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Tejas Fighter jet | Twitter | @DRDO_India

As Tejas begins flying near Pakistan border, IAF & HAL join hands to boost LCA availability

About half-a-dozen Tejas aircraft are doing stints at various bases in the western sector, including at two locations that will host Tejas Mk 1A squadrons in the future.

HAL helicopter not for us — Indian Navy doesn’t want PSU to be part of $3 bn chopper deal

Indian private firms have also written to the defence ministry against HAL's inclusion in the Naval Utility Helicopter initiative.
IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
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.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.
Debris of the Mirage 2000 that crashed in Bengaluru | Twitter

Not IAF pilot error but HAL upgrade tech glitch suspected in Bengaluru Mirage 2000 crash

The 1 February crash killed two IAF pilots testing the upgraded Mirage 2000 – Squadron Leaders Samir Abrol & Siddhartha Negi.
File image of a BrahMos missile

‘Stage set for induction of Su-30 jets fitted with BrahMos missile, final test soon’

CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Mishra tells ThePrint that land & warship versions of BrahMos supersonic missile have been inducted already. Now it's IAF's turn.
Mirage 2000 air crash

This is what happened in the seconds before the Mirage 2000 crashed

Footage from Mirage 2000 crash hints at a possible mechanical issue. IAF studying video obtained from Air Traffic Control in Bengaluru.
Mirage 2000 air crash

The Mirage crash should not be played for Rahul-Modi-Rafale scam-like politics

Flight testing crew are a national resource and trying to exact mileage out of the accident, replaying the Modi-RaGa-Rafale scam-mongering, will be a disservice to the pilots who died in the crash.

On Camera

People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
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.