Defence Ministry

Centre moves to abolish ‘archaic colonial’ cantonments, veterans react

In a major development, the Narendra Modi-led government moved to abolish Indian Army cantonments across the country after terming creating (and maintaining) them as “archaic colonial practice”. The first cantonment to be abolished is the Yol cantonment in Himachal Pradesh. Many veterans have reacted to it positively and many negatively. Read More

‘You violated pacts, eroded ties,’ Rajnath tells his China counterpart

In talks during the first high-level military visit from China since the start of the Ladakh stand-off in April 2020, the defence minister, Rajnath Singh, curtly told his Chinese counterpart, Li Shangfu, that (China’s) violation of existing agreements has eroded the entire basis of bilateral relations between the two countries. Read More

Army and Air Force strategic forces carry out multidomain drill in NE

The strategic forces of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force carried out a joint multidomain exercise in the eastern theatre, in the first week of April. The exercise was conducted to validate joint plans for strategic airlift of specialized forces employing the IAF’s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft by landing or dropping in designated areas to provide a boost to regular ground forces engaged in combat operations. Read More

Govt signs ₹3,700 crore deal with BEL for ‘Arudhra’ radars, radar warning receivers

The projects to enhance surveillance, detection, tracking, and electronic warfare capabilities of the Indian Air Force. Read More

From big guns to BrahMos, govt nod to defence proposals worth ₹70,500cr

The defence ministry’s Defence Acquisitions Council gave the initial nod (acceptance of necessity) for the procurement of 307 advanced towed artillery gun systems (ATAGS) for the Indian Army and 200 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles with extended range for the Indian Navy’s frontline warships. The total worth of these acquisitions is around ₹70,500 crore. Read More

Col Ranveer Jamwal-led NIMAS completes 6-nation cycling expedition

Dirang-based National Institute of Mountaineering & Adventure Sports (NIMAS)-led by its director Colonel Ranveer Jamwal has created history by undertaking the first-ever cycling expedition in six South East Asian countries, covering a distance of 5,374 kilometers in just 37 days. Read More

CDS launches workshop on ‘Human Factors Engineering in Military Platforms’

The chief of defence staff, General Anil Chauhan, inaugurated a two-day workshop on “Human Factors Engineering in Military Platforms” in the national capital, on Wednesday. The workshop has been organized by the Defence Research and Development Organization’s Delhi-based laboratory Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences. Read More

Young Australian military officers visit elite Shatrujeet Brigade in Agra

As part of the General Bipin Rawat Australia-India Young Defence Officers’ Exchange Programme instituted in honour of India’s first chief of defence staff, a 15-member Australian contingent, including four female officers from the Australian military’s three services visited the Agra-based Indian Army’s Parachute Regiment’s Shatrujeet Brigade along with 15 selected officers from the Indian military. Read More

Aussie military officers visiting India under scheme named after Gen Rawat

Fifteen officers from the Australian defence forces are visiting India from March 1 under the inaugural General Rawat India-Australia Young Defence Officers’ Exchange Program. The contingent, which includes four female officers, are from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. Read More

Rajnath calls Nitish over Bihar cops’ ‘brutality’ on Galwan hero’s father

The defence minister, Rajnath Singh, called the Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday, to discuss the alleged Bihar Police’s brutality against a fallen soldier’s father. Rajkapoor Singh, 70, alleged that the police manhandled him around midnight on February 25 over a dispute regarding the building of a memorial for his son. Read More


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