Rahul Singh

Rahul Singh

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

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The standoff between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh has entered its seventh month.(Representative Photo)
The standoff between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh has entered its seventh month.(Representative Photo)

Ladakh soldiers among first set of army personnel to get Covid-19 vaccine

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:29 PM IST
  • More than 12,000 doses of the vaccine have reached Ladakh of which around 4,000 have been earmarked for armed forces personnel to protect them from Covid-19, the officials said speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviews a parade during a ceremony to celebrate India's 73rd Army Day in New Delhi on Friday. (AFP PHOTO).
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane reviews a parade during a ceremony to celebrate India's 73rd Army Day in New Delhi on Friday. (AFP PHOTO).

‘Don’t test our patience’: Gen Naravane’s blunt message to China on LAC row

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:47 PM IST
  • The army chief said India had given a fitting response to the (Chinese) conspiracy to unilaterally change the status quo in the Ladakh theatre where the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have deployed more than 100,000 combat-ready soldiers and advanced weaponry.
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Army Chief General MM Naravane. (File photo)
Army Chief General MM Naravane. (File photo)

Don’t test our patience: Army chief to China on LAC row

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:51 AM IST
In his Army Day address at the Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt, General MM Naravane said the morale of the soldiers deployed in forward areas in the Ladakh sector was higher than the mountains they were defending
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The CCS approval came 10 months after the ministry gave the green light to the purchase of 83 LCA (light combat aircraft) Mk-1A jets from state-owned plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).(PTI File Photo)
The CCS approval came 10 months after the ministry gave the green light to the purchase of 83 LCA (light combat aircraft) Mk-1A jets from state-owned plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).(PTI File Photo)

Govt clears 48k-cr Tejas deal, first deliveries in 2024

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:50 AM IST
Defence minister Rajnath Singh calls pact a ‘game changer’ for self-reliance in Indian defence manufacturing.
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The deal for the 83 Mk-1A jets will take the total number of Tejas variants ordered to 123. (PTI FILE PHOTO)(PTI File Photo)
The deal for the 83 Mk-1A jets will take the total number of Tejas variants ordered to 123. (PTI FILE PHOTO)(PTI File Photo)

‘Game changer’: PM-led CCS clears 48,000 crore deal for 83 Tejas fighter jets

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 08:01 PM IST
  • The 40 LCAs already ordered by the IAF are in the initial operational clearance (IOC) and the more advanced final operational clearance (FOC) configurations. The LCA Mk-1A will come with additional improvements over the FOC aircraft, making it the most advanced Tejas variant so far.
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Gen Naravane told reporters at his customary annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15 that he was hopeful the ongoing dialogue with China would yield an “amicable solution,” but stressed that the operational preparedness of the army was of high order and the force was ready to deal with any eventuality.(PTI Photo)
Gen Naravane told reporters at his customary annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15 that he was hopeful the ongoing dialogue with China would yield an “amicable solution,” but stressed that the operational preparedness of the army was of high order and the force was ready to deal with any eventuality.(PTI Photo)

Will stand ground at LAC, says army chief

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:16 AM IST
Naravane said India hoped to reach an agreement with China based on the principles of “mutual and equal security” that would result in disengagement of border troops at friction points and subsequent de-escalation of conflict in the Ladakh theatre.
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Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said the Indian Army was focussed not only on eastern Ladakh but along the border with China --- stretching from Ladakh to Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh. (HT PHOTO)(PTI Photo)
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said the Indian Army was focussed not only on eastern Ladakh but along the border with China --- stretching from Ladakh to Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh. (HT PHOTO)(PTI Photo)

‘Will hold ground in Ladakh for as long as needed’: Gen Naravane on standoff

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:54 PM IST
  • Hindustan Times reported on Monday that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has moved back at least 10,000 soldiers from depth areas in the Ladakh theatre to rear positions but the PLA’s frontline deployments remain unchanged.
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The Indian Army is not only defending the Ladakh LAC but also keeping a close watch on PLA moves in Central, Sikkim and Eastern sectors with the Chinese army continuing to build military infrastructure in Tibet.(Twitter/@ADGPI)
The Indian Army is not only defending the Ladakh LAC but also keeping a close watch on PLA moves in Central, Sikkim and Eastern sectors with the Chinese army continuing to build military infrastructure in Tibet.(Twitter/@ADGPI)

China pulls back 10,000 troops from Ladakh theatre

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:02 PM IST
  • The Indian army is closely monitoring the developments in the Ladakh theatre as a re-induction of troops by the PLA in the sector cannot be ruled out.
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Heights on both banks of the Pangong Tso have been at the centre of the border row between the two countries.(REUTERS)
Heights on both banks of the Pangong Tso have been at the centre of the border row between the two countries.(REUTERS)

PLA soldier strays across LAC, detained in Ladakh

By Rahul Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:46 AM IST
This is the second time a Chinese soldier has been held by the Indian Army after straying into Indian territory amid the border standoff between the two sides since May last year.
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A view of Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh region July 27, 2019. (REUTERS)
A view of Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh region July 27, 2019. (REUTERS)

PLA soldier strays across LAC, held near Pangong Tso

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 03:43 PM IST
This is the second time a Chinese soldier has been held by the Indian Army after straying into Indian territory since the border row erupted last May.
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Heights on both banks of the Pangong lake have been at the centre of the border row between India and China. (AP File Photo )
Heights on both banks of the Pangong lake have been at the centre of the border row between India and China. (AP File Photo )

Chinese soldier strays across LAC, held on Pangong Tso's southern bank

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:41 PM IST
This is the second such incident reported since October last year.
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The C-295 is said to be a highly versatile tactical airlifter.(airbus.com/defence/)
The C-295 is said to be a highly versatile tactical airlifter.(airbus.com/defence/)

India to sign $2.5-billion contract for 56 transport planes for IAF

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:23 PM IST
Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) will jointly execute the project to equip the air force with 56 C-295 transport aircraft under the Make-in-India initiative in the aerospace sector.
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Heights on both banks of the Pangong lake have been at the centre of the border row between India and China. (AP photo)
Heights on both banks of the Pangong lake have been at the centre of the border row between India and China. (AP photo)

Army orders fast patrol boats for surveillance of Pangong lake in Ladakh

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:45 PM IST
The order - the first defence contract in the New Year - has been placed with a domestic shipyard as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign to boost self-reliance in the defence sector. The army will begin to accept deliveries of the boats this year.
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Defence items already being exported include the advanced light helicopter, offshore patrol vessels, personal protective gear, surveillance systems and a variety of radars. (Photo @airnews_abad)
Defence items already being exported include the advanced light helicopter, offshore patrol vessels, personal protective gear, surveillance systems and a variety of radars. (Photo @airnews_abad)

Cabinet approves export of Akash missiles

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:53 PM IST
The export version of Akash will be different from the weapon system currently deployed by the Indian armed forces, the defence ministry statement said without specifying the differences in configuration.
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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria(ANI)
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria(ANI)

‘Chinese air force heavily deployed in Ladakh theatre in support of PLA’: IAF chief

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The air chief said the likely reasons for China’s actions along India’s northern borders could include planned escalation and an attempt to establish border claim lines and start border talks on the new positions.
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Experts said talks were deadlocked because of yawning differences between the two sides.(Reuters)
Experts said talks were deadlocked because of yawning differences between the two sides.(Reuters)

No sign of military talks with China on LAC row

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:32 AM IST
At the virtual meeting of the WMCC on border affairs on December 18, India and China agreed that the next round of meeting between senior commanders should be held at an early date for “early and complete disengagement of troops” along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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File photo: Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)
File photo: Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)

More muscle to IAF with at least 3 more Rafales flying-in next month

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:25 PM IST
This batch of Rafale fighters will be the third set of deliveries of the French-origin aircraft to the Indian Air Force.
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In eastern Ladakh, Indian soldiers are holding positions at heights of almost 20,000 feet in the Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso. 0_000105B)(PTI)
In eastern Ladakh, Indian soldiers are holding positions at heights of almost 20,000 feet in the Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso. 0_000105B)(PTI)

Siachen lessons give India an edge

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:50 AM IST
The Indian Army has perfected its mountain warfare drills over decades and its soldiers possess the tenacity and resilience to overcome the toughest challenges that extreme altitudes pose, said a second official.
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File photo of MQ-9B SeaGuardian. (Photo: Sourced)
File photo of MQ-9B SeaGuardian. (Photo: Sourced)

India leases hi-tech US naval drones to boost surveillance, intel

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:44 PM IST
The two leased MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAVs arrived in India in early November and began undertaking missions last week, say officials.
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**Basic trainers figure on the government’s negative import list that seeks to ban the import of 101 different types of weapons, systems and ammunition over the next five years(PTI)
**Basic trainers figure on the government’s negative import list that seeks to ban the import of 101 different types of weapons, systems and ammunition over the next five years(PTI)

HAL kicks off crucial testing of jet trainer

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 08:52 AM IST
The spin flight testing of the much-delayed Sitara intermediate jet trainer -- or the HJT-36 single-engine aircraft -- is being seen as a developmental milestone even though there is no indication from IAF about a possible order
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The delay in the IJT programme, conceived more than two decades ago, has upset the IAF’s calculations, officials said(Courtesy- HAL)
The delay in the IJT programme, conceived more than two decades ago, has upset the IAF’s calculations, officials said(Courtesy- HAL)

HAL kicks off crucial testing of jet trainer that may have missed IAF bus

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 09:14 PM IST
The spin flight testing of the much-delayed jet trainer is being seen as a developmental milestone even though there is no indication from the IAF about a possible order.
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Officers Pavithra Gunaratne and Rangana Weerawardhana were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka this week.(SLAF)
Officers Pavithra Gunaratne and Rangana Weerawardhana were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka this week.(SLAF)

IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break glass ceiling

By Rahul Singh and Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 06:42 AM IST
The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19.
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Fresh images from Ladakh on Wednesday provided glimpses of the infrastructure the army has created to support its forward deployed troops at a time when talks to resolve the border situation remain deadlocked and both armies are prepared for a long haul in the Ladakh theatre.(ANI Photo)
Fresh images from Ladakh on Wednesday provided glimpses of the infrastructure the army has created to support its forward deployed troops at a time when talks to resolve the border situation remain deadlocked and both armies are prepared for a long haul in the Ladakh theatre.(ANI Photo)

Army sets up winter habitat for troops in Ladakh amid border row with China

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 05:27 AM IST
Temperatures in some pockets where the Indian Army is holding posts can dip to minus-40 degrees Celsius, with remote high-altitude areas also likely to receive up to 40 feet of snow during peak winter.
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Porta cabins for troops deployed in Ladakh.(Photo: Sourced by HT)
Porta cabins for troops deployed in Ladakh.(Photo: Sourced by HT)

Army completes setting up of modern habitat for troops in Ladakh

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Temperatures in some places held by the Indian Army can dip to minus 40 degrees Celsius, with the super high-altitude areas also likely to receive several feet of snow during the peak of winters
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The exercise is being conducted at a time when India and China are locked in a border row in the Ladakh sector and talks to reduce military pensions remain deadlocked.(ANI file photo)
The exercise is being conducted at a time when India and China are locked in a border row in the Ladakh sector and talks to reduce military pensions remain deadlocked.(ANI file photo)

Second phase of Malabar exercise kicks off today

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 07:14 AM IST
The second phase of Malabar naval drills — to be conducted from November 17 to 20 — will be more elaborate and complex than the first one as it will involve the participation of Indian and American aircraft carriers.
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The doubling of the ICU beds will increase the requirement of doctors and paramedics at the hospital.(ANI file photo. Representative image)
The doubling of the ICU beds will increase the requirement of doctors and paramedics at the hospital.(ANI file photo. Representative image)

DRDO hospital to get 250 more ICU beds, 100 additional medical staff by weekend

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 12:42 AM IST
This comes a day after the government announced that Delhi will get hundreds more of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients, testing for the infection doubled, and doctors from central paramilitary forces flown in.
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US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will participate in the naval drills with Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya along with aircraft carriers from Australia and Japan in the high intensity naval operations over four days.(AFP Photo/File)
US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz will participate in the naval drills with Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya along with aircraft carriers from Australia and Japan in the high intensity naval operations over four days.(AFP Photo/File)

Quad navies ready for high intensity Malabar phase 2, China watches

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:56 PM IST
The exercise is being conducted at a time when India and China are locked in a border row in the Ladakh sector and talks to reduce military tensions remain deadlocked.
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Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Delhi hospital.(Representative Photo/REUTERS)
Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Delhi hospital.(Representative Photo/REUTERS)

DRDO hospital in Delhi to get 250 more ICU beds by weekend

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 08:31 PM IST
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital will now have a total of 500 ICU beds by Friday.
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Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara.(AFP)
Indian Army soldier stands guard near Nastachun pass, also known as Sadhana pass, about 8 Km from the Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara.(AFP)

India hits Pak targets after shelling at LOC

By Rahul Singh and Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Srinagar
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 01:14 AM IST
The heavy exchange of fire — triggered by ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army on the eve of Diwali — has turned the spotlight on the LoC at a time when Indian and Chinese forces are locked in a border dispute along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC)
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