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Modi govt made defence exports jump 700%. Now it must radically reform ordnance factories

PM Modi targets $5 billion in defence exports in next 5 years. If 'Make in India’ reaches its full potential, $10-15 billion is achievable in a decade.
Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai

Jagran calls for coronavirus antidote, Bhaskar criticises ‘bitter’ Delhi election campaigns

A weekend round up of editorial comment in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the day.
Boeing

Boeing plans trials of its Super Hornet jets on ski-jump ramp to meet Indian requirements

Top Boeing official Thom Breckenridge said the aircraft will fulfill the Indian requirements and that they are in discussion with the Indian Navy for the trials.
Visitors near the third generation main battle tank Arjun at the 11th edition of DefExpo, in Lucknow Wednesday

HAL ties up with Israeli firm & Dynamatic Technologies to manufacture drones

The MoU, signed at DefExpo 2020, calls for manufacturing & selling of drones to Indian defence forces, paramilitary forces & central armed police forces.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking during the 11th edition of DefExpo, in Lucknow in February | PTI

India to strengthen outer space capabilities but responsibly: Modi at DefExpo inauguration

At the biennial event in Lucknow, PM Modi said India’s focus is on increasing defence exports to Rs 35,000 crore from Rs 17,000 crore.
Police officials checking preparation for the Defence Expo at the venue in Lucknow | By special arrangement

150 foreign stalls, state-of-art weapons & VIPs — what Defence Expo in Lucknow will offer

The expo, scheduled from 5-9 February, has led to a sharp increase in the price of hotel rooms, with some touching nearly Rs 70,000 per night.
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Will Starbucks ‘exhibit’ its military equipment at the great Indian Defence Expo?

The ministry will have little defence for the fiasco that the show is heading towards, with exaggerated numbers and important tenders set in the midst of it.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Govt spells out defence industry vision: $5 billion exports by 2025, leader in AI, cyberspace

Rs 1,000 crore startup funds, 3 million jobs in defence ministry’s plan for next seven years.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.