China launches technologically advanced warship for Pakistan Navy
Defence ties deepen between the two allies as China launches one of the four advanced naval warships that it has been building for Pakistan. The launching ceremony of the ship, a Type-054 class frigate, took place in Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai.
The Type-054 class, equipped with the latest surface, subsurface, anti-air weapons, combat management system, and sensors, is considered to be one of the technologically advanced surface platforms of the Pakistan Navy fleet, as revealed by Pakistan’s state-run APP news agency.
India rejects China’s suggestion on LAC
China has made suggestions for the both parties moving equidistantly from the Finger area, which India has denied. Presently, the Chinese occupying around the Finger 5 near the Pangong Tso lake have deployed a large number of troops and equipment at the over five-kilometer stretch from Finger 5 to Finger 8.
The Indian side is adamant that the Chinese should disengage completely from the Finger area and move back to their original location, agreeing to the decisions made during 1993-1996 which prohibits construction of any kind at locations where the perception of the LAC differed between both sides.
Bengal’s Hasimara Air Force Base to house Rafales
Hasimara Air Force Station in Alipurduar is expected to be ready by the end of this year, to house Rafale jets that are scheduled to arrive in mid 2021. On the Eastern frontier, Hasimara previously had a MiG-27 squadron, which was to be replaced by the Rafales.
As government allows private companies, Jindal Aluminium focuses on defence and aerospace segments
Vice-chairman and managing director Pragun Jindal Khaitan, the grandson of the group founder and chairman Sitaram Jindal, aims to expand business in the defence and aerospace segments as revenue is nil from these sectors. As the government is allowing private companies to budge in the defence sectors, Jindal Aluminium, the second largest maker of aluminium flat rolled products with high market value, has expressed interest.
BSF to undergo technical upgradation
Rakesh Asthana, taking over as full-time Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF), has disclosed his provisions to upgrade the body’s technical arms. The upgradation has begun with the approval for 436 small and micro drones for border surveillance and anti-drone system being currently tested on India-Pakistan border to shoot down any drone carrying weapon-load for terrorists in Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir.
As per the vision, all 1923 border outposts managed by BSF on the Pakistan and Bangladesh border will be equipped with sensors, CCTV and drone feeds.