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August 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- Bollywood Movie Highlights Indiaís Challenge in Ending Open Defecation Anjana Pasricha, August 24, 2017 Voice fo America - Prime Minister Narendra Modiís government is racing to build millions of toilets to meet its pledge to end open defecation by 2019. But as it turns out, the problem is not just about access to latrines, but changing behavior in a society where many people consider this an un-healthy practice.
- China calls for rational action by India amid border standoff Press TV 22 Aug 2017 -- China has urged India to abide by the international law and act rationally as tensions escalate between the two neighbors in a remote border area.
- India to Have Public-Private Aerospace Consortium to Conquer Global Industry Sputnik 22 Aug 2017 -- Buoyed by its success in launching satellites at very low cost, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is now eyeing a larger share in the global aerospace industry by forming a consortium of aerospace companies to launch more satellites.
- Five Defense Firms Fight for Supplying 150 Heavyweight Torpedoes for Indian Navy Sputnik 22 Aug 2017 -- An earlier plan of the Indian Navy to purchase a fewer number of torpedoes had to be cancelled amid a corruption controversy.
- Indian Defense Firms Under Pressure to Develop New Age Technology for UAVs Sputnik 22 Aug 2017 -- The Indian Army had submitted a requirement for UAVs that could fly continuously for a minimum of ten hours at the height of up to 20000 feet, covering a range of two hundred kilometers from the control station. The army is in favor of locally developed systems but it would be a big challenge for private defense firms that lack the technology.
- Indian Navy Gets Second Landing Craft Utility Vessel, Six More Coming Up Sputnik 22 Aug 2017 -- Deployment of such naval assets near the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping routes and a crucial one for China, is being seen as India's attempt to ensure its dominance in the Indian Ocean region.
- India's Main Battle Tanks T-90, T-72 to Become More Lethal Sputnik 21 Aug 2017 -- India hopes to add a new dimension to the nation's defense capability by integrating the locally developed third generation missile system with Russia made T-90 and T-72 tanks which is the mainstay of Indian Army's offensive formations.
- India Expects China to Break Deadlock on Doklam Sputnik 21 Aug 2017 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to discuss the crisis with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held in September in Xiamen, China.
- India Expedites Construction of Border Roads Amid Military Conflict With China Sputnik 21 Aug 2017 -- Indian Army had asked the defense ministry to expedite construction of roads along the border with China citing it as a crucial requirement for faster movement of troops and uninterrupted supplies of ammunition and other necessities.
- Russian-Indian military drills not against China: Russian FM People's Daily 18 Aug 2017 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced speculation that its upcoming military drills with India are targeted at China, adding that Russia has brilliant relations with China.
- India Approves Deal to Purchase Six More Apache Attack Helicopters from the US Sputnik 18 Aug 2017 -- India's Defense Ministry has approved the purchase of six AH-64E Apache heavy attack helicopters for use by the Indian Army's Aviation Corps (AAC). A ministry official said the deal is worth close to $654.6 million.
- India to Buy $75 million Ukrainian Engines for Russia Made Frigates Sputnik 18 Aug 2017 -- After Crimea fallout, Russia and Ukraine suspended all defense ties which rendered the under-construction Admiral Grigorovich class frigates of limited operational use to Russian Navy until they were re-engined with Russian alternative which is expected to be ready only by 2020.
- India Begins Major Overhauling of Country's Coastal Security Sputnik 18 Aug 2017 -- With a coastline of more than 7500 kilometers, India aims to equip its coast guards with 175 ships & 110 aircraft in next five years.
- China never backs down in defending sovereignty People's Daily 17 Aug 2017 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday once again asked India to withdraw all its troops and equipment from Chinese territory, as the border standoff in the Dong Lang (Doklam) area approaches its second month.
- Indian Troops Kill 2 Terrorists Attempting to Cross Border in Kashmir Sputnik 17 Aug 2017 -- Indian soldiers killed two terrorists, who tried to cross into the country in Gurez area in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, disputed by Pakistan, the police said Thursday.
- Rights Activists Call on India to Not Deport Rohingyas, but Solve Issue VOA 17 Aug 2017 -- Human rights groups are calling on India to take a lead in addressing the crisis faced by tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar after a senior minister said New Delhi plans to identify and deport those living in the country.
- China Urges India to Abide by Border Agreements Amid Border Guard Skirmish Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- China has called on India to abide by bilateral agreements on border issues after media reports emerged about another skirmish between Chinese and Indian border guard officers on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday.
- Indian Defense Sector Opens up to Private Players; Clears $2.8 Bln of Orders Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- Indian private companies would have to forge a joint venture with foreign firms for the purpose of manufacturing specific products with complete transfer of technology. The foreign firms, however, would not hold a majority stake in such joint ventures.
- India Looks for New Partner to Arm its Scorpene Class Submarine Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- Cancellation of the Black Shark torpedo deal has had a crippling impact on Indian Navy's plan of lending teeth to its fleet of six under-construction submarines, two of which are ready to be inducted any time soon.
- India's New Domestic Artillery Gun Fails Weapons Trials for Third Time Sputnik 16 Aug 2017 -- India's homemade Dhanush towed howitzer may be domestically produced, but a multitude of failed tests have proven that the weapon is unready for use in warfare. An Indian Army source told Defense News that the artillery gun has failed three times in as many months, pushing the induction date back further and further.
- India's illegal entry into Chinese territory is a miscalculation that will lead to nothing but shame on itself: experts People's Daily 14 Aug 2017 -- Nearly two months have passed since a border standoff took place between China and India in the Donglang (Doklam) area, yet tensions continue to escalate, leading to public concerns over an imminent war. Though the possibility has been largely denounced by experts from both sides, the unprecedented conflict has cast a shadow upon the two nations' already shattered mutual trust.
- India Denies Chinese Intrusion in Ladakh, no Thaw in Doklam Standoff Sputnik 14 Aug 2017 -- Indian government on Sunday rejected reports of China building a bridge in Ladakh - a region in Jammu and Kashmir even as the Doklam standoff entered its eighth week with no signs of thaw.
- India set to deport all Rohingya Muslims regardless of UN registration: Official Press TV 14 Aug 2017 -- A senior Indian official has described thousands of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims living in India as illegal refugees, saying the New Delhi government aims to deport them.
- India to Use Bio Fuel for Its Warships Sputnik 14 Aug 2017 -- India has embarked on an ambitious plan to make bio-fuel powered warships the new normal. State owned manufacturers have been directed to study the compatibility of natural gas in warship engines without compromising the efficiency of the ships.
- Ministry dismisses media report on Donglang People's Daily 11 Aug 2017 -- The Foreign Ministry has dismissed a media report that China offered to reposition its troops to resolve the tension with India in the Donglang (Doklam) area.
- Bhutan Asks India to Amicably Resolve Standoff with China Sputnik 11 Aug 2017 -- While calling for peace between India and China, Bhutan has made it clear that it wants status-quo at Doklam unless the territorial dispute between itself and China is settled as per an earlier agreement.
- Bhutan Denies Ceded Claim Over Doklam Sputnik 11 Aug 2017 -- Wang Wenli of China's foreign ministry had said Bhutan accepted China's claim over Doklam.
- India Test Flies Its First AESA Equipped Jaguar DARIN III Sputnik 11 Aug 2017 -- The retrofit will enhance the capability of the Indian Air Force in terms of tracking multiple enemy and jamming enemy radars and communication gadgets.
- India-Pakistan Row May Grow as Lashkar Leader Tries to Found Political Party Sputnik 10 Aug 2017 -- India is concerned that the launching of the political outfit by Hafiz Saeed, co-founder of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, may increase cross border terrorism.
- Indian Navy Floats Global Tender for High-Tech Night Vision Helmets Sputnik 10 Aug 2017 -- The Indian Navy has requisitioned for two options - uncooled thermal imaging devices and image intensifier tube with wide field of view.
- India Freezes Purchase of Additional AH-64E Apache From US Sputnik 10 Aug 2017 -- Indian Army was to receive its first tranche of eleven AH-64E Apache helicopters under the options clause of an earlier deal; but government says it has no immediate plans to place the order.
- Troops kill three rebels, teenage boy in Indian-controlled Kashmir Press TV 09 Aug 2017 -- Indian forces have killed three separatist rebels and a teenage boy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir as tensions continue to rock the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
- India Continues to Violate China's Sovereignty in Donglang - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 09 Aug 2017 -- Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that India must withdraw all of its personnel and equipment to the Indian side of the border in the disputed area of Donglang.
- China Refutes Media Speculations of Small Scale War With India Sputnik 09 Aug 2017 -- In what is being seen as an attempt to break the ice, the Chinese defense ministry invited a delegation of Indian journalists to Beijing and briefed them about their official position on the Doklam standoff.
- India's Foreign Defense Procurement Jumps Eightfold Under Modi Regime Sputnik 09 Aug 2017 -- The purchases, mainly from the US, Russia and Israel, are aimed either at plugging shortages or advancing the modernization of India's armed forces.
- Indian Navy to Purchase Hundreds of Anti-Ship Missiles Sputnik 08 Aug 2017 -- The global tender is to be issued during first half of 2018. Several global firms are already in talks with Indian defense companies for manufacturing anti-ship missiles.
- India Eyes Big Business with Africa in Space Exploration Sputnik 07 Aug 2017 -- The recent foray of Ghana into space exploration provides immense business opportunities for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which boasts the most cost-effective launch vehicle.
- Russia, India to Train Naval, Air Blockade During Joint Exercises Indra-2017 Sputnik 07 Aug 2017 -- According to the press service of Russia's Eastern Military District, ships from the Russian and Indian navies will practice creating a partial naval and air blockade of the simulated enemy during the Indra-2017 military exercises.
- India Readies First Fighter Jet With New Age AESA Radar for Flight Sputnik 07 Aug 2017 -- The new AESA radar will significantly improve the Indian Air Force's capability as it allows fighter planes to detect targets at long distance.
- India to Deploy Two Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Near Pakistan Border Sputnik 07 Aug 2017 -- The ballistic missile defense grid that will protect the western and northern regions of the country will help guard New Delhi and Mumbai.
- Chinese experts denounce Indian media's self-claimed military advantage People's Daily 07 Aug 2017 -- Chinese military experts on Monday reiterated the country's military advantage over India after an Indian magazine issued a report insisting that the Indian Army would give China "a bloody nose" if war breaks out.
- India urged to take seriously China's position document, withdraw trespassing troops People's Daily 06 Aug 2017 -- India has been urged to take seriously China's position document on India's border troops' trespass, and to immediately and unconditionally withdraw the troops.
- Military clashes possible as border standoff drags on: expert Global Times 05 Aug 2017 -- China will not allow the military standoff between China and India in Doklam to last for too long, and there may be a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks, Chinese experts said after six ministries and institutions made remarks on the incident within the past 24 hours.
- Patience has 'bottom line', India told People's Daily 05 Aug 2017 -- India must not expect China to concede its violation of China's territory, analysts said, after a spokesman from the Ministry of National Defense issued a statement warning India to abandon illusions.
- India Wary of More Chinese Presence in Kashmir Through Dam Projects Sputnik 05 Aug 2017 -- India has strong reservations against the string of projects undertaken by China in the Kashmir region under the Belt and Road Initiative. Addition of a project as big as the Indus Cascade to that list is likely to lead to more protests from India and to raise tension in the region.
- Indian Security Forces Eliminate Three Terrorists in Kashmir Sputnik 05 Aug 2017 -- Indian security forces eliminated three militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group (banned in Russia) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, one police officer was injured during the operation, local media reported on Saturday.
- Indian troops kill three Kashmiri militants in gunbattle Press TV 05 Aug 2017 -- At least three militants have been killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region, triggering new protests against the Indian rule.
- India Agrees to Enhance Millitary Capability of Kazakhstan Sputnik 05 Aug 2017 -- India aspires to create a market for its defense equipment in Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan after the Chabahar port becomes operational within a year or two.
- Chinese defense ministry demands immediate withdrawal of Indian troops People's Daily 04 Aug 2017 -- Chinese defense ministry has urged India to immediately pull back the trespassing troops to the Indian side of the boundary.
- No Early Delivery of Rafale Jets for India Sputnik 04 Aug 2017 -- Contrary to India's desire, France has not made any commitment for before-the-schedule delivery of the first batch of Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force.
- Indian Military Suggests Continuation of 5th-Generation Jet Project With Russia Sputnik 04 Aug 2017 -- The special four-member panel established by the Indian Defense Ministry to examine various aspects of the joint Russia-India fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project strongly recommended the Indian government to continue cooperating with Russia in this direction, the local media reported Friday, citing Indian Air Force sources.
- India has no reason to oppose establishment of Chinese base in Djibouti: Rear Admiral People's Daily 04 Aug 2017 -- India has no reason to oppose the establishment of a Chinese base in Djibouti, as the Indian Ocean does not belong to India, said Yin Zhuo, a rear admiral in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, according to the official WeChat account of CCTV4 on Aug. 3.
- PLA Daily calls for withdrawal of trespassing Indian border troops People's Daily 03 Aug 2017 -- The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) flagship newspaper Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Indian border troops trespassing in China, warning India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's resolve to defend its territory.
- China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border Press TV 03 Aug 2017 -- China has accused neighboring India of adding troops and constructing roads along its side of the border amid increasing tensions over a standoff in a remote frontier region in the Himalayas.
- New Aftergrowth in India, China Doklam Dispute Sputnik 03 Aug 2017 -- In documents released by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese Embassy in India, Beijing has claimed that a number of Indian troops at Doklam have come down to 40 plus from 400 at one point.
- Israel's Rafael Sets Up Anti-Tank Guided Missile Facility With Indian Partner Sputnik 03 Aug 2017 -- Israel's Rafael Defense Systems has inaugurated a joint venture facility with the Kalyani Group to manufacture Spike anti-tank guided missiles in the southern state of Telangana.
- Sukhoi PAK-FA Could Power India's Fifth Gen Fighter Sputnik 03 Aug 2017 -- As a high-level committee clears the deck for signing the second stage of the Indo-Russia fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project, it is expected the Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive the fifth generation fighter just when 11 squadrons of obsolete MiG-21s and MiG-27s are set to retire in 2024.
- Beijing's firm stance on China-India border dispute People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- China stated its position on Indian border troops trespassing into its territory from the Indian state of Sikkim on Wednesday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Beijing will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.
- China-India Border Crisis is Unfolding at 'Most Unfavorable Time' for Beijing Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- India should withdraw its troops from Chinese territory if it does not want war, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman. His statement came amid the ongoing border standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.
- Crashes Cripple Indian Already Inadequate Fighter Jet Strength Over Last 3 Years Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- Already short of more than 200 fighter jets from the required strength, the Indian defense ministry revelation that 37 fighter jet and helicopters were lost in accidents have further clouded the capability of Indian armed forces to tackle a hypothetical two-front attack by China and Pakistan.
- India's IL-78 Fleet Rusting Away Hangar-Less Since 2003, Says Auditor Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- India's top auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has revealed that the Indian Air Force's (IAF) fleet of six IL-78 refueling aircraft has been rusting in the open because of a lack of hangars. There is only one hangar for the six planes, the CAG noted.
- Violent anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after rebel leader killed Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- The killing of a top Kashmiri commander and his comrade by New Delhi forces has sparked massive protests and violent clashes across the Indian-controlled Himalayan valley.
- Indian Forces Kill Lashkar Boss in Kashmir Valley Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- Indian forces killed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief commander Abu Dujana in an encounter at Hakripora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday. The operation began at 4 am this morning after an intelligence report suggested that Dujana had come to meet his wife at their home on Monday night.
- Russia, India Sign Contract for Design of 3rd Stage of Kudankulam NPP Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- According to Atomstroyexport group, Russia and India have signed contracts on design of the third stage of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
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