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August 2018 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian court delays ruling on Kashmir autonomous rights Press TV 31 Aug 2018 -- India's Supreme Court has delayed a ruling on Kashmir's autonomous rights until at least January.
- US Rallies India to Tackle Pressing Security Issues, Curb Iran Oil Imports VOA 31 Aug 2018 -- The United States is rallying India to tackle pressing security issues, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo soon to embark on his first trip to New Delhi as the top U.S. diplomat.
- Kashmir tense ahead of controversial court hearing Press TV 30 Aug 2018 -- A curfew and general strike have brought Indian-controlled Kashmir to a standstill ahead of a court hearing affecting the Himalayan region's autonomy.
- India Readies Baby Rockets to Tap Small Satellites' Market Sputnik 30 Aug 2018 -- The ISRO is developing a small rocket of not more than 100 tons that can send a 500 kg satellite into a 500 km orbit. The ISRO, which is earning around $40 million annually through launching small satellites of foreign customers, aims to increase its revenue manifold by using the baby rocket.
- Pentagon Says It Can't Guarantee A Waiver For India From Russian Military Sanctions RFE/RL 30 Aug 2018 -- The United States cannot guarantee that it will provide India with a waiver from sanctions if it purchases major weapons from Russia like the S-400 missile system, a top Pentagon official has said.
- Previewing the Upcoming U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue US Dept. of State 30 Aug 2018 -- Special Briefing by Senior Administration Officials
- U.S.-India Meeting Seeks to Deepen Cooperation AFPS 29 Aug 2018 -- Next week's "two-plus-two" meeting of defense and diplomatic leaders in New Delhi will seek to deepen cooperation between India and the United States and bolster programs and policies to maintain the free and independent Indo-Pacific region that has been in place since World War II, the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs said today.
- India's First Manned Space Mission to Focus on Micro-Gravity Experiment Sputnik 28 Aug 2018 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation said that prior to its manned mission scheduled for 40 months from now, it will conduct two unmanned missions – the first in 30 months and the second in 36 months – to ensure the success of its manned mission.
- India, China to Expand Military Cooperation Year After Border Standoff Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- The defense ministers of India and China have met a year after a bitter standoff at Doklam. Both countries have decided to expand the scope of engagement between the two militaries in areas concerning training, joint exercises and other professional interactions, the Indian government said in a statement.
- Russia, India Solving Problems Over Payments for Current Defense Contracts Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- There have been no payments for current defense contracts from India since April 2018, the newspaper Vedomosti reported earlier. According to the media outlet, the problems had been caused by US restrictions.
- Beijing, New Delhi to boost military ties People's Daily 23 Aug 2018 -- China and India will strengthen cooperation between their militaries and maintain peace along their shared border, the two sides pledged during a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday between State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Fierce clashes erupt in Indian-controlled Kashmir after Eid prayers Press TV 22 Aug 2018 -- A series of violent clashes have erupted between protesters and security forces during Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, celebrations in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
- Pakistan: Rival India Hints at Revival of Talks VOA 20 Aug 2018 -- Pakistan disclosed Monday that neighboring India has hinted at the possibility of the two nuclear armed nations reviving long-stalled talks.
- Indian Scientists Solve Major Glitch in Homegrown Anti-Tank Nag Missile Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- The Helicopter Launched Nag (HELINA) missile had a problem locking onto the heat signature of a tank target in very hot conditions as the target's heat signature merged into its surroundings. The problem has been solved with the help of an upgraded 640x512px focal plane array infrared imaging seeker.
- India Tests Glide Bombs, Allegedly More Precise, Cheaper Than Missiles Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- Smart anti-airfield weapons (SAAWs) can hit a variety of ground targets using precision navigation and are more precise and cheaper than missiles, the Defense Research and Development Organization claimed. The glide bomb is expected to lower the Indian Air Force's dependency on imported air armaments.
- India's 5th-Gen Fighter Jet Expected to Make Maiden Flight in 2032 - Reports Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India's modern stealth fighter jet, is expected to make its maiden flight in 2032, local media reported Monday, citing a defense source.
- Russia Hopes to Sign S-400 Missile Contract With India in October - Official Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- All technical and economic aspects of the contracts with India on the delivery of S-400 air defense systems and Project 11356 frigates have been coordinated, Russia is hoping to sign both contracts in October, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev told Sputnik.
- Russia, India Engaged in Talks on 5th Generation Fighter Jet - UAC Sputnik 19 Aug 2018 -- Moscow and New Delhi are going ahead with discussions on the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project despite media reports on India's withdrawal, Yury Slyusar, the president of the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), said on Sunday.
- PM addresses nation from ramparts of Red Fort on 72nd Independence Day India Prime Minister's Office 15 Aug 2018 -- The Prime Minister said that India is proud of its scientists. He announced "Gagan-Yaan" a manned space mission, to be undertaken by India by 2022, using its own capabilities. He said India would become the fourth nation in the world to do so.
- India to Launch Manned Space Mission by 2022, PM Declares on Independence Day Sputnik 15 Aug 2018 -- As India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day with gaiety and fervor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Delhi's historic Red Fort amid tight security. The first all-women anti-terror squad was the major highlight of the event.
- India's Second Moon Mission as Complex as NASA's Apollo Mission - Space Agency Sputnik 13 Aug 2018 -- The Indian Space Agency had planned the launch of its second moon mission for October this year, but scientists reviewing their preparedness suggested that more tests were needed before the launch. The mission is now likely to be preceded by Israel's moon mission, planned for December this year.
- India Places $39 Million Order for Saab's Defense Aids Suite for Army Choppers Sputnik 09 Aug 2018 -- This is a follow-up purchase of the 2013 contract worth $33 million. Saab's IDAS systems provide self-protection to airborne platforms like the Agusta-Westland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk Oryx, and Eurocopter Cougar.
- Indian Auditor Reveals Naval Spy Jets Procured From US Can be Tracked Online Sputnik 09 Aug 2018 -- India's apex auditor has pointed out a suspected irregularity in the 2009 purchase of the "easily detectable" P-8I Poseidon. It suggested that the then government tweaked the procurement rules to award the contract to Boeing while enhancing a financial bid by EADS CASA of Spain to include a 20-year support package.
- Russia's Chances, Rivals in Tender on Supply of 111 Light Helicopters to India Sputnik 07 Aug 2018 -- Russia will participate in India's tender on the supply of 111 light multipurpose Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and expects to win the bid, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik.
- 'Make in India' Fails to Boost New Delhi's Defense Development - Data Sputnik 07 Aug 2018 -- In 2015, Indian PM Modi launched the ambitious 'Make in India' scheme under which special attention was given to liberalize foreign direct investment norms to promote local manufacturing of defense equipment. However, the latest data suggests purchases from foreign firms remain the mainstay for the forces.
- Pakistan, India briefly open southern border after 12 years IRNA 06 Aug 2018 -- Pakistan and India have opened the border crossing at Khokhrapar-Munabao zero point to repatriate the dead body of an Indian woman who had died during a visit to Pakistan, local media reported.
- Corporate Feud Delays Crucial Indian Navy Warship Project Sputnik 06 Aug 2018 -- The Indian Navy has flagged the need of a warship that can transport at least 3,000 troops with battle tanks in any exigency in the Indian Ocean Region. However, the government has not been able to award the contract to any of the two sparring bidders, as doing so could unleash a fresh political debate.
- India Successfully Develops Next-Gen Software-Defined Naval Radios Sputnik 03 Aug 2018 -- The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has claimed that the state-of-the-art ship borne software-defined radios are similar to those made by Rhode and Schwarz of Germany, Thales of France and Harris of the US.
- India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of invaluable service to the cause of peace UN News 03 Aug 2018 -- From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions.
- India Successfully Tests Home-Grown Low Altitude Ballistic Missile Interceptor Sputnik 02 Aug 2018 -- After almost 20 years of efforts, India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed both high-altitude and low-altitude missiles which can purportedly intercept medium-range ballistic missiles traveling at speeds of Mach 3 to 8.
- India Working on Augmenting Power of Electric Propulsion for Heavier Satellites Sputnik 02 Aug 2018 -- Over the last five years, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has performed 26 launch vehicle missions, putting 28 Indian satellites, and 202 foreign satellites in orbit. Although ISRO has gained recognition for launching small satellites, it lacks the ability to launch communication satellites heavier than 4 metric tons.
- US Exempts India From Sanctions Over Purchase of Russian S-400s - Reports Sputnik 02 Aug 2018 -- New Delhi reiterated Thursday that it would not recognize sanctions imposed by entities apart from the United Nations, and vowed to continue cooperation with Russia in a broad range of diverse sectors amid US threats to penalize countries which do business with Moscow.
- India Successfully Tests Technology Enabling Deck Landing of Fighter Aircraft Sputnik 02 Aug 2018 -- India has claimed it will soon start carrier compatibility trials before the home-grown LCA prototype touches down on the deck of the Navy's aircraft carrier.
- India Facing Shortage of Junior Leadership in Military Ranks Sputnik 02 Aug 2018 -- Given its fragile border with China in the east and Pakistan in the west, India is wise to maintain one of the world's largest armies. However, with the waning popularity of armed forces careers, India is facing a serious crunch of junior leadership in the military.
- India Expresses Apprehension Over Military Pact Ahead of US Delegation's Arrival Sputnik 01 Aug 2018 -- A senior fellow of a New Delhi-based think-tank has warned that the COMCASA would restrict India's defense ties with Russia, invite periodic inspection by the US of Indian weapons platforms, while still subjecting India's access to US weapons systems to various export control regimes.
- UN Urges India Not to Strip Millions of People of Their Rights VOA 01 Aug 2018 -- U.N. agencies are urging Indian authorities to ensure that more than four million people threatened with statelessness retain their basic rights and access to services while their claims of citizenship are under review.
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