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India signs contract for 72,400 assault rifles with US firm

India will get 7.62 mm rifles from SiG Sauer firm under the deal for one year.

Finally, Modi govt starts process to acquire 111 choppers for desperate Navy

Of the 111 Naval Utility Helicopters to be procured, 95 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian partner.
Dassault

The MoU Anil Ambani mentioned in Airbus email was not Rafale

The Congress attacked the Narendra Modi government and Anil Ambani Tuesday, saying the latter had 'advance knowledge' of Rafale deal.
Indian Air Force

Russia to the rescue of IAF, offers 21 MiG-29s to boost strength

Russians will upgrade the legacy aircraft to the standard that India wants, say IAF sources. India currently has three squadrons of MiG-29.
Chinese re-education centre or 'Gulag'

China claims it has no ‘Gulags’, but satellite imagery shows 3 new ones coming up in Tibet

ThePrint has identified at least three re-education centres - or 'Gulags', as the Soviet-era equivalents were called - under construction in Tibet.
Image of a Rafale aircraft

Missing integrity clause not unusual, say defence ministry officials on Rafale controversy

The Congress claims anti-corruption clauses were waived because of govt corruption since it indemnifies suppliers against any wrongdoing.
Rafale jet on a runway at Aero India | Commons

BJP’s Rafale & Congress’ AgustaWestland deals took different routes to same end – scandal

Both AgustaWestland & Rafale are caught in controversies but have very little in common when it comes to the process of procurement.
The .338 Lapua Magnum | victrixarmaments.com

Deadly new sniper rifles are here for Northern Command soldiers along LoC

The .50 Calibre M95 by Barrett and the .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT by Beretta will replace the ageing Russian Dragunov.
Rafale deal

Modi govt removed anti-corruption clauses in Rafale deal, says report

Rafale deal involved 'major and unprecedented concessions', says The Hindu. But sources say government allowed to take decisions in country's interest.

India gets its first 4 Chinook heavy lift helicopters, to be stationed in Chandigarh

The chopper is part of the 15 Chinook CH-47F (I) that India ordered from the US in 2015. Was delivered to the IAF earlier this month. 

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.