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Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Shangri la Dialogue 2016 | Photo: Saurabh Joshi/StratPost

The presence of the Indian defense minister at the Shangri La Dialogue made an impression, at a time when the South China Sea was on everyone’s minds.

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar: ‘A replacement (for the MiG-21) could be the LCA Tejas or another – I’ll not call it low end – but a single engine lighter aircraft. Tejas is a good aircraft but it has its limitations.’

Air Marshal M Matheshwaran analyzes exactly why the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will never fully meet the ASR and cannot become the IAF ‘s frontline fighter in the Lo segment.

Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired) goes back in history to examine the reasons why the Light Combat Aircraft project has failed to meet expectations.
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If the charges against Rolls-Royce are proved correct, there could be serious consequences for the Indian Air Force and navy. Here’s the how and why.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved swiftly to convince New Delhi into an entente which is obviously directed at the containment of China.

The India-Japan Joint Working Group (JWG) have held preliminary meetings to initiate the process for acquisition of the ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy.

The agreement to enable Canada sell its uranium to India came into force in end-September after Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver. Both New Delhi and Ottawa are keen to begin supplies at the earliest.

The latest batch of 36 officers is the largest in the history of the Indian Foreign Service, adding to the nearly 900 odd IFS officers which comprise the Indian diplomatic corps.

Manmohan Singh is likely to undertake a ‘thanksgiving’ visit to the UAE for its cooperation in the arrests of terrorists like Abdul Karim Tunda, Yasin Bhatkal and Abu Jundal. Could this first visit by an Indian PM in over 30 years help India bring Dawood Ibrahim to justice?

China and Bhutan will be conducting a “joint technical field survey” in September in a move to settle their boundary disputes, which could shrink the buffer zone between the Siliguri corridor and the India-China border in Chumbi valley.

The Indian Army has firmed up dates for a joint exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The exercise will be held from November 04 to November 14 at the Chengdu Military Region in China. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also expected to visit China towards the end …

After Defense Minister AK Antony diverged from the Indian Army’s statement on the killings on Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs also now seems to have mixed up priorities between domestic politics and international pressure.

This meeting is significant as Karim is the first envoy of a Muslim majority country to meet Modi and is also a sign of growing international recognition of the Gujarat chief minister’s influence on national issues in New Delhi, in this case the Land Boundary Agreement.

South Block is upset over events in Qatar where the Taliban betrayed the presumption of having secured international recognition, and has reserved for Kerry the frostiest reception accorded to a visiting US Secretary of State in recent times.

“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.

South 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 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.