All stories by Ajai Shukla
Army offers 8,500 doctors to fight coronavirusRediff.com6 days ago
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.com7 days ago
'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.'
How US drones could help save billions for IndiaRediff.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?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 terrorRediff.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 TriumphRediff.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?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 dealRediff.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 2025Rediff.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 roarRediff.com11 Oct 2019
Kavaratti will be commissioned before end-2019 -- three years later than contracted.
How IAF chief plans to solve fighter jet shortageRediff.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?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 defenceRediff.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 naviesRediff.com19 Sep 2019
C2C DB Systems is tightly integrated into India's warship production eco-system.
Rajnath to fly in Tejas, spend night on VikramadityaRediff.com18 Sep 2019
'The Raksha Mantri's day at sea'/
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 loveRediff.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 unclearRediff.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 axedRediff.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 bulletsRediff.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.