Friday, 2 December, 2022

Topic: Defence

Artillery, Russia’s ‘god of war’, couldn’t crush Ukrainians — here’s why & what it means for India

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

‘Set for sunrise’ — big bull run for Indian defence stocks, some soar by nearly 140%

The share price rise of defence companies has outpaced the growth of the NSE 50 Index, the benchmark index that represents the weighted average of the top 50 stocks on the NSE.

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.

Modi govt’s self-reliance goals for Army forcing India to attempt an impossible task

One simply cannot produce all the military systems required to equip the Indian armed forces in the current context. Import bans are already a cause of concern.

Launch of missile from Arihant a milestone. But India’s nuclear triad isn’t complete yet

Currently, India’s land and air-based nuclear capabilities are doing the heavy lifting. Arihant changes that but the country needs more.

Sweden’s defence company Saab will manufacture deadly Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons in India

This is also the first time a foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer has announced its plans to open up a fully-owned production facility in India for global customers.

With Rajnath Singh in Cairo, India-Egypt pick up Nehru-Nasser thread left off in the ’60s

In the 1960s, an IAF team was in Cairo to make fighter jets. Both India and Egypt knew the importance of a domestic defence industrial base — that bond is restarting.

Colonial St. George’s Cross dropped for Chhatrapati Shivaji’s seal on Indian Navy’s new flag

This is the fourth time since 1950 that the naval ensign has undergone a change.

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.

SPARSH will make defence pension digital, but problems won’t disappear. Ask pensioners

Failure to implement revised OROP and go for SPARSH should ring alarm bells for defence minister. And it won’t be ‘minimum govt, maximum governance’.

On Camera


Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.