Defence Ministry: News

23 Oct 2023

Rahul Gandhi

After RaGa's 'insult' charge, Army clarifies emoluments to fallen Agniveer

The Indian Army has reportedly sought to clarify the confusion surrounding the financial aid provided to the family of Agniveer Gawate Akshay Laxman, who lost his life on duty in Siachen on Saturday.

04 Oct 2023

Indian Air Force

First twin-seater LCA Tejas delivered to Indian Air Force 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday received its first twin-seater Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru.

13 Sep 2023

Indian Air Force

India to receive first C-295 military aircraft from Spain today

India will receive its first C-295 military aircraft on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in the country's defense modernization.

India begins process to buy 31 predator drones from US

India has reportedly requested the acquisition of 31 MQ-9B Reaper or Predator-B drones from the United States (US), with the aim of finalizing the deal within this fiscal year.

22 Aug 2023

Pakistan News

2 terrorists killed in Balakote but no surgical strike: Government

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday refuted reports of a surgical strike on Pakistan. It, however, stated that the Indian Army thwarted a terrorist infiltration attempt in Jammu and Kashmir's Balakote Sector.

Karnataka: DRDO drone crashes during trial run in Chitradurga

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed in agricultural fields in Karnataka's Chitradurga district on Sunday, ANI reported.

CBI books Rolls-Royce India, others over Hawk aircraft procurement

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against British aerospace company Rolls-Royce India, its director Tim Jones, private individuals Sudhir and Bhanu Choudhrie, and some unidentified public servants, among others, for allegedly cheating the Indian government.

14 Apr 2023


Centre refuses sanction to prosecute Armymen for Nagaland civilian killings

The Defence Ministry's Military Affairs Department refused to sanction the prosecution of the 30 Indian Army commandos accused of killing 13 civilians in Nagaland's Oting in 2021, the Nagaland Police told the Mon district and sessions court.

15 Feb 2023

Aero India

Indian start-up displays jetpack suit at Aero India 2023

The 14th edition of the Aero India exhibition in Bengaluru, which began on Monday, showcases India's indigenous defense equipment and innovations.

23 Jan 2023

Indian Navy

INS Vagir: 'Made in India' submarine commissioned into Indian Navy

INS Vagir—the fifth of the Kalvari-class submarines—was commissioned into the Indian Navy on Monday in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar.

29 Dec 2022

Indian Air Force

IAF successfully test fires extended range version of BrahMos missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday confirmed that it successfully test-fired an extended-range version of the BrahMos Air Launched missile in the Bay of Bengal.

23 Dec 2022

Indian Army

Sikkim: 16 army personnel dead as truck falls into gorge

The Ministry of Defence informed that an Army truck met with an accident at Zema in north Sikkim on Friday claiming the lives of 16 Indian Army soldiers.

16 Dec 2022


India successfully conducts night trial of nuclear-capable Agni-V ballistic missile

India successfully conducted the night trial of the nuclear-capable Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday which can strike targets as far as 5,400 km with a very high degree of accuracy.

13 Dec 2022

Rajnath Singh

LAC clash: Indian Army foiled China's landgrab attempt, says Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday addressed the Parliament over the clash between Indian and Chinese troops near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.

You haven't been fair to women officers: SC to Army

The Supreme Court directed the Army authorities on Friday to pause giving placements to male officers who were given a promotion in October this year until the matter of women officers' promotion has been sorted.

29 Oct 2022

Chinese PLA

Defence Ministry is world's biggest employer with 2.92 million people

India's Ministry of Defence is the biggest employer in the world with nearly 2.92 million employees working in various positions, according to report published on Statista.

03 Oct 2022

Indian Air Force

Everything to know about 'Prachand,' first made-in-India light combat helicopter

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the first batch of indigenously developed light combat helicopters (LCH), named Prachand, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

03 Oct 2022

Indian Air Force

Air Force formally inducts 'Prachand,' first made-in-India light combat helicopters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the first indigenously developed light combat helicopters (LCHs), named Prachand, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday.

Lt General (Retired) Anil Chauhan is India's new CDS

The Centre on Wednesday appointed Lt General (Retired) Anil Chauhan as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

11 Sep 2022


No information under RTI as Agnipath files marked 'secret': Government

The Ministry of Defence refused to furnish the information sought under the Right To Information (RTI) on inter-ministerial deliberations regarding the Agnipath scheme which sanctions ad hoc military recruitment.

24 Aug 2022

Indian Air Force

3 IAF officers terminated for misfired BrahMos landing in Pakistan

The services of three Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were terminated by the Central government after a Court of Inquiry (CoI) found them "primarily responsible" for the accidental firing of the BrahMos missile on March 9 this year.

29 Jul 2022


Rajasthan: IAF'S Mig-21 aircraft crashes in Barmer, both pilots dead

The Indian Air Force (IAF) lost two pilots on Thursday night when a MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer district.

21 Jun 2022


#NewsBytesExclusive: DefMin rejecting script on gay soldier 'homophobic,' says Onir

In January, National Award-winning director Onir revealed the script of his upcoming anthology We Are was rejected by the Defence Ministry.

20 Jun 2022

Narendra Modi

Military reforms will bring change: PM Modi on Agnipath scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stated that while many policies and changes may appear unpalatable, the entire country would reap the advantages in the future.

20 Jun 2022

Indian Army

Now, Anand Mahindra opens company doors for recruitment of Agniveers

Despite the ongoing unrest over the Centre's recently announced Agnipath military recruitment scheme, Mahindra Group Chairperson Anand Mahindra announced on Monday that youngsters trained under the scheme will be hired by the conglomerate.

20 Jun 2022


Agnipath scheme protests: States brace for Bharat Bandh today

As the protests against the Centre's Agnipath military recruitment scheme spread to several states across the country, some organizations have called for a nationwide Bharat Bandh on Monday prompting the administrations in the states to take preventive measures.

No roll-back of Agnipath scheme, all concessions pre-planned: Defence Ministry

The Ministry of Defence on Sunday stated that the Agnipath Scheme will not be rolled back, saying that such changes had been long overdue since the armed services sought to bring in more youth and experience.

Now, Rajnath approves 10% reservation for Agniveers in Defence Ministry

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday accepted the proposal to reserve 10% of employment vacancies in the Defence Ministry for "Agniveers."

18 Jun 2022

Indian Army

#NewsBytesExplainer: Why age relaxation in Agnipath scheme might be problematic?

The Centre on Friday announced a one-time relaxation of the upper age limit for the Agnipath military recruitment scheme entrants this year, raising it from 21 to 23 years.

17 Jun 2022

Indian Army

#NewsBytesExplainer: What salary package, benefits Agnipath scheme offers to Agniveers

The central government has launched the Agnipath military recruitment scheme, which would recruit personnel for the armed forces for a four-year term.

17 Jun 2022


Agnipath scheme: Government increases age limit to 23 amid protests

The Centre on Thursday raised the age limit for the Agnipath military recruitment scheme to 23 years from 21 for the year 2022 amid nationwide protests against the new model of enrollment of soldiers.

14 Jun 2022

Rajnath Singh

New CDS appointment soon, 'Agnipath' armed forces recruitment scheme unveiled

The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)—which has been lying vacant since the tragic death of General Bipin Rawat in December last year—will be soon filled.

04 May 2022

Government of India

Identification delay stalls pensions of 58,000+ retired armed forces personnel

The Defence Ministry said 58,275 former servicemen—who didn't receive their April pension—will have the same credited to their bank accounts by Wednesday night.

23 Apr 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

Armed forces want removal of AFSPA from J&K: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday stated India's all three defense forces wanted the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) to be removed from Jammu & Kashmir soon.

18 Apr 2022

Indian Army

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande appointed as next Indian Army chief

The Defence Ministry on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Manoj Pande as the next Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) of India.

15 Mar 2022


Missile incident regrettable; Indian systems reliable, safe: Rajnath in Parliament

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday informed the Parliament that the government has taken "serious note" of the incident in which an unarmed supersonic missile was "inadvertently" launched on March 9 and landed in Pakistan.

23 Jan 2022


Defense Ministry rejected script for featuring gay soldier, says Onir

National award-winning filmmaker Onir's script on a gay soldier for his next feature has been rejected by the Defense Ministry, thereby leading to a major controversy.

10 Jan 2022


COVID-19: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tests positive 'with mild symptoms'

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Supreme Court allows widening of Char Dham roads citing security

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the central government to go ahead with the Char Dham Highway project.

08 Dec 2021

Indian Air Force

How India's indigenous AESA radar could boost IAF's capabilities

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will demonstrate the use of an indigenously-built active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar late in December.

Rafale maker paid €7.5 million to middleman between 2007-12: Report

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation paid at least 7.5 million euro (Rs. 60 crore) in bribes to a middleman to help secure the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India, French portal Mediapart reported.

Online NDA application for women opens; admissions to be 'provisional'

The Union Public Service Commission on Friday said it opened the online application for women candidates to apply for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, 2021.

24 Sep 2021

Indian Air Force

India will purchase 56 C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus

The Defense Ministry on Friday inked a nearly Rs. 20,000 crore contract with Airbus Defence and Space of Spain to procure 56 C-295 medium transport aircraft which will replace Avro-748 planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Allow women to appear for November NDA entrance: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the central government to allow women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the National Defence Academy (NDA) scheduled in November.

21 Sep 2021

Indian Air Force

VR Chaudhari to become IAF's next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari is to be appointed as the next Chief of Air Staff, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

16 Sep 2021


PM hits out at critics of the Central Vista project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at critics of the ambitious Central Vista project and asserted that ease of living and ease of doing business was behind the spirit of the work being done under the initiative.

29 Aug 2021


India rethinking strategy on Afghanistan; changing situation challenging: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the "changing equation" in Afghanistan is a "challenge" for India, and it has compelled the government to rethink its strategy.

Pegasus row: Defence Ministry says 'no transaction' with spyware maker

The Union Ministry of Defence today said that it has done "no transaction" with NSO Group, the Israeli company which is at the center of a controversy involving its Pegasus spyware program.

09 Aug 2021

Indian Army

Defence Ministry mulls merit over seniority for top military posts

The Defence Ministry is examining a proposal to select officers for top military posts like the Commanders-in-Chief (C-in-C) in the Army, Navy, and Air Force based on merit rather than seniority.

20 May 2021

Indian Navy

INS Rajput to be decommissioned on May 21

After 41 years of service, the first destroyer of the Indian Navy, INS Rajput, will be decommissioned on Friday.

23 Apr 2021


Defense ministry to airlift 23 oxygen generation plants from Germany

The defense ministry has decided to airlift 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany as several states reeled under an acute shortage of medical oxygen due to a massive surge in coronavirus cases, officials said Friday.

12 Feb 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Not conceded any territory in the agreement with China: Government

India, on Friday, said it has not conceded any territory as a result of the agreement with China for disengagement of troops in the Pangong lake area.

08 Feb 2021

Line of Control (LoC)

Forty-six security-personnel killed in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2020

Pakistan resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations last year in which 46 security force personnel were killed, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, referring to Pakistani hostilities along the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

13 Dec 2020


Can INS Viraat be rescued before its end?

After completing the last leg of its journey in September this year, Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat awaits being stripped apart for scrap.

24 Oct 2020


Imported items, including liquor, to be banned in Army canteens

The government is set to ban imported items, including liquor, in the defense canteens as it has ordered its 4,000 military shops to stop purchasing all "direct imported" goods, reported Reuters.

19 Oct 2020


Amid India-China border row, Australia to join Malabar naval exercise

The Defence Ministry on Monday announced that Australia will be joining the upcoming Malabar naval exercise, completing the Quad or quadrilateral coalition along with the United States and Japan.

30 Sep 2020

Indian Army

BrahMos missile successfully test-fired at nearly 3X speed of sound

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

03 Sep 2020


Pune institute develops 'immunity-boosting' room freshener to limit coronavirus spread

A Pune institute has developed a herbal-based room freshener to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Union Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

09 Aug 2020

Rajnath Singh

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence Ministry announces ban on 101 import items

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced an import embargo on 101 items in a bid to boost the indigenization of defense production.

06 Aug 2020

Pangong Lake

Defense Ministry accepts Chinese intrusion in Ladakh, later deletes document

For the first time since tensions with China sparked along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) earlier this year, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) admitted to intrusion. This information which was available on MoD's website since Tuesday has now been taken down, said reports.

29 Jul 2020


5 Rafale jets reach India; land at Ambala airbase

The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets have entered the Indian airspace, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after, the jets were confirmed to have landed at the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Ambala airbase.

04 Jun 2020

Rajnath Singh

Defense secretary tests coronavirus positive, part of South Block sealed

Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining at his home, reports said. The 1985-batch IAS officer is the first top bureaucrat to have contracted COVID-19.

SC clears permanent commission, command roles for women Army officers

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Army.

04 Feb 2020


Soldiers in Siachen and Ladakh lack proper gear, ration: CAG

Soldiers deployed in brutish locations like Siachen and Ladakh lack adequate gear and ration, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report filed before the Parliament on Monday.

03 Jan 2020

Indian Army

What are the responsibilities of India's Chief of Defence Staff?

On Monday, General Bipin Rawat stepped into the role of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

02 Jan 2020

West Bengal

Bengal's tableau won't be seen at R-Day parade this year

In what could ignite fresh tensions between Centre, ruled by BJP, and the Trinamool government in West Bengal, the Ministry of Defense rejected the state's tableau proposal for Republic Day parade.

21 Nov 2019

Farooq Abdullah

Row erupts over terror-accused Pragya's nomination to Defence Ministry panel

In a controversial move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Thakur has been nominated to the parliamentary consultative committee of the Ministry of Defence.

18 Mar 2019


Delhi: In a first, mother, daughter receive PhD degrees together

Getting a PhD is a huge achievement and a memorable experience. However, for 56-year-old Mala Dutta, whose dream of receiving a PhD came true 34 years after college, it was even more memorable.

Now, Attorney General says Rafale documents weren't "stolen" but "copied"

Two days after he told the Supreme Court that classified documents related to Rafale Deal were "stolen" from Ministry of Defense, Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday clarified that the papers were in fact "photocopied".

09 Mar 2019

Jammu And Kashmir

Reports of jawan's abduction from home are untrue: Defense Ministry

The Defense Ministry, in a tweet, clarified the army jawan, who was reported to have been kidnapped by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, is safe.