India, Japan Draw Closer on China Unease

A meeting between the leaders of Japan and India in mid-November is set to build on security and economic cooperation to help counter China’s increasing sway in the Asian region. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihiko Noda, in Tokyo in the middle of the month (Update:  Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan…

We Will Not Sell Arms to Pakistan, says Russia

Ahead of Russian President Valdimir Putin’s visit next month, Moscow declared that it would not sell arms to Pakistan. “We are always cooperating with India to ensure safety of the region. We never created trouble for India in the region as compared to other countries. If someone says otherwise, spit in his face,” Russian Deputy…

Second Phase of China Border Upgrade to Start in Mid-2013

Indian government is hoping to start implementing the second phase of its China border modernization project by mid-2013, when the programme’s first phase, including formation of two new Army divisions and activation of several advanced landing grounds, would be completed. Discussing Indian military capability along the Chinese border, 50 years after its humiliating defeat in…

India, Russia Agree to Ink Defence Deals

India and Russia on Wednesday agreed on a slew of proposed defence deals, some of which are likely to be inked during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December. These include licensed production of 42 SU-30 MKI aircraft in India and procurement of 59 MI-17 V-5 helicopters. These deals were discussed during talks between…

Aircraft Carrier Gorshkov to be Delivered to India Towards End of 2013

Aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov will be handed over towards the end of next year, Russia said today as India conveyed its “serious concern” over the prolonged delay and asked it to adopt a “wartime approach” for ensuring its early delivery. The issue came up at a meeting here between Defence Minister A K Antony and…

Prithvi-II Test Fired Off Balasore Coast

The Indian Army successfully test-fired medium range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base in Balasore district on Thursday. The success came a couple of weeks after the Army successfully conducted its first user trial of 3000 km range nuke-capable Agni-III missile from the Wheeler Island. Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army conducted…

Nuclear Capable Dhanush Successfully Test Fired

A day after the launch of Prithvi-II, India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile for its full range of 350 km from a naval ship off Odisha on Friday.  The surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of Prithvi-II, was fired by the personnel of Strategic Forces Command (SFC) at 11.25 a.m. as part of regular training….

Navy Test Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

The Navy on Sunday successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg, from a warship off the Goa coast. “The cruise missile was test-fired from guided missile frigate INS Teg–the Indian Navy’s latest induction from Russia off the coast of Goa early morning,” sources said….

Sri Lanka to Continue Training its Military Personnel in India

The government of India should call Jayalalitha and other Tamil nationalist parties bluff and work to build better relations with Sri Lanka.  We cannot have local state governments dictating foreign policy of the country.  Already we are suffering Mamta Banerjee in West Bengal being a spoke in the diplomatic wheel with Bangladesh on the Teesta…

India Deploys Hitech Boats to Counter China in Ladakh Lake

Now, at least on one particular stretch along the unresolved 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), Indian soldiers can finally cock a snook at Chinese troops after years of being aggressively needled. Indian soldiers are armed with spanking new high-tech QRT (quick-reaction team) boats to patrol the highly-picturesque but equally-contentious Pangong Tso (Tso means lake…

China’s String of Pearls & India’s Look East

For years China has been pursuing its policy of a string of pearls; which meant having naval stations around the Indian subcontinent as a means of encircling India.  The building of a port in the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota, Gwadar in Pakistan, courting the island states of Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and not to mention…

Agni 3 launch successful; to be inducted into strategic forces

India on Sunday successfully tested the Agni 3 nuclear missile for the third time, indicating its readiness for induction into the strategic forces. The third successful test, which came after the initial setback in 2006 when the missile plunged into the Bay of Bengal, is part of the pre-induction trial of the missile that gives…