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File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

‘Spend more, spend fast’ — Rajnath’s direction to armed forces ahead of mid-term budget review

Over the last week, the defence ministry has inked contracts worth about Rs 30,000 crore for procurement of transport aircraft and tanks.
Rolls-Royce India and South Asia President Kishore Jayaraman

Rolls-Royce ready to co-develop, manufacture fighter aircraft engines in India

Rolls-Royce's India and South Asia president Kishore Jayaraman says co-development is in line with ‘atmanirbhar’ design and manufacturing initiative.
Image of a young Lt YN Singh with a Hellcat fighter some time in 1945. | Photo credit: Capt Bharat Singh, via the author

India’s first naval aviator Yaduvansh Narayan Singh remained in shadows. It can change now

From being the first Indian carrier pilot to being the first to command an Indian naval air squadron, the man ticked all the boxes over half a century ago.
The SkyStriker kamikaze drone | Photo: https://elbitsystems.com/product/skystriker/

Army, Navy, IAF sign deals for swarm, kamikaze drones amid govt push for new tech warfare

Leading the Services on new contracts signed is the Army which has inked three separate deals for various types of drones.
Women Army officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 ( representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

NDA, military can learn from US how to tweak standards for women without sacrificing fitness

The Supreme Court of India opened gates. Now military leadership must support gender justice and Service imperatives.
File photo | An Mi-17 at Base Camp | Photo: Gp Capt KS Saini

25 yrs ago, an IAF Mi-17 was shot down while Army, Navy chiefs were touring Siachen

After we landed at Siachen Base Camp, we got to know that a helicopter was shot down by Pakistan. We had to send back a message.
Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Navy to scrap plans to procure guns from US, considering ‘Make in India’ route now

The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.
File photo of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel paying tributes to field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw on his 12th death anniversary in June 2020 | ANI

Why setting up integrated theatre commands should not be rushed — former service chiefs explain

Former Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major (Retd) and former defence secretary NN Vohra were among the experts debating the theaterisation process.
The Mh-60 Romeo chopper | Photo by special arrangement

Why induction of American MH-60 Romeo choppers is good news for Indian Navy

India Friday received two of the 24 MH-60 Romeo anti-submarine helicopters it ordered. A first batch is expected to land in the country next year.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Combined Graduation Parade at Airforce Academy in Dundigal, in Hyderabad | ANIPix

Raising theatre commands can’t be left to the military. It’s a govt’s job all over the world

The government made a fundamental error of judgement by making the CDS first among equals and not senior by rank/appointment to the Service Chiefs.

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Eco Anxiety is real. Children across the world are struggling with it

More than 45 per cent in a survey of 10 countries said their feelings about climate change "negatively affected their daily life and functioning".

Pushing to have LIC IPO done by March 2022, FM Sitharaman says

Sitharaman said any delay won't be due to a lack of political will. The 65-year old insurer's internal valuation hasn't been done & the process will take time, she added.

Defence

A Heron Mk 1 at the Misamari base of the Army. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar/ThePrint

Army’s drone formation sees massive changes as tensions with China mount at LAC

A new Aviation Brigade has been set up in the Eastern Command to coordinate action, and to have a more localised control.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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