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China To Give Advanced J10-B Fighters To Pakistan

Taking bilateral defence relations to a new high,China will give Pakistan a squadron of the advanced J-10B fighter aircraft, a media report said. The offer was made by senior Chinese military leaders to visiting Pakistan Army’s Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen.Waheed Arshad, the Urdu daily Jang reported on Saturday, quoting defence sources. The J-10B fighters are equipped with the ...

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Vietnam, India Boost Naval Ties to Counter China

Even as Vietnam and China continue to conduct tit-for-tat naval maneuvers in the South China Sea, Hanoi has started making direct calls for foreign involvement in the two nations’ maritime territorial dispute. While many commentators saw this as a thinly veiled invitation to the United States, it could also be a precursor to India establishing a permanent presence in Vietnamese ...

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Pakistan’s ISI From The Inside

By STEVE CLEMONS The best places to meet the world’s most interesting national security and foreign policy personalities are no longer Washington or London or Paris. Rather, highest on the list are Beijing, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha. Many years ago, I met Lt General Asad Durrani in Beijing thanks to a conference organised by Australia’s Monash University. We have ...

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IS Indian Dhruv Helicopters Facing Maintance Problems in Ecuador

Ecuadorian Air Force (EAF) which inducted seven Indian manufactured Dhruv helicopters, at a package cost of $ 50 millions, is finding itself beset with problems even as the last consignment of two helicopters has barely arrived in the country. According to the aviation sources, one of the inducted Dhruv helicopters crashed last year while two others have been grounded on ...

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Two Chinese Sukhoi-27 Fighter Jets Pursue US Spy Plane

Two Chinese fighter jets reportedly crossed into Taiwan’s airspace in late June in pursuit of a United States spy plane.  Taiwan’s Defence ministry said it sent two F-16 fighters to intercept the Chinese Sukhoi-27 jets near the central line across the 113-mile wide Taiwan Strait. The ministry said it was the first time that Chinese jets have breached its airspace ...

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IAF May Buy 189 MRCA Jets For $20bn

   The “mother” could well become the “granny” of all defence deals in the years ahead. India is likely to go in for another 63 fighters after delivery of the first 126 MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) if the “timelines” for its other fighter development projects are not met, say top defence officials. When the MMRCA selection process was initiated ...

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Response To Strike From Pakistan Will Be Massive: IAF Chief

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief P V Naik on Tuesday said Pakistan’s new tactical nuclear missile or expanding arsenal is of no worry to India. “As per our doctrine, response to a first strike will be massive,” Naik threatened. The IAF chief’s statement came following the news report that Pakistan planned to add 24 nuclear-capable, short-range missiles capable of hitting ...

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India Negotiates For More Phalcon AEW Systems From Israel

The Indian ministry of defence is in negotiations to purchase an additional airborne early warning system from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). If the deal goes ahead, the AEW system will be deployed on an Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft, as with the three systems IAI supplied last year. India’s AEW aircraft are designed to integrate information from sensors carried on a ...

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