Defence

Once Europe had trembled under the tramp of French boots; twice Paris had fallen to a foe; three times France had succumbed to invasion. Before the World War II France, like Britain and Germany, led the way in nuclear science, building on the Curie family’s work. Frederic Joliot-Curie set up the first cyclotron or particle accelerator in Europe and with Lew Kowarski succeeded in creating a fission reaction in uranium early in 1939, soon after the discovery of the phenomenon.

Soon after World War I, France joined the international carrier community through the conversion of the battleship hulk Bearn. Although large, Bearn did not carry many aircraft and never actively participated in combat, even during World War II. The construction of two additional large carriers was suspended by World War II, but after the war the French navy gained access to light carriers transferred from Britain and the United States.

On December 9, 1941, Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, the commander of the Kriegsmarine, lifted all restrictions on German naval attacks against American vessels by his surface and submarine fleets. Atlantic sparring between the two powers had been occurring for several months but would now escalate into full-blown conflagration. For the United States a painful lesson on the consequences of complacency and arrogant refusal to accept outside assistance was coming.

A recent New York Times report reveals that warlords and other powerful people are receiving money from the national police and the government in order to find people to patrol highways that connect provinces in the north and that have come under heavy attacks by the Taliban. The people put on patrol are not provided with training, and are brought to the sites under the false pretense of working on construction projects. Following their arrival, “militia members are dropped in areas too dangerous to flee and only picked up weeks or months later, dead or alive.” This development marks a return to the warlord-centric system that previously held sway in Afghanistan.  

The complete systems, maintenance, and aircraft package that the Saab is selling has many potential bonuses for its potential selection as the HX aircraft, since Finland is looking for substantial domestic repair capability and possible technology transfer. If more systems are sold, it could mean more technology is transferred, leading to further potential development of Finnish industry. Despite the requirement in the HX program, Finnish industry seems pretty lukewarm to the idea of producing Gripen parts domestically. However, Saab has pushed the idea pretty hard, stating that some Patria plants could even produce and overhaul engines domestically.

The Leopard 2 is one of the world’s most common main battle tanks, used by militaries on four continents. As such, the market for upgrades that bring the older versions up to the latest standards of protection and lethality is large. The primary player here is Krauss-Maffei Wegman, the original designer of the Leopard 2, who markets a variety of kits and new versions of the Leopard 2.

The Israel Defense Forces field a wide variety of American military equipment, due to significant amounts of American military aid to Israel. However, American equipment has not always been the best suited to the tough desert and urban conditions encountered by the IDF. As a result, American equipment in Israeli service is often extensively modified to fit the IDF’s unique mission. Here are some unique derivatives of American equipment that the IDF fields.

The image shows what may be yet another upgrade to the fighter jet, as it is shows a “Beast Mode” configuration with fourteen Meteor Beyond Visual Range weapons and two Infrared Imaging System Tail-Thrust Vector Controlled short-range air-to-air missiles, along with an external fuel tank for extended missions.

In June 2020, Abiy extra-constitutionally postponed elections. When Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region refused and, on Sept. 9, 2020, held its own parliamentary elections marked by long lines and high participation that the opposition Tigray People’s Liberation Front won. Abiy responded two months later by cutting Tigray’s internet access and phone lines and sending in the Ethiopian Army to oust the elected government from Mekelle, the provincial capital. Multiple reports confirm that Eritrea’s military also entered the region, operating side-by-side with Ethiopian troops as they sacked and looted towns and villages in the region. On Jan. 13, 2021, Ethiopia announced that its forces had killed Seyoum Mesfin, the country’s long-serving former foreign minister, while fighting. Subsequent photos suggest that Abiy’s men had summarily executed Mesfin.

Israel and the United States are developing the Arrow-4 air defense system, which builds on a thirty-year legacy of building and testing anti-ballistic missile systems. The current development was announced on February 18. The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency commence development of the Arrow-4 Weapon System, Israel’s Ministry of Defense said. 

Back in 2018, Sputnik International put out a piece bashing China’s based J-15 carrier-based fighter jet, describing it as having problems with its flight-control system. But the J-15 is itself a derivative of the Russian Su-33 Flanker. Is the Chinese jet really that inferior to the Russian one? Or are the problems shared, and the article an attempt to distract from the Russian fighter’s own failings?

The modern sniper rifle rose to prominence in the 1980s as a critical tool for counterterrorist teams and continued to prove itself on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Advancements in optics, bullet, and manufacturing technology have allowed sniper rifles to reach out to further than ever before, so fielding a modern sniper rifle is important for many militaries. Here are some that could be considered the best.

We argue that extending the lifespan of the currently deployed Minuteman missiles is preferable to replacing them with a new arsenal of ICBMs. Silo-based ICBMs are ultimately ill-suited to counter the emergence of regional nuclear — and especially non-nuclear — threats to U.S. national security. Doubling down on ICBMs would in fact create additional risks to U.S. security. Rather than committing to ICBMs for the next five decades or more, the United States should begin to move its nuclear force structure away from silo ICBMs and look to reduce the comparable elements of Russia’s nuclear forces in tandem through arms control.

In that spirit, there is one other issue with Moscow that requires immediate attention and is worth the effort to cooperate on: the growing number of close contacts between U.S. and NATO air, land, and naval forces and their counterparts on the Russian side. Any of these encounters implies a threat of rapid escalation should something go terribly wrong, like a mid-air collision, a prospect made more likely owing to reckless conduct by the Russians during some of these incidents.

Washington should propose a six-month extension of the Doha timetable, providing more time to negotiate both a political settlement and measures to remove sanctions and release detainees. The extra time would also enable the United States to pursue the “robust and regional diplomatic effort” promised by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in support of negotiations. The United States should complete the withdrawal at the end of this period regardless of the outcome, but the added six months of negotiation would increase the chances for stability in Afghanistan.

It’s a new concept for a story and a dating calendar that could inspire commitment-phobic millennials to fall in love, on a ‘trial basis.’ Writer-director Taranveer Singh uses a super-chic and urbane canvas to tell his unconventional story that starts off in Mumbai, but soon all the action shifts to London.

Three of the 155mm/52-calibre K-9 tracked guns, which have a strike range of 38-km, have been taken to a base up the hills in Ladakh to determine their suitability and efficacy for deployment in the high-altitude region.
Based on the performance of the howitzers, the Army could consider placing additional orders for them.

Quality at entry into the civil services is a mixed bag today, with some extremely brilliant and many who are pedestrian succeeding. Civil servants are also required to read balance sheets of companies, engage in valuation for public sector privatisation, engage with and analyse large amounts of data while designing policy interventions, or do simple calculations to do breakeven or profitability analysis. They cannot get by without looking at data based evidence during policy design. All these require an analytical and logical mind, which needs to be tested at entry. In fact statistics was always part of UPSC evaluation for all these years and no one ever complained!

Such practices seriously harm the health and finances of Indian patients. In addition such malpractices are gaining India’s medical tourism industry — once tipped to hit six billion dollars by 2018 — infamy around the world. Transparency International ranks India’s medical industry as the second most corrupt institution citizens encounter following the police.

The African Institute For Developement Policy puts the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in the country between January and May at more than 150,000, with Nairobi recording nearly 12,000 pregnancies. Anecdotal evidence from healthcare workers across the Kenyan capital suggest the true figures could be higher, as many pregnant teenagers are not coming to clinics.

As per the requisitions received from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), Government of India, talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building are being invited to join the government at the level of Joint Secretary on contract basis in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, a statement issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Speaking at the Singapore Perspectives 2021 conference hosted by Singapore’s Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on Monday, Singapore’s Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force, said there are still many uncertainties to contend with in the next few years, while sharing his hopes about how the future can be “reset” once the pandemic is over, the Channel News Asia reported.

BRISBANE:  An Indian cricket team saddled with broken bones and battered bodies showed a never-seen-before zeal to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test here, successfully chasing a 328-run target to seal the four-match series 2-1. A minefield of […]

Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur made up a completely fresh pace attack. Youngsters Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar held the fort in the batting department, ably supported by old warhorses like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Overall India produced a superb effort, overcoming multiple hurdles to register what will go down as one of their best, if not the best ever Test win.

The variety of uses of small drones, and the guidance systems which direct them, can be very difficult to defend against, a reality inspiring the current Air Force effort to solicit new ideas on ways to destroy them. The Air Force recently released a Request for Information (RFI) to industry, asking for new innovations able to counter small enemy drones.

The United Kingdom maintains a fleet of four ballistic missile submarines with the ability to devastate even the largest of countries. This fleet came into being after its ally, the United States, canceled a key weapon system that would have been the cornerstone of London’s nuclear arsenal. Fifty years later, the UK’s missile submarine force is the sole custodian of the country’s nuclear weapons, providing a constant deterrent against nuclear attack.

Media reports outline U.S. President Donald Trump’s use of his social media accounts encouraging his supporters who ultimately broke into the Capitol. Similarly, significant attention has focused on how rioters used Parler, a Twitter-like microblogging and social networking site popular with right-wing groups and individuals, to organize and communicate, at times violently, before and during their siege.

The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust is conducting a mass contact and contribution campaign for the construction of the grand temple in Ayodhya which began on January 15 and will go on till February 27.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust was set up in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict on November 9, 2021, for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The year began on a happy note when reports of Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal’s impending nuptials started doing the rounds and were later confirmed. And looks like 2021 has more surprises in store. Mouni Roy, who spent the lockdown in Dubai with her sister, brother-in-law, and their kids, seems […]

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who has never shied away from sharing her views on social media has responded to a tweet showcasing AIIMS director receiving Covid-19 vaccine shot. The Coronavirus vaccination drive was kick-off by PM Modi virtually today. The first one to receive the Covid-19 vaccine shot was AIIMS […]

Birthday boy Sidharth Malhotra had it easy in Bollywood unlike the popular perception. Since he was launched by Karan Johar it is more or less assumed that he didn’t have to struggle at all.Looking back at his Bollywood journey, the good looking actor from Delhi told Bombay Times during an […]

MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the US exit from the pact. Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty last year “significantly upended the balance of interests of […]

Partha Chatterjee is an acclaimed academic and professor at Columbia University, New York. Speaking with Srijan Mitra, Chatterjee discussed the ICHR chair’s recent remarks on ‘secular’ historians, history versus general knowledge — and why, despite tangy controversies, studying history is so unexciting in India: ICHR’s new chair feels ‘secular historians’ […]

Nepal has reported 266,816 cases and 1,948 deaths from Covid so far. Kathmandu: Nepal on Friday granted approval for AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccine against the coronavirus, the government said, following a meeting with neighbouring India, a major manufacturer of the shot. “Conditional permission has been granted for emergency use authorization of […]

Mark Rutte said he had presented the cabinet’s resignation to King Willem-Alexander. The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government had resigned Friday over a scandal in which thousands of parents were falsely accused of benefit fraud, admitting the system had gone “terribly wrong”. Many parents were […]

CES 2021 is here, and the world’s biggest annual tech show has never looked so different. But while this year’s event ditches the packed Las Vegas ballrooms in favor of an all-online experience, there are just as many cool gadgets and exciting innovations to get excited about as ever. From […]

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on dynastic succession and sense of entitlement in the country’s politics, saying it is a menace and new form of dictatorship, which needs to be uprooted for which youth of the country could play the most vital role. […]

TOKYO: Face shields alone are not highly effective to prevent Covid-19 infection without masks, says a new study which assessed what happens to the airflow around these plastic screens when someone nearby sneezes. The research, published in the journal Physics Of Fluid, noted that the number of people using face […]

BENGALURU: Prof Roddam Narasimha, noted aerospace scientist passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru late on Monday. He was 87 and is survived by his wife and daughter. A career scientist, Roddam has contributed to some of India’s major scientific programmes, including Isro and the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). […]

Beginning this week with the Brics summit at Fortaleza and Brasilia in Brazil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed foreign policy schedule over the next two months. His meetings will encompass leaders from US, China, Russia and Japan, among others. Foreign policy is usually marked by significant continuity despite […]

The Modi government has begun to carry forward a process related to Jammu & Kashmir that the UPA regime had initiated but had then abandoned in all but name. In October 2010, the home ministry had set up a Group of Interlocutors under the chairmanship of this writer with a […]

TAIPEI: Taiwan foreign minister Joseph Wu said on Monday that relations with the United States have been elevated to a global partnership, describing the US lifting of restrictions on interactions between officials from both sides as a “big thing”. Speaking to reporters, Wu said the US ambassador to the United […]

WASHINGTON: The decision by tech companies to clamp down on President Donald Trump‘s ability to speak to followers through mainstream social media may force him to tap more traditional methods of communication or more isolated conservative online channels during his final days in office, experts say. Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, […]

WASHINGTON: The United States will designate Yemen’s Huthi rebels as a terrorist group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, a late-term move that aid groups fear will worsen a humanitarian crisis. With just 10 days left before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, the action could complicate the new administration’s […]

NEW DELHI: IndianOil, the country’s largest fuel retailer, is giving its outlets a multi-crore-rupees facelift to attract gen-next consumers and make room for new-age alternatives such as charging or battery swap for EVs (electric vehicle) and natural gas, company executives said. The move is part of company chairman SM Vaidya’s […]

NEW DELHI: Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Wednesday launched the 2021 Fortuner facelift. The SUV has managed to dominate the segment since its launch in 2009 and the 2021 facelift just takes the Fortuner brand to a whole different level. While 2021 facelift doesn’t come with an extensive exterior redesigning, it […]

BISHKEK: Just over three months ago, populist Sadyr Japarov, who on Sunday claimed victory in Kyrgyzstan‘s presidential elections, was languishing in jail, mourning his parents and a son who all died while he was in prison. But an October crisis over a disputed vote saw him sprung from his cell […]

Tata Motors has officially teased the upcoming 2021 Safari flagship SUV on its social media account. The SUV is expected to be launched in India very soon. The SUV was previewed in the form of Tata Buzzard Concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Tata Motors recently announced that it […]

Twitter also deleted new tweets posted Trump on official government account @POTUS. After permanently banning US President Donald Trump, Twitter suspended the account of his presidential campaign. Twitter had permanently suspended the president’s go-to megaphone, his @realDonaldTrump personal account, hours earlier. Twitter shut down his @TeamTrump campaign account shortly after […]

Fresh cases of birds death were reported from parts of Rajasthan. (Representational) Jaipur: Fresh cases of birds death were reported from parts of Rajasthan on Friday, taking the tally to 2,166. The avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been detected in 11 districts of the state, including the state capital. As […]

The value of the attached properties is Rs 2.80 crore, ED said in a statement. (Representational) New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 2.80 crore in connection with its money laundering probe linked to an alleged ponzi or chit fund scheme in Rajasthan. The central probe […]

The EFL said as many as 3,507 players and club staff from 66 EFL clubs were tested for COVID-19. The English Football League (EFL) on Friday said that 112 individuals have returned positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing. The EFL said as many as 3,507 players and […]

Mahindra has announced a price increase of 1.9 Per Cent.Mahindra today announced that effective January 8, 2021, the prices of its range of passenger and commercial vehicles will increase by around 1.9 per cent. The hike in price will result in an increase in cost of vehicles in the range […]

A large body of evidence in China’s official military and party media indicates the nation’s senior civilian and uniformed leaders recognize significant shortcomings in the warfighting and command capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). However, most of this evidence is not translated into English for public consumption and is […]

Why does the United States get war wrong? Why does its use of force rarely achieve national security objectives? And how can this situation be remedied? The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, by Dr. Sean McFate, takes on the mammoth task of addressing these […]

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing last year, and it’s worth recalling the memo that then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson wrote to President John F. Kennedy: “If we do not make the strong effort now, the time will soon be reached when the margin of control over space and over men’s minds through space accomplishments will have swung so far on the Russian side that we will not be able to catch up, let alone assume leadership.”

The Indian military is expected to be reorganised under five theatre commands by 2022 with defined areas of operation and a seamless command structure for synchronised operations. With the department of military affairs soon to have additional and joint secretaries after Cabinet clearance, the task of reorganisation of the three […]

In the ensuing two years, “Mirzapur” the series which first streamed on Amazon Prime Video in 2018 has found its own cult following. Directors Gurmeet Singh and Mihir Desai know what reeled them in and are serving more of it in season 2 as well. ‘Mirzapur’ 2’ has that ‘killer’ […]

Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died, stating it had received data from an investigation into the matter. The regulator said testing of the vaccine would continue after the volunteer’s death. […]

“Civil war in Pakistan. Reported clashes between Karachi Police & Pak Army,” The International Herald tweeted as it also posted a video. The report, however, haven’t been confirmed by reliable sources so far.

“Heavy fire between Pak Army and Sindh Police in Karachi after Pak Army tried to take custody of a Superintendent of Sindh Police Md Aftab Anwar. 5 Pak Army officers died in firing,” another tweet read.

The Army chief on Tuesday directed an inquiry into the circumstances to determine the facts and file a report as soon as possible, news agency PTI reported.

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