The Navy is also in the process of constructing three forward operating bases (FOBs) in the islands to allow its Khukri class corvettes to be distributed across various locations in the archipelago.
According to sources, the proposals for the three new formations — Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and a Special Operations Division — are with other ministries for approval as the resources for them have to come from “accretion and not under save-and-raise”.
Over October 12-13, 1987, the Indian Army launched its war on the LTTE with a poorly planned heliborne assault on Jaffna — and came away with a heavy loss of men and blows to its military reputation
Air Chief Dhanoa said the IAF will reach its authorised strength of 42 fighter squadrons by the end of the 15th plan
The presence of the People’s Liberation Army has thinned in the area after the process of “disengagement” began on August 28.
This is the first time since 2005 that there was no border personnel meeting (BPM) held on the India-China border.
This book on India’s military operations is the uncritical authorised version, but it ends the meaningless tradition of secrecy.
A year on, the radical initiative after the Uri attack has attained its political aim. Its strategic goals, however, have not been fully realised
When tensions rose between the two sides, the Chinese had built up their presence to a size that exceeded a division opposite Sikkim. The Indian Army had also matched the build-up but did not feel the need to get troops close to the border due to the shorter distance
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who arrives in New Delhi late Monday night, will leave for Kabul early on Wednesday.
Lt General D S Hooda (retd) who led the surgical strikes tells The Indian Express that the operation went according to plan and adds a serious option to India’s range of responses to terror attacks
Calling the successful operation a shattering of the glass ceiling, Lt Gen Hooda said the Army can do another successful surgical strike.
Since the surgical strikes, 178 militants have been killed, both in the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC — 31 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Arjan Singh in hospital on Saturday, mourned his death. “We remember his outstanding service to the nation,” he said.
At 14,200 feet, Nathu La is an important pass on the Tibet-Sikkim border through which passes the old Gangtok-Yatung-Lhasa trade route. Chinese and Indian soldiers are deployed barely 30 metres apart — the closest they are anywhere along the 3,488 km Sino-Indian border.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a successful visit to China for the BRICS summit, new details have emerged about the disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area last week.
If the North Korean claim of having exploded a hydrogen device is correct, it would mean that it has arrived at a major technological milestone well ahead of all predictions.
Once the attention shifts from new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s gender she will be judged according to how well she implements a reforms roadmap that is already in place.
India should not overestimate its own military strength, and the support of other powers, in a conflict with China
The selection between these two single-engine fighter jets will be done using the Strategic Partnership (SP) model while there are no immediate plans to induct more twin-engine Rafale aircraft.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley announced that 65 of the 99 recommendations have been approved for implementation. The Ministry of Defence has already begun with the decision to close 39 military farms in a time-bound manner.
It was a proposal once discussed in the Battle Honours Committee of the defence ministry, during a thorough review of the battle honours after India became a republic in 1950.
"Terrorism is not the kind of strategic threat that is in the public mind and in the media. If you look at deaths from terrorism, they have come down steadily," said Shiv Shankar Menon.
A government source told The Indian Express that the withdrawal of troops has been “mutual” and “simultaneous”, but “sequential”. However, the source refused to elaborate on which side began the withdrawal.
Asked about the possibility of a breakthrough on Doklam at BRICS, Menon, who has also served as Ambassador to China, said that would happen but only “if the summit is prepared well by both sides, they actually talk about these issues before hand”.
A succinct lesson in strategy and forward thinking through the prism of a hypothetical international conflict scenario
An ‘incident’ involving Indian and Chinese troops took place last week on the banks of the Himalayan lake made famous by Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots. Why is this long, thin finger of breathtaking beauty contested so fiercely by the two countries?
The 44-second-long clip, which was posted by Lt General Prakash Katoch (retd) on his Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, shows stone-pelting, shoving, kicking and injuries sustained by soldiers on both sides
In addition to the Ladakh incident, the increasing number of Chinese patrols in disputed border areas is also adding to the worry on the Indian side.
Doklam standoff: As tensions mount over the standoff at the trijunction with Bhutan, the PLA skipped the ceremonial border meetings on Independence Day. This is the first time since 2005 that this meeting on August 15 was not held.
Embassies of the three major European countries have been in constant touch with their governments, besides being briefed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the developing situation.
The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.
In the eastern sector, as reported by The Indian Express, Army units in Sikkim have already been staged forward as they undertake their Operational Alert this month which has been advanced from October. No movement of troops has, however, taken place in Ladakh, the other major area where India and China share a disputed border.
Doklam standoff: PLA soldiers pitch 80 tents; Army advances exercise for units in Sikkim. The Indian Express has learnt that the number of Chinese troops in the area is estimated to be less than 800, which means that it is not a full PLA infantry battalion.
The option of a prolonged standoff is based on the premise, sources said, that the Chinese would not like to escalate the situation to a military conflict.
A more nationalistic Beijing and the location of the dispute make the current India-China crisis different from the earlier stand-off
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.