Defence

  • Admiral RK Dhowan named Navy Chief superseding Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha 17-04-2014 11:37 AM

    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,...
  • Decommissioned INS Vikrant sold for Rs 60 crore 08-04-2014 11:41 PM

    Mumbai: The decommissioned aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, INS Vikrant, which played an important role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, has been sold for Rs 60 crore. "The auction process of INS Vikrant was completed last week and a company named IB Commercial Pvt Ltd won the bid," said...
  • 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...
  • Next Navy chief to be named soon: Defence Minister AK Antony 29-03-2014 04:59 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The next Indian Navy chief will be named soon, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Saturday. "If someone decides to resign, it's that's the individual's choice. Normally it (selection of service chiefs) happens as a natural process and currently the selection process is in the final stages. The next...
  • Planes, ships chase new leads in search for Malaysian jet 26-03-2014 11:14 PM

    New satellite images have revealed more than 100 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be debris from a Malaysian jetliner missing for 18 days, while planes scouring the frigid seas on Wednesday also reported seeing potential wreckage. The latest sightings came as searchers stepped up efforts to find...
  • Register defence personnel as voters at their posting place: SC to EC 24-03-2014 03:13 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief for defence personnel, the Supreme Court on Monday directed Election Commission to register the military personnel as general voters in the constituencies where they are posted. SC also says defence personnel stationed in peace stations as on January, 2014 and till date may register...
  • 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...
  • Navy's safety record takes a hit after several accidents, deaths 07-03-2014 10:19 PM

    New Delhi: The image of the Indian Navy has been hit by a series of accidents that have taken place on its warships in the recent past which has resulted in the loss of lives of several of its officers and sea warriors. In the 11th such mishap, a gas...
  • Computers of defence establishment hacked 06-03-2014 08:23 PM

    New Delhi: In a major security breach, around 50 computers belonging to the armed forces and the DRDO were hacked sometime back and classified files could have been compromised. Apparently in view of the development, an advisory has been issued to the Services that computers having internet facility should be...
  • 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...
  • China increases Defence budget by 12.2 per cent 05-03-2014 07:03 AM

    Beijing: China plans to raise its defence budget from USD 117.7 billion to about USD 132 billion in 2014, making a 12.2 per cent increase. Last year, China had raised its defence budget by 10.7 per cent to 720.2 billion yuan (USD 117.7 billion). It had also hiked its internal...
  • UPA govt weakened country's defence, says Jayalalithaa 04-03-2014 06:56 PM

    Continuing her diatribe against the Congress-led UPA government, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday accused it of failing to modernise the Indian armed forces and turning the Defence sector a 'defenceless' one. Virtually targeting Defence Minister AK Antony and the government in entirety, Jayalalithaa said the Centre's alleged...
  • 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...
  • Growing distrust between Antony and defence forces a worry for India 28-02-2014 07:44 AM

    New Delhi: Even as the Indian Navy is saddled with an aging fleet and has seen a wave of 11 mishaps involving warships in the last few months, Defence Minister AK Antony said he was saddened by the resignation of Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi, but its prompt acceptance seems...
  • 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...
  • SC notice to Centre, EC on defence personnel voting right 24-02-2014 06:47 PM

    The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and Election Commission on a plea seeking its direction to allow defence personnel to cast their vote in constituencies where they are posted. A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik agreed to adjudicate on the issue on a appeal filed...
  • No question of compromise in Italian Marines case: Antony 23-02-2014 11:46 PM

    Kochi: Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said there was no question of any compromise with regard to the case relating to the two Italian marines who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012. "Government policy is that as per Indian rules the...
  • Antony defends Army, says no possibility of military coup ever 23-02-2014 04:48 PM

    Seeking to put a lid on fresh controversy over movement of two army units near Delhi in 2012, Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said Indian military is a responsible force which obeys the civilian government's decisions and in no circumstances there will be a military coup in the...
  • J&K situation stable but fragile: Defence Ministry 20-02-2014 09:38 PM

    The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is "fragile" with Pakistan's "proxy war" continuing in the state amid a rise in incidents of ceasefire violations and terror infrastructure remaining intact in the neighbouring country, the Ministry of Defence has said. The ministry has cautioned that the terror infrastructure across the...
  • India to conduct night trial of Agni-I missile 17-02-2014 05:42 PM

    India is preparing to conduct the first night trial of Agni-I ballistic missile from a defence base in Odisha, defence sources said on Monday. The indigenously developed surface to surface missile, which can strike a target over 700 km away, would be fired from Wheeler Island off the coast near...
  • 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...
  • Just a bunch of girls hanging out: Photo of women defence ministers of Norway, Sweden, Netherlands and Germany go viral 04-02-2014 02:13 PM

    If you saw this photo out of context, you'd think it's just another bunch of women posing for a group photo during a night out perhaps? Actually, these are the female defence ministers of Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany got together for a group photo at Munich's Bayerischer Hof...
  • 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...
  • Siachen: A huge human cost for a piece of ice 15-01-2014 09:42 PM

    If the Line Of Control (LoC) is tough, Siachen is only even more difficult. Cold, barren and hostile, living in Siachen isn't easy. But for the hundreds of Army men, braving the frigid climes is simply a way of life. It's an irony that Siachen means "the valley of flowers"....
  • AgustaWestland: Christian Michael's role baffles Indian investigators 10-01-2014 07:46 PM

    New Delhi: A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Ministry of Defence is investigating the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal and interrogating Guido Hashcke, the other middleman in the deal. But it is Christian Michael whose name has again come up as the real key in the...
  • Jet in 'near miss' with UFO close to Heathrow 05-01-2014 10:32 PM

    A terrified pilot of a passenger jet has reported a near miss in which a rugby ball-shaped UFO passed within a few feet of his aircraft while flying near Heathrow Airport, baffling aviation authorities London. The captain of the A320 Airbus told British aviation authorities who have investigated the incident...
  • 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...