The country's security situation against the backdrop of ceasefire violations by Pakistan and developments on China border are expected to discussed at the Combined Conference of the armed forces to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
With an Italian court acquitting its two former bosses of corruption charges, defence firm Finmeccanica on Friday said they can reopen dialogue with the Indian Defence Ministry, which had scrapped its Rs 3,600 crore contract for supplying 12 VVIP helicopters.
China has honoured a submarine captain for averting an underwater "emergency" after his crew reportedly saved the vessel from sinking into waters thousands of metres deep, in a rare disclosure of a near-disaster.
Norms related to blacklisting of weapon manufacturing firms facing corruption charges have been eased partially as these were affecting country's security preparedness, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.
In the backdrop of alleged VVIP chopper deal scam, the Defence Ministry on Tuesday barred scam-tainted Italian defence firm Finmeccannica from participating in future tenders while deciding to carry out ongoing contracts with the group and its subsidiary AgustaWestland, more than a month after putting all deals on hold.
India`s recent decision to put on hold all deals with Italian defence firm Finmeccannica may be eased, with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi advising against blanket blacklisting as it could have adverse impact on the country`s defence preparedness.
In what is welcome news for lakhs of ex-servicemen, the government has removed a major hurdle to their post-retirement employment and allowed them to avail of the benefit of reservation in all civil jobs they apply.
Jordan`s King Abdullah II on Wednesday ordered the activation of a Defence Ministry to support the military, which is under increasing pressure from the wars in neighbouring Syria and Iraq as well as a massive influx of Syrian refugees.
Defence Ministry has asked the Intelligence Bureau to keep an eye on the private sector defence companies to prevent leakage of classified information about Indian military projects to foreign nationals.
Facing a CBI probe for allegedly involving middlemen in its dealings with the state-owned HAL, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has sought meetings with the top brass of the Defence Ministry where it is expected to discuss
the corruption allegations against it.
Pressing ahead with its policy to promote domestic military industry, the government on Saturday cleared procurement proposals worth over Rs 21,000 crore and also okayed a project for the production of transport aircraft which is open only to Indian private sector companies.
The CAG on Friday pulled up the Indian Air Force for an "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 155 crore for developing an Electronic Warfare system aimed at enhancing capability of the Russian-origin MiG-27 fighter aircraft.