NCC not compulsory for students: Govt

Government has decided to increase the authorised strength of NCC by two lakh cadets to overall 15 lakh in phases but ruled out making it compulsory for every student, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Lok Sabha on Friday.

Defence acquisition proposals worth Rs 4,444 cr cleared
Defence acquisition proposals worth Rs 4,444 cr cleared

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Wednesday approved proposals worth Rs 4,444 crore, including the purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crore, but deferrred a decision on a joint bid of Tata Sons Ltd and Airbus for replacing IAF's Avro transport fleet.

American company bags contract for Navy's 16 multi-role choppers

The United States' Sikorsky has bagged the contract for Indian Navy's Rs 6,000-crore proposal for acquisition of 16 multi-role helicopters for its warships, official sources said on Friday.

French-Indian Rafale deal to wrap up in `months`: Minister

A deal between France and India to sell 126 Rafale fighter jets to India in a deal worth an estimated USD 15 billion will need several months more negotiations, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

449 suicides in armed forces since 2011: Manohar Parrikar

There have been at least 449 suicides in the armed forces since 2011, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament Friday.

Defence Ministry controls 17.57 lakh acres of land

The Defence Ministry has under its control about 17.57 lakh acres of land, on which there are about 46,299 unauthorised constructions.

New defence procurement policy under consideration

Aiming for transparent but faster military procurements, the Narendra Modi government is considering rolling out by January a new defence procurement policy that will have fresh norms for blacklisting firms and engagement of 'agents' besides attracting investments.

China has no overseas bases: Defence ministry

China`s defence ministry said Thursday that the country has no military bases overseas, despite speculation that its armed forces seek to eventually establish facilities abroad.

Any error in defence-related issues will not be tolerated: Manohar Parrikar
Any error in defence-related issues will not be tolerated: Manohar Parrikar

 Promising a "lot of things", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday outlined a multi-pronged approach of a non-offensive but strong India while making it clear that there will be "zero tolerance to error" in defence-related issues.

Defence was only additional charge, admits Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has fuelled speculation that he might be relieved of the defence portfolio, stating that this ministry had been given to him only as an 'additional charge'.

Britain ends Libyan army training after sex assaults

London: Britain`s defence ministry said Tuesday it was cutting short a training programme for Libyan troops after reported sexual assaults allegedly involving five of the servicemen.

Centre gives nod to defence projects worth Rs 80,000 crores
Centre gives nod to defence projects worth Rs 80,000 crores

The government on Saturday cleared defence purchases worth Rs 80,000 in a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meet presided over by Cabinet Minister Arun Jaitley.

PM Modi to address top commanders of armed forces on Friday

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.

Finmeccanica hopeful of reopening dialogue with Defence Ministry

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.

Defence Ministry to launch cleanliness drive in cantonments

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India' campaign, the Defence Ministry on Wednesday said it will launch its cleanliness drive on Thursday in all its cantonments.

India-US discuss joint military hardware production

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit, a high-level Defence Ministry team is there to discuss the opportunities of jointly developing and manufacturing military hardware.

Threatening letter, knife sent to South Korea minister

South Korean police and military officials have launched a joint investigation into a letter threatening to "execute" the country`s defence minister, officials said on Friday.

China makes rare admission of naval near-miss

 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.

South Korea, US to set up combined Army division

South Korea and the US have agreed to establish a combined Army division in 2015, Seoul`s Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Norms to blacklist weapon manufacturing firms eased partially

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.