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December 2016 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian's Modi Announces Series of Incentives for Poor and Farmers VOA 31 Dec 2016 -- Asserting that his crackdown against corruption will not end, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of financial incentives for poor people, farmers, small businesses, women and senior citizens.
- China Surprises India as It Defends Pak-Based Militant Chief at UN Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- Despite promising joint efforts to weed out terrorism from the region, China has backed Pakistan at the UN to prevent Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar being designated a terrorist.
- After Nuke-Capable Missile Test, India Official Lashes Out at Beijing Criticism Sputnik 29 Dec 2016 -- In the wake of Beijing's threats to bring up New Delhi's test-firing of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V at the UN Security Council, a senior Indian air force official said regional partners should not discuss what India is doing unless it is prohibited, a subject that would ostensibly include nuclear proliferation.
- India's Finance Minister Calls Currency Ban a Success; Critics Disagree VOA 29 Dec 2016 -- India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has called the government's controversial currency ban a success, citing a jump in revenue collection.
- India on Track to Unveil Most Advanced Version of Tejas LCA Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- The Indian Air Force was forced to accept diluted parameters of Tejas due to the delay in the upgraded MK2. There is now optimism about rolling out the prototype by 2019.
- Russia Left Out From Major Indian Tender for EW Suites Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- India has asked a Russian vendor to quote for AESA radars but overlooked it while asking for participation in the tender for EW self-protection jammer pods.
- Indian Air Force Pushes For 200-250 More Medium Weight Combat Jets Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- India is staring at a startling shortage of combat jets to fight two front wars with Pakistan and China. The current strength of the Indian Air Force is 34 squadrons (18-20 aircraft per squadron) as against the estimated requirement of 42 squadrons for a two-front war.
- China Takes Media Reports at Face Value, Questions Indias Nuke Capable ICBM Test Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- China has flagged the UN Security Council Resolution 1172 which calls upon both India and Pakistan to cease development of ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
- India Keeping Close Watch on Nepal-China Military Drill Sputnik 27 Dec 2016 -- The China-Nepal joint military exercise to be held in February has made the Indian security establishment sit up. Although the nature of the joint drills will be largely symbolic in nature, its significance is not lost on India that is already concerned by the opening of the Lhasa-Kathmandu trade route.
- MIRVs to Make India's 'Agni' ICBM More Potent Sputnik 27 Dec 2016 -- After the successful test launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Agni 5, India will now work on improving the warhead. The next version with MIRVs will be called Agni 6.
- India Sends 4,000 Troops to Reopen Highway Blocked by Protesters Sputnik 27 Dec 2016 -- India's central government sent 4,000 paramilitary personnel to the northwestern state of Manipur to reopen a highway connecting the state to its northern neighbor, Nagaland, and stop the violent protests the erection of the blockade had sparked.
- Russian Helicopters to Build Ka-226T at 2nd Plant to Speed Up Delivery to India Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- According to press release, Russian Helicopters company will launch the second production site for Ka-226T helicopters at its Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to accelerate the assembly and delivery of the choppers to India.
- India's Counter-Terrorism Body Arrests Daesh Militant Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- Daesh sympathizer, who was planning to carry out murders of foreigners in the India's city of Kolkata, was detained by the Indian National Investigation Agency.
- India Successfully Tests Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni-V - Ministry Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- India carried out a test launch of Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of the state of Odisha in the west of India, Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) at the Indian Defense Ministry said Monday.
- India Tests Long-Range Nuclear Missile that Can Hit Targets in China VOA 26 Dec 2016 -- India has successfully carried out a fourth test of its nuclear-capable, intercontinental Agni-V missile, which can hit targets more than 5,000 kilometers away, effectively putting China's northernmost areas within range of Indian nuclear weapons.
- India Approves $45Mln Plan to Add Teeth to Elite Forces for Surgical Strikes Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- The limited availability of resources has diluted the combat capabilities of Indian Special Forces currently operating in different parts of the country. In anticipation of a limited war scenario, India has started modernizing its most elite forces.
- India to Equip Infantry Vehicles with Automatic NBC Systems Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- India is enhancing its protective capabilities following apprehensions of Pakistani deployment of nuclear capable Nasr missiles on their common border.
- India to Purchase Sole C-17 Transporters in Boeing's Inventory Sputnik 23 Dec 2016 -- The C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft has been criticized by the Indian auditor for a below par performance – the annual average load ranged between 13 tons and 18 tons per sortie against the payload capacity of 70 tons. Yet India wants to but the sole aircraft left in US inventory.
- Indian Commando Across Pakistan Border to Receive Lethal Weapon Sputnik 22 Dec 2016 -- Despite the lack of latest arms and equipment, India's Special Forces have conducted two successful surgical strikes in Pakistan and Myanmar. India now wants to make them more lethal.
- India Plans Himalayan Web of Radars For Real Time Weather Info to Armed Forces Sputnik 22 Dec 2016 -- For Indian troops located on the heights of the Himalayas, weather is the biggest enemy. The Government plans to provide accurate weather for these troops posted on the borders with China and Pakistan with the help of a network of Doppler radars.
- India should be cautious in rebuilding special forces in border areas with China: expert People's Daily 21 Dec 2016 -- In addition to the deployment of Mountain Strike Corps and BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missiles along the China-India border, India is planning to rebuild its Special Frontier Forces (SFF) to cope with China's frequent actions, Indian media outlet Daily News and Analysis (DNA) reported on Dec. 19.
- Three soldiers killed as Indian army convoy ambushed in Kashmir Press TV 17 Dec 2016 -- Three Indian soldiers have been killed when a military convoy came under attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Pakistan says cross-border firing by Indian troops kills school bus driver Press TV 16 Dec 2016 -- Pakistan's officials say a Pakistani school bus driver was killed after Indian troops opened fire across the two countries' de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- India Racing to Develop Amphibious Warfare Hub in Indian Ocean Sputnik 16 Dec 2016 -- Having recently commissioned eight amphibious warfare ships, the Indian Navy is now looking to procure larger vessels of the same class.
- Restricted India Tenders for AESA Radars for Home Grown Combat Jet Sputnik 15 Dec 2016 -- Currently, Indian Air Force does not have any fighters that have new age AESA radar. However, Jaguar's DARIN III version are being equipped with AESA radar by Israel's ELTA.
- India Gears Up for Final Trial of Nuke Capable ICBM Sputnik 15 Dec 2016 -- The first three versions of the Agni missile were basically developed keeping in view of Pakistan's nuclear capability. But Agni IV and Agni V missiles have much larger ranges to deter any threat from China.
- India Overtakes Saudi Arabia to Become Fourth-Largest Military Spender Sputnik 13 Dec 2016 -- India has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia in defense spending, making the nation of 1.25 billion the fourth-largest defense spender in the world.
- India Eyes Indian Ocean, Defense Minister Visits Island Nation of Mauritius Sputnik 10 Dec 2016 -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar is visiting Mauritius for three days; the trip holds significance, as India is expected to leverage its position in the region by offering a line of credit to Mauritius for additional defense purchases.
- Former India Air Force Chief Arrested In Helicopter Scandal Sputnik 10 Dec 2016 -- On Friday, former Indian Air Force chief marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi was arrested by New Dehli's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in buying 12 AW 101 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland, an auxiliary of Rome-based defense company Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
- Indian Defense Minister Keeps Eye on Pakistan's Nuclear Expansion Sputnik 09 Dec 2016 -- What is making India anxious is that in a decade Pakistan may have the world's third largest stockpile of nuclear warheads.
- Arrest of Ex-Service Chief Heralds Major Indian Crackdown on Dodgy Defense Deals Sputnik 09 Dec 2016 -- Indian probe agencies are looking into half a dozen defense deals where there is evidence of corrupt practices. For the first time in India, a former Indian Air Force chief has been arrested for corruption.
- India, China in Indian Ocean Tug of War? Sputnik 09 Dec 2016 -- The Indian Ocean is no longer an idyllic commons as both India and China are stepping up naval activity. For India, three regional hotspots are of concern because of increasing Chinese naval interest.
- Joint India-United States Statement on the Visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India DoD 08 Dec 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar today, marking the seventh interaction between the two leaders. Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter reviewed the tremendous progress made in bilateral defense ties and discussed the immense promise for the future of India-U.S. security cooperation.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter and Defense Minister Parrikar in New Delhi, India DoD 08 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar
- Remarks by Secretary Carter and Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi, India DoD 08 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
- Indian Missile BVRAAM Fails Trials Yet Again Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- Indian plans to produce a beyond-visual-range missile that matches French, Russian and Israeli air-to-air missiles have suffered a setback. Despite a reshuffle in DRDO and inking of the MTCR, the Astra failed yet another test.
- US Says Major Defense Partner Status for India 'Very Close to Finishing Line' Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter hopes that Barack Obama will grant India the status of a major defense partner (MDP) soon. On his seventh visit to India, the MDP and LSA will be Carter's achievements in furthering Indo-US defense ties.
- Indian Army Searching For New Sniper Rifle Supplier Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- The Indian Army is eyeing the purchase of sniper rifles that would have a higher range than the Russian Dragunov sniper rifle currently in use in the country, Indian media report.
- India Launches Third Resource Monitoring Satellite for Commercial Use Sputnik 07 Dec 2016 -- India has launched a third satellite for the same series to offer improved services to its customers for remote sensing data.
- India Orders Locally Made Rocket Launchers, Despite Faulty Ammunition Issues Sputnik 07 Dec 2016 -- Despite complaints of faulty ammunition, India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) spent $490 million on 36 Pinaka Mark-1 multi-barrel rocket launchers, manufactured by the country's own Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
- India Grounds 280 Crash-Prone Military Helicopters Sputnik 07 Dec 2016 -- Present holding of helicopters in Army Aviation Corps is 73 percent of the authorized strength. Grounding of light utility helicopters may further aggravate the problem in securing forward areas.
- India using indiscriminate force in Kashmir: Rights group Press TV 07 Dec 2016 -- A rights group has accused Indian security forces of using indiscriminate force against protesters in Kashmir, saying the forces have been routinely blocking medical care for injured protesters in the restive region this year.
- Tensions Between India, Pakistan Undermining Regional Alliances VOA 06 Dec 2016 -- Tensions between India and Pakistan are spoiling efforts to try to tackle the region's security problems, as the nuclear-armed neighbors have difficulty finding issues on which they can work together.
- In China's backyard, India to Train Vietnam Pilots Fly Sukhoi Jets Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- India's main focus is to export naval vessels in order to make its presence felt beyond the Malacca Straits. But it is also trying to leverage the commonality of Russian equipment with Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Indian Army to Equip T-90 Tanks for Night Fighting Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- India is trying to play catch up with China and Pakistan in 24X7 armoured warfare. Only half of India's tanks are configured for night warfare as against Pakistan's 80 per cent and China's 100 per cent.
- Indian Navy Warship Suffers Massive Damage, Two Missing Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- This year's winner of the Indian Navy's "most spirited ship" award ended its life after an accident at a naval dockyard. In the past five years, Indian Navy has witnessed more than two dozen accidents leading to the loss of three major naval warships including a Kilo class submarine.
- Indian Tejas Fighter Jets Too Heavy for Aircraft Carriers - Navy Chief Sputnik 03 Dec 2016 -- Chief of India's Naval Staff said that India's locally-built Tejas fighters are too heavy to take off from its aircraft carriers.
- Scorpene Data Leak: India-France Joint Group to Consider Changes Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- India is going ahead with the commissioning of its Scorpene submarines despite a data leak about its generic features.
- US, Swedish Aviation Majors Offer Technology Transfer to Bag Indian Jet Tender Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- Two of world's major military aviation companies have sweetened the terms for making combat jets in India. The Government expects response from Russian companies too.
- West Bengal's Fiery Chief Minister Upset Over Army Deployment Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has raised objections against the deployment of army in her state without taking permission from the civil authorities. She fears this is happening because of her opposition to the Indian PM's policies.
- Indian Navy Increases Vigil as China Deploys Nuclear Submarine in Pak Waters Sputnik 02 Dec 2016 -- China's naval wooing of India's neighbors has compelled the Indian Navy to step up vigilance of its maritime domain. As of now the Indian Navy is sanguine about monitoring Chinese naval activity on both its oceanic flanks.
- US Bags Long-Pending Indian Artillery Deal, Eyes More Share Sputnik 01 Dec 2016 -- In a face saver for the outgoing US Administration, India has agreed to sign a deal for artillery guns. Over the past one year, it has been Russia that has scored big with India by signing several defence and nuclear power contracts.
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