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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.
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...
The widespread international image of India as a ‘soft state’ must be dispelled by the creation of a national security doctrine.
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.
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
Former IAF chief SP Tyagi and 8 others have been named in the chargesheet.
Missions or maneuvers that are deemed too risky to be taught directly on aircraft will be practiced by pilots at the centre
The Indian Army is getting the first batch of these helicopters in 2019.
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
Deep Strike Fighter ability to hit enemy targets, will increase significantly with this major upgrade to fleet. Manu Pubby