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July 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- India Debuts Muntra, the Unmanned Tank Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- Strengthening unmanned capability, India's state-owned DRDO has introduced the country's first unmanned tank fully developed in India. The tank, Muntra, has three variants: S for unmanned surveillance mission, M for mine detection and N for nuclear radiation or bio-weapon risk.
- Indian Navy Gets Cracking on Jet Trials for $15 Billion Fighter Deal Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Navy has rushed into the trial of four jets that had responded to its request for information (RFI) as part of a $15 billion deal. The decision to start trial indicates the urgency of the Navy to procure a fighter jet for its aircraft carrier.
- India Clears the Path for Its 5th Generation Fighter Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- Almost four years after completing the primary work for fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project, Indian defense ministry may soon clear its research and development phase.
- Indian Air Force's Jaguar Still Performs Poorly After 20 Years, Says Auditor Sputnik 31 Jul 2017 -- Amid talk of a fresh purchase of French Jaguar fighters, India's top-level auditor has sounded the alarm over Jaguar jets now in service with Indian Air Force. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed deficiencies in the aircraft, which hampers its capabilities and may have led to accidents.
- New Launch Pads Signal More Rocket Launches For India Sputnik 29 Jul 2017 -- A new launch pad being built at India's Sriharikota space center of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will have the capacity to launch more rockets next year.
- Aiming High: India Looks at More Satellite Launches With New Facility From 2018 Sputnik 28 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will get a major capacity boost from early 2018 as an additional launch pad is fast nearing completion. With the new launch pad, ISRO can achieve its target of sending 12 rockets into space in a year from the seven at present.
- Al-Qaida Announces Establishment of Group in Indian Kashmir VOA 28 Jul 2017 -- Indian police say they are investigating a claim by al-Qaida that it has established a new group in Indian Kashmir.
- US Urges Nuclear Suppliers Group Members to Back India Membership Sputnik 28 Jul 2017 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has urged the 48 members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to support New Delhi's long-pending application, but the move is really a reiteration of the country's old stand, not a real turnaround in India's chances of getting into the 48-member elite club that controls the nuclear trade.
- One Third of India's Indigenous Akash Missiles Duds, Says Auditor Sputnik 28 Jul 2017 -- In a startling revelation, India's top auditor has said more than a third of the home-made Akash missile systems meant for aerial defense along the Pakistan border have failed basic tests.
- India Beefs Up Army's Financial Teeth to Fortify Military Centers Sputnik 28 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Defense Ministry has decided to delegate substantial financial powers to the armed forces for undertaking works for perimeter security of sensitive military installations. The move has been announced following dire need of securing installation after repeated attacks on these camps.
- China Won't Get Port for Naval Base, Sri Lanka Assures India Sputnik 27 Jul 2017 -- China will not be able to use the Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka as a naval base and limit its presence to commercial activities as part of a revised agreement approved by the Sri Lankan government on Tuesday, allaying strategic concerns raised by India.
- Indian Air Force Says Shalom To Israel's Largest Air Exercise Sputnik 27 Jul 2017 -- With India stepping up its ties with Israel, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will take part in the Blue Flag exercise to be held during November this year in Israel. This will be the largest multi-national exercise in Israel where the US, Italy, France, Germany, Greece, and Poland will take part.
- Eight Indian Submarines Lack Second Periscopes, Says Top Auditor Sputnik 27 Jul 2017 -- India's top auditor has revealed that more than half of its submarines were without the second periscope, which made them less efficient when deployed.
- Jazayeri: Iranian army to give crushing response to US ploys IRNA 26 Jul 2017 -- Iran's chief of staff of the armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Wednesday that the Iranian armed forces are to give a crushing response to US ploys in order to reprimand them for any wrongdoings.
- Iran: US should fulfill JCPOA commitments IRNA 26 Jul 2017 -- Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Wednesday that Washington should fulfill its obligations under the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the major world powers.
- Indian Air Force Looks to Get Eyes in Skies Sputnik 26 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has revived a five-years-old requirement of seven snooping aircraft to conduct signal intelligence and communications jamming (COMJAM) duties.
- Amid Ammo Shortage, Indian General Seeks More Funds to Counter China Sputnik 26 Jul 2017 -- Stressing for more defense expenditure in the backdrop of China's expansionist approach, India's top army general has said Delhi has to be prepared for the threat from Beijing in the coming years.
- India Launches Two Naval Patrol Vessels Built by Private Indian Defense Company Sputnik 26 Jul 2017 -- For the first time, the Indian Navy has launched two naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) built by a private Indian defense company. The NOPVs were built by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited at its Pipavav shipyard in the western state of Gujarat.
- Chief of the Defence Staff strengthens bonds with India UK MOD 25 Jul 2017 -- The Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL, paid a visit to India this week to further reinforce an already robust UK-India defence and security partnership.
- Beijing Calls on India to Withdraw Troops From Chinese Territory in Donglang Sputnik 25 Jul 2017 -- India must pull its military units back from Chinese territory in Donglang at the Indian-Chinese border near the state of Sikkim to de-escalate tensions, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said on Tuesday.
- Indian, Chinese NSAs Likely to Meet in Shadow of Border Standoff Sputnik 25 Jul 2017 -- Amid the ongoing border standoff between India and China, the two sides' National Security Advisers (NSA) are expected to meet on the sidelines of a BRICS NSA's meet in Beijing this week.
- India Begins Tunnel Work Through Himalayas to China Border Sputnik 25 Jul 2017 -- India's Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two-lane tunnels bypassing a mountain pass at 13,700 feet in Arunachal Pradesh to gain faster access to the China border. The tunnel will connect the Army's 4 Corps HQ in Tezpur to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which is 22 miles from the border.
- India Gets President, the Second Lower Caste One in Caste Sensitive Society Sputnik 25 Jul 2017 -- Ram Nath Kovind took oath as India's 14th President on Tuesday morning. The 71-year-old Kovind is only the second lower caste president after KR Narayan. Kovind is also the first member of the ruling Hindu nationalist party BJP to become president.
- India to Shed More Rules to Bag $5 Billion Foreign Investment in Defense Sputnik 25 Jul 2017 -- After failing to get foreign investment despite rejigging rules several times, the Narendra Modi government is mulling easing foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in the defense sector once again with the intention of inviting major global defense firms.
- China urges India to abandon illusions People's Daily 24 Jul 2017 -- China Monday urged India to immediately withdraw all troops that have illegally entered China, stating that the nation would defend its territorial sovereignty "at all costs."
- Doklam has always been under China's effective jurisdiction without dispute: FM People's Daily 24 Jul 2017 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday that there has been no territorial dispute in the Doklam area.
- China tells India to stop meddling in contested Himalayan region Press TV 24 Jul 2017 -- China has called on India to withdraw its troops from a Himalayan region, disputed by both China and New Delhi's ally Bhutan, vowing that it will defend its sovereignty "at whatever cost."
- China Urges India to 'Immediately' Withdraw Troops From Disputed Himalayan Area Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- Chinese military called on India to withdraw its troops from the Himalayan mountains, saying that New Delhi "should abandon unrealistic illusions" of owning the disputed territory as Beijing is ready to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security.
- Indian Investigators Arrest Kashmiri Separatists Over Terror Funding Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested seven Kashmiri separatist leaders on charges of terror funding in Kashmir.
- Even Rambo Can't Salvage Indian Navy's Sikorsky Choppers, Auditor Lists Problems Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- Purchased from the US for enhancing the utilization of Indian Navy's ship the US-made INS Jalashwa, six Sikorsky helicopters have failed to maintain desired levels of serviceability in six of seven years of its operations.
- Russia, Germany in Race for Indian Navy's $7.8 Billion Submarine Tender Sputnik 24 Jul 2017 -- India's Ministry of Defense has asked six foreign shipbuilders to respond to the Indian Navy's long-delayed Project 75 India (P-75I) program, which is worth over $7.8 billion.
- Russia, US & Germany Duke It Out for Lucrative Indian Armored Vehicle Contract Sputnik 23 Jul 2017 -- India's Financial Express newspaper has reported that a decision on the country's long-delayed Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) project could be reached by the end of the month. Russian observers say Moscow has a good chance of winning the contract, but doing so will require sharing the defense industry's latest armored vehicle technology.
- Indian Army Raises Concern Over Targeting of Civilians in Jammu and Kashmir Sputnik 21 Jul 2017 -- India's Director General of Military Operations Lt General A K Bhatt took up the issue of civilians being targeted by Pakistani forces along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, for the second time in the last four days.
- India Partners With Israel to Develop Missile Defense System Sputnik 21 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Army has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to raise a regiment of advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAMs) capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and aircraft.
- China's Trijunction Action a Threat to India, Says Foreign Minister Sputnik 20 Jul 2017 -- Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told India's Parliament that the Chinese action in the trijunction region of India, Bhutan and China was a threat to India when opposition lawmakers asked her about the ongoing standoff. She claimed that many countries are supporting India's stance.
- India FM: China, India Should Withdraw Troops From Doklam Plateau VOA 20 Jul 2017 -- India says both New Delhi and Beijing should pull back their forces to restore the status quo on a remote Himalayan plateau where a tense standoff between the Asian rivals is now in its second month.
- Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations People's Daily 20 Jul 2017 -- Pakistan on Thursday called the Indian deputy high commissioner and lodged protest over the recent cross-border shelling by Indian forces that killed one soldier and two civilians.
- Indian MPs, legislators elect president from lowest Dalit caste Press TV 20 Jul 2017 -- Indian lawmakers and provincial legislators have elected a new president from the country's lowest and poorest Dalit caste.
- Maoist Rebels on the Run in India Over the Last Three Years Sputnik 20 Jul 2017 -- India has recorded a 22 percent decline in violence in Maoist insurgency-affected states since the Narendra Modi government came to power. Experts said the government has adopted a carrot and stick approach which is yielding results but challenges remain in wiping out leftist insurgents.
- China demands India pull out troops from disputed Himalayan territory Press TV 19 Jul 2017 -- China has called on India to withdraw its troops from a disputed territory in the Himalayan mountains near the borders with China and Bhutan and avoid an "escalation of the situation."
- Pakistan, India Trade Claims Over Cease-fire Violations VOA 19 Jul 2017 -- Pakistan says India's border forces opened fire Wednesday in the divided Kashmir region in violation of a mutual cease-fire truce, killing a soldier and two civilians.
- Indian Space Organisation Ensures Protection of Satellites From Space Debris Sputnik 19 Jul 2017 -- Facing criticism for launching hundreds of micro satellites into the same orbit where India's own Earth observation satellites are or will be, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that it has ensured the nano or micro satellites won't collide with each other.
- Chinese media rejects fake news report of Indian soldiers' death in Chinese attack People's Daily 18 Jul 2017 -- Chinese mainstream media outlets on Tuesday denounced Pakistani media's "groundless" report, which claims that over 150 Indian soldiers were killed in Sikkim due to a Chinese rocket attack.
- India Expanding Infrastructure Along China Border Amid Standoff Sputnik 18 Jul 2017 -- In spite of the continuing standoff with China at the Sikkim border, India is busy at work building infrastructure in the states that border China.
- India, Pakistan Trade Accusations as Cross Border Firing Claims Seven Lives Sputnik 17 Jul 2017 -- Pakistan has called upon the Indian Army for peace amid heavy cross firing at the border since a week. India has retorted by claiming that firing was only retaliatory. Both countries have accused each other of violating ceasefire.
- Renewed fighting in Kashmir kills 6 as Pakistan, India exchange fire Press TV 17 Jul 2017 -- Indian and Pakistani forces have again exchanged fire along Kashmir's Line of Control (LoC), with reports saying six people have been killed on the two sides of the border.
- US House Approves Bill Proposing Stronger Defense Ties With India Sputnik 17 Jul 2017 -- Passed by voice vote, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018 directs the administration of US President Donald Trump to develop ways to advance defense ties with India.
- As Tension Heightens On China Border, IAF Seeks To Hasten Rafale Jet Delivery Sputnik 17 Jul 2017 -- India's conflict with China and Pakistan has reached a tipping point, pressing the need for astute military strategies. In consonance with this situation, the Indian Air Force is looking to expedite the delivery of Rafale jets from France.
- Pakistan says India shelling killed 4 soldiers in Kashmir Press TV 16 Jul 2017 -- The Pakistani military has accused the Indian forces of killing four Pakistani soldiers by firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the divided Kashmir region.
- US House bill proposes closer military ties with India Press TV 16 Jul 2017 -- The US House of Representatives in Congress has passed a $621.5 billion military expenditure bill that proposes to advance military cooperation with India.
- India Asserts Readiness to Hold Talks With Pakistan on Kashmir Issue Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- India has said it is open to holding talks with Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue under a bilateral framework, a day after Beijing offered to play a "constructive" role between the two countries.
- ISRO Develops Ship-Based Antenna System to Track Satellite Launches Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully designed and developed a ship-borne transportable antenna terminal to fulfill the telemetry tracking and command requirements for all satellites and launch vehicle missions.
- Indian Troops Get Combat Helmets For the First Time in Decades Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- Deprived of basic safety equipment like bulletproof gear, Indian Army has finally received 7,500 helmets after losing hundreds of soldiers in close encounters with terrorists and rival troops in recent decades.
- Cyber and Space Defense Units to Enter Operation in India Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- Two separate cyber and space agencies for defense will soon enter operation in India, Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra revealed this week.
- India Allows Local Army Unit to Procure Arms, Ammunition for Short War Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- In a major change to the country's procurement policy, the Indian Defense Ministry has authorized its regional command unit to purchase arms and ammunition required for a short and intense war.
- India Revives Intel Wing to Keep Tabs on Chinese Activity in Nepal, Bhutan Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- India has revived its five-decade-old intelligence and combat unit in order to keep a tab on Chinese maneuvers in countries like Nepal and Bhutan. The separate unit will be part of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the borders with the two countries.
- China to Trim Its Army: What Does It Mean for India and the Region? Sputnik 14 Jul 2017 -- China is planning to cut down its 2.3 million-strong military, the world's largest, to below one million in the biggest troop reduction as part of a restructuring process. Indian experts said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) downsizing has implications for India and the wider region.
- India China Standoff in High Himalayas Pulls in Tiny Bhutan VOA 13 Jul 2017 -- A tense standoff between India and China in the high Himalayas is being played out not on the disputed borders between the two Asian giants, but on a plateau claimed by China and Bhutan. Many analysts say the face off is also a play for power in the tiny, strategically located country, which is India's closest ally in South Asia, but where Beijing wants to increase its presence.
- Indian Air Force Jets Slated to Have Beyond-Visual-Range Strike Capacity by 2018 Sputnik 13 Jul 2017 -- India's Tejas light combat aircraft is armed and ready with I-Derby missiles for downing other aircraft, according to The Diplomat.
- Indian forces kill 3 as Kashmir clashes intensify Press TV 12 Jul 2017 -- Indian police have launched a fresh wave of crackdown on people in Kashmir as reports say three more people have been killed in an overnight gunfight that sparked clashes on the streets in the region.
- China to Play Constructive Role in Promoting India-Pakistan Dialogue - Beijing Sputnik 12 Jul 2017 -- China is ready to play a constructive role in the Indian-Pakistan relations' normalization amid the latest aggravation of tensions in Kashmir, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
- 7 Hindus killed in crossfire between Kashmir militants, India troops Press TV 11 Jul 2017 -- At least seven Hindus have died in reported crossfire between Indian forces and suspected militants in New Delhi-controlled Kashmir amid tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
- Indian Navy Disposes of Russian-Built Submarine INS Sindhurakshak at Sea Sputnik 11 Jul 2017 -- Four years after an accident and resultant operational issues, the Indian Navy sank the Russian-built Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhurakshak last month.
- Pakistan Army kills four Indian soldiers, destroys two Indian check posts People's Daily 10 Jul 2017 -- Four Indian soldiers were killed and two Indian check posts were destroyed by the Pakistan Army on Sunday, after the deaths of seven people caused by unprovoked Indian shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the Pakistan Army confirmed on Monday.
- With Eye on China, India, US and Japan Conduct Naval Drills VOA 10 Jul 2017 -- In a signal of deepening military cooperation between India, the United States and Japan, the three countries have deployed some of their largest warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean for an annual naval exercise that is conducted with an eye on China.
- After 70 Years in Service, India Set to Shut Army Education Corps Sputnik 10 Jul 2017 -- India is likely to close an Army unit established in 1947 to provide basic education to troops. An 11-member committee has recommended the winding up the Army Education Corps (AEC) and deploy 5000 personnel to the war zone that will be advantageous to the forces.
- US Raises Pressure on Kashmir Militants Fighting India VOA 09 Jul 2017 -- The U.S. State Department has declared Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "global terrorist," and imposed new sanctions aimed at suppressing his organization, one of the major militant groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.
- China claims India is stirring up trouble in Doklam People's Daily 08 Jul 2017 -- A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday objected to India's attempts to stir up disputes over the Doklam region.
- India, bracing for protests, puts Kashmir on lockdown Press TV 08 Jul 2017 -- India has placed Kashmir under high security order and deployed tens of thousands of government forces to the volatile Himalayan region on the death anniversary of a popular pro-independence figure.
- Cross-border shelling leaves seven people dead in Kashmir Press TV 08 Jul 2017 -- Seven people have been killed in the volatile region of Kashmir when India and Pakistan engaged in cross-border shelling.
- Police Clamp Down in Indian Kashmir on Anniversary of Militant Leader's Death VOA 08 Jul 2017 -- Thousands of troops patrolled Indian Kashmir on Saturday as authorities imposed widespread restrictions to foil protests planned for the anniversary of a local militant leader, Burhan Wani, whose killing in 2016 by armed forces has pulled the Himalayan region into a fresh spiral of violence after several years of relative peace.
- India, Israel Ink Deal for Air Defense System, Radars, UAVs Worth $4.3 Bln Sputnik 07 Jul 2017 -- Indian companies have signed 12 strategic agreements ranging from air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles to medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India under technology transfer worth $4.3 billion during the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv.
- China accuses India legitimizing border incursion in name of protecting Bhutan People's Daily 06 Jul 2017 -- China on Thursday accused India of taking the protection of Bhutan as an excuse to legitimize its border incursion into China.
- China Demands That India Pulls Back Border Troops Immediately Sputnik 06 Jul 2017 -- China has again warned India to pull back its troops from the Doklam area near the Sikkim sector, saying it will affect the dialogue process between the two countries.
- Indian Air Force training aircraft crashes in western state People's Daily 06 Jul 2017 -- An Indian Air Force training aircraft crashed in the western state of Rajasthan on Thursday, defense sources said.
- Debris of Missing IAF Helicopter Found, Three Crew Members Dead Sputnik 06 Jul 2017 -- The wreckage of a missing advanced light helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been found in the Pampunpare district of Arunachal Pradesh following a 24-hour joint search operation conducted by the Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Arunachal Pradesh police on Wednesday.
- Indian Navy to Splurge on Hundreds of Helicopters for Warships Sputnik 06 Jul 2017 -- After the cancellation of two major helicopters tenders, the Indian Navy will soon issue a new tender for 251 helicopters including 140 naval multi-role helicopters.
- China urges India to correct mistakes by withdrawing border troops People's Daily 05 Jul 2017 -- China Wednesday urged India to immediately withdraw its border troops that have crossed into Chinese territory and correct its mistakes with practical actions.e
- China Blames India for Misleading Its Citizens Over Sikkim Standoff Sputnik 05 Jul 2017 -- China has accused India of misleading people by saying Chinese troops are building a road close to the strategically important area known as 'Chicken's Neck' in Sikkim sector.
- Indian Army Looking to Acquire a High-Performance Minelayer Sputnik 05 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Army has begun the procurement process of next generation GPS/GIS-based minefield recording system for its troops deployed in Himalayan terrain and north-eastern parts of the country. The Army will use the equipment to record the location of mines laid in the system.
- Indian troops kill 3 militants in Kashmir; 35 protesters wounded Press TV 04 Jul 2017 -- India's forces have killed three militants in a fierce firefight in the New Delhi-controlled part of Kashmir, and injured dozens of civilians during a crackdown on the ensuing protest rally there in solidarity with the pro-independence fighters.
- India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year Sputnik 04 Jul 2017 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation is set to offer GPS from its own navigation system for mobile users from next year, aiming to make it more accurate than foreign competitors' products. launch
- China offers more evidence over Indian border incursion People's Daily 03 Jul 2017 -- The act of Indian border troops recently crossing into Chinese territory was described as "very serious" by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Monday.
- China accuses India of violating 1890 agreement in border standoff Press TV 03 Jul 2017 -- Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating an 1890 border agreement between Britain and China as a standoff on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has intensified tensions between the two neighboring countries.
- Indo-Chinese Tension Escalates as India Strengthening Defense Near Border Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- The war of words between India and China intensified even as the top leadership in both nations is likely to hold informal talks on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany later this week.
- India test fires quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile People's Daily 03 Jul 2017 -- India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile, officials said.
- India Test-Fires Quick Reaction Surface-To-Air Missile Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- India has successfully test-fired the home-grown quick reaction surface-to-air (QRSAM) short-range missile fired from a test range along the Odisha coast on Monday. Launched from a truck-mounted canister, the missile has a capability of engaging multiple targets at a 25 to 30 km range.
- India Plans Next Generation Bombproof Shelter for 108 Fighter Jets Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- With tensions rising with its neighbors, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has once again asked India's defense ministry to approve funding for building next generation hardened shelters designed by state-owned research organization DRDO for every aircraft deployed in eastern and north-eastern airfields.
- Indian Army to Deploy Military Helicopters to Chinese Border for the First Time Sputnik 03 Jul 2017 -- In a move to strengthen border security along the eastern border, the Indian Army will deploy the weaponized version of indigenous advanced light helicopters by August this year.
- India Has Changed Since 1962 War: Indian Defense Minister on China's Warning Sputnik 01 Jul 2017 -- A day after China referred to the 1962 war and that Indian Army should learn "historical lessons", India's Defense Minister Arun Jaitley asserted the "India of today is different from what it was in 1962". Jaitley said the Sikkim stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops was triggered by Beijing.
- India Concerned Over Chinese Construction In Sikkim Sector Sputnik 01 Jul 2017 -- India has expressed concern at the construction activities by China in Donglang area as it will have serious security implications.
- Kashmiri Rebel Chief Rejects US Terror Sanctions VOA 01 Jul 2017 -- The leader of a prominent Kashmir rebel group has rejected U.S. sanctions and vowed to continue fighting until the disputed Himalayan region is "liberated from India."
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