Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
TopicMinistry of Defence

Topic: Ministry of Defence

After 60,000 veterans fume about delayed April pensions, defence ministry promises payout today

The Ministry of Defence has granted 58,275 pensioners time until 25 May 2022 to get their identification data updated on SPARSH online system.

Modi govt gives go-ahead to buy 15 India-made Light Combat Helicopters with air-to-air missiles

Equipped with a 20 m gun, 70 mm rockets and air-to-ground missiles, the HAL-manufactured LCH will complement the heavier 22 Apache attack choppers purchased from the US.

SC allows widening of 3 ‘strategic stretches’ in Char Dham road project, cites security concerns

SC bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud modifies top court’s September 2020 order that had restricted road width on entire highway in fragile Himalayan region to 5.5 m.

India successfully launches Supersonic Missile Assisted Torpedo System

It has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability beyond conventional range of torpedos. It was a textbook launch & full capability was demonstrated, DRDO said.

Al Qaeda will probably come back, warns UK defence secretary about Afghanistan crisis

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was speaking on govt's decision to send in around 600 more troops to facilitate the safe exit of remaining UK personnel in Afghanistan.

Centre tables bill in Lok Sabha to ban agitation by essential defence services employees

The bill provides for disciplinary action, including dismissal, against employees participating in strikes as well as penalties for instigation and financial aid to such strikes.

Defence Ministry issues tender for over Rs 40,000 crore to build 6 submarines domestically

The project under the strategic partnership model will be the first that allows domestic firms to collaborate with foreign players to produce high-end military platforms in India.

MoD and IDSA no longer separate. How Manohar Parrikar’s name was added to the think tank

With the packing of Executive Council with favorites of the establishment, a major source of resistance to defend IDSA’s autonomy could get weakened.

Sea trials of first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in July, commissioning mid-2022

Though the original plans for the ship were floated in 1989, the design work began fresh in 1999. It was scheduled for commissioning in 2018 but has been delayed.

Rajnath Singh must look beyond ‘feel-good’ booklets. MoD lists reforms but quiet on threats

2020 has been a momentous year for policy decisions with respect to defence reforms. The challenge will lie in execution.

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An electric vehicle is parked in a bay at a charging station in New Delhi | Representational image| Photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

EV makers are losing their sheen. Turns out, making future-forward cars is kind of hard

Blame Covid or supply chains or geopolitics — the reality is, there aren’t many EVs on roads in 2022. Investors need to pressure manufacturers to produce — at scale, and soon.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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