Defence Ministry: News

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.

12 Dec 2022

India China Border

Indian, Chinese soldiers clashed in Arunachal Pradesh last week: Reports

Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang Sector in Arunachal Pradesh last week, reports quoting government sources claimed on Monday.

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.

08 Sep 2022

Narendra Modi

Defense forces running out of weapons, courtesy 'Make In India'

In a shocking development, a new report claims that India's defense forces are 'running out of weapons' due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' policy.

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.

Agnipath scheme: Hear us before making decision, Centre tells SC

The central government has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court, saying the apex court "must hear its side" before making any decision on the petitions filed against its Agnipath military recruitment scheme.

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.

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.

19 Jun 2022


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


#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

Rajnath Singh

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.

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