100 warships will be delivered to Indian Navy in 2017, says Kolkata-based manufacturer

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) will deliver 100 warships to the Navy in February-March 2017 and become the first shipbuilding yard of the country to do so, a top official said today. “Next year in February-March, we will deliver our 100 warships. This is a rare distinction for a shipbuilding yard as we … Read more 100 warships will be delivered to Indian Navy in 2017, says Kolkata-based manufacturer

F-16 vs Gripen: Which combat jet will rule supreme in Indian fighter dogfight?

As India looks to replace its ageing Soviet-era lightweight combat aircraft fleet, two players have emerged as possible contenders, American defence major Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 70 and Swedish defence major Saab’s Gripen E fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force (IAF) has requirement of over 400 fighter aircraft, which is far higher than the 126 aircraft that … Read more F-16 vs Gripen: Which combat jet will rule supreme in Indian fighter dogfight?

Indian Air Force To Double Garud Commando Force Units

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to double the number of commandos and induct 50 plus units consisting of 40 men each in the force. The Indian Air Force will also provide new weapons and sensors for additional training. This decision by the IAF comes in the wake of several terror attacks on Army … Read more Indian Air Force To Double Garud Commando Force Units

Air Force Chief Arup Raha supports Govt decision on appointment of New Army Chief

As controversy brewed over the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army Chief, with opposition questioning as to why he was chosen over his seniors, TIMES NOW spoke to Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on the supersession row. In an exclusive interview, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said that once the government … Read more Air Force Chief Arup Raha supports Govt decision on appointment of New Army Chief

Which fighter aircraft for Indian skies? Ageing fleets crying for replacement

The dogfight for picking the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) for the security of the Indian skies is beginning anew, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF) — an estimated 400 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and 60 for the Indian … Read more Which fighter aircraft for Indian skies? Ageing fleets crying for replacement

Safari deal for 3,192 SUVs with Army likely after Christmas: Tata Motors

Tata Motors Friday said it is likely to sign an agreement with the Indian Army for the sale of 3,192 Safari Storme SUVs after the Christmas holidays to replace the iconic Maruti Gypsy that has been serving the land forces for decades. “We are now exchanging first draft of the contract. We hope that after … Read more Safari deal for 3,192 SUVs with Army likely after Christmas: Tata Motors

Why Indian Army Special Forces are way behind US Navy SEALs or Israel’s IDF despite upgrade

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday cleared a Rs 300-crore proposal to buy critical equipment for the Indian Army’s Special Forces, but sources say the elite units will continue to lag by a distance from their American and Israeli counterparts. The plan includes purchase of over 1,100 automatic assault rifles, 1,000 freefall parachutes, sniper rifles, … Read more Why Indian Army Special Forces are way behind US Navy SEALs or Israel’s IDF despite upgrade

The Invention of the Seniority Principle in the Appointment of Army Chiefs

The appointment of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat as the new army chief, superseding two senior officers, has brought back the unique South Asian debate of ‘seniority vs merit’ with many observers pointing out the exceptional nature of the current case. However, the fact is that the seniority principle is a relatively recent invention, having become … Read more The Invention of the Seniority Principle in the Appointment of Army Chiefs

Indian Navy appoints Admiral-rank officer as flag officer without asking Defence Ministry, MoD unhappy

The Indian Navy has been charged with appointing officers in new key posts without asking the Defence Ministry. In the first case, Navy had appointed a rear Admiral-rank officer Delhi area as the FODA, which is an operational appointment but the Navy does not have any assets in and around the national capital. The appointment … Read more Indian Navy appoints Admiral-rank officer as flag officer without asking Defence Ministry, MoD unhappy

India Approves $3.2 billion Purchase Plan to Boost Night Warfare of Armed Forces

After inviting global manufacturers to supply night sights for LMGs and driver’s night sight with fusion technology for T-90 tanks, the Indian Army is now beefing up the night fighting capabilities of its foot soldiers. The army will place request for information (RFI) for the purchase of 15,000 night vision devices (NVDs) for rocket launchers, … Read more India Approves $3.2 billion Purchase Plan to Boost Night Warfare of Armed Forces

Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

An ambitious project of creating a dedicated fleet of aircraft for the Prime Minister’s foreign travel has hit rough weather. Last year, the government had proposed to take away two Boeing-777s from Air India’s fleet to be dedicated for the PM’s use abroad, on the lines of the US President’s Air Force One. Air India … Read more Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

IAF to buy last US C-17 aircraft left

Unable to process its request in time to buy three C-17 Globemaster heavylift transport aircraft from the US, the Air Force is now moving a proposal to buy the only remaining aircraft in the American inventory for over Rs 2,500 crore before the Defence Ministry. Originally, the Air Force wanted to buy three C-17 planes … Read more IAF to buy last US C-17 aircraft left

Dhanoa Transformed concepts of IAF’s Air Operations

It was the air force chief designate Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who developed the country’s aerial targeting philosophy against potential adversaries and transformed the concepts of air operations of the Indian Air Force to contemporary war fighting practices. Announcing that Air Marshal Dhanoa will be the new chief, two days after his appointment was … Read more Dhanoa Transformed concepts of IAF’s Air Operations

Bipin Rawat, India’s Next Army Chief Was The Brains Behind the Surgical Strikes

Year 2016 has been quiet challenging for the Indian army. The enemies on the eastern and western borders have taken to asymmetrical and hybrid warfare, resulting in one of the bloodiest years for the Indian armed forces. This change in strategy from those looking to bleed India by a thousand cuts has demanded an offensive … Read more Bipin Rawat, India’s Next Army Chief Was The Brains Behind the Surgical Strikes

Indian Special Forces gear up, Army to move a proposal seeking better weapons

Next time when Indian Special Forces would enter Pakistan or any other country for a surgical strike, Government is working towards making sure that they have the required weapons and equipment to carry out their mission more effectively and smoothly. In this direction, the Army is moving a classified proposal worth around Rs300 crore to … Read more Indian Special Forces gear up, Army to move a proposal seeking better weapons

The Indian Army Gets Its New Chief. Here’s Why Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Scored Over Others.

It is a gratifying moment for me, personally, to see one of my former General Officers from the challenging days of 2011 in Srinagar being appointed as the new Chief of the Army Staff. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, currently Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) is set to be the new army chief with … Read more The Indian Army Gets Its New Chief. Here’s Why Lt Gen Bipin Rawat Scored Over Others.

Congress, Left question appointment of Bipin Rawat as new army chief

Congress and the Left on Sunday questioned the appointment of the new army chief by superseding two officers, saying every appointment by the government has become controversial. The development came a day after the government appointed Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the new army chief superseding his two senior officers. … Read more Congress, Left question appointment of Bipin Rawat as new army chief

Indian Army and Indian Air Force get New Chiefs

The government on Saturday announced Lt General Bipin Rawat would be the new Army Chief, superseding two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. The only other time the seniormost officer has not been appointed Chief was in 1983, when Lt Gen S K Sinha was overlooked for the post in favour of … Read more Indian Army and Indian Air Force get New Chiefs

Ten facts about new army chief Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat

Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat is all set to take over as the new Army Chief after Dalbir Singh steps down on December 31. Lt General Rawat, who is currently serving as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, has superseded two senior-most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. On Saturday, the government also announced that Air Marshal Birender … Read more Ten facts about new army chief Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat

Government appoints new chiefs to Intelligence Bureau and RAW

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday named new chiefs to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Anil Dhasmana has been named the new chief of India’s spy agency RAW, which looks after intelligence-gathering from foreign lands. Dhasmana is a 1981-batch Madhya Pradesh-cadre officer. He will be replacing Rajinder Khanna, a 1978-batch … Read more Government appoints new chiefs to Intelligence Bureau and RAW