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Nirmala Sitharaman shouldn't just focus on big weapons purchases but improving the defence forces as well

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘modernisation’ drive must go beyond buying big weapons systems

Even as India continues its big-ticket weapon buying spree, Sitharaman must address the key question of the soldier behind the machine, and the structure behind the soldier.
With Exercise Sambandh, India to showcase naval supremacy in Indian Ocean region

Defence ministry blocks Navy’s ‘unrealistic’ five-year acquisition plan

The plan has been sent back for pruning, because it would double India’s defence budget. Top Navy officials meet new minister Sitharaman to brief her. An elaborate plan drawn up by the Indian Navy to acquire new warships, aircraft, submarines and special equipment over the next five years has met with disapproval from the defence ministry. Officials have termed it ‘unrealistic’, given projected national growth and spending power. The five-year plan, which was submitted earlier this year by Navy HQ to the defence ministry, would have ended up more than doubling the Indian defence budget for capital acquisition, which currently stands at Rs 86,529 crore. Sources told ThePrint that the plan – which includes acquisition of new aircraft carrier-borne fighter jets – is unlikely to be cleared in the current form, as it would put a great burden on the exchequer, and would leave little money for the Army and the Air...
India needs to go about formulating a National Security Doctrine if it intends to change its image as a soft state.

If India starts now, it can finally have a National Security Doctrine by 2022

The widespread international image of India as a ‘soft state’ must be dispelled by the creation of a national security doctrine.
The CBI is probing allegations of corruption in the acquisition of Pilatus PC 7 MkII trainers for the Indian Air Force

As CBI pursues Swiss firm Pilatus, IAF’s trainer fleet remains without maintenance deal

The IAF never signed a pact for maintenance of the fleet in 2011 and now thanks to a CBI probe into Pilatus there's little chance of the deal being signed.
Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister by President Ram Nath Kovind

The biggest challenges Nirmala Sitharaman will face as India’s new Defence Minister

Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions
A representational image of an AgustaWestland chopper.

CBI files 30,000 page chargesheet in AgustaWestland chopper scandal

Former IAF chief SP Tyagi and 8 others have been named in the chargesheet.
The C130J aircraft (for representational purposes) | Source: Ministry of Defence

IAF gets operational training centre for C 130J aircraft at Hindon base

Missions or maneuvers that are deemed too risky to be taught directly on aircraft will be practiced by pilots at the centre
An Apache helicopter

Boeing says Indian Army’s six new Apache choppers will be the ‘most lethal’

The Indian Army is getting the first batch of these helicopters in 2019.

The creeping urban callousness towards the armed forces is a recent Indian trend

A retired air force officer writes about a generation that has not seen a war and does not know how to respect those who serve in the armed forces. Arjun Subramaniam

IAF’s first Jaguar with advanced AESA radar to fly this month

Deep Strike Fighter ability to hit enemy targets, will increase significantly with this major upgrade to fleet.  Manu Pubby

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.