Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bofors reloaded: Defence ministry stung again

Allegations of kickbacks paid to middlemen in purchase of Bofors artillery guns led to one of the worst electoral defeats for Congress party in the late 80s, and since then the Army has been unable to purchase even a single new artillery gun for over the past 25 years. But there is a yet unheard of twist to the Bofors scam, it now emerges. Sources said the blame for Army's stalled artillery modernization may lie closer home, with the government sitting on the transfer of technology that permits India to manufacture the Bofors gun in the country.

As the military top brass desperately look around for solutions to the crippling shortage of artillery guns, they stumbled upon the fact that India actually has the entire drawings of the Bofors guns, and had paid for the transfer of technology to manufacture the gun in India. But the Ordnance Factory Board sat on the drawings all these years, never attempting to make the gun in India. 

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All IAF helicopters in UN mission withdrawn

 Indian Air Force has withdrawn all of its Mi-17 and Mi-35 attack helicopters deployed in the UN missions in Congo and Sudan to provide support for anti-naxal and other humanitarian operations in the country. "We had our detachments operating in Congo.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

IAF's placement fair for air warriors on Saturday

The Indian Air Force will hold the sixth placement fair here on Saturday to provide resettlement opportunities to its air warriors in PSUs and corporate sector."More than 800 companies and 16,000 air warriors have registered with the IAF Placement Cell in last five years. The fair will be inaugurated by Defence Minister A K Antony who will release a pension handbook on the occasion," an IAF spokesperson said here today.

Since 2007, a total of 12,760 vacancies were received by the placement cell and 28,394 eligible air warriors were sponsored to various companies, the spokesperson said. Corporate groups and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been invited to participate in the fair.

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Indian Army troops to get hi-tech shelters by 2012


Several thousand Indian Army soldiers posted in rugged mountain terrain of Jammu and Kashmir along the borders with Pakistan and China will now be able to stay comfortably with the military commanders conferrence here deciding to provide them ‘plush’ hi-tech shelters by 2012.
The move comes following the success of a pilot project with the modern, eco-friendly shelters that the army launched in 2010, according to officers in the army headquarters here Thursday.
The army commanders conference, that began here Monday, concludes Friday.
The project was launched after Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s visit to the forward areas, when such a request was made by soldiers, who had to vacate their posts for six months during winter due to the inhospitable weather.

Indian Small Arms System (INSAS Rifle)




Indian INSAS Rifle (5.56 mm) with Fixed and Foldable ButtINSAS Excalibur Mark-I rifle (5.56 mm).

India And Russia Working on Hypersonic Brahoms

India and Russia are working on a new version of the Brahmos which will be able to achieve hypersonic speeds (fly at Mach 7 ). Hypersonic Brahmos will require a completely new engine to power it and new materials which can withstand high temperature and vibrations at Mach7

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SEA TRAILS OF SEVERODVINSK NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINE COMPLETED


Russia has completed the sea trails of  fourth-generation Severodvinsk nuclear powered attack submarine and Russian Navy is scheduled to receive its first Severodvinsk submarine in late 2011. 

Chinese JH-7 Flying Leopard Fighter-Bomber With KD-88 (KongDi-88)


Chinese JH-7 Flying Leopard Fighter-Bomber With KD-88 (KongDi-88) air to surface missile.

Taiwan's National Day Parade to Mark 100th Anniversary of Revolution


CM-32 "Clouded Leopard" is also known as Taiwan Infantry Fighting Vehicle (TIFV) is equipped with Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun. Clouded Leopard an 8-wheeled armoured vehicle 

PLAAF Calls J-10B Crash Rumors Complete Fction




People's Liberation Army Air Force officials has denied the rumor that a J-10B Vigorous Dragon fighter jet has crashed in Xi'an by saying that it is a complete fiction

Test Firing of HQ-16 (LY-80) Surface to Air Missile System




Chinese HQ-16 is a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system which can be launched vertically. 

PPP GOVT PURCHASED AGOSTA 90 B SUBMARINES AGAINST NAVYS RECOMANDITIONS

 Admiral (R) Saeed Muhammad Khan has said that controversial purchase of the Agosta 90 B SSK was made by the PPP government when Pakistan Navy was asking the federal government to buy the 6 Upholder class diesel-electric submarines (also known as Type 2400) 


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JOINT SAUDI-PAK EXERCISE AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011




Pakistani soldiers during the Joint Saudi-Pak Exercise AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011near Jhelum.Troops from the Pakistan Army and Royal Saudi Land Forces took part in the exercise.Exercise covered the Anti-terrorist training used by the both forces

Monday, October 10, 2011

Coming Soon: Drone arms race

At the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft and showing video animation of a missile-armed drone taking out an armored vehicle and attacking a US aircraft carrier. The presentation appeared to be more marketing hype than military threat; the event is China's biggest aviation market, drawing both Chinese and foreign military buyers.

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China's military buildup - How far along is it?

China's faster-than-expected military buildup has alarmed the United States and its Asian allies and could help the Pentagon gird against deeper defence cuts threatened in some corners of Congress.

But even though the sophistication of China's People's Liberation Army has exceeded U.S. military forecasts, there is a recognition within the Pentagon that some of its most-cited conventional capabilities are still in their infancy.

PAF ORDERS AIDEWS ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURE SYSTEM FOR ITS F-16S


Pakistan Air Force has ordered Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) for the Pakistani Air Force F-16 C/D Block 52M and F-16 AM/BM.

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LCA Tejas Wont be Fully Operational before 2013

India-Russia defence ties going great guns, but for supply delays

Long-standing allies India and Russia have expressed their readiness to expand the scope of cooperation on a ‘mutually beneficial basis’ between the two nations. This has happened even as India expressed its concern over delays on part of Russia in providing spares for existing equipment and while it termed the design and development of a multi-role transport aircraft as “tardy progress”. The Defence Ministers of India and Russia, AK Antony and AE Serdyukov, respectively, met in Moscow last evening.
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India to Arm Afghanistan

Jammu & Kashmir India to deploy T-72 tanks on border

Defence preparedness will now be enhanced on the Himalayan heights along the operating boundaries with China and Pakistan following reports of repeated incursions of troops and the military cooperation between the two countries. As part of this, T-72 battle tanks, designed by the erstwhile Soviet Union, will be deploy

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EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE ORDERS SNIPER ADVANCED TARGETING POD (ATP)


Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has confirmed the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip its F-16 aircraft purchased under the Peace Vector program.

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) offers precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR) in a single lightweight system.

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Indian MiG-21 Fighter Jet Crashes in Rajasthan



An other MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has crashed in Rajasthan province this Friday. Fighter polit of the Indian Air Force was safley able to eject from the old MiG-21 fighter jet before cra...

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Joint Indo-Bangladesh-Military "Exercise Unity-2” Starts at Zalalabad



Bangladesh and Indian military forces has started the joint military exercises at Zalalabad Cantonment in the country’s Sylhet division.

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US Admiral Mike Mullen Inspects Chinese Yuan Class Submarine




Yuan Class SSKs are the new generation Submarines of the People's Liberation Army Navy.



The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen recently inspected a Yuan class diesel submarine during his visit to China.
 
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Chinese JH-7 Flying Leopard Fighter-Bomber



Jian Hong-7 is a tactical fighter bomber aircraft which has been developed by the Xian Aircraft Industry Corporation, China.
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New Type 052C (Luyang-II Class) Missile Destroyers Under Construction

Images of New Type 052C (Luyang-II Class) Missile Destroyers Under Construction.

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