May 19, 2022
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Uncertainty persists
OCTOBER 2013: With the growing economic complications grappling the government, the multi-billion dollar MMRCA deal has sharply divided Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) over the
Stalking enemies
SEPTEMBER 2013: Radio interceptions suggest that Pakistan is planning to launch more border teasing acts with India to draw the latter into a conflict which will benefit Islamabad to draw world attention and make the relevance of Pakistan Army’s declining image at home to resist military reforms.
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AUGUST 2013: Chinese troops will be redeployed along the volatile Indian border which is known as Line of Actual Control (LAC) before this winter as more than seven PLA units will undergo change of training, weapons and operations for the new job.
Terrain roving
JULY 2013: After facing complications for smooth border management in difficult terrain and land borders, India is now showing interest in buying latest generation battle-harden Tomcar All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) from Israel that can operate in most difficult topographic and weather conditions.
Silent stay
JUNE 2013: The controversial incursion made by Chinese troops across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in to Indian territory in eastern Ladakh was only suspended last week of May but PLA troops will continue to stay near the border with India till end of September.
Effective shield
MAY 2013: In view of a dual front threat and increasing tension with China along the LAC, India is actively evaluating the prospect of buying Iron Dome shield to counter rockets, mortars and missiles for protecting vital military installations
Keeping a watch
APRIL 2013: India is all set to import sophisticated electronic warfare equipment and related platforms to enhance its existing surveillance capability after a task force report has found present system is totally ineffective and can hamper India’s operational preparedness to safeguard national interests.
Fill in air
MARCH 2013: After Indian Ministry of Defence selected EADS-made Airbus-330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for multi-billion Dollar mid-air refueller deal few weeks ago, it appears the deal is going to face yet another complication over the L-1 status offered to Airbus Military.
Extra push
FEBRUARY 2013: There are reportedly hectic behind the scene efforts to make current Defence Secretary S K Sharma as next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of the country – the watch dog body which has severely rattled the
Floating woes
JANUARY 2013: Although India is trying to acquire modern aerostat radars for detecting low flying aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs, the whole deal has run into rough weather after law makers raise serious objections to buying it from Israeli manufacturer Rafael which did not give full support in an earlier contract.