Afghanistan has been requested India to launch a special satellite exclusively for Kabul’s use, following the launch of South Asian Satellite by New Delhi three months ago.
The Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology recently made the request to the Indian government, officials in the Afghan government said. Afghanistan minister Syed Ahmad Shah Sadat recently met Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra in Kabul to make the request, The Economic Times reported Tuesday.
However, it is unclear if Kabul is seeking a dedicated satellite to track terrorist hideouts.
The minister and the Indian envoy discussed opening of a terminal for Afghanistan in the South Asia Satellite, another special satellite and India-assisted small development projects.
In May this year, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had joined other South Asian leaders in welcoming the launch of a South Asian Satellite by India for South Asian nations, calling it a major step in regional cooperation.
India is also planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU), allowing Afghanistan to benefit from South Asia Satellite. Two of the 12 transponders will be provided to Afghanistan, while the satellite will be used in areas of telecommunications, television services, agriculture, mines and other sectors.
Researchers from US Defence Department are planning to test new ways to counter the probable drone threats in future due to rising unmanned aircraft systems around the world, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Air Force's 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to teach airmen how to pilot drones and use them to train coalition forces on how to react to them on the battlefield, the US Air Force announced last week
Afghanistans former President Hamid Karzai has accused the US of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”, after Washington dropped the most powerful non-nulcear bomb in Achin district killing 94 Islamic State (IS) fighters Friday. The US used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" as part of its operations in Afghanistan that killed at least 94 Islamic State fighters, CNN reported Saturday
US military has plans to replace Afghanistan's old fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, according to a new budget proposal. This move is aimed at reducing the Afghan air force's decades-long reliance on Russian equipment,
India is likely to hold talks to provide military assistance to Afghanistan in terms of long term spares and support with the help of Russia. Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely hold discussion, involving trilateral framework with Russia during sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference in Amritsar later this week
The US expects to replace Afghanistan Air Force's fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters with Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawks, the first two of which were received by the Afghan Air Force in a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. Afghanistan plans to acquire more than 100 UH-60 Black Hawks in the coming years
Pakistan has offered to train Afghan security forces in its war against terrorism. The Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa offered support to Afghanistan to train its security forces during his visit to the country
The first two Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters meant to replace Mi-17s have arrived at Kandahar airfield. The helicopters are the first to be delivered to the AAF are part of the plan to modernize and expand the AAF
AM General has been awarded a $45.8 million contract for the procurement of 6,576 supplemental M1151A1B1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, Expanded Capacity Vehicles, and capability expansion kits for the Afghan National Defense Security Forces
MD Helicopters was awarded a nearly $1.4 billion contract for the procurement of an estimated 150 MD 530F Close Air Attack Helicopter by the goverment of Afghanistan
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