Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

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Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1.

Telecom Commission Okays Higher Budget Allocation For Defence Network

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1.

The telecom commission approved a higher budget allocation for Network for Spectrum (NFS), or defence network, of Rs 24,664 crore as part of multiple decisions taken on Tuesday.

The project cost was Rs11,330 crore earlier. It was decided that cost should be revised and that the work on the network should be expedited. This will go to the Cabinet for approval," a senior DoT official said.

Among other decisions that TC approved, were issuing Category B, or district level, licence for virtual network operators (VNOs) and approving Trai recommendations that included a licence period of 10 years at an entry fee of Rs 1. 65 lakh and limiting the licence scope to wireline services, the official added.

Other proposals approved include providing WiFi hotspots in three states — UP, Rajasthan and Himachal — as part of BharatNet project. also decided to enhance network in the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

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Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

Widespread protests have erupted across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan against Pakistan’s ill-treatment of the region and its people.

Widespread Protests In PoK, Gilgit Baltistan Against Ill-Treatment of Locals By Pakistan

Widespread protests have erupted across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan against Pakistan’s ill-treatment of the region and its people.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, people have come out onto the streets shouting anti-Pakistan slogans and rejecting the Pakistan Government’s enforced taxation.

Markets and business establishments remained shut and traders in large numbers gathered in major cities, including Gilgit and Skardu to express their anger against the imposition of `illegal’ taxes by Islamabad.

They called on the government to withdraw all taxes imposed in Gilgit Baltistan under the GB Tax Adaptation Act 2012. The protest call was given by the Anjiman-i-Tajran and the Awami Action Committee (AAC), and backed by all political and religious parties in Baltistan.

Addressing a gathering in Skardu, Basharat, an advocate and member of Baltistan civil society, blamed Islamabad for its autocratic behaviour and for abusing the powers of the Gilgit Baltistan Council which is headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He said, “Gilgit-Baltistan Council is chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He definitely has no sympathy for Gilgit-Baltistan. If it was so, he would have taken decisions as per the convenience of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He never attends any meeting. It is very sad. The Prime Minister only endorses a plan designed by a section officer in Islamabad.

The protests will continue till the government meets the demands, the organisers have announced.

This is the height of barbarism. We don’t have any party to express our concerns. So, the people have no option but to block roads and go on strike. Now, the government will use force to demolish our campaign. For the past 47 years, they have kept us confined by dividing us on sectarian lines”, said a protester.

In Rawalakot city, people came out onto the streets to protest against the discriminatory surge in load shedding hours.

The protest was organised by the Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP), which claimed that the PoK produces some 5,000 mega watts of electricity from five dams and 4500 Megawatts of that electricity is diverted to the Islamabad grid leaving the local people with just 500 Megawatts.

Sardar Liaqat Hayat, President of JKNAP, said, “We people are paying hefty bills despite having hours long load shedding. We all need to come onto the streets to protest for our right to free electricity. We need to give sacrifices as nothing comes free. Those who are getting everything free are the `moulvis’ sitting in a mosque. Ordinary people have to fight for their rights”.

The JKNAP has threatened to intensify its protest against Islamabad if their demands are not met.

It also blames Pakistan for exploiting resources from PoK and being responsible for the poverty and underdevelopment in the region.

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LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

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LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

The Indian Army initiated the purchase of 15 indigenously designed and built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The IAF will take ten helicopters, and the army five.

LCH Procurement: A TIGER BIRD For Army Operations

The Indian Army initiated the purchase of 15 indigenously designed and built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The IAF will take ten helicopters, and the army five.

Designed and developed for airborne operations in support of ground troops at high altitudes, it was unofficially named as ‘Tiger Bird’ perhaps inspired from its exceptional high agility and the logo painted on the prototype.

HAL sources say that the cost of each LCH will be Rs 231 crore the total cost which amount at Rs 3,465 crore. However, the overall cost for 179 LCHs, at current prices, adds up to Rs 41,350 crore.

These “limited series production” LCHs would be built in HAL's Tumkur plant near Bangalore. e army has committed to buy 114 LCHs while the Air Force will buy 64 of these state-of-the-art gunships.

The need for a combat helicopter became apparent during the Kargil conflict, when Indian soldiers had to attack enemy position on 15,000 feet-high mountains with little fire support, except from long-range artillery guns and rockets. It was decided then to develop an attack helicopter to support high-altitude operations.

This resulted in the LCH, a 5. 5-ton helicopter powered by two Shakti engines, custom-developed by French engine maker, Turbomeca, to drive helicopters up to altitudes above 6,000 metres or 20,000 feet. A feat which is currently unmatched by any attack helicopter in the world.

Armed with a 20-millimetre turret gun, 70-millimetre rockets, air-to-air and anti-tank guided missiles, the LCH can pour fire onto enemy positions, easing their capture by Indian infantrymen who can carry only limited weaponry in those rarefied altitudes.

LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in forward bases at Siachen, 5,400 metres (17,700 feet) above sea level. The helicopter participated in IAF’s “Iron Fist 2016” exercise in March 2016 and displayed its rocket firing capabilities in its weaponised configuration,” said a HAL release on Friday.

The LCH has a narrow fuselage, with two pilots sitting in tandem in an armoured cockpit that protects them from bullets and shrapnel. The LCH’s flying technologies were tested on the Dhruv “advanced light helicopter” (ALH), which is a mainstay of the army’s aviation wing.

The features that are unique to LCH are its sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crash-worthy landing gear, tandem cockpit, self-sealing fuel tanks, hinge-less & bearing-less main rotor, integrated dynamic system, an intelligent, all-glass cockpit and aerofoil shaped stub wings for weapons, armour protection, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protection and low visibility features which make the LCH "lethal, agile and survivable.

This tender comes on the heels of another the IAF sent HAL on Wednesday, for the supply of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft — an order worth some Rs 33,000 crore.

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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

Program Technically on Track, But Will Logistics and Finances Ground New Russian Superfighter?

Russia’s contribution to the 5th Generation of air combat super-fighters moved ahead tangibly in early December with the successful flight of the first Sukhoi Su-57 using its new, upgraded Izdeliye-30 turbofan engine.

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Completes Engine Upgrade And Continues Development Amid Business Concerns

Program Technically on Track, But Will Logistics and Finances Ground New Russian Superfighter?

Russia’s contribution to the 5th Generation of air combat super-fighters moved ahead tangibly in early December with the successful flight of the first Sukhoi Su-57 using its new, upgraded Izdeliye-30 turbofan engine.

The first successful test flight with an Su-57 using the new Izdeliye-30 took place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The 17-minute test flight by Sukhoi chief test pilot Sergei Bogdan was launched from the M. M. Gromov flight test center, in Zhukovsky, Russia about 25 miles outside of Moscow.

The new engine replaces the former NPO Saturn Izdeliye 117, also referred to as the AL-41F1. These original Izdeliye 117s were reported to be underpowered for the Su-57s 55,116 pound reported take-off weight. The Izdeliye 117 was never meant as a permanent powerplant for the Su-57 and its use drew criticism, some of it unwarranted, from western analysts.

The new Izdeliye 30 engines increase the Su-57 thrust to 11,000 kg without afterburner and 19,000 kg in afterburner according to reports. The engines also have fewer components and resulting lower maintenance costs and reduced maintenance schedule. The engine is claimed to have better fuel economy. As with most modern Russian fighters, the Izdeliye 30 is a thrust-vectored engine and has supercruise capability, enabling the Su-57 to fly at supersonic speeds without afterburner achieving longer range and better fuel economy at high speeds. Claims for higher efficiency published by subject matter expert Piotr Bukowski suggest the new engines are “17 to 18 percent more efficient than the [older] 117 engines. As Bukowski pointed out in his recently updated reference book on Russian aircraft, “Russia’s Warplanes, Volume 1”, there was no definition offered for the what the specifics of “more efficient” meant in terms of performance.

One area many analysts have missed in terms of advantages for the Su-57 is cost. The price tag of an Su-57 is quoted as approximately $54M USD. If accurate, those costs are roughly one-third to one half the cost of the two operational U. S. fifth generation fighters, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II. Perhaps even more significantly, the Su-57 is also half the cost of China’s unusual looking J-20 Mighty Dragon 5th gen. fighter. China is also testing the J-31 Gyrfalcon, a 5th generation aircraft more intended for export than the Chinese point-defense J-20. Oddly, there do not appear to be any accurate published estimates of cost for the J-31, likely due in part to the degree of Chinese state subsidy of the program for any prospective buyers, a number influenced heavily by diplomatic and commercial relationships with China.

There has been a consistent populist trend of “bashing” or somehow diminishing the capability and progress of the Su-57/PAK FA program in western media. st western criticism of the Su-57 program has been centered on the logistics of the program and its lack of commercial export success. While those factors are real, they miss the key insight that the Su-57 could emerge as a highly capable Gen 5 fighter platform at a third the cost of its contemporaries. This lower-cost business model for Su-57 could facilitate the historical Russian penchant for subverting quality to quantity on the battlefield. Not to suggest that the Su-57 is somehow inferior to other 5th gen aircraft, it may not be, but if the financial capability to field twice as many Su-57s as F-35s exists, this numerical superiority represents an interesting strategic argument for the new Russian combat aircraft.

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Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

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Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness, Abbasi said.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but its desire for peace must not be construed as its weakness, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today said as he vowed to make the country's seaward defence "impregnable".

Pakistan's Desire For Peace Must Not Be Construed As Weakness: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness, Abbasi said.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but its desire for peace must not be construed as its weakness, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today said as he vowed to make the country's seaward defence "impregnable".

He was addressing the 108th Midshipmen and 17th Short Service Commission Course passing out parade at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Radio Pakistan reported.

It is the government's resolve to make all resources available to Pakistan Navy so the country's seaward defence becomes "impregnable", and promotion of blue economy, he said.

Pakistan Navy is rapidly developing its indigenous capabilities and pursuing it with greater vigour," he added.

Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence but our desire for peace must not be construed as our weakness," he said.

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Telangana Enabling Ecosystem For Aerospace Growth

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Telangana Enabling Ecosystem For Aerospace Growth

Telangana is witnessing all-round growth in aerospace and defence sectors.

Hyderabad: India’s aerospace & defence market was over $10 billion in 2016 and is predicted to grow at an estimated CAGR of over 5 per cent from 2017 to 2024.

Telangana Enabling Ecosystem For Aerospace Growth

Telangana is witnessing all-round growth in aerospace and defence sectors.

Hyderabad: India’s aerospace & defence market was over $10 billion in 2016 and is predicted to grow at an estimated CAGR of over 5 per cent from 2017 to 2024. Realising the potential of the sector, Telangana government has not only included the sectors among the thrust areas in its industrial policy but also has been enabling ecosystem for industries to invest and provide industry ready manpower with specific skill development initiatives. The government is also mapping the land requirement in advance to allow new companies to set up manufacturing units.

Telangana Government Aerospace and Defence director PA Praveen told Telangana Today, “There is no dearth of land for aerospace manufacturing in the State. A second aerospace park is going to come up that can accommodate more units. More places had been identified that are suitable for aerospace sector. Talks are on with many aerospace companies.

He added, “It is a very special sector with special needs. As the companies need skilled manpower, efforts are taken to improve the skill availability. Telangana government early this year signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French Aero campus Aquitaine to set up aerospace skills academy in Hyderabad. The partnership focuses on developing skills among youth and experienced professionals to meet the needs of the industry. A clear mandate is there. Further studies are in progress.

Telangana is witnessing all-round growth in aerospace and defence sectors. The State has so far attracted major companies in the sector. Companies operating in the State have entered into global partnerships to make critical aerospace and defence components aimed at serving both domestic and overseas markets.

The latest being GE and Tata group entering into a partnership to manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components at Tata Advanced Systems Limited facility in Adibatla Aerospace Park. The two companies intend to jointly explore military engine and aircraft system opportunities for the India market. TASL will take up manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components. Also a new Centre of Excellence (COE) will be established to help develop a robust ecosystem for aircraft engine manufacturing and build related capabilities.

Praveen adds, “Companies will choose a location based on the availability of skilled manpower, besides other critical factors. The State is rightly focusing its efforts on this core necessity.

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Second Church Attacked By Armed Mob In Pakistan

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Second Church Attacked By Armed Mob In Pakistan

Another Church has been attacked in Pakistan, this time by a violent mob amid escalating pre-Christmas tensions.

More than 50 armed men stormed St. Paul’s Catholic Church on the night of Dec. 19 night in Sambrial Town of Sialkot district in Punjab Province.

Second Church Attacked By Armed Mob In Pakistan

Another Church has been attacked in Pakistan, this time by a violent mob amid escalating pre-Christmas tensions.

More than 50 armed men stormed St. Paul’s Catholic Church on the night of Dec. 19 night in Sambrial Town of Sialkot district in Punjab Province.

The assailants fired shots into the air and entered the church compound, pulling off its plaque and damaging a window.

Parish priest Father Victor Sawera filed a complaint with police.

According to the priest, the mob was led by Asadullah Randhawa from the purportedly centrist Tehreek-e-Insaf political party of retired Pakistani Muslim cricketer Imran Khan.

Fr. Sawera said some Protestant pastors were trying to apply political pressure to be able to use Catholic premises for small religious gatherings.

This is our internal matter and Muslims should not get involved,” said Fr. Sawera, who has been negotiating with Protestants over the disagreement since his transfer to the parish in July.

Desperate pastors were now trying to close the church, he added.

Fr. Sawera expressed concern for the safety of worshippers in the wake of the Dec. 17 suicide bombing at the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province.

Nine, worshipers were killed, including three women, and 57 injured.

So-called Islamic State (IS) terrorists claimed responsibility for the attack.

Church security volunteers in Punjab province have been urged to keep licensed firearms at hand during Christmas services.

We have a team of security volunteers, but they will not be on duty at Christmas,” Fr. Sawera said.

I do not want another conflict between locals. We shall get a court stay and try to resolve the matter peacefully.

According to media reports, 16 Churches have been attacked by terrorists and violent mobs in Punjab Province since 1997. This April, the army arrested then released an alleged female suicide bomber planning to attack a Church in Lahore over Easter.

Rwadari Tehreek, a social interfaith movement, has urged government officials to take tough action against terrorists and militant outfits.

The Christian Chairman of Rwadari Tehreek, Samson Salamat, and the Muslim Vice Chairman, Deedar Ahmed Mirani, called for specific measures to combat the financing of terrorist organizations. And a joint statement sought the destruction of hideouts and training centers used by militants as well as restrictions on their recruiting activities at educational institutions.

And those engaged in “hate speech” should be arrested, the interfaith group said.

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Nirmala Sitharaman Holds Talks With Russian Deputy Prime Minister To Boost Defence Ties

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Nirmala Sitharaman Holds Talks With Russian Deputy Prime Minister To Boost Defence Ties

Nirmala Sitharaman Holds Talks With Russian Deputy Prime Minister To Boost Defence Ties

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin today held wide-ranging talks with a focus on further boosting the bilateral defence and security ties through joint manufacture and co-development of key military platforms and weapon systems.

Official sources said various aspects of the defence relationship between the two countries were discussed threadbare during the delegation-level talks with an aim to enhance the cooperation further.

Sitharaman apprised Rogozin about various policy initiatives taken by the government to encourage the domestic defence industry and added that Russian companies can take advantage of the reform measures and share defence technologies for manufacturing of military equipment and platforms.

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