Defence Ministry

  • India, Russia sign Rs 2,600 crore deal for anti-tank ammunition 31-03-2014 06:50 PM

    New Delhi: India has signed a deal worth over Rs 2,600 crore with Russia to procure 66,000 anti-tank shells to meet the shortfall of critical ammunition faced by its armoured fleet including the latest T-90 tanks. The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank...
  • Defence Ministry orders probe into INS Kolkata tragedy 08-03-2014 08:40 AM

    New Delhi: After a Naval officer was killed in a gas leak on board India's most advanced destroyer ship, the INS Kolkata, the Defence Ministry has now ordered a probe into the incident. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered by the Indian Navy to investigate the causes of the...
  • Defence Ministry not spending funds wisely enough, says Chidambaram 06-03-2014 06:28 PM

    Against the backdrop of recent submarine mishap, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday suggested that the Defence Ministry is not spending the funds "wisely" enough and contended the maintenance of the military assets was being neglected. He insisted that the Finance Ministry provides "a lot of money" to the Defence...
  • Rolls Royce denies using middlemen for HAL deal: Sources 04-03-2014 08:31 AM

    New Delhi: A day after the Defence Ministry put on hold all existing and future deals with Rolls Royce pending a CBI probe ordered into allegations of bribery and engaging middlemen in contracts worth Rs 10,000 crore for supply of aircraft engines to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, sources now say...
  • Defence Ministry puts deals with Rolls Royce on hold 03-03-2014 08:40 PM

    The Defence Ministry has put on hold all existing and future deals with Rolls Royce pending a CBI probe ordered into allegations of bribery and engaging middlemen in contracts worth Rs 10,000 crore for supply of aircraft engines to state-owned HAL. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has also been asked...
  • Indian Navy chief DK Joshi quits after Mumbai submarine accident 27-02-2014 11:15 PM

    Mumbai: Seven sailors are believed to have suffered serious injuries and two officers remain "unaccounted for" in an accident early on Wednesday on board Russian-built submarine, INS Sindhuratna. Taking responsibility for accidents involving warships during his term, Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned on Wednesday evening. The government has...
  • Defence Ministry gets Rs 2,24,000 cr, 10 pc more than last time 17-02-2014 02:16 PM

    New Delhi: Amid its modernisation drive, the Defence Ministry on Monday was allocated Rs 2,24,000 crore in the interim budget, marking a 10 per cent increase over the last budget. The allocation for the ministry in the last financial year (2013-14) was Rs 2,03,672 crore, of which around Rs 80,000...
  • Republic Day parade 2014 – A curtain raiser 26-01-2014 09:46 AM

    The recently acquired state-of-the-art Defence platforms, the military prowess, the country's rich and unique cultural diversities and the nation's achievements in diverse fields will come alive at the historic Rajpath when the country celebrates its 65th Republic Day tomorrow. The highlights of this year's Parade will be the display of...
  • Defence Ministry to keep out Finmeccanica group from military show 24-01-2014 08:06 PM

    After scrapping the Rs 3,600 crore chopper contract, Defence Ministry on Friday said it is ousting AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccannica from the biennial military exhibition DefExpo starting February 6. The step comes after India scrapped the contract on January 1 after finding that AgustaWestland allegedly breached the pre-contract integrity pact...
  • India cancels Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland 01-01-2014 04:02 PM

    New Delhi: India on Wednesday cancelled Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland in view of bribery allegations. The decision was taken after a meeting of Defence Minister AK Antony and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The deal had been put on hold in February after the CEO of Agusta's parent...
  • CBI closes case against former Army vice chief 29-12-2013 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: The CBI has closed its case in an alleged land scam purportedly involving a defence property in Pune cantonment in which a former Army vice chief was named as accused. The Mumbai branch of the agency filed a closure report before a special CBI court saying it could...
  • MoD tasked to recruit crew for ISRO's 'Man to Moon' mission 27-12-2013 10:34 PM

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been tasked to recruit crew for ISRO's "ambitious" Man to Moon Mission, Air Marshal AK Behl, Director General, Medical Services (Air) said on Friday. MoD and ISRO have signed an MoU for the project. "We have collaborated with the ISRO a couple of years...
  • BJP targets Maharashtra CM over Adarsh Commission report 20-12-2013 08:22 PM

    Mumbai: Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been indicted along with other leaders in the Adarsh Commission report which was tabled in the Maharasthra Assembly on Friday. Other prominent politicians include Sushilkumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh who the reports claims facilitated the illegal allotment of flats. The much-awaited report by...
  • Defence Ministry decides to auction INS Vikrant 03-12-2013 11:56 PM

    Mumbai: Defence Ministry has initiated the process to auction the decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikrant after the Maharashtra government expressed inability to maintain the ship, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, chief of Western Naval command, said on Tuesday. "I am personally very sad as the ship will be scrapped...," Sinha said,...
  • No question of arbitration in chopper deal case, says AK Antony 26-11-2013 11:05 AM

    There is "no question" of India getting involved in the arbitration process initiated by AgustaWestland in its Rs 3,600 crore chopper deal, which is facing the threat of cancellation, Defence Minister AK Antony said in New Delhi on Monday. With this, India has made it clear that it will not...
  • AgustaWestland denies violation of contract, to file written response to Defence Ministry 20-11-2013 01:33 PM

    Faced with the prospect of the nixing of its Rs 3,600 crore deal for the supply of 12 VVIP choppers, AgustaWestland on Wednesday denied it had violated any contractual obligations in the pact for the same with IAF. "AgustaWestland denies all allegations of violation of the pre-contract integrity pact and...
  • India set to cancel deal with AgustaWestland: Reuters 19-11-2013 05:38 PM

    New Delhi: India is all set to cancel the scandal-tainted AgustaWestland deal to deliver VVIP choppers, according to Reuters. Reuters have quoted three sources saying that India has decided to cancel the deal with AgustaWestland. The news agency reports that the decision was taken before a meeting with the the...
  • Antony recommends CBI probe into DRDO recruitment scam 17-11-2013 06:25 PM

    Defence Minister AK Antony has recommended a CBI probe into an alleged recruitment scam in DRDO where several senior officers including two of its former chiefs are under the scanner. The Defence Minister has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged recruitment scam in which two former DRDO chiefs and...
  • Defence Ministry rejects Gen VK Singh's plea on secret unit 15-11-2013 06:59 PM

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has rejected former Army Chief Gen VK Singh's plea to get a copy of an Army report on the activities of the controversial Technical Support Division (TSD), set up during his tenure. "In so far as your request for supply of a copy of the...
  • INS Vikramaditya set to join Indian Navy on November 16 14-11-2013 04:16 PM

    Defence Minister AK Antony will induct the long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, designed to boost India's maritime capabilities, at a shipyard in Russia on Saturday. Antony will leave for Russia on Friday with a high-level delegation, including Defence Secretary RK Mathur, on a four-day visit during which, apart from commissioning...
  • Army chief's photo on BJP posters, MoD to take it up with EC 13-11-2013 12:28 AM

    New Delhi: On the request of the Army, the Defence Ministry, on Wednesday, is expected to take up with the Election Commission the issue of a photograph of Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh used on a BJP poll poster in Madhya Pradesh. The photograph showed Gen Bikram Singh saluting martyrs...
  • Defence Ministry issues final show cause notice to AugustaWestland for cancelling deal 23-10-2013 06:23 PM

    The Defence Ministry has issued a final show cause notice to Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for cancelling its contract worth Rs 3,600 crore for supplying 12 choppers to the Air Force for "violating" the terms of its contract. The notice was issued by the Ministry on October 21 in which it...
  • Antony to induct INS Vikramaditya into Navy next month 06-10-2013 06:19 PM

    New Delhi: The long-delayed aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will be inducted into Indian Navy by Defence Minister AK Antony during his Russia visit slated between November 15-17. After a delay of around five years, 45,000-tonne aircraft carrier is expected to be handed over to the Navy on November 15 in...
  • Appropriate action if secret service funds misused, says Manish Tewari 20-09-2013 04:24 PM

    Reports of misuse of secret service funds by former Indian Army chief, Gen VK Singh, are "under the active consideration of the government" and appropriate action would be initiated against the guilty, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Friday. "These (newspaper reports) are under the active consideration of...
  • MoD must act upon allegations against General VK Singh: Khurshid 20-09-2013 03:42 PM

    Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the allegations against former Army chief General VK Singh are very serious and some kind of action must be taken. He said it is for the Defence Ministry to reflect on and then act upon it. ...
  • Defence Ministry releases names of missing sailors in submarine tragedy 15-08-2013 11:44 PM

    The defence ministry late on Thursday released the names of the 18 sailors and officers who were aboard the submarine INS Sindhurakshak that sank here the day before after explosions. The three officers are Lt. Commanders Nikhilesh Pal, Alok Kumar and R. Venkitaraj. The sailors are: Sanjeev Kumar, K.C. Upadhyay...
  • Ex-IAF chief F H Major defends decision of holding chopper trials abroad 13-08-2013 11:14 PM

    Facing criticism for allegedly insisting on holding the trials of the helicopters in the VVIP chopper deal abroad, former IAF chief F H Major on Tuesday defended his decision saying that as a service chief, he wanted the equipment to be delivered at the earliest possible time. Talking to TV...
  • Cost of AgustaWestland chopper deal was unreasonably high: CAG 13-08-2013 05:51 PM

    The CAG on Tuesday slammed the Defence Ministry and Air Force for "several instances" of deviation from rules in the procurement of VVIP choppers in the Rs 3,727 crore AgustaWestland deal. In its report tabled in Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor General also questioned the decision of the then IAF...
  • FTP: Are peaceniks being edged out of the Indo-Pakistan equation? 08-08-2013 11:58 PM

    Under sustained attack from the Opposition over his statement on the killing of five Indian soldiers in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday made a U-turn and blamed the Pakistan Army for the "brutal" and "unprovoked" act. ...