Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh covers military affairs. He has been a journalist for 18 years.

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R-Day fly past to bring alive glorious history of ’71 victory

  • The indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft and the Mirage 2000 jets are not taking part in the parade as single-engine aircraft are normally not permitted to fly over Rajpath though Tejas made its debut at the 2017 parade.
India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence this year.(AP)
India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence this year.(AP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Republic Day flypast to recall 1971 war glory

In December, India observed the Swarnim Vijay Parv at India Gate to mark the culmination of year-long celebrations organised across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory in the 1971 war.
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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New combat uniform unveiled on Army Day

The elite warriors of the Parachute Regiment took part in the parade sporting the new battle fatigues with a digital camouflage pattern that will gradually replace the existing decades-old combat uniform
Special Forces commandos march past during the Army Day Parade, at KM Cariappa Parade Ground, in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Special Forces commandos march past during the Army Day Parade, at KM Cariappa Parade Ground, in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Unexpected change in weather behind CDS chopper crash: IAF

The probe rules out negligence, mechanical failure, or sabotage as possible causes of the accident, the air force added
People participate in the funeral procession of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on December 10, 2021. (PTI)
People participate in the funeral procession of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, in New Delhi on December 10, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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Pilot’s disorientation in bad weather led to CDS Bipin Rawat chopper crash: IAF

CDS General Bipin Rawat chopper crash: The IAF report said the December 8 crash took place due to spatial disorientation of the pilot in bad weather.
In the first official statement on the CDS Bipin Rawat crash, the IAF ruled out negligence, mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as a cause of the accident, the air force said. (ANI)
In the first official statement on the CDS Bipin Rawat crash, the IAF ruled out negligence, mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as a cause of the accident, the air force said. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 08:09 PM IST
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India-China military talks fail to yield positive results

The Indian Army is believed to have raised the issue of PLA building a bridge over Pangong Tso along the Ladakh LAC
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:43 AM IST
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Not averse to demilitarisation of Siachen if Pak meets pre-condition: Army chief

Islamabad has so far not agreed to authenticate troop positions on the glacier.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane addressing Annual Press Conference, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane addressing Annual Press Conference, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 04:50 AM IST
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Conflict last resort, but ready for it: Army chief

Naravane’s comments came in response to a question on the possibility of escalation of hostilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
Army chief General MM Naravane.
Army chief General MM Naravane.
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Probe report on Nagaland killings in 1-2 days: Army chief

Appropriate action will be taken and corrective measures instituted to further refine the army’s SOPs based on the outcome of the investigation, General M M Naravane said
Thirteen civilians were killed in two separate firing incidents on December 4 and 5 last year in Mon district (PTI FILE)
Thirteen civilians were killed in two separate firing incidents on December 4 and 5 last year in Mon district (PTI FILE)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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India expects ‘constructive dialogue’at 14th LAC talks

NEW DELHI: India is expecting “constructive dialogue” with China at the next round of military talks to address the standoff between armies of the two countries in eastern Ladakh, officials familiar with the matter said on Monday
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM INDIAN ARMY ON SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022** New Delhi: India and Chinese troops exchanged sweets and greetings at 10 border posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in eastern Ladakh to mark the New Year, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_02_2022_000030A) (PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM INDIAN ARMY ON SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022** New Delhi: India and Chinese troops exchanged sweets and greetings at 10 border posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in eastern Ladakh to mark the New Year, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_02_2022_000030A) (PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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Trials of Rafale fighter jet’s naval version kick off in Goa

The Rafale-M is a variant of Rafale fighters that operate from land bases. The Indian Air Force has also ordered 36 Rafale-B and Rafale-C fighter jets.
The Rafale-M demonstration of capability is expected to be carried out over the next two weeks and will be followed by a similar demonstration by the US-origin F-18 fighters in the next three to four months, the officials said. (HT Photo)
The Rafale-M demonstration of capability is expected to be carried out over the next two weeks and will be followed by a similar demonstration by the US-origin F-18 fighters in the next three to four months, the officials said. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Rafale kicks off demo to show it can pair with Indian aircraft carriers

Rafale-M demonstration: The Indian Navy is looking at buying more deck-based fighter jets to operate from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant, which is currently undergoing sea trials.
Rafale-M fighters are embarked on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Photo courtesy: Dassault Aviation)
Rafale-M fighters are embarked on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Photo courtesy: Dassault Aviation)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India expects ‘constructive dialogue’ with China to resolve friction in Ladakh sector

India and China have hardened their stance on LAC going by increased military activities on both sides of the boundary, infrastructure development, surveillance and combat manoeuvres by their armies amid the border standoff.
The Indian side has maintained that all friction points between Depsang and Chumar should be collectively tackled in the talks between the military commanders for comprehensive disengagement and de-escalation in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control, or LAC. (ANI)
The Indian side has maintained that all friction points between Depsang and Chumar should be collectively tackled in the talks between the military commanders for comprehensive disengagement and de-escalation in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control, or LAC. (ANI)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 07:39 PM IST
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IAC Vikrant sets sail for critical sea trials

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant, the largest warship to be built in the country, on Sunday set sail for crucial sea trials.
India's first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant heads out for the next set of sea trials. (PTI)
India's first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant heads out for the next set of sea trials. (PTI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Made-in-India aircraft carrier Vikrant sets sail for critical sea trials

The construction of indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant, which was started in 2009, has propelled India into a select group of countries that have the capability to build aircraft carriers.
India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant began another set of sea trials on Sunday to carry out complex manoeuvres in high seas ahead of its planned induction in August. (ANI)
India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant began another set of sea trials on Sunday to carry out complex manoeuvres in high seas ahead of its planned induction in August. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 07:39 PM IST
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CDS Rawat chopper crash a CFIT accident, say officials

In aviation parlance, CFIT refers to the accidental collision with terrain of an airworthy aircraft under the flight crew’s full control. In CFIT accidents, the pilot or crew is unaware of the looming danger until it is too late, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Rawat was on a visit to the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) at Wellington to deliver a talk when the Mi-17V5 crashed.(AFP Photo)
Rawat was on a visit to the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) at Wellington to deliver a talk when the Mi-17V5 crashed.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 04:52 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan, IAF pilot killed

The crash has once again turned the spotlight on India’s longest-serving fighter plane, its safety record and the IAF’s plans to replace the ageing jets with newer ones in the coming years.
IAF operates four squadrons of MiG-21 Bison aircraft.(HT Photo)
IAF operates four squadrons of MiG-21 Bison aircraft.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:53 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

MiG-21 goes down in Rajasthan, 5th crash involving Bison this year, pilot dead

The crash has once again turned the spotlight on India’s longest-serving fighter plane, its safety record and the IAF's plans to replace the ageing jets with newer ones in the coming years.
File photo of MiG-21 Bison.
File photo of MiG-21 Bison.
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 10:17 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India’s latest destroyer kicks off maiden trials in Arabian Sea

Mormugao is the second stealth destroyer under P-15B --- the first, INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned in the navy on November 21 in Mumbai.
Mormugao is the second stealth destroyer under P-15B. (Indian Navy)
Mormugao is the second stealth destroyer under P-15B. (Indian Navy)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:42 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

India’s latest destroyer kicks off maiden trials in Arabian Sea

The navy is focused on strengthening its capabilities amid changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region. Last month, it also inducted a French-designed Kalvari class diesel-electric attack submarine, Vela.
Mormugao is the second stealth destroyer under P-15B --- the first, INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned in the navy on November 21 in Mumbai. Mormugao is expected to join the naval fleet by mid-2022. (PHOTO: Indian Navy.)
Mormugao is the second stealth destroyer under P-15B --- the first, INS Visakhapatnam, was commissioned in the navy on November 21 in Mumbai. Mormugao is expected to join the naval fleet by mid-2022. (PHOTO: Indian Navy.)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 08:27 PM IST
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France to jointly make aero engines in India: Singh at industry event

  • Singh did not divulge details of the proposed cooperation with France.
Singh did not divulge details of the proposed cooperation with France. (ANI)
Singh did not divulge details of the proposed cooperation with France. (ANI)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 02:11 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

‘You have my gratitude’: Irani pays tribute to soldiers, families

  • She was paying homage to chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 12 others, who were killed in a helicopter crash.
Smriti Irani was paying homage to chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 12 others, who were killed in a helicopter crash.
Smriti Irani was paying homage to chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 12 others, who were killed in a helicopter crash.
Published on Dec 19, 2021 02:03 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

France to jointly make aero engines in India: Rajnath Singh at FICCI event

NEW DELHI: France has agreed to jointly manufacture aero engines in India under the government’s strategic partnership model to boost self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday
Defence minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 94th Annual General Body Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 94th Annual General Body Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:25 AM IST
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‘You have my apology and gratitude’: Smriti Irani pays tribute to soldiers, families

The Union minister made the comments while paying homage to India’s first chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Raje Singh Rawat and 12 others who were killed in a helicopter crash
The Union minister was speaking at a literature festival organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association on Friday. (ANI)
The Union minister was speaking at a literature festival organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:21 AM IST
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VVIP flying protocols will change: IAF chief

  • “The VVIP protocols to fly will be reviewed. The review will be based on the findings of the court of inquiry into the crash,” the IAF chief said on the sidelines of a graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near Hyderabad.
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said India was continuously evaluating the threats from Pakistan and China and was well aware of the situation at the borders.(Photo via ANI)
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said India was continuously evaluating the threats from Pakistan and China and was well aware of the situation at the borders.(Photo via ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 04:44 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

India, France to jointly make aero engines, says Rajnath Singh

The strategic partnership model Singh referred to is an important element of the country’s Defence Procurement Procedure, and seeks to provide fillip to the government’s Make in India programme. 
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 94th Annual General Body Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 94th Annual General Body Meeting of FICCI, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Review of VVIP flying protocols after probe report on CDS chopper crash

Air Marshal Manavendra Singh, the IAF’s senior-most helicopter pilot and currently serving as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the IAF’s Bengaluru-based Training Command, is probing the CDS chopper crash.
Chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 13 others were killed in a Mi-17V5 crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Those killed included the only survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, who died on Wednesday after battling for his life for a week. The others died instantly on December 8. (AFP PHOTO.)
Chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 13 others were killed in a Mi-17V5 crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Those killed included the only survivor of the crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, who died on Wednesday after battling for his life for a week. The others died instantly on December 8. (AFP PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 10:16 PM IST
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ByRahul Singh & Srinivasa Rao Apparasu

DRDO tests Agni P missile for second time, can hit targets at 2,000 km

The Agni P test came a week after India successfully tested a new locally-developed anti-tank missile and concluded a series of tests of extended range rockets also developed indigenously, weapons that will inducted into the armed forces shortly.
The new generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, named Agni P, can strike targets at a maximum range of 2,000 km. (PHOTO: DEFENCE MINISTRY.)
The new generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, named Agni P, can strike targets at a maximum range of 2,000 km. (PHOTO: DEFENCE MINISTRY.)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 07:53 PM IST
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‘...You have my apology’: Smriti Irani’s heartfelt tribute to soldiers

Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday paid a heartfelt tribute to soldiers and their families while acknowledging that the sacrifices made by them are rarely acknowledged
Union minister Smriti Irani. (File photo)
Union minister Smriti Irani. (File photo)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 01:34 PM IST
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Vijay Diwas: The battles that won the war

  • The 1971 war, which ended with the liberation of Bangladesh, gave India a new generation of heroes
Lt Gen AAK Niazi, the Cdr of Pakistani Eastern Command, signs the documented Instrument of Surrender in Dacca in the presence of Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora (GOC-in-C of Indian Eastern Command(Indian Navy via Wikipedia Commons/HT Archive/Getty)
Lt Gen AAK Niazi, the Cdr of Pakistani Eastern Command, signs the documented Instrument of Surrender in Dacca in the presence of Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora (GOC-in-C of Indian Eastern Command(Indian Navy via Wikipedia Commons/HT Archive/Getty)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 01:35 AM IST
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