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In a first, US naval ship comes to Indian shipyard for repair

In a first, US naval ship comes to Indian shipyard for repair

Rediff.com4 hours ago

New Delhi had proposed during the 2+2 dialogue in April that the US navy could avail of the services and expertise of Indian shipyards.

MoD's Big Made In India Push

MoD's Big Made In India Push

Rediff.com5 days ago

Banning the import of platforms that are already being built in India serves little purpose.

Will Navy Choose Super Hornet or Rafale Marine?

Will Navy Choose Super Hornet or Rafale Marine?

Rediff.com21 Jul 2022

With inadequacies in the Russian MiG-29Ks that India bought to operate off the INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, the acquisition of a capable, long-range multi-role carrier-based fighters will be critical for India's naval power.

India's Looming Submarine Shortfall

India's Looming Submarine Shortfall

Rediff.com19 Jul 2022

With the Indian Navy's requirement of conventional submarines standing at 24, there is critical need to expedite the planned acquisition of six more conventional submarines.

Beware Of Agnipath!

Beware Of Agnipath!

Rediff.com13 Jul 2022

The greatest unknown in this risky initiative lies in the way human relationships will play out -- not just between the Agniveers, who will be competing with their fellows for permanent jobs beyond their four-year tenures -- but also between the Agniveers and existing full-time soldiers, warns Ajai Shukla.

Indian Navy Tests Secret Missile

Indian Navy Tests Secret Missile

Rediff.com27 Jun 2022

The VL-SRSAM, which DRDO developed for the Indian Navy, was fired from a warship at a high-speed aerial target mimicking incoming enemy aircraft.

IAF Or AAI: Who Should Get Precedence?

IAF Or AAI: Who Should Get Precedence?

Rediff.com13 Jun 2022

There is increasing friction between the IAF's military requirements, and the AAI's need to provide infrastructure to many more airlines.

Indian Army's Achilles Heel: Artillery Power

Indian Army's Achilles Heel: Artillery Power

Rediff.com10 Jun 2022

The army has long been deficient in artillery, the modern battlefield's most lethal killer, says Ajai Shukla.

Why the Chinese Need To Worry

Why the Chinese Need To Worry

Rediff.com31 May 2022

In the two years since the PLA's intrusions into Eastern Ladakh, the Border Roads Organisation is sparing no effort to build and upgrade road highways from Tezpur to the McMahon Line.

It's Rafale vs Boeing for INS Vikrant's fighters

It's Rafale vs Boeing for INS Vikrant's fighters

Rediff.com23 May 2022

The Indian Navy has decided that the twin-seat Rafale will not be disqualified on the basis of its inability to operate from an aircraft carrier.

Is Doval the reason there's no CDS?

Is Doval the reason there's no CDS?

Rediff.com13 May 2022

Gen Bipin Rawat's appointment, first as army chief superseding two other army commanders, and then as CDS, was the consequence of his close personal rapport with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Now, with General Rawat gone and nobody named to replace him as CDS, it is evident that no other top military officer enjoys that relationship with Doval, observes Ajai Shukla.

Does IAF Need Eagle II To Take On China?

Does IAF Need Eagle II To Take On China?

Rediff.com5 Apr 2022

The latest avatar of the F-15 is designed to deal with the world's most potent air threats that are emerging from China.

US Sanctions Unlikely For India Buying Russian S-400 Missiles

US Sanctions Unlikely For India Buying Russian S-400 Missiles

Rediff.com24 Mar 2022

Russia has already begun delivery of the first S-400 systems, and the question of sanctions, or of a waiver to sanctions, preoccupies New Delhi.

Will US Stall Russian Arms Sales To India?

Will US Stall Russian Arms Sales To India?

Rediff.com5 Mar 2022

New Delhi is vulnerable to US sanctions under a 2017 law called CAATSA.

What 'Hike' In Defence Budget Doesn't Reveal

What 'Hike' In Defence Budget Doesn't Reveal

Rediff.com11 Feb 2022

Even as Chinese troops continue squatting on territory that we claim as our own -- this was the lowest allocation for defence in percentage terms since the 1950s, reveals Ajai Shukla.

BrahMos deal is India's first-ever weapons sale

BrahMos deal is India's first-ever weapons sale

Rediff.com5 Feb 2022

The Philippines, confronted with Chinese bullying in the South China Sea, have become the first foreign military to order the shore-based, anti-ship cruise missile.

What India Needs In Ladakh: Light Tanks

What India Needs In Ladakh: Light Tanks

Rediff.com27 Jan 2022

India has over 4,000 medium tanks, but not a single light tank. It remains to be seen whether the Ladakh face-off with China galvanises a change, observes Ajai Shukla.

INS Vikrant Sails Closer To Joining The Fleet

INS Vikrant Sails Closer To Joining The Fleet

Rediff.com17 Jan 2022

INS Vikrant is being delivered about six years late and at a cost of about Rs 20,000 crore instead of the sanctioned Rs 3,261 crore.

Defence ministry report ignores Ladakh stand-off

Defence ministry report ignores Ladakh stand-off

Rediff.com14 Jan 2022

The ministry's year-end review is silent on the continued occupation by Chinese troops of territory that India has always claimed and patrolled.

Get ready for Indian Army's new uniform on Jan 15

Get ready for Indian Army's new uniform on Jan 15

Rediff.com13 Jan 2022

Like most army combat uniforms, this one has been designed to serve two requirements: First, protection against harsh climatic conditions, including extreme heat and cold. Second, the need to provide soldiers' outfits with field camouflage, so as to increase his battlefield survivability.

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