India saves Rs 470 crore in Hercules transport aircraft deal with US

The Defence Ministry has been able to make a valuable saving of almost $69 million (470 crore) in the deal for acquiring six C-130JSuper Hercules transport aircraft from the US. The savings have come, courtesy the procedures involved in government to government deals between India and America. THE DEAL India had signed the rupees 4,000 … Read more

Putin, Kim Jong-un or ISIS could test Trump in first 100 days: “There are very unpredictable and unstable people running countries”

Though his liberal worldview may not have a platform in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Democratic statesman George Mitchell offered some pragmatic, nonpartisan advice in an interview yesterday: Before Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he should first meet with our traditional European allies, especially those in NATO. After rattling the foreign policy establishment (along … Read more

Russia tells U.S. to get out of the way in Syria

If the U.S. won’t fight terrorists in Syria, it should stop getting in the way, said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry. Konashenkov was responding to the U.S. State Department’s calls to other countries to deny port access to Russian oil tankers heading to Syria. “If Washington cannot or does not want … Read more

First US soldier killed in Syria by Isis IED blast as American special forces assist rebels

The first member of the US military has been killed in Syria by an improvised explosive device (IED) laid by retreating Isis fighters. US Central Command said the blast occurred near the former militant stronghold of Ayn Issa, but gave no other details, adding it would release more information “as appropriate”. The unnamed man died of his wounds on … Read more

Russia’s border doesn’t end anywhere, Vladimir Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s border “doesn’t end anywhere”, addressing a televised awards ceremony for geography students. “That was a joke,” Mr Putin said amid applause and laughter from the audience at the glitzy ceremony. He was asking a nine-year-old boy: “Where does Russia’s border end?” The boy had said “at the Bering … Read more

ISIS could use chemical weapons in Europe, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Warns

ISIS militants fleeing from Syria as their so-called caliphate crumbles could potentially use chemical weapons when they return to their countries of origin, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has warned. “It seems that one of the dangers that we need to face and have a response for – since Isis has learnt … Read more

‘At war with Russia’: EU Parliament approves resolution to counter Russian media ‘propaganda’

MEPs in Strasbourg have voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” RT and Sputnik news agency are alleged to be among the most dangerous “tools” of “hostile propaganda.” The EU Parliament’s resolution demonstrates “political degradation” in regard to the “idea of democracy” in the West, … Read more

Russia successfully tests missiles that fire from ‘nuclear trains’

Russia has successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for its “nuclear trains” program. Tests on missiles for the Barguzin “railway-based combat rocket system” were carried out at the Plesetsk cosmodrome two weeks ago, the state-owned Interfax news agency reports. “They were fully successful,” a military source told the agency, “paving the way for further flight tests.” … Read more

How is IS getting hold of Weapons from the West?

Weapons meant for Western-backed rebels in Syria are ending up in the hands of so-called Islamic State in neighbouring Iraq – but how are they getting there? James Bevan and his small team step carefully into a residential house in Qaraqosh, not far from Mosul in Iraq. A long trail of blood by the entrance … Read more

Boeing offers its Latest Tanker Aircraft to Indian Air Force

The newest aerial refueling aircraft of the US air force that gives extended endurance in the skies to a variety of planes ranging from choppers, transporters to fighters is being pitched for a similar Indian requirement. The Boeing KC 46 ‘Pegasus’ tanker has been presented to the Indian air force a few times in the … Read more

Indian Navy to get additional P8I submarine hunter, reconnaissance aircraft in 2020

The Indian Navy will get its additional P8I submarine killer, maritime reconnaissance aircraft starting July 2020, with work being initiated at the Boeing facility here to deliver an updated version of the combat plane. The boost to the Indian fleet will come at a time when the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), which has … Read more

What Donald Trump as America’s 45th President means for India

Bucking media opposition, popular perception and Hillary Clinton’s vicious campaign, Donald Trump has emerged as the 45th president of the United States of America. Trump elucidated on his 15-point agenda in the run-up to the elections. If he decides to implement them, it could impact the Indian government, people and businesses in several ways. Here … Read more

Russia forces believed to use thermite to bomb residential areas of Aleppo

Russia is breaching international conventions by dropping incendiaries similar to white phosphorus on to residential neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Aleppo in what is thought to be the prelude to a ground assault to retake the city from rebel forces, British national newspaper The Times reported. Video footage has emerged showing the glowing showers … Read more

Helicopters drop warning leaflets to ISIS ahead of Russian-backed ground assault

The leaflets were dropped over the cities of Rastan and Tallish, which have been bombarded by Vladimir Putin’s warplanes and where Moscow claims 5,000 ISIS and al-Nusra terrorists are based. Russian-based media claimed a huge ground operation in the area driven by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and reportedly backed by Russia from the air … Read more

Russia & US army officials discuss safety measures for Syria flights – Russian MoD

US and Russian defense officials have discussed additional flight safety measures in Syria during a video conference, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service told Russian media. A video conference between top US and Russian defense officials was held at “the US’s initiative” and was focused on the “implementation of the October 2015 … flight safety … Read more

Russia preparing for final assault on Aleppo, Western officials warn

A fleet of eight Russian warships, led by the aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is currently south of Sardinia and sailing towards the eastern Mediterranean. They are expected to arrive as early as Wednesday although other estimates predict that could slip to later in the week. In recent days pilots on board have been practising taking … Read more

Russia brings super-secret spy sub back into service after 16 years

RUSSIA has released a ballistic missile spying submarine back into service after 16 years, as experts warn the country is assembling a fleet which could topple NATO. The Podmoskovie was commissioned in 1986 and has been modified over the last 20 years to conduct special missions. Podmoskovie was pictured leaving its port in Severodvinsk Russia … Read more

Russia readies itself for ‘huge offensive’ on Aleppo to save Assad say intelligence reports

Russia will undertake a full-scale military attack on the city of Aleppo as Vladimir Putin seeks to exploit a political lull in Washington just before the US election to try to score victory for his ally Bashar al Assad, it has been reported. An intelligence assessment has shown that Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier will enhance … Read more

Defence Ministry gives the clearance for the much awaited M777 howitzer guns

The Defence Ministry has reportedly given the final clearance for the much awaited M777 howitzer guns deal. The deal for the purchase of 145 US Ultra-Light Howitzers from BAE Systems will cost around Rs 5,000 crore subject to clearance from the Finance Ministry and Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). That the deal is the first … Read more

Russia unveils first image of its Satan 2 super-nuke that is 2000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb

Russia has unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile, capable of destroying an area the size of France. The RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2 by Nato, has a top speed of 4.3 miles (7km) per second and has been designed to outfox anti-missile shield systems. The new Sarmat missile could deliver warheads … Read more