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Rajnath Singh

India eyes Africa as potential market for domestic defence equipment

At DefExpo 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India is geared up to provide Offshore Patrol Vessels, fast interceptor boats, UAVs and arms & ammunition to Africa.
A picture of the UP government's posters for DefExpo 2020 featuring a Turkish made chopper. | Photo: Twitter/@zone5aviation

UP DefExpo gaffe — Turkish helicopter for Pakistan on posters showcasing Make in India

DefExpo in Lucknow also invites criticism on Day One for poor arrangements at the much-publicised tent city for VIP guests. Nail found protruding from bathroom floor.
missile deal

Behind DRDO’s ‘transfers’ of tech to industry at DefExpo, a familiar old story

Eight systems ‘transferred’ by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, but DRDO had already handed them over at different periods since 2012.
Akash Missile

Another setback for Indian missile programme, snag hits quick reaction missile test again

QRSAM tested at Balasore rolled uncontrollably, fell into the Bay of Bengal Monday. This is at least the second failure for the missile in four tests.
DefExpo

Foreign firms with Indian defence contracts may soon invest in stocks and infrastructure

Defence ministry is working to amend the offsets policy, which mandates investment of at least 30 per cent of value in defence & aerospace manufacturing. New Delhi: Foreign companies who have won a substantial defence contract in India currently have to invest at least 30 per cent of the value in the defence and aerospace sectors. But a new policy that the defence ministry is working on could steer the focus of this offset away from the manufacturing sector, and into investments in the stock market and infrastructure. The move will come as a huge relief to foreign firms which have large outstanding offset obligations in India – about $16 billion to be undertaken by 2028 – and have been finding it tough to discharge these obligations due to the limited avenues available in India’s fledgling defence and aerospace market. This number is expected to go up in the coming years as well. It...

On Camera

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.