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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

Indian Navy responds to pirate attack in Arabian Sea

Two Indian naval ships, deployed for maritime security operations, were diverted to intercept the hijacked fishing vessel reportedly boarded by 9 armed pirates

The hijacked fishing vessel was around 90 nautical miles southwest of Socotra, the Indian Navy said in a statement (X/indiannavy)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:51 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Review: Lost on Me by Veronica Raimo

An exploration of girlhood and womanhood, Lost on Me, which has been longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024, stands out for its humour and solid punch lines

A street in Rome, Italy, where the protagonist of Veronica Raimo’s Lost on Me grows up. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 09:23 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

LCA Tejas MK-1A completes maiden flight in Bengaluru

HAL’s chief test pilot Group Captain KK Venugopal (retd) flew the light combat aircraft (LCA) Mk-1A for 18 minutes

Tejas LCA Mk-1A (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 04:40 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Doubts shroud delivery of first LCA Mk-1A jet to IAF

The newer variants, Mk-1A and Mk-2, will come with significantly improved features and technologies over the current Mk-1 aircraft.

IAF ordered 83 Mk-1A fighters for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>48,000 crore in February 2021, and plans to buy 97 more Mk-1As at a cost of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 67,000 crore (IAF)
Updated on Mar 25, 2024 02:38 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Rajnath Singh spends Holi with troops, calls Ladakh India’s ‘capital of valour’

Singh said he believed that festivals should first be celebrated with the protectors of the country and urged the three service chiefs to start a new tradition of celebrating festivals with soldiers a day earlier

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh celebrated Holi festival with troops at Ladakh on Sunday (Twitter/@rajnathsingh)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 07:16 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

‘No Indian ship attacked but situation in Red Sea volatile’: Navy Chief

The navy, which has more than 10 warships deployed in the region, has thwarted several piracy attempts in and around Arabian Sea during the last 100 days.

Indian Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar said the Houthis have been targeting vessels linked to Israel and ships sailing under the flags of some Western countries (ANI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 12:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates navy’s new headquarters in Delhi

The complex features a comprehensive three-tier security system, including technologies such as automatic underbelly scanning of vehicles, power fences, face recognition cameras, bollards and access control

It is the first independent headquarters for the Indian Navy in Delhi (Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 06:59 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Tejas crashes for first time minutes after taking part in military drills

The aircraft had flown during the tri-services Bharat Shakti exercise at the Pokhran firing range near Jaisalmer along with another Tejas fighter before it went down

People try to douse fire at the site of Tejas crash. (PTI)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 09:58 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Indigenous military might on show in Pokhran, PM Modi in attendance

PM Modi launched a blistering attack on the previous regime for not appointing a chief of defence staff to bring synergy among the three services

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with defence minister Rajnath Singh in Pokhran on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 05:08 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, Pokhran (rajasthan)

Mission Divyastra: Agni-5 gets multiple warheads capability

PM Modi announces successful maiden flight test of Agni-5 missile with MIRV technology, code-named Mission Divyastra, boosting India's defence capability.

DRDO conducts the first successful flight test of Agni-5 missile on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 05:01 AM IST

Agni-5 missile can now deliver multiple nuclear warheads, announces PM Modi

India successfully carried out the maiden flight test of the locally developed Agni-5 missile with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle technology

PM Modi also revealed the codename for the historic test, Mission Divyastra (divine weapon), which has propelled India into an exclusive league of countries that have the capability to deploy MIRV missile systems. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 08:56 PM IST

PM Modi opens Sela tunnel, puts military mobility in fast lane to counter China

PM Modi inaugurated Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh which is the world's longest twin-lane above 13,000 feet.

The ‘Sela Tunnel’ was virtually inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 01:04 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

PM Modi to get ringside view of indigenous military power in Pokhran on March 12

‘Bharat Shakti’ in Pokhran will showcase the shock and awe that the three services seek to achieve in an operational situation by employing the manoeuvre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 04:54 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

PM Modi to dedicate Sela tunnel to nation on March 9

The Sela project consists of Tunnel 1, which is 1,003 metres long, and Tunnel 2, a 1,595-metre twin tube tunnel

Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 04:28 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Cabinet panel clears new indigenous stealth fighter project in defence push

IAF modernisation map envisages the deployment of around 120 stealth fighters (six squadrons) 2035 onwards

HT Image
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 07:12 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India raises first MH-60R sqn in Kochi; Navy chief hails capabilities

The helicopters will strengthen the navy’s anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and surveillance capabilities

The navy received its first two MH-60R choppers at Kochi two years ago. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 06:32 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

India opens key naval base close to Maldives

The base has immense significance not just for the Indian Navy but for maritime security, and strategic posture in the Indo-Pacific, the navy chief said.

Indian Naval officers seen during the commissioning of naval base 'INS Jatayu', at Minicoy, Lakshadweep Islands, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 04:57 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Swedish firm Saab to make latest rocket launchers in India under 100% FDI

Swedish firm Saab to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system in India with 100% FDI, marking a milestone in the country's defense sector.

Carl-Gustaf M4 shoulder-fired weapon system. (SAAB)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 05:56 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Navy to raise first MH-60R Seahawk squadron in Kochi on March 6

The navy ordered 24 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R multi-role helicopters from the US four years ago to modernise its ageing helicopter fleet

The advanced weapons, sensors and avionics suite make the Seahawks ideal for the Indian Navy’s maritime security needs.
Published on Mar 03, 2024 05:14 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

India to boost maritime reach, commission naval base at Minicoy on March 6

INS Jatayu is the second naval base in Lakshadweep after INS Dweeprakshak in Kavaratti. Minicoy is the southernmost island of Lakshadweep, 215 nautical miles southwest of Kochi

The Indian Navy is set to convert its temporary set up at Minicoy in Lakshadweep islands into a full-fledged naval base (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 06:19 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

MoD signs deals worth 39,125 crore for missiles, radars, aero engines

The Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved these deals recently to boost India’s naval power

The defence ministry on Friday signed five major capital acquisition contracts in New Delhi (Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 04:50 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Review: Playing Games by Huma Qureshi

A novel that follows two sisters and an unravelling marriage examines what it means to have a family and also the setbacks that families can bring

Life and heartbreak in London (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 07:16 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

IAF test pilots with shining track record to lead India’s space quest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the identities of the four IAF fighter pilots selected for the Gaganyaan mission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands-over wings to astronauts-designate Shubanshu Shukla, Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Angad Prathap and Ajit Krishnan who have been selected to be the astronauts on India’s first crewed mission to space 'Gaganyaan Mission', at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), in Thiruvananthapuram. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 08:34 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi
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