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India will buy 30 Predator MQ9 drones, 10 each for three services, after completion of training on two leased drones at Arakkonam in Tami Nadu.(Representational photo)

Armed forces use lease route to cut red-tape, stay prepared for adversaries

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 01:26 PM IST
The leasing of two Predator unmanned aerial vehicles from the US, a nuclear power submarine Akula class to replace the presently leased INS Chakra from Russia, and the proposal to lease a Airbus 330 multi-role transport tanker from France are examples in this direction.
The procurement of defence equipment is an extremely important facet of preparedness for future conflict and must not be allowed to fester as a permanent sore(REUTERS)
The procurement of defence equipment is an extremely important facet of preparedness for future conflict and must not be allowed to fester as a permanent sore(REUTERS)

A blueprint to revamp India’s defence acquisition | Opinion

By Gurmeet Kanwal
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 07:56 PM IST
Distinguish between technologies to be developed independently, with allies, and by private players
TheSupreme Court on Wednesday overruled the central government’s objections over the admissibility of some documents, which, the latter had claimed, were sensitive in nature and had been obtained through “unauthorised photocopying and leakage”(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
TheSupreme Court on Wednesday overruled the central government’s objections over the admissibility of some documents, which, the latter had claimed, were sensitive in nature and had been obtained through “unauthorised photocopying and leakage”(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Rafale case: The Supreme Court verdict is a boost for transparency

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 10:33 PM IST
The apex court’s ruling makes it clear that the Official Secrets Act cannot be invoked to escape legal scrutiny on matters involving public money
CAG also found that ASQRs were revised five times between 2006 and 2009 based on what vendors had to offer rather than what IAF really needed.(CAG Photo)
CAG also found that ASQRs were revised five times between 2006 and 2009 based on what vendors had to offer rather than what IAF really needed.(CAG Photo)

CAG points to flaws in defence procurement

UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 12:08 AM IST
In a 141-page report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, the CAG said the IAF’s qualitative requirements for heavy-lift helicopters were aligned to the features of US defence firm Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook choppers.
A French fighter aircraft Rafale takes off on the third day of the 11th biennial edition of AERO INDIA 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.(PTI File Photo)
A French fighter aircraft Rafale takes off on the third day of the 11th biennial edition of AERO INDIA 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.(PTI File Photo)

Supreme Court’s approach on Rafale pleas could set precedent for defence deals

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2018 08:40 AM IST
A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SK Kaul and Justice K M Jospeh held that courts should desist from making in-depth examination of defence contracts and keep“ in mind the confines of national security and the fact that the procurement is crucial to the nation’s sovereignty” while dealing with petitions challenging defence procurements.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the defence acquisition council chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI/File Photo)
The decision was taken at a meeting of the defence acquisition council chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI/File Photo)

Defence ministry approves military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore for Indian Air Force

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2018 07:58 PM IST
The defence ministry on Thursday approved military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore, including 12 high power radars, for the Indian Air Force.
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