Rahul Singh

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1st batch of Agniveers excited, prepared as training course ends next week

The Navy’s sprawling lakeside training facility, INS Chilka, is brimming with verve and cheer as the country’s first Agniveers are on the threshold of a challenging military career

The passing-out parade will feature 2,600 Agniveers, including more than 270 women. (Rahul Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Pakistan skips SCO meet after Indian objection to inaccurate map

The matter was raised by the Indian side, including the external affairs ministry, as Pakistani officials had used similar maps at an earlier SCO meeting, people familiar with the matter said.

India is hosting a series of official and ministerial meetings ahead of the SCO Summit that is expected to be held in July. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 11:38 PM IST
ByRahul Singh and Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi

IAF chief seeks self-reliance in design and development

He said stakeholder collaboration was imperative to achieve self-reliance, and without it, “we will wallow in the dark.”

IAF chief VR Chaudhari (HT)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 03:47 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Pak team skips SCO event in Delhi after Indian objection to its inaccurate map

The Indian side raised the issue about the map since Pakistani officials used similar inaccurate maps at an earlier SCO meeting

The Pakistani side was asked to show the correct map or to stay away from the seminar. The delegation chose to stay away. (Twitter/DrPraveshGupta)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:43 PM IST
ByRahul Singh and Rezaul H Laskar

Not just production, self-reliance should cover design, development: IAF chief

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari’s comments come at a time when boosting self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector is one of the top priorities for the government

The government has taken a raft of measures during the last three years to promote self-reliance. (Indian Air Force | Twitter)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 01:50 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

India clears defence buys worth 70,500 crore

India on Thursday cleared the decks for buying indigenous military hardware worth ₹70,500 crore, including supersonic missiles, artillery guns, maritime helicopters and a long-range standoff weapon, officials familiar with the matter said.

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh at Parliament House complex.(PTI file)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 10:37 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

2 army pilots die in helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh

Two army pilots were killed on Thursday when a Cheetah helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, the Kolkata-based Eastern Command said, with the accident turning the spotlight on the troubling safety record of the ageing choppers.

Two army pilots died after their Cheetah helicopter flying on an operational sortie crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 12:37 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

New bill tabled to clear decks for theaterisation

The existing legal framework of the armed forces has its limitations when it comes to tri-services matters.

File photo of the Indian Army at Kibithu, close to the LAC in Arunachal’s Anjaw district. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 04:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India forms panel to push infrastructure projects along LAC

India on Tuesday announced the setting up of a top panel to fast-track infrastructure projects in areas close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where the Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in a lingering standoff for almost three years, and negotiations are on to end the stalemate

Defence minister Rajnath Singh chairs a meeting to review the construction of various infrastructure projects along northern border during a high-level meeting, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 15, 2023 12:03 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India world’s top arms importer in 2018-2022. Ukraine 3rd largest in 2022: Sipri

Though India's arms imports fell 11% between 2013-17 and 2018-22, the country is still the world’s top importer of military hardware, a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday.

Indian Army soldiers stand next to an M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer positioned at Penga Teng Tso ahead of Tawang, near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), neighbouring China, in Arunachal Pradesh (Used only for representation/AFP)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 05:36 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Military grounds ALH fleet after navy chopper makes emergency landing

The three services and the coast guard have grounded their entire fleets of the indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH) for a comprehensive safety check, days after an Indian Navy ALH ditched into the Arabian Sea on March 8 following unexplained loss of power.

The three services and the coast guard together operate more than 300 ALH variants. (File photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 12:31 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India, Australia committed to open and inclusive Indo-Pacific: Albanese

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Thursday called India a top-tier security partner for his country while announcing that Australia will host this year’s Malabar exercise for the first time even as he stressed that the Indian Ocean was key to the security and prosperity of both countries, which are committed to upholding the rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese aboard INS Vikrant off the Mumbai coast on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 01:28 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Women trailblazers hail army for opening new frontiers

Several women officers, who are trailblazers in the Indian Army and serving in challenging roles, believe that the army is opening new frontiers for women at a swift pace, and grooming them to hold leadership positions in select streams on a par with their male counterparts.

Major Aaina Rana.
Published on Mar 07, 2023 01:12 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Boosting self-reliance biggest lesson for India from war in Ukraine: CDS

NEW DELHI: Chief of defence staff General Anil Chauhan on Friday said that self-reliance in defence manufacturing was one of the biggest lessons for India from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the three services will have to be the driving force for the campaign to succeed

Chief of defence staff General Anil Chauhan said self-reliance in defence will give India the capability to produce what is required in large numbers even as the country depends on its friends and allies for advanced technology (PTI)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 01:36 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Raisina Dialogue: Italian PM hits out at Russia over Ukraine offensive

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said Russia’s ongoing offensive in Ukraine is not just an act of war but against the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation and in violation of principles of international order

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni delivered her keynote address at the inaugural session of this year’s Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 01:53 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Top navy meet to be held on board INS Vikrant

Defence minister Rajnath Singh will on March 6 address the inaugural session of a top navy meeting on board India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

A MiG-29K on INS Vikrant’s flight deck. (Indian Navy)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:55 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Cabinet nod for purchase of 3 training ships, 70 trainer aircraft

The contract for the basic trainers will be signed with state-run plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) while private sector major Larsen & Toubro will get the order for the training ships

Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft. (File photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 12:28 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Centre prepares to release OROP payments in one go by March 15

India’s defence accounts department is working to disburse arrears running into thousands of crores to around 2.5 million defence pensioners by March 15 in line with a Supreme Court order on clearing outstanding payments to the ex-servicemen under the OROP scheme

The top court on Monday rebuked the Union government for delaying payments under the scheme, and following its observations,
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 05:45 AM IST

LCA Tejas set to debut at air exercises in UAE

The indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas is set to debut in a multilateral air exercise in the United Arab Emirates, the Indian Air Force said on Saturday

State-run planemaker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Wednesday kicked off key ground tests on the LCA Mk-1 (light combat aircraft) to assess the structural integrity of its airframe. (IAF)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 01:10 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Around 50 women officers set to head army units in forward areas

The development comes a month after the army conducted a special selection board to promote 108 women officers to the rank of select-grade colonel — a move aimed at bringing about gender parity

Over 1,000 Indian peacekeepers, including five female Army personnel, honoured with UN medals for their vital work in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in January. (UNMISS Twitter)
Published on Feb 22, 2023 01:27 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi:

Athletes, NCC cadets to get edge in Agnipath recruitment

New Delhi Sportspersons and cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) are among those who will have an edge over others in selection into the Indian Army under the Agnipath model for short-term induction of soldiers, officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Aspirants stand in a queue to register themselves under the Agnipath recruitment scheme, at Surankote, in Poonch (Rahi Kapoor)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 04:39 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

In wheelchair after being shot, officer chases ‘Ironman’ dream

Lieutenant Colonel Amardeep Singh Dehal has been using a wheelchair after he was shot in the head during a counterterror operation in Kashmir six years ago

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Updated on Feb 20, 2023 08:05 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Domestic share in defence acquisitions raised to 75%

The defence minister called the decision an unprecedented step taken by the government at the outset of Amrit Kaal (the 25 years leading to India’s independence centenary) to accelerate the growth of the domestic defence sector.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks at a seminar during Aero India 2023, at Yelahanka Airbase, in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 04:26 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, Bengaluru

Navy may need 100 locally made deck-based fighters

The first prototype of the twin engine deck-based fighter (TEDBF) could make its maiden flight by 2026 and be ready for production by 2031

A mock-up of the TEDBF at Aero India 2023. (HT)
Updated on Feb 15, 2023 06:13 AM IST

Army needs 200 new helicopters, says General Pande

Pande’s comments came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumakuru in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande addresses the 75th Army Day celebrations at Govinda Swamy Parade Ground in Bengaluru, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav) (PTI01_15_2023_000064A) (PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 12:29 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India in talks with Argentina, Egypt for possible Tejas sale

BENGALURU: India is in talks with Egypt and Argentina for a possible sale of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) to their air forces as the country sharpens its focus on getting a toehold in foreign markets and boosting defence exports, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman CB Ananthakrishnan said at the Aero India 2023 air show on Tuesday

Bengaluru: Indian Air Force's 'Tejas' aircraft takes off for a sortie during the second day of Aero India 2023, at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI02_14_2023_000128B) (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 11:54 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Army needs 200 new helicopters, says Gen Pande

Gen Manoj Pande said the army needs around 110 light utility helicopters (LUH) and 90 to 95 light combat helicopters (LCH) that will be built by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

Bengaluru: Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande flies in a Light Combat Helicopter during the ongoing Aero India 2023 on Monday (PTI/@adgpi)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 09:08 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

India in talks with Egypt, Argentina for sale of Tejas light combat aircraft

Egypt has projected a requirement for 20 aircraft while the South American country needs 15 new fighters

A model of Tejas fighter jet at the Aero India-2023. (Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 04:08 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Modi opens Aero India, says New India like a fighter pilot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated Asia’s biggest military airshow, Aero India 2023, and likened New India to a fighter pilot who “thinks fast, thinks far and takes quick decisions” while addressing a packed audience at the Yelahanka airbase even as he highlighted the potential of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and how the country’s quest for self-reliance had unlocked “new alternatives and opportunities” for the world

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Published on Feb 13, 2023 11:49 PM IST
ByRahul Singh, Bengaluru

US Air Force's F-35 jets make historic debut at Aero India 2023

India was earlier planning to co-develop a stealth fighter with Russia, but the proposed multi-billion dollar fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project was abandoned after IAF expressed strong reservations about the project due to the high cost and issues related to technology transfer

For the first time in India F35 Stealth fighter jet of USAF landed during AERO India 2023 (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 03:31 AM IST
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