Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2016 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian Space Agency to Launch 83 Satellites in One Go Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- India is attempting to leverage its USP of low cost space launchers to attract foreign makers of micro satellites.
- India's Space Program Makes Steady Gains Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- The Indian space program falters in the area of manned missions, but ISRO has made steady gains in unmanned missions and commercial launches of satellites, fueling keen interest by competitors like China.
- Indian army helicopter crashes, three officers dead Press TV 30 Nov 2016 -- Three Indian army officers have been killed in a crash of a five-seater Cheetah helicopter in eastern India.
- France Helps India Revive Home Grown Jet Engine Project Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- French Defense manufacturer Safran has signed a $ 2 million consultancy agreement with India to help revive its indigenous jet engine project – Kaveri. Its revival will remove bottlenecks in India's ambition of developing a fighter aircraft with a homegrown engine.
- Attack on Indian Army Camp in Jammu and Kashmir Kills 7 Soldiers, 3 Militants VOA 29 Nov 2016 -- Seven Indian soldiers and three attackers were killed when armed militants stormed an army base in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state early Tuesday.
- India Considers More Active Military Role in Afghanistan Sputnik 29 Nov 2016 -- India has assessed requirement of spare parts to restore dozens of Russian made military helicopters and transport aircraft. India remains non-committal to supply military spare parts to Afghanistan despite having unique agreement with Russia since year 2014.
- At Least 7 Indian Servicemen Killed in Attack on Military Camp in Jammu Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- At least two officers and five soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces were killed on Tuesday in a militant attack on an army unit in the town of Nagrota in the northern country's state of Jammu and Kashmir, a statement of the Northern Command of India's army.
- India's Modi says will cut water supply to Pakistan Press TV 25 Nov 2016 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his administration is "committed" to cutting the water supply to Pakistan amid an escalation of tensions between the two nuclear neighbors.
- India's First BVR Missile Astra on Verge of Commercial Production Sputnik 25 Nov 2016 -- The successful public firing of the home-made missile has set the stage for its commercial production from next year. The Astra will replace some of the French, Russian and Israeli air to air missiles.
- Chinese Maritime Overtures to Bangladesh Makes India Wary Sputnik 25 Nov 2016 -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Dhaka at an awkward time in bilateral ties after Bangladesh accepted a generous aid offer including submarines from China.
- Pakistan Air Force Chief Urges India to 'Show Restraint' Amid Border Tensions Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's Air Force Chief Sohail Aman said that India should demonstrate "some restraint" amid the escalation of situation on the military control line in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir UN News 24 Nov 2016 -- "Deeply concerned" about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.
- India Unable to Integrate Missiles, Looks to Israel for Combat Drones Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The Indian Government had put a contract for Heron drones on hold for a year in the hope that defense scientists will produce an alternative.
- India's Selective Nod to Blacklisted Defense Firms Sputnik 22 Nov 2016 -- India has partially reversed its policy of not doing business with defence companies suspected of unethical behavior. A banned firm can supply products if there is no available alternative to its weapon system or equipment.
- China, Pakistan Bonhomie Forces India to Rethink Its Nuclear Submarine Plan Sputnik 22 Nov 2016 -- India may be planning to induct more submarines due to hectic activity on this front by China and Pakistan. More clarity will emerge after its finalizes some key aspects of its new purchase policy.
- India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Agni-I Missile Sputnik 22 Nov 2016 -- India successfully tested a homemade nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile, senior Defense Ministry sources told Sputnik.
- Pakistan Reports Deadly Border Clashes With India VOA 21 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's military says intense clashes with India along the disputed Kashmir frontier Monday killed at least four Pakistani civilians and wounded 10 others.
- Indian Navy Inducts Another Russia-Assisted Guided Missile Destroyer Sputnik 21 Nov 2016 -- The Indian Navy's preparations for operations in a wider swathe of maritime domain remain on course with the commissioning of a sixth destroyer. The first three belong to the Delhi Class while the next three have more stealth features and slotted in Kolkata Class.
- India to Again Test Home-Made Sub-Sonic Missile Nirbhay Sputnik 21 Nov 2016 -- Will India's membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) make a difference to the fourth test of a sub-sonic missile? Indigenous technology has so far led to two failures and one partial success.
- India Tests Twin-Engine Nuclear-Capable Missile Sputnik 21 Nov 2016 -- India demonstrated its nuclear deterrence capability by testing the Prithvi II MRBM. Over the next two days, it has lined up tests of an Advanced Air Defense Interceptor and Agni I missiles.
- Indian Groups Protest Bill to Grant Citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- As religious violence targeting Hindus continues in Bangladesh, many Bangladeshi Hindus said they feel increasingly unsafe in the Muslim-majority nation, and they are planning to move to Hindu-majority India.
- Pakistani army says it shot down Indian drone near Kashmir border Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- The Pakistani military has shot down an Indian "spy drone" in the disputed Kashmir region shortly after four Pakistani children were killed by Indian mortar fire.
- Pakistan's navy pushes Indian submarine out of its waters Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's navy says it has "pushed" an Indian submarine out of the Pakistani waters amid rising tensions between the two countries.
- Chinese, Indian armies stage joint anti-terror drill People's Daily 16 Nov 2016 -- Chinese and Indian army troops started their joint anti-terror exercises in the Western Indian city of Puna on Wednesday.
- India Confident of Strategic Partnership Under Trump VOA 15 Nov 2016 -- A strategic partnership built between India and the United States in the last two years is expected to deepen under a Trump administration.
- Pakistan Blames India for Cross-border Shelling; 7 Troops Dead VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan says that "unprovoked" overnight shelling by India across the disputed Kashmir frontier killed seven Pakistani troops.
- Pakistan Briefs Ambassadors of P5 States on India's Ceasefire Violations Sputnik 11 Nov 2016 -- Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefed on Friday ambassadors of P5 countries on the alleged continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
- Japan, India sign nuclear deal limited to peaceful commercial use Press TV 11 Nov 2016 -- Japan and India have signed a controversial nuclear deal that allows Tokyo to sell civil nuclear power equipment and technology to New Delhi.
- India Has Long Wait Ahead for Home-Made Combat Fighters Sputnik 11 Nov 2016 -- The Indian Air Force plans to replace the venerable MiG-21 series of combat jets with the home-produced fighter named Tejas. But, capacity constraints at the factory means the replacements will take place at a very slow pace.
- Defense Minister Offers Hawkish 'Personal' Views on India's Nuclear Doctrine Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Although India takes pride in its doctrine of no-first-use (NFU) of nuclear weapons, the Indian Defense Minister feels this policy should not be rigid.
- Modi Quick to Hail Trump Win as India Sees Upturn in Ties Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- In contrast to the Indian industry's cautious, the political class is laying down the red carpet for US President-elect Donald Trump. It is hoping the convergence between the Modi Government and Trump on identifying Pakistan as a nursery for terrorists will lead to an uptick in ties between India and the US.
- India Protests Espionage Allegations Against Its Diplomats in Pakistan Sputnik 09 Nov 2016 -- India has summoned the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner to protest unfair allegations against its mission staffers and shooting that killed three soldiers in a week. Pakistan has reciprocated by summoning the deputy envoy over the ceasefire violation by India.
- India Stocks Up on Russian, Israeli Ammunition as Borders Remain Tense Sputnik 09 Nov 2016 -- Since the Uri attack that killed 19 troops in September, unabated tension and skirmishes on the border with Pakistan force India to purchase ammunition from its reliable suppliers.
- Fresh Indian fire kills three more civilians in Kashmir: Pakistan Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Pakistani officials say Indian troops have opened fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least three civilians.
- China, India pledge to enhance mutual trust, safeguard border peace People's Daily 08 Nov 2016 -- Senior defense officials from China and India vowed on Tuesday to enhance the strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation between the two nations.
- Three Indian Diplomats Leave Pakistan Amid Spy Scandal - Reports Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Three Indian diplomats left Pakistan for India afer thet were suspected of terrorist and subversive activities by the local authorities, five other Indian diplomats, suspected in a number of crimes by Islamabad, were still in Pakistan, according to local media.
- Cross-border firing by Indian troops kill three in Kashmir: Pakistani officials Press TV 07 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's officials say Indian troops have opened fire and killed three people, including a policeman, across the two countries' de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- India's Acquisition Body Clears Deal on Purchase of Russian T-90 Tanks - Source Sputnik 07 Nov 2016 -- India's Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) gave the go-ahead to the deal on 464 Russian T-90 tanks under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, a source in the Indian Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Monday.
- India Plans to Produce Nearly 100 Combat Aircraft From Its Own Factory Sputnik 07 Nov 2016 -- India is currently planning to induct a large number of foreign made fighters to shore up its depleting squadron strength. But at the same time, it is going ahead with plans to induct aircraft produced in its own factories.
- India to Contract for More Russian Tanks, Plans Domestic Assembling Sputnik 07 Nov 2016 -- If Russia approves India's 'Acceptance of Necessity' for 464 T-90 tanks, this will be the second major defense deal with Russia under PM Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative. The first `Make in India' deal in the defence sector is to produce Kamov helicopters. Thus, Russia scores two out of two in Make in India category for defence sector.
- Cross-border firing kills two Indian soldiers: Army Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- At least two Indian soldiers have been killed during an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the de facto border dividing the disputed region of Kashmir.
- India Says Ceasefire With Pakistan Violated 500 Times This Year Sputnik 04 Nov 2016 -- In 2016 a total of 500 ceasefire violations have been registered along India's border with Pakistan, a large number of them following the September strikes, local media report.
- China, India agree to jointly safeguard border peace, tranquility People's Daily 04 Nov 2016 -- Senior officials of China and India agreed on Friday to push forward their talks on boundary issues so as to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in their border areas.
- India Prepares to Detect Airborne Threat in Difficult Himalayan Terrain Sputnik 04 Nov 2016 -- India plans to create a web of passive air surveillance systems to guard its borders from spying amid simmering tensions China.
- Pakistan Accuses Indian Diplomats Of Espionage RFE/RL 03 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan has accused eight Indian diplomats of espionage and terrorism, amid mounting tensions between the two neighbors.
- Pakistan Accuses Indian Diplomats of Espionage and Terrorism VOA 03 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan has accused eight Indian diplomats of espionage and sponsoring terrorism on its soil, just days after withdrawing six of its diplomatic staffers facing similar allegations in India.
- India Upgrades Military Airlift Capability Just 18 Miles Away From China Border Sputnik 03 Nov 2016 -- Amid simmering relations with China, India successfully lands US-made heavy military transport aircraft at Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground for real time troop support
- India, Pakistan withdraw diplomats amid tensions Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- India and Pakistan have decided to withdraw diplomats as tensions between the two nuclear powers of the South Asia region keep escalating.
- As J-20 Takes Flight, India Yet to Firm-up its Plan on Next Gen Stealth Aircraft Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- India watched with anxious interest the much awaited appearance of J-20 which is expected to provide long range, hard to detect strike capacity to the Chinese Air Force from 2018.
- US Warns of Possible IS Attack in India VOA 01 Nov 2016 -- For the first time the U.S. government is publicly warning of the possibility of terrorist attacks in India carried out by the Islamic State group.
- Peace Activists Urge India, Pakistan to End Deadly Border Clashes VOA 01 Nov 2016 -- Civil society activists in India and Pakistan have jointly urged both the governments to de-escalate military tensions and resume peace talks as deadly cross-border skirmishes continued on Tuesday.
- India Destroys 14 Pakistani Border Posts in Response to Islamabad's Shelling Sputnik 01 Nov 2016 -- The Indian Border Security Forces (BFS) destroyed 14 Pakistan's border posts after Pakistani forces killed eight people on the territory of India during the shelling, according to local media.
- India to Clear $2.1 Billion Defense Purchase Contract with Russia Sputnik 01 Nov 2016 -- Indian Army intends to purchase advanced T-90 tanks from Russia. Experts believe that it is best suited for deployment along the western border.
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