India to train Afghan troops

According to press reporting, the Indian Army will train 600 Afghan Army officer as well as 200 Afghan cadets every year. This training (announced on 08NOV12) grew out of the strategic partnership agreement signed on 04OCT11 between the two countries, taking just over a year to work out.

In addition, NDTV reports “a company level (100-strong) contingents of ANA will be trained for four weeks at the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) located at Vairangte in Mizoram.” (Prior reporting had also suggested stints at the High Altitude Warfare School in Sonmarg, Kashmir)

The agreement was reported by the Indian press as a way to help build further avenues for India’s mining companies. (Back in 2011, Steel Authority of India Ltd led a consortium of top Indian firms in obtaining the rights for $1-trillion Hajigak iron ore mine in Afghanistan).


Pakistan to discuss plan to import LNG from Qatar via India

The Economic Times on 07NOV12 reports a proposed plan to import LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) from Qatar to Pakistan via India that will be discussed during President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Doha. Accordingly, a senior unnamed official of the Ministry of Petroleum said that besides importing LNG from Qatar through a terminal in India, there was a proposal to import LNG directly from India through a 60-km pipeline to be laid to the Wagah land border.

The Prime Minister’s Advisor on Petroleum Asim Hussain said that the price of LNG was yet to be decided by the two countries but expressed hope the supply would start within 18 months.

In February 2012, Pakistan and Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for importing 3.5 million tons of LNG during a visit to Doha by former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Pak-Turkey Naval Exercises Begins on 05NOV12

Pakistan and Turkey will hold 10-day joint naval exercises in Turkey from November 5 to 14. Pakistan Navy ship PNS Shamsheer and Pakistan Navy aircraft P3C-Orion will participate in the exercise Mavi Baline-12, an official statement said Saturday. The vessel is a multi-mission frigate and embarks a Z9EC helicopter.

PNS Shamsheer is the second ship of SWORD Class Frigates and is mainstay of Pakistan Navy surface combatants. The ship will stay at Aksaz Naval Base from 5-8 November and at Antalya from 12-14 November.  Continue reading

Indian Air Force to induct first killer drones

On 04OCT12, the Economic Times, among others reported on the IAF’s plans of inducting the Israeli made Harup loitering munitions system into its ranks. (The UCAV is also known as the Harpy-2 loitering munitions missile, as the drone loiters over the battlefield and attacks the targets by self-destructing into them.)

“The UCAV are expected to join us by next year enhancing our firepower in both conventional and low intensity conflict,” a senior IAF official told reporters of PTI.

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India Successfully Test-fires Dhanush

File photo of Dhanush, the naval version of the Prithvi missile (Credit: the Hindu)

A day following the launch of the land-based Prithvi-II, India successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Dhanush (SS-350) ballistic missile off the coast of Odisha for its full range of 350km, according to a press release from the DRDO.**

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ESM For P-8A Poseidon Receives Official Nomenclature

Northrop Grumman announced on 04OCT12 the Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft has officially been designated the AN/ALQ-240(V)1. According to the press release:

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India test fire Prithvi-II missile

Surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi II lifts off from a road mobile launcher on 25AUG12 at Chandipur in Odisha. (Credit: The Hindu)

According to a press release from the DRDO, India on 04OCT12 successfully test fired its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a test range in Odisha. (Interestingly, no video or photography was released with the test).

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