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Maritime Theatre Command could bring Coast Guard ships under its control

The government will decide which authority the MTC will report to, but it is likely to be the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee headed by the CDS.
Vijayalakshmi Ramanan (left) with other officers | By special arrangement

Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, first woman IAF officer & a doctor always ‘prepared for an emergency’

Vijaylakshmi Ramanan retired from IAF as Wing Commander in 1979. The 96-year-old died in Bengaluru on 18 October due to health complications.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

No mandatory 14-day quarantine if Army, Navy, IAF personnel travel by air for leave or duty

June guidelines allowed soldiers to skip 14-day quarantine, but did not specify air travel. The new rule will help personnel go for temporary duties and short leaves.
The RUDRAM anti- radiation missile was successfully tested Friday | Twitter | @ANI

India tests RUDRAM — here’s why first indigenous anti-radiation missile is important

DRDO Friday successfully tested the new-generation anti-radiation missile RUDRAM on a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off Odisha. 

India test fires 1st indigenously developed anti-radiation missile Rudram-1

The missile, developed by the DRDO, is likely to be integrated with the Sukhoi fighter jets of the IAF.
Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF set to place orders for 21 MiG-29 jets from Russia by Dec to shore up aircraft strength

The Mig-29 jets purchased by India will be upgraded to latest version before they arrive here. IAF will also place an order for 83 LCA Mk 1A and 12 more Su 30 MKI this fiscal.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria addresses a press conference in New Delhi Monday | ANI

IAF looking at leasing midair refuellers as efforts to purchase 6 go on, says Bhadauria

Addressing a press conference two days before IAF Day, Bhadauria said leasing has got nothing to do with budget constraints, is an evolution of defence acquisition processes. 
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria addresses a press conference, in New Delhi Monday | ANI

China can’t get better of us, ready for even a two-front war, IAF chief says

R.K.S. Bhadauria says Army & IAF acted ‘very swiftly’ to Chinese aggression in Ladakh and that it won’t be correct to say the military was 'surprised’ by PLA’s move.
IAF's Rafale fighter jet enters Indian airspace for the first time | Photo: ANI

Decision to buy more Rafale aircraft or new fighter jets under consideration, IAF chief says

During his annual press conference, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also announced that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.
File photo of Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh (R) during her induction into the IAF in 2017. She and colleague Pratibha (L) form the second batch of women fighter pilots inducted into the force | IAF

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will be first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

Flt Lt Singh, who was commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, is currently flying a MiG-21 Bison.

On Camera

File image of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh | Commons

Top Iranian nuclear scientist’s assassination & how it will impact US diplomacy in Middle East

In episode 629 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta says Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination is a political move on a ‘deadly, global strategic chessboard’.
An employee refuels a vehicle with compressed natural gas (CNG) at an Indraprastha Gas Ltd. gas station in New Delhi | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

India’s natural gas use has returned to pre-Covid levels

The rebound comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to double gas’s share to 15% of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

Defence

Hamad Salem Al Ameri, CEO of Caracal | By special arrangement

UAE firm Caracal to bring small arms portfolio under Make in India, looks to salvage Army deal

UAE firm Caracal says it is counting on bilateral ties to expand its business and export India-made rifles and parts and not just supply to the domestic market.

Shambles over farmers’ protest shows Modi-Shah BJP needs a Punjab tutorial

Modi-Shah BJP has tended to patronise Punjab & Sikhs, instead of being a respectful partner. Its strategy to tackle protests farm laws crisis has given Sikhs the good fight they love.