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Indian Air Force should drop its plan to make more Tejas Mark-2s & focus on AMCA fighter jets

The fourth generation MWF will probably be ready by end of next decade. China already has two fifth-generation fighter jets, and it can sell to Pakistan.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh before he flew the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru | PTI

Rajnath Singh becomes first defence minister to fly in indigenous Tejas fighter jet

The light combat aircraft had successfully carried out an “arrested landing” last week, a key performance, showing its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier.
A Tejas aircraft (representative image) | Twitter: @PIB_India

Tejas successfully performs critical test of ‘arrested landing’ on an aircraft carrier

The DRDO is involved in development of the naval variant of Tejas along with Aeronautical Development Agency, and the Aircraft Research and Design Centre of HAL among others.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Here’s why former Navy chief wants India’s next Raksha Mantri to personally guide Tejas

India’s aeronautics industry has suffered from politicians’ neglect, allowing countries like China, Brazil and Turkey to overtake us.
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Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

India Today, Aaj Tak show footage of Rafale jets instead of Mirage 2000

The Indian Air Force strike on Pakistan's Balakot was carried out by the French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft.
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat gets inside the cockpit of an LCA 'Tejas' at Aero India 2019 air show in Bengaluru | Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat flies in LCA Tejas, calls it ‘experience of a lifetime’

DRDO chief G. Satheesh Reddy says General Bipin Rawat's endorsemnt comes as a big morale boost for DRDO scientists and HAL.

HAL set for talks with European firm to arm Tejas with air-to-air missile

After integration issues with Israeli Python-5 on Tejas, IAF looks to equip Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with the French air-to-air missile ASRAAM.
A Tejas aircraft | Commons

Reality check for Rahul Gandhi’s darling HAL – unending wait for final version of Tejas

HAL was to roll out the Final Operational Clearance version of the indigenously-built aircraft by 2011, but project has been hit by delays.

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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Qureshi’s Saudi criticism on Kashmir hints shift in Pakistan’s strategy for the Islamic world

20 years ago, during a meeting at the PPP office in Islamabad, Qureshi had told this writer that he was from Multan where Kashmir had no resonance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Miniter Nirmala Sitharaman and other officials at the online launch of “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest". | Photo: Twitter

PM launches new faceless I-T assessment & appeal, charter to make tax process ‘painless’

Modi says the reforms are meant to reduce govt interference in taxpayers' lives and encourage more people to pay their taxes. The charter & faceless assessment are effective from today.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.