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No scope for abuse of disability pension provisions, says top army doctor

Lieutenant General Ajith Nilakantan said each case related to grant of disability pension is scrutinised by the appropriate medical boards and strict adherence to the rules is ensured at all levels

Lieutenant General Ajith Nilakantan
Published on Jun 22, 2024 08:40 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Lockheed considers India unit amid 3-firm race to bag cargo aircraft deal

Lockheed Martin explores setting up C-130J aircraft manufacturing line in India as it competes for Indian Air Force's medium transport aircraft order.

The air force currently operates a fleet of 12 C-130J medium-sized airlifters (IAF file photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 12:12 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Govt to buy 156 light combat helicopters from HAL at 50k-cr

The light combat helicopters (LCH) can perform a variety of missions such as destruction of enemy air defences, It can target slow moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft

Prachand, the all-attack helicopter formation of IAF consisting of Prachand LCH in lead, flanked by two Apaches and two ALH Mk IV Rudras over India Gate during the Republic Day 2024 flypast. (Defence PRO, Palam)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 07:44 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

IAF showcases women power at US-led combat drills

The Red Flag exercise involves primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and aircraft based at Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

India’s deputy ambassador to the US Sripriya Ranganathan (3rd from right) with IAF women officers taking part in exercise Red Flag-Alaska. (IAF Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 07:42 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Entire Dhruv fleet set to get key safety upgrade by end of month

The Dhruv fleet, plagued by a nagging design issue, was grounded several times last year after the accidents called into question its flight safety record

The Dhruv fleet, plagued by a nagging design issue, was grounded several times last year after the accidents called into question its flight safety record.
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 01:21 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Review: Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

A novel that chalks out the protagonist’s identity crisis to minutely observe Iranian-American angst and dissonance in ideas of nationhood

Dreams of Rumi (Raul C7/Shutterstock)
Updated on May 31, 2024 07:17 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

India-France negotiations on navy Rafales to start this week

The deal for the twin-engine deck-based fighters, built for sustained combat operations at sea, is estimated to be worth around ₹50,000 crore.

The deal is estimated to be worth around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000 crore.
Updated on May 29, 2024 02:55 AM IST

Indian Army set to get its first chief born after ’62 war

Top generals from among whom the govt will choose Pande’s successor were all born after the 1962 war that was fought over disputed territories in the Himalayas.

Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande (PTI)
Updated on May 29, 2024 11:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

In a rare move, army chief gets 1-month extension

General Manoj Pande was to retire on May 31.

Army chief General Manoj Pande (File Photo)
Published on May 27, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Agnipath shadow over Punjab in poll season

The Agnipath model was a major departure from the military’s decades-old recruitment system that was scrapped when the NDA govt introduced it in June 2022.

Sepoy Gurtej Singh’s mother Parkash Kaur with his Vir Chakra. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Mansa/sangrur/patiala

Shinku La tunnel work to begin by mid-September

The 4.1-km long Shinku La tunnel will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 60 km, from 355 to 295 km

Defence minister Rajnath Singh with chief of the army staff general Manoj Pande during a visit to Siachen Base Camp, in Ladakh, on April 22, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:06 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Israeli tank fire hit UN vehicle in Rafah killing Col Kale; India awaits report

MEA said India’s permanent mission to the UN in New York and the missions in Tel Aviv and Ramallah are working to repatriate the body of Col Waibhav Anil Kale

A United Nations (UN) vehicle amongst fleeing Palestinians following Israeli army orders to evacuate ahead of military operations in Rafah, Gaza, on May 6 (Bloomberg File/Representative Image)
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:28 PM IST

BRO to complete 2 roads near China border, start work on world’s highest tunnel

The Banga-Janga-Gompa–LJG Road in Arunachal will be ready to support military movement by year-end while connectivity between Munsiyari & Milam in U’khand will be achieved by July 2024

The two roads are among the 61 strategic roads assigned to BRO near the Chinese border. (File photo)
Published on May 07, 2024 05:38 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Four years on, resolution to LAC standoff still elusive

The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army have held 21 rounds of corps commander-level of talks to cool tensions along the LAC

The talks have thus far resulted in four rounds of disengagement from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, Gogra (PP-17A) and Hot Springs (PP-15), but problems at Depsang and Demchok are still on the negotiating table (Getty Images)
Updated on May 07, 2024 06:34 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi takes over as new Chief of Naval Staff

Tripathi was the Western Naval command chief before he was appointed the navy’s vice chief in January 2024 and had earlier served as the navy’s chief of personnel

Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi was the vice chief of naval staff before taking charge of the service. (ANI photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 12:32 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Germany eases small arms sales to India

NSG bought its MP5s, manufactured by the German company Heckler & Koch, before the sale restrictions were imposed around 15 years ago

The removal of restrictions for India will give the Indian military, para-military forces and state police forces another option for buying small arms (HT FILE PHOTO/Waseem Abdrabi)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 07:09 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

‘India’s security can’t be outsourced’: Army chief stresses on self-reliance

Army chief General Manoj Pande said the army is shaping ‘hard power’ capabilities through self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector

Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande addresses a conclave organised by All India Management Association (AIMA) on Tuesday. (MANI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 07:59 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

How India’s aerial defence repels attacks

India's air defence capabilities are under scrutiny after Israel's interception of Iranian missiles. The country is enhancing its arsenal with new systems.

The interception of Iranian missiles by Israeli defence network has put a spotlight on how well India is prepared to defend itself. (AP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 10:04 AM IST

Sainik School Rewa in spotlight as alumni scale new heights in armed forces

Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi who will take over as the navy chief on April 30, is an alumnus of the Sainik School in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa town

Sainik School, Rewa was set up in 1962 and has a campus sprawling over 260 acres (Photo:sainikschoolrewa.ac.in/)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 09:29 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Next navy chief quick thinker, role model with love for tennis, singing

Tripathi will pick up the four-star rank and take over the top job on April 30 when Admiral R Hari Kumar retires

India’s next navy chief Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi (MoD)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 05:55 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

India has a robust air defence network to thwart threats: Officials amid Iran-Israel flare-up

India has made significant advances in developing endo-atmospheric and exo-atmospheric intercept systems to destroy incoming hostile missiles within and outside the atmospheric limits

The S-400 is the latest missile system to be acquired by India after It ordered five units from Russia for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>39,000 crore in October 2018.. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 11:29 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi to be India’s next chief of naval staff

Tripathi was the Western Naval Command chief before he was appointed as the navy’s vice chief in January 2024

Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi. (Sourced image.)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 08:06 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India not in infra race with China: BRO chief

India’s infrastructure push must meet its needs and the Chinese approach is irrelevant as the requirements of both countries are different, Srinivasan said

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) chief Lieutenant General Raghu Srinivasan (ANI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 08:46 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Crucial Nyoma runway along LAC set for completion in October

India is set to complete a 2.7-km runway at Nyoma airbase in Ladakh by October 2024, boosting infrastructure near the China border.

Work on to upgrade the runway at Nyoma airbase. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

MoD sets ball rolling to equip IAF with 97 Tejas Mk-1A fighters worth 67k cr

The contract in the pipeline will be the second one as IAF ordered 83 Mk-1A fighters for ₹48,000 crore in February 2021

Tejas LCA Mk-1A (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:48 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Steel cut for navy’s first fleet support ship in indigenisation boost

Hindustan Shipyard is expected to deliver the first vessel to the navy in mid-2027, with the rest to follow at the rate of one every 10 months thereafter

Defence secretary Giridhar Aramane presided over the first ‘steel cutting’ ceremony and also laid the foundation stone for augmentation of slipways (X/SpokespersonMoD)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:10 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Experts divided on Cong’s declaration of scrapping Agnipath scheme

The Agnipath model marked a major departure from the military’s decades-old recruitment system that was discontinued when the NDA government announced the new scheme in June 2022

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi display the party's manifesto for the general election in New Delhi (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 07:02 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Army begins induction of Akashteer system to sharpen air defence posture

Akashteer system will enable the army to monitor low-level airspace over battle areas and effectively control the ground-based air defence weapon systems

The deployment of Akashteer has begun with the flagging off of the first batch of control centres from BEL Ghaziabad on Thursday (X/adgpi)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 07:26 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

At Gagan Shakti 2024, MiG-21s take part in their last major drills

The MiG-21, India’s first supersonic fighter whose induction began in 1963, will be pulled out of service by 2025

Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 fighter plane (File Photo)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 06:55 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Army eyes restructuring to boost self-reliance

The move to set up new cells is expected to empower command headquarters, formations and unit commanders in the self-reliance pursuit as it will facilitate greater outreach to the industry

The decision was taken at the biannual Army Commanders’ Conference that concluded on April 2. (ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 03:20 PM IST
ByRahul Singh
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