Ajai Shukla

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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.

CATS: India's Secret Weapon

CATS: India's Secret Weapon

Rediff.com11 Jan 2022

Burned by the shooting down of a MiG-21 aircraft and the capture of its pilot after a dogfight over the India-Pakistan border in February 2019, CATS eliminates the need to send pilots into enemy air space.

HAL gets cracking on Tejas Mark 2

HAL gets cracking on Tejas Mark 2

Rediff.com6 Jan 2022

HAL is also integrating the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile onto the Mark 1A. Each Tejas will carry two of these missiles.

Pralay will not be part of India's nuclear deterrent

Pralay will not be part of India's nuclear deterrent

Rediff.com30 Dec 2021

Like the Shourya and Prahar missiles, the Pralay is powered by conventional solid fuel, and its payload is designed to carry only a conventional warhead.

LCH: Lessons For Indian Defence

LCH: Lessons For Indian Defence

Rediff.com15 Dec 2021

It is baffling how the PM chose the LCH as an indigenous product to celebrate on Rashtriya Raksha Samarpan Parv, even while his Cabinet holds up manufacturing clearance for 15 LCHs on the grounds that they are not Indian enough.

Coming soon! India's Biggest Defence Export

Coming soon! India's Biggest Defence Export

Rediff.com8 Dec 2021

HAL is poised to sell the Philippines at least seven Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters and eight Dornier 228 aircraft for Rs 30 billion, reports Ajai Shukla.

Raksha Mantri, Thank You For Rezang La Memorial

Raksha Mantri, Thank You For Rezang La Memorial

Rediff.com26 Nov 2021

The decision to renovate the memorial was taken by Rajnath Singh when he visited Leh in June 2021. Renovation commenced in mid-July and the complex was ready within three months for inauguration on the 59th anniversary of the battle.

INS Visakhapatnam: India's Most Potent Destroyer

INS Visakhapatnam: India's Most Potent Destroyer

Rediff.com23 Nov 2021

INS Vishakapatnam's ground attack and anti-ship capabilities are achieved through a bank of BrahMos cruise missiles that can be fired at targets up to 295 km away.

Wanted: Aircraft Carrier To Confront China

Wanted: Aircraft Carrier To Confront China

Rediff.com12 Nov 2021

In New Delhi's corridors of power, debate continues on whether the navy even needs a third aircraft carrier.

Will INS Vishal Opt For British Power?

Will INS Vishal Opt For British Power?

Rediff.com28 Oct 2021

London hopes to convince New Delhi's naval planners to power India's second indigenous aircraft carrier with the Queen Elizabeth's integrated all-electric propulsion system.

China Must Be Wary Of India's Poseidon

China Must Be Wary Of India's Poseidon

Rediff.com26 Oct 2021

The P-8I, which is widely acknowledged to be the world's most deadly LRMR-ASW aircraft, is a derivative of the Boeing 737-800 airliner, onto which a plethora of sensors and weaponry has been fitted.

Eyeing China, India-UK begin tri-services exercise

Eyeing China, India-UK begin tri-services exercise

Rediff.com24 Oct 2021

The Chinese navy's growing aggression in the Western Pacific is bringing together a range of allies.

Private defence firms make sales pitch to generals

Private defence firms make sales pitch to generals

Rediff.com14 Oct 2021

The presence of the private sector at a prestigious military training institution is an important acknowledgement of its growing capabilities in designing and manufacturing cutting edge aerospace and defence equipment, reports Ajai Shukla.

US Worried About Security Leaks From India

US Worried About Security Leaks From India

Rediff.com9 Oct 2021

GSOMIA does not cover the exchange of classified information with Indian private industry. Washington wanted this covered too, given New Delhi's emphasis on the proposed 'strategic partnership' model of procurement.

India's Submarine Dilemma

India's Submarine Dilemma

Rediff.com7 Oct 2021

Hydrography (underwater geography) prevents the Indian Navy for opting for an all-conventional, or all-nuclear submarine fleet.

Rawat outlines plan to merge 17 single service commands into 4

Rawat outlines plan to merge 17 single service commands into 4

Rediff.com16 Sep 2021

The first joint theatre command would be responsible for the border against Pakistan in what the military refers to as the "western theatre"; while a second command -- the northern theatre command -- would be responsible for the border with China. A third, navy-heavy theatre, called the "maritime command" will be responsible for the security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR); and an island command, already functional and called the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), would project power into the eastern Indian Ocean.

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