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India, Vietnam to conduct 2-day naval exercise in South China Sea

INS Kiltan has been sent to the country to deliver relief material for flood-affected people in central Vietnam and it will participate in the exercise from 26 to 27 December.
Representational image | Recruits to the J&K Light Infantry celebrate the end of their training | Photo: ANI

Army’s proposed ‘Tour of Duty’ recruitment model could be expanded to Navy and IAF too

Three-year volunteer scheme is being designed to attract more youth to Army, fill up officers’ vacancies, and reduce ballooning defence pensions.
Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

Boeing announces successful ski-jump of Super Hornets, eyes Indian Navy deal for the fighters

Boeing is sceptical about Navy’s plan to combine procurement tender for multi-role carrier-based fighter aircraft along with that of the IAF’s for 114 planes.
INS Viraat | Wikimedia Commons

INS Viraat dismantling has begun, but a final effort is still on to convert it into museum

Envitech Marine Consultants is hopeful of getting NOC from the government. But shipbreaker has already begun the dismantling process.
Representational image | India’s kilo class submarine INS Sindhuraj during the Malabar 2020 exercise in the Bay of Bengal | Photo by special arrangement

Ballistic missile submarine Arighat in final stages of trials, to be commissioned early 2021

Once Arighat is commissioned, India will have two operational SSBNs that are equipped with the 750-KM range K-15 missile, designed for retaliatory nuclear strikes.
The 'Astra' beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile developed by DRDO | Photo: Commons

India working on next ‘Astra’ missile with 160 km range as Mk1 is integrated in IAF & Navy

The DRDO expects to complete the extension of range by May 2022. Astra is an indigenous beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.
Col Prithipal Singh Gill (retd) who turned 100 today (20 December); (right) from his time in service | Indian Army

World War 2 veteran Col Prithipal — only Indian to serve in Army, Navy & Air Force — turns 100

In a career spanning nearly three decades, Col Prithipal Singh Gill served as a flying cadet, a Navy officer before finally retiring as a colonel in December 1970.
INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

With China factor in play, Modi govt now open to Navy’s third aircraft carrier demand

Although the current focus is on submarines, there is a change in the government’s position regarding a third aircraft carrier for the Navy.     
The Smash 2000 plus | By special arrangement

Navy orders Israeli SMASH 2000 Plus systems to tackle drones, more contracts in offing

The contract, awarded by the defence ministry, is expected to increase operational effectiveness with quicker and more accurate strike abilities against drones.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh at the Naval Air Station in Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Island, on 13 November 2020. Photo: Twitter/@SpokespersonMoD

Why Indian Navy is getting a camouflage uniform like the Army and Air Force

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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