1) Former French spy accuses MI6 of smuggling arms to terrorists

Another example of use of “plausible deniability”  by western intelligence agencies. Link  

2) Pakistani Supreme Court orders action against illegal arms, vehicles in Quetta 

A country which effectively declares it’s whole provinces as lawless badlands, invites foreigners to administer others and disowns it’s own soldiers can surely follow this ruling. That too in three days  :))

SANA  PakTribune

3) We must pursue arms trade treaty : DNAIndia

The Indian government’s stance on the forthcoming Arms Trade Treaty leaves us somewhat uncertain. The first discordant note from India had come in 2006 when it abstained from voting on this resolution 61/89 along with a motley group of 24 nations when 153 nations had voted for the resolution.

Its antipathy towards the treaty processes was clearly manifested subsequently. In February 2012, the Indian delegate reminded the chairman of the Preparatory Committeethat as stated in resolution 61/89, the treaty document should be progressed in an open and transparent manner and on the basis of consensus. This has been seen as declining confidence in the proceedings.  (As if other nations which matter are very serious and India is being a tyrant by not playing ball)

Mind you, many Indian misgivings are in sync with the country’s security woes in which illicit transfer of weapons remains the focal syndrome. What continues to disturb the Indian establishment is not recognising the non-state actor ( Paki terrorists are hardly non-state) as the likely recipient of illicit arms. In the Indian experience, this is crucial to its interests; and also a valid global anxiety worth fighting for. Similarly, including technology transfer and manufacture under licence in the document would have no meaningful objective as they do not impinge in the basic theme.

Text in bold font is my addition

Article by Prashant Dikhsit 

 

4) Bankrupt  Zimbabawe buys weapons worth  R2.25 million($276,000) from South Africa

$276,000 looks like pocket change in a deal involving weapons, but it undoubtedly is a huge sum for a troubled nation like Zimbabwe. SA says that the arms were meant for internal peace-keeping and consisted of mostly non-lethal items like tear-gas.

Links: All Africa and News24

 

5) Russia: No sign Iran developing atomic arms, report

Russia says it has found no evidence showing that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, defying a recent IAEA report on Iran which alleged that the country has expanded its atomic work despite outside pressures.

Link 

 

6)  Russian manufacturer of AK-47 close to bankruptcy

200-year-old arms manufacturing company, Izhmash, is close to folding because the Russian Defence Ministry stopped buying the world’s most famous and effective assault rifle a year ago.

Link 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INS Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov), is name of aircraft carrier which will join Indian Navy in late 2012 or 2013.

 

SPECIFICATIONS 

Displacement :

38,000 tons standard
45,000-45,500 tons full load

Dimensions :

257.0 meters long waterline
283.1 meters long overall
32.7 meters waterline beam
53.0 meters flight deck width
9.5 meters draught standard
12.0 meters draught mean full load
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India successfully tested Agni V ballistic missile with officially declared range of 5000 km on 19th April 2012. According to scientists, it was a textbook launch with all the parameters and technologies tested successfully.  I’m writing this post to collect as much information as possible about the missile and it’s effects.

 

This is the launch video released by DRDO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGIHketiB7M

Agni V Launch

Agni V 1st test launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures of a few guns and other small arms which haven’t been uploaded till now.

TAVOR CTAR21Compact Model with self-illumination Reflex Sight

TAVOR CTAR21Compact Model with self-illumination Reflex Sight

TAVOR TAR21 with self-illumination Reflex Sight

TAVOR TAR21 with self-illumination Reflex Sight

ACE 21 Assault Rifle 5.56x45mm with MEPRO 21 Reflex Sights

ACE 21 Assault Rifle 5.56x45mm with MEPRO 21 Reflex Sights

 

TAVOR C21 5.56mm assault rifle / carbine with Self-illumination reflex sight and assault grip

TAVOR C21 5.56mm assault rifle / carbine with Self-illumination reflex sight and assault grip

 

NEGEV SF Light Machine Gun

NEGEV SF Light Machine Gun

 

NEGEV Standard Light Machine Gun

NEGEV Standard Light Machine Gun

ACE 32 Assault Rifle 7.62x39mm

ACE 32 Assault Rifle 7.62x39mm

GALIL Sniper SA

GALIL Sniper SA

MEPRO NOA NYX Thermal Sight  on Tavor C21

MEPRO NOA NYX Thermal Sight on Tavor C21

TAVOR CTAR 21 Compat Model with Minimon I Monocular and MEPRO MOR Relfex Sight

TAVOR CTAR 21 Compat Model with Minimon I Monocular and MEPRO MOR Relfex Sight

TAVOR STAR Assault Rifle with MX3 Magnifying Scope

TAVOR STAR Assault Rifle with MX3 Magnifying Scope

TAVOR GTAR 21 with 40mm Grenade Launcher, reflex sight and GLS sights

TAVOR GTAR 21 with 40mm Grenade Launcher, reflex sight and GLS sights

OFB Amogh 5.56mm carbine

OFB Amogh 5.56mm carbine

INSAS 5.56mm assault rifle and 0.315 sporting rifle

INSAS 5.56mm assault rifle and 0.315 sporting rifle

84mm Carl Gustav rocket launcher

84mm Carl Gustav rocket launcher

INSAS 5.56mm Para version

INSAS 5.56mm Para version

KALANTAK 5.56 mm micro assault rifle

KALANTAK 5.56 mm micro assault rifle

INSAS 5.56mm Light Machine Gun

INSAS 5.56mm Light Machine Gun

SIMON door busting grenade on TAVOR assault rifle, MATADOR (Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR) (RGW-90) AS and WB anti-armor weapon systems

SIMON door busting grenade on TAVOR assault rifle, MATADOR (Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR) (RGW-90) AS and WB anti-armor weapon systems

MATADOR RGW90B S, RGW 90 and RGW 60

MATADOR RGW90B S, RGW 90 and RGW 60

ARSENAL 5.56x45mm assault rifle with 40x46 mm Underbarrel Grenade launcher (UBGL-M8)

ARSENAL 5.56x45mm assault rifle with 40x46 mm Underbarrel Grenade launcher (UBGL-M8)

Arsenal AR-M9 5.56x45mm assault rifle

Arsenal AR-M9 5.56x45mm assault rifle

Arsenal AR-M1F41 7.62x39mm Assault rifle

Arsenal AR-M1F41 7.62x39mm Assault rifle

Arsenal ATGL-L5 Light Anti Tank Grenade Launcher with optical sight (SGL-7MA) and night vision device (MNV-50). 40mm round Rf-7MA in background

Arsenal ATGL-L5 Light Anti Tank Grenade Launcher with optical sight (SGL-7MA) and night vision device (MNV-50). 40mm round Rf-7MA in background

Arsenal 40 and 30 mm grenades

Arsenal 40 and 30 mm grenades

Arsenal UGGL-M1 40x46mm Stand-alone grenade launcher

Arsenal UGGL-M1 40x46mm Stand-alone grenade launcher

Arsenal MG-1MS 7.62x51mm machine gun on tripod

Arsenal MG-1MS 7.62x51mm machine gun on tripod

This post contains pictures of various transports, weapons and other systems on display by Indian organisations, some indigenous and others produced in joint ventures with foreign companies.

Ashok Leyland, KMW Tracked artillery system

Ashok Leyland, KMW Tracked artillery system

 

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 8x8 Truck

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 8x8 Truck

 

 

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 8x8 Truck

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 8x8 Truck

 

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 6x6 Truck

Ashok Leyland. Super Stallion 6x6 Truck

 

 

COLT 4x4 Light Tactical Vehicle,  jointly developed by Ashok Leyland Defence and Panhard General Defense

COLT 4x4 Light Tactical Vehicle, jointly developed by Ashok Leyland Defence and Panhard General Defense

Ashok Leyland 8x8 Truck Cabin

Ashok Leyland 8x8 Truck Cabin

Mahindra Rakshak Plus

Mahindra Rakshak Plus

Mahindra Marksman  light bulletproof vehicle

Mahindra Marksman light bulletproof vehicle

Mahindra Marksman Light bullet-proof vehicle

Mahindra Marksman Light bullet-proof vehicle

Mine Protected Vehicle India by BAE & Mahindra JV , Defence Land Systems India

Mine Protected Vehicle India by BAE & Mahindra JV , Defence Land Systems India

Inside Mine Protected Vehicle India by BAE & Mahindra JV , Defence Land Systems India

Inside Mine Protected Vehicle India by BAE & Mahindra JV , Defence Land Systems India

TATA 6x6 and 8x8 Trucks

TATA 6x6 and 8x8 Trucks

Tata 6x6 7KL Refueler

Tata 6x6 7KL Refueler

TATA Xenon Recce 4x4

TATA Xenon Recce 4x4

TATA Xenon Recce 4x4

TATA Xenon Recce 4x4

Tata Safari Storme Armoured

Tata Safari Storme Armoured

TATA Light Armoured Vehicle

TATA Light Armoured Vehicle

Tata Mine Protected Vehicle

Tata Mine Protected Vehicle

TATA Light Specialist Vehicle with Mobile Bunker in background

TATA Light Specialist Vehicle with Mobile Bunker in background

Micro Bullet Proof Vehicle

Micro Bullet Proof Vehicle

Zuzana Self-propelled 155mm/52cal wheeled gun by BEML-Konstrukta Defence

Zuzana Self-propelled 155mm/52cal wheeled gun by BEML-Konstrukta Defence

Arzu, 155mm/52cal Self-propelled  tracked gun by BEML-Konstrukta Defence

Arzu, 155mm/52cal Self-propelled tracked gun by BEML-Konstrukta Defence

Explosion containment unit

Explosion containment unit

Explosion containment unit

Explosion containment unit