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- Chinese FM releases pictures of evidence showing trespass of Indian border troops at the Sikkim section People's Daily 30 Jun 2017 -- Truth may be concealed for a while, but not forever, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang at the regular press conference on June 29, 2017.
- China Tells India to 'Stop Clamoring for War' and 'Learn Lessons' of 1962 Defeat Sputnik 30 Jun 2017 -- China has warned India to stop 'clamoring for war' and has reminded them of the thrashing they received from the People's Liberation Army in 1962. The Indian Army has opened new helicopter bases in Sikkim, where tensions are rising.
- India to blame for shutting down pilgrimage route to Tibet: Foreign Ministry People's Daily 29 Jun 2017 -- India should be blamed for the shutdown of the pilgrimage route to Tibet, which is unlikely to be reopened if the Indian side cannot correct its mistake in a timely manner, said China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
- India Beefs Up Military Presence Along Border With China as Conflict Looms Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- Amid the stand-off with Chinese troops, the Indian Army has planned a massive build-up in Sikkim to counter any misadventures of Beijing. Sources said the Army will open several helicopter bases in Sikkim and nearby areas for housing Dhruv and Rudra helicopters to boost military strength in the region.
- Pakistan expresses concern on US' sale of advanced military to India IRNA 29 Jun 2017 -- Pakistan in reaction to visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington expressed deep concern over Washington's sale of advanced military technologies and equipment to India.
- Indian Navy Undocks Guided Missile Frigate After Accident Last Year Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Navy smoothly undocked its guided missile frigate INS Betwa on Tuesday for refitting. The undocking was planned for June 22 but was postponed due to a minor incident. The Betwa was the winner of the Navy's "Most Spirited Ship" award in 2016.
- Kudankulam Nuclear Plant Unit 3, 4 Construction Begins in India Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- According to reports, construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant units has begun in India.
- Eagle and Elephant: Trump Okays $2 Billion Sale of Drones to India Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- A arms sale worth more than $2 billion from the United States to India, consisting of 22 naval surveillance drones, has been approved by the Trump White House. The deal still needs to be approved by Congress.
- India should immediately retreat the border troops that illegally entered into China: Foreign Ministry People's Daily 28 Jun 2017 -- China has taken necessary and emergency measures in response to the Indian border troops crossing into the Chinese territory at the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing on Tuesday.
- Modi-Trump Joint Statement Skips Reference to F-16 Deal Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- The euphoria surrounding the proposed joint venture agreement between Lockheed Martin of the US and Tata Advanced Systems of India to set up an F-16 jet production line in India is over, at least for now, since the deal wasn't mentioned in the India-US joint statement.
- India, US to Jointly Ensure Stability in South China Sea, Indo-Pacific Region Sputnik 27 Jun 2017 -- India and the US have vowed to promote stability and ensure the freedom of navigation across the Indo-Pacific region/
- Pakistan Criticizes US Move to List Kashmiri Rebel Leader as Terrorist VOA 27 Jun 2017 -- Pakistan has criticized the United States for declaring an anti-India Kashmiri rebel leader as a global terrorist and defended militants fighting New Delhi's rule in Kashmir as a "legitimate" struggle for freedom.
- China says Indian forces trespassing on territory Press TV 27 Jun 2017 -- China has accused border guards from India of having crossed into Chinese territory along the border, urging India to withdraw its troops.
- Trump, India's Modi Call On Pakistan To Stem Terror Attacks RFE/RL 27 Jun 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have called on Pakistan to "ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries," the White House said.
- US in Process of Approving Sale of Drones, Apache Helicopters to India - Pence Sputnik 27 Jun 2017 -- The US is currently approving the sale of unmanned aerial vehicles and transport aircraft to India, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.
- US, India Leaders Pledge to Boost Security, Trade Ties VOA 27 Jun 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are pledging to work together to boost security and trade ties.
- Government of India - C-17 Transport Aircraft DSCA 26 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India for C-17 transport aircraft. The estimated cost is $366.2 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' Meeting with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi DoD 26 Jun 2017
- Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi of India in Joint Press Statement The White House 26 Jun 2017
- Growing Nuclear Arsenals Increase Concerns About Possible Pakistan-India War VOA 26 Jun 2017 -- India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have been on the brink of another several times, a worrying prospect given that both have growing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and questions about how secure they are.
- Modi Confident in 'Convergence' of US, Indian Interests VOA 26 Jun 2017 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is "confident in the growing convergence" between India and the U.S. as he prepares to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House.
- India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures Sputnik 26 Jun 2017 -- A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight with Indian troops, who are guarding the border at the location.
- Indian troops say two suspected militants killed in Kashmir Press TV 25 Jun 2017 -- New Delhi forces have killed at least two suspected militants during a fierce gun battle in Indian-controlled Kashmir amid rising tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
- Defense Deals on the Agenda for First Trump-Modi Talks VOA 25 Jun 2017 -- The bearers of two potentially clashing slogans, "Made in India" and "America First," will finally meet Monday at the White House.
- China Reiterates Warning to India Not to Meddle in South China Sea Sputnik 24 Jun 2017 -- China has again warned India to stay out of the South China Sea and the geopolitics that surrounds it. It asked both India and the US not to disturb peace in the region which Beijing considers its backyard, just a few days ahead of the Modi-Trump meeting in the US.
- Trump approves sale of drones to India: Report Press TV 24 Jun 2017 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has authorized the sale of more than 20 unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer says.
- White House Says Planned Drone Sale To India Not A Threat To Pakistan RFE/RL 24 Jun 2017 -- The Trump administration doesn't believe its planned sale of high-tech surveillance drones to India poses a threat to Pakistan, a senior White House official said on June 24.
- India launches 31 satellites in single space mission People's Daily 23 Jun 2017 -- India Friday launched 31 satellites, including an earth observation satellite, in a single space mission from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota.
- India launches 31 satellites, including 29 foreign payloads SPA 23 Jun 2017 -- India's space agency launched 31 satellites including its main earth observation satellite and 29 foreign payloads in a single mission on Friday, dpa reported.
- Electric Eye: New Satellite Gives India the Edge Along the Border Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- With the ability to zoom in on areas less than 0.6 meters, India's Cartosat-2 series satellite will allow the Indian Army to keep an eagle eye on hostile activities on the border, said experts on the feat accomplished by India with the launch of the PSLV rocket bearing the satellite on Friday.
- India Successfully Launches Rocket With 31 Satellites - Space Agency Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- India successfully launched rocket with nano satellites from 14 countries.
- Indian Navy Readies To Select Firms Specializing In Warships, Submarines Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- In a bid to strengthen domestic naval manufacturing capabilities, the Indian Navy has come up with a maritime plan which differentiates between the work for private and state-owned firms.
- Indian troops kill 3 militants, one protester in Kashmir Press TV 22 Jun 2017 -- Indian forces have killed three militants and an anti-government Kashmiri protester in separate incidents in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region, officials say.
- Indian Naval Officer Files Mercy Petition Before Pak Army Chief Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian naval officer sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of alleged espionage, has filed a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan on Thursday.
- India's Search for Home-Made Sniper Rifle Continues; Weapon Not Fit For Firing Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- The push for indigenous sniper rifles by Narendra Modi government has met with a major setback as the Indian Army has outrightly rejected the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) manufactured 'shoot to kill' rifles after trials.
- Indian Navy Sets Up First Home-Grown Floating Dock at Andaman Island Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- In a bid to strengthen naval power on the eastern coastline, the Indian Navy has decided to deploy an additional floating dock at Port Blair, which is very close to the Strait of Malacca, which connects the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea.
- India Plans to Equip Su-30 Fighter Jets With New Longer Range Missiles Sputnik 22 Jun 2017 -- Indian authorities are planning to enhance the capabilities of the country's Air Force's Su-30 fighter jets with new weapons, including advanced missiles able to hit targets at longer range, local media reported Thursday.
- India, Russia to Discuss S-400 Triumf Air Defense Missile Systems' Deal Sputnik 21 Jun 2017 -- Nearly three weeks after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the upgrade of Indo-Russia defense ties, India's Defense Minister Arun Jaitley is reaching Russia with a delegation to co-chair two meetings with the Russian Government.
- French, Indian Companies Form Joint Venture to Develop Military Sensors Sputnik 21 Jun 2017 -- France's Thales Group and India's Reliance Defence and Engineering announced their intent to form a joint venture company to integrate and maintain radar and electronic warfare sensors in India.
- India's Mars Orbiter Mission Completes First 1,000 Earth Days Sputnik 20 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) maiden Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, completed its first 1,000 Earth days in its orbit around the red planet on Monday.
- Lockheed Martin, Tata Announce F-16 India Partnership Lockheed Martin 19 Jun 2017 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed a landmark agreement affirming the companies intent to join hands to produce the F-16 Block 70 in India. The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force's single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched U.S.-Indian industry partnership directly supports India's initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India.
- Russian Military Cooperation Service Denies Demands of Extra $7Bln From India Sputnik 19 Jun 2017 -- Reports that Moscow demanded an additional $7 billion from Deli for the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) joint project are not true, the head of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said Monday.
- Tata, Lockheed Martin to Produce F-16 Block 70 Fighter Jet Together in India Sputnik 19 Jun 2017 -- The F-16 Block 70 will be produced in India under a partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), Lockheed Martin said in a press release on Monday.
- Russia to Cooperate With Italy to Modernize Indian Su-30MKI Fighters Sputnik 19 Jun 2017 -- Russia will modernize India's Su-30MKI multirole air superiority fighters in cooperation with Italy, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev said Monday.
- India to Make Native Navigation System Mandatory For All Aircraft Sputnik 19 Jun 2017 -- The Indian government will soon require all aircraft registered to fly in India to use Gagan, the country's own navigation system.
- India Scraps One Billion Dollar Deal of Multirole Helicopters With Sikorsky Sputnik 17 Jun 2017 -- A few days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, the Indian defense ministry has scrapped a naval multi-role helicopter deal with US firm Sikorsky after failing to reach an agreement on price since 2014.
- Ten people killed in India-controlled Kashmir clashes Press TV 16 Jun 2017 -- Separate clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir have left at least ten people dead as tensions continue in the region.
- Indian Naval Ships Sail Into Australian Waters for Bilateral Drills Sputnik 14 Jun 2017 -- A month after rejecting Canberra's request for participating in the Malabar exercise, three Indian naval ships arrived at Australian port Fremantle for the week-long bilateral exercise AUSINDEX-17. This would be the second edition of the exercise after the first in 2015 at Visakhapatnam.
- India Successfully Test-Fires Missile Rival of Israeli Spike & US's Javelin Sputnik 14 Jun 2017 -- India has successfully test-fired its third generation anti-tank missile at the Pokhran range. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Prospina missile is claimed to be far superior to Javelin of the US and Israeli Spike missile.
- India's Kerosene-Based Semi-Cryogenic Engine to Be Flight Test Ready by 2021 Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- After the successful launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now focusing on the semi-cryogenic engine, which uses refined kerosene as a propellant, and is expected to be ready for flight tests it by 2021.
- India Plans Purchasing Weapons to Protect Air Force Bases Across Country Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- India's Defense Ministry issued a request for information (RFI) from arms manufacturers, aiming to beef up the Garud Commando Force, a special unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- Fire trade between India, Pakistan kills 2 civilians in Kashmir Press TV 12 Jun 2017 -- Fire exchanges between Indian and Pakistani troops have left at least two civilians dead and three others injured in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
- India Deploys Warship to Monitor Marine Traffic in Malacca Strait Sputnik 12 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Navy has deployed a warship near the Strait of Malacca on a permanent basis to monitor the world's busiest shipping route from its western edge. The ship was deployed last week and will remain in international waters for a longer period to patrol the area.
- India Plans to Cancel Defense Deals Worth $3 Billion Sputnik 12 Jun 2017 -- The Indian government is set to announce the scrapping of defense deals worth more than $3 billion of naval helicopters, armored recovery vehicles and torpedoes. Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley has moved a recommendation to scrap long-delayed defense purchases in favor of 'Make in India' program.
- Indian Army Kills Five Terrorists at Border With Pakistan Sputnik 10 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Army killed as many as five terrorists on Friday along the Line of Control (the de facto border between India & Pakistan) at Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Army informs that counter-terror operation is underway to take take down others terrorists hiding nearby.
- Indian Army Issues Purchase Plan Of 200,000 Close Quarter Battle Carbine Sputnik 10 Jun 2017 -- After repeated failures to purchase critical small arms for 1.3 million soldiers, the Indian Army has once again begun the process to purchase 200,000 close quarter battle carbines to add powers for fights in the 200-meter range.
- HAL-BAE's 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft Trainer Takes Maiden Flight Sputnik 09 Jun 2017 -- The next generation Advanced Hawk trainer jet, jointly developed by India's HAL and BAE of the United Kingdom, has flown for the first time at the BAE's military aircraft facility in Warton, Lancashire.
- India to Use 'Divine Eye' Radars to Catch Terrorists in Kashmir Sputnik 09 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Army has deployed 'Divyachakshu' (Divine Eye) radars in Kashmir to monitor the movement and location of terrorists. The through-the-wall radars can detect terrorists, who usually hide in wall cavities and false ceilings.
- Indian Army to Induct 108 Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers Worth $2 Billion Sputnik 09 Jun 2017 -- The Indian defense ministry has planned to float a tender to purchase six regiments of homemade Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers for $2 billion. Each regiment will comprise three batteries of six Pinaka launchers mounted on Tatra trucks.
- Suspected militants kill Indian trooper in Kashmir Press TV 08 Jun 2017 -- One Indian trooper has been killed by suspected militants along the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto borderline that divides the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.
- Pakistan Alleges India Seeks Another War Over Kashmir VOA 08 Jun 2017 -- Pakistan is alleging India is seeking another war by escalating tensions on the de facto Kashmir frontier, cautioning the rival nation against undertaking "any strategic miscalculation."
- India's TASL Delivers Components to Boeing for Chinook Helicopters Sputnik 08 Jun 2017 -- Indian defense firm Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) has begun delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly to Boeing for the Indian configuration of 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, which can carry loads up to 9.5 ton at 282 kilometer per hour.
- China denies that military choppers violated India airspace People's Daily 06 Jun 2017 -- China's Foreign Ministry on June 5 dismissed reports claiming that Chinese military helicopters had violated India's airspace, saying that the Chinese military was just carrying out regular border patrols.
- Indian Space Agency to Work on Electric Propulsion for Large Satellites Sputnik 06 Jun 2017 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to work on incorporating and utilizing electric propulsion in its spacecraft which will be more cost effective and can help in interplanetary missions. Electric propulsion system will replace the currently used chemical propellants.
- India to Get Long Range Missile Test Facilities in Indian Ocean Sputnik 06 Jun 2017 -- India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has got governmental approval to set up the country's land based long-range missile facility at South Andaman's Rutland Island, which is some 200 km from the Strait of Malacca that connects the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea.
- Indian troops says 4 suspected militants killed in Kashmir attack Press TV 05 Jun 2017 -- Indian forces have killed four suspected militants in the Bandipora district of New Delhi-controlled Kashmir amid rising tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
- 'Unacceptable': India Slams China for Alleged Airspace Violation Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- India has toughened its stand on the alleged violation of its airspace by two Chinese PLA helicopters which landed in Barahoti area of Chamoli in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. India has termed it unacceptable and said it will raise this issue with China.
- India Enters Big League In Space Tech, Launches Its Heaviest Rocket Ever Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- Following the agenda of achieving self-sufficiency in space technology, India launched the GSLV Mark III carrying the 3,136kg GSAT-19 communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Monday.
- India Launches Heavy Lift Rocket VOA 05 Jun 2017 -- India's heaviest, newly-developed rocket hurtled into space Monday evening carrying a communication satellite of more than three tons from Sriharikota in eastern India. It marks another milestone in the country's ambitious space program and brings India a step closer to sending astronauts into space.
- India Test-Fires Next Generation Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- Indian defense scientists successfully test-fired homegrown quick reaction surface-to-air missile from the defense base located in the eastern coastal state of Odisha on Sunday afternoon. The missile has been developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
- Indian Army Ready to Draft Women Into Combat Roles Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- General Bipin Rawat announced Monday that Indian Army will soon start drafting women into combat roles. Currently, the Army doesn't allow women to assume combat positions and restricts them to work in medical, educational, legal, signal and engineering wings.
- Pakistan accuses Indian forces of 'unprovoked' shootings on Kashmir village Press TV 03 Jun 2017 -- Pakistani and Indian troops have traded gunfire at the border dividing Kashmir between the two neighbors, wounding two villagers in the Islamabad-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region.
- India Begins Sea Trial of Second Indigenous Submarine Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- The sea trial of India's second Scorpene class submarine Khanderi began on Thursday. After a four-year delay, the project is finally moving with the first submarine Kalvari due to be delivered to the Indian Navy next month.
- India Clears Law to Protect Indo-Russian Defense Projects From Western Sanctions Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- India has approved a special arrangement to protect Indo-Russian defense projects from western sanctions. It is the continuation of a statement made by Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley where he trashed reports that said the $10 billion defense deal with Russia would be hampered by US sanctions.
- India Plans to Buy Several Regiments of S-400 Systems - Russian Deputy PM Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- India is planning to buy several regiment sets of Russia's advanced S-400 air defense systems, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
- India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Prithvi II Missile Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- India has successfully test-fired the Prithvi II surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile, local media reported Friday, citing defense sources.
- 2 Pakistanis killed, 7 injured in Indian cross-border shelling of Kashmir Press TV 01 Jun 2017 -- Pakistan says two of its civilians have been killed in cross-border fire from the Indian side of the disputed Kashmir territory.
- India Offers $30 Billion for Foreign Defense Firms to Set Up Local Units Sputnik 01 Jun 2017 -- The Indian defense ministry has released details of the strategic partnership policy which ensures orders worth approximately $30 billion to foreign defense firms in partnership with Indian private companies to deliver fighter jets, submarines, armored vehicles and helicopters to Indian armed forces.
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