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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)

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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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests, urging Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them.(AP)
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan severely damaged China’s sovereignty and security interests, urging Washington to clearly recognize the harm they caused and immediately cancel them.(AP)

White House moves forward on three arms sales to Taiwan: Report

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 07:59 PM IST
The move in the run-up to the Nov. 3 U.S. election, first reported by Reuters, is likely to anger China, which considers Taiwan a wayward province that it has vowed to reunite with the mainland, by force if necessary.
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Officials called the successful test flight of the hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) a significant leap in indigenous defence technologies. (HT Photo/DRDO)
Officials called the successful test flight of the hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) a significant leap in indigenous defence technologies. (HT Photo/DRDO)

Mach 6, over 30km in 20 seconds: India test fires hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 03:24 PM IST
The HSTDV, based on hypersonic propulsion technologies, has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
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India was the third-biggest military spender in the world last year after the United States and China, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said in a report released in April.
India was the third-biggest military spender in the world last year after the United States and China, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said in a report released in April.

Govt unveils steps for self-reliance in defence sector

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 02:31 AM IST
From artillery guns to light military transport aircraft and conventional submarines to long-range land attack cruise missiles, India on Sunday announced that it would ban the import of 101 different types of weapons, systems and ammunition over the next five years.
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Defence minister Rajnath Singh(ANI File Photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh(ANI File Photo)

Rajnath Singh announces import ban on 101 defence items. Here’s the full list

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 12:09 PM IST
The defence ministry has decided to put 101 items on embargo to boost indigenisation of defence production.
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UT administrator VP Singh Badnore felicitates Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav on the first day of the Military Literature Festival at Lake Club, Sector 1, in Chandigarh on Friday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
UT administrator VP Singh Badnore felicitates Subedar Major Yogendra Singh Yadav on the first day of the Military Literature Festival at Lake Club, Sector 1, in Chandigarh on Friday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Gandhi, Guru Nanak remind us that war is never an option: Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2019 12:59 AM IST
He was speaking while inaugurating the third edition of the annual Military Literature Festival
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Loaded with fire-and-forget Hellfire missiles, the Apache AH-64E(I) helicopters can track up to 128 targets in a minute and prioritise threats.(ANI / Twitter)
Loaded with fire-and-forget Hellfire missiles, the Apache AH-64E(I) helicopters can track up to 128 targets in a minute and prioritise threats.(ANI / Twitter)

Apache helicopters set to join IAF today: All you need to know

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:14 AM IST
The Indian Air Force will be receiving 22 Apache AH-64E(I) helicopters in all in a $1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing signed in September 2015.
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S Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Tuesday while en route to Tokyo that the allies were “still abiding” by the adjustments made after Trump and Kim’s historic first meeting in Singapore last year.(AFP)
S Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Tuesday while en route to Tokyo that the allies were “still abiding” by the adjustments made after Trump and Kim’s historic first meeting in Singapore last year.(AFP)

Kim Jong Un says North Korean missile test sends warning to US

By Jihye Lee, Isabel Reynolds | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 10:55 AM IST
North Korea has taken escalating steps in recent weeks to show its frustration with the U.S.’s refusal to meet its demands in nuclear talks.
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The United States first used the interoperability argument in the context of S-400s against Turkey(REUTERS)
The United States first used the interoperability argument in the context of S-400s against Turkey(REUTERS)

United States ups the ante for India on S-400, says defence ties at risk

By Yashwant Raj | Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 02:39 PM IST
India’s acquisition of S-400s “effectively could limit India’s ability to increase our own interoperability”, Alice Wells, head of the state department’s South and Central Asia bureau told lawmakers at a congressional hearing.
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Indian Air Force is preparing to induct US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, with the first batch of four choppers arriving in the country in July.(File photo)
Indian Air Force is preparing to induct US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, with the first batch of four choppers arriving in the country in July.(File photo)

IAF prepares to induct US-made Apache choppers

By Rahul Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 09:57 AM IST
India had inked a $ 1.1-billion deal with the US defence giant Boeing, in September 2015 for 22 Apaches. The first batch of choppers will be based at the Pathankot air base, said one of the officials cited above.
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Image for representation purpose only(Bloomberg file photo)
Image for representation purpose only(Bloomberg file photo)

After 10 years, India no longer world’s top weapons importer

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 07:05 AM IST
India is no longer the world’s largest importer of weapons, a position it held for over a decade, with Saudi Arabia topping the global share of arms imports between 2014 and 2018.
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India is exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos cruise missile to Indonesia (File Photo)(HT Photo)
India is exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos cruise missile to Indonesia (File Photo)(HT Photo)

India exploring sale of BrahMos cruise missile to Indonesia

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 09:33 AM IST
India has earlier held talks with the Vietnam government for the sale of the BrahMos, a supersonic cruise missile developed by an Indo-Russian joint venture set up in 1998. The Indian Navy inducted the missile on its frontline warships in 2005.
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The Indian Chief of Air Staff, B S Dhanoa, has joined a line of distinguished voices in arguing for joint planning between air force, army and navy as soon as possible(AP)
The Indian Chief of Air Staff, B S Dhanoa, has joined a line of distinguished voices in arguing for joint planning between air force, army and navy as soon as possible(AP)

A unified military command is the way to go

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 12:45 PM IST
There are arguably fewer military reforms that would so greatly enhance India’s fighting capability than the full operational integration of its warships, fighters, tanks and other platforms.
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The Chinese government has for the first time recruited 31 high school students to take part in an experimental Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven programme to develop intelligent weapons systems at the elite Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Chinese government has for the first time recruited 31 high school students to take part in an experimental Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven programme to develop intelligent weapons systems at the elite Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

China handpicks 31 high school students to develop AI weapons systems

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 01:01 PM IST
The 31 students, including four girls, will be the first batch to take the four-year course of “experimental programme for intelligent weapons systems”.
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BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade. (HT file photo)
BrahMos missiles on display during the Republic Day parade. (HT file photo)

Pakistan looks to buy Chinese missile ‘better than’ Indo-Russian BrahMos: Report

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:23 AM IST
According to the report, the Chinese HD-1 supersonic missile will face little competition in the international market.
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Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems during the Victory Day parade, at Red Square in Moscow.(Reuters/File Photo)
Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems during the Victory Day parade, at Red Square in Moscow.(Reuters/File Photo)

Amid US sanctions, India set to sign S-400 missile deal during Vladimir Putin’s visit next week

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2018 09:15 AM IST
India will sign the S-400 missile system deal with Russia during the annual summit between PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin next week, hoping for a US sanction waiver, and to prevent Russia from directly selling weapon systems to Pakistan if India says no to the deal.
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India is preparing its Army, Navy and Air Force for next generation warfare amid rising Chinese investments in developing critical applications of AI for its military.(Getty Images/Photo for representation)
India is preparing its Army, Navy and Air Force for next generation warfare amid rising Chinese investments in developing critical applications of AI for its military.(Getty Images/Photo for representation)

India working on artificial intelligence to prepare armed forces for next-gen warfare

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 10:18 PM IST
Defence sources said equipping armed forces with unmanned tanks, vessels and robotic weaponry in surveillance of India’s borders with China and Pakistan would ease pressure on personnel guarding the sensitive frontiers.
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A man holds the flags of India and the US while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York on August 16, 2015.(REUTERS FILE)
A man holds the flags of India and the US while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York on August 16, 2015.(REUTERS FILE)

US closely watching India’s plan to buy S-400 air defence system from Russia

By Yashwant Raj | Washington, Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2018 07:17 AM IST
In a carefully worded statement to Hindustan Times, the US state department did not directly say if the purchase of the weapon system by India was sanctionable.
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