Former Army chief Gen Shankar Roychowdhury today emphasised on the need for developing indigenous technologies for achieving self reliance in the defence sector and urged the government to procure military hardware from Indian sources only.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday reviewed the progress of `Project 75' (indigenous submarine construction project) alongwith other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers here.
Keen to bolster India`s bilateral ties with the strategically-important Vietnam, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will on Monday undertake a series of meetings with the top leadership here focusing on connectivity, trade, defence and security cooperation.
Observing that India lives in the "middle of a disturbed neighbourhood", Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the country`s defence preparedness is the "best guarantee" of peace and pitched for urgent development of the military hardware indigenously.
Russian air defence systems manufacturer Almaz-Antei is in talks over setting up service centres in India, China, Vietnam, and Algeria, a company official said at the Oboronexpo 2014 arms exhibition Friday.
India on Tuesday successfully conducted trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air `Akash` missile, which has a strike range of 25 kms, as part of a user trial by the Air Force from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.
Mamata Banerjee today criticised the Narendra Modi government over foreign direct investment in defence and railways, claiming a 49 per cent FDI cap in defence "will put a question mark" on the safety and security of the nation.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was "very disappointed" by France`s decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international misgivings about Moscow`s role in the east Ukraine conflict.
Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh sought to allay apprehensions over increasing the FDI limit in defence sector saying this move will help India to reduce corruption in the sector and eliminate middlemen.
In its first engagement with the new government here, UK`s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs William Hague will embark on a two-day visit to India from Monday to hold talks with top leadership on key areas including trade and defence.
The US has a number of "ground-breaking" defence technologies, including a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle program, to offer to India for co-development and co-production, a top Pentagon official has said.
The new government kicked into gear this week, clearing billions of dollars worth of long-delayed defence projects, including a big navy base, as well as approving the scaling-up of one of the country`s biggest dams.