Defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar are expected to discuss the issue during their scheduled visit to the US next week for the 2+2 initiative, whose agenda has been frozen. The high-level diplomatic effort also comes amid attempts of US representatives to rake up the Kashmir issue in Congress.
Vice admiral Didier Maleterre, who is Joint Commander of the French forces deployed in the Indian Ocean region, also said that the two navies will ink an agreement early next year which will provide for sharing of classified information. On the proposed joint patrol, he said Indian Navy is expected to deploy its P8I maritime surveillance aircraft for it.
It is expected that the two sides will sign the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) that will enable transfer of technology by a US firm to its Indian partners in the private sector. While several US companies, including Lockheed Martin and Boeing, are already working on defence products with Indian partners — mostly to meet offset obligations.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had referred to former PM IK Gujral’s meeting with then home minister PV Narasimha Rao, saying that if his advice to press the army into action had been heeded, then “perhaps the massacre that took place in 1984 could have been avoided”.
France weighing Indian request for early delivery of 10 Meteor air-to-air missiles that outrange and outclass AMRAAMs used by the Pakistan Air Force to target Indian jets the day after the Balakot airstrikes in February. The beyond-visual-range missiles, which will outgun all other air forces in the region, were to come by late 2020.
Founded by Pakistani-origin businessman Nadeem Khan, Formations House emerged as a known destination for companies wishing to set up offshore entities and financial institutions. While Khan died in 2015, weeks before he was to stand atrial for money laundering in London, the company is being run by his daughter, Charlotte Pawar.
The long-delayed project, which was to be completed by 2018, is now back on track, with senior officers saying that the 37,500-tonne aircraft carrier will initially operate MiG 29K fighters and could also feature indigenous combat aircraft.
Sources said that the 3,500 km range missile, designed for the Arihant class of nuclear submarines, is likely to be tested from a fixed underwater pontoon as part of the developmental trials being conducted by the DRDO within a fortnight. The last test of the K4 was attempted in 2017 and there has been an urgency to expedite the developmental process.
The Navy is looking for ‘man out of the loop’ solutions that could involve autonomous systems that are being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as well as foreign vendors, sources said.
A special court has observed that CBI recommended closure of the Tatra-Vectra truck scandal case without even examining documents related to basic procurement rules and procedures.
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