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May 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- Russia, India Set to Discuss Creation of Anaerobic Power Unit for Submarines Sputnik 31 May 2017 -- The Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Indian Larsen & Toubro Limited will discuss creation of anaerobic power unit for submarines during the upcoming St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the Rosoboronexport's press service said on Wednesday.
- Indian Navy Gets Quotes From 4 Jet Makers for $15 Billion Naval Fighter Deal Sputnik 31 May 2017 -- The Indian Navy will soon begin examining quotes it received from four global manufacturers for 57 multirole combat aircraft. Dassault Aviation, Boeing, SAAB and Rosoboronexport have responded to the global request for information (RFI) issued in January this year.
- Indian Navy to Induct First Scorpene Class Submarine by July-August Sputnik 31 May 2017 -- The first of India's six Scorpene submarines will be inducted into the Indian Navy in the next two months, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has said.
- India Ensures Greater Naval Presence in Pacific With Fiji Defense Pact Sputnik 31 May 2017 -- In a major push to play a larger role in the southern Pacific, India has signed a defense pact with Fiji which includes intelligence, military training and defense production during the visit of Fijian Minister of Defense and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in New Delhi.
- India Says Defense Preparedness Necessary for Peace in the Region Sputnik 31 May 2017 -- Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley has said that India's defense preparation is the best deterrent to ensure peace and stability in South Asia, in an oblique reference to the Chinese warning to India to not develop the border areas after a long river bridge was opened for traffic.
- China Warns India Against Infrastructure Development Along the Border Sputnik 30 May 2017 -- China has asked India to be cautious and maintain restraint over infrastructure development along the India-China border. The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a strategic bridge which links Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.
- Indian Army to Get Indigenous Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile for $2.7 Bn Sputnik 30 May 2017 -- The Indian defense ministry has approved a major contract worth $2.7 billion for the purchase of Akash missile systems for the Indian Army developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- India imposes curfew in Kashmir, locals defy ban Press TV 29 May 2017 -- Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir on the first day of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan.
- With China Rattled by Long Bridge, India to Build 17 Highways for Jet Landing Sputnik 29 May 2017 -- India has announced a major overhauling of highways that can be used as airstrips for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nitin Gadkari, India's Minister of Road and Transport, has said 17 highways along border areas will be developed to double up as airstrips which will have immense strategic value.
- India to Raise Another Mountain Corps Division With China in Mind Sputnik 29 May 2017 -- India is raising a second division of Mountain Strike Corps to strengthen its capabilities against neighboring China. The first division is stationed in Panagarh in West Bengal, the eastern Indian state.
- Violent anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after rebel leader killed Press TV 27 May 2017 -- Violent protests have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after Indian troops allegedly killed a top leader of the pro-independence Hizb-ul-Mujahideen group.
- Indian army says killed six militants in gunfight in Kashmir Press TV 27 May 2017 -- The Indian army says its troops have killed six suspected militants during a gun battle at the borderline of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Russia to Supply China, India With Helicopters by 2020 – Manufacturer Sputnik 26 May 2017 -- Russia is to supply several countries with the Mi-8, Ka-32 and Ansat helicopters, Deputy CEO of the Russian Helicopters company.
- Wreckage of missing India Sukhoi fighter jet spotted People's Daily 26 May 2017 -- The wreckage of missing Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet of Indian air force (IAF) was spotted after three days of continuous search, officials said Friday.
- Wreckage of Missing Indian Sukhoi-30 Jet Found Near Chinese Border Sputnik 26 May 2017 -- The 72-hours-long search operation for the missing Sukhoi-30MKI jet came to an end on Thursday when Indian rescuers located the aircraft's wreckage in the dense forests of the Rupa Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Indian Army Orders 15,000 Night Sights for Carl-Gustaf Tank Launchers Sputnik 26 May 2017 -- In a bid to provide critical firepower to its infantry deployed along the border, Indian Army has ordered 15,000 long-range night sights which can detect rival tanks and other at a minimum distance of 1,200 meters.
- India Risks Annoying China With Its New Tsunami-Warning System in S China Sea Sputnik 25 May 2017 -- India's plans for setting up a tsunami early warning center in the disputed South China Sea could annoy China, which sees the region as its sole preserve.
- India Clears Defense Policy to Give 'Make in India' Program a $30 Bln Boost Sputnik 25 May 2017 -- In a major boost to defense preparedness, the Indian government has approved a strategic partnership policy that will allow foreign companies to make arrangements with domestic private defense firms for manufacturing fighter jets, helicopters, armored vehicles and submarines.
- Indian Army Says it Hit Pakistan Posts in Kashmir; Pakistan Denies it VOA 23 May 2017 -- The Indian army said Tuesday it has hit army posts in Pakistani Kashmir that were providing cover for militants planning to cross into the Indian side of the disputed Himalayan territory. Pakistan denies that any such action took place.
- India's Light Helicopters Take Maiden Flight, Commercial Production Soon Sputnik 23 May 2017 -- Close on the heels of the maiden flight of HTT-40 (PT-2), the second prototype of India's indigenously built single-engine, three-ton light utility helicopter (LUH) made its maiden flight on Monday at its facility in Bengaluru. The flight was conducted without any snag in 22 minutes.
- Indian Air Force Sukhoi Jet Goes Missing Near China Border Sputnik 23 May 2017 -- A Sukhoi-30MKI jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has gone missing on Tuesday morning near the Tezpur IAF base in the north-eastern state of Assam while on a routine sortie near the China border.
- India Clears Naval Project to Transport Troops Into War Zone Sputnik 23 May 2017 -- The Indian Defense Ministry has given an in-principle approval to a mega naval project worth more than $3.1 billion to provide critical support to troops in a war zone. The project will involve landing platform docks.
- Indian Army Set to Get 11 US Apache Attack Helicopters - Reports Sputnik 23 May 2017 -- The Indian army is set to get 11 Apache multi-role attack helicopters, purchased from the United States in 2015, forming their own group of attack helicopters for the first time, The Hindu newspaper reported, citing military sources.
- India Flies Indigenous Second Trainer Aircraft Sputnik 22 May 2017 -- The second plane of India's own basic trainer aircraft has successfully taken its flight on Friday. The aircraft project, Hindustan turbo-prop trainer (HTT) 40, was completed within a year by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which is historically infamous for delays.
- India to Arm Navy With Israeli Barak Missiles Sputnik 22 May 2017 -- India will buy more Israeli Barak 8 missiles and missile defense systems to boost its naval power under a $630 million deal with Israel Aerospace Industries.
- Israel to bag over $600mn in military deal with India Press TV 21 May 2017 -- The Israeli regime has inked an arms deal worth $630 million with India to provide the Indian Navy with an advanced long-range surface-to-air missile system.
- Clashes along Kashmir border kill four Press TV 21 May 2017 -- A gun battle between Indian soldiers and militants has claimed the lives of four people in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- India, Russia Discuss Agreement on New Units for Kudankulam NPP Sputnik 19 May 2017 -- India is working on a memorandum of understanding with Russia for units five and six of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
- Indian Navy Looks to Buy Subsurface Vessels to Detect Undersea Threat Sputnik 19 May 2017 -- In the absence of the required number of minesweepers, the Indian Navy has started the process to procure remote-controlled portable underwater vessels to conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations in harbors and sea water up to 75 meters depth.
- India Develops Powerful Pulse Detonation Engine for Cruise, Anti-Tank Missiles Sputnik 19 May 2017 -- India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) claims to have developed a pulse detonation engine which is more powerful and has higher fuel efficiency than the gas turbine engines of flying systems currently.
- Indian Navy Test-Fires Extended Range Barak 8 Missile Sputnik 19 May 2017 -- A week after three successful test firing of short-range air-to-air defense system Israeli Spyder, the Indian Navy has conducted the successful test of medium range surface-to-air missile Barak 8 from the INS Kochi, a Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer.
- UN Court Orders Pakistan Not To Execute Indian Naval Officer RFE/RL 18 May 2017 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism.
- UN Court Orders Pakistan Not to Execute Indian Officer Sputnik 18 May 2017 -- On Thursday, the International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who Pakistan claims to be an Indian spy, until the case is heard in full by the court in The Hague, the Netherlands. It also asked Pakistan to give India full consular access to Jadhav.
- Intl. court asks Pakistan to stay execution of Indian 'spy' Press TV 18 May 2017 -- The United Nations' top court has ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian man convicted of involvement in espionage and sabotage activities.
- Pakistan says India has material to make 2,600 nuclear weapons IRNA 18 May 2017 -- Pakistan said that India has material to make 2,600 nuclear weapons which has serious implications for strategic stability in South Asia and national security of Pakistan.
- Indian troops clash with students in Kashmir Press TV 17 May 2017 -- Hundreds of stone-throwing student protesters have clashed with New Delhi government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir as tensions continue to rock the disputed Himalayan region.
- India Looks for Foreign Engine Maker to Power Indigenous Multi-Role Helicopter Sputnik 17 May 2017 -- Months after unveiling the full-scale model of the Indian multi-role helicopter, the Indian government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has issued a request for information to supply turbo-shaft engine for 10-12.5 ton AUW class twin engine helicopter.
- India to Build Ten Cost-Effective Nuclear Reactors Sputnik 17 May 2017 -- In a major boost to the domestic nuclear power industry, the Indian government has decided to build ten indigenous pressurized heavy-water reactors (PWHR) of 700-megawatt capacity.
- India Clears Way to Expand Naval Air Station in Indian Ocean Sputnik 16 May 2017 -- In a bid to strengthen its maritime capability close to the world's busiest shipping route, the Indian Navy has got the environmental clearance to expand Shibpur, the naval air station in the northern part of the Andaman Island.
- India Appeals To ICJ To Halt Execution Of Ex-Naval Officer RFE/RL 15 May 2017 -- India has appealed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Pakistan to suspend the execution of a retired Indian naval officer convicted of espionage.
- India Builds Longest River Bridge Near Chinese Border Sputnik 15 May 2017 -- In order to improve military mobility along the India-China border, India has completed the construction of the country's longest bridge over the trans-boundary Brahmaputra river which flows through China, India and Bangladesh.
- India Plans to Set Up Permanent Base in Antarctica Sputnik 15 May 2017 -- India is planning to build a third permanent research station in Antarctica and will frame laws for those staying there, according to a government official. The government is also planning to buy a ship for research teams to travel to the continent.
- Indian army says killed 2 militants in shootout in Kashmir Press TV 14 May 2017 -- Indian forces have killed two suspected militants during a fierce gun battle in a northern town in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- India Evacuates Almost 1,000 Civilians Amid Border Clashes With Pakistan Sputnik 14 May 2017 -- Authorities of India's Jammu and Kashmir state have evacuated about 1,000 people living in the areas close to the Indian-Pakistani border due to the clashes and shelling in the state's Rajouri district, the deputy commissioner of Rajouri said Sunday.
- Indian Navy to Hold Advanced Exercises From Malacca Straits to South China Sea Sputnik 12 May 2017 -- With India's Act East policy in mind, the Indian Navy's stealth frigates and Boeing P-8I anti-submarine and maritime reconnaissance aircraft have reached Singapore to take part in advanced exercises such as International Maritime Review and IMDEX-17.
- India's Indigenous Fighter Jet Successfully Fires Derby Missiles in Radar Mode Sputnik 12 May 2017 -- India's home-made light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas has successfully fired the beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Derby in radar-guided mode on Friday at Chandipur-on-sea. The aircraft took off from Kalaikunda base in the eastern state of West Bengal.
- India Close to Deploying Israeli Spyder Air Defense System Sputnik 12 May 2017 -- In the backdrop of tensions along the western border, India has successfully tested an Israeli surface-to-air Python and Derby (Spyder) missile system at Chandipur-on-sea against a UK-made unmanned aerial target. The trial was conducted on Thursday to check the operational readiness of the system.
- India Signs Largest Private Defense Contract for Korean Self-Propelled Guns Sputnik 12 May 2017 -- India's Ministry of Defense has formally awarded a $676 million contract to Larsen & Toubro, India's multinational engineering conglomerate, for the supply of 100 units of 155mm/ 52 caliber tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army.
- Government of India - CBRN Support Equipment DSCA 11 May 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India for CBRN support equipment. The estimated cost is $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 10, 2017.
- India Left With Four Minesweepers Against Chinese Subs, Experts Fear for Safety Sputnik 11 May 2017 -- With just four minesweepers out of the 24 required to secure its region from minefields, the Indian Navy is in dire straits with the existing four also due to be decommissioned next year without any news of any induction of new minesweepers.
- India-Indonesia Joint Patrol of Indian Ocean Kicks Off Sputnik 09 May 2017 -- Hoping to win consent from countries patrolling the Strait of Malacca, India and Indonesia have begun coordinated patrol near Andaman and Nicobar Islands. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft and naval vessel KRI Sutedi Senoputra have arrived in Port Blair for the 29th series of IND-INDO CORPAT.
- Indian Elite Commandos Seek Armored Vehicles for Cross-Border Ops Sputnik 08 May 2017 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to purchase 50-60 armored vehicles along with associated equipment in the next one month to provide protected mobility to its personnel during operations. The IAF has said it needs a 5-meter-long vehicle with crew capacity of six for its special forces.
- Violence kills five in Kashmir Press TV 07 May 2017 -- New violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir has killed three civilians, a militant, and a security force.
- India successfully launches South Asia satellite People's Daily 06 May 2017 -- In its biggest space diplomacy push, Indian launched a South Asia communication satellite on Friday from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
- India Launches South Asia 'Diplomacy' Satellite for Communication Services VOA 05 May 2017 -- India launched a "South Asia" satellite on Friday to provide communication services to neighboring countries in a new initiative hailed by leaders of seven South Asian countries as a boost to regional cooperation.
- Rolls Royce Agrees to Produce MTU Engines for Naval Vessels in India Sputnik 05 May 2017 -- In what could be an indication of collaboration in jet engine development program, Rolls Royce has decided to assemble its 12V and 16V 4000 M90 engines at Indian government-owned shipbuilding company Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) diesel plant in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
- Indian troops launch major anti-militant operation in Kashmir Press TV 04 May 2017 -- Thousands of Indian soldiers and paramilitaries have launched a huge operation against suspected militants across Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Indian Troops Launch Major Rebel Hunt in Indian Side of Kashmir Sputnik 04 May 2017 -- Indian security forces launched a massive combing operation in at least two dozen villages in southern Kashmir on Thursday morning to weed out militants from the areas. The operation was launched after a spate of militant attacks and anti-India protests over the last few days.
- India to Challenge Chinese Monopoly on Naval Vessel Supply to Sri Lanka Sputnik 04 May 2017 -- Amid increased Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region, India has expedited supplying naval vessels to its neighbors to sustain its hold in the region. Once the naval vessel is delivered to Mauritius, India's Goa Shipyard is expected to transfer an offshore patrol vessel to Sri Lanka next month.
- India Test-Fires Medium Range Agni-II Ballistic Missile Sputnik 04 May 2017 -- India tested a missile for the third consecutive day on Thursday with the Indian Army's Strategic Forces Command successfully test-firing its medium range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-II.
- India Revises Terms for Naval Transport Dock, Calls Fresh Bids Sputnik 03 May 2017 -- The Indian government has asked two of its domestic manufacturers to provide fresh commercial bids for manufacturing 20,000-ton landing platform docks (LPD) by the end of this month.
- India Launches Land Version of BrahMos Amid Tension on Pakistan Border Sputnik 03 May 2017 -- The Indian Army conducted the second launch of its advanced land attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in consecutive days amid intense pressure on the Narendra Modi government to retaliate against Pakistan for allegedly beheading two soldiers.
- Indian Army Carries Out Two Successful BrahMos Missile Tests Over 48 Hours Sputnik 03 May 2017 -- The Indian army successfully carried out two tests of the advanced BRAHMOS Block III land attack cruise missile system in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, according to official statement of the Indian Defense Ministry.
- India Delivers Second Fast Patrol Vessel to Mauritius Sputnik 02 May 2017 -- India has delivered the second fast patrol vessel (FPV), christened MCGS Valiant, to the Mauritius Police Force's National Coast Guard.
- Pakistani, Indian Military Establish Hotline Contact After Border Escalation Sputnik 02 May 2017 -- Pakistani and Indian local military commanders established hotline contact after a reported escalation in the border regions, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces, said Tuesday in a statement.
- India Test-Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Land Attack Missile Sputnik 02 May 2017 -- Amid heightened tension at its western border, the Indian Army has successfully test-fired an extended-range version of the BRAHMOS land-attack cruise missile in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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