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February 2005 India Special Weapons News

  • India strengthens border force to fight Nepal Maoists IRNA 28 Feb 2005 -- In a bid to deal with the Maoist threat from Nepal effectively, the government of India has increased the budgetary provisions for border security force.
  • India-France naval exercise to focus on mine warfare IRNA 28 Feb 2005 -- The Indian and French navies would focus on "mine counter measures" during the nine-day exercise, Varuna 2005/1, beginning in the south Indian port of Kochi Monday.
  • India test-fires Akash missile IRNA 26 Feb 2005 -- India Saturday test-fired the indigenously built medium-range surface-to-air missile, Akash, three times from the interim test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore in its eastern state of Orissa.
  • INDIA/KARZAI VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met top Indian leaders in New Delhi to boost bilateral and economic ties. The Afghan leader is on a three-day visit to India.
  • Pakistan opposes sale of US anti-missile Patriot to India IRNA 23 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan on Wednesday cautioned that the possible sale of US Patriot anti-ballistic missile system to India would be `counter-productive, erode deterrence in the region, fuel arms race and induce higher risk-taking`.
  • India test-fires Akash, surface-to-air missile IRNA 21 Feb 2005 -- India today test-fired the indigenously developed medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the integrated test range (ITR) at its missile developing facility at Chandipur-on-sea, fifteen kilometers from Balasore in Orissa.
  • India under no obligation to supply arms to Nepal: Mukherjee IRNA 16 Feb 2005 -- India is under no contractual obligation to supply arms to Nepal and any request for weapons is considered only after taking into consideration the situation in the Himalayan kingdom, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here.
  • PAKISTAN INDIA POLITICS VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan and India have agreed to start a bus service linking the two capitals of the disputed Kashmir region. The landmark pact is seen as the latest fruit of the peace dialogue that the rival nations launched last year.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan is hoping the visit of India's foreign minister will help move the two countries toward a solution over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
  • INDIA/AVIATION INDUSTRY VOA 13 Feb 2005 -- India's plans to buy hundreds of passenger jets and war planes over the next few years are attracting global aircraft companies. India also is wooing aviation companies to outsource work to the country.
  • India discusses radiological security with US, IAEA IRNA 11 Feb 2005 -- A joint delegation of representatives from the US Department of Energy and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) toured India on February 9 regarding the first India-US-IAEA meeting on the Regional Radiological Security Partnership (RRSP) program.
  • INDIA TO BUY NEW DIESEL SUBMARINES FROM RUSSIA? RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2005 -- India does not rule out the possibility of buying new diesel submarines from Russia in the future, the Indoasian news service cites from Bangalore on Wednesday Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee as saying at the opening of the 5th International Aerospace Exhibition Aero India'2005.
  • India, US to cooperate in defense system development IRNA 07 Feb 2005 -- India`s Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, while inaugurating `Aero-India 2005`, said that India would encourage defense system development with the United States and subsequent production of the system in India, the Press Trust of India reports.

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