He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
Pathankot pushed things into motion and the home ministry made things worse by adopting a blinkered approach that didn’t take the views of other government departments on board.
India and Russia are nearing a joint venture to make light helicopters in India, reviving a plan announced by Vladimir Putin in 2015.
The Modi government seems rightly intent on building foundational digital infrastructure. This push must be backed by a solid cyber-defence strategy.
The implosion of the Rafale deal and the disappointing indigenous LCA opens up a gold-mine for American, European and Russian firms.
India and other Asian buyers are expected to intensify efforts to develop indigenous warplanes due to anxieties that the US may be less engaged in the region under Trump.
India does not necessarily need to alter its nuclear doctrine per se, but upgrade its capabilities and technological breakthroughs.
There is a new arms race taking shape, centred around three interconnected technologies: autonomous weapons; swarms; and cyber-warfare.
While there has been an overall increase in allocation, this is most likely money that went unspent in last year’s defence budget. This is indicative of systemic inefficiencies in the capital acquisition process.
The dilly-dallying by ministries over their financial commitments is a sign that they are still wary of making the leap from academic research to product development.
The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.
While the Modi government has tried and to a certain extent succeeded in making the defence ministry less graft-ridden, it still has a long way in formalising the way it investigates and clamps down on corruption.
While offsets from the Rafale and other deals will start coming in over the next year, other FDI proposals have been rejected while Parrikar’s key ‘strategic partner’ document is still missing.
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Lack of integrated planning for procurement among the armed forces is a huge shortcoming. Merely increasing the defence to GDP ratio will not solve the current predicament.
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Over the last three years, the acquisition process has been bogged down by everything the Modi government has vowed to fix in India’s defence industry.
From Kamov helicopters to Admiral Grigorovich-class stealth frigates, deals adding up to nearly $7 billion, are expected to be signed.
A day after the surgical strikes, the Ministry of Defence issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers disabled during military service.
India has said the Indian army conducted a “surgical strike” last night on a “terrorist launchpad” across the line of control, causing significant damages.
If Modi’s aim of becoming an arms exporter is to be realised, India should look to how China has restructured its state-owned defence enterprises.
There is disquiet within the defence ministry about the acquisition, with officials concerned about subsequent scrutiny by constitutional authorities like the Comptroller and Auditor General.
While the deal comes with a number of silver linings, it also shows that boosting indigenous defence production will take a lot more work.
Police said that two school children claimed that they saw men dressed in black carrying weapons near a naval facility in Uran.
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Experts are divided on whether India should retaliate with surgical strikes against Pakistan or employ a diplomatic-economic-social offensive instead.
Embraer allegedly paid kickbacks in the $208-million jet deal inked during the UPA regime.
Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement will enable their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.
Top secret data on the capabilities of six submarines being built for the Indian Navy, in collaboration with the French company, has been leaked.
Defence experts and politicians who spoke to The Wire expressed their discomfort with the way the heavy defence equipment exhibition was handled, especially its location.
Two aircrafts and four ships have been deployed on search and rescue operations over the Bay of Bengal.
While pricing concerns and technology transfer issues are two main sources of contention, both countries have separate reasons for not wanting to call off the sale of twelve ShinMaywa search-and-rescue aircraft.
The apex court had on May 6 sought Centre’s reply on a PIL which had pressed lodging of FIR against political leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh in connection with the VVIP chopper scam.
The medium range missile, the product of joint venture between India and Israel, was successfully test launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.
Local players don’t have sufficient technology capability and foreign players are reluctant to engage in technology transfer without ownership rights. Prime Minister Modi had promised to tackle this problem but it is not clear the new policy will do that.
India’s formal membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime is being hailed as a breakthrough, but the implications may be somewhat less dramatic.
The MTCR guidelines restrict the export of items that could assist the production of ballistic missiles and other unmanned delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stressed that the ministry has already put on hold new transactions with the company.
Kirti Somaiya has demanded a probe to find out who received kickbacks in the deal for the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters.
International law only permits the right of “innocent passage” for military vessels in the territorial sea, which means no manoeuvres, no gathering intelligence, but a straight passage through the 12 nm zone.
The huge logistical exercise entails shifting of over 2,000 troops and support staff, setting up of communications and border signals, residential logistics and transportation of heavy vehicles, weapons and artillery from Meghalaya to Arunachal Pradesh.