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June 2019 - India Special Weapons News
- Indian Military Set to Train to Operate Russia's S-400s Despite US Sanctions Threat - Report Sputnik 30 Jun 2019 -- Earlier this month, India reaffirmed its commitment to a 2018 deal with Russia on the purchase of S-400 air defence systems despite the threat of US penalties.
- Goal of Zero Hunger in India Remains Elusive VOA 30 Jun 2019 -- A recent nutritional survey in India finds the country is still far away from achieving its goal of zero hunger for its populous country of more than one billion. The report was jointly produced by the U.N. World Food Program and the India's Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
- India, Russia to use euro for military transactions in face of US sanctions Press TV 29 Jun 2019 -- India will reportedly be using euro as the payment currency for S-400 missile defense systems and other weapons it has purchased from Russia, in an attempt to avoid threat of US sanctions over military transactions with Moscow.
- Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi of India Before Bilateral Meeting | Osaka, Japan The White House 28 Jun 2019
- China, Russia, India warn of threats to global order Press TV 28 Jun 2019 -- The Chinese president has warned against "protectionism" which, according to him, is being practiced by the West and "destroying the global trade order" amid a trade war between his country and the US.
- Trump, Modi Did Not Discuss S-400 Deal on Sidelines of G20 Summit - New Delhi Sputnik 28 Jun 2019 -- US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not discuss India's plans to buy Russian S-400 anti-aircraft defence systems during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka, Indian Foreign Secretary Shri Vijay Gokhale said on Friday.
- India Not Mulling to Phase Out An-32 Aircraft Despite Fatal Crashes Sputnik 28 Jun 2019 -- The IAF has over 100 AN-32s, which play an important role in meeting the needs of India's aviation forces, in addition to being used for rescue and relief operations.
- India Likely to Pay for Russian Arms in Euros to Avoid US Sanctions Over S-400 Purchase – Report Sputnik 28 Jun 2019 -- Earlier this month, the Indian Foreign Ministry underscored that New Delhi had no plans to scrap its hefty S-400 deal with Moscow despite the threat of US sanctions.
- Indian Defense Ministry Seeks Shipyards Willing to Build Six New Submarines Sputnik 26 Jun 2019 -- The Indian Defense Ministry set in motion last Thursday the process of getting six new submarines built under its new Strategic Partnership program, which aims to increase domestic development by partnering Indian firms with foreign ones to produce military hardware.
- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar At a Press Availability US Dept. of State 26 Jun 2019 -- Press Availability by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Number of Terror Incidents in Kashmir Has Tripled Since 2014: Indian Govt Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- India revealed that the number of terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir state swelled to 614 in 2018 from 222 in 2014. the Indian Home Ministry further mentioned that a total of 733 terrorists have been neutralised by Indian forces since 2016
- Kashmiri Secessionists Favour Talks; Says No To Military Solution Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- After the resounding victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second term, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir stated that he expects the secessionist group to come around for talks. The state has been under the president's rule since August 2018, when the ruling BJP pulled the rug from under the coalition government.
- India Calls for Peace in Persian Gulf Amid Surging Iran-US Acrimony Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- A day after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down an American spy drone on 20 June, the Indian Navy decided to deploy warships and aircraft to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, claiming the measure was to re-assure Indian flagged vessels travelling through the area.
- India Reportedly Drops Israeli Missile Deal for Indigenously Made Replacement Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- New Delhi has reportedly scrapped a deal to buy Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems after the Defense Research & Development Organization promised a homemade equivalent in two years' time.
- My Aim is to Make India Self-Sufficient in Defence Production: Indian PM Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- Prime Minister Modi outlined tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and boosting the manufacturing sector as some key steps to lifting the economy of the nation. "Let it be our collective endeavour to make India a five trillion dollar economy."
- India Set to Get US Sanction Waiver on S-400 Purchase: External Affairs Ministry Official Sputnik 25 Jun 2019 -- On the day US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India, a top official in the External Affairs Ministry exuded confidence that India will receive essential sanctions waivers under CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) on the purchase of S-400 air missile defence systems from Russia.
- India says Kashmir separatists ready for talks Press TV 24 Jun 2019 -- India says the leader of Kashmir's largest separatist group is ready for talks with New Delhi to resolve the conflict over the Himalayan valley.
- Pakistani Fighter Jet Never Entered Indian Air Space: Air Force Chief Dhanoa Sputnik 24 Jun 2019 -- The Pakistan Air Force claimed to have dropped bombs on 27 February in retaliation for the 26 February Indian airstrike on Balakot, Pakistan, reportedly to destroy the facilities of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
- India to Continue Flying An-32 Aircraft in Mountainous Areas: Air Force Chief Marshal Dhanoa Sputnik 24 Jun 2019 -- 13 Indian Air Force personnel perished in the Antonov An-32 twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft which went down on 3 June, including eight crew members and five passengers. Inclement weather and inaccessible terrain were a major obstacle in the rescue and retrieval operations.
- Indian Navy 'Hunted' for 'Missing' Pakistani Submarine for 3 Weeks - Report Sputnik 23 Jun 2019 -- In March, the Indian Navy deployed over 60 ships, including an aircraft carrier and nuclear submarines near Pakistani waters in the Arabian Sea to "prevent and deter any misadventure" by Islamabad following the 14 February attack in Pulwama allegedly claimed by the Pakistani-based Jaish-e Mohammad that killed about 40 Indian soldiers.
- India Dismisses US Religious Freedom Report VOA 23 Jun 2019 -- India says it is proud of its secular credentials as it rejected a U.S. report that said that religious freedom in the country has come under attack in recent years.
- Blaze Engulfs Indian Navy Stealth Ship at Mumbai Dockyard Sputnik 21 Jun 2019 -- Firefighters tried to put out the flames for three hours, and it is now feared the blaze caused crippling damage to the stealth destroyer.
- US Urges India Not to Buy Russian S-400 Systems Ahead of Pompeo's Visit Sputnik 21 Jun 2019 -- The US is already engaged in a row over the purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems with a key NATO ally - Turkey.
- Indian Navy Deputes Sailors, Officers Onboard Crude Vessels Amid US-Iran Strife: Report Sputnik 21 Jun 2019 -- The Indian Navy earlier announced that it will be deploying warships and aircraft in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to bolster maritime security against the backdrop of rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.
- India Kicks off $6.5 Bn Submarine Project With Foreign Help Sputnik 21 Jun 2019 -- All six submarines under the $6.5 billion project will be built with assistance from abroad. The Indian Navy has retained the option to "manufacture six more submarines under the project."
- As Cities Run Low on Water, India Searches for Answers VOA 21 Jun 2019 -- As reservoirs in India's sixth largest city, Chennai, almost went dry this week, affluent residents spent more money to buy the precious resource being ferried in by trucks from outside the city, poorer ones waited for hours in the scorching heat for erratic government supplies, some restaurants closed, and many offices curtailed working hours.
- India Describes Relationship with US as 'Positive' VOA 21 Jun 2019 -- Ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi next week, the Indian foreign ministry said that the "overall direction of the relationship with the US remains very positive."
- Daesh turning to Indian Ocean region: Report Press TV 20 Jun 2019 -- Terrorists from the Daesh group are likely to conduct attacks in India and Sri Lanka, a report says, citing intelligence.
- Daesh May Soon Threaten India, Sri Lanka: Intel Reports Sputnik 20 Jun 2019 -- At least 100 people are reported to have joined Daesh* from the Indian state of Kerala in the last few years. A police officer said around 3,000 individuals, most of them from Kerala, are being monitored after deradicalisation at 21 counselling centres.
- India Deploys Warships, Jets in Persian Gulf Amid Rising Iran-US Tension Sputnik 20 Jun 2019 -- The Indian Navy named the deployment "Operation Sankalp (resolution)", claiming that it only serves to re-assure Indian flagged vessels travelling through the area following the recent maritime incidents there.
- India Begins User Trials of Russian Air-to-Air Missiles to Choose Preferred CCM for Jets Sputnik 20 Jun 2019 -- In the first indication that Russian missiles are being used by India's primary warplanes, including the Su-30MKI and Mirage 2000, the Indian Air Force has started user trials of next generation air-to-air missiles manufactured by Vympel, a subsidiary of Russia's consolidated JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation.
- Four Indian troops killed in fresh Kashmir clashes Press TV 19 Jun 2019 -- Indian soldiers have engaged in a new gun battle with Kashmir fighters after a car bomb attack and other clashes left four soldiers and three militants dead in the disputed Himalayan region over the past 48 hours.
- Indian Forces Clash with Militants in South of Kashmir - Reports Sputnik 18 Jun 2019 -- Indian forces skirmished with militants in the village of Waghama in Kashmir's Anantnag district early on Tuesday, local media reported, citing sources.
- USS John P. Murtha, Indian Navy conduct maritime exercises NNS 17 Jun 2019 -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in maneuvering and communication drills with Indian navy ship, Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D 55) in the Bay of Bengal, June 14.
- Indian Army Major Killed, 3 Injured in Gunfight with Terrorists in Kashmir Sputnik 17 Jun 2019 -- Around 286 terrorists are still believed to be active in the Kashmir valley. The Kashmiri insurrection commenced in 1989 with a section of pro-independence youths launching an armed struggle in the Indian-administered part of the region.
- India May Replace An-32 in Critical Missions After Crash Near Chinese Border - Reports Sputnik 15 Jun 2019 -- The news comes after earlier this month an AN-32 military plane went missing in Arunachal Pradesh near the border with China. The wreckage of the aircraft was finally found this week, with the rescue team finding no survivors in the crash.
- India Requires Russian Nod to Arm Su-30MKI With Israeli Derby Missiles - Source Sputnik 14 Jun 2019 -- Last month, several reports suggested that the IAF planned to integrate Israeli Rafale's I-Derby missiles with the Su-30MKI by 2022 in view of the limited range of the R-77 BVR missiles currently fielded on the fighter.
- India No Longer Needs to Look to West for Heavy Torpedoes for Its Submarines Sputnik 14 Jun 2019 -- Currently, the Indian Navy's Scorpene-class submarine does not carry modern heavy torpedoes since India scrapped a $200 million deal with Whitehead Alenia Systemi Subacquei (WASS), a subsidiary of Italian arms manufacturer Finmeccanica, over corruption allegations involving another Finmeccanica subsidiary, Agusta Westland, in 2017.
- India Plans to Set Up Space Station VOA 13 Jun 2019 -- India has announced plans to launch its own space station. The chairman of the Indian space agency, K. Sivan, told reporters Thursday that India is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20 ton space station.
- US Warns India's Purchase of Russian S-400 Could Impact Future Joint Defence Deals Sputnik 13 Jun 2019 -- India inked a $5.43 billion deal to purchase Russia's S-400 air defence missile systems last October, and recently promised to move forward with the deal despite the threat of US sanctions.
- Black Box of Crashed An-32 Indian Military Aircraft Recovered Sputnik 13 Jun 2019 -- The black box, which stores flight data and the cockpit voice recorder, will likely provide crucial details as investigators continue to look for answers.
- India Seeks Russian Missiles, Launchers Worth $1.3 bn in Wake of Dogfight With Pakistan Sputnik 13 Jun 2019 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked for the immediate purchase of air-to-air missiles and guided missiles. The nation's stockpile dipped due to an increased number of combat air patrol missions along the border with Pakistan, involving its mainstream fighters such as the Su-30MKI, MiG-29, and Mirage 2000.
- Pompeo Praises US-India Defence Cooperation, 'Common Vision in Indo-Pacific' Sputnik 13 Jun 2019 -- Washington has moved to withdraw its tax exemption programme for Pakistani diplomats, after earlier barring Washington-based Pakistani diplomats from travelling outside a 25-kilometre radius around the city without prior approval.
- No Survivors in Indian An-32 Plane Crash - IAF Sputnik 13 Jun 2019 -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 with 13 people on board went missing last week after it departed from Jorhat. The wreckage, however, was found on Tuesday in a remote area in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
- India Creates New Defense Space Research Agency, Plans July War Game Simulation Sputnik 12 Jun 2019 -- India's new Defense Space Agency (DSA) is preparing to conduct a "table-top” war game to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the country's growing and increasingly integrated space warfare capabilities. The news comes amid the establishment of a new dedicated space research agency.
- India Reveals Modules and Timing of Its Second Moon Mission Sputnik 12 Jun 2019 -- The total cost of the Chandrayaan 2 mission is about $124 million, which includes a $31 million price tag for the launch and $93 million for the satellite. The cost is less than half of the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame, which had an estimated budget of $356 million.
- After ASAT Test, India Inches Closer to Developing Hypersonic Cruise Missile Sputnik 12 Jun 2019 -- It was believed that the prototype of the HSTDV has been ready for the last few years but the previous government was reluctant to give the go ahead for its maiden test flight, as it may have geopolitical ramifications.
- Missing Indian An-32 Aircraft Located After Days of Searching Sputnik 11 Jun 2019 -- On 3 June, an Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 with 13 people on board went missing after it departed from Jorhat.
- Indian Prime Minister Visits Maldives, Sri Lanka VOA 09 Jun 2019 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the victims of deadly Easter suicide attacks by Islamist militants in Colombo as he called for global efforts to tackle the threat of terrorism during a visit to two tiny Indian Ocean countries, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
- Pakistan PM Khan Offers Reconciliation in Letter to India's Modi VOA 08 Jun 2019 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, offering dialogue to reconcile their differences.
- US May Try to Steer India Away From Russian S-400 Deal by Luring It With F-35 Offer - Report Sputnik 08 Jun 2019 -- An anonymous US State Department official told India's NDTV at the end of May that New Delhi could face problems similar to those of Turkey over its purchase of S-400 air defence systems from Russia, beginning with diminished cooperation in the defence sphere and ending in sanctions.
- Goa Airport Closed Amid Fire Involving MiG-29K Fighter - Indian Navy Sputnik 08 Jun 2019 -- Goa Airport has said in a statement that operations have been closed for two hours due to a jettisoned fuel tank on the runway, which occurred during a MiG sortie.
- India Seeks 100 Israeli Advanced Bunker Buster Bombs Allegedly Used in Balakot Strike Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The development comes months after Pakistan's claims that the Indian Air Force's pre-dawn air strike against alleged terror infrastructure on 26 February did not hit the intended targets, because no buildings in Balakot inside Pakistan were destroyed.
- Indian Soldier Killed by Terrorist in Kashmir, Other Major Gunfight Underway Sputnik 06 Jun 2019 -- A police official said that an Indian soldier - a member of the Territorial Army - was shot dead by a terrorist at his residence in Sadoora village in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on 6 June. The incident took place a day after the India's Home Ministry prepared a list of ten top terrorists who have been operating in Kashmir Valley.
- India to Launch Coastal Surveillance Radar Stations in Maldives Sputnik 06 Jun 2019 -- In November 2018, India resumed the second phase of a project to install coastal surveillance radar stations, which are crucial for the Indian Navy following the replacement of former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The work was stalled during the Maldives' previous government.
- India Vows to Go Ahead With S-400 Contract Despite US Sanctions Threat Sputnik 06 Jun 2019 -- The United States has been trying to convince India to abandon a S-400 deal with Russia following its attempts to pressure Turkey into ditching a similar agreement in the face of US penalties.
- Indian Gov't Roasted for Not Upgrading An-32 That Vanished Near Chinese Border Sputnik 06 Jun 2019 -- The Indian Army is in the middle of a large-scale search-and-rescue operation in a bid to track down the whereabouts of an Indian Air Force An-32 plane that went missing near the Chinese border missing on 3 June with 13 people on board.
- Indian Navy Acquires Capability to Rescue Submarines Without US Help Sputnik 05 Jun 2019 -- To date, the Indian Navy has relied on a 1997 contract with the US for assistance if one of its submarines were to meet with an accident underwater. In such a situation, the US Navy would fly out its Deep Submarine Rescue Vessels (DSRVs) on massive transport aircraft before being transferred to a ship that would need to sail to the accident site.
- India's Extended Range BrahMos Missile Hits Target Amid Tensions With Pakistan Sputnik 04 Jun 2019 -- The Indian military along with defence scientists on Tuesday tested the extended range of the jointly developed Indo-Russia supersonic cruise missile from a ground launcher at an integrated test range off the coast of Odisha.
- Indian Army Searches for An-32 Plane That Went Missing Near Chinese Border Sputnik 04 Jun 2019 -- On 3 June, an Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 with 13 people on board went missing after it departed earlier in the day from Jorhat.
- Indian Military Transport Plane Goes Missing Near Chinese Border Sputnik 03 Jun 2019 -- Eight members of the crew and five passengers were on board the aircraft, the Indian Air Force said adding that all available resources have been employed to identify the location of the missing plane.
- Modi Reaches Out to Minorities but Muslims Remain Apprehensive VOA 03 Jun 2019 -- Despite the scorching summer heat, the streets outside Delhi's iconic mosque, the Jama Masjid, are bustling as shopkeepers hawk dates and other traditional foods with which Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Trump strips India of special trade status Press TV 01 Jun 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it would no longer allow India to have special trade status, amid a deepening row over protectionism.
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