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Kiran trainer crashes, spotlight now on replacement

An ageing Kiran trainer aircraft of IAF crashed on the outskirts of Karnataka on Thursday.

Local residents at the site where a Kiran trainer aircraft crashed, in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district, on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 02:43 PM IST
By, , New Delhi, Bengaluru

Review: I Went to See My Father by Kyung-Sook Shin

Hon returns to her village to care for her father, discovering secrets and unacknowledged grief in her family. The novel delves into generational trauma and South Korea's history. The writing is emotional, with insights into each character's consciousness. The father-daughter relationship is endearing but also reflects the intensity of familial relationships. Kyung-Sook Shin's evocative style and Anton Hur's translation make the book likely to have an impact on world literature.

A man who lost his family and possessions during the Korean War, 1951. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 02:45 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Rafale jets conduct exercise in strategic Indian Ocean region

India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a government-to-government deal worth ₹59,000 crore in September 2016

Four Rafale fighter jets took off from the Hasimara airbase in West Bengal (IAF Twitter)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 05:38 PM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

IAF chief calls for building BrahMos missile variant for smaller warplanes

The air force had initially planned to modify 40 Su-30 fighters to carry the missile, but today the entire Su-30 fleet has been modified to carry the BrahMos, the officials said.

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said, developing BrahMos-NG should be a focus area. (Indian Air Force Twitter)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:15 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

IAF chief calls for developing BrahMos missile variant for smaller warplanes

Currently, only the IAF’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighters are equipped with the air-launched version of the BrahMos, a 2.5-tonne missile that flies at nearly three times the speed of sound

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari. (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 07:33 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

MiG-21s begin flying again after Rajasthan crash

The air force operates more than 50 MiG-21 Bison aircraft, the latest and last variant of the MiG-21.

The MiG-21 Bis (an upgraded MiG-21 variant flown for the first time in 1976) was further upgraded to MiG-21 Bison in India in 2000. (HT)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:00 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

ALH Dhruv being cleared for urgent ops; no routine sorties

The call for the design review follows the ALH’s troubling safety record. In the past five years, it has been involved in 12 accidents.

Most ALHs operated by armed forces have been grounded for checks. (Courtesty: Army)
Updated on May 31, 2023 11:18 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

MiG-29K fighter jet makes maiden night landing on INS Vikrant

The aircraft carrier is currently sailing in the Arabian Sea. It was commissioned into the navy last September.

Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter jet lands on indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant for the first time, on Wednesday night. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2023 04:04 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

After arrest of official, DRDO directs scientists to ensure cyber discipline

“Such advisories are issued from time to time to sensitise people from falling into traps,” said an agency official.

Pradeep Kurulkar (File photo/ANI)
Updated on May 22, 2023 04:26 AM IST

IAF grounds MiG-21 fleet for safety checks after Rajasthan crash

Three women were killed after a MiG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed into a house in Hanumangarh on May 8.

“The MiG-21 Bisons are currently not flying as the fleet is undergoing comprehensive safety checks after the May 8 crash,” said an official. (Representational image)
Updated on May 21, 2023 04:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Defence production beats 1 lakh crore mark on back of crucial reforms

India on Friday announced that the value of defence production in the country crossed ₹1 lakh crore for the first time.

Defence production beats <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh crore mark on back of crucial reforms.(Representative Image)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 20, 2023 01:55 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Navy accords hero’s welcome to its champion sailor Abhilash Tomy

The 44-year-old completed the gruelling 30,000-mile race, the longest sporting event in the world, on April 29.

Abhilash Tomy (HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2023 04:17 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Navy’s newest MH-60R chopper carries out maiden landing on warship

Indian Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60R, also known as the Romeo, landed and took off from INS Kolkata, an indigenously designed and constructed destroyer.

The MH60R helicopter undertook maiden landings on the indigenously designed and constructed destroyer INS Kolkata (Twitter/indiannavy)
Updated on May 20, 2023 04:12 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Golden Globe Race: Champion sailor Tomy accorded hero’s welcome by Indian Navy

The 44-year-old completed the gruelling 30,000-mile race, the longest sporting event in the world, on April 29 after sailing for 236 days in his boat named Bayanat. Tomy returned to India on Thursday

Tomy with Air Vice Marshal MS Sridhar, the military doctor who fixed his back after he suffered a serious spinal injury. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:58 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Navy deploys aircraft to scan ocean for survivors after Chinese vessel sinks

The aircraft dropped search and rescue kits in the area at the request of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy

P-8I long-range maritime surveillance aircraft. (Sourced)
Updated on May 19, 2023 11:35 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

Leh flights cancelled as IAF aircraft blocks runway after glitches

The Leh airport was shut for operations on Tuesday after the runway was blocked by an IAF C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lifter facing technical glitches.

Leh flights cancelled as IAF aircraft blocks runway after glitches
Updated on May 17, 2023 03:54 AM IST

IAF’s C-17 Globemaster stuck on Leh runway, leads to flight cancellations

Air India diverted one of its two flights to Leh to Srinagar and cancelled the second flight after the IAF’s C-17 Globemaster blocked the Leh airport runway.

Officials said IAF heavy-lifter C-17 Globemaster had blocked the runway and was facing technical issues (Representative image) (Twitter/ANI File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2023 03:55 PM IST

Imports of 1,000 more defence items to be phased out

The new list consists of 928 items, with an import substitution value of ₹715 crore, the ministry said in a statement.

The latest list seeks to promote domestic production of several parts of Sukhoi-30 and Jaguar fighter jets, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) planes, magazine firefighting systems on board warships, and gas turbine generators.(Representative Image)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 15, 2023 12:01 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

India imposes phased import ban on 928 defence items in latest self-reliance push

This is the fourth positive indigenisation list of strategically important components placed under an import ban over the last two years

The list covers items used in fighter planes, trainer aircraft, warships and different types of ammunition. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 14, 2023 05:47 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

The importance of Pokhran II, 25 years on

On May 11, 1998, five atomic tests propelled India into a group of nations with nuclear capabilities achieving self-reliance in developing nuclear weapons

Speaking soon after the nuclear tests in 1998, Vajpayee had pointed out that the word “peaceful”, often used to characterise India’s first nuclear test in 1974 (Pokhran-I), had not figured in official statements issued after the five tests.(HT Archive)
Published on May 11, 2023 03:58 PM IST

Army officers in Brigadier rank and above to don common uniform from August 1

The army has decided to adopt a common uniform for officers in brigadier rank and above to bolster a common identity, approach in service matters among seniors.

From headgear to shoulder rank badges and gorget patches (collar tabs) to belts and shoes, the uniform of the senior officers will now be standardised and common. (ADGPI - INDIAN ARMY Twitter)
Updated on May 10, 2023 09:01 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

India’s Dhruv chopper needs critical safety upgrade: Panel

A government regulatory body has called for a design review of a "safety-critical system" on the Dhruv advanced light helicopter

An Indian Army Dhruv ALH
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:32 PM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Ahead of induction, IAF’s 1st C295 completes maiden flight in Spain

As part of the contract, 16 C295 aircraft will be delivered by Airbus in flyaway condition from Spain, and the remaining 40 will be manufactured in India.

The maiden flight took place at Seville on May 5 and lasted three hours. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2023 12:12 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Chinese vessels shadow Indian ships in Asean drill, say officials

The presence of the Chinese vessels was first reported on social media by Ray Powell, a former US Air Force officer

The opening ceremony of the Asean-India maritime exercise was held at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 2. (Courtesy: Indian Navy)
Updated on May 09, 2023 12:00 AM IST

IAF’s first C295 completes maiden flight in Spain, induction begins in Sept

Airbus Defence and Space said the maiden flight took place at Seville on May 5 and lasted three hours. IAF crews are at Airbus’s Seville facility for training

India's defence ministry signed a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>21,935-crore contract with Airbus Defence and Space for 56 C295 planes in September 2021(Photo courtesy: Airbus)
Updated on May 08, 2023 04:11 PM IST

Territorial Army’s women officers get LoC duty nod

In another first for TA women reservists, they will now be eligible to be posted as staff officers at TA group headquarters in New Delhi.

Employed graduates aged between 18 and 42 years are eligible to join the Territorial Army. (HT photo)
Updated on May 08, 2023 03:54 AM IST
ByRahul Singh, New Delhi

Centre pushes for all-women contingents at Republic Day parade

To be sure, women officers have been taking part in the parade and leading marching contingents over the last few years

In a letter, the Centre has called for increased representation of women at the parade. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 07, 2023 04:39 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Army grounds Dhruv ALH fleet again following Kishtwar crash

An Indian Army Dhruv advanced light helicopter crash landed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Thursday

An Indian Army ALH in eastern sector (HT Photo/Rahul Singh)
Updated on May 06, 2023 02:14 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Army harnesses tech for battlefield supremacy

The projects being pursued are aimed at transforming the army into “a future-ready” force, people aware of the matter said

Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan with Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande.(PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 03:38 AM IST
ByRahul Singh

5 soldiers killed in Rajouri; manhunt for terrorists on

The soldiers were part of army squads trying to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the April 20 ambush.

Security personnel at the site of the encounter in Rajouri district on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 01:52 AM IST
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