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January 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- India Asks Pakistan to Take Credible Actions Against Terror Outfits Sputnik 31 Jan 2017 -- Claiming the 'house arrest' of Jamat-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan as a futile exercise, India has conveyed it needs credible actions against these terror groups to restore faith in Pakistan's actions.
- Pakistan Puts Leading Figure In 2008 Mumbai Attacks Under House Arrest RFE/RL 30 Jan 2017 -- Pakistan authorities said they ordered the house arrest of a leading figure who allegedly was behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.
- Heavy Shelling by Pakistan Causing Avalanches in Kashmir - Indian Army Chief Sputnik 30 Jan 2017 -- Both countries have been engaged in heavy shelling with mortars on the border for the last one year. Both armies have lost dozens of soldiers in close firing at the Line of Control, the de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
- In a Bid for Defense Exports, India is Giving Contracts to the Private Sector Sputnik 30 Jan 2017 -- The Indian government has started allocating big military orders to private firms in order to boost defense manufacturing. The Indian government seeks greater private sector participation to achieve military exports worth $2 bln by 2019.
- Russia Starts Work on Boosting BrahMos Missile's Range for India Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- Russian-Indian BrahMos short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles, currently produced for India's armed forces, may gain an extended range variant by 2019, the missile's Russian manufacturer said Friday.
- India Shows the Flag in Indian Ocean Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- The ongoing month-long exercise in the Indian Ocean is the most complex and is the first to be held after news broke about Chinese nuclear submarine visiting Pakistani ports.
- Russia to Set Up MiG-29 Fighter Jet After-Sales Service Center in India in 2017 Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- Vice-president of the United Aircraft Corporation for innovations said that Russia will open an after-sales service center in India for maintenance of the MiG-29 fighter jets.
- Indian Navy Pitches for Three More Multirole Fighter Squadrons Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- Global military aviation majors to square off as India sets stiff parameters for the selection of 57 combat jets that are able to operate from aircraft carriers.
- India to Buy Hundreds of Missiles for Russian Self Propelled Air Defence System Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- The Indian Army has been searching for a replacement of Kvadrat self propelled air defence system for a long time. But it has been unable to find a suitable option for the air defense of 500 vulnerable areas and vulnerable points across the country.
- First Ever? India Gives Major Military Contract to Domestic Private Companies Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), India's first indigenous 155mm/52-caliber towed artillery gun, will be a joint project of two private-sector corporations. This is a reversal of the usual practice of giving only state-owned companies these kinds of pricey orders.
- India Begins Constructing Movable Bunkers on Border With China Sputnik 25 Jan 2017 -- The construction of bunkers has been a flashpoint in Sino-India ties. India was embarrassed by Chinese soldiers protesting one such attempt during Xi Jinping's visit to Delhi in 2015. India is now building 'movable' bunkers to get around this issue.
- Indian troops kill 3 as fresh violence erupts in Kashmir Press TV 24 Jan 2017 -- Indian soldiers have engaged in a fresh round of gun battle in Kashmir, killing three people.
- India-UAE to Explore Joint-Production of Aircraft Sputnik 24 Jan 2017 -- India and UAE will strengthen their strategic partnership by attempting to step up defense and security cooperation during the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi for the Republic Day parade.
- India, Pakistan Missile Race Continues Unabated Sputnik 24 Jan 2017 -- India tested the guided Pinaka multi barrel launcher on the same day that Pakistan test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,200 kilometers, its second test in few weeks.
- India May Fit German Torpedoes in French Submarines Sputnik 23 Jan 2017 -- India is rolling out its French submarines without their main deterrents because the supplier's parent company has been blacklisted on charges of corruption. New Delhi is now being forced to look at German torpedoes as an alternative.
- It's Time: India's Kudankulam NPP 2nd Power Unit Reaches Full Capacity Sputnik 22 Jan 2017 -- Complex dynamic tests will be conducted for a period of 15 days.
- India to Replace Archaic Battlefield Communication With Advanced Radios Sputnik 22 Jan 2017 -- In tune with India's public airing of the Cold War doctrine that advocates a blitzkrieg into enemy territory, the army is updating its vital component – communications – that will ensure complete battlefield awareness for theatre commanders.
- India, UAE Foray in Defense and Security Cooperation Sputnik 20 Jan 2017 -- India is trying to loosen Pakistan's strategic proximity with Gulf countries by promoting greater emphasis on defense and security cooperation.
- India Considers Changing Military Doctrine Sputnik 19 Jan 2017 -- New Delhi is reconsidering its Cold Start war doctrine, which anticipates a brief but intense conflict with neighboring countries Pakistan and China, as nuclear threats and terrorism continue to strain relations among the three nations.
- Indian Army to Receive Bullet-Proof Helmets After Two Decades of Shortages Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- Indian soldiers on counter-insurgency deployment often have to do without basic safety equipment like bulletproof jackets and helmets. The army has placed a huge order for ballistic helmets that will save the lives of soldiers in close quarter combat.
- India Set to Increase its Naval Arc in Indian Ocean Sputnik 18 Jan 2017 -- As a part of its strategy to become a blue navy for safeguarding its burgeoning economic interests, India is vigorously increasing its sphere of influence in the Indian Ocean region and beyond.
- Indian army says killed three militants in gunfight in Kashmir Press TV 16 Jan 2017 -- The Indian army says it has killed three militants during an overnight exchange of gunfire at a village in Indian-administered Kashmir.
- India to Launch Second Scorpene Class Submarine on January 12 Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- India is keeping its date with the launch of Scorpene submarines despite the leakage of most of its primary data. This may be due China's naval wooing of India's neighbors.
- Turbulence in South China Sea: India Offers Missile to Vietnam Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- India is an old friend of Vietnam and both don't subscribe to China's claim in the South China Sea. That is the reason for raised eyebrows over India's offer to supply missiles to Vietnam.
- India to Test Nuclear-Capable Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Sputnik 09 Jan 2017 -- India is shrugging off concerns raised by some of its neighbors on its preparations to test its most ambitious weapon - the K-4 submarine-launched long range ballistic missile (SLBM). The DRDO claims a range of 3,500 km, less than half of China's JL 2 SLBM.
- India Decides to Privatize Leading Defense Company Sputnik 07 Jan 2017 -- The invitation to the private sector to invest in an Indian state owned defense firm may be the beginning of privatization of a substantial chunk of the local military-industrial complex.
- Chinese Nuke Sub Had Docked Too Close for Indian Comfort Sputnik 06 Jan 2017 -- India may have to rework its maritime strategy because of heightened Chinese interest in its vicinity. The Indian strategic community is again aflutter over the visit of a PLA Navy submarine to Karachi.
- Critical India-Russia Pact to Improve Fighter Aircraft Availability Sputnik 04 Jan 2017 -- India and Russia are trying to correct the tardy supply of spares for fighter aircraft with a pact that would pave the way for local manufacturing of spares. This move should give further impetus to Indo-Russia defense ties.
- Delhi Wants to Ascertain Production, Export Right of Russia-India FGFA Project Sputnik 04 Jan 2017 -- The Indian government has been hanging back from making a firm commitment on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project because it first wants to confirm whether the agreement will allow commercial production and exports.
- India Plans to Find Foreign Single-Engine Fighters Manufacturer Sputnik 04 Jan 2017 -- Eleven Squadrons of Indian Air Force (IAF) equipped with Russian MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft are scheduled to retire by 2024 on completion of their Total Technical Life.
- Crucial Polls in 5 Indian States Will Test PM Modi's Popularity VOA 04 Jan 2017 -- India will hold a series of state elections that will test the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of a controversial currency ban that he has pitched as a major step to battle corruption, but which led to huge cash shortages in the country.
- India Announces New Fighter Jets to Be Produced Domestically Sputnik 03 Jan 2017 -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said at a news conference Tuesday that New Delhi is inviting global bids for a foreign-designed single-engine fighter that would be assembled in India. According to Parrikar, a western partner for the fighter will be chosen based on pricing and terms for the transfer of the technology.
- Indian Strategic Forces Command Test-Fires 2,500-Mile Agni IV Ballistic Missiles Sputnik 02 Jan 2017 -- Agni IV is integrated with a sophisticated mobile launcher that enables it to hit adversary's strategic assets located at a distance with very short preparation time. It is already in possession of India's Strategic Forces Command.
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