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File photo | An Mi-17 at Base Camp | Photo: Gp Capt KS Saini

25 yrs ago, an IAF Mi-17 was shot down while Army, Navy chiefs were touring Siachen

After we landed at Siachen Base Camp, we got to know that a helicopter was shot down by Pakistan. We had to send back a message.
Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) in the Tejas cockpit on 28 February 2020 | By special arrangement

 Tejas criticism is unfortunate, it has world’s best flying record, says IAF veteran

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Army chief General M.M. Naravane is among the handful of officers allowed to interact with the press | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Gen Naravane urged to drop L1 regime from defence procurement. That’s just one problem area

What Naravane stated publicly has been rued for years, in private, in the defence establishment.
India's Neeraj Chopra reacts during the final of the men's javelin throw event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on 7 August 2021 | Gurinder Osan | PTI

With Olympics ‘golden throw’, Subedar Neeraj Chopra could land promotion in Army

Neeraj Chopra, who belongs to 4 Rajputana Rifles, initially took to the javelin to lose weight. Now, he's earned India's first Olympics gold in athletics.
File photo of Army chief General M.M. Naravane | ANI

Scrap L1 concept for procurement, need revolution in bureaucratic affairs, Army chief says

At a seminar by the United Services Institution, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane speaks out against procedural lacunae in defence procurement, emphasises need for more agile processes.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | Representational image | By special arrangement

To deal with China on LAC, India must downsize and restructure the armed forces

Converting the LAC into LoC will only drain India’s resources and stymie modernisation.
Red light illuminates the keys of a laptop computer

Pornography in India: What is illegal, what is not and what else the law says

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Soldiers carrying out a patrolling drill at the LoC | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

LoC, cameras, action — how hi-tech equipment is helping Indian Army guard the border better

Emergency financial powers besides existing special financial powers have helped the Army make technological upgrades to infantry soldiers along the LoC and LAC.
An Indian soldier at LoC with the SiG 716 rifle | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army uses ‘jugaad’ to turn the American SiG 716 into a mean rifle for soldiers at LoC

The SiG 716 rifles lacked certain add-ons when first handed to soldiers at LoC in Dec 2019. However, minor tweaks to equip it with night sight, better grip & more cost-effective ammunition has made it formidable.
File photo of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel paying tributes to field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw on his 12th death anniversary in June 2020 | ANI

Why setting up integrated theatre commands should not be rushed — former service chiefs explain

Former Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major (Retd) and former defence secretary NN Vohra were among the experts debating the theaterisation process.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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