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PM Modi inaugurates India's first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit

19 Jan 2019

PM Modi inaugurates India's first private-sector howitzer manufacturing unit

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Armoured Systems Complex in Hazira, Gujarat, as part of the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat summit.

#DefenseDiaries: PM Modi hails troops on 71st Army Day

15 Jan 2019

#DefenseDiaries: PM Modi hails troops on 71st Army Day

Indian Army stands for various things: the top-most being their professionalism, bravery and selfless service. They protect our restive borders, safeguard internal law-and-order and save lives during natural calamities/disasters. Their training and discipline are obviously legendary.

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully test fired from Chandipur ITR

16 Jul 2018

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully test fired from Chandipur ITR

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was today successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

09 Jul 2018

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

The indigenously developed Tejas fighter jet, first approved way back in 1983, has missed yet another deadline for becoming fully combat-ready.

Major reform: India sets-up new body for improved defense planning

19 Apr 2018

Major reform: India sets-up new body for improved defense planning

In a major reform in Indian defense, the government has constituted the high-powered Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

#DefenseDiaries: India successfully test-fires indigenous nuclear-capable missile Agni-I

06 Feb 2018

#DefenseDiaries: India successfully test-fires indigenous nuclear-capable missile Agni-I

India test-fired the indigenous nuclear-capable Agni-I missile today from the test range at Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast.

Navy launches INS Karanj, third Scorpene-Class submarine, after much delay

31 Jan 2018

Navy launches INS Karanj, third Scorpene-Class submarine, after much delay

The Navy launched the INS Karanj, India's third Scorpene-class submarine, today at Mumbai's Mazagon docks.

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Army short of 68,000 anti-tank missiles, 850 launchers

29 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Army short of 68,000 anti-tank missiles, 850 launchers

Indian Army is reportedly facing "critical operational deficiency"; it is short of 68,000 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 850 launchers of different varieties.

#DefenseDiaries: India negotiates with Russia for Rs. 39,000cr missile shields

23 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: India negotiates with Russia for Rs. 39,000cr missile shields

India has begun final negotiations with Russia for the Rs. 39,000cr acquisition of five advanced S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems.

#DefenseDiaries: India partners with Japan for introducing AI in defense

22 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: India partners with Japan for introducing AI in defense

Artificial Intelligence is growing at a rapid pace; it's being applied in every major field, and Japan is undoubtedly among the countries leading this "AI revolution".

#DefenseDiaries: India test-fires nuclear-capable missile Agni-V in final configuration

18 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: India test-fires nuclear-capable missile Agni-V in final configuration

India tested the nuclear-capable Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) today in its final configuration from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

#DefenseDiaries: PM Modi hails troops on 70th Army Day

15 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: PM Modi hails troops on 70th Army Day

Indian Army stands for various things: the top-most being their professionalism, bravery and selfless service. They protect our restive borders, safeguard internal law-and-order and save lives during natural calamities/disasters. Their training and discipline are obviously legendary.

#DefenseDiaries: India cancels $500 million deal for Israel's anti-tank missiles

04 Jan 2018

#DefenseDiaries: India cancels $500 million deal for Israel's anti-tank missiles

India has cancelled the $500mn deal to buy 1600 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

#DefenseDiaries: Shivalik-class frigates are India's ultimate power-projection tools

30 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Shivalik-class frigates are India's ultimate power-projection tools

The Indian Navy's (IN) three Shivalik-class frigates are the first multirole stealth warships ever to be developed and constructed indigenously by India.

#DefenseDiaires: India successfully tests AAD supersonic ballistic missile interceptor

28 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaires: India successfully tests AAD supersonic ballistic missile interceptor

India's homegrown Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile conducted a successful test by intercepting an incoming simulated hostile ballistic missile at a low altitude over the Bay of Bengal.

#DefenseDiaries: Navy's razor sharp Talwar-class frigates cut through the seas

24 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Navy's razor sharp Talwar-class frigates cut through the seas

Two out of the Indian Navy's six Talwar-class guided missile frigates, INS Teg and INS Trikand, will be making a friendly port call at the UAE.

#DefenseDiaries: IAF issues proposal for 83 advanced Tejas Mk-1A warplanes

22 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: IAF issues proposal for 83 advanced Tejas Mk-1A warplanes

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 83 upgraded Tejas Mk-1A light combat aircraft (LCA) worth nearly Rs. 60,000 crore.

#DefenseDiaries: The men who keep PM Modi safe

21 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: The men who keep PM Modi safe

Whenever PM Narendra Modi speaks publicly, all our eyes and ears are firmly towards him.

#DefenseDiaries: Parliamentary panel slams govt. over slow military modernization

21 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Parliamentary panel slams govt. over slow military modernization

The parliamentary standing committee on defense has slammed the Modi government for not doing enough to modernize the military.

#DefenseDiaires: Why India is building 410 bridges along China border

20 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaires: Why India is building 410 bridges along China border

India has inaugurated two strategic bridges in eastern Arunachal Pradesh this week, crucial to improving access to the Line of Actual Control bordering China.

#DefenseDiaries: How the IAF is losing its mid-air refueling capability

19 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: How the IAF is losing its mid-air refueling capability

The Indian Air Force's (IAF) six Ilyushin IL-78 aircraft are used to refuel fighter jets in mid-air.

#DefenseDiaries: Integration of BrahMos on 40 Sukhoi-30MKI combat aircraft begins!

18 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Integration of BrahMos on 40 Sukhoi-30MKI combat aircraft begins!

Following the successful test-fire of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet, India has started working on integrating BrahMos on 40 Sukhois.

#DefenseDiaries: On this day, India won its greatest military victory

16 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: On this day, India won its greatest military victory

Every year, India celebrates December 16 as Vijay Diwas to commemorate nation's greatest military victory.

#DefenseDiaries: What makes the Navy's submarine INS Kalvari deadly

14 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: What makes the Navy's submarine INS Kalvari deadly

Earlier today, PM Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kalvari, the first of the six French-designed Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines, into the Indian Navy (IN)

#DefenseDiaries: All you need to know about IAF's C-17 airlifter

14 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: All you need to know about IAF's C-17 airlifter

With India's growing status as a global power, comes the need for its military to demonstrate its presence far and wide.

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's sea hawk P-8I Poseidon protects the nation

12 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's sea hawk P-8I Poseidon protects the nation

In recent months, there's been an increase in the Chinese navy's forays into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's submarine arm celebrates golden jubilee

10 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's submarine arm celebrates golden jubilee

On December 8, 2017, the Indian Navy's submarine arm celebrated its golden jubilee.

#DefenseDiaries: Heron drone crashes in China, should India worry?

09 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Heron drone crashes in China, should India worry?

An Israeli-made IAI Heron drone operated by the Indian Army recently crashed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector due to a "technical problem."

#DefenseDiairies: The lifeline of Siachen troops, Cheetah helicopter

07 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiairies: The lifeline of Siachen troops, Cheetah helicopter

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's (HAL) Cheetah is a light single-engine helicopter serving the Indian armed forces for over four decades.

#DefenseDiaries: Kolkata-class destroyers allows India to project power

06 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Kolkata-class destroyers allows India to project power

The three Kolkata-class destroyers are among the five most powerful weapons of the Indian Navy (IN).

#DefenseDiaires: 5 of the Indian Navy's most powerful weapons

04 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaires: 5 of the Indian Navy's most powerful weapons

The Indian Navy Day is celebrated every year on December 4 to honor the nation's brave seafarers who secure the nation's vast maritime frontiers.

#DefenseDiaires: Why December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day?

04 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaires: Why December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day?

Since India's independence, the Indian Navy has toiled tirelessly to secure the nation's vast maritime frontiers.

#DefenseDiaries: Jawans do their bit, now it's time to reciprocate

01 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Jawans do their bit, now it's time to reciprocate

On December 7 every year, India pays homage to its valiant soldiers and martyrs by celebrating Armed Forces Flag Day.

#DefenseDiaries: How the indigenous Netra AEW&CS watches over Indian skies

30 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: How the indigenous Netra AEW&CS watches over Indian skies

Earlier today, the Indian Air Forces (IAF) first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS), christened 'Netra', successfully completed its first air-to-air refueling.

#DefenseDiaries: Prithvi is India's first 'Made-in-India' and 'Made-by-India' ballistic missile

27 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Prithvi is India's first 'Made-in-India' and 'Made-by-India' ballistic missile

The debate continues to rage on the need for greater indigenization of India's military arsenal.

#DefenseDiaries: Why are the Andaman & Nicobar Islands strategically important?

25 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Why are the Andaman & Nicobar Islands strategically important?

The Indian military conducted a major exercise in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands from November 20 to 24.

#DefenseDiaries: India's Ka-226T helicopter is a jack of all trades

25 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: India's Ka-226T helicopter is a jack of all trades

200 Kamov Ka-226T light-utility helicopters are being acquired and will be assembled by India under a $1 billion agreement in 2015.

#DefenseDiaries: Why the Su-30MKI is the backbone of the IAF

24 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Why the Su-30MKI is the backbone of the IAF

Recently, a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet test-fired a supersonic BrahMos-A Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM).

#DefenseDiaries: Sukhoi-30MKI armed with BrahMos missile is India's deadliest weapon

22 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Sukhoi-30MKI armed with BrahMos missile is India's deadliest weapon

India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A supersonic Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.

India successfully tests BrahMos missile from IAF Sukhoi-30MKI jet

22 Nov 2017

India successfully tests BrahMos missile from IAF Sukhoi-30MKI jet

India has created history by successfully test-firing the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.