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Chinese President, Premier may visit India this year as both nations make Doklam a thing of past

The forward-looking approach adopted by India and China after the Doklam standoff could see top leaders from Beijing visiting Delhi this year. Senior officials here don’t rule out a trip to India by Chinese President Xi Jinping or Premier Li Keqiang. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit China in June for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit —...

China increases defence budget to $175 billion, expenditure second only to US but three times higher than India’s

Beijing: China on Sunday announced an 8.1 percent increase of its defence expenditure for 2018 amounting to $175 billion, which is over three times higher than India's defence budget. China will raise its defence budget by 8.1 percent in 2018, according to a budget report to be submitted to the national legislature on Sunday, which is up from 2017's seven percent. The 2018 defence budget will...

Army questions MoD official’s authority to decide JCO status

The Indian Army has given a strongly-worded reply to a letter written by an official of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) who had stated that Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) are “not gazetted officers”. The official, a Joint Secretary-cum-Chief Administrative Officer (JS & CAO) in the MoD, had said since “JCOs are not covered under the definition of officer”, they do...

India to unveil indigenous 155mm ATAG Gun at DefExpo

part from projecting India’s defence manufacturing capabilities to the world, the indigenous 155 mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun (ATAG) would be unveiled and the missile and rocket manufacturing capacities would be showcased at the DefExpo 2018 to be held for the first time in Chennai from April 11 to 14. An official release on Sunday said, India for the first...

After FATF grey-listing, Pakistan faces EU black-listing threat

The Financial Action Taken Force’s (FATF) decision to put Pakistan on its grey list will not only make it difficult for Islamabad to attract foreign investments, but may also invite punitive action by the European Union as the bloc might put the country on its own blacklist. Pakistan, following the FATF decision last month, entered into a phase where it has to...

India aims to conclude S-400 deal with Russia during Nirmala Sitharaman’s Moscow visit

A nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems from Russia is yet to be concluded mainly due to differences over price which India would look to sort out during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s upcoming visit to Moscow, official sources said. India wants to procure the long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence...

India and Russia to talk on FGFA Again: A Report

Once dubbed “abhorrently expensive”, India and Russia are again going to sit together to talk how to move forward on the proposed joint development of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on Sukhoi Su-57 during Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman upcoming visit to Moscow. Highlights of Sitharaman’s visit to Russia will remain to seal final contract on the purchase of S-400...

324: How HAL Plans to ramp up LCA-Tejas Production for Local and Export

With Tejas MK-2 Program all set to go official by end of this year, HAL, Government of India along with Indian Air Force have set in motion plans to further augment production capabilities of the LCA-Tejas which not only be able to handle demands for 200 more Tejas MK-2 Variant but also be able cater to export market in...

BJP-NDPP alliance gains another seat after EC reverses result in Tenning constituency

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has gained a seat in Nagaland after the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday reversed the result of the Tenning Assembly constituency. With this, the total number of seats in support of the alliance has gone up to 32 — one more than the...

Could India Purchase Fighter Aircraft From the US?

It was reported in the Indian media (see, for instance, here and here) that India had sought a confidential briefing from US defence contractor Lockheed Martin. At a time when China is beefing up its defences in Tibet, citing India’s own military build-up as a threat, New Delhi would be acutely aware that while it does not need an arms race at this time,...

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