India may procure 30 Jaguar Strike Fighter Jets from France

According to reports in French media, India and France are currently holding key negotiations on the sale of 30 retired Jaguar Strike Fighter Jets from the French Air Force reserve. France has already decommissioned the SEPECAT Jaguars from its Air Force in 2005 .

The negotiations underway are to buy 30 of these formidable fighter jets in as it is condition condition from France and the Indian Air Force plans to use the 30 Jaguar Jets for spares to maintain its current Jaguar fleet.

French reports has made it clear that making these 30 retired Jaguar Fighter Jets airworthy again is not possible but instead they can be used for its spare parts like air frames, tail section, landing gear, etc.

The IAF has upgraded its current fleet of Jaguar Strike Jets to ‘DARIN III’ standard. The upgrade project involves upgrading the jets with modern avionics, AESA Radar, Digital Cockpit and Advance Weaponry thus making them more advance than the F-16s used by Pakistan.

Indian Air Force plans to use its fleet of upgraded 60 SEPECAT Jaguar Jets for another approx. two decades with support from HAL & BAE to keep the fleet combat ready .

 

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Baloch protests held in various German cities over use of nuke weapons by Pak

Baloch activists held anti-Pakistan protests in German cities, demanding removal of nuclear weapons from Balochistan.

The activists held demonstations in the German cities of Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich against what they called and described as a “human right crisis and forced disapperances ‘ of Baloch people in Pakistan.

The protests were organised by the Baloch National Movement . Protesters were seen holding placards thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan.

Most specifically, the protests were against Pakistan’s testing of nuclear weapons in Balochistan as also the politico-economic nexus between Pakistan and China, which has resulted in the plundering of Balochistan’s natural resources.

Pakistan had selected Balochistan for testing their nuclear bombs on May 28, 1998.These tests were conducted in the Koh Kambaran and Raaskoh range of Chaghai Hills in Balochistan. As result of these tests, a vast area in Balochistan has been contaminated with nuclear radiation toxic.

Much of this area has become uninhabitable and most of animals and plants in this vicinity are destroyed. People have developed all sorts of diseases and deformities.

Hence, the nuclear weapons of Pakistan are a threat which exists to the whole world, including Balochistan.

The protesters were carrying placards and banners described with different slogans against Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and China-Pakistani nexus in London.

Free Balochistan Movement, Hyrbyair Marri alleged that more than 25,000 Baloch people have gone missing by the hands of Pakistani forces while more than 3,000 Baloch missing persons have been found killed and dumped in various parts of Balochistan and Sindh.

Free Balochistan Movement, Hyrbyair Marri, said “Three mass graves were found in Tootak area of Khuzdar in 2014 containing 169 dead bodies. Only two of them were identified by their clothes and ID cards. They had been abducted by the Pakistani army during earthquake relief operations in Awaran in September and October 2013.

 

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Four players interested in supplying 57 Carrier Capable Fighter Jets to the Indian Navy

Four players have shown an interest in providing the Navy with 57 multi-role combat fighter jets for its aircraft carrier, Indian Navy chief Sunil Lanba said today.

The chief of naval staff also said the Scorpene submarine Kalvari is going through its final phase of trials and should be delivered by July-August.

The Indian Navy in January issued a Request for Information to procure 57 multi-role combat aircraft for its carrier.

“The Navy has got response from four players for the RFI. We will examine the RFI and take it forward,” Lanba said on the sidelines of a seminar organised by FICCI on ‘Building India’s Future Navy Technology Imperatives’.

He, however, did not disclose the name of the companies which have shown interest in the proposal.

At present, the Navy operates 45 MIG-29K jets which face serviceability issues from time to time.

Currently, six planes are compatible for aircraft carrier. They are Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia), F-35B and F-35C (Lockheed Martin, US) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden).

While F-18, Rafale and MIG-29K are twin engine jets, the remaining three have single engine.

The delivery of deck based fighter jets is expected to take four-five years.

The indigenously built aircraft-carrier Vikrant should complete trials in 2019. It is likely to be commissioned by 2020, Lanba said.

When asked about the recently approved Strategic Partnership (SP) model under which select private firms will be engaged to build military platforms like submarines and battle helicopters, Lanba said the next step would be to identify strategic partners.

“All three service chiefs will have to go and get the AONs (Acceptance of Necessity) on what we want to be built through strategic partners, so that partners in each segment can be identified.

“We are hopeful that we should be able to move this process in next six months,” he said.

Four segments — submarines, fighter aircraft, helicopters and armoured carriers/main battle tanks — were identified under the new policy, aimed at attracting billions of dollars of investment in defence manufacturing by private defence majors including leading foreign firms.

The Ministry of Defence had recently scrapped navy’s decision to appoint Flag Officer Delhi Area (FODA) and Flag officer Gujarat Naval area (FOGNA) without its consent.

Responding to this, Lanba said, “We are in discussion with the Ministry of Defence and we will resolve it.”

 

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The 10 facts you need to know about ISRO’s GSLV-Mk III , the Rocket which will launch Indian Astronauts to Space

In June , The GSLV-Mk III-D1  launcher would carry GSAT-19 satellite which has a mass of 3,200 kg.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), the heaviest rocket ever made by India and capable of carrying large payloads, is set for launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on June 5, 2017.

Here are a few facts you need to know about the rocket.

1. GSKV-Mk III  is capable of launching four-tonne satellites in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

2. The rocket is also capable of placing up to eight tonnes in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO), enough to carry a manned module.

3. GSLV-Mk III’s first developmental flight, D1, will carry on June 5  the GSAT-19 satellite — developed to help improve telecommunication and broadcasting areas.

4. This is India’s first fully functional rocket to be tested with a cryogenic engine that uses liquid propellants — liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.

5. It took about 25 years, 11 flights and over 200 tests on different components of the rocket for it to be fully realised.

6. The 640-tonne rocket, equal to the weight of 200 fully-grown Asian elephants, is the country’s heaviest but shortest rocket with a height of 43 metre.

7. GSLV-Mk III is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons (S200), a liquid propellant core stage (L110) and a cryogenic stage (C-25).

8. ISRO successfully conducted the static test of its largest solid booster S200 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota on January 24, 2010. The successful test of S200, which forms the strap-on stage for the GSLV, makes it the third largest solid booster in the world. The static test of liquid core stage (L110) of GSLV-Mk III launch vehicle was done at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre test facility as early as March 2010.

9. C-25, the large cryogenic upper stage of the GSLV, is the most difficult component of the launch vehicle to be developed. ISRO successfully ground-tested the indigenously developed C-25 on February 18, 2017.

10. If successful, the GSLV-Mk III — earlier named as Launch Vehicle Mark-3 or LVM-3 — could be India’s vehicle of choice to launch people into space.

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Cyclone Mora : Indian Navy’s INS Sumitra saves 27 Bangladeshi nationals from Chittagong

The Indian Navy has rescued 27 people in a major operation in Bangladesh which has been hit hard by Cyclone Mora, causing widespread destruction and rendering millions of people homeless.

Indian Navy ship Sumitra rescued 27 people who were found adrift at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladeshi city of Chittagong, Indian Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma said.

A man who had no pulse when rescued, has been revived now and is presently on ventilator onboard INS Sumitra.

INS Sumitra is the fourth and last of the Saryu class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and constructed by Goa Shipyard Limited. It is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of sea lines of communications and offshore assets and escort duties.

The Eastern Naval Command is deploying P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operation in Bangladesh.

“INS Sumitra operating in the Northern Bay of Bengal rescued 27 survivors found adrift at sea approximately 100 miles south of Chittagong. These include ladies, children and elderly people,” Sharma said.

He also said, “Search and rescue for more survivors is drastically hampered due to prevailing rough weather in the area.”

At least six persons were killed as Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh yesterday, damaging several houses, with authorities scrambling to evacuate over half a million people from the coastal areas.

All flights were suspended to and from Chittagong and the Cox’s Bazar airports due to Cyclone Mora.

At least 2.5 million people in 10 districts risk falling in the way of the severe cyclonic storm.

The districts at risk were Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal and Pirojpur.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) had said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ moved northward over North Bay and started crossing Cox’s Bazar- Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM (local time). It is likely to move in a northerly direction further, the Met said.

 

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First Scorpene Submarine Kalvari to join Indian Navy Fleet for Active Deterrence Patrol in July

The first of the six Scorpene submarines being built in India under technology transfer is likely to join the Navy by end of July, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Wednesday.

Kalvari is going through its final phase of trials and we are hopeful that in July-August we will take delivery,” he said speaking to the media on the sidelines of a Navy-FICCI seminar on “Building India’s future Navy: technology imperatives.”

Six Scorpene submarines are being built under Project-75 by Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL) with technology transfer from France.

On the recent decision by Sri Lanka to deny permission for a Chinese submarine to dock at Colombo, Adm Lanba said that it was a decision by the Sri Lankan Government.

“We have no dialogue on this with the Sri Lankans. It was a decision they have taken on their own,” he stated.

The decision by Sri Lanka came coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to the Island nations. Chinese submarines on anti-piracy patrols had in the past docked.

Strategic Partnership ::

The Navy is hopeful of pushing the two deals under Strategic Partnership (SP) policy very soon given the high priority.

“As per the model, we all have to get the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) on what we want to get the Strategic Partners build, so that the SP in each segment can be identified. We are hopeful that we will be able to move the process within six months,” Adm Lanba said.

Of the four segments under SP, two are for the Navy, submarines and Naval helicopters. The others are single engine fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force and armoured vehicles for the Army.

Both the Navy deals have been held up from sometime due to delay in finalising the SP policy.

 

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Russia and India : 70 years of Togetherness – By Vladimir Putin

This year, we are celebrating the anniversary of a truly historic event. Seventy years ago – on April 13, 1947 – the governments of the USSR and India announced their decision to establish official missions in Delhi and Moscow. This step on our part logically followed up on our course for assisting India on its way to national liberation and contributed to strengthening its independence.

In the decades that have followed, our bilateral partnership has further intensified and strengthened, and has never been subject to expediency. Equal and mutually beneficial relations of the two States have steadily developed. This is quite natural. Our peoples have always had mutual sympathy and respect for each other’s spiritual values and culture.

Today, we can take pride in what we have achieved. With Russia’s technical and financial assistance, the pioneers of Indian industrialization came into existence: metallurgical complexes in Bhilai, Visakhapatnam and Bokaro, the mining equipment plant in Durgapur, the thermal power station in Neyveli, the electromechanical enterprise in Korba, antibiotics plants in Rishikesh and the pharmaceutical plant in Hyderabad.

Soviet and, later on, Russian scientists and academics participated in the establishment of research and education centers in India. These include the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, research institutes of petroleum industry in Dehradun and Ahmedabad.

We are proud our specialists helped develop India’s space program. Thanks to this fruitful bilateral cooperation, in 1975 India’s first satellite, Aryabhata, was launched, and Indian citizen Rakesh Sharma travelled into space in 1984 as a crew member of Soyuz T-11.

In August 1971, our countries signed the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation, which set forth the fundamental principles of bilateral relations, such as respect for the sovereignty and each other’s interests, good neighborliness, and peaceful coexistence. In 1993, the Russian Federation and the Republic of India confirmed the inviolability of these basic principles in the new Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation. The Declaration on Strategic Partnership signed in 2000 provides for close coordination of approaches to ensuring international peace and security and resolving pressing global and regional issues. Annual summits have become an established practice in the Indian-Russian bilateral relations allowing us to discuss in a timely manner the efforts taken to accomplish our objectives and set long-term goals. In early June, we will have another summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in St. Petersburg. He is expected to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in which India will for the first time participate as a partner country.

The legal framework comprising more than 250 documents is being updated on a regular basis. Effective work is carried out within intergovernmental commissions on cooperation in trade and economy, science and technology, as well as culture and military-technical field. Ministries of foreign affairs, security council offices and line ministries maintain continuous dialogue. The interparliamentary and interregional ties, as well as business and humanitarian contacts are actively developing. Military cooperation is also being enhanced: joint land and naval exercises are conducted regularly.

Cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy is one of the fundamental components of the relationship between India and Russia. The construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant with our assistance is a flagship project in this field. In 2013, the first nuclear power unit was put into operation. In October 2016, the second unit was transferred to the Indian side, and construction of the third and fourth power units began. All of this contributes to the implementation of the plans to develop nuclear energy in India involving the construction of at least 12 power units in its territory by 2020. These goals are stipulated in a joint document – the Strategic Vision for Strengthening India-Russia Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. We intend to further share best practices in this important industry with India and contribute to enhancing its energy security.

Collaboration in the traditional energy sector is successfully developing. The purchase of a block of shares in the Russian company “Vankorneft” made by the Indian consortium of companies has become the biggest bilateral deal in the oil industry. The possibilities for the participation of Indian companies in joint hydrocarbons exploration and production projects in the Russian Arctic shelf are currently under consideration. There are also good prospects for cooperation in the solar energy filed, modernization of the existing power plants and construction of new ones in the territory of India.

Large-scale projects are carried out in mechanical engineering, chemical and mining industries, aircraft construction, pharmaceutics and medicine.

One of the priorities is to boost the trade turnover and improve its structure, as well as stimulate economic activity of our business communities. I am referring to enhancing industrial cooperation and increasing supplies of high-tech products, creating a better business and investment environment, and using systems of payments in national currencies.

The decision to start negotiations on a free trade area agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and India adopted in December 2016 is of particular importance. The possibilities of creating the International North South Transport Corridor are being explored. All these factors should promote the development of our bilateral and regional cooperation.

To encourage reciprocal capital inflow, a working group on priority investment projects was established under the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation. 19 most promising projects have already been selected. Russia is committed to long-term participation in the “Make in India” program initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Our countries cooperate intensively in the production of multipurpose weapons and military equipment. Co-production of a unique supersonic cruise missile “BrahMos” is our special pride. Since 1960, the overall value of contracts within the framework of military and technical cooperation has amounted to over USD 65 billion, while the portfolio of orders in 2012-2016 exceeded USD 46 billion.

India and Russia are equal partners in international affairs. Our countries support the establishment of a multipolar democratic system of international relations based on strict compliance with the principles of law and resting upon the UN central role. We are willing to further jointly counter challenges and threats of the 21st century, promote the unifying agenda and contribute to maintaining global and regional security.

We effectively interact within BRICS – an association that thanks to our collective efforts is increasing its weight and influence. This June, India will become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It will considerably enhance the potential of the SCO. India and Russia also work together within the G20 and other international formats.

I would also like to note that our countries closely coordinate positions on such complex issues as settling the situation in Syria and ensuring stability in the Middle East and North Africa region. They significantly contribute to the national reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

I am convinced that the enormous potential of cooperation between the two great powers will be further explored for the benefit of the peoples of India and Russia and the international community in general. We have everything necessary to achieve this – political will of the sides, economic viability and shared global priorities. All this is based on the glorious history of the Indian Russian friendship.

Taking this opportunity, I would like to convey the kindest regards to all the citizens of friendly India.

 

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