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There was a stark difference in the Indian presence at Eurosatory, the just-concluded biennial defence show here.

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India has a healthy stockpile of nuclear weapons and despite Pakistan's rapid pace of developing new nuclear warheads, India is fairly confident of its war capabilities.

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Pakistan may continue to remain slightly ahead of India in terms of the number of nuclear warheads, with China having double the quantity, but the Indian defence establishment believes its deterrence capability is "robust", designed to ensure "survivability" for retaliatory strikes and firmly on track for further modernization.

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Late last year, the Iran-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a Burqan-2 missile (a Scud variant) aimed at the international airport in Riyadh some 600 miles to the northeast.

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THE indigenous Pinaka rocket system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), known for firing a salvo of 12 rockets in just 44 seconds, is being evolved into a precision-guided missile, with enhanced range and accuracy to hit its targets.

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India and Russia, the two long-standing strategic partners, decided to begin a unique journey together to develop a Universal Weapon System no other nation ever possessed in the world.

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Back in 2014, India's state-run Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by the then defence minister, Arun Jaitley, cleared the purchase of 8000 Spike missiles, over 300 launchers, and technology transfer from Israel to Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), one of India’s state-owned ammunition and missiles manufacturers.

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In yet another boost to the Indian Army, the Smerch guided missile-cum-multi barrel rockets successfully hit targets around 90 kilometres away at Rajasthan's Pokhran field firing range on Monday to clear the trial. Developed jointly by India and Russia, two versions of the Smerch - 9MMF and 9.55K - were test-fired.

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Defence cooperation is an important keystone of the India-Russia strategic partnership. The longstanding time-tested relationship is guided by the programme for Military Technical Cooperation signed between the two nations to further develop and strengthen the defence requirements of the two countries.

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With the country's longest-range ballistic missile, the Agni-V, successfully tested on June 3, 2018, India is now within one year of possessing a usable nuclear deterrent that can strike any target in China.

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