Asian Defence News Channel

  • In a dangerous game of cat and mouse, Iran eyes new targets in AfricaIn a dangerous game of cat and mouse, Iran eyes new targets in Africa
    When Ethiopia’s intelligence agency recently uncovered a cell of 15 people it said were casing the embassy of the United Arab Emirates, along with a cache of weapons and explosives, it claimed to have foiled a major attack with the potential to sow havoc in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.But… Read more »
  • China's dams in Tibet may pose threat to India's water supplyChina's dams in Tibet may pose threat to India's water supply
    China’s rapid pace of dam constructions that includes at least eight new ones on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet has sparked concerns about the Chinese attempting to tame India’s water supply. The proposed dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tibet are close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh.In… Read more »
  • China recruits more pilots for carrier-based fighter jetsChina recruits more pilots for carrier-based fighter jets
    Chinese MediaAbout 16,000 people signed up for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's recently completed annual pilot recruitment drive, and among those who have passed the tests to become pilot cadets, nearly half will be trained to fly aircraft carrier-based fighter jets in the coming years. This is expected… Read more »
  • PLA fighter jets cross ‘middle line’ of Taiwan Straits an hour before US official’s meeting with Tsai Ing-wenPLA fighter jets cross ‘middle line’ of Taiwan Straits an hour before US official’s meeting with Tsai Ing-wen
    Chinese MediaFighter jets from Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force reportedly crossed the "middle line" of the Taiwan Straits at around 9 am Monday morning, an hour before top US health official met with Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen.The PLA operation is considered a strong response to the US… Read more »
  • Bangladesh to construct standalone war memorial for Indian soldiers killed by Pak in 1971Bangladesh to construct standalone war memorial for Indian soldiers killed by Pak in 1971
    In a significant decision, Bangladesh has decided to construct a monument for the Indian soldiers who died in 1971 during the country’s struggle for independence from Pakistan.This comes amid Dhaka’s push to reinforce ties with India notwithstanding recent efforts by Beijing and Islamabad to woo it.Read More: To make India… Read more »
  • To make India more self-reliant, Rajnath Singh to launch ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Saptah’ tomorrowTo make India more self-reliant, Rajnath Singh to launch ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Saptah’ tomorrow
    Defence minister Rajnath Singh will launch the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Saptah’ (self-reliant India week) at 3.30 pm on Monday, in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a self-dependent India with increased local manufacturing.Earlier on Sunday, Singh announced that India will stop the import of 101 weapons and military platforms… Read more »
  • PLA forces hold landing drills amid US military provocationsPLA forces hold landing drills amid US military provocations
    Chinese MediaGround and naval forces of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have been on concentrated schedules in amphibious landing and maritime exercises in the past weeks and will continue to do so in the weeks to come, at a time when the US has been frequently conducting provocative military… Read more »
  • IAF night flies Chinook over DBO as PLA ramps up troops in occupied Aksai ChinIAF night flies Chinook over DBO as PLA ramps up troops in occupied Aksai Chin
    The Indian Air Force’s rapid deployment Chinook helicopters have flown in the night over 16,000 feet Daulet Beg Oldi, Indian Army’s last outpost near Karakoram Pass, after the deployment and road building activity of China’s People’s Liberation Army deployment increased in the area across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).According… Read more »
  • Amid tensions with China, armed forces push case for arming Israeli drone fleet with laser-guided bombs, missilesAmid tensions with China, armed forces push case for arming Israeli drone fleet with laser-guided bombs, missiles
    Amid border tension with China, the armed forces are pushing a case for arming their Heron UAVs with laser-guided bombs, precision-guided munitions and anti-tank missiles for taking out enemy positions and armoured regiments.The proposal named Project Cheetah has been revived by the armed forces after being pending for a long… Read more »
  • Malaysia's ties with India strained after my Kashmir remarks, admits Former PM Mahathir MohamadMalaysia's ties with India strained after my Kashmir remarks, admits Former PM Mahathir Mohamad
    Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that his country's ties with India strained due to his remarks on Kashmir, but said other than that the relationship between the two countries was very good, under his leadership.Mahathir, who was once world's longest serving elected leader and now eyeing to… Read more »
  • India confident in standing solo against China in any future border dispute: European think tankIndia confident in standing solo against China in any future border dispute: European think tank
    Post the violent June 15 Galwan Valley clashes, India has shown the confidence of standing solo against China in any future border dispute despite the United States’ offer of forming a Quad alliance against Beijing, a Europe-based think tank said.Since the clashes in Eastern Ladakh, several negotiations between India and… Read more »
  • Indian Navy extends technical support to Sri Lankan Air ForceIndian Navy extends technical support to Sri Lankan Air Force
    In an unique good gesture the Indian navy extended required assistance to rectify tech snag in one of the three Sri Lankan Air Force An-32 aircraft which had made a scheduled though urgent stop in Goa.Assistance was made possible due to similar inventory and experience, ET has learnt. "This is… Read more »
  • Pakistan threatens to hold own meet if OIC does not discuss the Kashmir issuePakistan threatens to hold own meet if OIC does not discuss the Kashmir issue
    Pakistan has threatened to call a separate meeting of Islamic nations willing to discuss the Kashmir issue if the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) fails to do so soon.Earlier this week, Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, asked the OIC to stop dilly-dallying on convening a meeting of the group’s… Read more »
  • Russian fighter jets scrambled to intercept US bomber over Sea of OkhotskRussian fighter jets scrambled to intercept US bomber over Sea of Okhotsk
    MOSCOW : Three Russian Su-35 fighters were scrambled to intercept a US strategic bomber and shadow it over the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia’s National Defense Control Center reported on Friday.The Russian airspace control systems detected an air target over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean approaching Russia’s state border… Read more »
  • Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated United States drones: SourcesTaiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated United States drones: Sources
    The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six U.S. sources familiar with the negotiations, aircraft that can keep watch over huge swathes of sea and land.The SeaGuardian surveillance drones have a range of 6,000 nautical… Read more »
  • Taiwan Deploys F-16s With Live Anti-Ship Missiles Amid China’s Rumored Island Invasion DrillsTaiwan Deploys F-16s With Live Anti-Ship Missiles Amid China’s Rumored Island Invasion Drills
    Taiwan’s Republic of China Air Force launched two multirole F-16 fighters fitted with anti-ship missiles from Hualien Air Force Base this week following reports that forces from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would be holding drills simulating the capture of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, which Beijing calls the Dongsha… Read more »
  • US Air Force Challenges Stealth Aircraft Fleet With Radar Penetration DrillsUS Air Force Challenges Stealth Aircraft Fleet With Radar Penetration Drills
    In a huge air drill earlier this week, the US Air Force tested the ability of each of its stealth aircraft to work with each other and with non-stealth aircraft to penetrate an enemy air defense network.Each of the Air Force’s stealth aircraft - the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II,… Read more »
  • Indian agencies seek four to six dedicated satellites for tracking Chinese military activities: SourcesIndian agencies seek four to six dedicated satellites for tracking Chinese military activities: Sources
    New Delhi: Seeking to keep a closer eye on the activities of the Chinese military both near the Indian territory as well as in its depth areas all along the 4,000 kilometre Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian security agencies feel there is a requirement of four to six… Read more »
  • PLA Army’s attack helicopters conduct sea-crossing assault drills on Navy warshipPLA Army’s attack helicopters conduct sea-crossing assault drills on Navy warship
    Chinese MediaZ-10 attack helicopters attached to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army recently conducted a series of sea-crossing assault drills on a Navy warship. The combination of Army helicopters and Navy warships can significantly boost the PLA's amphibious, vertical landing capability and will play a vital role in potential military… Read more »
  • PLA Rocket Force launches DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missile in fast-reaction drillsPLA Rocket Force launches DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missile in fast-reaction drills
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force recently launched a DF-26 intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic missile in an ongoing months-long exercise, after the US provocatively sent two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea for exercises and held joint naval drills with India, Japan and Australia in the Indian Ocean… Read more »
  • China became ‘more aggressive’ during Covid-19; deployed troops along LAC: US defence chiefChina became ‘more aggressive’ during Covid-19; deployed troops along LAC: US defence chief
    The world has seen China become “more aggressive” during the Covid-19 pandemic, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said, asserting that the country has deployed troops along the Line of Actual Control with India and is acting out in a way that is “inconsistent” with international norms.Esper said Beijing was… Read more »
  • Not just India and US, China's behaviour is becoming a problem for its friends, tooNot just India and US, China's behaviour is becoming a problem for its friends, too
    In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out.It did not involve the United States or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines.Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan… Read more »
  • Sukhoi to begin delivery of S-70 attack drone in 2024Sukhoi to begin delivery of S-70 attack drone in 2024
    The first Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (“Hunter”) attack drone should be delivered to the Russian military in 2024 after the Ministry of Defense demanded to speed up the experimental work on the upcoming unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).With the testing of the aircraft’s armament initially planned for 2024, the UCAV was… Read more »
  • As Mountain Stand-Off With India Continues, China Stages Bombers And Cruise MissilesAs Mountain Stand-Off With India Continues, China Stages Bombers And Cruise Missiles
    The Chinese air force apparently has deployed bombers to an air base in the country’s far west, placing the warplanes within striking distance of Indian forces along the disputed Chinese-Indian border in the Himalayas.But conditions undoubtedly are difficult for the bombers and their crews.Read More: Purpose of S-400 and Rafale… Read more »
  • Purpose of S-400 and Rafale is to hit Pakistani aircraft inside Pakistani air space, says former IAF Chief B S DhanoaPurpose of S-400 and Rafale is to hit Pakistani aircraft inside Pakistani air space, says former IAF Chief B S Dhanoa
    The Rafale aircraft will give India a strategic advantage in case of any aerial combat with China in the mountainous Tibet region as the fleet will be able to use the terrain to its advantage, destroy enemy air defence and incapacitate the surface-to-air missiles, former Chief of Air Staff Air… Read more »