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March 2004 India Special Weapons News

  • Indian forces called out after ethnic clashes in Assam IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- Federal soldiers were called out Sunday in India`s restive northeastern state of Assam where 34 people were killed in a string of ethnic clashes during the past five days, officials said.
  • India`s test fires surface to air Akash missile twice IRNA 29 Mar 2004 -- India`s indigenously built medium range multi-target surface-to-air missile `Akash` was test-fired on Monday from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 km in Balasore in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, official sources said.
  • Indo-US infantry exercises begin at India`s Variangate IRNA 27 Mar 2004 -- On the heels of the India-US Air Force Fighter Exercise, India and the US on Saturday begin their first infantry exercise on "Low Intensity Conflict Operations in Jungle Terrain."
  • INDIA/KASHMIR TALKS VOA 27 Mar 2004 -- India's Deputy Prime Minister and Kashmiri separatist leaders have concluded talks aimed at returning peace to Indian Kashmir. It was the second meeting between the two sides since they began an historic dialogue earlier in the year.
  • U-S PAKISTAN INDIA VOA 20 Mar 2004 -- India has criticized a recent decision by the United States to give Pakistan special military status, saying it could hurt ties between the two countries.
  • India test fires extended version of `Prithvi` missile IRNA 19 Mar 2004 -- India`s extended version most sophisticated medium range surface-to-surface missile `Prithvi` capable of carrying nuclear war heads was on Friday successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 13 kms from Balasore in the Eastern Indian State of Orissa.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Hawk Trainer - India Implementation MoU Signed BAE Systems 19 Mar 2004 -- The Government of India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British High Commissioner to India in New Delhi for the effective and uninterrupted implementation of the contracts regarding acquisition of 66 HAWK Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs). This underpins the supply of 66 aircraft, with associated support and interim pilot training.
  • India to sign contract to buy jet trainer aircraft from Britain PLA Daily 15 Mar 2004 -- Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes indicated on Sunday that the final agreement to buy 66 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft from British Aerospace is likely to be signed on Monday.
  • POWELL / INDIA VISIT VOA 12 Mar 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell is scheduled to leave Sunday (has left) on a trip to meet with leaders in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He first stops in New Delhi where he plans to discuss recent agreements to expand U-S and Indian cooperation on nuclear and space technology and the revived peace process between India and Pakistan. Rrelations between India and Pakistan have dramatically improved since Mr. Powell's last visit to the region.
  • INDIA / KASHMIR VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, officials say two soldiers have been wounded in an attack by Islamic militants. Violence has been raging in the region despite a new bid for peace between India and Pakistan.
  • Indian Army drafts new war doctrine IRNA 05 Mar 2004 -- Indian Army has drafted a new war doctrine and it would be finalised after receiving suggestions from all quarters, said the Chief of Indian Army Staff, N.C. Vij, at a seminar here.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries and Indian Ministry of Defense Sign $1.1 Billion Aircraft Industries and Indian Ministry of Defense Sign $1.1 Billion Contract For Three Airborne Early Warning Aircraft Israel Aerospace Industries 05 Mar 2004 -- Moshe Keret, IAI's President & CEO stated: "IAI has a proven experience in Airborne Early Warning systems. We are pleased that the Indian Air Force has chosen us as a partner for this program"
  • POWELL / SOUTH ASIA VOA 05 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit India, Pakistan and Afghanistan on a week-long South Asian trip later this month. He'll lend support to revived peace talks between India and Pakistan and discuss reconstruction and counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

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