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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Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

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Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

The first ship was launched on April 20, 2015 and was expected to join the Indian Navy by 2018, with the follow-on ships being delivered bi-annually.

Slow Overseas Equipment Supply Causes Delay in India’s Destroyer Project

The first ship was launched on April 20, 2015 and was expected to join the Indian Navy by 2018, with the follow-on ships being delivered bi-annually. However, a delay in the supply of line shafts and gas turbines in Russia and Ukraine have pushed the project back by at least three years.

New Delhi — India's ambitious mission-ready deployment of naval assets in the Indian Ocean has hit a hurdle with Russia and Ukraine delaying the supply of critical equipment to be fitted on to four destroyers that the Indian Navy intended to induct by early 2018.

There could be a delay of up to three years," India's Ministry of Defense has informed the parliamentary panel.

Under Project 15B, India's state-owned Mazgaon Dock Ltd. is constructing four destroyers at a cost of $5 billion with equipment sourced from Russia, Ukraine, and Israel. The delivery of the first warship of the class was expected by early 2018.

The delivery of the first three ships of Project 15B scheduled in 2018, 2020 and 2022 needs to be rescheduled due to delay in supply of certain equipment sourced from Russia/Ukraine… and these are now expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023 respectively," the Indian defense ministry said in the report it submitted to a parliamentary panel.

The parliamentary panel has asked the government to address these delays with due seriousness and find solutions.

The 7,334-ton Project15B warship, a ‘Visakhapatnam-class destroyer' is to be equipped with line shafts manufactured by Russia's Baltic Shipyard while the Zorya gas turbines of the ship are to be sourced from Ukraine.

These destroyers will be equipped with 32 Indo-Israeli anti-ship-missile defenses called Barak 8 and 16 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles that can sink ships or strike land targets at approximately 490 kilometers. It will have also heavyweight torpedoes that can destroy enemy submarines from a distance of up to 100 kilometers.

The manufacturer MDL also claims that it will be one of the most cost-effective destroyers in the world; it is being constructed at a cost of $159,750 per metric ton, versus the cost of the UK Daring class destroyer ($193,650/ton), KDX-III Sejong of South Korea ($203,720/ton) and US DDG-51 ($205,000/ton).

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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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Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

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Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers, along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today, officials said.

The firing took place around 1215 hours, an Army officer said.

Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In Pak Firing Along LoC

Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers, along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today, officials said.

The firing took place around 1215 hours, an Army officer said.

In the sudden firing, an Army Major and three soldiers were killed, the officer said.

Indian troops were retaliating effectively, the officer said.

Further details are awaited, he added.

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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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A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

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A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

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by Chinmaya R.

What the world witnessed in the past few days at the United Nations, on a resolution demanding that the U. S. rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was an unprecedented display of the arrogance of power.

A Capital Mistake: On UN Resolution Against US' Jerusalem Move

The U. S.

by Chinmaya R.

What the world witnessed in the past few days at the United Nations, on a resolution demanding that the U. S. rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was an unprecedented display of the arrogance of power. Never before in the history of the UN has a member state threatened, so publicly and so inelegantly, fellow member states with dire consequences if they did not fall in line with its position as the U. S. did. It should not come as a surprise if in the coming weeks and months the U. S. loses an election to one of the UN organisations, just as Britain lost its bid to a seat on the International Court of Justice, and for the same reason. The member states are not willing to put up any longer with the hubris of the Permanent Five.

The Jerusalem issue is easily the most contentious one between the the Palestinians and the Israelis. There are other issues such as borders, sharing of waters, refugees, security, and so on. None of them is amenable to easy answers, but the Jerusalem problem is the most sensitive. Any attempt to unilaterally change its status will kill the peace process.

U. S. President Donald Trump has obviously given priority to nourishing his core domestic constituency rather than worry about the concerns of his close allies, all of whom voted against the U. S. except Canada — though it did not side with its powerful neighbour and simply abstained.

The immediate international reaction to Mr. Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was rather muted. Instead of condemning it, most voiced concern at the negative impact it would have on the peace process. Even several Arab countries were not very vocal in their criticism. But soon, the Arab street asserted itself and forced the governments to take a more robust position. Egypt seems to have played a lead role in this. It drafted a resolution which avoided mentioning the U. S. by name; that would have made it difficult for Britain and others to support the draft. After the veto in the Security Council, Egypt and Turkey lost no time in bringing the matter to an emergency session of the General Assembly, where there is no veto.

In all, 172 member states cast their votes. This means 21 countries did not vote at all. A few of them seem to have lost their right to vote because of arrears in payment of their mandatory dues to the organisation. The resolution passed with 128 votes in favour, a comfortable two-thirds majority. Nine voted against, and 35 abstained. The U. S. threat might have worked both ways.

It would be interesting to watch how the presidential threat works out in practice in the case of Pakistan which voted against the U. S. Among India’s neighbours, Bhutan abstained. This might be explained either by its desire to demonstrate its independence from India or not to alienate the U. S.

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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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