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File photo of a Rafale fighter aircraft | PTI

Modi govt’s ‘main concern’ in Rafale case — sensitive information coming out in public

Reacting to SC order on Rafale case, defence ministry says petitioners trying to present a ‘selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations’ on national security matters.
Manohar Parrikar

What bothered Manohar Parrikar about defence ministry: the ‘atmosphere of suspicion’

A friend reminisces how Manohar Parrikar wanted to do something about the overwhelming tendency in the ministry ‘to first say no to everything’.

Pinaka guided rocket system, aimed to boost Army artillery, successfully test fired

The defence ministry, which test-fired the system in Pokhran, said the guidance kit includes an advanced navigation and control system.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

‘Missing’ jawan has not been kidnapped by militants, is safe: Govt dismisses reports

A defence spokesperson Saturday said the reports of the abduction of the jawan from Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir were incorrect.

Is the Modi govt bungling on Rafale or are secrecy laws critical for defence deals?

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal claimed that Rafale documents were stolen from the defence ministry, and this could invite punishment under the OSA.
File image of the Indian army in Kashmir

Pakistan violates ceasefire after two-day lull along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

A defence spokesperson said that Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing mortar shells and small arms on forward posts and villages.
C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft

CAG report blames ‘inadequate training’ for 2014 Super Hercules crash that killed 5

A simulator for the aircraft had been installed in 2012, but could not be used for training because IAF & manufacturer couldn’t finalise a usage contract.

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.
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.

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. 

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Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.