Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
September 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian troops kill 2 civilians, soldier in Kashmir: Pakistan army Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan says at least two civilians and a soldier have been killed as Indian forces opened fire on a village in the Islamabad-administered side of disputed Kashmir.
- Police attack Shia Muslims in Indian-controlled Kashmir Press TV 29 Sep 2017 -- Indian police have attacked Shia Muslims taking part in a procession to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), the third Shia imam.
- India Rules Out Mediation Between Myanmar, Bangladesh on Rohingya Issue Sputnik 29 Sep 2017 -- The Indian government has denied reports that it is interested in mediating between Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
- Indian Air Force's Trainer Aircraft Kiran Crashes; Pilot, 30 Villagers Escape Sputnik 28 Sep 2017 -- Due to its aging fleet, the Indian Air Force has been witnessing on average eight aircraft crashes per year.
- Indian Defense Minister Sanctions $125 Mln for Russian-Made Klub Missiles Sputnik 28 Sep 2017 -- The Klub missiles would be fitted onto the Indian Navy's older warships including the Kora class missile corvettes and the Delhi class frigates.
- India Braces Itself for Influx of Refugees, Seals Its Borders With Myanmar Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- India fears that Rohingyas fleeing Rakhine province in Myanmar may enter its territory through the countries' mutual border, which lacks a protective fence. In response, a team led by the head of the Department of Internal Security of the Ministry of Home Affairs was sent to the region by Home Minister Rajnath Singh last week.
- Indian Army Strikes Naga Insurgents Along Myanmar Border Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- In a major counter-insurgency operation along the Myanmar border, the Indian Army has inflicted heavy damage on Naga insurgents.
- India Deploys Nuclear-Capable Infantry Division Near Pakistan Amid High Tensions Sputnik 27 Sep 2017 -- India has deployed an infantry division to a potential flashpoint to guard against any provocation from its neighbor Pakistan and has again warned its 'adversary' against aiding terrorists to cross the Line of Control.
- Mattis: Meeting With Indian Defense Minister Comes at Time of Strategic Convergence AFPS 26 Sep 2017 -- The United States places great importance on building a vibrant defense partnership with India, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a press conference with India's Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman following their bilateral discussions in New Delhi yesterday.
- Secretary Mattis Joint Press Conference with Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman DoD 26 Sep 2017 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman
- Mattis Hails 'Historic' Opportunity to Expand US-India Ties VOA 26 Sep 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took steps to reinforce a quickly growing defense partnership with India on Tuesday, declaring the relationship has "never been stronger."
- Indian Navy Gets New Lethal Warship INS Tarasa Sputnik 26 Sep 2017 -- India's newest warship, the INS Tarasa, is equipped with shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles for low-altitude anti-air warfare. The main gun fitted on the bow deck can fire 550 rounds a minute for a maximum range of 4,000m.
- Indian troops kill four militants in disputed Kashmir Press TV 25 Sep 2017 -- Indian soldiers have killed at least four militants during a two-day gun battle near the heavily militarized de-facto border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan.
- Mattis Travels to India to Emphasize 'Enduring U.S. Commitment' AFPS 25 Sep 2017 -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to India to underscore the enduring U.S. commitment to its strategic partner, Defense Department officials said.
- Indian Army to Get Light Tanks Suitable for Quick Deployment at China Border Sputnik 25 Sep 2017 -- If imports are chosen over indigenous production for an immediate requirement, Russia's 2S25M Sprut-SDM could be India's first choice for light tanks as they have similar qualities as that of Indian Army's main battle tanks T-90MS.
- Mattis May Return to US Without Any Big-Bucks Orders from India Sputnik 25 Sep 2017 -- The US has offered to sell 22 Guardian reconnaissance drones to India but India is considering other options as its Navy is more interested in lethal UAVs. Experts have also warned that it would be futile for India to manufacture F-16 with the US.
- Pakistan, India Trade 'Terrorism' Accusations At UN General Assembly RFE/RL 24 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan and India are trading accusations of state-sponsored terrorism against each other at the UN General Assembly in New York.
- Border Guards Stop Rohingyas From Entering India VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using pepper spray and stun grenades to block Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing violence in their homeland of Myanmar, Indian officials said Saturday.
- Tackling 'curse of poverty' tops Indian Government's agenda, UN General Assembly told UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The complete eradication of poverty is the most important priority for the Government of India, its Minister for External Affairs told the United Nations General Assembly today, as she outlined some of the measures taken to advance this goal.
- Big Ticket US-India Defense Deals Unlikely While US Guards Tech Secrets Sputnik 22 Sep 2017 -- Ahead of US Defense Secretary James Mattis' visit to India starting September 25, a controversial letter by the US-India Business Council has created much uneasiness in the Indian establishment.
- India to Construct 108 Missile-Proof Hangars Along China Border Sputnik 22 Sep 2017 -- A proposal awaiting government approval since 2015 was strongly backed by the prime minister's office in the aftermath of the recent border tensions with China.
- India's Defense Sector Prepares for 100% Foreign Direct Investment Sputnik 22 Sep 2017 -- FDI proposals for 100% have to be in areas where India lacks either the existing capabilities or is not even developing it.
- India Bars Its Military From Undertaking Foreign-Sponsored Training Sputnik 22 Sep 2017 -- India says to accept meager financial assistance from foreign countries to train its armed forces does not suit its stature as a nation.
- India Begins Deployment of Submarine in Indian Ocean Region After Long Gap Sputnik 21 Sep 2017 -- The Shishumar class attack submarine is being accompanied by two other naval vessels and two maritime patrol aircraft on a month-long mission to enhance cooperation with the countries of the Arabian Sea rim.
- India, Japan Expected to Increase Maritime Activity Aimed at China VOA 20 Sep 2017 -- India and Japan, anxious to keep Asia's dominant power Beijing in check, may send patrols into the contested South China Sea or sell arms to rival states following a pair of high-level meetings this month, experts say.
- India to Investigate Pakistan's Alleged Role in DPRK Nuclear Program Sputnik 20 Sep 2017 -- The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has announced that they will be conducting an investigation into potential links between India's rival Pakistan and the North Korean nuclear programs, promising to "hold accountable" those who have assisted North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
- India's Home-Grown LCH to Start Live Firing Trial of French Mistral Missiles Sputnik 19 Sep 2017 -- MBDA of France also expects to kick-start negotiations with India in the next few days for supplying Mistral ATAM for another armed helicopter - Rudra.
- Russia Pitches Aggressively for MiG-29K $12Bn Indian Deal Sputnik 19 Sep 2017 -- Indian Navy had issued a detailed request for information in January this year for 57 multi-role fighter aircraft to which Russian, French, Swedish and American companies had replied with their intent.
- India, Pakistan troops exchange fire on Kashmir border People's Daily 18 Sep 2017 -- The troops of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and shelling on Monday for the fourth-straight day on the International Border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said.
- India's New Combat Intelligence Service to Track Activities in Nepal, Bhutan Sputnik 18 Sep 2017 -- The Indian government had been receiving inputs of an increased presence of Chinese and Pakistani spies in Nepal and Bhutan who could foment trouble in India with the help of local elements in those countries.
- India's First Scorpene Submarine to Join Naval Fleet from Next Month Sputnik 18 Sep 2017 -- The 1565-ton Scorpene class submarine is a critical asset in a war like situation with Pakistan as the shallow Arabian Sea does not provide required depth to the larger boats like the Kilo-class, or the six nuclear-powered attack submarines that India plans to build.
- India's Home-Grown Land Mine-Plowing Trawl System Passes Blast Trials Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The trawl system is capable of breaching a variety of landmines, including passive and active influence mines, and would help the Indian Army's mechanized forces advance safely to combat zones in the event of a war.
- India, South Korea to Jointly Build Five Warships in Next Five Years Sputnik 15 Sep 2017 -- South Korea's willingness to transfer technology to India has made it one of India's most favored defense partners, bagging mega projects including joint production of warships and artillery guns.
- Japan Makes No Headway in Convincing India to Buy Its Amphibious Aircraft Sputnik 15 Sep 2017 -- Japan has been persuading India to buy its ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft since the last four years but cost factor and India's insistence on the transfer of technology has held Japan back from making its first arms export after lifting of its self-imposed ban.
- India, Japan Agree to Enhance Military Ties and China Does Not Like It Sputnik 15 Sep 2017 -- Japan and India have agreed to enhance cooperation in the India-Pacific region where China is increasingly becoming assertive.
- India Conducts First Live Fire Exercise of Homegrown BVR Air to Air Missile Sputnik 15 Sep 2017 -- The 3.8 meter long Astra Mark-1 is a single-stage, solid-propellant missile that can hit a target at a range of 75 kilometers with a speed of more than four times the speed of sound at Mach 4.5. Its advanced version is expected to match the caliber of the French Meteor BVRAAM.
- Indian Forces Eliminate Terror Mastermind in Kashmir Valley Sputnik 14 Sep 2017 -- Abu Ismail is the second Lashkar-e-Toiba chief in Kashmir to be eliminated by Indian security forces in the last two months.
- US manufacturer not to blame for howitzer misfire accident in India People's Daily 14 Sep 2017 -- The US manufacturer of the newly-imported howitzer to India is not at fault for the misfire accident that damaged one of the two weapons, the latest report said.
- India Reinforces Massive Assistance to Afghanistan's Fight Against Terror Sputnik 13 Sep 2017 -- India's increased assistance to Afghanistan comes close on the heels of Donald Trump's "new Afghan strategy" to tackle "terrorist havens" in Pakistan.
- Belarus to Manufacture Defense Equipment under Make in India Program Sputnik 13 Sep 2017 -- India would immensely benefit from military cooperation with Belarus as it would ensure transfer of high-end Belarusian technology for upgrading Soviet-era tanks and military equipment.
- India's First Woman Defense Minister Plans to Overcome Gender Inequality in Army Sputnik 13 Sep 2017 -- The Indian Army will be inducting 800 women soldiers this year and has plans to increase women's presence with a yearly intake of 52 women soldiers. The Indian Air Force inducted women fighter pilots last year. The Indian Navy has also undertaken a project to deploy women in warships.
- India Close to Launching Second Indigenous Nuke Submarine Sputnik 13 Sep 2017 -- The Indian Navy is preparing to drop its second nuclear-capable submarine into the open seas within the next month close to the first anniversary of India became the first nation outside the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, US, UK, France, China – to commission its first homemade nuclear attack submarine.
- Cobra's Venom: India's Homegrown Anti-Tank Missile Impresses in Tests Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- India has successfully tested their domestically produced "Nag" anti-tank guided missile (ATGM,) reports the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD.) The Nag is meant to eventually replace foreign-made missiles to become the Indian military's first and primary anti-tank weapon.
- US-Made M777 Howitzer Malfunctions During Field Trials in India Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- An investigation has been launched to ascertain the reason behind the malfunction. Firing trials have been stopped until investigation report is submitted.
- India's New Defense Minister Rolls out Strategy to Hasten Key Defense Deals Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- The co-production of fifth generation fighter aircraft with Russia, the purchase of 120 single-engine fighter jets and finalization of foreign partners for local production of six nuclear submarines comprise the major deals awaiting final approval.
- Indian Army Chief Does About Face: China, Pakistan No Longer Threats Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- Experts say General Rawat's remarks were nonetheless significantly relevant given the frequency of intrusions by Chinese and Pakistani forces.
- India Sticks to Plan of Leasing Third Russian Nuclear Submarine Sputnik 12 Sep 2017 -- India is pushing for a plan to station its shipbuilding team at a Russian shipyard to witness the complex refitting and modernization process of nuclear attack submarines.
- India to Provide More Assistance to Afghan Defense Forces VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- India will provide more assistance to Afghan defense forces and implement new development projects in the war-torn country.
- Indian forces kill two suspected militants, capture one in Kashmir Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Indian forces have killed two suspected militants and captured another in an overnight gun battle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, triggering protests from locals.
- India's Most Powerful ATGM Nag Missile Passes Flight Trials Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Developers claim the missile is far superior than Javelin of US and Israeli Spike missile. It assimilates advanced technologies including the imaging infrared radar (IIR) seeker with integrated avionics, a capability which is possessed by few nations in the world.
- China urges India to adopt 'correct' attitude People's Daily 08 Sep 2017 -- China urged India Thursday to follow the path of history, by doing and speaking more about things that help develop Sino-Indian relations after the Indian army chief spoke of a "two-front war."
- India Successfully Tests 500kg Locally Developed Precision Guided HSLD Bomb Sputnik 08 Sep 2017 -- The development is significant as India continues to heavily rely on imports for air armaments. The Israel-manufactured SPICE bomb is the biggest conventional bomb that can be delivered by the Indian Air Force.
- India Gearing Up for Two Major Joint Military Exercises With US, Russia Sputnik 08 Sep 2017 -- India's joint military exercises with the world's superpowers are not reminiscent of muscle-flexing in the region but preparedness for unforeseen contingency globally, says expert.
- 2 Men Sentenced to Death for 1993 Mumbai Attacks VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- An Indian court sentenced two men to death Thursday for their involvement in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 250 people.
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