Military Updates

  • October 8, 2018
    India celebrates 86th Air Force Day
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Marked by the fly past of military aircraft, grand parade cum Investiture Ceremony by the men and women in blue, Indian Air Force (IAF) today celebrated its 86th annual day.

  • October 8, 2018
    Boeing Appoints Pratyush Kumar to Lead Boeing Defense Program in the United States

    Boeing is pleased to announce that Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India, has been selected to lead the iconic F-15 fighter aircraft program in the United States. Kumar will focus on furthering the F-15 business in the U.S. and globally.

  • October 6, 2018
    S-400 Triumf for India
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    A major acquisition of defence equipment from Russia has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration on India’s perspective of strategic autonomy in matters of national security.

  • October 6, 2018
    Visit of President Vladimir Putin – big boost to strategic ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October to attend the 19th Indo-Russian Summit has provided a big boost to the bilateral strategic partnership. His visit came at a time of angst in Moscow in what it sees as India’s tilt towards the US while New Delhi views growing China-Russia-Pakistan alignment with concern.

  • October 6, 2018
    Beyond National Register for Citizens
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There has been much talk of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam relating to illegal immigrants, though many would like to paint it a communal issue.

  • October 6, 2018
    Can Pak Arm Terrorists with Chemicals?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After security forces gunned down two terrorists in Bandipora are of J&K last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) issued a statement on September 23 that chemical weapons were used to kill these terrorists.

  • October 6, 2018
    The Offsets Tangle - and question of favourites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    That the Rafale is state-of-the-art fighter the IAF must get is unquestionable. But the brouhaha is about the joint venture (JV) between Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence owned by Anil Ambani under the offset clause.

  • October 6, 2018
    New Tri-Service Divisions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In November 1988, Maldives President Abdul Gayoom sent an SOS to India having taken refuge in Maldives National Security Headquarters when a group of 80-200 Sri Lankan militants of People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE)...

  • October 6, 2018
    India Must Acquire Amphibious Aircraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In November 1988, Maldives President Abdul Gayoom sent an SOS to India having taken refuge in Maldives National Security Headquarters when a group of 80-200 Sri Lankan militants of People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam...

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    October 3, 2018
    Rafale and S-400 booster dose —Air Chief
    By Rohit Srivastava

    CAS further added that the 83 Mk-1A Tejas and 36 Rafale besides Sukhoi-30 MKI and the up gradation of the existing aircrafts will arrest the drop down from the existing 31 squadrons.

  • September 28, 2018
    India begin celebration of valour of surgical strike
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Two years after the surgical strike by Indian Army's Special Forces across the line of control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the intervening night of the 28th and 29th September of 2016, avenging the killing of 19 soldiers in an suicide attack...

  • September 6, 2018
    Full text of Raksha Mantri’s press statement after India-US 2+2 dialogue

    We have just concluded a most productive, positive and purposeful meeting.

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    September 6, 2018
    Communication Compatibility and Security Arrangements: Leveraging Indo-US Relations
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    COMCASA is commonly known as the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) which is essentially a legal framework...

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    August 29, 2018
    Army to get ATAGS
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Accelerating the pace of artillery modernization, Ministry of Defence, on August 25, in a meeting of its Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 150 "indigenously designed and developed 155 mm ATAGS for the Indian Army...

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    August 28, 2018
    Government nod for 24 MRH for Navy
    By Rohit Srivastava

    In a bid to strengthen the depleting anti-submarine capability of Indian Navy, Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), apex procurement body of the Ministry of Defence, on August 25, approved procurement of 24 multi-role helicopters (MRH).

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    August 28, 2018
    India one step closer to naval utility hepter
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Breaking the logjam over the execution of the strategic partnership model, Ministry of Defence (MoD), on August 25, giving the much desired major flip to the 'Make in India' in defence, gave its first approval under the 'Strategic Partnership (SP) Model' for the procurement of Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH).

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    August 1, 2018
    US move India into Elite Strategic Allies list
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Giving boost to bilateral relations, United States, on July 30, announced inclusion of India to the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) Tier 1, one of the most coveted lists of trading partners.

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    August 1, 2018
    DAC approves guidelines for SP model
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The much awaited nod for implementation of the "Strategic Partnership" model of the Defence Procurement Procedure was given on July 30 by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), apex procurement body of the Ministry of Defence...

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    July 30, 2018
    First Flight of American choppers for India
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The countdown to the induction of American helicopter's Apache and Chinook in the Indian Air Force (IAF) began with the first flight of the helicopters on July 27.

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    July 26, 2018
    Kargil Review Committee and Aftermath
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and other locations along the Line of Control.

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    July 26, 2018
    Kargil – Victory by Grit
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Today, on June 26, India is celebrating the victory of Kargil war or Operation Vijay. A war which was thrust upon us by an unscrupulous enemy, who exploited our trust to change the status-quo in an extremely difficult and unforgiving terrain, and required a military-diplomatic might of India to win it.

  • July 21, 2018
    MBDA–ISAE scholarship winners welcomed
    By Rohit Srivastava

    On July 20, Claire Thuaudet, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of France in India, welcomed and honoured the five winners of the MBDA-ISAE Scholarship, at an award ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

  • July 4, 2018
    The Shark and the Goldfish
    By Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)

    When India became independent, the overriding feeling amongst our leaders was that the Indian Army was a remnant of our colonial past, and best forgotten.

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    May 17, 2018
    India-Italy resumes defence dialogue
    By Rohit Srivastava

    To resume the Indo-Italian defence cooperation, an Indian delegation under the leadership of Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra is in Italy to participate in the 9th India-Italy Joint Defence Committee meeting.

  • April 17, 2018
    IAF's Gagan Shakti performance may give China, Pakistan a cause for concern
    By Arpita Kala

    5000 sorties in 3 days, disaster-relief evacuation drills and more, the air warriors are 'shaking the heavens and splitting the Earth'

  • March 28, 2018
    Not only MSMEs, innovators and thinkers stand to win big at the upcoming Defexpo – 2018
    By Arpita Kala

    Ministry of Defence proposed an open challenge to people attending the event with prizes worth 1,00,000

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    March 22, 2018
    India test fires BrahMos with Indian seeker
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile BrahMos made its maiden flight, on March 22, with an Indian seeker system.

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    March 19, 2018
    Just a crore of FDI in defence
    By Rohit Srivastava

    At a time when India is making efforts to reduce its defence import bill and develop defence manufacturing through 'Make in India' initiative, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) figures shared by the government shows little interest of the world in Indian defence sector.

  • February 27, 2018
    8th Indo-US defence cooperation meet held
    By Rohit Srivastava

    India and United States, on February 26, held the eighth round of Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Inter Agency Task Force meeting in New Delhi.

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    February 19, 2018
    During UPA Rafale bid saw 300% cost escalation — Sitharaman
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Reiterating the Union Government's stand on the Rafale fighter jet deal, Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman, on February 18, said that during the negotiations the cost of the aircraft went three times high.

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    February 15, 2018
    Military to get new LMG, Assault and Sniper Rifles
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Another set of approvals from DAC to better equip the humble soldier for the existing and future conflicts.

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    February 10, 2018
    Chinese inducts J-20 into PLAAF
    By Rohit Srivastava

    China, on February 9, commissioned its first stealth fighter aircraft in People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), reports Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua.

  • February 9, 2018
    Admiral Sunil Lanba visits Saudi Arabia
    By Rohit Srivastava

    With aim to consolidate the defence cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba visited the West Asian country on a bilateral visit from February 4 to 8, said a government statement.

  • February 8, 2018
    RM appoints panel to accelerate defence capital acquisition
    By Rohit Srivastava

    To expedite the capital acquisition for Indian armed forces, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 7, constituted a 13-member advisory body to undertake independent review and status check of critical projects.

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    February 3, 2018
    US Air Force Chief takes to sky in Tejas
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Following the footsteps of the Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, the visiting Chief of Staff of the US Air Force General David L Goldfein, on February 3, flew a sortie in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Air Force station Jodhpur.

  • February 1, 2018
    Defence sector to get a ‘Make in India’ makeover in Union Budget 2018-19
    By Arpita Kala

    Aiming at modernising the forces, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke about the defence sector in the fiscal budget today morning. Hiked by 7.81 per cent to 2,95,511 crore from the previous year’s 2,74,114 crore...

  • January 29, 2018
    Republic Day – display of Military, Cultural and Diplomatic might
    By Rohit Srivastava

    India displayed its military might in the presence of ASEAN leaders

  • January 17, 2018
    Sitharaman takes a sortie in Su-30
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on January 17, took her maiden flight on the Indian Air Force (IAF) frontline multi-role fighter Su-30 MKI, from the Jodhpur air base. After taking charge of the ministry, Sitharaman has been visiting military bases and taking stock of the preparedness of the three services.

  • January 17, 2018
    Stealth J-20's maiden combat flight in Tibet – serious military challenge for India
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The operationalisation of Chinese stealth fighter is a grave threat to Indian security.

  • January 17, 2018
    Army to get modern rifles; now 'Make' procedure is open to Start-ups
    By Rohit Srivastava

    By approving fast track purchase of modern guns for equipping the troops at frontline, DAC has initiated the much awaited modernization of Indian soldiers and by relaxing the norms it also opened the 'Make II' procedure to startups.

  • January 15, 2018
    Modi invites Israeli investment in defence sector
    By Rohit Srivastava

    After the debacle of Spike deal, proving the skeptics wrong the two Prime Ministers display confidence in the strength and depth of the bilateral relations between India and Israel and agree to take it further into new territories.

  • January 12, 2018
    Exclusive:
    "Man behind the weapon that matters" – Army Chief Bipin Rawat

    Responding to a question of Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP Guide Publications, during the annual press conference, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat explained in detail how the army is technologically empowering and motivating its soldiers to tackle emerging threats.

  • January 9, 2018
    Defence Minister witness's naval operation
    By Rohit Srivastava

    On a two visit to western coast to witness Indian Navy's operational prowess, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on January 8, arrived at Indian Naval Base INS Hansa, Goa.

  • January 8, 2018
    Army launches compendium of problem statement and solution
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, on January 8, launched compendiums of problem statements and solutions for the previously released compendium at the second edition of Army Technology Seminar which was jointly organised...

  • January 2, 2018
    India to buy missiles and precision bombs for 1,600 cr
    By Rohit Srivastava

    To add more precise fire power to Indian military, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today cleared two procurement proposals worth over 1,600 crore.

  • December 30, 2017
    First Chinese made carrier to undergo sea trial in Feb
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Come February and China will cross another milestone in its military self reliance when it will begin the sea trial of its home made Aircraft Carrier (ACC) technically known as Type 001A from Dalian Shipyard where it is being constructed.

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    December 29, 2017
    India conducts successful test of endo-atmospheric interceptor missile
    By Rohit Srivastava

    India, on December 28, successfully conducted test of indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) - anti ballistic missile interceptor.

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    December 26, 2017
    India starts Sea Guardian procurement
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Giving a major flip to Indo-US defence cooperation, India has begun the process to procure remotely piloted Predator 'B' Sea Guardian from United States.

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    December 21, 2017
    HAL gets RFP for 83 Tejas
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) last year cleared proposal for purchase of 83 LCA Mark 1 A aircrafts including 10 twin seat trainer version.

  • December 19, 2017
    Does the Government has any timeline for INS Vishal?
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Indian military acquisition is a sorry tale of delays. Indian Navy has been at the fore front of indigenisation and acquisition of assets. Although with delays, Navy, unlike the other two services, has been acquiring platforms regularly.

  • December 15, 2017
    India hosts trilateral talks with Japan and Australia
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Aiming at countering the expanding Chinese Naval power in the Indian Ocean and its belligerent behavior in the South East Asian waters, India in December held secretary level talks with Japan and Australia to discuss the existing challenges...

  • December 14, 2017
    Navy gets new shark-Kalvari
    By Rohit Srivastava

    After a hiatus of almost two decades, Indian Navy on December 14 received its first conventional submarine INS Kalvari, from the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.

  • December 12, 2017
    India becomes member of Wassenaar Arrangement
    By Rohit Srivastava

    After much wait, India, during the plenary of the participating states at Vienna, becomes the 42nd member of the global dual use technology group ‘Wassenaar Arrangement’ (WA) on December 8.

  • December 5, 2017
    US asks Pakistan to redouble anti-terror efforts
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Amid stern warning of United States' intelligence chief to Pakistan - to act against its terror network, Defense Secretary General James Mattis, during his inaugural visit the country on December 4, asked Pakistan to redouble its efforts against terrorists.

  • November 30, 2017
    India–Singapore Defence agreement
    By Rohit Srivastava

    With twin objective of balancing the expanding footprints of Chinese Navy in the East Asian waters and creating a strong military base for 'Act East' policy, India and Singapore on November 29 signed India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy...

SP's MAI Issue No. 23 | December 1-15, 2017 - Military Updates