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India spent 20,776 cr on border security after China row

India earmarked 1.13 lakh crore as military capital expenditure in budget 2020-21 but revised estimates (RE) presented in Parliament by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman show the military ended up spending 1.34 lakh crore on modernisation.
India has set aside <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4.78 lakh crore for military spending in its budget for 2021-22, compared to last year’s <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4.71 lakh crore.(ANI)
India has set aside 4.78 lakh crore for military spending in its budget for 2021-22, compared to last year’s 4.71 lakh crore.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2021 04:32 AM IST
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ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Cyber and space domains focus of £16.5 billion UK defence push

The UK government on Thursday announced the establishment of a National Cyber Force manned with intelligence and military personnel as part of a £16.5 billion push in the defence sector as the country prepares for life out of the EU from January 1, 2021
In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) arrives with Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (2L) to visit military personnel in Salisbury, southwest England.(AFP/ FILE)
In this file photo taken on September 19, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) arrives with Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (2L) to visit military personnel in Salisbury, southwest England.(AFP/ FILE)
Published on Nov 19, 2020 07:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Meagre hike in defence budget could hit modernization plans

If the defence spending allocated for 2020-21 is calculated against last year’s revised estimates of Rs 3.31 lakh crore, the increase is not even 2%. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech in Parliament on Saturday made no mention of defence except that national security was a top priority.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with her deputy Anurag Thakur and a team of officials ahead of the Union Budget in New Delhi on Saturday. Lack of adequate funds could hit the military’s modernization programmes, experts have said.(PTI PHOTO.)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with her deputy Anurag Thakur and a team of officials ahead of the Union Budget in New Delhi on Saturday. Lack of adequate funds could hit the military’s modernization programmes, experts have said.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 01, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

India’s defence planning has no clear strategic direction

We must ensure the success of Make in India because no nation can build security largely through imports.
T-90 Bhishma tanks march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2016.(Vipin Kumar/ HT File)
T-90 Bhishma tanks march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, January 26, 2016.(Vipin Kumar/ HT File)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 08:58 AM IST
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ByBrahma Chellaney

India was 4th biggest military spender last year

According to the SIPRI data, China was the second-largest military spender last year. Beijing increased its military expenditure by 5% to $250 billion in 2018. It accounted for 14% of global military spending. In contrast, India’s military spending went up by 3.1% to $66.5 billion. India accounts for 3.7% of the global defence spending.
India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender last year behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender last year behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2019 09:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The BJP’s vision for 2019

The party’s manifesto focuses on national security, rural India and the economy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party release the party's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, New Delhi, April 8(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party release the party's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, New Delhi, April 8(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 10:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Donald Trump continues to push NATO on burden sharing

Trump has been pushing NATO members to increase their defence spending since he took office and has at times seemed prepared to leave the alliance, calling it “obsolete”.
Under NATO guidelines, each member country must keep its defence spending at 2% of its GDP at the minimum.(AP PHOTO)
Under NATO guidelines, each member country must keep its defence spending at 2% of its GDP at the minimum.(AP PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 03, 2019 09:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

China economy to grow by 6-6.5 % in 2019, defence outlay increases by 7.5 %

China also aims to increase its defence spending by 7.5 percent for this year, compared with a planned 8.1 percent rise in 2018.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leave at the end of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5.(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leave at the end of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 06, 2019 10:05 AM IST
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Beijing, Hindustan Times | BySutirtho Patranobis

Budget: Govt increases military spending to Rs 3 lakh crore

The interim budget includes a capital outlay of 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military has sharpened its focus on upgrading its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery guns, missiles and other weapons.
Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) tanks move along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on January 26.(Bloomberg)
Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) tanks move along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on January 26.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Feb 02, 2019 11:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

Four years of Modi govt: India showed will and muscle, but funds crunch dulls defence shine

Budgetary constraints have slowed down the government’s efforts to scale up the military’s capabilities although India still remains the world’s largest importer of weapons.
Soldiers take positions outside the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu in February 2018. The government faces the challenge of ensuring adequate resources are available for its defence capabilities.(AFP File Photo)
Soldiers take positions outside the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu in February 2018. The government faces the challenge of ensuring adequate resources are available for its defence capabilities.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2018 08:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh

The Big Bang in Indian defence is delayed | Opinion

Unless India can address shortcomings in the defence sector with policies aimed specifically at attracting private-sector investors, its dreams of a defence overhaul face a disappointing reality.
Bharat Dynamics Ltd. Akash Weapon System, manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), sits on display during the Aero India air show at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, India(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
Bharat Dynamics Ltd. Akash Weapon System, manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), sits on display during the Aero India air show at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, India(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
Updated on May 08, 2018 01:20 PM IST
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Bloomberg | ByAnjani Trivedi

A large chunk of India’s defence budget goes towards staff salaries, not equipment

Reports on defence spending such as the one by SIPRI that names India in the list of the top five defence spenders in the world do not always present the complete picture
BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade(HT File)
BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade(HT File)
Updated on May 03, 2018 05:55 PM IST
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The nuclear aspect of Pakistan’s defence spending needs to be watched

It unveiled the largest hike in its defence budget in more than a decade last week, with the outlay for fiscal 2018-19 crossing the Pakistani Rs 1 trillion-mark for the first time
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa speaks at the 54th Munich Security Conference, February 17(AFP)
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa speaks at the 54th Munich Security Conference, February 17(AFP)
Updated on May 01, 2018 07:39 PM IST
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