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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump | @narendramodi | Twitter

Trump says US-India to sign $3 billion in defence deals

The US State Department last week approved a potential sale of arms to India, including air-defence radars and missiles, rifles and other equipment.
Narendra Modi and Donald Trump at the 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston, Texas

Trump visit not an empty spectacle without trade deal. He can still deepen defence ties

Modi and Trump will discuss issues where there is a greater convergence between India and the US, like defence, Indo-Pacific, and Afghanistan.
PM Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin

AK 203 and Kamov delayed, India and Russia aim for missile deal ahead of Modi visit

The VISHORADS deal had run into trouble with two competitors officially registering complaints against the trails which gave Russians the heads up.
The S-400 air defence system | Commons

US against any country purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defence system: Pentagon

Washington: The US is keen to make its defence partnership with India stronger, the Pentagon has said, but made it clear that it is against any country purchasing military equipment, including the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, that is designed to counter America's sophisticated fifth-generation aircraft. The remarks by a top Pentagon official came in response to a question on India going ahead with its decision to purchase the S-400 missile defence system from Russia. India inked an agreement with Russia last October to procure a batch of the S-400 missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. "Our defence partnership with India I think is strong and we're looking to make it ever stronger," David J Trachtenberg, the deputy under secretary of defence for policy, told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. When asked if the US can have a major defence partnership with India, which is going ahead...
US diplomat R. Clarke Cooper

Top US diplomat to visit India Wednesday to push for $15 billion fighter jet deal

US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper is coming to India with the sole agenda of pushing the defence deal.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis exchange MoU files after the India-US 2 + 2 Dialogue | PTI

For the first time, India & US agree to hold wargame with army, navy and airforce

A joint statement also referred to terrorist attacks on Pathankot and Uri, and asked Pakistan to crackdown on terrorism in its territory.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at a delegation level meeting in New Delhi | PTI

India, US sign landmark military communications secrecy pact at historic meeting

The signing of COMCASA effectively nudges India towards an ‘Asian Nato’ in a quadrilateral grouping along with Japan and Australia.
Eric Trappier, Chairman, Dassault Aviation and Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Group | Official release from Reliance Group and Dassault Aviation Incorporate

The government must part with more details on Rafale pricing to end the debate

For far too long, successive governments have used the veil of secrecy to block information on defence spending and acquisition.
Planes on a ship

Without facts, political debates on Rafale can become a petty slugfest

The current debate on the Rafale deal seems to be going the way of a petty slugfest.
Rafale fighter jet

An informed debate on defence acquisitions is essential, but it should not lead to delays

Lack of expertise, research and interest among parliamentarians, existence of lobbies, political opportunism have led to the current impasse in defence deals.

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File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

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File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.