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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.

‘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.
A Rafale fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Indian Army ex-chief wasn’t surprised when Dassault junked HAL as Rafale partner

At Military Literature Festival, former Indian Army chief General Ved Prakash Malik (Retd) discussed factors he thought were holding Make in India back. 
AugustaWestland

3 AgustaWestland choppers lie grounded in a Delhi air base, and are likely to remain so

The three AW101 helicopters were mothballed in 2014, after the VVIP chopper deal was terminated, because of the lack of vendor support.
HF-24 Marut

What happened when Nehru and a former Nazi Germany engineer built first & only India-made operational combat fighter

The HF-24 Marut, which could carry 1,800 kg of bombs, 100 rockets (68 mm) and four 30 mm cannons, played a role in the famous Battle of Longewala.
Rafale aircraft

Everything you wanted to know about Rafale and did not know who to ask

The Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal is at the centre of a furious war of words between the govt and opposition. Here's an explainer on the jet and the controversy.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.