India, USA talk tough on terror, raise Strategic and Commercial ties

New Delhi. India and the United States have ended the first day of their second Strategic and Commercial Dialogue Tuesday with a strong message against terrorism, particularly propagated by and emanating from Pakistan... +full story

India Gets Ready for BRICS Summit as Ministers Set ‘New Milestone’

New Delhi. As the series of (close to 50) meetings in the run up to the BRICS Summit come to an end, the focus is shifting to Goa, where arrangements are in full swing to ensure that the summit of leaders from BRICS is a productive, successful one. +full story

Swedish Firms Urged to Cash in on ‘Early Bird’ Gains from India’s Liberalised Defence Business Environment

New Delhi. In a bid to deepen Indo-Swedish defence and aerospace cooperation, the Government of India has urged Swedish companies to forge large scale partnerships with Indian manufacturers and reap the ‘early bird’ advantages... +full story

Outreach Activities, Trade and Security Focus of India-Africa Relations: MEA Secretary

New Delhi. Against the background of the recent visits of Indian leaders to Africa and the third India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year, Ministry of Eternal Affairs Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha August 23 underlined the more frequent and higher level exchanges between India and Africa, their deepening co-operation in areas of food security, energy, trade, investment, and maritime security, as examples of the new dimensions of India-Africa cooperation.... +full story

Extended Deterrence Continues in North-East Asia amidst Geopolitical Change

New Delhi: Analysing the degree to which extended nuclear deterrence will continue to play a role in East Asia in the coming decades; noted experts today said that it would depend largely on the nature of the American presence in the region and the evolution of its alliance commitments with Japan and RoK... +full story

Russian Ambassador Presented With Order of Friendship

Moscow. Chief of Staff of the Russian President, Mr Sergey Ivanov has been awarded the Order of Friendship to Mr Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India... +full story

Under Secretary Kendall Visits India

New Delhi. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the U.S. Department of Defense visited India from July 25-28. During his visit he took part in the semi-annual Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) and had fruitful meetings with his counterparts at the Ministry of Defence in Delhi... +full story

Energy Security, Terror and Trade Move India to SCO

New Delhi. At the 45-minute long meeting with Vladimir Putin on the afternoon of June 24, his last official engagement before he left Tashkent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed thanks to the Russian President for his support in getting India into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)........... +full story

India Blames China for No Entry to NSG at Seoul, Looks Ahead

New Delhi. India will have to wait for admittance to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) because it could not overcome the “procedural” hurdles placed in its way. Intensive last minute diplomacy, even through the night at Seoul, could not get India over the line into the NSG........... +full story

Modi makes final pitch for NSG at Tashkent

New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Tashkent June 23, to make a final diplomatic pitch for India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Sources had confirmed to India Strategic that the Indian Prime Minister would attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on June 23 and 24 in the Uzbek capital and hold some key bilateral meetings........... +full story

China “doesn't oppose” India at NSG, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi. As India enters the home stretch on last minute lobbying and negotiations to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj June 19 said China was “not opposed” to India's entry to elite nuclear club........... +full story

US-India Strategic Symphony

New Delhi. Ever since President Bill Clinton gave an exception to United Defense about 16 years ago, sometime in 2000, to sell Bofors guns to India, if the deal went through, Washington has steadily made attempts to come closer to New Delhi. Bofors had then been acquired by this US company........... +full story

US, India are Indispensable Partners, says Modi

New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted a broad picture of harmony and captured all the nuances of the Indo-US relationship in broad brush strokes during his 45 minute long address to the United States Houses of Congress in Capitol Hill.......... +full story

The United States and India: Enduring Global partners in the 21st Century

Washington. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have reaffirmed the growing US-India strategic partnership.......... +full story

PM Modi Begins 5-nation Tour June 4

New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a five-nation tour beginning June 4 that will take him to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, US and Mexico over the next five days. ......... +full story

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Visits Vietnam

Hanoi. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Hanoi June 5 on an official visit to Vietnam.......... +full story

Parrikar Assures Indian Private Sector of Full Support for Defence Items Exports

Hanoi. A composite defence delegation from India met its Vietnamese counterpart in presence Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Defence General Ngo Xuan Lich in Hanoi June 6.......... +full story

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s Speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue

Following is the full text of the speech of the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Plenary Session II: Managing Military Competition in Asia, at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, June 4: -......... +full story

India-Singapore Joint Statement after Defence Ministers’ Dialogue

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is on a three-day visit to Singapore from June 3 for his introductory visit and to attend the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue. Mr Parrikar met the Minister for Defence of Singapore Dr Ng Eng Hen to co-chair the inaugural Singapore-India Defence Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD).......... +full story

India signs Hague Code against Ballistic Missile Proliferation

New Delhi. India has joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC) against Ballistic Missile Proliferation becoming the 138th country to sign it.......... +full story

Media Statement by President Pranab Mukherjee Upon Conclusion of His State Visit to China

Following is the full text of the statement to media by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee upon the conclusion of his State visit to the People’s Republic of China (May 24 to 27, 2016). The statement was made on board the aircraft during the President’s return to New Delhi from Beijing today (May 27, 2016):.......... +full story

Chabahar Port a Big Symbol of India-Iran Cooperation, says Iranian President Rouhani

New Delhi. Invoking age-old beauty and richness of the Persian heritage that has attracted the world to Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 23 while on a two-day visit to Tehran said India-Iran “dosti” was as old as history.......... +full story

PM's Iran Visit to See Signing of Chabahar Contract

New Delhi. India will sign a bilateral contract on development and operation by India of Phase I of Chabahar Port during the coming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran May 22-23......... +full story

Gwadar – China’s Pivot in the Indian Ocean?

Singapore. The sea is a dangerous place, getting miniaturized due to the ever-growing number of naval and merchant vessels, factors that mandate internationally cooperative efforts to maintain the peace and stability of the... +full story

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MHA to Designate Nodal Officer to Address Grievances of Kashmiri People Directly

Srinagar. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh August 25 announced that a nodal officer will be designated in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to address the grievances of the people of Kashmir directly............... +full story

Reaching Out to All: Union Home Minister Meets Party Leaders in J&K

Srinagar. A week after Army Chief Dalbir Singh reviewed the security situation in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a series of consultations with a wide spectrum of political parties in Srinagar August 24............... +full story

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Assures to Strengthen NSG

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the National Security Guard (NSG) of upgrading their infrastructure and training needs. .............. +full story

MHA Reviews Indo-Bangladesh Border Situation

New Delhi. A meeting was held in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in New Delhi July 12 with senior officials of five bordering states on Indo-Bangladesh Border i.e. Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. .............. +full story

MoS Home Inaugurates Two Weeks’ BOP Training Module of SSB

New Delhi. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the two weeks' BOP Training Module of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) through video conferencing in New Delhi July 11............... +full story

MHA Consultative Committee Meets to Discuss Disaster Management Preparedness

New Delhi. The Consultative Committee of Members of Parliament (MPs) attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) met in New Delhi July 4 under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh............... +full story

MoS Home Kiren Rijiju Visits Bhutan

New Delhi. At the invitation of Minister of Home & Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), Lyonpo Dawa Gyeltshen, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju visited Bhutan from July 2-4 to attend the International Conference on Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayana Buddhism............... +full story

BRO Proves its Mettle Yet Again

New Delhi. The dedicated effort of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which worked tirelessly with clockwork precision, opened the Badrinath Dham Yatra axis in Uttarakhand within four days............... +full story

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Chairs High-Level Meet on Strategic Issues

Srinagar. A high-level meet on strategic issues, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, held in Srinagar July 1.............. +full story

Government Approves Cadre Review of Group 'A' Officers of CRPF

New Delhi. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Cadre Review of Group 'A' Executive officers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with net creation of 90 posts of various ranks from Deputy Commandant to Special DG ranks............. +full story

NDMA Conducts Mock Exercises Ahead of Amarnath Yatra

New Delhi. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted mock exercises at Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in Jammu and Kashmir from June 23-28 to assess the preparedness and response mechanism of all the stakeholders involved in the management of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra............. +full story

Union Home Minister Chairs 22nd meeting of Eastern Zonal Council

Ranchi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 22nd meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council held at Jharkhand capital Ranchi June 27............. +full story

Secretary (Border Management) Reviews Border Projects in Tripura

Agartala. Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs, Susheel Kumar reviewed border projects during his recent visit to Tripura............. +full story

MHA Reviews Development Works in LWE States

New Delhi. A review of the progress in the development works being undertaken in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states was undertaken by the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi June 24 in which the concerned Union Ministries and Chief Secretaries of the seven LWE-affected states participated............. +full story

Rajnath Singh Visits Border Areas in Gujarat

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh and Ministers from Government of Gujarat Rajnibhai Patel and Shankarbhai Chaudhary paid a visit to the Border Outpost (BOP) of Border Security Force (BSF) at Nadabet in Banaskantha district of Gujarat June 19. ............ +full story

Union Home Minister Chairs Meeting of Coastal States, UTs

Mumbai. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting of Home Ministers, Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police (DGPs) of Coastal States and Union Territories (UTs) in Mumbai June 16............. +full story

CRPF An Omnipotent Force

THE CENTRAL Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the successor of Crown Representative’s Police works under the Ministry of Home Affairs, and came into existence with the present nomenclature in December 1949. It has a multifaceted role and provides assistance to state police in the maintenance of law and order; controls counter-insurgency, involved in the safe and secure conduct of general elections which is a gargantuan task in India. CRPF units are also deployed on peace mission duties under the aegis of United Nations.............. +full story
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Unmanned Systems

Boeing Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Can Operate Autonomously for Months

Huntington Beach, California. Boeing March 10 introduced Echo Voyager, its latest unmanned, undersea vehicle (UUV), which can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay.

Elbit Systems Awarded Approx $200 Million Contract for Supply of Hermes 900 HFE UAS to Switzerland

Haifa, Israel. Elbit Systems Ltd (“Elbit Systems”), announced on November 26 that it was awarded an approximately $200 million contract from the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport ("DDPS"), for the supply of Hermes 900 HFE (Heavy Fuel Engine) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and an advanced ground segment for command, control and communications.

Blue Bear Promotes Autonomous Sonobuoy Deployment to Enhance ASW Operations

New Delhi. British company Blue Bear Systems Research (BBSR) is promoting its autonomous sonobuoy deployment (ASD) capability that significantly enhances anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, a Blue Bear press statement said November 3.

Thales’ Watchkeeper Achieves Another First in Aviation History

Paris La Defense. Thales October 15 announced that for the first time Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was successfully flown alongside manned aircraft in controlled civil airspace. Watchkeeper, the only certified platform of its class able to undertake such a flight, was central to the success of the trial.

Elbit Systems awarded $78 m contract to provide UAS-based Systems

Haifa, Israel. Elbit Systems Ltd (“Elbit Systems”) announced on September 6 that it was awarded a contract from a European country to supply an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)-based cutting-edge intelligence solution. Valued at approximately $78 million, the contract will be performed over a two-year period by Elbit Systems’ ISTAR Division, established several months ago, as a result of combining Elbit Systems’ Electro-optics –Elop and UAS Divisions.

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Counter Terrorism and Global Learning

Terrorism is a global phenomenon, and developed and developing countries around the world have equally felt the scourge of terrorist attacks.+More Stories
ScorpenesIndian Navy»

Ship Building and India's Offset Policy

Introduction: Post Kelkar Committee Recommendations, the Ministry of Defence introduced the Offset provisions in its DPP 2005 to leverage its big ticket arms acquisition to bring in FDI, Joint Venture arrangements and counter trade arrangements to boost India's indigenous defence industry capability.+More Stories
Comment

RAFALE: The True Blood French Fighter

FRENCH DASSAULT Rafale jet fighter, 36 of which the Indian Air Force (IAF) is aspiring to acquire to meet part of its MMRCA requirements can easily be termed as a true blood French aircraft as not only the airframe but all other systems and sub-systems fitted on the aircraft have been developed and manufactured within France by French defence companies.

Kamov Ka-226T

The JV of Rostec, Russia, with HAL, to manufacture Kamov choppers in India is a real shot in the arm for Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the defence sector. Reliance had also pitched in as the prime agency for integration for this LUH (Light Utility Helicopters).

The Elusive CDS

There seems to be a renewed vigour in the discussion circles not only in and around Delhi but, the cognoscenti all over the country. For the uninitiated, the uproar is about OROP (One Rank One Pension) a very touchy subject for many.

Will Modi reform India’s higher defence management?

Former Indian Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi, who had resigned in February this year after a number of accidents on naval platforms, has dwelt on the background to his unprecedented decision in an extended media interview and in the process shed much needed light on the deeply embedded institutional flaws that plague India’s higher defence management.
Technology

Boeing, IIT Delhi Conduct National Aero-modelling Competition Finals

New Delhi. Hundreds of young Indian engineers competed in the finals of the annual National Aero-modelling Competition organised by Boeing in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

Lockheed Martin Announces Winners in C-130J Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge

New Delhi. Teams from two leading Indian universities were named winners in the Lockheed Martin C-130J Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge during a ceremony held in New Delhi March 8.

DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme Turns 10

New Delhi. The DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) turned 10 with the launch of DST-Lockheed IIGP-2016 alongside the New Delhi Technology Expo and Investor-Innovator Meet in New Delhi December 11.

Indian University Students Participate in C-130J Super Hercules Competition

New Delhi. Teams from five leading Indian universities recently presented design concepts supporting the disaster relief operations here as part of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Roll-On/Roll-Off University Design Challenge.

Air Chief inaugurates state of the art BrahMos Technical Position facility

New Delhi. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha inaugurated the state-of-the-art BrahMos Technical Position facility at the BrahMos headquarters here on Dec 9, marking induction of the land-based version of the missile.

Tobacco as Aviation Fuel!

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) have announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants.
PARAMILITARY

India's regional aspirations

New Delhi. The fact that India is a rapidly growing global power has been repeatedly talked about in various forums for the last 7-8 years.

ITBP may get air wing to better guard China border

New Delhi. The paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the border with China , may get an air wing to better patrol the frontier, its director general said Oct 25.
Siachen: Glacial Hopes

Defence Minister Parrikar Visits Siachen

New Delhi. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the Siachen Glacier May 22.

Prime Minister at Siachen

The Prime Minister paid a surprise visit to Siachen on Oct 23 and made it memorable for the officers and men of the Army and Air Force by interacting with them warmly.

Modi visit to Siachen: Will it be followed up by action?

New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Finding a Solution to Siachen

More than a week after the terrible avalanche at Gayari (in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) buried nearly 110 Pakistan Army soldiers and another 70-odd civilians, there is no sign of recovery in spite of Pakistan using every possible effort and even heavy machinery to shift the thousands of tonnes of snow that has settled above the unfortunate victims of nature’s anger. Any and every human being who can visualise the tragedy cannot remain unaffected.

Demilitarisation of Siachen

Last fortnight when Gen Kayani, the Pakistan Army chief made the statement that Pakistan was ready for demilitarisation of Siachen, peaceniks from both sides enthusiastically took up the refrain, looking at it as an opportunity to settle a major bone of contention, reduce tension and improve relations between the two countries. Shortly after, Gen Kayani again talked about resolving the Siachen issue and blamed India for hardening its stand.
Talking Points

Recognizing Taliban a mistake, says Gen Musharraf

Karachi. Former Pakistan President and Army Chief Gen Parvez Musharraf has described Pakistan’s recognition of Taliban rule in Afghanistan a mistake.
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"Within my country (India), I need to create two or three Switzerlands. So scope for partnership is immense" Prime Minister Modi to Swiss businessmen