The Chinese military muscle-flexing forced the top military brass to readjust the national security doctrine that included greater focus on tri-services convergence and boosting the overall combat capabilities of the armed forces to deal with all possible future security challenges.
The Hawk-i is HAL’s internally funded program offering the Indian Armed Forces an upgrade and combat capability for the Hawk, transforming it into an Advanced Jet Trainer providing training on sensors and weapons in peacetime into a potent combat platform during conflict.
On December 30, 2020, the government had approved the export of indigenously-developed surface-to-air Akash missile system and set up a panel to ensure faster approvals for acquisition proposals by various countries. Reddy said a country is "real Atmanirbhar (self-reliant)" when the design, development and production of state-of-the-art systems that are required by the armed forces are done within the country.
"We don't want war and we are in favour of protecting everyone's security but I want to say this in clear terms that if any superpower wants to hurt our pride then our soldiers are capable of giving them a befitting reply," Singh said. The Defence minister insisted that India never wanted conflict with any nation and preferred to maintain peace and friendly ties with its neighbours.
The Air Force chief met the veterans from the Air Force and informed them about various new initiatives taken to address their long-pending grievances. Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh also extended his heartfelt gratitude to all veterans for their service to the nation.
SC notice on Centre's plea seeking verdict decriminalizing adultery be not made applicable on forces
It has been said when jawans and officers are posted in forward inhospitable areas, their families are taken care of at base camp by other officers and the laws and rules, providing actions for indulging in adulterous or promiscuous activity, help in maintaining discipline.
Speaking at the launch of the first project 17-A Frigate Warship from GRSE Yard, CDS Rawat said, "China's attempt to change the status quo on Line of Actual Control along the northern border amidst COVID-19 pandemic necessitates high-level preparation on land, sea and air."
Services under 'Baroda Military Salary Package' will be offered to serving and retired personnel of Indian Armed Forces through the Bank's network of over 8,200 domestic branches and around 20,000 business correspondent touch points, the bank said in a statement.
India celebrates December 16 as Vijay Diwas to commemorate its victory over Pakistan during the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh. "The swift and professionally planned operations executed by the Indian armed forces led to one of the greatest military victories recorded in the annals of world history," the spokesperson said.
As part of the Centre's initiatives for commemorating 50 years of the glorious victory of the Indian Army in 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, India will be celebrating the year 2020-21 as Swarnim Vijay Varsh starting from December 16, 2020 till December 16, 2021.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said India's armed forces stood up to aggression along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh and fought the Chinese military with "utmost bravery", forcing it to go back. Watch!Our forces fought bravely; forced PLA to go back: Rajnath Singh at FICCI AGM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer to celebrate Diwali with soldiers at Longewala in the western sector. While addressing the soldiers, PM said that if anyone cast evil eye on India, our Indian Army will retaliate befittingly. “If anyone casts an evil eye on us, our soldiers will retaliate befittingly. This establishes the credibility of Indian Army in the world. Today, country's Army is engaged in military exercises with other big countries. We are engaged in strategic partnerships to fight against terrorism. Indian Armed Forces have shown that they can strike on terrorist havens anywhere, anytime,” said PM Modi.Indian Armed Forces can strike on terrorist havens anywhere, anytime: PM Modi
Warfare is evolving in its interpretation and the emerging technologies coupled with futuristic security needs merit an in-depth analysis of force structures. While nature of the terrain and weather conditions may require intensive manpower, it is important to find the optimum balance which can lead to a lean and agile force across the spectrum of operations.
Extended his good wishes to the armed forces, Naik, in a video message, said, "The national security is of utmost importance for the future progress of our great nation."
"Emergence of India is not a threat to anyone, but nor do we get threatened by anyone," he said at a webinar organised by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.
The end-to-end voice translation system developed by Gnani.ai uses automatic speech recognition (ASR), machine translation and speech-to-text to convert Mandarin to English and is designed to help armed forces, intelligence agencies and local law enforcement authorities in improving communication systems and giving substantial leeway to the defence forces.
The construction, recorded by satellite photos, followed a playbook China has used for years. It has brushed aside neighbours’ claims of sovereignty to cement its position in territorial disputes by unilaterally changing the facts on the ground.
He also said that India wants to share its military capabilities with friendly countries in the neighbourhood and the extended neighbourhood as well as to those who need its support.
"We are, however, more concerned about the well-being of the competent frontline soldiers who face the real hardships and on whose courage and valour, we all seem to be basking in glory," General Rawat told ANI on the new proposals initiated by the Department of Military Affairs under him.
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the Maldives have been offered seats for the first time in the NDC's one-year course from next year, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar added.
“SAI is a simple and secure messaging application, which supports end-to-end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It will be utilised pan-Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service,” said an officer on Thursday.
India and the US are exploring capacity building and joint military cooperation with countries in the region, indicating that the relationship is progressing to the next level after signing of key pacts, including the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (Beca) inked on Tuesday.
Areas of joint cooperation could include Africa and Central Asia. A combined approach to capacity building in countries of interest would counter the expanding Chinese footprint which has been powered by Beijing’s supply of arms and creation of dual use infrastructure.
Speaking at the inaugural of the India-Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation Expo, a two-day virtual expo jointly organized by FICCI and Ministry of Defence last week, Sanjay Jaju said several Indian companies are already in talks with Kazakh defence industries for co-production and co-development in defence production.
"Nothing will give us greater satisfaction than fighting and coming out victorious in wars with indigenous technology and equipment," said the chief of defence staff, adding that the armed forces do not have any bias towards imported equipment.
Russia: A Tri-Service contingent of Indian Armed Forces participates in the Victory Parade at Red Square in Moscow, which marks the 75th anniversary of Russia's victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. This is for the 1st time a joint services marching contingent has gone from India to Red Square. Earlier, Army marching units used to go: Maroof Raza, Consulting Editor, Times NowRussia: Indian Armed Forces participate in the Victory Parade at Red Square in Moscow
The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) aims to provide allopathic and AYUSH medicare to ex-servicemen pensioner and their dependents through a network of ECHS polyclinics, service medical facilities, government hospitals and civil empanelled hospitals.
A contract worth Rs 591 crore to upgrade and digitise 16 of the Pechora missile and radar systems currently in service was signed last week, with Alpha Design Technologies Ltd (ADTL) likely to complete the project within four years. The company has partnered with Russian entities for the project.
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 74th Independence Day, the Indian Armed Forces give a musical band performance at Red Fort in Delhi. (ANI)New Delhi: Indian Armed Forces give musical band performance at Red Fort
"The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases amongst serving armed forces personnel is 22,353," Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said, adding 41 personnel died of the infection till date.
The national programme will have short, medium and long-term goals, with the eventual aim being to develop different DEW variants of up to 100 kilowatt power, in collaboration with the domestic industry, sources said. But they are nowhere near becoming operational.
Japanese envoy to India Satoshi Suzuki who signed the pact tweeted, "Great pleasure to sign the agreement concerning reciprocal provision of supplies and services between ＃JSDF and the ＃IndianArmedForces. Hope the agreement will further promote cooperation between them."
July 26. It was on this day 19 years ago that the Indian Army recaptured all the Indian posts in Kargil that had been occupied by Pakistan's army. Since then, July 26 has been observed annually to commemorate the sacrifices made by soldiers in this war. In the image: NCC cadets paying tributes to the martyrs of Kargil war on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday no Indian troops had died along the countries' shared border, as fresh tensions flared up on the frontier.
China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are vital to global trade.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane arrived at Stakna monastery in Leh on July 17. They witnessed para dropping skills of the troops of Indian Armed Forces. Soldiers carried out para dropping and tank exercises at Stakna. Defence Minister will visit forward areas of LAC and LoC during his two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.Rajnath Singh witnesses para dropping exercise of Indian Armed Forces in Leh’s Stakna
The IMA cited government data and said 87,000 healthcare workers had been infected and 573 of them had lost their lives due to COVID-19.
Indian Air Force aircrafts fly over Rajpath to show solidarity with frontline warriors fighting against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi.
"During the current crisis, it is the doctors, nurses, policemen, media, sanitation workers, delivery personnel, bank employees, government employees and local store owners who have put their lives on the line to ensure that we as a nation are protected and cared for adequately," said Army PRO Colonel Aman Anand.
India co-sponsored a Security Council resolution tabled by its close SE Asian partner Indonesia in the United Nations seeking women's participation in peacekeeping missions on Friday, August 28.
To be led by Prof P Ramagopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi, the select panel will delve deep into the nature of work being carried out by each lab under the organisation and will present a report to redefine the charter of work being carried out and minimize technology overlaps.
"I applaud the Indian Navy for their role in protecting the maritime interests of the nation. I have full confidence in the Navy's preparedness to meet any challenge through a proactive response in deploying its ships and aircraft," the defence minister tweeted.
India is the only country in the region that does not accept the political, economic and military hegemony of China. India directly threatens two Chinese vulnerabilities, Tibet and the strategic sea lanes of communications through the Indian Ocean.
A major focus of the conclave will be to review the Indian Navy's operational readiness as well as issues relating to India's security interests in the Indo-Pacific, a region where China has been rapidly expanding its military presence, they said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said this at a regular briefing when a Western media journalist sought China's reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that the Indian armed forces have given a befitting reply to those challenging the country's sovereignty.
The Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs was the chief guest at a 'Virtual Kavi Sammelan' organised by Jaipur Foot USA to celebrate India's Independence Day.
Asked about his controversial comments that India has de-radicalisation camps, he said what he meant was classification of people based on their views and the impact of relentless efforts to de-radicalise young people. "When I said camps -- I meant groups of people," he said.
"Security is its first priority for the development of any nation. It is known to all of us that the nations, which are able to protect themselves, they have been able to build their strong image at the global level," Rajnath Singh said.
The Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora took part in one such operation along with HAL test pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd), Subash P John recently by taking-off from high altitude location to a forward area for a simulated attack on a high altitude target, the Bengaluru- headquartered company said in a statement.
Defence Minister on Sunday announced that India will stop import of 101 military systems and weapons like transport aircraft, light combat helicopters, conventional submarines and cruise missiles by 2024 to promote India's domestic defence industry. The negative list featured many products which have either been developed by India or are in the development stage.
The proposal named Project Cheetah has been revived by the armed forces after being pending for a long time and is expected to cost over Rs 3,500 crores to the government. "Under this project, around 90 Heron drones of the three services would be upgraded to be armed with laser-guided bombs, air to ground and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles," government sources told ANI.
The development was shared by Lieutenant General Anup Banerji, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS). The DGAFMS heads the Armed Forces Medical Services (of the army, air force and navy) and is responsible to the government for the overall medical policy relating to the forces.
Spelling out its export promotion strategy, the defence ministry has marked out a target for Defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factory Board achieve 25% of their revenues from exports within the next five years in a draft policy.
"We have apprised Defence Minister Rajnath Singh of the progress made on the design and development of the multirole helicopter for induction in the IAF, Navy and Army," HAL Chairman R. Madhavan said. "We hope to develop the new helicopter in the next 8-10 years when the present fleet of medium lift copters are scheduled to be phased out," he said.
The high court said he has a choice to make and asked him to delete his FB account as the policy to ban the use of social networking platforms for army personnel was taken keeping in view the security of the nation.
South Korean Hanwha Defence in collaboration with Larsen & Toubro has already won the contract for ‘Vajra’, a 155 mm howitzer ordered by the Indian Army in 2017. It has some big plans for the coming year as well. Hanwha's India general manager Anuj Sharma shares details of future road map and 'Make in India' projects with ET Online. Watch!Watch: Collaborations planned by South Korean Hanwha Defense for Indian armed forces
Datla Bala Venkatesh Varma, Indian Ambassador to Russia, in an interview to “Krasnaya Zvezda” newspaper spoke about the state and perspectives of the military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries.
India supported the UN Security Council Resolutions of June 25th and 27th, 1950, in naming North Korea as the aggressor. Mr Trygve Lie, the Secretary General of the United Nations—acting under provisions of the Security Council Resolution of July 7th, 1950 which requested UN Member States to furnish military assistance to repel the aggressor—asked India to send troops for peacekeeping operations.
In the recent development where the Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG, Instagram and Truecaller to plug leakage of information. Truecaller spokesperson said it is an app of Swedish origin that considers India it's home.
Indian Army is more than capable of giving the Chinese a bloody nose. Yet, we must fix military asymmetry.
Dealing with aggressive China will require India to take strict measures such as media sensitisation, calculated choice of words and intelligent responses by the government and military leaders, inclusive closed-door discussions, debates and decisions.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the 75th Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square on June 24. The Tri-Service contingent of Indian Armed Forces also participated in the parade. President Vladimir Putin along with other higher authorities has attended the parade. It marked the 75th Diamond Jubilee of 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. The parade also remembers both the capitulation of Nazi Germany in the 2nd World War in 1945 and historic Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.Russia: Rajnath Singh attends 75th Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square
Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an eight-member economic and security bloc. India and Pakistan were admitted into the grouping in 2017. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
He said the PMO and the government need to clearly state their position, after the PMO called as "mischievous interpretation" the criticism of the prime minister's remarks at the all-party meeting that no one has entered Indian territory or captured any military post while referring to the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh.
The clarification states that the Prime Minister was clear that no transgression at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) would be allowed and it would be firmly dealt with.
The virtual meeting began with participants paying tributes to the 20 Indian soldiers killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in East Ladakh earlier this week.
The Southern Naval Command (SNC) in Kochi, in keeping with the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), would represent the Indian Armed Forces to express gratitude and appreciation to the entire nation for the perseverance and committed efforts of the virus warriors. A number of activities has been planned by SNC to express solidarity and gratitude to the coronavirus warriors.
Coronavirus crisis 'biggest invisible war'; Armed forces and military assets adequately protected: Rajnath Singh
"The fight against COVID-19 is possibly the biggest invisible war in our lifetime. A war against humanity and having various impact on health and economic security of the nation. The armed forces are assisting the nation in its fight against coronavirus," Singh said.
Various wings of defence ministry are contributing in their best possible ways to tackle Covid-19 better.
Currently, there are 58 people at the Indian Air Force's Hindon facility, 44 at the Indian Navy's facility, 484 people at the Army's Jaisalmer facility and 82 people at its Manesar facility, who are in quarantine. "The Jaisalmer facility is on standby to accommodate 100 more people," Brigadier Sharma said.
Defence Ministry signs contract for 16,479 Light Machine Guns for frontline troops with Israel Weapons Industries
The ministry on Thursday said that it has signed a Rs 880 crore contract for the light machine guns with Israel Weapons Industries. “The Indian Armed Forces' long-standing requirement of a modern state-of-the-art Light Machine Gun (LMG) has finally fructified.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised Indian Armed forces in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
The three will certainly share rare camaraderie as the chiefs, which is important to promote “jointness” in the three Services that often pull in different directions. Real synergy among the Army, Navy and IAF is critical as India moves to appoint its first-ever tri-Service chief or chief of defence staff (CDS).
Hiring, integrating and engaging veterans in the workforce can add substantial value to an organization.
Credible deterrence comes from will of military leadership, intent of political leadership: Gen Bipin Rawat
Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat attended an event at Centre for Air Power Studies in Delhi on February 28, where he said that the credible deterrence comes from the will of the military leadership and intent of political leadership to take the right decision at the right time. General Rawat said, “If we have to be prepared for the tasks assigned to us then it's important we maintain credible deterrence at land, air and sea at all times. Deterrence comes from keeping every personnel trained and motivated. The credible deterrence comes from the will of the military leadership and intent of political leadership to take the right decision at the right time. This was amply shown post Kargil, post Uri attacks and subsequently post Pulwama attack. The message (of Balakot) was very clear that the kind of proxy war perpetrated on our people will not be tolerated.” Credible deterrence comes from will of military leadership, intent of political leadership: Gen Bipin Rawat
The unit includes assembly, inert integration (without explosives) and testing facility for missile sub-systems and missile weapon launch systems spread across an area of 16,000 square meter in a Special Economic Zone at Coimbatore. It is a part of the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor. The joint venture was formed in 2017 and it has already received a few export orders.
"LTMMSL has set up the assembly, 'inert' integration (without explosives) and testing facility for missile sub-systems and missile weapon launch systems spread across an area of 16,000 sq meter in a special economic zone at Coimbatore," Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said in a regulatory filing.
The agreement for a 51:49 JV between the two companies was signed on Tuesday at the 1st Brazil–India Defence Industry Dialogue of the India-Brazil Business Forum (IBBF), organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in association with CII, Assocham, and Ficci.
"A momentous and historic day for India as PM @narendramodi ji fulfils yet another long-pending demand and India gets its First Chief of Defence Staff. I am confident that this decision will further strengthen India's resolve to be among the best defence forces in the world," Shah said. The home minister also congratulated General Bipin Rawat, on taking charge as India's first CDS.
Providing an upbeat picture of the relations between the two militaries, which shared arduous and at times testing ties guarding the 3,488-km long LAC, Defence spokesman Col Wu Qian said the just concluded joint counter terrorism drills in India "showed the determination" of the two sides to protect the regional stability besides fighting terrorism.
National Cyber Security Coordinator Lieutenant General Rajesh Pant (retd) said the three wings of the armed forces have their own public relations officers and "they are going in different ways". "When are we going to have our own equivalent of the DGISPR because the (Indian armed forces) services have their own PRs and they are going in different ways," he said.
The conference report on National Defense Authorisation Act or NDAA 2020 identified five topics to be covered in the briefing, including a description of military activities of the United States and India, separately, in the Western Indian Ocean, and a description of military cooperation activities between the two countries in the Western Indian Ocean.
The combined arms sales of the three Indian arms companies listed in the top 100 were USD 5.9 billion in 2018— a decrease of 6.9 per cent on 2017. The three Indian companies on SIPRI's list of top 100 global arms firms are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ranked 38, the Indian Ordnance Factories ranked 56 and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) ranked 62.
In written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said that in 2016, six Army personnel died in terrorist attacks, followed by 13 in 2017 and 12 in 2018.
The armed forces are either slowing down modernisation projects or slashing operational requirements due to severe fund crunch. The grim situation can also be gauged from the fact that arms acquisition cases are piling up in the Cabinet committee on security without being cleared due to the lack of funds.
India is one of the few countries which has its own active and successful BMD programme. All essential technologies required for BMD, like propulsion system, sensors, precision control systems and terminal intercept technology with kill vehicle development have matured and have been proven through various tests, pointed out DRDO Chief G Sateesh Reddy.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will discuss the Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS) with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu during the 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military Technical Cooperation on November 6, officials said. Singh will be on a visit to Russia from November 5 to 7.
Though there is no official announcement either from Indian or Chinese side about Xi's visit, it is learnt that the Chinese president will arrive in Chennai on Friday afternoon and will leave the next day.
The HAL management and the workers are at loggerheads as the workers are not satisfied with the hike offered by the company.
The President's Colours were received by the Army Air Defence Centre on the behalf of the Corps of Army Air Defence at Gopalpur Military Station here.
Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said: "India-US tri-services 'Exercise Tiger Triumph' is being organised under the aegis of the headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff."
Raking up the Kashmir issue, Khan said: “Eight million Muslims in Kashmir are under siege for almost now six weeks. He made these comments in an interview to Al Jazeera .
Russia will press India for early placement of final orders for 200 Kamov KA-226 light utility helicopters under a $1 billion joint manufacturing deal.
The Indian Navy has an interest in acquiring US-made surveillance drones as it needs more assets for maritime domain awareness in the region, said the people.
Naravane, currently the General Officer Commanding- in-Chief, Eastern Command, said China must realise that the Indian Army is not what it was at the time of the Sino-Indian war in 1962.
Praises HAL’s obsolescence management; Rajnath: Reduce dependence on foreigner manufacturers
The ‘India Fatigue’ lens essentially looks at the trajectory of the US-India ties from the conception (or rather misconception) of strategic synergy as described by US and therefore a false sense of the outcomes.
With the central theme of 'Support Our Troops, Salute Our Troops', the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut will organise the 39th India Day Parade on August 18.
View: Don’t rob the states to fund defence, the Centre should modernise the armed forces and defence production instead
India needs to spend more on its armed forces, especially for modernising its strike capability. This calls for more money. But to say that that money should be found at the expense of the states is wrong.
It has been decided that family medals may be worn on the right chest, says an Army official.