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Beyond guns and missiles, real juice of India-Israel defence ties is in the “small stuff”

As PM Modi visits Israel, specialised Indian defence companies sign tech transfer, JV agreements critical to India’s strategic goal of creating a multi-layered domestic arms industry. MANU PUBBY

Lonely Australian ship to track Malabar war games from other side of Bay of Bengal

Frigate RAN Newcastle is docked in Kochi, indicating the Australian Navy was prepared for a last minute entry if India changed its mind and allowed it to join the exercise. MANU PUBBY

India loses 1971 war hero; declassified CIA files reveal impact of his Operation Trident

Cdr Kavina passed away in Australia last week, Indian Navy attended funeral MANU PUBBY

India set to test air-launched version of Brahmos missile that can take out ships, bunkers and command centres

The integration of the missile into the Sukhoi-30MKI will significantly increase the range that the missile can target. MANU PUBBY

In Photos: Inside the Yantar Shipyard in Russia where two of the India Navy’s frigates could be built

The Print's Deputy Editor Manu Pubby was in Kaliningrad in Russia to visit the Yantar shipyard, which could build two frigates for the Indian Navy.(Read the report here) Here are some photos from the shipyard:            

Indian Navy in talks to get underwater rescue ship from Russian shipyard that built most of its submarines

The ship that can be used for rescue operations on nuclear submarines as well

Talks for new frigates from Russia in final stage, first one could be delivered to India in 3 years

The first two ships will be built at the Yantar yard in Russia; two more are set to be constructed at the Goa Shipyard, after it is upgraded and equipped with a specialized workforce. MANU PUBBY
File image of INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya could take part in its first international wargame this July

The US is participating with its USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, and the Japanese Navy is sending its largest warship for the Malabar war games in the Bay of Bengal. Moscow: India's largest warship, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, could participate in its first international naval exercise this July. Air operations will be in focus in a complex edition of the Malabar war games in the Bay of Bengal, with all three nations sending their largest combatants, While the US is participating with its USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, and the Japanese Navy is sending its largest warship, the Izumo helicopter carrier, the exercise is likely to see the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier also taking part. This would be the first time that the Indian aircraft carrier – acquired from Russia with a fleet of MiG-29K fighter aircraft – will be seen in an international naval exercise. INS Vikramaditya took part in the Tropex series of internal exercises along with nuclear-powered attack submarine INS Chakra, that has...

The Indian Army’s now considering women in combat roles, but here’s why it’s far behind

VRINDA SEHGAL  Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat has said that the Indian Army is open to inducting women in combat roles. "We have already started the process," General Rawat told PTI. Before they were permitted to join as officers from 1992, women could only serve in the medical and nursing branches of the Indian Army. But even after 1992, there were restrictions on which branches they could join. Women officers currently serve only in the aviation, logistics, law, engineering and executive cadres of the army. Data from 2015 says that only around 5 per cent of the total staff in the Indian Army presently consists of women. Of them, 4,224 are serving as doctors and 1,436 are in other technical branches. The Indian Navy also does not permit women to serve in combat roles presently. However, in 2016 the Indian Air Force inducted three women as fighter pilots. If the Indian Army does open its doors to women in combat roles, it wouldn’t be...

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Omicron needs 3 evolutionary surprises to wreak havoc

Scientists have been so surprised by the number of mutations in omicron that they’ve been calling it 'insane', but they don’t yet know what they mean.
People at a market place in Ranchi | Bloomberg Photo

Recovery gathers pace: India’s Q2 GDP grows at 8.4% for fourth straight quarter of expansion

The second wave of Covid had forced states to impose fresh restrictions. However, the economy has now surpassed the pre-Covid level, according to data released by National Statistical Office.

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BSF jawans | Representational Image |Flickr

West Bengal, Punjab govts’ apprehensions on BSF jurisdiction extension ‘ill-founded’: Centre

MoS Nityanand Rai said the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction would result in better & more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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