China Already Has A Plan To Sink The US Fleet In Any Upcoming Battles


The 052 destroyer in live fire exercises 

As the U.S. makes clear it will defend Japan should China try and lay claim to the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, this Chinese announcement from mid-2012 offers additional perspective.
Once the U.S. announced it's turning attention from the Middle East and directing military assets to the Pacific, it didn't take long for China to make clear how it would handle what it saw as a new regional threat.

Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment: source



A U.S. Navy BQM-74E drone launches from the flight deck of the guided missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during a live fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea, September 21, 2012 as part of Unitas Atlantic phase 53-12 in this image released on September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Stuart Phillips/U.S. Navy/Handou


 Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.
The U.S. ambassador to Niger, Bisa Williams, made the request at a meeting on Monday withPresident Mahamadou Issoufou, who immediately accepted it, the source said.

U.S. Navy will hack minesweeper ship to pieces to remove it from sensitive reef near Philippines



The U.S. Navy will hack apart a multimillion-dollar minesweeper ship caught on a coral reef in the Philippines, rather than risk further damage to the sensitive ecosystem. 
The USS Guardian has become a political and logistical nightmare for the Navy since it ran aground on January 17 in the Sulu Sea. 
Navy engineers decided their only option is to destroy the 225-foot ship by cutting it up and hauling it away on a barge, instead of trying to drag it off the reef. 
Stuck: The USS Guardian, seen here today, is still on a coral reef in the Sulu Sea near the Philippines
Stuck: The USS Guardian, seen here today, is still caught on a coral reef in the Sulu Sea near the Philippines

Russia arms Indian 'Sea giant' sub with multi-role cruise missiles






Russia’s leading shipyard finished deep modernization of the Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Sea giant). Armed with latest multi-role missile system, radar and electronics, the sub promises to become the game-changing backbone of the Indian Navy.
The ceremony of signing the transfer and acceptance act of the diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Sea giant) SSK Kilo Class has been conducted on January 26 in Severodvinsk, when the sub was solemnly passed to the Indian Navy.

Indian Navy plans to issue bid for over 120 multirole choppers




In could be the world's biggest tender for helicopters, the Indian Navy is planning to issue a bid for procuring more than 120 multirole choppers expected to be worth around Rs 35,000 crore.
The navy had recently issued a global request for information in this regard and has plans of acquiring more than 120 Naval Multirole Helicopters (NMRH), navy sources said here.


The Corps of Signals motorcycle rider display team, popularly known as the "Dare Devils", established three more world records today on Ridge Road and Robert Track in the Jabalpur Cantonement area.
Continuing with their tradition, the team achieved their latest feats of daredevilry under the leadership of Captain Abhayjit Mehlawat.

Army rejects calls to raise new units based on caste or religion



The Army has once again strongly rejected calls for raising new "single-class" units like the Gujarat, Kalinga, Dalit, Ahir, Paswan or Tribal regiments as well as attempts to tinker with its "time-tested" regimental system.

"The policy since Independence is not to raise any new regiment on the basis of a particular class, creed, community, religion or region but to have a force in which all Indians have representation. This is the well-defined position of both the defence ministry and Army," said a senior official.

SU-30MKI FULL ANALYSIS AND PICTURES





The Su30-MKI(Flanker-H) is a customized Su27PU built according to Indian specifications. The M is for ModernizedK for Commercial and I forIndiski (India). It is probably the first time that an aircraft has been built in Russia for a foreign customer specifications. The Su30 was evaluated along-with the Mirage 2000-5, and found to be cheaper, hence was chosen. The Su27 was first evaluated by the Indian Air Force in 1994, when a team led by the Chief of Air Staff (ACM S.K.Kaul) in Russia. The contract for the first 40 Su30 fighters was signed in 1996, and the aircraft originally supposed to be delivered in batches and in a phased manner from 1997 through till 2000, with each batch being progressively more improved that the previous batch.In 1998, the IAF signed another contract for the delivery of a further 10 aircraft, originally scheduled to be delivered to Indonesia.

U.S. Air Force Is ‘Committed’ To Long-Range Strike Bomber





Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.

Crew evacuated from U.S. Navy minesweeper after ship becomes trapped in a coral reef in the Philippines



All but seven members of a U.S. Navy minesweeper's crew were taken off the ship Friday after it was trapped in a coral reef in the Philippines and could not be freed.
The ship ran aground Thursday while in transit through the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a coral sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila.
There were no injuries or oil leaks, and Philippine authorities were trying to evaluate damage to the protected coral reef, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
USS Guardian
Trapped: The USS Guardian ran aground in the western Philippines on its way to a port call in Puerto Princesa City

Boeing, Sikorsky team up for new US military helicopter


File photo of a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, said they were teaming up to develop a next-generation multi-role helicopter for the U.S. military.
The strategic teaming agreement, signed January 13 and announced on Friday, reunites two of the biggest U.S. helicopter manufacturers, who often compete for orders but joined forces to build the Comanche, a U.S. Army helicopter program that was canceled in 2004.

Indian Navy to commission indigenously built NOPV INS Saryu


The Indian Navy is poised to welcome a new ship into its impressive fleet. INS Saryu, the lead ship of the indigenous naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV) class of ships will be commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday in Goa by Air Marshal PK Roy, commander-in-chief, Andaman and Nicobar command.

Things under control in LoC:Indian Army chief



Indian army soldiers patrol past a barbwire fence near the Line of Control in Silikot in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
PTIIndian army soldiers patrol past a barbwire fence near the Line of Control in Silikot in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh Friday visited the family of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, who was brutally killed by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir Jan 8, and assured them of financial help besides a job to a family member.
Regarding the situation in the Line of Control (Loc), he said “things are under control.”

In pictures:French Army in Mali


This picture released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French Mirage 2000 D aircraft flying to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French  
This picture released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French Mirage 2000 D aircraft flying to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French military base of Nancy. 

Facing heat from India, Pak army offers truce, to keep LoC calm





NEW DELHI: In a major climb-down after facing military as well as diplomatic heat from India, the Pakistani Army on Wednesday shed its earlierconfrontationist attitude to declare its troops would now firmly uphold the ceasefire agreement and exercise restraint on the 778-km-long Line of Control (LoC).
The Indian Army, while still furious over the beheading of one of its jawans, promptly accepted the truce offer made during the DGMO (director-general of military operations)-level talks to ensure the precarious situation along the LoC did not escalate "beyond the tactical level".

Sixty foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis



Associated Press/DigitalGlobe - This Oct. 8, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP and Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach. Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at the plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe


ALGIERS (Reuters) - About 60 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations.
The attack, which plunged capitals around the world into crisis mode, is a serious escalation of unrest in northwestern Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week fighting an Islamist takeover of Timbuktu and other towns.
"We are still dealing with a fluid and dangerous situation where a part of the terrorist threat has been eliminated in one part of the site, but there still remains a threat in another part," British Prime Minister David Cameron told his parliament.

Pakistan to release all Afghan Taliban detainees: minister




ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group's former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.
"The remaining detainees, we are coordinating, and they will be released subsequently," Jalil Jilani, Pakistan's foreign secretary, said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
Asked if the former Taliban number 2 Mullah Baradar would be among those to be released, he said: "The aim is to release all," without elaborating further.

Pentagon revamps approach to U.S. Army's next combat vehicle




The Pentagon on Thursday restructured the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program, saying budget pressures and technical issues had prompted it to delay the multibillion-dollar program by six months and scrap plans to develop prototype vehicles.
The new approach requires the Army to pick just one winning bidder to develop and build the new infantry fighting vehicle after a full and open competition, according to a memo signed by the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, Frank Kendall. A copy of the memo was obtained by Reuters.
A United States Marine stands by his post in front of the Pentagon in Washington February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
A United States Marine stands by his post in front of the Pentagon in Washington February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Sex Crimes Continue to Plague the US Military



A culture of fear, intimidation and entitlement allows sexual predators at all levels and branches of the armed services free access to military women (and men), who often have little recourse.  
Do sexual predators have free reign in the US Armed Forces? For decades both men and women in our military have been sexually assaulted. Those crimes were usually concealed and have essentially gone unpunished, in large part, because of a long-standing cover up that includes the military police, the military justice system and the leadership in our armed forces. In an interview with Natalie Morales of NBC News on September 27, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted the military had a habit of "sweeping these issues under the rug."

US Military suicides continue to climb, reaching record in 2012



AFP Photo / Ben Sklar








The US Military’s suicide rate grew a startling 15 percent in 2012. The Pentagon, which has put great effort into lowering military suicide rates, has acknowledged that battle casualties are no longer the primary reason for soldiers’ deaths.
Modern US warfare is Internet-centric and relies heavily on drones and robots, which has helped bring combat losses to historic lows; suicide now accounts for more deaths of US soldiers than battlefield conflict.

US Army aviation facing 'exciting, uncertain future'


The current fiscal environment poses significant challenges for Army aviation, as well as the rest of the Army and the Defense Department, said Lt. Gen. James O. Barclay III, deputy chief of staff, G-8.

Looming budget battles, likelihood of more continuing resolutions, the coming debt ceiling debate, a possibility of sequestration, lack of a 2013 budget and an already tight budget were some of the challenges Barclay described during a four-person panel discussion dubbed "View from the E-Ring" at the Association of the U.S. Army's Aviation Symposium in National Harbor."

Joint effort delivers 3 helicopters to Iraq



The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command with U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and Program Executive Office Aviation facilitated and delivered three Bell 407 Scout helicopters to Iraqi Army Aviation today. This marks the sixth completed delivery of Iraqi Armed 407 Scout helicopter through Foreign Military Sales that began in 2010.

Indian Military Diversifying:Weapons&Technology




Despite problems with the Vikramaditya and Moscow’s failure to win several recent Indian tenders, the military and technical cooperation between Russia and India can rather be called more successful than disappointing.

In November, some newspapers reported that Moscow had lost its fourth Indian tender in a row, this time to supply Il-76KMI refuelling planes. The Indian Defence Ministry opted for the European A-330MRTT. Earlier the Russian multi-purpose MiG-35 fighter, the Mi-28NE helicopter gunship and the heavy transport helicopter Mi-26T2 lost tenders to the French and twice to the Americans.

TOP 10 LARGEST AIR FORCES :2013


10)JAPAN AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE


TOTAL AIRCRAFT:1252
TOTAL HELICOPTERS:258

The strength of the Indian and Pakistani armed forces


The strength of the Indian and Pakistani armed forces

India and Pakistan gained their independence 65 years ago and have fought four wars since then. After the humiliating defeat in the 1971 war, Pakistan has been increasing its military strength at a rapid pace. Today both countries are nuclear armed and their armies are in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation at many places on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian Army chief's statements "very hostile" says Pak foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar


The disconnect between Pakistan's adrift and enfeebled civilian government and its out-of-control military was on show in the U.S last night when the country's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar insistedIslamabad wanted resolve issues through dialogue rather than military actions despite the alleged depredations of its army resulting in the beheading of an Indian soldier. 

In China's shadow, ASEAN leaders look to India for maritime security



A handout photo shows a Philippines Navy warship docked at the naval headquarters in Manila December 11, 2011.
(Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations and India vowed on Thursday to step up cooperation on maritime security, a move that comes amid tension with China in the potentially oil- and gas-rich South China Sea.

India army chief threatens Pakistan over Kashmir killings




(Reuters) - India's army chief threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for the killing of two soldiers in fighting near the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, saying he had asked his commanders there to be aggressive in the face of provocation.

New Russian missile against US:Weapons&Technology





While the United States is building a global missile defense system, Russia is preparing for a radical renewal of its strategic nuclear missile arsenal.

It looks like the Russian military and the military-industrial complex have decided to prepare seriously for overcoming the American missile defense system. Work is underway simultaneously on two strategic missiles of different classes.

STATE OF TERROR:PAKISTAN SUPPORTS TERRORISM EVIDENCE LIST!






1)State of TerrorWhy Obama should blacklist Pakistan -- not just the Haqqanis.


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In September 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, astonished the American public when he declared at a congressional hearing that the network of Jalaluddin Haqqani was a "virtual arm" of Pakistan's top spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate. Pakistanis were surprised, as Mullen had been one of the most outspoken defenders of Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies and their efforts to combat Islamist terrorists within Pakistan. Since Mullen's head-turning testimony, pressure has continued to mount on the Obama administration, forcing it take a stronger position on Pakistan's intransigent support for one of the most lethal organizations killing Americans and allied forces in Afghanistan.

US Air Force plans to deploy planes in Japan




A U.S. government official said the Air Force plans to deploy Osprey planes in Okinawa, but a Japanese official said Okinawa would never agree to such a plan.
Michael Donley, the U.S. Air Force secretary, said the CV-22 Ospreys likely would be deployed at Kedena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, Tokyo's Yomiuri Shumbun reported Sunday.

Airbus eyes Rs. 12,000 crore IAF deal for medium-lift transport plane



Close on the heels of clinching the IAF contract for supply of mid-air refuellers, European consortium Airbus will now bid for the Rs. 12,000 crore global tender to be floated by India for procuring 56 medium-lift transport aircraft to replace its vintage Avro planes.

India, Pakistan soldiers to talk on Kashmir violence



A general view of Sony village is pictured near the Line of Control (LoC), about 129 km (80 miles) northwest of Srinagar, January 12, 2013. REUTERS-Danish Ismail
(Reuters) - Military officials from India and Pakistan will hold talks on Monday at the Line of Control, which divides disputed Kashmir, in a bid to defuse tensions after a series of deadly attacks in the region, Indian army officials said.

TOP 10 MILITARY POWERS:2013 LIST


10)Brazil



Active Personal : 371,199(2011)
Active Reserve : 1,340,000(2011)
Total Aircraft(Including Helicopters :1076(2012)
Total Naval Strength :106(2012) 


9)Italy

Top 10 Economic Superpowers :2013



10)India


The Indian economy is the world's eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). India became one of the fastest-growing major economies, post economic reforms in 1991.

Projected GDP, 2013: $2 trillion (Rank 10)
Projected GDP, 2015: $2.9 trillion (Rank 9)

9)Italy


Future Weapon System for Indian Armed Forces:Weapons&Technology






P8i Poseidon


Boeing proposed the P-8I, a customized export variant of the P-8A, to the Indian Navy. In 2009, the Ministry of Defence of India signed an agreement with Boeing for the supply of eight P-8I Poseidons at a total cost of US$2.1 billion. These aircraft would replace Indian Navy's aging Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprops. Each aircraft will cost about US$220 million. The deal not only made India the first international customer of the P-8, but also marked Boeing's first military sale to India.

Russia prepares for future wars!




The growing military potential of Japan and China - and continuing territorial disputes over the Kuril island chain and Arctic Shelf - is causing Russia to increase spending on her naval nuclear deterrent and blue-water forces.

In November 2011 the Russian Ministry of Defence firmed up orders for four Project 955A Borey-A strategic missile underwater cruisers (submarines) and five Project 885M Yasen-M cruise-missile submarines. In early 2012 decisions were made to refit and modernization the Project 1144 nuclear powered cruisers and Project 949A cruise-missile submarines. By rough estimates, these commitments combined amount to US$ 10 billion. 

Top Japan General Calls for Beefed-Up Defenses



When a Japanese coast guard cutter spotted a small Chinese aircraft flying above disputed East China Sea islands in December, Japan's air force scrambled eight F-15 fighter jets, but they reached the scene only after the intruder had left. Japan's radar or surveillance planes had missed the low-flying aircraft entering what the nation considers its airspace, causing a delay in scrambling.

World War in Asia?



With the Asia Pivot, the US wants to encircle China, and supplies old and new allies with missiles aimed at its biggest rival. An amped up arms race means cash flow for the world’s biggest death dealer. If all these Asian nations buy as many American fighter planes as Taiwan, US armament workers can knock down a few more Bud Lites, and take their wives and kiddies to Ruby Tuesday twice a week even.

Tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu feed the winds of war between Tokyo and Beijing



 
China scrambles two fighter planes to the disputed islands, complaining that Japanese planes disturbed its normal patrols. For Japanese prime minister, sovereignty over the atolls is not negotiable. Military expert says the East China Sea is becoming a potential source of crisis; “it's possible that the two countries could exchange fire”.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Beijing and Tokyo are inching closer to military confrontation over a group of islands in the East China Sea after China yesterday sent two J-10 fighter jets to monitor Japanese military planes near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

China re-draws map; PH digs in



Amid its continuing territorial dispute with its neighbors in South East Asia, China has updated its old map by including 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea.
Sinomaps Press chief editor Xu Gencai told Xinhua News Agency on Saturday that Beijing decided to come with a new official map to inform Chinese nationals on China’s territory, safeguard China’s marine rights and interests and manifest China’s political diplomatic stance.

Fumbling soft state: Forget Pakistan, for South Asian countries India is fair game




When  Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal coined the phrase "soft state" in the early 1960s, he did have countries such as India in mind. 
What he was speaking of was states that had low expectations from its citizens. 
Today, the phrase is used to refer to countries like India in a different way - as states which, despite their size and power, are unable to exercise the influence that should by right be theirs. 
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the India-Bangladesh border at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the India-Bangladesh border at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri

Pakistan may force us to look at other options: IAF chief





NEW DELHI: A furious India on Saturday kept up the pressure on Pakistan over the killing of two soldiers and beheading of one of them with Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne saying that the country may have to look at "other options" for ensuring the sanctity of the line of control (LoC) and the ceasefire along it.

Op-Ed: Israeli Air Force make preparations for large Combat Air Exercise



The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is planning to stage Blue Plug, its largest ever multinational exercise with at least five foreign air forces from Uvda Air Base. Many pilots and combat aircraft types are expected to participate.
The exercise will include air-to-air combat and “dropping ammunition” in a low-level profile. The IAF is making arrangements for the exercise at all Israeli air bases, indicating a complex force on force air attack, counter-air, and air defense profile, according to Airforce-Technology news.

Japanese police arrest US sailor for trespassing




Japanese people hold placards to protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa, in front of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's official residence in Tokyo on October 17, 2012.
Japanese police have arrested an American Navy sailor for allegedly breaking into a house and defying a night-time curfew imposed by the US military following a rape case last year.

5 things U.S. should do in Middle East






In the first months of his presidency, Barack Obama laid out his vision for the Middle East. “If countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us,” he told the Arabic satellite channel Al-Arabiya in his first television interview as president. Six months later, in Cairo, he proposed “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect…[and] principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

China Already Has A Plan To Sink The US Fleet In Any Upcoming Battles

The 052 destroyer in live fire exercises 

As the U.S. makes clear it will defend Japan should China try and lay claim to the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, this Chinese announcement from mid-2012 offers additional perspective.
Once the U.S. announced it's turning attention from the Middle East and directing military assets to the Pacific, it didn't take long for China to make clear how it would handle what it saw as a new regional threat.

Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment: source


A U.S. Navy BQM-74E drone launches from the flight deck of the guided missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) during a live fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea, September 21, 2012 as part of Unitas Atlantic phase 53-12 in this image released on September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Stuart Phillips/U.S. Navy/Handou


 Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.
The U.S. ambassador to Niger, Bisa Williams, made the request at a meeting on Monday withPresident Mahamadou Issoufou, who immediately accepted it, the source said.

U.S. Navy will hack minesweeper ship to pieces to remove it from sensitive reef near Philippines


The U.S. Navy will hack apart a multimillion-dollar minesweeper ship caught on a coral reef in the Philippines, rather than risk further damage to the sensitive ecosystem. 
The USS Guardian has become a political and logistical nightmare for the Navy since it ran aground on January 17 in the Sulu Sea. 
Navy engineers decided their only option is to destroy the 225-foot ship by cutting it up and hauling it away on a barge, instead of trying to drag it off the reef. 
Stuck: The USS Guardian, seen here today, is still on a coral reef in the Sulu Sea near the Philippines
Stuck: The USS Guardian, seen here today, is still caught on a coral reef in the Sulu Sea near the Philippines

Russia arms Indian 'Sea giant' sub with multi-role cruise missiles





Russia’s leading shipyard finished deep modernization of the Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Sea giant). Armed with latest multi-role missile system, radar and electronics, the sub promises to become the game-changing backbone of the Indian Navy.
The ceremony of signing the transfer and acceptance act of the diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak (Sea giant) SSK Kilo Class has been conducted on January 26 in Severodvinsk, when the sub was solemnly passed to the Indian Navy.

Indian Navy plans to issue bid for over 120 multirole choppers



In could be the world's biggest tender for helicopters, the Indian Navy is planning to issue a bid for procuring more than 120 multirole choppers expected to be worth around Rs 35,000 crore.
The navy had recently issued a global request for information in this regard and has plans of acquiring more than 120 Naval Multirole Helicopters (NMRH), navy sources said here.

The Corps of Signals motorcycle rider display team, popularly known as the "Dare Devils", established three more world records today on Ridge Road and Robert Track in the Jabalpur Cantonement area.
Continuing with their tradition, the team achieved their latest feats of daredevilry under the leadership of Captain Abhayjit Mehlawat.

Army rejects calls to raise new units based on caste or religion


The Army has once again strongly rejected calls for raising new "single-class" units like the Gujarat, Kalinga, Dalit, Ahir, Paswan or Tribal regiments as well as attempts to tinker with its "time-tested" regimental system.

"The policy since Independence is not to raise any new regiment on the basis of a particular class, creed, community, religion or region but to have a force in which all Indians have representation. This is the well-defined position of both the defence ministry and Army," said a senior official.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

SU-30MKI FULL ANALYSIS AND PICTURES




The Su30-MKI(Flanker-H) is a customized Su27PU built according to Indian specifications. The M is for ModernizedK for Commercial and I forIndiski (India). It is probably the first time that an aircraft has been built in Russia for a foreign customer specifications. The Su30 was evaluated along-with the Mirage 2000-5, and found to be cheaper, hence was chosen. The Su27 was first evaluated by the Indian Air Force in 1994, when a team led by the Chief of Air Staff (ACM S.K.Kaul) in Russia. The contract for the first 40 Su30 fighters was signed in 1996, and the aircraft originally supposed to be delivered in batches and in a phased manner from 1997 through till 2000, with each batch being progressively more improved that the previous batch.In 1998, the IAF signed another contract for the delivery of a further 10 aircraft, originally scheduled to be delivered to Indonesia.

Friday, January 18, 2013

U.S. Air Force Is ‘Committed’ To Long-Range Strike Bomber




Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.

Crew evacuated from U.S. Navy minesweeper after ship becomes trapped in a coral reef in the Philippines


All but seven members of a U.S. Navy minesweeper's crew were taken off the ship Friday after it was trapped in a coral reef in the Philippines and could not be freed.
The ship ran aground Thursday while in transit through the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a coral sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila.
There were no injuries or oil leaks, and Philippine authorities were trying to evaluate damage to the protected coral reef, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
USS Guardian
Trapped: The USS Guardian ran aground in the western Philippines on its way to a port call in Puerto Princesa City

Boeing, Sikorsky team up for new US military helicopter

File photo of a Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, said they were teaming up to develop a next-generation multi-role helicopter for the U.S. military.
The strategic teaming agreement, signed January 13 and announced on Friday, reunites two of the biggest U.S. helicopter manufacturers, who often compete for orders but joined forces to build the Comanche, a U.S. Army helicopter program that was canceled in 2004.

Indian Navy to commission indigenously built NOPV INS Saryu

The Indian Navy is poised to welcome a new ship into its impressive fleet. INS Saryu, the lead ship of the indigenous naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV) class of ships will be commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday in Goa by Air Marshal PK Roy, commander-in-chief, Andaman and Nicobar command.

Things under control in LoC:Indian Army chief


Indian army soldiers patrol past a barbwire fence near the Line of Control in Silikot in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
PTIIndian army soldiers patrol past a barbwire fence near the Line of Control in Silikot in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh Friday visited the family of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, who was brutally killed by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir Jan 8, and assured them of financial help besides a job to a family member.
Regarding the situation in the Line of Control (Loc), he said “things are under control.”

In pictures:French Army in Mali

This picture released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French Mirage 2000 D aircraft flying to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French  
This picture released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French Mirage 2000 D aircraft flying to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French military base of Nancy. 

Facing heat from India, Pak army offers truce, to keep LoC calm




NEW DELHI: In a major climb-down after facing military as well as diplomatic heat from India, the Pakistani Army on Wednesday shed its earlierconfrontationist attitude to declare its troops would now firmly uphold the ceasefire agreement and exercise restraint on the 778-km-long Line of Control (LoC).
The Indian Army, while still furious over the beheading of one of its jawans, promptly accepted the truce offer made during the DGMO (director-general of military operations)-level talks to ensure the precarious situation along the LoC did not escalate "beyond the tactical level".

Sixty foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis


Associated Press/DigitalGlobe - This Oct. 8, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP and Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach. Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at the plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe


ALGIERS (Reuters) - About 60 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations.
The attack, which plunged capitals around the world into crisis mode, is a serious escalation of unrest in northwestern Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week fighting an Islamist takeover of Timbuktu and other towns.
"We are still dealing with a fluid and dangerous situation where a part of the terrorist threat has been eliminated in one part of the site, but there still remains a threat in another part," British Prime Minister David Cameron told his parliament.

Pakistan to release all Afghan Taliban detainees: minister



ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group's former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.
"The remaining detainees, we are coordinating, and they will be released subsequently," Jalil Jilani, Pakistan's foreign secretary, said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
Asked if the former Taliban number 2 Mullah Baradar would be among those to be released, he said: "The aim is to release all," without elaborating further.

Pentagon revamps approach to U.S. Army's next combat vehicle



The Pentagon on Thursday restructured the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program, saying budget pressures and technical issues had prompted it to delay the multibillion-dollar program by six months and scrap plans to develop prototype vehicles.
The new approach requires the Army to pick just one winning bidder to develop and build the new infantry fighting vehicle after a full and open competition, according to a memo signed by the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, Frank Kendall. A copy of the memo was obtained by Reuters.
A United States Marine stands by his post in front of the Pentagon in Washington February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
A United States Marine stands by his post in front of the Pentagon in Washington February 29, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sex Crimes Continue to Plague the US Military


A culture of fear, intimidation and entitlement allows sexual predators at all levels and branches of the armed services free access to military women (and men), who often have little recourse.  
Do sexual predators have free reign in the US Armed Forces? For decades both men and women in our military have been sexually assaulted. Those crimes were usually concealed and have essentially gone unpunished, in large part, because of a long-standing cover up that includes the military police, the military justice system and the leadership in our armed forces. In an interview with Natalie Morales of NBC News on September 27, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted the military had a habit of "sweeping these issues under the rug."

US Military suicides continue to climb, reaching record in 2012


AFP Photo / Ben Sklar








The US Military’s suicide rate grew a startling 15 percent in 2012. The Pentagon, which has put great effort into lowering military suicide rates, has acknowledged that battle casualties are no longer the primary reason for soldiers’ deaths.
Modern US warfare is Internet-centric and relies heavily on drones and robots, which has helped bring combat losses to historic lows; suicide now accounts for more deaths of US soldiers than battlefield conflict.

US Army aviation facing 'exciting, uncertain future'

The current fiscal environment poses significant challenges for Army aviation, as well as the rest of the Army and the Defense Department, said Lt. Gen. James O. Barclay III, deputy chief of staff, G-8.

Looming budget battles, likelihood of more continuing resolutions, the coming debt ceiling debate, a possibility of sequestration, lack of a 2013 budget and an already tight budget were some of the challenges Barclay described during a four-person panel discussion dubbed "View from the E-Ring" at the Association of the U.S. Army's Aviation Symposium in National Harbor."

Joint effort delivers 3 helicopters to Iraq


The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command with U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and Program Executive Office Aviation facilitated and delivered three Bell 407 Scout helicopters to Iraqi Army Aviation today. This marks the sixth completed delivery of Iraqi Armed 407 Scout helicopter through Foreign Military Sales that began in 2010.

Indian Military Diversifying:Weapons&Technology



Despite problems with the Vikramaditya and Moscow’s failure to win several recent Indian tenders, the military and technical cooperation between Russia and India can rather be called more successful than disappointing.

In November, some newspapers reported that Moscow had lost its fourth Indian tender in a row, this time to supply Il-76KMI refuelling planes. The Indian Defence Ministry opted for the European A-330MRTT. Earlier the Russian multi-purpose MiG-35 fighter, the Mi-28NE helicopter gunship and the heavy transport helicopter Mi-26T2 lost tenders to the French and twice to the Americans.

TOP 10 LARGEST AIR FORCES :2013

10)JAPAN AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE


TOTAL AIRCRAFT:1252
TOTAL HELICOPTERS:258

The strength of the Indian and Pakistani armed forces

The strength of the Indian and Pakistani armed forces

India and Pakistan gained their independence 65 years ago and have fought four wars since then. After the humiliating defeat in the 1971 war, Pakistan has been increasing its military strength at a rapid pace. Today both countries are nuclear armed and their armies are in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation at many places on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian Army chief's statements "very hostile" says Pak foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar

The disconnect between Pakistan's adrift and enfeebled civilian government and its out-of-control military was on show in the U.S last night when the country's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar insistedIslamabad wanted resolve issues through dialogue rather than military actions despite the alleged depredations of its army resulting in the beheading of an Indian soldier. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

In China's shadow, ASEAN leaders look to India for maritime security


A handout photo shows a Philippines Navy warship docked at the naval headquarters in Manila December 11, 2011.
(Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations and India vowed on Thursday to step up cooperation on maritime security, a move that comes amid tension with China in the potentially oil- and gas-rich South China Sea.

India army chief threatens Pakistan over Kashmir killings



(Reuters) - India's army chief threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for the killing of two soldiers in fighting near the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, saying he had asked his commanders there to be aggressive in the face of provocation.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Russian missile against US:Weapons&Technology




While the United States is building a global missile defense system, Russia is preparing for a radical renewal of its strategic nuclear missile arsenal.

It looks like the Russian military and the military-industrial complex have decided to prepare seriously for overcoming the American missile defense system. Work is underway simultaneously on two strategic missiles of different classes.

STATE OF TERROR:PAKISTAN SUPPORTS TERRORISM EVIDENCE LIST!





1)State of TerrorWhy Obama should blacklist Pakistan -- not just the Haqqanis.


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In September 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, astonished the American public when he declared at a congressional hearing that the network of Jalaluddin Haqqani was a "virtual arm" of Pakistan's top spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate. Pakistanis were surprised, as Mullen had been one of the most outspoken defenders of Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies and their efforts to combat Islamist terrorists within Pakistan. Since Mullen's head-turning testimony, pressure has continued to mount on the Obama administration, forcing it take a stronger position on Pakistan's intransigent support for one of the most lethal organizations killing Americans and allied forces in Afghanistan.

US Air Force plans to deploy planes in Japan



A U.S. government official said the Air Force plans to deploy Osprey planes in Okinawa, but a Japanese official said Okinawa would never agree to such a plan.
Michael Donley, the U.S. Air Force secretary, said the CV-22 Ospreys likely would be deployed at Kedena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, Tokyo's Yomiuri Shumbun reported Sunday.

Airbus eyes Rs. 12,000 crore IAF deal for medium-lift transport plane


Close on the heels of clinching the IAF contract for supply of mid-air refuellers, European consortium Airbus will now bid for the Rs. 12,000 crore global tender to be floated by India for procuring 56 medium-lift transport aircraft to replace its vintage Avro planes.

India, Pakistan soldiers to talk on Kashmir violence


A general view of Sony village is pictured near the Line of Control (LoC), about 129 km (80 miles) northwest of Srinagar, January 12, 2013. REUTERS-Danish Ismail
(Reuters) - Military officials from India and Pakistan will hold talks on Monday at the Line of Control, which divides disputed Kashmir, in a bid to defuse tensions after a series of deadly attacks in the region, Indian army officials said.

TOP 10 MILITARY POWERS:2013 LIST

10)Brazil



Active Personal : 371,199(2011)
Active Reserve : 1,340,000(2011)
Total Aircraft(Including Helicopters :1076(2012)
Total Naval Strength :106(2012) 


9)Italy

Top 10 Economic Superpowers :2013


10)India


The Indian economy is the world's eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). India became one of the fastest-growing major economies, post economic reforms in 1991.

Projected GDP, 2013: $2 trillion (Rank 10)
Projected GDP, 2015: $2.9 trillion (Rank 9)

9)Italy


Future Weapon System for Indian Armed Forces:Weapons&Technology





P8i Poseidon


Boeing proposed the P-8I, a customized export variant of the P-8A, to the Indian Navy. In 2009, the Ministry of Defence of India signed an agreement with Boeing for the supply of eight P-8I Poseidons at a total cost of US$2.1 billion. These aircraft would replace Indian Navy's aging Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprops. Each aircraft will cost about US$220 million. The deal not only made India the first international customer of the P-8, but also marked Boeing's first military sale to India.

Russia prepares for future wars!



The growing military potential of Japan and China - and continuing territorial disputes over the Kuril island chain and Arctic Shelf - is causing Russia to increase spending on her naval nuclear deterrent and blue-water forces.

In November 2011 the Russian Ministry of Defence firmed up orders for four Project 955A Borey-A strategic missile underwater cruisers (submarines) and five Project 885M Yasen-M cruise-missile submarines. In early 2012 decisions were made to refit and modernization the Project 1144 nuclear powered cruisers and Project 949A cruise-missile submarines. By rough estimates, these commitments combined amount to US$ 10 billion. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Top Japan General Calls for Beefed-Up Defenses


When a Japanese coast guard cutter spotted a small Chinese aircraft flying above disputed East China Sea islands in December, Japan's air force scrambled eight F-15 fighter jets, but they reached the scene only after the intruder had left. Japan's radar or surveillance planes had missed the low-flying aircraft entering what the nation considers its airspace, causing a delay in scrambling.

World War in Asia?


With the Asia Pivot, the US wants to encircle China, and supplies old and new allies with missiles aimed at its biggest rival. An amped up arms race means cash flow for the world’s biggest death dealer. If all these Asian nations buy as many American fighter planes as Taiwan, US armament workers can knock down a few more Bud Lites, and take their wives and kiddies to Ruby Tuesday twice a week even.

Tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu feed the winds of war between Tokyo and Beijing


 
China scrambles two fighter planes to the disputed islands, complaining that Japanese planes disturbed its normal patrols. For Japanese prime minister, sovereignty over the atolls is not negotiable. Military expert says the East China Sea is becoming a potential source of crisis; “it's possible that the two countries could exchange fire”.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Beijing and Tokyo are inching closer to military confrontation over a group of islands in the East China Sea after China yesterday sent two J-10 fighter jets to monitor Japanese military planes near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

China re-draws map; PH digs in


Amid its continuing territorial dispute with its neighbors in South East Asia, China has updated its old map by including 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea.
Sinomaps Press chief editor Xu Gencai told Xinhua News Agency on Saturday that Beijing decided to come with a new official map to inform Chinese nationals on China’s territory, safeguard China’s marine rights and interests and manifest China’s political diplomatic stance.

Fumbling soft state: Forget Pakistan, for South Asian countries India is fair game



When  Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal coined the phrase "soft state" in the early 1960s, he did have countries such as India in mind. 
What he was speaking of was states that had low expectations from its citizens. 
Today, the phrase is used to refer to countries like India in a different way - as states which, despite their size and power, are unable to exercise the influence that should by right be theirs. 
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the India-Bangladesh border at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the India-Bangladesh border at Fulbari on the outskirts of Siliguri

Pakistan may force us to look at other options: IAF chief




NEW DELHI: A furious India on Saturday kept up the pressure on Pakistan over the killing of two soldiers and beheading of one of them with Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne saying that the country may have to look at "other options" for ensuring the sanctity of the line of control (LoC) and the ceasefire along it.

Op-Ed: Israeli Air Force make preparations for large Combat Air Exercise


The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is planning to stage Blue Plug, its largest ever multinational exercise with at least five foreign air forces from Uvda Air Base. Many pilots and combat aircraft types are expected to participate.
The exercise will include air-to-air combat and “dropping ammunition” in a low-level profile. The IAF is making arrangements for the exercise at all Israeli air bases, indicating a complex force on force air attack, counter-air, and air defense profile, according to Airforce-Technology news.

Japanese police arrest US sailor for trespassing



Japanese people hold placards to protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa, in front of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's official residence in Tokyo on October 17, 2012.
Japanese police have arrested an American Navy sailor for allegedly breaking into a house and defying a night-time curfew imposed by the US military following a rape case last year.

5 things U.S. should do in Middle East





In the first months of his presidency, Barack Obama laid out his vision for the Middle East. “If countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us,” he told the Arabic satellite channel Al-Arabiya in his first television interview as president. Six months later, in Cairo, he proposed “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect…[and] principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
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