Defence

  • Defence Minister defers decision on Navy chopper deal over AgustaWestalnd links 21 hours 22 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The NDA government has deferred its decision on the procurement of 16 multi-role helicopters for the Indian Navy as one of the two companies in the race for the deal is linked with Finmeccannica-- the parent organisation of the scam-tainted firm AgustaWestalnd. The Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence...
  • Venue for War Memorial, museum for Kargil heroes to be finalised soon 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The central government would soon finalise the venue for construction of a War Memorial and a museum in the honour of the soldiers who laid down their lives fighting the 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan, said Defence Minister Arun Jaitley after he paid homage to the martyrs at...
  • Congress leaders named to head Parliament committees 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Even as the decision over the Leader of Opposition still looms over the Congress, many Congress leaders will now chair a number of Parliament committees. KV Thomas will head the Public Accounts Committee while Kamal Nath will head the Parliament committee on Defence. Veerappa Moily will head the Parliament...
  • 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...
  • Two Chinese choppers transgressed the LAC, entered Uttarakhand in April, June July 15, 2014

    Two Chinese helicopters entered Indian territory in Uttarakhand on two occasions in April and June after which the Army launched protests with the Chinese Army, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. "Due to differing perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by both India and China, transgressions do occur....
  • BS Bassi wants compulsory self-defence training for girls July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Saturday pitched for compulsory self-defence training for girls from the age of seven years even at the expense of saying "goodbye" to regular subjects so that she can be able to "hit back" if somebody dares to misbehave with her. "I want to...
  • Budget 2014: Defence companies' shares slide amid FDI hike July 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Shares of defence equipment makers fell sharply by as much as 10 per cent on Thursday amid Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raising foreign direct investment in the sector to 49 per cent. Bharat Electronics shares tanked 9.71 per cent, while Astra Microwave Products was down 8.45 per cent on the...
  • Budget 2014: No major boost to Defence, Jaitley allots Rs 2.29 lakh crore July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced just an additional Rs 5000 crore for the Defence Budge, taking the amount allocated to the the Indian Defence to Rs 2,29,000 crore. In the Interim Budget presented by the UPA-II government, the amount was Rs 2,24,000 crore. In the Narendra Modi...
  • Government further eases norms for entry into defence production July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday further eased the process of obtaining an industrial licence for defence production activities by doing away with the requirement of submission of an affidavit with regard to safety and security procedures. "It has been decided that the applicants for Industrial License for Defence Products would...
  • FDI beyond 26 pc in defence sector on case-by-case basis: Arun Jaitley July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Foreign Direct Investment beyond 26 per cent in defence sector may be permitted on a case-to-case basis in areas that can result in access to modern and state-of-the art technology, the government today said. "As per the current FDI policy, up to 26 per cent FDI is permissible in...
  • Army Chief addresses China's National Defence University cadets July 4, 2014

    Beijing: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Friday addressed the cadets of the National Defence University here, a day after holding hectic parleys with China's military top brass on a host of issues including the implementation of the new border defence mechanism. On the last day of his visit to Beijing,...
  • Pentagon notifies US Congress of proposed sale of Harpoon missile to India July 3, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-US strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner. The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes...
  • Western leaders rush to meet Modi as India plans to allow FDI in defence June 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Western governments are rushing to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the Indian government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment. Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive in quick succession over the next 10 days...
  • 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...
  • '51 pc FDI in defence will be a game changer for India' June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Raising foreign direct investment cap to at least 51 per cent in the defence sector will help India become a major manufacturing and export hub, reducing dependency on imported equipment. "India can be a game-changer only by allowing at least 51 per cent FDI in the sector. With...
  • Antony criticises Modi government over FDI move in defence June 25, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former Defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for its move to allow 100 per cent foreign investment in defence sector and alleged it was aimed at appeasing multinationals and corporates. Speaking at a function at the KPCC office, he said...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un replaces his defence minister June 25, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has replaced his defence minister, a report said on Wednesday. The latest in a series of senior military reshuffles since Kim came to power in late 2011. General Hyon Yong-Chol replaced Jang Jong-Nam as Minister of the People's Armed Forces, the South's Yonhap news...
  • 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...
  • Akash missile ready for induction into Army: DRDO June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Moving towards induction into operational service, the DRDO-developed Akash air defence missile system was today successfully test-fired by the Army and it hit an unmanned aerial vehicle. Buoyed by the success of the air defence system, which has been in the making for over two decades now as...
  • Defence minister visits LoC in Kashmir June 15, 2014

    Srinagar: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visited the forward areas on Sunday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and said Indian soldiers are doing a commendable job in safeguarding the country's borders. "Visited the Army Posts at the LoC in the Haji Pir Area. Our soldiers are doing a...
  • Omar Abdullah tweets about his meeting with Union Defence Minister June 14, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu & Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday met Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley who is visiting the state to take stock of security situation there. Abdullah tweeted about the meeting that took place in the afternoon. Calling the meeting productive, the J&K CM said the two leaders discussed issues...
  • Ficci backs Modi government proposal to enhance FDI in Defence June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Endorsing the government's proposal to liberalise FDI in the country's defence sector, Ficci on Friday said that the move will raise manufacturing capability and could be used to achieve self reliance in critical defence technologies. "Ficci welcomes the proposal put forth by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to...
  • 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...
  • CII welcomes government resolve to liberalise FDI in defence June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Welcoming the government's resolve to liberalise FDI in the defence sector, CII on Tuesday said that the proposed move will create more opportunities within India by helping create jobs and boost manufacturing sector growth. The industry chamber pointed out that a meager $4.8 million worth of foreign direct...
  • Defence projects to get priority environment nod: Prakash Javadekar June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will focus on expediting environment clearances for pending projects and top priority will be given to defence-related projects, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Javadekar, while interacting with women journalists at Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), said that the Ministry will focus on balancing the wellbeing...
  • Jaitley visits Western Naval Command a day after INS Sindhurakshak was raised out of water June 7, 2014

    Mumbai: A day after the ill-fated Russian-made Kilo-class Indian Navy Submarine Sindhurakshak was raised out of the water, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday visited Western Naval Command in Mumbai who briefed him about the second probe ordered into the case. Jaitley was accompanied by Navy Chief Robin Dhawan. The Union...
  • Russia would do nothing detrimental to India June 4, 2014

    Ruling out any change in its policy, Russia on Wednesday said it is in talks with Pakistan for supply of Mi 35 defence helicopters but said it would do nothing "detrimental" to the strategic relationship with India. Moscow's Ambassador in New Delhi Alexander M Kadakin said that Russia had never...