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February 2004 India Special Weapons News

  • ISRAEL/INDIA VOA 29 Feb 2004 -- Israel's Security Cabinet has approved the sale of three spy planes to India for one-point-one-billion dollars.The U-S administration, which originally opposed the sale, has now given its backing to the deal.
  • India, Israel held discussions on defense issues in Delhi IRNA 28 Feb 2004 -- The Israeli air force commander-in-chief, Major-General Dan Halutz, during his four-day visit to India held discussions with Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy on Thursday, local press reported here on Saturday.
  • Jaguar crashes in India`s Rajasthan, pilot killed IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Indian Air Force, Jaguar plane crashed in Pokhran, killing the pilot in the western Indian state of Rajasthan Thursday morning, police said.
  • India, US ten-day air exercises concludes at Bhopal IRNA 26 Feb 2004 -- Signaling a new level of military cooperation between India and US, Indian Air Force`s frontline aircrafts and pilots Wednesday matched skills with US Air Force over the skies of Bhopal in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, local media reported here on Thursday.
  • Kashmir separatist group suspends talks with Indian government PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- The Hurriyat Conference, which is a conglomerate of nearly two dozen separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir, has announced the suspension of talks with Indian central government.
  • India takes note of nuke-tech export from Pakistan: Vajpayee PLA Daily 24 Feb 2004 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said Monday that India has taken serious note of the clandestine export of nuclear technology from Pakistan.
  • Indian Air Force MiG 21 plane crashes in Gujarat, one killed IRNA 20 Feb 2004 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter plane crashed in Lakha Bhawana, 25 kms from Jamnagar in the Western Indian state of Gujarat Friday morning, killing one civilian and injuring 12 persons, local media reported.
  • Indo-US joint combat exercise will strengthen ties: Law IRNA 20 Feb 2004 -- US Pacific Air Force spokesman Major James W Law on Friday said Indo-US joint combat exercise would further strengthen Indo-American ties.
  • Hailing progress in talks between India and Pakistan, Annan urges leaders to stay course UN News Centre 19 Feb 2004 -- Encouraged by the "steady progress" being made in the bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the two South Asian neighbours to press forward in tackling sensitive issues.
  • INDIA-PAK TALKS / REACT VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- An agreement between India and Pakistan on a road map for future talks has been hailed around the world as an encouraging sign the two nations are ready to put years of tensions behind them. But that enthusiasm is also tempered by warnings that most of the work towards peace has yet to be done.
  • Pakistan, India agree to peace roadmap IRNA 18 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan and India agreed on Wednesday to a roadmap for composite dialogue to discuss and arrive at peaceful settlement of all bilateral issues including Jammu and Kashmir to the satisfaction of both sides.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/TALKS VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan and India have drawn up an agenda for a groundbreaking series of peace talks to end more than a half-century of conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals. V-O-A's Michael Kitchen reports from Islamabad, officials say the new dialogue stands a much better chance for success than past efforts to end the cycle of conflict.
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA/TALKS VOA 17 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan and India have broadly agreed on the framework for sustained peace talks about Kashmir and other disputes straining bilateral ties.
  • Pakistan, India resume dialogue process PLA Daily 17 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan and India here on Monday restarted their dialogue process after an over two-year gap, official sources from Pakistani foreign office told Xinhua.
  • Indo-US joint air exercise begins PLA Daily 17 Feb 2004 -- In the biggest-ever fighter maneuvers, India and United States Monday commenced a ten-day joint air exercises over the Gwalior skies, north India, accordingto the Press Trust of India(PTI).
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/TALKS VOA 17 Feb 2004 -- Officials from India and Pakistan have met for a second day of peace talks in Islamabad. As Ayaz Gul reports from the Pakistani capital, a Pakistani official says that one issue likely to be discussed is a mechanism to keep disputes between the two neighbors from degenerating into nuclear war.
  • South Asia: India, Pakistan Start Talks On Kashmir Agenda RFE/RL 16 Feb 2004 -- India and Pakistan today began three days of talks focusing on nuclear security and their half-century dispute over Kashmir.
  • Pakistan, India conclude opening session of talks IRNA 16 Feb 2004 -- Senior Pakistani and Indian officials wrapped up on Monday the opening session of three-day talks, which will set agenda for sustained dialogue over Kashmir and other issues of dispute, sources in the Foreign Office said.
  • Pakistan says talks with India were `cordial, constructive` IRNA 16 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan described as `cordial and constructive` the talks with India on Monday and said the two sides discussed modalities and time-frame for the resumption of the composite dialogue between the two countries.
  • French nuclear-powered carrier to figure in joint exercise with India PLA Daily 16 Feb 2004 -- Intending to raise its militaryengagement with India, France will field its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, and a SNA-type nuclear submarine in the next round of joint naval exercise, the HindustanTimes reported Saturday.
  • First Indo-US air war-games maneuvers begins in Bhopal Monday IRNA 16 Feb 2004 -- The Indian Air Force with a whole range of its fighters began war games maneuvers along with US Air Force`s combat aircraft in Gwalior, the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh Monday.
  • India set to test fire Agni-III missile PLA Daily 16 Feb 2004 -- India is set to test-fire this year its new longer-range 'Agni-III' surface-to-surface missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the Press Trust of India (PTI)reported on Sunday.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/TALKS VOA 16 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan and India have resumed a stalled peace dialogue after a gap of nearly three years. The three-day discussions are primarily to establish a framework for a long process of engagement between the nuclear-armed rivals, who have fought three wars with each other.
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA TALKS VOA 15 Feb 2004 -- A delegation from India has arrived in Pakistan to prepare high-level talks on how to resolve the two nations' long-running dispute over Kashmir. The nuclear-armed rivals are returning to the negotiating table after a gap of nearly three years, during which they almost went to war.
  • INDIA / PAKISTAN TALKS VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Indian and Pakistani officials are expected to meet next week (Feb 16-18) for the first time since the two nations agreed to renew talks aimed at ending decades of hostility. The three-day meeting will set the agenda for future higher-level discussions on disputes - including the region of Kashmir and the question of nuclear proliferation.
  • India test fires Surface-to-Air Trishul missile IRNA 10 Feb 2004 -- Indian defense scientists test-fired the short range surface-to-air missile Trishul from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 kms from Balasore in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa on Tuesday, defense sources said.
  • Five N-E separatists groups hold talks with India to end violence IRNA 09 Feb 2004 -- At least five frontline separatist groups from India`s troubled northeast are holding secret talks with New Delhi to end more than five-decades of violent insurgency in the region, officials Monday said.
  • Indian defense yearbook dwells on threat to Indian energy security PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- The latest Indian Defense Yearbook said that another possible war by the United States in West Asia could spark off a new wave of "uncontrollable anti-Americanism" in the Arab and Muslim world, give a boost to terrorism and seriously affect petroleum supplies to India.
  • Indian soldiers concerned about nuclear war: survey PLA Daily 09 Feb 2004 -- India's first-ever survey on the attitudes of army personnel has shown that 65 percent polled said they were concerned about the prospect of a nuclear war.
  • India`s MiG-23 crashes, pilot killed in Rajasthan IRNA 07 Feb 2004 -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-23 fighter aircraft Saturday crashed while participating in an exercise over Pokhran Range, 40 km from Jaisalmer in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, killing the pilot, local media reported here on Saturday.
  • Private sector participation in Indian defense production on rise IRNA 07 Feb 2004 -- India`s Minister of State for Defense Chaman Lal Gupta on Friday evening said, that with the growth of public sector (PSUs) in Defense Production, a large number of industrial units in the Private Sector also have grown with varied scales of operation, which are involved in outsourcing raw materials, components, sub-systems/assemblies and sub-assemblies to ordnance factories and Defense PSUs.
  • India looking for Swedish weapons systems for self propelled guns IRNA 07 Feb 2004 -- India`s Defense Secretary Ajay Prasad Friday evening said that there was requirement for self-propelled and towed guns for the Indian Army and concluded that SWS Sweden are one of the parties whose products are under consideration.
  • INDIA / DEFENSE VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- India's booming economy is allowing the government to invest more heavily in the country's defense and technology sectors -- fueling the belief that India could rise to become a regional or global superpower, and change the way the nation thinks of itself.
  • India test-flies pilotless Lakshya aircraft IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- India`s pilotless target aircraft `Lakshya` was successfully test-flown with an improved engine on Thursday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-Sea in Eastern Indian State of Orissa, local media reported here Thursday.
  • India to acquire latest technologies for defense: Minister IRNA 05 Feb 2004 -- India`s Secretary for Defense Production and Supplies, Uma Pillai, said that India is a large market and the low cost of production, availability of highly skilled manpower and industrial infrastructure, make joint ventures in India "an excellent commercial proposition."
  • Revolution in military affairs is about technology: Fernandes IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- India`s Defense Minister George Fernandes on Wednesday said the revolution in military affairs is about technology and not manpower.
  • India, Nepal holds secretary level talks in Kathmandu IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- After the Bhutanese action against Indian separatists, New Delhi now wants Nepal to launch operations against Maoist insurgents in its territory, local press reported here on Wednesday.
  • US will prove to be a threat to India: Gen Padmanabhan IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- Former chief of army staff (COAS) of India General S. Padmanabhan has predicted the India-United States bonhomie currently in full vigor will not last long.
  • INDIA/BLEACH FREED VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- India has released from prison a British man who had been sentenced to life in the 1990s for smuggling weapons to rebel groups in the east of the country. VThe British government intervened on his behalf.



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