COMBAT

  • Maoists blow up a CoBRA personnel's house in Aurangabad July 31, 2014

    Maoists attacked a village in Bihar's Aurangabad district and blew up the house of a CoBRA personnel, police said on Thursday. Aurangabad Police Superintendent Upendra Kumar Sharma said the banned CPI(Maoist) members raided Pipra village late last night and blew up the house of CRPF personnel Vinod Singh, who is currently...
  • Indian Navy Light Combat Aircraft to soon begin test flights July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The naval variant of India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is due to soon begin ramp trials. Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in) that the LCANavy had already done more than 25 test...
  • Queen Elizabeth II makes Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie an honorary dame June 15, 2014

    London: Angelina Jolie can add royal recognition to Hollywood stardom. The Oscarwinning actress has been named an honorary dame the female version of a knight by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Jolie, a United Nations special envoy, received the honor on Friday for her work combating sexual violence in war...
  • No combat role for woman officers in near future: Army Chief January 13, 2014

    Citing the "vagaries" of battlefield, Army Chief Bikram Singh on Monday ruled out women officers getting into combat zones in the near future but said they will be given commandroles in the support arms. Addressing the annual Army day press conference, the General said there were "deviation" from standard operating procedures...
  • India rolls out its first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas December 20, 2013

    Bangalore: India has rolled out its first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bangalore on Friday. Defence Minister AK Antony, MoS Defence Jitendra Singh and Air Force chief NAK Browne attended the event. The launch comes after the ambitious project started nearly 20 years ago. The first batch of the supersonic...
  • IAF set to fly indigenous fighter Tejas after initial operational clearance December 19, 2013

    World's lightest and India developed supersonic fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is battleready for testing by its air force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays. "The homegrown aircraft is ready for flight tests by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots to...
  • Six landmines recovered during antiNaxal operation in Tebo jungle November 6, 2013

    Security forces on Wednesday recovered six landmines during an antiNaxal operation in Tebo jungle in adjoining West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said. Security personnel comprising of paramilitary forces and district armed police force recovered six landmines, combat uniforms and medicines from the Naxal stronghold of Tebo jungle, DIG (Kolhan)...
  • INS Vikrant showcases our capabilities to the world: Surya Gangadharan August 13, 2013

    India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. India is now only the fifth county...
  • Antony's wife to launch 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant August 11, 2013

    Kochi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday, making an entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size and capability. Defence Minister AK Antony's wife Elizabeth will launch the 37,500 tonne carrier at Kochi shipyard close to...
  • Air Chief Marshal Browne confirms MiG21 phase out to begin in 2017 May 24, 2013

    New Delhi: After 50 years of service, the phaseout of the MiG21 will begin in 2017 as confirmed by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne. It is expected to be replaced by the Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas. IAF operates about 80 (four squadrons) of these Russianorigin planes in its fleet and...
  • Tejas aircraft deficient in at least 100 technical parameters: Experts April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas is deficient in at least 100 technical parameters, said experts associated with the project. They also alleged that the initial operation clearance granted to Tejas two years ago was given despite the aircraft not meeting various crucial technical parameters. The experts said...
  • IAF puts its strength at display at Iron Fist February 23, 2013

    Pokhran: Far from the damaging allegations of bribery in the VVIP helicopter deal, India's political brass assembled at Pokhran on Friday to witness the first Air Force day-night firepower demonstration named 'Iron Fist'. Among other firsts, the weaponised Light Combat Aircraft was seen in action and the light combat helicopter Rudra....
  • US: The Pentagon opens combat roles to women January 24, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of frontline positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said on January 23. The changes, set to be announced on January 24 by Defense Secretary Leon...
  • US to lift ban on women in frontline combat jobs: official January 24, 2013

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of frontline jobs to women, a senior US defense official said. The decision, which will be formally announced later, would give the individual military services until 2016...
  • China's new leader asks military to 'intensify combat readiness' December 13, 2012

    Guangzhou: Consolidating his hold on the powerful military, China's new leader Xi Jinping has ordered the 2.3 millionstrong People's Liberation Army to "obey" the commands of the ruling Communist Party and asked it to be combatready. On his first visit out of Beijing after his election as the General Secretary...
  • IAF to have midair refuelling capability on all combat aircraft December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: In a major step to increase its operational reach, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided that all its aircraft and helicopters meant for combat and combat support will henceforth have the capability for midair refuelling. Disclosing this, the IAF vice chief, Air Marshal DC Kumaria, said at the...
  • Jacqueline set to impress with stunts in 'Race 2' November 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Actress Jacqueline Feranandez showed her daring side when she performed a combat sequence in her upcoming slick thriller 'Race 2'. In the film, Jacqueline will be seen performing a fencing sequence using swords and knives, with Saif Ali Khan in tow. The film releases Jan 25. Fencing is a...
  • India to buy more Su30 MKI fighter jets from Russia October 11, 2012

    New Delhi: India is all set to procure 42 Su30 MKI combat aircraft and 71 mediumlift helicopters from Russia. The issue was discussed during meeting between Defence Minister AK Antony and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov in New Delhi and an agreement in this regard is expected to be signed...
  • IAF to procure two secondhand Mirage2000 aircraft September 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian Air Force is planning to buy two secondhand Mirage 2000 combat aircraft to make up for the losses suffered by it in crashes earlier this year. IAF, which has signed a deal with France for upgradation of 51 Mirage 2000 aircraft, lost two of these planes in crashes...
  • Govt to procure 126 French Rafale combat jets August 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Addressing questions raised over the process of selecting Rafale fighter planes, the government is going ahead with the procurement of 126 French combat aircraft and effort is being made to complete the deal within this financial year. Contract negotiations for the multibillion dollar deal will resume soon, government sources...
  • DRDO developing fifth generation fighter aircraft June 16, 2012

    Pune: Defence Research and Development Organisation on Friday said it is developing an advanced fifth generation fighter aircraft which will have components to monitor the functioning of key components like avionics, air conditioning and pressureregulating systems. DRDO has showcased the models of its fifth generation aircraft known as the Medium...
  • IAF to upgrade fleet of combat planes April 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Aiming to enhance the combat potential of its fighter aircraft, the IAF has signed contracts with various companies to upgrade its fleet of combat planes involving MiG29, MiG27, Mirage2000 and Jaguars. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Defence Minister AK Antony said, "IAF has...
  • India test flies naval variant of LCA April 28, 2012

    Bangalore: India on Friday joined an elite club of countries by test flying the naval variant of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky. "With the successful maiden flight of the LCA's naval variant, India joins an elite club of countries capable of designing,...
  • The Indian Army's largest publicprivate partnership April 9, 2012

    Four companies are battling for the largest ever publicprivate partnership project to build a light armoured carrier for the Indian Armythe Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV). The Army needs about 2,600 such vehicles over 20 years. All four biddersTata Motors, Mahindra Defence Systems, L&T and the governmentowned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)have...
  • First squadron of MMRCA to join IAF within 34 yrs March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The first squadron of MediumMulti Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) consisting of 18 aircraft is expected to be inducted into the IAF within three to four years of signing of the contract with its supplier. In reply to a question on delivery of MMRCA, Defence Minister AK Antony told Lok...
  • TN: Driver crashes tank into wall, soldier dead March 3, 2012

    Chennai: In a freak accident, a soldier perched over a T90 battle tank was killed when its driver lost control and dashed against a concrete structure in Chennai on Friday. A concrete slab fell on the tank following the mishap, killing the soldier and injuring another at the Combat Vehicles Research...
  • Chennai: One dead in battle tank accident March 2, 2012

    Chennai: In a freak accident, a soldier perched over a T90 battle tank was killed when its driver lost control and dashed against a concrete structure in Chennai on Friday. A concrete slab fell on the tank following the mishap, killing the soldier and injuring another at the Combat Vehicles Research...
  • India to wrap up MMRCA deal in four weeks: IAF November 19, 2011

    Bangalore: IAF will make public in four weeks the winner of India's biggestever Rs 42,000 crore military contract to acquire 126 medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA), Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said in Bangalore. "We are calculating very hard. There is a lot of work going on. I expect (in) another...
  • Combat jet deal winner to be finalised in 68 weeks November 4, 2011

    New Delhi: The multibillion dollar deal to procure 126 combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) entered its last phase on Friday with Defence Ministry opening commercial bids of the two European contenders to determine the lowest bidder, a process that is expected to take six to eight weeks. "The...
  • Govt approves IAF's MMRCA offset proposals October 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Defence Ministry on Friday cleared the way for opening the commercial bids of two shortlisted vendors in the multibillion dollar combat aircraft deal by approving their offset proposals here. After the bids are opened, the Defence Ministry will be able to determine the lowest bidder in the deal for...