Defence Ministry

  • India nears $2.5 billion deal for Boeing military helicopters 2 days ago

    New Delhi: India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. The new nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen...
  • Defence Ministry scraps Rs 6,000 crore deal to buy 197 Light Utility Helicopters 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Friday scrapped a Rs 6,000 crore deal to procure 197 Light Utility Helicopters. The deal got stuck after AgustaWestland, which was one of the participants, came under investigation in the VVIP chopper deal. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council...
  • Tatra case: Delhi court to consider CBI's closure report on October 7 6 days ago

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed October 7 for considering the closure report filed by CBI in the case relating to alleged irregularities in supply of all-terrain Tatra vehicles to the Indian Army. Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain posted the matter for October 7 after the agency sought...
  • Centre allows Finmeccanica, Agusta Westland to do business in India albeit in a limited capacity August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has allowed Finmeccanica and Agusta Westland to do business with India but in a limited capacity. The Defence Ministry has allowed Finmeccanica to remain in contention in single bid deals; meaning where the company is a lone bidder. Finmeccanica will deal in spare parts and...
  • Defence Ministry clears acquisition proposals worth Rs 21,000 crore July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft which is open only to Indian private sector companies. Among the major proposals to receive approval...
  • CAG pulls up IAF for MiG-27 upgrade project July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The CAG on Friday pulled up the Indian Air Force for an "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 155 crore for developing an Electronic Warfare system aimed at enhancing capability of the Russian-origin MiG-27 fighter aircraft. The government auditor, in its report tabled in Parliament, said the India-Israel joint venture project...
  • Government streamlines industrial licensing for defence equipment June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Streamlining the industrial licensing process for defence equipment, the government on Thursday said permits won't be needed to manufacture items other than those used in the battleground. Industrial licenses would be required only to make items such as tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles; defence aircraft, space aircraft and...
  • Slow pace of buying new ships and weapons: Defence Minister June 24, 2014

    The union budget will be presented on the 10th of July meanwhile Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has called for a need to expedite the process of decision making to enhance the sector. Jaitley said the government would take a "considered decision" on the deal for procuring 126 combat aircraft, which...
  • Shiv Sena demands Port Trust land for development in Mumbai June 20, 2014

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday unveiled 'development agenda' for Mumbai ahead of the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, and said several projects could be implemented if the land in possession of the Mumbai Port Trust along the eastern shore of the city was utilised. Addressing a press conference, Thackeray...
  • Centre distances itself from VK Singh's stand, Lt Gen Suhag to be next Army Chief June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Despite MoS and former Army chief General (retired) VK Singh expressing his strong displeasure over the appointment of Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the next Army Chief, the Narendra Modi government has decided to stand by the previous UPA government's decision to promote the officer to lead...
  • Government stands by the appointment of Lt Gen Suhag as next Army Chief June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The row over an affidavit on Army Chief-designate Lt General Dalbir Suhag has created an uproar in both Houses of Parliament. Following a volley of questions over the remarks of Union Minister and former Army Chief VK Singh criticising Lt Gen Suhag, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley clarified the...
  • Watch: What VK Singh earlier told CNBC on FDI in defence May 30, 2014

    As the Narendra Modi government mulls 100 per cent FDI in Defence, Minister of State and former Army Chief VK Singh had spoken earlier to Shereen Bhan, to say that the focus should not be on FDI but to become self-sufficient by boosting the country's defence manufacturing capabilities. ...
  • Arun Jaitley takes additional charge of Defence, says it's temporary May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley took additional charge of the Defence Ministry on Tuesday. He also paid his condolences to the family of a pilot who died in a plane crash shortly before he took over. "This is a matter of great concern. My condolences are...
  • Why Jaitley as Defence Minister temporarily may be a good thing May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The fact that Mr Arun Jaitley holds two heavyweight plus one integrated portfolio of course goes on to show the BJP strategists' importance in the party and the new dispensation but may equally go on to underline the talent deficit that the BJP may be facing. Having said...
  • Narendra Modi government takes charge, key challenges before the new regime June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendra Damodardas Modi is India's 15th Prime Minister. Modi and his ministers took oath at a magnificent ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday evening. The election campaign is over and there is no scope for rabblerousing speeches. It is time to get down to serious...
  • India aims to recover 228 million euros in Finmeccanica bank guarantees May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: India will move to recover bank guarantees from an aborted 560-million-euro helicopter deal with Italy's Finmeccanica, the defence ministry said, after an Italian court lifted a freeze on 228 million euros held with European banks. New Delhi scrapped the deal with Finmeccanica's AgustaWestland unit in January, after graft allegations...
  • AgustaWestland guarantees: Defence Ministry to take steps to recover amount May 25, 2014

    After an Italian court partially lifted the freeze and allowed India to encash bank guarantees worth Rs 1,818 crore deposited by AgustaWestland in the VVIP chopper deal, the Defence Ministry on Sunday said it will take "immediate steps" to fully recover the amount. The Italian court on May 23 allowed India...
  • Defence Ministry's decision on Army Chief ethically wrong: VK Singh May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP Lok Sabha candidate and former Army Chief Gen VK Singh on slammed Defence Ministry's decision to go ahead with the process of appointing the next Army Chief, saying it is "ethically" wrong and would make the present chief "ineffective". "There is a question mark over the decision and...
  • AK Antony red-flags Defence Ministry proposal on Rolls Royce May 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony has red-flagged a proposal of his own Ministry to continue doing business with the UK-based Rolls Royce, which is facing a CBI probe for allegedly paying bribes and engaging middlemen in contracts for supplying engines to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. After the scam broke out...
  • Army chief appointment issue still under examination: EC May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday said that the issue of the appointment of the next Army chief is still under examination and it is yet to take a final call on it. "The matter is with the Commission. It is still under examination," Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi said. Asked...
  • BJP seeks stay on next Army Chief's appointment, writes to President April 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking a stay on the appointment of the next Army chief. The Defence Ministry has recommended Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Dalbir Suhag as the next Army Chief after General Bikram Singh retires. The...
  • Voluntary retirement plea of upset Navy Commander accepted April 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Defence Ministry has accepted the voluntary retirement plea of Western Naval Commander Shekhar Sinha, who was upset over being superseded for the post of Navy Chief. The charge of the command has been temporarily given to Vice Admiral P Karve, who is the Chief of Staff of the...
  • Admiral RK Dhowan named Navy Chief superseding Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: New Delhi: Admiral Robin Dhowan was on Thursday appointed as the new Navy chief of India. In a press release issued by the government of India, the Defence Ministry said that Dhowan was a Navigation and Direction specialist who has "served with distinction in an array of Command,...
  • India, Russia sign Rs 2,600 crore deal for anti-tank ammunition March 31, 2014

    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 March 8, 2014

    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 accident...
  • Defence Ministry not spending funds wisely enough, says Chidambaram March 6, 2014

    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 Ministry...
  • Rolls Royce denies using middlemen for HAL deal: Sources March 4, 2014

    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 March 3, 2014

    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 to...
  • Indian Navy chief DK Joshi quits after Mumbai submarine accident February 27, 2014

    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 accepted...
  • Defence Ministry gets Rs 2,24,000 cr, 10 pc more than last time February 17, 2014

    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...