“ONGC Videsh is engaged in three blocks in the maritime zone of a country (Vietnam) in that area. The Indian Navy has a mandate to secure our country’s interests in the maritime domain wherever there is a requirement, which we will execute,” said Admiral D.K. Joshi.
TweetSouth Korea has indicated an interest in joining the Escort Convoy Coordination exercise run by the navies of India, China and Japan to protect merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden against piracy. The original tri-nation coordination began last January and in the first two instances, the Chinese, and then the Indian navies provided their [...]
The move marks the official approval for the 13-tonne AC313, Asia’s largest helicopter, to enter the market, said the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), which developed and manufactured the helicopter. The company says the AC313 is also world’s first civil helicopter to receive an A-category airworthiness certificate at an altitude of 4,500 meters.
The fourth round of ADD, held after nearly two years, was led by India’s Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of General Staff General Ma Xiaotian. The two sides also discussed defense exchanges for 2012 and agreed to “gradually enhance” the range and scope of their interaction, according to Indian defense ministry officials.
India, which imports nearly 80 percent of its crude consumption, is in the process of creating its own strategic petroleum reserve to cater to potential supply disruptions. But this reserve will require good judgment of India’s leadership for its proper administration and must not become a tool for populism during election year, argues Rajeev Lala.
The pivotal issue is whether Indian and Myanmar leaders would consider according a higher priority to political and strategic dimensions of the relationship.
These plans are now being validated in combat exercises, including the one happening in the Rajasthan desert, according to the army chief, General Vijay Kumar Singh.
The Indian Army has asked the defense ministry to upgrade about a dozen airfields and advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh with night landing facilities to improve the transportation of supplies and troops to the sensitive borders areas with China and Pakistan.
India is set to give a major impetus to its Look East policy when it hosts the leaders of Vietnam and Myanmar this week, amid their straining ties with China.