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July 2019 - India Special Weapons News
- Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat Amid "Unprecedented" Firing at Border Sputnik 31 Jul 2019 -- Pakistan summoned Indian diplomat on Wednesday morning to lodge its strong protest against the ceasefire violation by the Indian Army in several sectors along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides the two countries.
- India Opens Office in Moscow Ahead of its First Ever Manned Space Mission Sputnik 31 Jul 2019 -- In a bid to take space co-operation with Russia to the next level, the Indian government has approved the setting up of an ISRO Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) in Moscow. The two countries have signed an agreement to select and train astronauts for the Gaganyaan programme, which is expected to cost more than $1.31 billion.
- Indian Court Orders to Produce British Businessman Charged With Bribery to Clinch Helicopter Deal Sputnik 31 Jul 2019 -- An Indian court has issued a production warrant for a British businessman accused of paying bribes to clinch a defence helicopter deal for an Anglo-Italian firm.
- India signs deal to purchase Russian air-to-air missiles : Govt. sources Press TV 30 Jul 2019 -- India has reportedly signed a deal with Russia for purchase of advanced air-to-air missiles to be fitted on its Sukhoi fighter jets, as New Delhi defies warnings from the US and turns to Moscow to strengthen its air defenses.
- Russia Signs Deals With India to Deliver 1,000 Air-to-Air Missiles - Gov't Agency Sputnik 30 Jul 2019 -- Russia has signed deals with India to deliver about 1,000 air-to-air missiles of different kinds, the press service of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said on Tuesday.
- Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy for Second Time in a Week Over Alleged Ceasefire Violations Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Last week, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the ceasefire breach by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC) on 22 and 23 July 2019.
- India's Lunar Probe Three Steps Closer to the Moon: ISRO Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- India's lunar probe Chandrayaan 2 has edged closer to the Moon, after a third earth bound orbit raising manoeuvre on Monday.
- India Signs $215 mn Contract with Russia for Air-to-Air Missile Used to Down Pakistani F-16 Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- The R-73 air-to-air missile was used by Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to allegedly shoot down an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force on 27 February when the two countries engaged in an aerial clash.
- Indian Navy Adds More Teeth With Amphibious Ship in Indian Ocean Amid Increasing Chinese Presence Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- Amid the increasing presence of Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy has added an amphibious ship which can carry 145 tons of military equipment in addition to 160 troops with a speed of over 15 kt (knot). It aims to have a fleet of 200 warships by 2027, but currently, has only 130 navy vessels.
- Indian Volunteer Organisation Plans to Start Army-Linked School for First Time Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- An affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary volunteer organisation, the ideological parent of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to set up a school with links to the Indian armed forces.
- Indian Army Reconsiders Purchase of US Drones After Iran's Downing of American UAV - Reports Sputnik 29 Jul 2019 -- In June, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed that they had downed a US spy drone after it had violated Iranian airspace. Washington, in turn, insisted that the unmanned aerial vehicle was destroyed by the IRGC in international waters.
- Modi Warns 'Sinister Plans' on Kashmir 'Will Never Succeed' as Delhi Beefs Up Security in Region Sputnik 28 Jul 2019 -- Tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir have remained high since February, when India launched airstrikes into Pakistani territory targeting the militants believed responsible for a terrorist attack on Indian security personnel. The strikes sparked a series of skirmishes, and regular exchanges of fire along the fragile Line of Control.
- India has doubts about buying US drones after Iran downing: Report Press TV 28 Jul 2019 -- India is reportedly having second thoughts about the purchase of Global Hawk drones from the United States after Iran easily shot down one such drone last month.
- One Indian Soldier Killed Amid Clashes With Pakistan on Line of Control - Reports Sputnik 27 Jul 2019 -- The news comes after New Delhi reported an exchange of fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region several days earlier. Islamabad has also accused the Indian Army of breaking the ceasefire in the region.
- India - C-17 Sustainment Follow-on Support DSCA 26 Jul 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of C-17 sustainment follow-on support for an estimated cost of $670 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 26, 2019.
- India's Second Moon Mission Ascends Higher After Second Orbit Raising Task - ISRO Sputnik 26 Jul 2019 -- India's national space agency has carried out the second Earth-bound orbit raising manoeuver for its Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 early on Friday, using its onboard propulsion system.
- Pakistan Lacks Ability to Fight Full-Fledged War with India: Indian Defence Minister Sputnik 26 Jul 2019 -- Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that arch-rival Pakistan cannot engage in an all-out conflict with India and that's why it's resorting to a proxy war against it.
- India Set to Monitor Chinese Ships' Movements from Mozambique Sputnik 26 Jul 2019 -- Further strengthening its dominant position in the Indian Ocean Region, India is set to sign a crucial agreement which will enable it to do round-the-clock monitoring of ships passing through the ocean's waters. The Indian Navy has already said that China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean is a major challenge for India.
- Soon, India to Sign $2.6 Billion Anti-Submarine Chopper Deal With US Sputnik 25 Jul 2019 -- India and the US have been negotiating the purchase of US-made multi-mission helicopters that will provide the Indian Navy with the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. The 24 naval helicopters will replace the Indian Navy's Sea King helicopters that have been in service for over 30 years.
- India May Select 'Electric Propulsion' for Its 65,000-Tonne Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 25 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Navy has conceptualised the propulsion for its 65,000-tonne next-generation aircraft carrier. The hybrid-electric propulsion system architecture comprises a combination of electric drive with conventional mechanical propulsion drives.
- India Considering How to Respond to Chinese Navy Raising Expenditure - Navy Chief Sputnik 25 Jul 2019 -- A day after a Chinese white paper on defence spoke of increasing the expenditure on their navy, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said China's focus on its naval forces is "nothing new" and is in line with the ambition of becoming a global power.
- Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy Over Alleged Kashmir Ceasefire Violations Sputnik 24 Jul 2019 -- Two days earlier the Indian Army reported an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani forces on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, resulting in at least one soldier being killed and four civilians being injured.
- India's Lunar Probe Chandrayaan-2 Completes First Orbit Manoeuver Successfully Sputnik 24 Jul 2019 -- India's second Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 completed its first orbit manoeuver successfully. The Earthbound manoeuvers of the spacecraft will be executed starting today, and it is scheduled to reach the Moon by 20th August 2019. The second orbit manoeuver is planned for 26th July.
- India to Begin First-Ever Simulated Space Warfare Exercise - Report Sputnik 24 Jul 2019 -- The Indian military plans to begin a two day first-ever simulated space warfare exercise on 25 July to draft a joint military space doctrine to secure outer space assets.
- Imran Khan: Pakistan May Get Rid of Nuclear Weapons if India Does the Same Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- The Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan is one of the longest-running conflicts in modern history, and the fact that both rivals possess nuclear weapons aggravates every escalation of tensions.
- India rejects Trump's claim of request for mediation with Pakistan Press TV 23 Jul 2019 -- India says it has not asked US President Donald Trump to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad, rejecting an opposite claim by the American president.
- Pakistani PM Khan 'Surprised' by India's Reaction to Trump's Kashmir Mediation Offer Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- Amid the political storm over US President Donald Trump's remark on Kashmir, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has said he is "surprised" by New Delhi's reaction as the issue has been lingering for over seven decades and requires mediation.
- Delhi Denies Asking Trump to Mediate Kashmir Dispute VOA 23 Jul 2019 -- The White House is standing by President Donald Trump's assertion India's prime minister asked him to mediate the longstanding dispute between New Delhi and Islamabad over the Kashmir region.
- After India's Chandrayaan-2 Launch, China Proposes Joint Space Exploration Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- Strategic rivals India and China have been making efforts to normalise relations after nearly coming to blows in a border dispute in 2017.
- 'Extremely Frustrated' US Mulls Sanctions on India Over Russian Arms Purchases Including S-400 - Report Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- India is likely to be subjected to US sanctions under the CAATSA (Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) legislation by the "extremely frustrated" Donald Trump administration for continuing to purchase Russian defence equipment ignoring US concerns, a top American government official has said.
- Trump Says Modi Asked Him to Mediate on Kashmir, India Denies the Claim Sputnik 23 Jul 2019 -- The Indian foreign ministry has responded to the claim and said "no such request has been made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to US President Donald Trump".
- Trump Offers to Mediate Kashmir Dispute Between India, Pakistan VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to mediate the decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan over the region of Kashmir.
- India Rejects Trump's Bid To Mediate on Kashmir Conflict During Pakistani Prime Minister's Washington Visit RFE/RL 22 Jul 2019 -- India rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer to help resolve the decades-long Kashmir conflict amid Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington on July 22.
- Indian Soldier Killed in Ongoing Heavy Exchange of Fire Between India and Pakistan Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- A heavy exchange of fire is underway between Indian and Pakistani forces on the so-called Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region since early Monday. Earlier on Saturday, one Pakistani soldier was killed, and four civilians were injured in the Indian Army's "unprovoked cross-border fire".
- India Erupts in Joy as ISRO's Deep Space Mission Chandrayaan2 Injected into Lunar Orbit Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- It was a historic moment for India's space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, which successfully launched one of its most challenging missions ever on Monday.
- India Successfully Launches its Ambitious Second Moon Mission, Chandrayaan2 Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- India has launched its second Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 into lunar orbit successfully. The spacecraft, initially slated to be launched on 15 July, had to be abandoned 53 minutes before take-off due to a "technical snag" in the engine's cooling system.
- India Launches Historic Bid to Put Spacecraft on Moon VOA 22 Jul 2019 -- India successfully launched an ambitious mission to land a rover on an unexplored area of the moon as a rocket hurtled into space from Sriharikota in eastern India.
- To Track China's Warships Moves, Indian Navy Opens Dedicated Spy Jet Base Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Navy has strengthened its eavesdropping capability with the commissioning of the fifth Dornier Aircraft Squadron Sea Eagles. India says the squadron will allow it to monitor trade routes in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean.
- Indian Air Force Set to Fortify Pakistani Border With American Apache Attack Choppers Sputnik 22 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force will deploy American Apache multi-role helicopters near Pakistan's border, as the first four of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters are set to arrive on 27 July, defence sources told Sputnik.
- US Lobbying India to Drop Its 'Problematic' S-400 Deal With Russia, Senior US Commander Says Sputnik 21 Jul 2019 -- India and Russia signed a $5.43 billion S-400 contract in 2018, with deliveries expected to commence in late 2020. Delhi has moved forward with the defence deal despite US threats to sanction the country, with more than half of all Indian arms purchases signed with Russia.
- Pakistan Grants Consular Access To Alleged Indian Spy After ICJ Ruling RFE/RL 19 Jul 2019 -- Pakistan says it has granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer sentenced to death for spying, following a decision this week by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
- India to Produce NAG Third Generation Anti-tank Guided Missiles: Defence Ministry Sputnik 19 Jul 2019 -- India's third-generation anti-tank guided missile NAG (Cobra) is set to enter the production stage with the formal announcement of a fortnight-long summer trial near Pakistan's border. NAG anti-tank guided missiles were developed by the state-funded DRDO to engage highly "fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions".
- Indian Military Interested in Adopting Russia's Aviation Experience in Syria Sputnik 19 Jul 2019 -- India is interested in adopting Russia's experience in using military aircraft in anti-terrorist operations in Syria according to Birender Singh Dhanoa, the chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.
- ISRO Announces New Date For Launch of Chandrayaan-2 Mission Sputnik 18 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that the launch of Chandrayaan-2, which was called off due to a technical snag on 15 July, has now been rescheduled for 22 July at 2:43 p.m local time from the Second launch pad of SDSC in Sriharikota.
- India Reschedules Launch of Lunar Probe for Next Week VOA 18 Jul 2019 -- India's space agency says it will make a second attempt to launch an unmanned probe to the Moon's south pole next Monday, July 22.
- Indian Military to Reconsider Joint Creation, Purchase of SU-57 Jets With Russia Sputnik 19 Jul 2019 -- Russia's Sukhoi Su-57 (also known as the PAK FA and the T-50) fifth-generation jet fighter now has an export permit, and the Russian government is reportedly reviewing documents to officially rename the aircraft from its T-50 internal designation to Su-57, according to a source in the Russian aviation industry.
- UN Court Orders Review Of Pakistan Death Sentence For Indian Accused Of Spying RFE/RL 17 Jul 2019 -- The United Nations' top court has ordered Pakistan to review the death penalty given to a retired Indian naval officer who was convicted of being a spy.
- International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying UN News 17 Jul 2019 -- In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a former Indian Navy officer accused by Pakistan of spying, finding that the country's authorities acted in breach of the Vienna Convention, which lays out rules for diplomatic relations between countries.
- International Court of Justice Orders Pakistan to Review Indian Officer's Death Sentence VOA 17 Jul 2019 -- The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence it handed down to an Indian national convicted of spying.
- Israel Gets $50 mn Contract to Supply Air Missile Defence System for Indian Warships Sputnik 17 Jul 2019 -- State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Wednesday announced a $50 million deal to supply complementary MRSAM (medium-range surface-to-air missile) systems to the Indian Navy and the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. The Israeli firm will also supply compatible systems for the Air Defence Systems (ADS).
- Delivery of S-400 Triumph Air Defence Systems to India to be Completed by 2023 - Defence Ministry Sputnik 17 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Defence Ministry on Wednesday announced the delivery of five units of S-400 Triumf Air Defence systems from Russia is likely to be completed by April 2023. The statement comes on the backdrop of finalisation of a new payment mode between India and Russia to skirt the CAATSA threat.
- Pakistan fully reopens airspace as India tensions ease Press TV 16 Jul 2019 -- Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace to civil aviation, months after it imposed restrictions following an aerial confrontation with neighboring India.
- India Delays Its Lunar Launch of Chandrayaan 2 Mission Minutes Before Launch Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Indian Chandrayaan 2 mission was to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole.
- Indian Navy Floats Tender for Underwater Weapons Systems for its French-Origin Submarines Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Months after India's French-origin Scorpene-class submarine started operating without primary underwater weapons systems, the Indian Navy has finally launched a tender worth over $300 million to arm its diesel-electric submarines.
- Indian Air Force Set to Purchase All-Terrain Vehicle Amid Rising Jet Crashes Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to purchase all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) amid the service's failure to rescue and retrieve its men for a month, after an AN-32 transport aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh state, near the Chinese border.
- India to Launch Mission to Land on Moon VOA 14 Jul 2019 -- In the early hours of Monday, India is set to launch a mission to an uncharted area of the moon, marking a significant milestone in its steadily expanding ambitions in space.
- Pakistan to Keep Airspace Closed Until India Removes Jets From Border - Official Sputnik 12 Jul 2019 -- Pakistan has declined the request to open its airspace for Indian commercial flights and demanded that New Delhi first removes its military jets from the Pakistani-Indian border, Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat, who is also the director general of the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), said on Friday.
- Heavy Fighting Erupts Between Armies of India and Pakistan in Kashmir Sputnik 12 Jul 2019 -- Heavy firing and shelling erupted between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, a disputed region administered by India. The Indian Army has claimed that Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement on Friday morning and started firing at Indian posts and civilian areas in the Mendhar sector.
- Al-Qaeda Chief Tells Kashmiri Separatists to 'Bleed India Through Unrelenting Terror Attacks' Sputnik 11 Jul 2019 -- India's investigation and intelligence agencies are likely to be in a greater state of high alert following al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's latest video message to separatists in the northern Kashmir Valley to bleed the Indian economy through unrelenting terror attacks.
- Israeli Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile Had Failed Indian-Army's Trial: Source Sputnik 11 Jul 2019 -- The revelation holds significance in view of the official version of the Indian government, maintaining that the deal was cancelled to give preference to the indigenous man-portable anti-tank guided missile developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation.
- India In Rush to Bridge Missiles Gap with Pakistan Air Force Sputnik 11 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has expedited the process of acquiring air missiles in an attempt to fill the missile gap that was exposed during the dogfight with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in February this year.
- India 'Clearly' Conveyed Its Requirement for S-400 to US Sputnik 10 Jul 2019 -- A day ahead of tough trade negotiation with the US, the Indian Foreign Ministry stated that it will proceed with the purchase of S-400 air missile defence systems from Russia.
- India Says First US Nuclear Reactor Proposed in 2008 Still Work 'in Progress' Sputnik 10 Jul 2019 -- The Indian government said on Wednesday that it might not be able to reach a consensus with Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) in the US to set up six AP-1000 nuclear reactors in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
- Russia Expects India's Advance Payment for S-400 by End of 2019 Sputnik 09 Jul 2019 -- Russia is hoping to receive an advance payment for S-400 air defence systems from India by the end of 2019 so that the deliveries may begin in 2020 and be completed by 2025, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Vladimir Drozhzhov told reporters.
- Indian Minister: After Dogfight With Pakistan, Infiltration Declined by Nearly Half Sputnik 09 Jul 2019 -- Proclaiming the zero-tolerance policy adopted to stabilise the disputed Kashmir region, the Indian government on Tuesday claimed that infiltration from across the border has been reduced by 43 per cent after the Balakot strike on 26 February.
- Rights violations in disputed Kashmir continue unchecked, UN report says Press TV 08 Jul 2019 -- A United Nations report has said that tensions in disputed Kashmir caused by a deadly bombing earlier this year were having a severe impact on human rights situation in the Himalayan region.
- One Injured in Heavy Exchange of Fire Between India and Pakistan Near LoC Sputnik 08 Jul 2019 -- A heavy exchange of fire occurred between India and Pakistan on Monday, along the Line of Control (LoC) which divides the two neighbours in the Jammu and Kashmir region, leaving at least one person injured. It was the second major ceasefire violation between the two armies since 6 July.
- India's Indigenous Seaborne Aircraft Carrier Ready to Assist Russian Vikramaditya by 2021: Navy Sputnik 08 Jul 2019 -- India's first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Vikrant, is expected to commence basin trials in 2020, Indian Navy's Vice Admiral A.K. Saxena said on Monday. Currently, the Indian Navy is operating a single aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya - formerly known as the Admiral Gorshkov.
- Cobra's Venom: India Begins Trials Ahead of Induction of Indigenous Anti-Tank Guided Missile Sputnik 08 Jul 2019 -- India's defence scientists have commenced a series of last-leg trials of the indigenous "Nag" (meaning Cobra) anti-tank guided missiles ahead of their induction into the Indian Army.
- Pigeons Deemed a Threat to Fighter Jets at India's Future Rafale Base - Reports Sputnik 07 Jul 2019 -- Cutting-edge Rafale fighter jets will start arriving at the Ambala Air Base from May 2020 and will be placed into the 17 squadrons there, positioned along the western border with Pakistan.
- Heavy Fighting Erupts Between Indian, Pakistani Forces in Kashmir Region - Reports Sputnik 05 Jul 2019 -- Heavy firing exchanges were reported on Friday between Indian and Pakistani forces on the so-called Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, local media reported.
- Pakistan Will Not Dare Infiltrating Again Like Kargil War: Indian Army Chief Sputnik 05 Jul 2019 -- Months after the Balakot airstrike that escalated India-Pakistan tensions to a war-like situation, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said Pakistan will not dare to attempt infiltrating India as it did in Kargil in 1999 because it has "seen the consequences".
- India Should Act as Guarantor of Peace and Stability in Indian Ocean Region: Maldives Sputnik 05 Jul 2019 -- The Maldives' Chief of Defence Forces Major General Abdulla Shamaal on Friday, said India should act as the guarantor of peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region. Major General Abdullah feels radicalisation and violent extremism have posed a critical threat to the states in the region.
- Defence Modernisation Takes A Hit as India Doesn't Raise Annual Allocation in Budget Sputnik 05 Jul 2019 -- Amid growing needs to modernise the armed forces, the Indian government has kept the defence budget at the level announced during the interim budget in February.
- India Sets Roadmap to Become $5 Trillion Economy by 2025 VOA 05 Jul 2019 -- Facing an economic slowdown, India has unveiled plans to ramp up foreign investment and meet its ambitious target of growing into a $ 5 trillion economy by 2025.
- Rahul Gandhi Quits as Head of India's Congress Party VOA 03 Jul 2019 -- Rahul Gandhi has quit as head of India's main opposition Congress Party, taking responsibility for its humiliating rout in recent general elections. His resignation leaves the party, which has been led by a member of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty for decades, in crisis.
- Second Domestically-Produced Tejas Fighter Jet Experiences Technical Issues in India Sputnik 02 Jul 2019 -- Last week, a major tragedy was averted by a quick-thinking IAF pilot when an a deep penetration Jaguar strike fighter was hit by a bird. As part of a special operating procedure, the small bombs and fuel tank were dropped by the pilot in a safe area.
- 50 IAF AN-32 Military Transport Aircraft Await Ukraine Kits for Upgrade - Indian Defence Ministry Sputnik 02 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force has said it will replace the AN-32 transport aircraft in the future. However, "all transport aircraft in IAF cleared for flying are fully airworthy," Defence ministry said. In addition to the crash on 3 June this year, only one AN-32 has been lost within the past four years, in July 2016 while flying over the Bay of Bengal.
- Pakistan to Deploy More Drones on Border With India to Foil Balakot-Like Strikes – Report Sputnik 01 Jul 2019 -- The decades-long conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours nearly escalated into a new war in February when India carried out an air raid on an alleged terror camp in Pakistan in retaliation for a deadly attack on Indian military personnel earlier that month.
- Pakistani Army Has Violated Ceasefire Pact With India 1,248 Times in 2019 - Indian Defence Minister Sputnik 01 Jul 2019 -- Kashmir has been a major point of contention between India and Pakistan since their independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full but control only a portion of it. Two wars were fought over Kashmir, while a third was waged in 1971 over the eastern enclave of Pakistan, which later became independent Bangladesh.
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