All stories by Ajai Shukla
Doval-Wang talks: 'A double whammy for India'Rediff.com6 days ago
'The Chinese staying put in Pangong Tso, and creating a buffer zone on Indian territory in other areas,' a senior serving general tells Ajai Shukla.
China now step up activity near ArunachalRediff.com30 Jun 2020
Chinese troops are reinforcing their posts in large numbers, increasing their patrolling, stepping up violations in the Tawang and Walong areas.
REVEALED: What China is up to in LadakhRediff.com26 Jun 2020
With the Indian Army having blocked the PLA several kilometres inside India, hundreds of soldiers from both sides remain in a tense face-off.
WORRYING! China increases troops by 30% along LACRediff.com24 Jun 2020
Since the June 15 clash, the PLA has inducted large numbers of troops, armoured vehicles and artillery along the LAC, from Depsang and Galwan in northern Ladakh to Hot Springs, Pangong Tso, and Chushul in central Ladakh, to Demchok and Chumar in southern Ladakh.
Chinese brutally attacked Indian troopsRediff.com17 Jun 2020
Senior officers recounted extreme Chinese brutality to the Indian prisoners, with some of them being pushed over cliffs and soldiers' bodies being recovered from the Galwan River.
COVID-19 claims 1971 War HeroRediff.com16 Jun 2020
Ajai Shukla salutes the memory of Lieutenant General R M Vohra, Mahavir Chakra, who passes into the ages on Sunday.
'Indian Army has stopped PLA quickly and strongly'Rediff.com10 Jun 2020
'The Indian Army is fully prepared for a long and permanent deployment if the PLA does not retreat.'
China has captured 60 sq km of Indian land!Rediff.com8 Jun 2020
Within the army, there is growing concern that New Delhi will allow the Chinese to retain the territory they have occupied in the last month.
What are 10,000 Chinese troops doing in India?Rediff.com2 Jun 2020
The Indian Army has been slow to react. Indian troops have deployed in the vicinity of PLA incursions, but there are no attempts to outflank Chinese positions.
Why India needs more ships like INS JalashwaRediff.com29 May 2020
At war, the Jalashwa can carry and launch a full infantry battalion in a single wave. At peace, the Jalashwa can evacuate 1,000 people in a single trip. Ajai Shukla explains why the Indian Navy's new tender for more ships like the Jalashwa must be treated with special urgency.
COVID-19 delays India's second aircraft carrierRediff.com29 May 2020
For about three more years, the Indian Navy will have to make do with its lone carrier -- the Russia-built INS Vikramaditya.
DRDO gets govt nod to work on biological defenceRediff.com12 May 2020
While it was not directly suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic was related to biological warfare, it is significant that the government is exhorting military laboratories to work concertedly on biological defence.
How Tata Power will upgrade 37 IAF basesRediff.com9 May 2020
This upgrade will allow air operations by military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility and adverse weather conditions.
REVEALED: How much India really spends on defenceRediff.com8 May 2020
'India is ahead only of Pakistan in the amount spent on each soldier a year.' 'The Indian military is a manpower-heavy throng that is poorly armed, equipped, and trained,' observes Ajai Shukla.
Govt may slash defence budget by up to 40%Rediff.com6 May 2020
That would result in the military under-spending about Rs 80,000 crore over the financial year.
The Armed Forces's COVID-19 ChallengeRediff.com1 May 2020
'The COVID-19 pandemic must push the military into a long-term reconsideration of its primary challenges.' 'There must be greater emphasis on humanitarian aid and disaster relief including the management of contagious illnesses and impending crises caused by climate change,' notes Ajai Shukla.
L&T bags hush-hush defence communication contractRediff.com19 Apr 2020
Given the military's requirement for watertight cyber and communications security, L&T will establish a Security Operations Centre which will deal with security threats.
Defence firms divert firepower to fighting coronavirusRediff.com19 Apr 2020
DRDO is developing 15 to 20 products to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Army offers 8,500 doctors to fight coronavirusRediff.com4 Apr 2020
The military is 'totally prepared to stand up to the demands made by the government and the people.'
No coronavirus lockdown for aerospace, defence firmsRediff.com3 Apr 2020
'For Indian firms supplying global majors, coronavirus is both a threat and an opportunity.'
Military takes lead in India's war against coronavirusRediff.com26 Mar 2020
The military is mobilising to play a central role in holding patients exposed to the coronavirus.
Coronavirus fears send aerospace industry into tailspinRediff.com22 Mar 2020
Several hundred Indian firms that manufacture or assemble Rs 10,000 crore worth of aerospace components annually for manufacturers like Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopters now face disruptions relating to covid-19.
Such hullabaloo over INS Vishal!Rediff.com9 Mar 2020
The navy wants to spend Rs 40,000 crore on INS Vishal, a choice the army and air force oppose. This is as much about turf as about funding. explains Ajai Shukla.
What changed for India after Balakot airstrike?Rediff.com5 Mar 2020
A realistic assessment will tell us that not much has changed between India and Pakistan; the relationship remains as fraught as before with little prospect of reconciliation, notes Ajai Shukla.
Natural partners, unnatural timesRediff.com22 Feb 2020
'Even as discord over US-India trade and commerce colours diplomatic relations, defence relations between the two countries remain on a firm footing,' points out Ajai Shukla.
Boeing wants to sell world's fastest fighter jet to IAFRediff.com21 Feb 2020
Capable of flying at Mach 2.5 (two-and-a-half times the speed of sound), the F-15EX is the world's fastest fighter aircraft. It carries 13.5 tonnes of weapons load, more than the Rafale or the Sukhoi-30MKI.
HAL's light utility copter is ready to go!Rediff.com17 Feb 2020
The LUH will be one of the two helicopters that will meet the army's urgent need for 394 light helicopters.
Needed: Urgent solutions to defend India well!Rediff.com13 Feb 2020
'While all would agree on the need to be ready to launch cross-border strikes on terror camps, there is sharp disagreement on how best to do it.' 'Through IAF fighters, or surface-to-surface missiles?' 'Or should army Special Forces be created to do the job?' 'If air strikes are the agreed priority, additional funding must be made available for the purchase of fighters and missiles.' 'If it is to be Special Forces, the army must be facilitated in raising a Special Forces Command,' notes Ajai Shukla.
DefExpo 2020: What US wants from IndiaRediff.com5 Feb 2020
'An economic slowdown affects a country's ability to modernise its defence capabilities as rapidly as possible.'
Army to spend more on pensions than salariesRediff.com4 Feb 2020
Rs 111,294 crore has been allocated for army salaries. The Rs 113,278 crore allocated for army pensions surpasses that. Army planners are worried about this drain on funds that could otherwise go towards equipment modernisation.
R-Day parade weapons send Russia a messageRediff.com3 Feb 2020
American armaments dominated the defence services's show of weaponry.
IAF to raise 3 new squadrons in 2020Rediff.com27 Jan 2020
Sukhoi-30MKI fighters will be based in Thanjavur. Tejas Mark 1 aircraft will be based in Sulur. The Rafale squadron will be based in Ambala.
HAL's Dhruv vs Foreign chopper: Who will Rajnath pick?Rediff.com24 Jan 2020
Admiral Puri says it would be wasteful to buy a foreign helicopter, pay for transfer of technology, and develop manufacturing capability in an Indian private sector strategic partner when all this already exists with HAL.
Why this Tejas landing is historicRediff.com14 Jan 2020
Landing on an aircraft carrier deck is the ultimate and most daunting challenge for a fighter pilot. This takes India into a select group of nations -- the US, the UK, Russia, France, and China -- that have developed such jets.
5 DRDO labs where everyone is under 35!Rediff.com3 Jan 2020
'Each lab is working on a key advanced technology of importance to the development of futuristic defence.'
Questions that linger over CDS RawatRediff.com2 Jan 2020
'Is the appointment of a CDS likely to achieve the creation of battle-ready, tri-service military commands, from the current 17 single-service commands?', asks Ajai Shukla.
What will CDS Rawat do?Rediff.com31 Dec 2019
The CDS will have a significant role in higher defence planning and operational aspects of India's nuclear arsenal.
Coming soon! AMCA, India's Gen-5 fighterRediff.com28 Dec 2019
While its operating radius remains secret, a back-of-the-envelope calculation indicates it can easily strike targets 1,000 kilometres away and return to base.
How Tejas Mark 1A won a Rs 26,000 crore orderRediff.com24 Dec 2019
The IAF has demanded five new capabilities in the Mark 1A that would give it a clear combat edge over Pakistan's entire fighter fleet, and most of China's as well.
Declining budget makes navy rethink 200 warship planRediff.com4 Dec 2019
'We will prioritise our requirements so that the country's maritime interests are not compromised.'