Tuesday, 18 January, 2022


The S-400 is Air Force’s answer to depleting fighter strength. It’s time to seal the deal

Air defence system will be a high priority on minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Russia visit; delay in finalising the deal may cost India dear.

Se La tunnel to Make in India: Key projects that will be hit by Army’s rupee crunch

Se La tunnel, security for Army bases, war reserves, Make in India, vehicles and surface-to-air missiles are just some important projects that’ll suffer.

Why guns, tanks and warships in Kanchipuram might not fetch global interest

India’s showcase expo for the defence sector looks likely to be a dud this time, with last-minute change of venues and dates one of the key reasons.

Submarine-launched drones, combat UAVs, aircraft carrier part of India’s future buy list

Defence Ministry’s roadmap for 2020s includes laser and electromagnetic weapons.

Now that the Indo-Pak ceasefire agreement is off, a summer of discontent awaits

With two-front tensions likely, pressure will be on the army’s most abundant resource, its soldiers.

Controversy, not a scam: Can’t let Rafale heat freeze military modernisation

Many more Rafale jets needed and the Modi govt can clear opposition doubts by just addressing their concerns.

Going back in time – PSUs continue to call the shots in the defence ministry

The entry of PSUs into mega tender ‘reserved’ for private industry is a symptom of continued protectionism. It’s a challenge the government has to tackle.

Three striking points about the quad, and what India needs to do to lead it

At the Raisina Dialogue, the four countries’ military leaders talked unabashed about the India-US-Japan-Australia grouping. It sends a message to China.

इटली से तो बच निकले पर भारत में कब तक खैर मनाएंगे अगस्ता वेस्टलैंड सौदे के बिचौलिये

अगस्ता वेस्टलैंड सौदे के घपले में सबूत तो बिचौलियों की ओर संकेत करते हैं मगर सुरागों को जोड़कर ठोस मामला न बना पाना भारतीय जांचकर्ताओं की कमजोरी रही है. 

Italy’s acquittal of AgustaWestland execs will have no bearing on case in India

The evidence shows middlemen and collusion, but connecting the dots has always been a weakness for Indian investigators. The case is far from over in India.

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The plea was earlier dismissed by the High Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Modi govt will have to wait on All India Judicial Services. Top judiciary main opposition

AIJS aims to draw better talent to the district and subordinate judiciary but the higher judiciary does not want to give assertion over the lower courts.
A Life Insurance Corporation building in Kolkata, India | Bloomberg

Inside the all-out campaign to prepare for LIC’s mega IPO

A knock-out listing could see LIC raise as much as $10 billion from the IPO with a minimum dilution of 5%. That would make it the third biggest globally involving an insurer.


HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.