The Defence Acquisition Council cleared a proposal to procure 7.4 lakh assault rifles for the three services. It also approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore
The MoD in a statement said that “the deal secured by the (present) Government is better in terms of capability, price, equipment, delivery, maintenance, training, etc.” than the one negotiated by the UPA government for 126 Rafale fighter aircraft.
The move comes around six months after the government unveiled the ambitious strategic partnership model under which Indian private sector companies will be allowed to form joint ventures with foreign defence majors to build fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and main battle tanks in India.
“It has now been decided to remove the condition of the widow’s remarriage with the late husband’s brother for continuation of the monetary allowance,” the ministry said in a statement.
Sources in the ministry told The Indian Express that by mid-October, the Indian Air Force had already spent 82 per cent of its capital budget, the navy 57 per cent and the army 55 per cent.
The AFT bench has also laid down certain guidelines regarding medical fitness of officers of high ranks such as Major Generals
Acknowledging the appointment of Nirmala Sitharaman as the first full-time woman defence minister, Amul came up with a quirky cartoon; adding an interesting twist with the phrases ‘Defence Ministree’ and ‘Sabka Nirmal Anand’ — which translate to ‘everyone’s moment of bliss’.
F-INSAS envisages multi-calibre and multi-mode equipment for the infantry soldiers
Apache attack choppers: The self-sealing fuel system in the chopper protects it against the loss of fuel, making it handy in case of a war. According to its maker Boeing, the AH 64 is capable of classifying and prioritizing of up to 128 targets in less than 60 seconds.
Earlier this year, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that India will finalise orders for defence procurement of Rs 2.8 trillion by 2016.
The panel, in its report, has criticised the defence services for passing such orders in, essentially, what are private matrimonial disputes.
According to the Ministry, till date 977 companies and 46 countries have registered for participating in the Expo.
15 defence suppliers, including six foreign firms, are currently blacklisted by the defence ministry while 23 other firm are under scrutiny.
The Indian Express spoke to three firms bidding for the FICV project, who said that by executing the project under DPP-2008, the indigenous content will only be 30 per cent
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has appointed a three-member committee to investigate how six Jaish terrorists succeeded in penetrating the facility in spite of intelligence warnings that an attack was imminent.