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Why this Tejas landing is historic

Why this Tejas landing is historic

Rediff.com4 days ago

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!

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 Rawat

Questions that linger over CDS Rawat

Rediff.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?

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 fighter

Coming soon! AMCA, India's Gen-5 fighter

Rediff.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 order

How Tejas Mark 1A won a Rs 26,000 crore order

Rediff.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 plan

Declining budget makes navy rethink 200 warship plan

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

'We will prioritise our requirements so that the country's maritime interests are not compromised.'

How US drones could help save billions for India

How US drones could help save billions for India

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

The Global Hawk can carry out surveillance of a stretch of land or ocean for over 30 hours continuously, physically scanning up to 100,000 sq km each day.

Is India ready to meet Chinese air force threat?

Is India ready to meet Chinese air force threat?

Rediff.com21 Nov 2019

The Chinese air force is now a 400,000-person force that flies some 2,000 combat aircraft -- more than thrice the size of the Indian Air Force.

With 748 incidents, India is 7th-most affected by terror

With 748 incidents, India is 7th-most affected by terror

Rediff.com21 Nov 2019

Jammu and Kashmir is most impacted by terrorism in 2018, with 321 attacks, resulting in 123 deaths while Chhattisgarh suffered 138 attacks in 2018, resulting in 123 deaths, reports Ajai Shukla.

What India hopes to learn from Tiger Triumph

What India hopes to learn from Tiger Triumph

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

Exercise Tiger Triumph -- a full-scale, tri-service beach landing operation -- is a capability India is seeking to build.

Will Rajnath's Russia visit help India get defence deals?

Will Rajnath's Russia visit help India get defence deals?

Rediff.com7 Nov 2019

But private Indian defence firms prefer to do business with the West. Indian CEOs say they encounter difficulties in obtaining full and timely payment from Russian partners.

Seahawks for Navy: India, US to seal deal

Seahawks for Navy: India, US to seal deal

Rediff.com1 Nov 2019

Given the urgency, the Indian Navy is buying 24 MH-60R Seahawks in flyaway condition, and plans to build another 99 in India through the strategic partnership route.

India plans to be among top 5 defence producers by 2025

India plans to be among top 5 defence producers by 2025

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

The defence ministry is shooting to achieve an annual export target of $5 billion by 2025.

Delayed, over-budget anti-sub vessel Kavaratti ready to roar

Delayed, over-budget anti-sub vessel Kavaratti ready to roar

Rediff.com11 Oct 2019

Kavaratti will be commissioned before end-2019 -- three years later than contracted.

How IAF chief plans to solve fighter jet shortage

How IAF chief plans to solve fighter jet shortage

Rediff.com9 Oct 2019

Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria's plan includes building 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft in quick time to fill the light fighter vacancies left by the retirement of MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighters.

Has navy inducted INS Khanderi with several defects?

Has navy inducted INS Khanderi with several defects?

Rediff.com1 Oct 2019

There were 35 defects that still remained to be resolved. Of these, 29 could not have been resolved during the monsoon since they required testing in absolutely calm seas. Nor is the Khanderi being commissioned with a full complement of its primary weapon, the torpedo.

Limited choices in strategic partners in defence

Limited choices in strategic partners in defence

Rediff.com25 Sep 2019

The defence ministry has lost sight of what it intended to achieve -- which was to nurture private defence firms that would compete on equal terms with the 9 defence PSUs and the 41 Ordnance Factory Board factories.

Small Indian company makes waves among navies

Small Indian company makes waves among navies

Rediff.com19 Sep 2019

C2C DB Systems is tightly integrated into India's warship production eco-system.

Rajnath to fly in Tejas, spend night on Vikramaditya

Rajnath to fly in Tejas, spend night on Vikramaditya

Rediff.com18 Sep 2019

'The Raksha Mantri's day at sea'/

Look at the weapons Russia wants to sell us!

Look at the weapons Russia wants to sell us!

Rediff.com6 Sep 2019

Russia -- already India's biggest arms supplier from 2014-18, accounting for 58 per cent of India's defence imports -- eyes more, reports Ajai Shukla.

Chief of Defence Staff will need to show tough love

Chief of Defence Staff will need to show tough love

Rediff.com30 Aug 2019

'Since each chief single-mindedly pursues his service's interests in the competition for turf and in core matters such as budget share. The CDS, therefore, must act as an "honest broker" whose decisions serve the broader national purpose, rather than narrow service interests,' says Ajai Shukla.

4-star or 5-star? Status of CDS remains unclear

4-star or 5-star? Status of CDS remains unclear

Rediff.com27 Aug 2019

Given Prime Minister Modi's emphasis on "sharp(ening) coordination" rather than "joint command", analysts are guessing that a four-star permanent chairman of the chiefs of staff committee is likely, with the title of CDS, if not the functions and five-star rank, reports Ajai Shukla. Ajai Shukla reports.

IAF plane crunch worsens; Jaguar engine upgrade axed

IAF plane crunch worsens; Jaguar engine upgrade axed

Rediff.com20 Aug 2019

With Honeywell demanding what Indian Air Force sources term an "exorbitant" price for F-125IN engines, the IAF has told HAL that it has abandoned its plan to upgrade 80 Jaguar fighters with new Honeywell engines, reports Ajai Shukla.

Bhabha Kavach to protect CAPFs from AK-47 bullets

Bhabha Kavach to protect CAPFs from AK-47 bullets

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

Each Bhabha Kavach has four hard armour plates, which protect the wearer from the front, back, and either side. It can protect CAPF personnel from 7.62 mm bullets fired from AK-47 rifles -- the chosen weapon of terrorists from Kashmir to Bastar.

3 Indian start-ups to become part of Lockheed's global supply chain

3 Indian start-ups to become part of Lockheed's global supply chain

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

These companies were identified through the India Innovation Growth Programme, an innovation contest through which the US firm identifies Indian research and development potential.

Can India build submarines?

Can India build submarines?

Rediff.com18 Jul 2019

Insufficient technology has been transferred during the ongoing Project 75, which involves building 6 Scorpene-class submarines.

HAL wants private firm to build Dhruv chopper

HAL wants private firm to build Dhruv chopper

Rediff.com11 Jul 2019

A large Dhruv order could significantly boost Indian defence exports. These have grown from Rs 1,940 crore in 2014-2015 to Rs 10,745 crore in 2018-2019.

Defence salary bill leaves less for new weapons

Defence salary bill leaves less for new weapons

Rediff.com8 Jul 2019

Most of the scanty 6.35% rise in the defence budget is accounted for by manpower and running expenses.

Coming soon! Next-Gen warships

Coming soon! Next-Gen warships

Rediff.com2 Jul 2019

The warships will be armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles which can reach targets 295 km away.

Navy finds defects in Scorpene submarine

Navy finds defects in Scorpene submarine

Rediff.com19 Jun 2019

For the navy, which is making do with just 14 conventional submarines against a requirement of 24, the INS Khanderi delay extends a dangerous operational void.

Navy finds defects in Scorpene submarine

Navy finds defects in Scorpene submarine

Rediff.com19 Jun 2019

For the navy, which is making do with just 14 conventional submarines against a requirement of 24, the INS Khanderi delay extends a dangerous operational void.

What the Raksha Mantri must do

What the Raksha Mantri must do

Rediff.com8 Jun 2019

Ajai Shukla presents an action plan for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to fix the systemic weaknesses in defence.

After Trump snub, US increases defence ties with India

After Trump snub, US increases defence ties with India

Rediff.com7 Jun 2019

'The US and India continue to use their deepening relationship to build new partnerships within and beyond the Indo-Pacific.'

Probe indicates deadly computer glitch in Mirage jets

Probe indicates deadly computer glitch in Mirage jets

Rediff.com7 Jun 2019

A Court of Inquiry investigating the February 1 crash that killed two pilots is confronting the worrying possibility of a glitch in the flight computer that kicks in without warning, causing the aircraft to behave unpredictably.

IAF could save 100 million litres of fuel annually

IAF could save 100 million litres of fuel annually

Rediff.com3 Jun 2019

'This is a huge step in promoting the 'Make in India' mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils sourced from tribal areas and farmers.'

Indian Navy acquires new strike ability

Indian Navy acquires new strike ability

Rediff.com18 May 2019

Two navy destroyers, the INS Kochi and INS Chennai, fired MR-SAMs simultaneously at two simulated incoming missiles.

What the Apache, the IAF's 'flying tank', can do

What the Apache, the IAF's 'flying tank', can do

Rediff.com12 May 2019

Its advanced Longbow radar picks up enemy armoured vehicles and then destroys them with anti-tank missiles, air-to-surface rockets or a chain gun that sends 625 rounds per minute ripping into the targets.

'Army seniors are voting for soldiers in Leh'

'Army seniors are voting for soldiers in Leh'

Rediff.com11 May 2019

The Leh deputy commisioner who drew army headquarters's attention is a highly regarded IAS officer, whose father is Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa.

Will India get 3rd aircraft carrier?

Will India get 3rd aircraft carrier?

Rediff.com6 May 2019

Costing Rs 500 billion, the INS Vishal will be the Indian military's single most expensive defence platform.

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