Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2017 - India Special Weapons News
- India Not Going to Supply Weapons to Afghanistan for Anti-Taliban Operation Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- Afghanistan, after consulting with the US, has officially requested India to hand over some of its most lethal weapons including the Russian-made Mi-25 and Mi-35 aircraft to the Afghan National Army fighting against the Taliban.
- Indian Army Launches Global Hunt for Advanced Sniper Rifle Night Sights Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- In order to minimize casualties during cross-border firings, the Indian Army, of late, has been equipping its weapons' systems with long-range sight vision that can detect targets at a distance of at least 1,300 meters.
- India's Medium Lift Combat Helicopters to Get Advanced Weapons Upgrade Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- The installation of helicopter mounted machine guns which the Indian Air Force intends to purchase soon would significantly augment the overall capability of the Mi-8, Mi-17, and Mi-17-IVs helicopters of Russian origin.
- India, Russia Poised to Ink $1 Bln Deal in 2018 For Kamov-226T Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- Sixty helicopters will be received in flight-ready condition from Russia while another 40 will be assembled in India and the remaining 100 will be fully built in India.
- Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting with Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman DoD 26 Oct 2017
- Tillerson In India After Visits To Pakistan, Afghanistan RFE/RL 25 Oct 2017 -- During a visit to India, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed concern that extremist groups pose a threat to the "stability and security" of the Pakistani government.
- Indian Army to Purchase Advanced Electronic Warfare Systems Sputnik 25 Oct 2017 -- In January and September 2016, heavily armed terrorists had attacked two major camps of the Indian Army at Uri and Pathankot, respectively. At least two dozen security personnel were killed and many others were injured. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has been blamed for the attack.
- Indian Border Police Get Dedicated Satellite for Monitoring Chinese Troops Sputnik 25 Oct 2017 -- Indian border troops will use images provided by the Cartosat-2 series satellite, which is capable of monitoring minute details like the movement of persons, tanks, etc., when images are taken at quick intervals.
- Press Availability With Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj US Dept. of State 25 Oct 2017 -- Press Availability by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State and Ministry of External Affairs Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan
- Tillerson's Visit to India Highlights Strong Emerging Alliance VOA 25 Oct 2017 -- The United States pledged its commitment to deepening strategic ties with India as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi during a visit that highlighted their strong emerging alliance.
- Afghanistan Lauds India's Role in US New South Asia Strategy VOA 24 Oct 2017 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on a visit to New Delhi, praised the role outlined for India in Washington's new South Asia strategy, which calls on New Delhi to help bring economic stability and development to the war-torn country.
- Indian Aerospace Behemoth Strongly Advocates FGFA Project With Russia Sputnik 24 Oct 2017 -- A high-level committee set up by the Indian government to examine various aspects of the project has recently submitted a report, and the defense ministry is likely to take a call on it soon.
- India Appoints Former Intel Chief as Emissary to Douse Separatism in Kashmir Sputnik 24 Oct 2017 -- Facing stiff resistance from the pro-separatist groups in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government seems to have shifted gears, favoring dialogue rather than confrontation in dealing with terror elements, violence and protests in the state.
- Russia to Upgrade India's Frontline Fighter Jet Su-30MKI Into Super Sukhoi Sputnik 24 Oct 2017 -- From new sensors to radars, the fleet will see a major change in the cockpit as well. The two-stage modernization program will cost approximately US $6 billion.
- India Appoints New Envoy to Kashmir VOA 23 Oct 2017 -- India has appointed a new envoy to Kashmir in the hope of promoting peace in the troubled region.
- Japan, Spain Out of Race to Construct Six Diesel-Electric Subs for India Sputnik 21 Oct 2017 -- Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport and Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have emerged as the main contenders for India's multi-billion dollar project for manufacturing six diesel-electric propulsion submarines after Spain and Japan opted out of the competition.
- India Implements Further Restrictions on Trade With North Korea Sputnik 21 Oct 2017 -- Following tensions between the US and North Korea, bilateral trade between India and North Korea has been on the decline. There was $133.43 million worth bilateral trade the two nuclear powers in 2016-17 as compared to $198.78 million in the previous fiscal.
- India to Receive High-Tech US Carrier Launch System Sputnik 19 Oct 2017 -- The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to help jets take off from aircraft carriers - which has only just been tested on the US Navy's brand new USS Gerald Ford - will now find its way onto India's aircraft carriers.
- Tillerson Embraces Closer US Ties With India, Calls Out China VOA 18 Oct 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has given a rare, major foreign policy speech outlining the Trump administration's south Asia policy, reaching out to India to counter China in the Indo-Pacific region.
- French Defense Minister Set to Garner New Contract for Rafale Jets in India Sputnik 18 Oct 2017 -- Dassault Aviation has already expressed its eagerness to set up a manufacturing unit in India. The proposal will be taken up for further discussion during Parley's meeting with India's top officials who are likely to insist on the 'Make in India' model.
- Remarks on "Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century" US Dept. of State 18 Oct 2017-- Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State and John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Background Briefing on Secretary Tillerson's Remarks at CSIS US Dept. of State 18 Oct 2017
- Indian Gov't Ready to Engage in Conflict Resolution Dialogue With Leftist Rebels Sputnik 17 Oct 2017 -- India's Home Minister has said the Union Government is ready to stop the ongoing operation against leftist rebels and integrate them into the mainstream, provided they agree to shun violence.
- Largest Ever Indian Army Contingent Reaches Russia for 1st Tri-Service Exercise Sputnik 17 Oct 2017 -- The exercise will be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range, Sergeevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok from October 19-29, 2017.
- Indian Navy Gets More Stealth Power With Anti-Submarine Warship INS Kiltan Sputnik 16 Oct 2017 -- It is India's first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fiber composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight, and maintenance costs.
- French Firm Thales Makes Robust Pitch for India's $1.8Bln AESA Radars Sputnik 16 Oct 2017 -- The AESA radars are to be fitted onto India's locally developed Tejas Combat Jets which are to replace the aging fleet of MiG-21.
- Bangladesh beefs up border security amid Rohingya concerns Press TV 15 Oct 2017 -- Bangladesh has stepped up security along its western border with India amid concerns that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory.
- Indian forces kill two militants, civilian in Kashmir Press TV 14 Oct 2017 -- Indian forces have shot dead two suspected militants, including the top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, during a fierce gunfight in the India-administered part of Kashmir, triggering an anti-New Delhi protest in the area.
- India Speeds Up Construction of Mountain Passes Near Chinese Border Sputnik 14 Oct 2017 -- The north Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh were viewed as peace zones until recently when the Indian Army got an alarm call from border guards and the state police who claimed to have noticed Chinese troops entering several kilometers into the Indian side.
- Israel's Heron TP Armed Drone May Not Find Its Way to Indian Skies Sputnik 14 Oct 2017 -- New Delhi's ambition of obtaining technology for the manufacture of armed drones has received a major setback with the Israeli ministry of defense imposing several restrictions on the expert of Heron TP - a combat UAV India was particularly interested in.
- India's First Highway Military Runway to Host Full Strength Drill of Combat Jets Sputnik 13 Oct 2017 -- India is developing at least 17 highways that can be adapted for use as landing strips for combat aircraft in case of emergencies. The landing strips will have weapon storage dumps, landing lights and fuel and fire-fighting equipment.
- Indian troops, Kashmir militants engage in bloody gunfight Press TV 11 Oct 2017 -- Two Indian air force commandos and two suspected militants have been killed in a gun battle in the restive Indian-administered Kashmir region.
- Two Indian Air Force Commandos Killed in Gun Battle With Terrorists in Kashmir Sputnik 11 Oct 2017 -- The Indian Air Force commandoes were working with the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police for operational experience and training.
- Indian Navy to Get Third Anti-Submarine Corvette Soon Sputnik 10 Oct 2017 -- It is yet not clear whether the third corvette will have all the critical 18 weapons and sensors which were supposed to be fitted in the four ships of Project 28.
- Indo-Russian Joint Venture Anticipating $14Bln Deal for BhraMos Missiles Sputnik 10 Oct 2017 -- BhraMos Aerospace expects to get orders from Asian countries, including Vietnam, for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, and aircraft as well as from the land.
- India's First Women Air Combatants to Initially Fly MiG-21 Bison Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- For over 50 years, MiG-21 variants have been serving the Indian armed forces and their quick reaction time still makes them potent for interception and ground attack roles.
- India to Soon Float Global RFI for Single Engine Fighter Aircraft Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Indian Air Force says it is focussing on the immediate purchase of single-engine aircraft despite the pressing need for twin-engine fighter jets too as the former costs less and they would make up for the shortage at the moment.
- Indian helicopter crashes near Chinese border, 7 dead Press TV 06 Oct 2017 -- An Indian air force helicopter has crashed in the country's remote northeastern border with China, killing all seven crew members and passengers.
- For India, What China Can Bring to Tibet Matters; Not What it Possesses Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- The Indian Air Force has been operating at its lowest combat strength in more than a decade. It is down to 33 squadrons as against a mandated 42 squadrons needed for a simultaneous and collusive two-front war scenario with Pakistan and China.
- Indian Air Force Claims It Can Strike Pak Nuke Sites at Any Given Time Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- This IAF claim comes in response to Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement that Islamabad can use nuclear weapons to thwart any Indian attempt to enter Pakistani territory.
- Seven Dead as Indian Air Force's Mi-17 V5 Chopper Crashes Near China Border Sputnik 06 Oct 2017 -- The accident comes only a day after Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief had expressed concern over depleting fleet due to peacetime accidents.
- India's Second Scorpene Advanced Attack Submarine Misses Induction Deadline Sputnik 05 Oct 2017 -- India's construction of a second Scorpene submarine, the INS Khanderi, is more than five years behind schedule. Its induction into the fleet has been repeatedly postponed; most recently following the cancellation of a deal for the purchase of torpedoes.
- No Respite for Indian Military From Chilly Himalayas Amid Chinese Buildup Sputnik 05 Oct 2017 -- Reports of a Chinese troops buildup in Doklam despite the disengagement agreement reached between the world's two most populous countries in August have kept the Indian military on its toes, forcing it to stall the annual winter retreat from north Sikkim, a state in northeast India which borders China to the north.
- India's Lone Nuclear Submarine Damaged; Lying Idle for One Month Sputnik 04 Oct 2017 -- The Russian-made INS-Chakra is the Indian Navy's only operational nuclear attack submarine. The INS-Arihant, poised to be India's second nuclear submarine, has cleared trials but is awaiting final clearance from the Indian Navy.
- India to Station Rafale Jets Within Strike Range of China and Pakistan Sputnik 03 Oct 2017 -- India is finalizing the logistical arrangements for its Rafale fighter jet equipped Air Force squadrons to be stationed at two different air bases located at such a distance from where Indian Air Force can hit both its rival neighbors in less than 180 seconds.
- Three Kashmiri civilians dead as Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire Press TV 02 Oct 2017 -- Indian and Pakistani forces have engaged in another cross-border firing, reportedly leaving three civilians dead on the opposite sides of the disputed border which divides the Himalayan Kashmir region.
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