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India formally lifts ban on AgustaWestland & Leonardo, both can now bid for defence projects

Leonardo has given a letter withdrawing its claims of 350 million Euros for the cancelled order of the VVIP choppers.
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Neither MoD nor MHA can resolve the unacceptable state of affairs on Indo-Tibetan Border

The ITBP needs to be converted into a military force that is based on a design like the Rashtriya Rifles with suitable modifications.
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Rajnath Singh approves procurement of military hardware & platforms worth Rs 13,165 crore

Of the total procurement, equipment worth Rs 11,486 crore will be sourced from domestic entities. Around Rs 3,850 crore allotted for helicopters & Rs 4,962 crore for rocket ammunition.
File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo | Representational image | Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD

Centre dissolves Ordnance Factory Board, transfers employees, assets & management to 7 PSUs

OFB is currently a defence ministry entity and supplies critical arms, ammunition to the three armed forces and the paramilitary.
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‘Spend more, spend fast’ — Rajnath’s direction to armed forces ahead of mid-term budget review

Over the last week, the defence ministry has inked contracts worth about Rs 30,000 crore for procurement of transport aircraft and tanks.
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Army, navy and air force to have uniform retirement age, more years of service

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India signs mega deal for 56 Airbus C-295 aircraft — here’s what lies ahead

The aircraft have a 5-10 tonne capacity, are capable of operating from semi-prepared strips and has a rear ramp door for quick reaction and para dropping of troops and cargo.

Defence ministry orders 118 Arjun Mark 1-A tanks: Here’s what to expect from ‘Hunter Killers’

Arjun Mark 1-A tanks will be the most potent armoured system in the Army inventory but this could be the last order for this tank, which weighs 68.5 tonnes, since the Army requires lighter tanks.

Notification allowing women to take NDA exam to be out by May 2022, defence ministry tells SC

The Modi govt proposes to have the necessary mechanism in place for the entrance exam by the time UPSC publishes its first notification, according to the ministry's statement.

MS Dhoni, Anand Mahindra named in 15-member defence ministry panel to review NCC

The defence ministry said the committee has been constituted for suggesting measures which can empower National Cadet Corps to contribute more effectively towards nation-building
Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
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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.