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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis, for the inaugural India-US Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue.
“The conclusion of the first ever Ministerial 2+2 between India and the US is a concrete manifestation of the vision of our leaders, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, to take the India-US relationship to a new level.” —Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister
Indian Navy is looking for the replacement of its legacy shipborne choppers for modern helicopters which can execute anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare, electronic intelligence, troop movement, special operations and commando roles.
In August last year, Indian Navy sent out a Request For Information (RFI) for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters. These choppers will replace the decades’ old Chetaks (Allouette III) which are reaching their airframe life.
On August 9, Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi launched Operation ‘Madad’ for assisting state government. In the flood where Kerala lost around 450 people, Indian Navy was one of the first responders.
Hull design is the number one factor in fuel efficiency. It impacts profitability, competitiveness and ship value. Since the first commercial ship basin was commissioned in 1883, towing tanks have provided naval architects with a reliable method of predicting the performance of a ship at sea.
Russia’s defence materiel export organization Rosoboronexport has teamed with the undersea research organisation Gidropribor to launch a program promoting the latest naval weaponry to the navies of South East Asia.
Boeing will build the US Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 aerial refueler, through an $805 million contract awarded today.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), on August 15, informed entering into an agreement with Israel Navy to supply Indo-Israel Barak-8 surface to air missile for its Sa’ar-6 corvettes.
Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) created yet another landmark in the history of Indian Shipbuilding Industry, by delivering all 4 x 1000T Fuel barges, ahead of contractual schedule.
On August 25, 2018, whilst patrolling in the piracy infested waters of Gulf of Aden, INS Teg, a warship of the Western Naval Command, received a call from a Combined Task Force aircraft for providing assistance to MV Vela, a Norwegian owned ship with an all Indian crew.
US on July 30, elevated India’s status as a trading partner to equal that it has accorded largely to its NATO allies, mostly for the purposes of speeding up the sale of high-tech defence and non-defence products...
INS Khanjar, a Missile Corvette of Indian Navy was on a three-day visit to Yangon, Myanmar to undertake operational turn around (OTR) and as part of goodwill visit from August 18 to 20, 2018.
The Pakistan Navy is set to boost its fleet with four Ada-class corvettes. The ships are produced by a consortium of Turkish defense contractors.
Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, has taken over the reins of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) as its 28th Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief on July 31, 2018. The Admiral has replaced Vice Admiral AR Karve, PVSM, AVSM who retired after 38 years of yeoman service.
This issue coincides with the Two Plus Two India-United States Ministerial Dialogue held in Delhi on September 6 after two postponements. The Dialogue was attended by the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on behalf of India and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James N. Mattis on behalf of US.